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Skype for Fire Phone lands with face-tracking graphics

Skype for Fire Phone lands with face-tracking graphics

Microsoft isn't letting any grass grow under Amazon's Fire Phone, pushing out a version of Skype for the face-tracking smartphone in time for its public release. The new app, already available in Amazon's Appstore, has been tweaked to take advantage of the Fire Phone's enhanced carousel as well as its quad-camera Dynamic Perspective system.

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Microsoft demos real-time convo translation using Skype

Microsoft demos real-time convo translation using Skype

Back in 2012, Microsoft Research gave a demonstration of its real-time conversation translation using Skype, which takes one user's spoken words and translates them almost instantly into the other user's language, doing so by replicating each voice for an authentic conversation.

Today at the Code Conference in California, the company showed off an update to this, and at the same time announced that the software -- dubbed Skype Translator -- will be available before the end of this year as a Windows 8 beta app.

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Xbox gets added Skype support for Snap feature

Xbox gets added Skype support for Snap feature

Xbox users who use Skype will no longer have to break for their action to make calls or video chat. Snap, the Xbox feature that lets you use two apps at once, has now gained full support for Skype. Split-screen gaming and chatting is now a thing, but maybe not a good idea.

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Skype group video calling charges axed – almost

Skype group video calling charges axed – almost

There’s been an update to the way Microsoft handles Skype in the field - specifically when it comes for Group Video Calling. While the Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone versions of the app will stay the same, Group Video Calling will be free on several other platforms. Group Video Calling will be made free starting this week for Xbox One, Windows desktop, and Mac.

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Skype TX to pipe pro-audio & video into broadcast

Skype TX to pipe pro-audio & video into broadcast

Microsoft has revealed Skype TX, a new version of the voice and video calling platform designed with studio-grade audio and video in mind for broadcasters. Set for release later this year, as a combination of hardware and software, Skype TX better integrates with existing broadcast equipment and software for more professional-looking and easier to set-up podcasts, radio shows, and video interviews.

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Skype Outlook.com integration goes global with added Mac support

Skype Outlook.com integration goes global with added Mac support

Microsoft has baked Skype support into Outlook.com, extending last year's preview of the VoIP integration into a worldwide launch, and adding HD support for PC users along the way. Outlook.com users now get Skype in a sidebar in the browser, with the ability to start a video call or a text-based chat with a click from the contacts list.

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Skype users can now sign up with Microsoft account

Skype users can now sign up with Microsoft account

On the official Skype blog today, Microsoft announced a new sign-up method for those who are new to the service: one's Microsoft account. The new sign up method is being touted as bringing a few perks to the service, not the least of which is adding Skype to the list of services that fall under one's Microsoft account, keeping the service in line with the company's other products.

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Nokia XL hands-on

Nokia XL hands-on

This week Nokia revealed their long-awaited Android smartphone in the Nokia X - and surprised us with a Nokia XL as well. This device roll with the same quality build as the X with a few modifications. Here with a 5-inch display instead of the smaller 4, Nokia brings on Android under their own unique user interface in a Lumia-looking casing.

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Syrian Electronic Army hacks Skype’s blog, Twitter, Facebook [UPDATE]

Syrian Electronic Army hacks Skype’s blog, Twitter, Facebook [UPDATE]

Microsoft's Skype has had their Twitter account, Facebook account, and blog of hacked this afternoon by the Syrian Electronic Army. This hacker group appears to have taken the holiday opportunity to lay posts in staff's absence, suggesting their reasoning is to reveal Microsoft's supposed monitoring and selling of email data from Outlook and Hotmail to "the governments."

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Skype to end all third-party app activity in December

Skype to end all third-party app activity in December

Skype will no longer support third-party desktop application development beginning in December, the company has announced. This includes all recording, broadcasting, and other kinds of apps, but it also includes third-party hardware such as headphones with on-board call controls. Skype is offering no exceptions to the rule, as far as SlashGear can tell, and its official replacement offerings are slim to none.

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Skype for Android updated to version 4.4, brings redesigned tablet user interface

Skype for Android updated to version 4.4, brings redesigned tablet user interface

Following the version 4.0 update that rolled out early in July, Skype has rolled out another big update for its Android app, bringing it to version 4.4. With the latest update, Skype for Android brings a redesigned user interface for tablet users, something Skype says is also available for those using its client on the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire HDX.

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Skype improvements bring better battery life, synchronized chats

Skype improvements bring better battery life, synchronized chats

Skype has detailed some upcoming changes it is working on, all of which aim to improve the overall experience for its users. Said the company, the change in how the average consumer utilizes the service -- with mobile devices, often smartphones and tablets -- has prodded it towards beefing up its P2P connectivity technology, using the cloud to help serve as a buffer of sorts between the device and clients. With this comes new features, some of which are already available, and more that are in the works.

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