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Skype users talk about 2 billion minutes a day

Skype users talk about 2 billion minutes a day

Skype has just announced that its users have broken another milestone today. As of today, Skype says that all of its users use a total of 2 billion minutes a day to call their acquaintances, friends, and family members. That's one day. Now we can see why France wants to tax the VoIP service. Skype has come a long way since its debut, and is now available on almost any device with a screen. You can get it on your PC, Mac, iOS devices, Androids, Windows Phones, and even your TV.

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Congressman wants to create a “virtual Congress”

Congressman wants to create a “virtual Congress”

Telecommuting isn't anything new. Many companies around the world allow employees to work from home, but a new initiative from one Congressman in particular calls for the ability for Congressmen and Congresswomen to attend hearings, debates, etc. from their home districts, without having to fly out to Washington DC every time.

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Firefox brings WebRTC capabilities to your mobile device

Firefox brings WebRTC capabilities to your mobile device

Mozilla plans on bringing Web Real-Time Communications not only to its Firefox browser on desktop PCs, but to mobile devices as well. Mozilla says that WebRTC features will be able to sync with your existing phone number, and you won’t have to download any additional plugins to use it. The WebRTC capabilities will be able to perform many functions, including voice/video calls and SMS/MMS messaging.

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BlackBerry 10 adds ooVoo for 12-person video chat

BlackBerry 10 adds ooVoo for 12-person video chat

BlackBerry 10 users will be able to hold multi-person video calls featuring up to twelve participants, thanks to a deal with ooVoo that sees the conference chat service integrated into RIM's new platform. The ooVoo video and instant messaging service, which is free to use, will hook into BlackBerry 10's calling system, with the companies claiming it will be straightforward to flick between a voice call and an ooVoo video call.

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BlackBerry 10 slides leak video chat and screen sharing via BBM

BlackBerry 10 slides leak video chat and screen sharing via BBM

With the final release of BlackBerry 10 coming up in a special event scheduled for the 30th of January, it's no wonder we're seeing a blast of interest in everything RIM - today's leak being a set of slides showing BBM boosts and a new task manager. This set of slides shows that BlackBerry Messenger is set to be updated in a big way with both full-on video chat and screen sharing for all. Also on the docket is a fully upgraded task manager for those of you hoping to keep your tasks in order - notes and all.

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Logitech TV Cam HD puts Skype on your HDTV

Logitech TV Cam HD puts Skype on your HDTV

Logitech has launched a new webcam, but the TV Cam HD is intended to sit on top of your big-screen television rather than your computer display. Supporting Skype calls over WiFi or ethernet connection, the TV Cam HD promises up to 720p HD widescreen video and crystal-clear pictures thanks to Carl Zeiss optics, along with a four noise-canceling microphone array and digital pan/tilt/zoom control.

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Skype for PS Vita arrives today

Skype for PS Vita arrives today

Skype has announced a new version of its VoIP app for Sony's PS Vita, turning the gaming handheld into a portable internet phone over WiFi or 3G connections. Set to hit the PlayStation Store for US users today, and for Europe and Asia users tomorrow, the Skype app for Vita supports video calling as well as voice-only calls.

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Cisco blasts EC over Microsoft Skype openness

Cisco blasts EC over Microsoft Skype openness

Cisco has taken time out from axing unpopular and overpriced teleconferencing systems to complain about Microsoft's acquisition of Skype, challenging the EC with demands for greater priority for open video standards. Although Cisco doesn't oppose the acquisition, video conferencing chief Marthin De Beer wrote on the company's official blog, it does believe the European Commission shirked on insisting Microsoft must adopt open standards that won't prevent rival services from intercommunicating.

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Chrome browser gets WebRTC baked in for Skype challenge

Chrome browser gets WebRTC baked in for Skype challenge

Google has released a dev-version of Chrome supporting WebRTC, the integrated real-time audio and video communications system that could see VoIP, video conferencing and even streaming gaming baked into the browser. "Instead of relying on custom, OS specific, proprietary plug-ins," the Chromium blog says of developers, "they can now easily build and maintain their apps using a few simple JavaScript APIs and have the browser do the heavy lifting."

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Google+ Hangouts adds screen-sharing & boosts to TV-scale

Google+ Hangouts adds screen-sharing & boosts to TV-scale

Having revealed it has designs on your search results earlier this week, now Google+ has set its sights on collaborative working tools with the addition of screen sharing. The updated Hangouts - impromptu video calling held within the browser - now includes the ability to show fellow video chat participants what's going on in your screen, according to Hangouts designer Christopher Johnson.

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