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Google’s new landline: the Fiber Phone

Google’s new landline: the Fiber Phone

Today Google announces the Fiber Phone, a service that uses your home internet connection to act as a landline (and your mobile device, too). Just like you had when you were a kid, but VoIP. A phone that stays at home. Or it can go with you - whatever you want. The Fiber Phone "lives in the cloud" says Google, and it'll ring at home when you're at home, or in your pocket when you're out of the house.

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Skype for Web adds landline and mobile phone calling

Skype for Web adds landline and mobile phone calling

The Web version of Skype has added support for calling landlines and mobile phones directly, making it a bit easier to make cheap calls from your browser. That’s not the extent of its update, though — the service has also added support for watching YouTube videos within Skype for Web, as well as adding anyone (including non-Skype users) to a Skype for Web conversation, and new notifications that appear in the browser.

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Battle.net Voice Chat to debut with Overwatch beta

Battle.net Voice Chat to debut with Overwatch beta

/whisper, /tell, /reply. These were the tools of communication during early online gaming. Sure you also had various channels to talk in with your guild-mates, and you still do. But these days if you want to be competitive in any way, typing is just out of the question. You've got plenty of choices for when you want to get on a headset and chat. But sometimes too many choices is a bad thing. If the game you're playing has their own built-in voice chat client, then it just makes everyone's life easier. Which is exactly why Blizzard is entering the voice chat game.

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Nucleus brings intercoms, video calling to the smart home

Nucleus brings intercoms, video calling to the smart home

Nucleus (the name of both the company and the product) is a new device that aims to combine the best of video calling and home intercoms with voice commands. The mini tablet can be mounted to wall or just placed on a counter or table, and be used to connect and communicate with others in just seconds, bypassing even the steps that FaceTime and Skype users must go through before getting into a call.

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Skype for Web offers browser calls for US and UK

Skype for Web offers browser calls for US and UK

Skype for Web, the browser-based version of the popular voice and video messaging service, has rolled out across the US and UK. Revealed in beta at the tail-end of last year, the web app can effectively replace the standalone Skype client, delivering the same video, audio, and IM communications only through the browser. It could be useful, Microsoft says, for those using public computers while traveling, or when you're on a different machine and haven't the time (or the inclination, frankly) to install the full software.

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Bluewire device records smartphone calls from up to 33-feet away

Bluewire device records smartphone calls from up to 33-feet away

There are a bunch of reasons that someone might want to record the calls that they receive over their smartphone. Many smartphones have the ability to record calls built in and there are apps out there that will allow that to happen as well. A new device has debuted called Bluewire that claims to be the world's smallest Bluetooth headset call recorder. The device looks like a normal Bluetooth headset, but it is able to record calls from up to 33-feet from your smartphone.

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Skype for Business blurs video calling lines in 2015

Skype for Business blurs video calling lines in 2015

For a long time, Microsoft was accused of neglecting the Skype brand, but the software giant is making amends by pushing the voice and video call service for business users. Out goes Lync, the firm's long-standing communication system for enterprises, to be replaced by Skype for Business in the first half of next year. While the change will see the core strengths of Lync maintained, it will also help blur the boundaries between what's going on in the office and general Skype users.

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Verizon and AT&T team on VoLTE (and up 4G data to T-Mo CEO’s amusement)

Verizon and AT&T team on VoLTE (and up 4G data to T-Mo CEO’s amusement)

Verizon and AT&T plan to switch on cross-network VoLTE calls in 2015, the two carriers have confirmed today, opening the door to first voice over LTE calls and then one day video calling and messaging. VoLTE launched on Verizon's network in September, allowing handsets like the iPhone 6 to use the data network for VoIP rather than traditional methods, with the addition of HD-quality audio too. However, for the moment, VoLTE only supports calls between subscribers on the same network, something Verizon and AT&T are planning to change.

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RogerVoice subtitles phone calls for the hard-of-hearing

RogerVoice subtitles phone calls for the hard-of-hearing

These days, speech recognition is a lot about Siri versus Google Now versus Cortana, but that is definitely not the only use case for the technology. We often take for granted what we are able to use our smartphones for because we are physically capable of handling them. Luckily, there are those like RogerVoice who are taking up the banner for others, especially those with hearing problems who still want to use their phones for what they are originally intended to be used for: making calls.

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Hangouts update fitting for enterprise, not Google+

Hangouts update fitting for enterprise, not Google+

With the update to Hangouts that rolled in yesterday, users got a bit of what they’d been asking for in Voice integration. In finally giving us the ability to make a voice call via Hangouts, Google also continued to pull a service away from their social layer, Google+. Users no longer need to have a Plus account to use features in Hangouts.

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Google seems to be starting Voice and Hangouts merger

Google seems to be starting Voice and Hangouts merger

Google might have just started the ball rolling that would signal the end of its voice call and voicemail service. Some Google Hangouts users have reported being prompted in both Android and Gmail to switch over from Google Voice to Hangouts, a transition that would formally mark the end of another Google product.

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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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