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Microsoft: Surface tablets perfect for Skype

Microsoft: Surface tablets perfect for Skype

Microsoft may only have launched its Surface tablets a matter of hours ago, but the company is already making the connections with the rest of its ecosystem, including Skype. The VoIP service Microsoft acquired in recent months gets a specific name-check on the Surface site, with the promise of two LifeCam webcams along with dual microphones that are "tuned for Skype" as the company mounts a direct challenge to Apple's FaceTime.

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Use Skype in Ethiopia and get 15 years in prison

Use Skype in Ethiopia and get 15 years in prison

The Ethiopian government has just made it a criminal offense to use VoIP services within the country such as Skype and Google Talk. Anyone caught using VoIP service can now spend 15 years in prison. Ethiopia passed the new law last month, and it's only just now becoming known outside of the country.

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Skype 5.8 gets Mountain Lion upgrade

Skype 5.8 gets Mountain Lion upgrade

Skype has launched a new, OS X Mountain Lion ready version of its VoIP and video calling app for Mac, with improved screen sharing but no mention of Retina Display readiness. Skype 5.8 for Mac now allows premium subscribers to see both video calling and screen sharing simultaneously, "so that you can see the reaction of the person or people you're sharing with" (perfect for those shock & awe PowerPoint sessions).

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Microsoft offers Skype to OEMs for preinstallation

Microsoft offers Skype to OEMs for preinstallation

Microsoft seems to be finally starting to leverage Skype in a more intelligent way. The company is reportedly offering OEMs the opportunity to pre-install Skype on Windows PCs. The new OEM preinstallation kit allows Skype 5.8 to be silently installed on Windows 7. If OEMs choose that option, it would significantly bolster the number of users for the VOIP platform.

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Skype for Xbox 360 unlikely until 2013

Skype for Xbox 360 unlikely until 2013

Microsoft bought Skype in May last year for the large sum of $8.5 billion, but not much has come of the acquisition so far. A Skype application has made the jump to Windows Phone, which was met with mixed reactions, but so far the VOIP service hasn’t found its way into Microsoft’s ecosystem. Skype is said to be coming for the Xbox 360, but the crucial detail is when. Turns out you may not see it until next year.

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TU Me iOS app combines VOIP, text and social for free

TU Me iOS app combines VOIP, text and social for free

There's a lot of alternatives to traditional voice communication these days, but part of the problem with them is that they're all in addition to your standard phone calls and text messages. The new TU Me app for iOS attempts to combine all your communications into a single hub, for free. It's an admirable goal, and one that's certain to get the attention of Skype and similar services, since calling other TU Me users over VOIP is free for the time being.

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Skype looking into IP address discovery method

Skype looking into IP address discovery method

Skype has said today that it is investigating a method that can discover a user’s last known IP address when using the VOIP service. Information on how to unearth IP addresses was posted to Pastebin several days ago, which involved downloading a modified version of Skype 5.5 and enabling debug log file creation in the Windows registry settings.

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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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