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Skype prepaid cards hit UK

Skype prepaid cards hit UK

Skype has rolled out prepaid cards for the UK market, making cellphone calls, text messaging, video calls, or WiFi hotspot access straightforward without a credit card. The new cards, which will be available in £10 and £20 values, will be offered at Asda, Currys, PC World, Sainsburys', and WHSmith across the UK, and can be used to pay for any of the VoIP client's premium services.

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Skype v.6 released: Retina support and Facebook/Live Messenger integration

Skype v.6 released: Retina support and Facebook/Live Messenger integration

Skype has pushed out a new version for PC and Mac, v.6, which introduces Facebook Chat integration as well as Retina Display support for the OS X client. The updated VoIP and video calling app can now pull in Windows Live Messenger, Outlook.com, and Hotmail contacts, thanks to further Microsoft integration between its products, and in fact you no longer need a separate Skype account at all.

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Skype for Windows 8 shown off in leaked pics

Skype for Windows 8 shown off in leaked pics

Microsoft gobbled up Skype with an acquisition in May 2011, and it looks like the VoiP application will finally see a graphical overhaul with the upcoming release of Windows 8. Neowin has gotten its hands on a leaked version of the Skype for Windows 8, showing off the familiar aesthetic that Microsoft is aiming for in the latest version of its operating system. Neowin says that the app is still far from finished, but that most functions seem to be working without any issues.

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Skype snipes back at security change claims

Skype snipes back at security change claims

Skype has hit back at allegations that it has opened up greater access of its instant messaging systems to law enforcement authorities, insisting that nothing has changed post-Microsoft acquisition. Concerns over Skype's transparency around monitoring and backdoor access surfaced earlier this week, when the company refused to comment on specific wiretap provisions; however, the truth is that you're no more likely to be monitored now - and in no greater depth - than you were before, Mark Gillett, Chief Development and Operations Officer at the company, explains on the official Skype blog.

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Microsoft unlocked Skype chat backdoor tip insiders

Microsoft unlocked Skype chat backdoor tip insiders

Skype used a huge behind-the-scenes change in VoIP service architecture to add messaging monitoring systems, insiders claim, following Microsoft's acquisition of the company in 2011. According to the industry officials speaking to the Washington Post, the installation of server-based supernodes - hubs through which Skype traffic is routed to improve uptime and reliability as the service gains traction - has had the side-effect of making instant messaging conversations more easily tracked, much to the delight of the FBI and other law-enforcement organizations.

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Skype admits message leak bug but fix incoming

Skype admits message leak bug but fix incoming

There’s a nasty little Skype bug that’s starting to do the rounds you may want to pay attention to. Engadget reports that the VOIP client has been hit by an issue that will cause messages to be randomly forwarded to other people in your contacts list. The bug was first discovered in June by members on Skype’s support forums, but the company is just getting around to acknowledging the issue, saying that they’re currently working on a fix.

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Skype Update brings smoothness for Windows Phone 8

Skype Update brings smoothness for Windows Phone 8

The video chat and VoIP application Skype has received an upgrade before the push to Windows 8 this week with a go-ahead from Microsoft. This week we're having a peek at everything Windows Phone 8 as we watch the upgrades roll in at the Windows Phone Summit dedicated to the new platform. As Skype's upgrade for the current generation of Windows Phone goes live today, so too do we get a glimpse of what's to come for the Windows Phone 8 OS of the future.

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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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