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Skype doesn’t require accounts anymore just to get started

Skype doesn’t require accounts anymore just to get started

Once upon a time, Skype was the household name when it came to voice communications over the Internet. Today, that pie has been munched up by many services and companies, like Slack for teams and businesses. As part of its attempt to reclaim lost ground, Microsoft has spread Skype far and wide with new features and new audiences. It latest trick? Making it possible to use Skype without having to sign up for an account first. Together with its free tier, Microsoft has just made it far too simple for people from all over the world to get connected.

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Microsoft: Visual Studio for Mac preview is inbound

Microsoft: Visual Studio for Mac preview is inbound

Microsoft recently announced plans to launch Visual Studio for Mac, something it revealed in a blog post that was deleted a short while after it went live. Though the announcement appears to have been made prematurely, all the details are now public and it seems the preview will arrive during the company's Connect developer event. Once it does, the days of Mac users having to use a Windows or virtual machine to run the software will officially end.

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Pokemon GO update: next event before Thanksgiving plus forecast

Pokemon GO update: next event before Thanksgiving plus forecast

The next Pokemon GO event will be taking place starting this weekend and running until the 23rd of November. This allows the span of the event to command the time in the week before Thanksgiving begins, then ends the day before that holiday begins. This pre-holiday event takes place in three areas in Japan - but for those of you that don't live on that side of the sea, there's also some good news.

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Kaspersky blasts Microsoft’s anti-competitive anti-virus practice

Kaspersky blasts Microsoft’s anti-competitive anti-virus practice

Microsoft is not brand you’d associate with anti-virus software, unless you mean it in a pejorative sense. But starting Windows 8, the company has turned its Windows Defender into a full-blown anti-malware, anti-virus program to exactly change that negative image. Not exactly a good news for creators of anti-virus software like Kaspersky Labs. In fact, according to the company’s Eugene Kaspersky, Microsoft is being downright anti-competitive. In a rather vocal blog post, the Russian billionaire has revealed that he is taking his complaints to the EU’s and Russia’s anti-trust bodies, where Microsoft already doesn’t have good standing.

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Pokemon GO Gen 2 evolutions and candy tips detailed

Pokemon GO Gen 2 evolutions and candy tips detailed

New Pokemon are on the way with the second wave of Pokemon GO, the first big update to the game since the beginning. At this time the Pokemon GO universe only includes the first 150 (actually a few less than that for various reasons). In the very near future, we'll be seeing more than 100 additional Pokemon including a couple more Eevee evolutions for those Eevee super-fans amongst us. Most of these new Pokemon will be coming from the Pokemon Silver and Pokemon Gold universe - that's the Johto region, and the first place Ash goes after he's done with Kanto!

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Pokemon GO Gen 2 update evolution guide detailed

Pokemon GO Gen 2 update evolution guide detailed

The next version of Pokemon GO is coming soon, and with it a number of ways in which current Pokemon GO users can prepare. The game's update is a continuation of the game as it exists today. Many of the Pokemon that'll appear in the newest update to Generation 2 will be closely related to the Pokemon from season one. As such, it's time to start getting ready for those Pokemon with the monsters already in backpacks around the world.

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Pokemon GO everyday bonus update APK hits downloads

Pokemon GO everyday bonus update APK hits downloads

The latest in Pokemon GO updates was released today just in time for Niantic to encourage you to "Pokemon Go to the polls" here across these United States of America. Of course Niantic isn't just celebrating this day with some everyday bonuses, they're pushing for users to actually go out and vote, too. You won't find any reminders to vote in this latest edition of the app, but there are bonuses to be had for getting out and getting walking, catching, and spinning.

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Now you can use Android Auto without upgrading your car

Now you can use Android Auto without upgrading your car

Android Auto looks set to show up on a lot more dashboards, albeit as a phone clipped to a mount rather than built into the native infotainment system. The interface, which pares back Android into a chunkier, more finger-friendly layout for use while driving, while hiding the more complex features that could prove a distraction, is being released as a standalone system, Google announced today. It's the closest we've got so far to an admission by the Android team that Android Auto adoption among automakers may not have been as swift as they would've preferred.

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TeamViewer update enables cross-platform mobile to mobile remote support

TeamViewer update enables cross-platform mobile to mobile remote support

TeamViewer has been around for a long time and is an app that allows you to mirror screens between devices and other things. An update for the app has been announced at it brings with it some new cool tricks that users of the app will really like. The main update is the ability to allow you to access other mobile devices from a mobile device, regardless of iOS, Android or Windows Mobile.

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Macphun Luminar, a new all-in-one photo editor, is a Mac exclusive

Macphun Luminar, a new all-in-one photo editor, is a Mac exclusive

Macphun has introduced a new all-in-one photo editor called Luminar, and it is available exclusively for Mac. According to Macphun, Luminar is the first ever photo editor that adapts to one’s own skill level and personal style. The software features an adaptive interface, photo filters, pro-level editing tools, custom workspaces, and more. The product isn’t intended to replace Macphun’s Aurora HDR, however.

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Google’s RCS push will never work without Verizon

Google’s RCS push will never work without Verizon

While Google announces they've begun working with the first US mobile carrier to release RCS to replace SMS and MMS, Verizon is absent from the scene. RCS is also known as Rich Communication Service, and it's aimed at turning text messaging into a much more function-full service. At this time quite a few mobile groups have joined the call to make RCS a standard for all - but Verizon isn't amongst them.

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LG V20 Review: Stealing the Note 7’s spotlight

LG V20 Review: Stealing the Note 7’s spotlight

With the galaxy note 7 quite literally self-destructing and throwing Samsung's holiday plans into disarray, LG finds itself with an unexpected opportunity with the v20. Today we're aiming to provide a review helpful to both former Galaxy Note users and potential users curious about the ins and outs of this high-end smartphone. The LG V20 is a power user device, now we'll see if it's a device we can live with.

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