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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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Vonage ReachMe Roaming pipes US cellphone calls to VoIP

Vonage ReachMe Roaming pipes US cellphone calls to VoIP

International cellphone roaming is slowly getting cheaper, but Vonage's new ReachMe Roaming system wants to bypass carriers altogether for those going abroad, though still letting them use their existing cellphone number. The app uses VoIP, capturing incoming calls made to US cellphone numbers and pushing them over an internet connection instead: assuming you're on WiFi while you're traveling, there's no roaming fees involved in answering the call.

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Samsung blames fire for Smart TV content and VoIP outage

Samsung blames fire for Smart TV content and VoIP outage

Samsung has blamed a fire at one of its South Korea data centers for taking Smart TV and other services offline for more than four hours over the weekend, including temporarily killing its main website. The fire began on Sunday in an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) at a generator at the facility.

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Google Voice to be nixed in favor of Hangouts integration

Google Voice to be nixed in favor of Hangouts integration

Google Voice could be next on the company's consolidation chopping block, according to recent word that has surfaced, with the app being nixed in favor of integration with Hangouts, following the lead set by Talk and Google+ Messenger. Such a change, should it take place, reportedly won't happen for months.

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Skype Outlook.com integration goes global with added Mac support

Skype Outlook.com integration goes global with added Mac support

Microsoft has baked Skype support into Outlook.com, extending last year's preview of the VoIP integration into a worldwide launch, and adding HD support for PC users along the way. Outlook.com users now get Skype in a sidebar in the browser, with the ability to start a video call or a text-based chat with a click from the contacts list.

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Skype users can now sign up with Microsoft account

Skype users can now sign up with Microsoft account

On the official Skype blog today, Microsoft announced a new sign-up method for those who are new to the service: one's Microsoft account. The new sign up method is being touted as bringing a few perks to the service, not the least of which is adding Skype to the list of services that fall under one's Microsoft account, keeping the service in line with the company's other products.

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Skype rival Viber bought by Rakuten in e-commerce comms push

Skype rival Viber bought by Rakuten in e-commerce comms push

Skype rival Viber has been bought by Rakuten, the rapidly growing Japanese internet commerce firm, in a $900m deal that will see it push the call and messaging service as a social gaming platform. Rakuten, which already owns online retailer Play.com, ebook platform Kobo, and digital mobile content platform Viki, aims to transform Viber - which already has around 300m registered users - into a communications gateway for its other services, such as contacting online retailers with questions before a purchase is made.

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BBM adds voice calls, BBM Channels and Dropbox for iPhone & Android

BBM adds voice calls, BBM Channels and Dropbox for iPhone & Android

BlackBerry has rolled out an update to BBM for iPhone and Android, adding in BBM Voice for making calls, and enabling BBM Channels, among other new features. The update, available today, sees BlackBerry's cross-platform messaging client also add in Dropbox support, allowing files stored in the cloud to be sent directly to a BBM contact without having to download it to the smartphone first.

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Razer Comms gaming communicator keeps you chatting on Android devices

Razer Comms gaming communicator keeps you chatting on Android devices

Razer unveiled its interesting Comms chat service for gamers back in April of this year. The idea is that you can use the Razer service to allow you to communicate with friends in games without having to rely on the in-game chat that the video game itself offers. When it originally launched it worked with PCs.

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Google Hangouts gets desktop voice calls (with North America bundled)

Google Hangouts gets desktop voice calls (with North America bundled)

Google has restored voice call functionality to desktop Hangouts in Gmail, Google+, and the Chrome extension, after the feature disappeared for those early-adopters who switched from the previous chat widget. The company has offered voice calls through Gmail for some time now, including free calls within the US and Canada as part of a frequently-renewed promotion, and as of this week Hangouts gets the upgrade too.

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Skype supernode switch for stable scaling not Project Chess NSA spying

Skype supernode switch for stable scaling not Project Chess NSA spying

Skype's own hunt for stability, not clandestine aims for call tapping, forced the significant infrastructure changes that led to speculation Microsoft and the NSA were spying on VoIP, the company's principle architect has insisted. Matthew Kaufman, now a Microsoft employee following the VoIP company's acquisition, took to the IP mailing list to address concerns of NSA monitoring collaboration and the so-called "Project Chess" that was revealed earlier this month.

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