Microsoft admits Skype has bugs

Voice Over IP service Skype is having trouble with their service as of late. According to reports, this four-week-old problem sends copies of some messages to unintended recipients.

Microsoft has confirmed the reports and said in a statement to Engadget, “We are aware that in rare circumstances IMs between two contacts could be sent to an unintended third contact. We are rolling out a fix for this issue in the next few days and will notify our users to download an updated version of Skype.”

The problem was initially reported on a Skype support forum by a user who was stunned as to why some of her contacts were receiving message she had sent to only a few contacts. Others followed her lead and reported that they experienced the same problem.

According to Skype, Skype versions 5.9 and 5.10 for Windows, Skype 5.8 for Mac, Skype 4.0 for Linux, 1.2 for Windows Phone, Skype 2.8 for Android and Skype 4.0 for iOS are vulnerable from these bugs.

Skype added in a blog post, “This issue occurs only when a user’s Skype client crashes during a Skype IM session, which many in some cases result in the last IM entered or sent prior to the crash being delivered to a different IM contact after the Skype client is rebooted or logged in as a new user.”

Be wary of this problem. You might send a raunchy message to your boss!

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Better Skype integration in Windows Phone 8?


Microsoft revealed that their internet communication tool Skype will be more integrated with their upcoming operating system, Windows Phone 8,  to be released in a few months.

Microsoft said this during their Windows Phone 8 summit. The company’s Skype team revealed last month that they are working hard on Skype for Windows 8.

Skype was acquired by Microsoft last year, it currently has about 200 million users and is considered as one of the premiere internet communication programs around.

The Skype app for Windows Phone 8 will boost Nokia devices VOIP or voice-over-IP support. This will enable users to make Skype calls much like making a traditional voice call.

After hearing the news, Xbox fanatics posed a question as to when Skype will be made available to Xbox units.

Being the owner of Skype, Microsoft has the ability to place this technology to all their devices including the Xbox and the rumored Xbox 720.

Rumors have persisted that Skype will be integrated to the Xbox 720 but it still hasn’t been confirmed by Microsoft.

Skype has long been popular to individuals the world over. If rumors are true, that Skype will be made available to the Xbox, then this could make the game console’s hold on the top firmer.

Do you believe that the Xbox 720 will be integrated with Skype?

Are you tempted to buy Windows Phone 8?

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Parents beware: Video chatting is prevalent among teens

Way back in the 80’s, teens used to go out of the house, play games on the streets or hang out at diners were they could chat with their pals and have a good old laugh at their friends expense.

Now, teens are more comfortable staying in their rooms all day in front of the computer. Parents used to have this problem on how they could control their teens from going outside. Now, it seems, parents are having difficulty letting sun shine on their kid’s skin.

 The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project which was released last week’ noted that about a third, or 37% of the 799 teenagers who were surveyed for the study, used video chat applications like Skype or iChat. Those who were surveyed belonged to the 12-17 age bracket.

The study also found out that girls are more prone to video chatting than boys who have a 42% to 33% share respectively.

The correlation between mobile phone use and video chatting: 77% of teens have mobile phones and 75% of them are subscribed to texting. About 40% of them with texting plans said that they have used video chatting softwares before while non texters had a 27% share.

One out of four teens or 77% of those surveyed have social networking accounts. 16% of them use Twitter. For those who have Facebook accounts, 41% said they have used video chat.

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TelyHD: TV video calling through Skype

The idea of a plug and play webcam for your television has crossed the minds of product developers ever since the technological revolution began. Unfortunately, nobody has perfected the technology. Not until now that is.

Tely Labs TelyHD is a high definition easy to use device that can be tied up with everybody’s favorite Video-calling service, Skype.

This is answer a clamor from some individuals who want to use their televisions as a monitor for video calling. Instead of using your laptops and desktop computers for this, you only have to have your television and the TellyHD to enjoy this service.

What’s good about this technology is that Tely doesn’t charge any monthly fees. All you have to do is buy the device and bundle it to your television at home.

Plug it to the latter’s HDMI port and navigating the simple onscreen menus to create or log in to your Skype account.

The TellyHD has a 720p camera. The audio doesn’t come from the latter. It comes from your television’s built in speakers.

The product of the device is loud, clear, consistent audio. The video depends upon the room’s lighting. You can also adjust low-light and backlight conditions through TelyHD’s settings.

It is priced at $250. Well, it’s kinda pricey but hey, if you can afford it then why don’t you pick one.

Skype app for Windows phone coming soon

Microsoft’s much awaited Windows Phone will be packing up a huge punch with the impending release of the Skype app.

According to Skype’s vice president of products, Rick Osterloh, “working on a Windows Phone product that will be coming out soon.” He revealed this at an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show last week.

Microsoft has been mum on the details of their Skype app. They acquired the company last October.

Joe Belfiore who is the Director of the Windows Phone Program of Microsoft originall said that Skype will be available for Windows Phones late last year. 2011 has come and gone and no app was released and we haven’t heard anything from him or the company since.

Microsoft’s first Windows Phone Skype app is largely seen as a beta version until the company releases “Apollo” which is expected to be released this year.

If this pushes through this year, then it would be a big boost for the Windows Phone as it tries to gobble up market share from the iPhone and the Android smartphones. The Skype app will truly revolutionize the industry as it will make voice calling easier.

eBay sells Skype for $1.9 billion

It’s a done deal.

Shortly after announcing the plan in September , eBay has finally let go of Skype which they acquired in 2005.

The famous online auction site completed the sale of the Internet telephony service for $1.9 billion and an “I Owe You” note for a further $125 million. The investors, owning 70 percent of the share of Skype include Marc Andreessen’s new Andreessen Horowitz group, Silver Lake, and the Skype co-founders’ Joltid Ltd. eBay controls the remaining 30 percent.

The deal was pushed through after eBay finally settled a legal battle with Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis. The duo filed a copyright lawsuit  claiming that the auction site violated copyright law by altering and sharing the peer-to-peer source code behind the Skype.


Google’s gift: Free in-flight Wi-fi

Yup, Google is feeling quite generous as the gift-giving season is slowly approaching.

The internet giant has teamed up with Virgin America to bring free Wi-Fi Internet to the latter’s flights from November 10, 2009 to January 15, 2010.

The internet service itself will be provided by Gogo, an in-flight broadband provider owned by Aircell. And as Information Week put it, Google will be “picking up the tab” during the two-month period.

But wait! Just because it’s free doesn’t mean people can do just about anything they want on the Web. Certain limitations have been enforced by Gogo’s Terms of Service to ensure that passengers can get the best in-flight web experience. These restrictions include requiring users not to display offensive content that that can be seen by fellow passengers and the prohibit of use of VOIP applications like Skype.

According to the company, VoIP blocking was implemented to manage bandwidth use and to prevent passengers from annoying each other with their phone chatter.  🙂



EBay is selling Skype

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Yup, after paying a HUGE amount for the Internet phone company, EBay Inc. is now letting go of their extravagant purchase.

The famous online auction company announced Tuesday that they will be keeping 35% of Skype while 65% will be sold to a group of private investors. This will likely be finalized later this year.

The deal includes $1.9 billion in cash and then $124 million to be paid later. All in all, Skype is valued at just $2.75 billion.

I’m emphasizing the just there because EBay has paid a whopping $3.12 billion for Skype when it bought the Internet phone company four years ago with plans of integrating it in their auction site. This did not materialize though because EBay officials admit that the technologies were in fact, incompatible.

John Donahoe, EBay chief executive, says that selling Skype will allow it to focus on growing the online voice and video communication business.

Mosaic’s co-creator Marc Andreessen was among the investors announced Tuesday. Other investors include the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and European venture capital firm Index Ventures.


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