Telefonica, the European telephone giant that is the fifth largest carrier in the world, said it will shut down its VoIP unit, Jajah, on January 31, 2014 – another sign of serious trouble in the VoIP industry.
With the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, we’ve seen a new drama nearly every day. Here we round up 12 of the most controversial moments from what have been a truly explosive two weeks.
When Skype was founded 10 years ago, privacy advocates hailed the Internet VoIP service as a secure tool that would shield its users from surveillance. How quickly things change.
Microsoft-owned video calling service Skype has just turned 10 years old. Naturally, the company is already looking ahead to what’s next.
Guest Post The biggest problem lies in what people think they know, but actually don’t.
Editor’s Pick It’s entirely possible that the National Security Agency has already put backdoors into your PC, enabling them to bypass any encryption techniques you might be using.
New documents reveal the government has tripled its Skype communications collection.
Microsoft publishes a letter that suggests the Xbox One can be a productivity machine.
Skype for Android now looks a whole lot like Skype for Windows Phone.
“The revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance apparatus, if true, represent a stunning abuse of our basic rights,” the organization’s open letter reads. “We demand the U.S. Congress reveal the full extent of the NSA’s spying programs.”
We’ve contacted all those companies to get a statement from them on why they are allegedly participating, what they are reportedly giving to the NSA, and how their customers and users can trust that anything they transmit or share through those services can ever be private.
“That’s the kind of word game they play,” ex-NSA chief Bill Binney said also at Def Con. “There’s absolutely no excuse for him even implying that he’s not collecting all this data.”
The Washington Post reported today that a number of tech companies are participating in a top secret data mining program for the FBI and NSA, dubbed PRISM.
Editor’s Pick It’s more a powerful home theater PC than it is a game console, making it a great tool for bringing Microsoft’s services into your living room.
Blue Jeans unveiled a massive update to its standard pricing today, adding a new licensing model that offers companies unlimited “all you can meet” videoconferencing plans for as low as $10 per user, per month.
The result is a combination of just about every kind of communication you could wish for in a single client: mobile text-message-like messaging, audio, and video. Which means that not only is Viber competing with mobile messaging platforms like the massive WhatsApp, it’s also competing with existing VOIP giant Skype.
Skype’s long-awaited video voicemail feature is finally here.
Skype calls use 256-bit advanced encryption by default, but that’s not secure enough for some people. So a prof at the Warsaw University of Technology has created a way to communicate even more privately on Skype — by using silence.
It’s kind of like a tiny video-oriented social network, with Facebook’s 2011 “frictionless sharing” concept brought to life. Except only with people you really, really care about.
Editor’s Pick “Imagine the yoga teacher doing online yoga to 50 people,” Shapiro said. “Think about an audience of 100 million people … for instance buying a subscription for an online Zumba class.”
Confirming rumors we heard yesterday, Microsoft has confirmed that it will shut down Windows Messenger Live and migrate almost all of its users to Skype.
In an unsurprising move, Microsoft plans to shutter Windows Live Messenger in favor of the more flashy Skype.
Most of the features Microsoft is rolling out with Windows Phone 8 are already well-known, but the company still managed to surprise us with a handful of cool new features at its unveiling today.
Microsoft has brought video-calling king Skype to the new Windows 8 OS, which hits stores Friday, and it sure looks pretty.
Even under new management, Skype has continued to pick up millions of fresh users.
Skype-calling-on-your-TV startup Tely Labs has raised $13 million in new funding from Comcast Ventures and DCM, according to a filing with the SEC.
Microsoft is apparently getting ready to launch a new version of Skype that’s optimized for the company’s forthcoming Windows 8 operating system.
Editor's Pick Video is the new audio. With more emotion, more nuance, and more effective real-time communication, videoconferencing is growing at a 20 percent annual rate in business.
Yesterday, Skype updated its Mac client, adding group screen sharing, video calls with mobile users, and significantly altering the user interface. That is not the story. Rather, the story is why the company changed, and how the update is largely focused on placating angry Apple users.
Activision Blizzard reported today that its new Call of Duty Elite social network service for hardcore gamers has signed up 7 million subscribers since going live in November.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype promised to be a marriage made in an integration heaven — especially for Windows Phones owners — but so far it’s been all talk and no action.