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Four years later, Skype updates iOS app

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Skype has finally updated its iOS app. This is the first time in four years that the Skype app was updated. The previous version of Skype was design for iOS 4. However, the new version has reduced clutter. The bottom menu bar has only two major features, which are phone calls and messaging. Pulling up contacts, favorites, recent calls, or chats uses the swipe function. Skype now has a proper release cycle plan in place with less gaps for updates.
[Source: TNW]

Former Skype head Tony Bates joins GoPro as president and board member


Tony Bates, former Skype head and Microsoft executive, is now president and a board member of video camera maker GoPro. Bates will report to GoPro founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman.
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Microsoft and Skype have built a universal translator


At the Code Conference, Microsoft Skype VP Gurdeep Singh Pal and communications manager Diana Heinrichs demoed new real-time speech translation tool that will eventually be built into Skype.
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Skype announces group video calling is now free

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Skype has announced today that it is making group video calling (GVC) available for free of charge on Windows, OS X, and the Xbox One. Skype also promised to enable group video calling across all platforms at no cost in the future.

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Qik is shutting down on April 30th

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Qik is a video streaming service that was acquired by Skype for $150 million in Janaury 2011, which has announced it is shutting down on April 30th. Qik was founded in 2006 and had around 5 million users during the time of the acquisition. 

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Skype is letting users sign up with a Microsoft account

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Skype has revealed that people can now sign up for the VoIP/messaging service using a Microsoft account. This user works great if you prefer to have less login credentials. The Windows Phone app has also been updated with a number of security improvements plus an indicator that shows you when the person on the other side starts typing. Skype will now require a Microsoft account when registering for a new account through the app. The new version of the app is only available for Windows Phone 8.
[Source: Skype Blog]

Research: Skype helps keep around half of the long-distance relationships going

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If you are in a long-distance relationship, the odds are high that you often use FaceTime or Skype. According to research, Skype helps lessen negative outcomes when it comes to long-distance relationships.
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Skype gets hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

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Skype’s Twitter and Facebook account has been hacked as well with their blog. The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) claims to be responsible for the hack. The SEA said that they want Skype to stop spying on the public.
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