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How to Get Better Quality Out of Your Video Chats

So you’re all excited to hop on a video chat with grandma, but the quality is less than desirable. The video is choppy, the audio echoes and cuts out, and you can barely see the person on the other end. Before you flip that table, here are a few things you can tweak to make sure you’re getting the best quality… » 7/25/15 9:40am Saturday 9:40am

You're Using Neural Networks Every Day Online—Here's How They Work

If you use Google’s new Photos app, Microsoft’s Cortana, or Skype’s new translation function, you’re using a form of AI on a daily basis. AI was first dreamed up in the 1950s, but has only recently become a practical reality — all thanks to software systems called neural networks. This is how they work. » 7/13/15 2:00pm 7/13/15 2:00pm

Download Skype Translator Right Now, No Invite Required

Skype Translator is one of those technologies that makes you stop and say “woah, future.” A mythical service that can translate your speech in seamless real time, with accompanying transcripts, could eventually surmount the language barrier. But until then, we have Skype Translator, and it’s a great start. » 5/12/15 2:16pm 5/12/15 2:16pm

Use Skype and a Webcam To Keep an Eye on Your Home from Anywhere

Skype's best known for video and audio calling, and even a bit of old-school instant messaging, but there are plenty of other uses for it. One of these alternative uses is to set up a free, instant access home monitoring system that you can launch from your office or your vacation whenever you like. Here's how to… » 3/26/15 10:35am 3/26/15 10:35am

Hackers Posed as Hot Girls on Skype to Steal Intel From Syrian Rebels

It's kind of the oldest trick in the book. Catfishing is where you pretend to be someone you're not online so that you can trick someone else into doing something. And based on a new report, this is exactly how pro-Assad hackers have been robbing intel from opposition forces: They've been posing as hot girls on Skype » 2/02/15 11:25am 2/02/15 11:25am

Skype Translator Hands-On: Close But No Babel Fish

When Skype announced its real-time translation program back in May, most of us seized on the sci-fi-ness off it all—Star Trek's universal translator, Babel fish, etc. But the technology is very real, and has been for years, just it separate pieces. Skype Translator is is the commercial culmination of those efforts,… » 12/16/14 5:45pm 12/16/14 5:45pm

Microsoft Is Officially Killing MSN Messenger Once and For All

Ever since Microsoft acquired Skype, it's been slowly but surely pushing those last MSN/Windows Live Messenger clingers-on into its brave new, Skype-based world. And now China, the last MSN Messenger stronghold, is finally getting the boot, ending the messaging service's 15 year run once and for all. » 8/29/14 11:04am 8/29/14 11:04am

Skype Just Fixed the Single Most Annoying Thing About Notifications

Skype just announced a great new feature that should be part of every single app, plugin, or digital service you use: When you're actively Skyping, the app's notifications will only go to the device you're currently using. Why didn't this kind of setup become a universal standard, like, five years ago? » 8/20/14 1:36pm 8/20/14 1:36pm

Plug Facebook Into Skype For a News Feed Firehose

We know that our Facebook news feeds go through a complicated filtering process, affected both by Facebook's internal algorithms and our own efforts to hide or show particular friends. However, not all third-party apps are so complex, and Skype will pull in your Facebook news feed pretty much as it's published. » 7/07/14 10:01am 7/07/14 10:01am