Robots Could Be Better Than Drones for Deliveries—If They Don't Get Beaten Up, That Is

Remember what happened to hitchBOT this summer? You know, the hitchhiking humanoid that was ripped limb from limb two weeks into its solo journey? Because two of the original founders of Skype want to make robots that’ll similarly traverse streets, in order to ship goods to your house. It could be a great alternative… »11/02/15 12:45pm11/02/15 12:45pm

Use VR to Possess This Teddy Bear's Body for Long Distance Communication

From FaceTime to Skype to WhatsApp, there’s no shortage of ways to chat with people on the other side of the globe. But screw Jetsons-style video chatting: Make way for this Ted-like robotic bear that mimics your gestures and projects your voice from far away, even letting you “see” through its own eyes. It’s like if… »10/26/15 6:45pm10/26/15 6:45pm

Skype Translator is out of beta and headed to the Skype Windows desktop app.

Skype Translator is out of beta and headed to the Skype Windows desktop app. The tool supports six languages outloud as well as 50 messaging languages] We tried the service and found it promising, but not quite the Babel Fish of our hearts’ desire. No word on when the service rolls out to other platforms yet. »10/01/15 11:16am10/01/15 11:16am

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 9:40am7/25/15 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 2:00pm7/13/15 2:00pm

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 10:35am3/26/15 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 11:25am2/02/15 11:25am