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

Skype Exorcists are Scam Artists, Say Traditional Exorcists

The internet is no stranger to long-distance religious rites, and Skype in particular has been a haven to those looking for a blessing from out-of-state (or across the globe, at that). Still, online spirituality does have its limits, which is unfortunate for Evangelical Christian Reverend Bob Larson. Because according… » 1/29/14 12:40pm 1/29/14 12:40pm

There's Nothing Wrong With a FaceTime Thanksgiving

This will be the first Thanksgiving I've ever spent away from family. I really couldn't take another round of traveling on the worst travel day of the year. And although I'm looking forward to a jolly, boozy holiday with my friends, in the back of the mind I will miss gorging myself on turkey in close proximity to… » 11/22/13 4:23pm 11/22/13 4:23pm

New Software Makes Skype Chats Way Less Awkward

Everybody who's ever done a video chat has felt the frustration. You call your pal using Skype or whatever so that you can see their face and they can see yours, but whoops, you're not even looking at each other. You're looking at the screen so your eyes are slightly off-center. Annoying! But maybe not for long. » 8/27/13 1:47pm 8/27/13 1:47pm