Skype Exploring 3D Technology

But “Skype 3D” is possibly years away from hitting the market. continue…

At BUILD, Microsoft Unveils More of Windows 8.1

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Skype and Windows Live Messenger Get Hitched

Microsoft confirmed that in 2013 it will retire Windows Live Messenger. It’s really more of a marriage, where all 100 million Messenger users will be integrated into Skype—retaining the Skype name—so you’ll be able to reach all your contacts through both instant messaging and video calling. Skype was acquired by Microsoft in May 2011 for $8.5 billion, in a move that was pushed by Bill Gates himself. Eighteen months later, it’s clear why Microsoft acquired Skype. The software giant wants… continue…

Free Ride Over: Skype Calls to Feature Ads

Skype has announced that Windows users without credits will soon see “Conversation Ads” when they make one-to-one audio calls. At this stage the ads don’t seem like they’ll be too intrusive – as they are silent and of a visual nature. The system will draw on demographic information including location, gender and age to provide targeted advertising. Some might consider the company announcement to be a little spin-heavy: So, you should think of Conversation Ads as a way for Skype… continue…

Microsoft Targeting Yammer for Acquisition: Rumors

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Microsoft is in talks to acquire Yammer, according to Bloomberg. That would give Microsoft a platform for competing with Salesforce. continue…

Second Life, the Holodeck, and You

Do you remember Second Life? It was kind of like chat on steroids — you logged in, designed yourself an avatar, then wandered from place to place, meeting other avatars so you could interact with them in who knows what way. You could also buy and sell goods or property, or even, ahem, yourself. There was this whole virtual economy in place. To everyone out there buying swords in MMORPGs, this no doubt sounds familiar. When Second Life was gaining… continue…

Sony Playstation Vita Gets Skype

Sony is hoping its Playstation Vita can regain ground lost to mobile phones, which have eaten away at video gaming, by becoming more like a phone. Microsoft’s Skype is now available for download on the PS Vita, allowing users to participate on video chat while playing games. Skype is also available on the Windows phone. Yet while the Windows Phone version cannot be used while other applications run, the processing power of the PS Vita enables it to run both games and Skype,… continue…

Increasing Demand for Epic EMR Specialists [DiceTV]

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Health organizations need more Epic specialists… Tech jobs increase in Utah… and more on the DiceTV Job Minute.

Skype Will Hire 400 Software Engineers, Product Managers

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Skype plans to add 400 positions across five cities, with the bulk of the hiring expected in London and Stockholm. The video calling service, which was bought out by Microsoft in October, will also later expand its employee count in Tallinn, Estonia; Prague, Czech Republic; and Palo Alto, Calif.,  according to BBC News. The new positions will bring Skype’s worldwide head count to 1,600. Rick Osterloh, vice president of product and design, told the BBC that Skype is hiring in software engineering, product management… continue…

Google+ Hangouts Can Now Make Free Phone Calls

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Google+’s Hangouts has just gone a whole lot more awesome. The group video chat feature of Google’s social network, one which rival Facebook has no answer to yet, had been pimped out with numerous features that enhance collaboration. Now it’s been updated again with one extra feature: You can make phone calls from within the Hangouts interface to any number in the U.S. and Canada, for free. Once the connection is established, the call recipient can join the conversation with… continue…