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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, bringing all those things, like speech recognition, automated translation, and machine learning, into one program.


Skype Will Now Work Straight From Your Browser Without Any Software

Skype for Web makes chatting face-to-face with your aunt easier by eliminating the need to download a pesky app. Skype’s wonderfully easy to use provided you’ve already got it on the device you’re using. Skype for Web makes it easier to get your chat on when Skype isn’t already installed. All you’ve got to do is go to Skype.com and login.


Skype Lets You Send Doodles Now (If You're On Windows Phone)

Skype’s latest update includes a new drawing feature, so you can send your friends doodles while you video chat them. The feature is debuting on Windows Phone, and Skype hasn’t announced any plans to bring it to iOS and Android.


Skype's New Group Video Messaging App Takes A Late Cue From Snapchat

Skype Qik is a solid video messaging app that would be a guaranteed hit if Skype could go back in time and release it a few years ago. Skype Qik lets you take 42-second videos and send them to friends off your contact list, creating an impromptu video message relay that disappears after two weeks.


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.


How Skype Translator Learns Language From Social Media

When Microsoft and Skype revealed Skype Translator in May, everyone displayed awe and wonder at a service that could finally traverse the language barrier. The premise was that the Skype Translator app would convert speech in real time allowing fluid conversation between speaking partners with different lingual tongues.


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?


What's The Generic Word For Skype? Videophone? Video Chat?

As technologies evolve, so does the language we use to describe them. Radio used to be called wireless telephone. Some people used to call the internet the catenet. But what do we call it when you’re talking with a person via video link? Is it videophone? Video chat? Skype?


Skype To Launch Star Trek-Style, Real-Time Language Translator

Microsoft just demoed an awesome new feature for Skype that will actually let you speak to people in other languages — in real-time — by doing all the translating dirty work for you.


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 to the religious powers that be, his Skype-based exorcism practice is just another, run-of-the-mill internet scam.


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