Posts Tagged ‘Skype’

Your Browsing History May have been Sold Already

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Considering that the prime purpose of most browsers and many social media sites is to collect user data and browsing habits, I’d pretty much take this one as a given.

Add-on companies are selling the browsing history of millions of users to third-parties according to a report that aired on German national TV. Reporters of Panorama managed to gain access to a large data collection that contained the browsing history of roughly 3 million German Internet users. The data was collected by companies that produce browser extensions for various popular browsers such as Chrome and Firefox.


How to Join the Skype Translator Preview Right Now

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

It will be interesting to see how well this works out; from what I’ve seen so far, machine translation usually leaves a whole lot to be desired.

Microsoft revealed in May 2014 that it is working on real-time translation for Skype. While machine translation is not a new concept, real-time translation of voice communication in this magnitude is. Translation services such as Google Translate or Bing Translator have been part of the Internet for many years. They can be used to translate text or web pages from one language into the other.


Microsoft Demos Skype Real-Time Translator

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

In the past, machine translation has left an awful lot to be desired … let’s hope that this time, Microsoft gets it right.

Machine translation has come a long way in the past decade and while research and projects happened mostly behind closed doors or in academia, end user products have gotten better as well. Web browsers for instance support a variety of translation options, from the built-in Google Translate in Chrome to dozens of add-ons for Firefox that provide you with translation options. There have been attempts to translate chat in real-time, Clownfish and Skype Chat Translator are two plugins for Skype that offered those features.


How to Verify Link Targets Before you Click on Links

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Those shortened URLs can be a big help to people who post a lot of links, but they can also be used to hide links to malicious sites too …

Yesterday’s post about a new virus attack on Skype has shown that it is important to verify link targets before you click on the links. Because if you do not, you may end up with some nasty virus, trojan or other malicious software on your PC. What makes the Skype attack work that well is that it spreads by messaging Skype contacts, people that you probably trust not to send you malicious links or files.


Beware of, “Hey is this your Skype Profile Pic” Messages

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Heads up; there’s a new virus scam hitting Skype users …

A new virus is making the rounds that is affecting the Skype communication software. The following messages are used to spread the virus: hey is this your skype profile pic or hey, is this your new profile picture, or hey, cool profile picture, is this it. Remember that it is likely that there are other variations in the wild.


Skype Updates Now Also Available via Windows Update

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

This makes a heck of a lot of sense; I’m surprised that it took so long to implement …

Can you believe that more than a year has passed since Microsoft acquired Skype back in 2011? In that time, Microsoft managed to get Facebook to integrate the video chat functionality on the most popular social networking site and a version of Skype for the company’s own mobile phone operating system Windows Phone.  But Skype is not only available on Windows Phone, but also for other phone operating system and as a Skype app for the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Further integration of Skype will come to Microsoft Office and the popular Xbox gaming system of the company.


Skype Reveals Remote and Local IP Address of All Online Users

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Apparently, when using Skype, one’s IP address isn’t as private as one might assume that it would be …

If you are a user of the messaging software Skype, you know that you can see the location of your contacts in the Skype interface. What you probably do not know is that there is currently a way to display a Skype user’s remote and local IP address as well.


Skype 5.8 for Windows Released

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

My wife will be interested in this; she uses Skype to save on long distance calls to her family in Japan …

Microsoft today has released an update for the popular voice over IP, messaging and video calling software Skype. Skype 5.8 for Windows is currently only available on the Skype homepage and not via the program’s update checker. Existing Skype users who click on Help > Check for Updates are receiving notifications that they are running the latest version. It is likely that the updater is going to pick up the new version later today.


Skype Acquisition Closed, Now Part of Microsoft

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Remember about seven or eight years ago, when most people everybody were laughing at the idea of a web-based phone service? Now that idea is worth $8.5 billion!

Microsoft yesterday announced that the company closed the acquisition of Skype which is now an official part of Microsoft Corp. The acquisition, which cost Microsoft $8.5 billion US Dollars was originally announced on May 10, 2011.


Skype Update 5.5 with Critical Security Vulnerability

Friday, July 29th, 2011

If you’re a Skype user, you might want to read this before updating …

It does not happen often that software updates ship with critical security updates. But that’s exactly the case with the Skype 5.5 release for Windows. Skype 5.5 is the first version with Facebook integration. Skype users with a Facebook account can now use some of Facebook’s functionality right in the voice over IP software. This includes posting comments and status updates, or seeing which Facebook friends are online on the social networking website.