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Month: October 2017

  • Skype is expanding to ambient devices—giving you a new, uniquely intelligent platform for Skype calling that extends beyond PC and mobile devices. The Harman Kardon Invoke speaker, with Cortana by Microsoft, is the first of these devices embedded with easy, voice-activated Skype calling to your Skype contacts, phone contacts, and local businesses. In addition to Skype-to-Skype calling, which is always free, Invoke also features unlimited free outbound calling from the U.S. to mobiles and landlines based in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands. Restrictions apply—please read the Terms and Conditions of the full offer. Invoke responds to your voice commands, such as “Hey Cortana, call mom” or “Hey Cortana, call the closest pharmacy.” You can also ask Cortana to call a specific phone number to reach a contact not yet assigned. Skype Competition for Google Home and Echo would be nice but not at the $199 price point.
  • Microsoft said Tuesday that the cellular version of its Surface Pro hybrid tablet would be released in December. The Surface Pro was announced earlier this year, but without a release date. At the time, the U.S. technology giant said the device would support mobile connectivity. Now Microsoft has confirmed that the Surface Pro will come with data connectivity and that it will ship in December. Users can input a Nano SIM or use the in-built eSIM to connect to a carrier. CNBC This is way overdue from Microsoft. Look at how long Apple has had iPads on cellular it’s about time.
  • If you are in the market for a new phone, you might have considered getting one among high end models recently unveiled. There are many options in this segment including the iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Considering the two mentioned, you might need to look deeper into the features of both phones to arrive at a conclusion, but this is not a difficult decision if you consider features like the camera. Noelle Neff, a writer and tech enthusiast who has helped review different phones also has something to say about the camera options between the iPhone X and Note 8. This is a tight battle that reveals the positives of each model, so if you want to choose based on this criterion then pay attention. Sensors According to Apple, the iPhone 8 Plus comes with sensors which are physically bigger than previous models. But this information is not highlighted in the EXIF data. The camera of the iPhone 8 features a 28 mm lens that has a 3.99mm focal length as well as a fixed f/1.8 aperture. Its 2x lens is 6mm and offers f/2.8, but the reason its values are low is because this is a secondary sensor that is smaller than the primary. Its main lens relies on a 1/3-inch chip with the 2x sensor taking a 1/3.6-inch design. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features a 4.3mm f/1.7 lens that works with its wide-angle camera. Its focal length is wider and has a wider field of view due to its main sensor that includes a 1/2.55-inch design. The second lens of the camera is a bit tighter. That means the main camera of the Note 8 offers a wider aperture. One advantage the Note 8 enjoys is that it comes with...
  • October 30, 2017

    Skype New Desktop App Has Been Released

    The long-awaited Skype desktop app is here for the entire world to download. Well almost everyone. Skype announced on their blog “The Skype for desktop Preview and the next generation of Skype for mobile improved the way you connect with your contacts and added expanded capabilities such as personalized themes, chat list, and @mentions to the Skype experience. The Skype desktop app—now out of preview and rolling out today—brings all these exciting new improvements and features to your desktop. It’s all built on brand-new technology that scales to billions of people on a reliable platform.” The new Skype allows for you to use the same Skype on mobile and on the desktop makes for a more unified experience. New feature include Customization themes Better organize chat lists Share cloud-based, files, photos, and videos Send files via dragging and dropping files up to 300 MB over Skype uses less battery power now that it’s in the cloud. Added Cross-device functionality Added Notification panel Chat media gallery Conversation fun with Reactions and @mentions Status updates are back Bots are back But the update is not for everyone if you read further on post “Windows 10 November Update (2016) and lower, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Linux and have automatic updates enabled, the update will be delivered to you when it’s ready. If you would like to get the update manually, you can download and install the new version at Skype.com. Windows 10 users will receive an update shortly to add the new features.” For a small number of user, you will need to wait but great things are sometimes worth waiting to get in tech.
  • YouTube is tweaking the way it chooses which videos will have adverts shown with them. The update comes after YouTube made changes to the way videos were monetised, to stop ads appearing alongside extremist content. The changes prompted complaints from some popular vloggers, saying it made it hard for them to earn money. The improved algorithm should mean more videos were classified as suitable for ads, YouTube said. BBC YouTube is doing whatever they can to avoid paying content creators a lot money.
  • While we often get hung up on how the products and services look, how they work is arguably of even greater importance. And on that note, Microsoft is sharing some details today about how it will make your Outlook.com experience even better. “A key part of keeping performance snappy is to store your data in a region that optimizes performance, which is typically based on the proximity of datacenters to where you are located,” the Outlook team writes. “Today, we’re excited to share ways we’ve updated Outlook.com to be more intelligent about where your mailbox data is stored.” Thurrott I am surprise Outlook.com was not doing this already.
  • You asked, he answered!  For Slashdot’s 20th anniversary — and the 23rd anniversary of the first release of Red Hat Linux — here’s a special treat.  Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst has responded to questions submitted by Slashdot readers. Read on for his answers…
  • Skype has joined Google Play’s exclusive 1 billion download club, becoming one of only a handful of Android apps to reach the magic milestone. It’s worth noting here that this figure doesn’t equate to 1 billion users on Android, given that people can download an app and never use it. Indeed, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed last March that Skype had around 300 million monthly active users (MAUs) across all platforms. And with rival services such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger growing in popularity, it’s unlikely Skype’s MAU number will have risen significantly. VentureBeat I have a feeling this is mostly in the over seas markets where Skype is a lot bigger then the US. I love Skype but I don’t see it that popular in the USA.
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