Terms & Conditions: Skype’s limits on ‘unlimited,’ blocked countries, forbidden uses and more

Skype manages to keep its terms of use and privacy policy as slimmed down as possible -- but they're still beasts.
Cool Tech

The end of MP3? Opus Audio Codec promises better sound with less bandwidth

The open-source Opus Audio Codec could transform what we hear and how we hear it on the Web.

New malware bot affects IM services like Facebook Chat and Google Talk

A malware bot uses instant messaging services like Facebook Chat, Skype, and Google Talk to spread through as many computers as it can.

‘Rare’ Skype bug sends instant messages to unintended recipients

Skype confirms that a bug is sending user conversations to random contacts, even if they have never contacted each other before.

Skyping in Ethiopia could result in 15 years of prison

Traveling to Ethiopia? Steer clear of using Skype and Google Voice services or you might face up to 15 years in jail.

Opinion: Dear Skype: It’s over between us

Years of bad choices and Skype’s most recent decision to introduce “Conversation Ads” leave one loyal user with no choice but to split.
Social Media

Facebook reacts to Airtime by adding Call button on Timeline

Likely an attempt to bring more attention to the Skype-powered video calling feature, Facebook hopes more video chats will be initiated from the Timeline page.

Let’s give ’em something to talk about: Skype rolls out targeted ‘Conversation ads’

Skype's new "Conversation Ads" aim to get people talking during free Skype-to-Skype conversations, but will users find them too intrusive?
Android Army

It’s been a year: What has Microsoft done with Skype?

It's been a year since Microsoft announced its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype. Does it have anything to show for it but a troubled Windows Phone client?

New York to replace payphones with 32-inch touchscreens

The city of New York is finally moving ahead with a pilot program to replace 250 of its payphones with "smart" touchscreens that can display useful information to those on the go around the city.

This is what full Windows 8 Metro applications may look like

While users have been testing out Windows 8 Consumer Preview, XGMedia redesigned Skype to give future users an idea about what Windows 8 apps will look like, and the design principals behind Metro.