Apps and updates worth downloading: Facebook Messenger, Cycloramic, Final Fantasy II, and more

Deck out your new phone or tablet with apps to use while you're un-decking the halls and recovering from the holidays. Facebook Messenger and Skype get updates, get a new app to manage your tasks or replace your keyboard, and relive classic…

Skype offers a month of free and unlimited worldwide calling

If you have friends or family around the world and fancy calling them on their landline or mobile phone this Christmas, Skype's offering free calls for a month to a long list of countries.

Oops! Skype reveals details of upcoming video messaging feature in terms-of-service update

Any fanfare Skype was planning for the launch of its new video messaging feature will likely sound more like a rapidly deflating balloon after details of the feature appeared in its latest terms-of-service update.

Microsoft plugs Skype email security hole that let people steal your account

Microsoft has closed off a major security hole in Skype that allowed anyone to gain access to your account with only your email address. The entirely avoidable problem highlights the opposing goals of "user experience" and "safety."

Can Microsoft’s revamped Skype take on Gchat, Google Voice and Google Hangouts?

Microsoft's ditching Windows Live Messenger for Skype, but is Skype enough to stand up to the other widely used services? We compare Skype to its biggest Google competitors: Hangouts, Talk, and Voice.

Microsoft killing Windows Live Messenger, will replace it with Skype (Rumor confirmed)

Microsoft is reportedly putting Windows Live Messenger to rest, and replacing the messaging client with Skype.
Social Media

Skype 6.0 desktop update adds Facebook and Microsoft integration and retools for Retina Display

Skype has updated its desktop app to 6.0 to enable Facebook and Microsoft account logins, Live messaging, and merged contact lists. Mac users out there will also rejoice at the announcement of a Retina Display-ready Skype client.

Skype users warned not to click on unexpected links as ‘ransomware’ worm spreads

Malware which could lock a user out of their PC until they pay $200 is targeting Skype users through its instant messaging facility. Those using the Internet-based phone service are being warned not to click on unexpected links, to review…

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.