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Skype security hole allows anyone to hijack your account with only your email address

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A new security hole has been discovered in the latest version of Skype, allowing users to gain control of your account. And it appears pretty simple, all you need to do is to know the user’s email address. According to The Next Web, who have reproduced the attack and verified the vulnerability, the email address is used to create a new account with that email address before resetting the password […]

Your PS Vita gets a little bit more useful – Skype is coming today

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The PS Vita – the gaming device that is the successor to the PlayStation Portable (and pretty much a very tiny library of games) – is getting a bit more useful with the addition of Skype. You will now be able to make video and voice calls with the new app, which will be available in the PlayStation Store for free. And as a little nudge after the lack of […]

Latest Skype version adds Facebook video chat, group screen sharing

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The latest update of Skype (version 5.8) for Windows is now available. The update, while fixing some bugs, also brings several key new features – including full HD video calling, Facebook video calling and group desktop sharing. The full HD video is currently supported by one camera – the Logitech C920 webcam. This is because the encoding is done inside the camera, rather than Skype. So, if you want to […]

Facebook announces Skype-powered video calling, chat improvements

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Facebook has announced today that it will be bringing video chatting to its users, powered by Skype, and will bring several improvements to its chat features – including starting a group chat. Video calling is only limited to Facebook-to-Facebook users and you will not be able to contact Skype users. Facebook has also made it simple to use, just click the “Call” button or will pop up when someone is […]

It’s official – Microsoft dominates two-thirds of IM market

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It’s now official. Microsoft now controls two-thirds of the worldwide instant messaging market share – thanks to its acquisition of Skype, according to a brand new report from security analysis firm OPSWAT. Microsoft’s famed Windows Live Messenger has a market share of 40.67%, while just-bought Skype controls 27.39% of the worldwide IM share. With Yahoo Messenger controlling 15.11% of the market, the three of them now control 80% of the […]

UPDATE: Microsoft confirms deal, buys Skype for US$8.5billion

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In what might be the biggest acquisition in the company’s history, Microsoft has confirmed that it will buy Skype for US$8.5 billion in cash, allowing Microsoft to have a better footing in the real-time communications market and expand on its services. Microsoft plans to use Skype’s intellectual property in order to improve its various platforms with Office Lync, its own competitor; Outlook, Windows Live Messenger and Hotmail, and – what […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 38: That’ll be $78 Trillion, please

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James Wilson, holding his new partner at the iPad 2 Launch (Image: Stewart Wilson/TECHGEEK.com.au) Despite the fact that Tom, James and Stewart aren’t on, the TECHGEEK Weekly Podcast still lives on, and we discuss the launch of the iPad 2, talk about the BlackBerry Playbook to come with Android applications and the fact that Duke Nukem Forever is delayed (again!). We also find out that Tom, James and Stewart really […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 27: CES is driving us GaGa

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And we’re back officially. CES was in full swing, and we saw a lot of tablets, 4G phones and 3D from Sony. We also had crazy Harvey Norman trying to put GST on our purchases online, Facebook being valued at $50 billion and the Mac App Store launch – and hack. And yes, it is the first hour long podcast – and the only one as it seems. But, hey, […]

Skype brings group video calling to users

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Users will now be able to have video conferences on Skype – but for a fee. (Image: Skype) Skype has announced that it will turn on Group Video Conferences to both consumer and business customers, allowing the entire group conversation able to see each other and show items rather than using the traditional voice group conversations. The company, however, will make it a premium feature as part of its new […]

Panasonic goes crazy with 3D, Plasma and LCD televisions

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VIERA TC-L42U30 LCD-LED HDTV (Image: Panasonic) Panasonic is going crazy with televisions, despite the fact we haven’t seen those announcements of the largest plasma televisions in the entire world. But with 14 3D televisions with HD, 7 plasma televisions, 6 LCD-LED HDTVs and 5 LCD HDTVs, Samsung is also pushing 3D television – like many other television producers (i.e. Sony). It’s LCD and LCD-LED lineup will feature In Plane Switching […]

Sony brings out 27 new LCD televisions

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Sony's BRAVIA XBR-HX929 LCD Television (Credit: Sony) Sony’s press conference was simply bringing the 3D experience to your house, and with its new BRAVIA LCD HDTV lineup for 2011, it plans to do so. The company will bring out this year 27 new televisions – 16 are capable of watching 3D content, and 22 have internet connectivity. The 3D televisions will share common features, such as a 5:5 pull down […]

App Update: Skype for iOS [v 3.0]

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Well it was bound to happen sooner or later and it finally has occurred – call it a last-minute Christmas present from Skype. If you hop on over to iTunes or the App Store, there you will see that Skype has been updated to version 3.0 – a very large milestone, and has some important updates. The major new feature for this update is the ability to have Skype Video […]

Morning Briefing: Tuesday 28 December

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Welcome to the Morning Briefing for Tuesday 28 December, where we highlight the tech stories from across the web and what we are watching here at TECHGEEK.com.au. Here’s what we are watching: Facebook has been valued at $41.2 billion, which is 56 percent higher than the past half year, making it worth more than eBay and Yahoo. Ouch. The Next Web has an interesting infograph detailing the growth of Google […]

TECHGEEK Podcast 15: TERENCE IS GONNNEEEE LETS PARTY!!!

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Yes, that’s right.. Terence is on holidays in Rome! So everyone at TECHGEEK.com.au is partying like crazy. We talk about the new Windows Phone 7, The Android ‘dude’ problem, #newtwitter, the iPhone app that allows you to spy and much much more. Behold, Episode 15 – the first extremely unorganised podcast to come from TECHGEEK.com.au, oh and we have made the clean tag! Programming note: Terence & James are not […]

TECHGEEK Podcast 14: OMG! There’s another body!

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Yes, apparently Google is into shooting photos of dead people as photos of the dead appeared on Google Street View. Ouch. As well, Motorola gets sued by Microsoft, Facebook lets you download everything you ever uploaded or wrote on Facebook, and MySpace brings out a craptastic new logo. As well, we bring out a new TECHGEEK Tips episode hosted by Terence and Chris, and the individual episode gets released on […]