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June 13, 2012
by sjvn01
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Skype jumps the shark: Seven alternative VoIP services

Hundreds of millions of people use Skype for its free voice over IP (VoIP) services every day. Indeed, Skype claims that in March 2012, 35-million people were all talking at the same time on the service. But, how many of … Continue reading

May 8, 2012
by sjvn01
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Ready, set, broadcast with Google+’s Hangouts on Air

With Google+ Hangouts, you’ve long been able to do free videoconferencing for up to ten people. Now, with Google+ Hangouts on Air, anyone can also broadcast to a world-wide audience. According to Chee Chew, a Google Engineering Director, “If you … Continue reading

December 2, 2011
by sjvn01
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Carrier IQ tries to spin its way out of trouble

Carrier IQ, the mobile phone network analysis company at the heart of the smartphone spyware scandal, isn’t talking to me, but it is talking to AllThingsD. To them, Andrew Coward, Carrier IQ’s VP of marketing, explained that “The software receives … Continue reading

December 1, 2011
by sjvn01
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Finding and cleaning out your smartphone’s Carrier IQ poison

Isn’t it wonderful? It turns out that a spyware rootkit from a company called Carrier IQ is on hundreds of millions of Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Only Windows Phone-powered smartphones seems to have avoiding this program that reports … Continue reading

August 3, 2011
by sjvn01
Comments Off on Look out Skype! Google makes its VoIP service international

Look out Skype! Google makes its VoIP service international

Besides search and social networking, Google keeps getting deeper and deeper into the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) market. While Google hasn’t opened the doors for anyone in the world to use Google Voice yet, Google has just made it … Continue reading