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Microsoft Rolls Out Support For Video Calling Between Skype And Lync Users

Last year, Microsoft announced that its consumer-facing Skype communications service and its enterprise-focused counterpart would begin to interoperate, first with IM and audio, and later expanding to support video.<p>Today, the company says, the video integration is complete.<p>Skype users can now video …

5 smart ways students can use Google Scholar

Here's something that's happened to most college students: It's 20 minutes before your final paper is due, and you haven't written a bibliography yet.<p>…

littleBits introduces its own DIY Smart Home Kit, a look at your options for creating an internet-connected home

<i>From</i> <i>9to5Toys.com</i>:<p>Home automation possibilities are endless and what our homes will be like in the coming 5, 10 or 15 years is truly unknown. It is a constantly evolving sector of the technology scene that continues to grow each day with every new product announcement. From WeMo to SmartThings, …

A single fiber strand could carry the world's internet traffic

Researchers in the US and Netherlands have managed to transmit data at 255Tbps across a single strand of fiber cable over a kilometer (0.6 miles), about 2,500 times faster than any commercial fiber. They used a so-called multicore cable with seven separate channels, but the hardware alone didn't …

Get satellite images from Google in every new Chrome tab

Taking a virtual tour through Google Earth and Street View is great and all, but sometimes you just quickly need to see a beautiful photo of the planet to make your day. That's where this new Earth View plug-in for Chrome comes in. Earth View shows you satellite images from Google Maps every time …

Apple's genius? What genius, says Samsung

In a series of new ads for the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung mocks everything from Apple's inept livestream at its event to its new watch to its supposed geniuses.<p>Gloves? Who needs gloves?<p>Ever since Apple launched its glitzy new phones and its Hollywoody watches, Samsung has been determined to punch as …

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'Undetectable' Peter Pan computer virus threatens UK businesses

A sophisticated spam attack has raised the spectre of a new wave of undetectable viruses coming from eastern Europe<p>A Peter Pan pantomime in Bournemouth is being used as part of a sophisticated hacking attack from Eastern Europe that is targetting thousands of British businesss.<p>An email claiming to …

Sonos drops price of music systems and plans hi-res update

Competition from Pure, LG and Samsung forces the wireless audio company to simplify systems and reduce setup costs<p>Audio company Sonos, makers of the popular wireless music system, is simplifying its product and effectively reducing the price by £40 after ditching the need for its wireless “bridge” …

Alienware just built the Mac Pro of gaming PCs

Expect no less than a monster price for this crazy machine<p>Apple's new "trash can" Mac Pro is pretty wild, but Alienware might have just snatched back the title for craziest desktop PC with its new Area-51. Gone is the rectangular tower desktop of old — in its place, Alienware's made a funky, …

Apple is not so safe after all, right?

Ryanne Lai<p>The whole world gives Android the cold shoulder when speaking of privacy and security. It’s often said viruses and attackers can get all over your phone and take all your information. It has been proven time after time that Apple’s hardware and software are far from being foolproof.<p>Last …

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23 Questions For People With iPhones

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AOL still has 2.3 million dialup subscribers—and they’re very profitable

AOL has spent the last decade—since the broadband era really took off—trying to build a business around online advertising. But its legacy dialup internet subscription business is still generating a big portion of its sales—and most of its profits.<p>At the end of June, AOL had 2.3 million …

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Microsoft Announces August Update To Windows 8.1, But Don’t Call It Update 2

Microsoft has a number of upgrades coming for Windows 8.1 on August 12, but the company today announced in a blog post that the new features and tweaks don’t constitute an “Update 2” to the operating system.<p>So what is coming in the non-Update 2 August release? Trackpad improvements, better …

New malware can live inside any USB device undetected

It turns out that the stalwart USB thumbstick, or any universal serial bus device, isn't as trustworthy as once thought. A pair of security researchers has found we need to worry about more than just malware-infected files that are stored portable drives, and now need to guard against hacks built …

MacTrast Deals: The Mac Mastery Bundle – Become A Mac Power User

Did you just make the move from a Windows machine to a Mac, or maybe you’ve been using a Mac for awhile now, and you still feel like there’s more you …

OS X Yosemite Beta: First Impressions, Installation Tips, Known Issues, and Bug Fixes

Today marked the first day of Apple's public beta testing program for OS X Yosemite, letting thousands of non-developers download the software for the first time. With so many new users, new issues and bugs in the beta are coming to light and being catalogued in our Yosemite forum.<p>We've pulled out …

Where to Buy the MacBook decals from Apple’s new ‘Stickers’ ad

<b>Update:</b> Most stickers available here and here.<p>In case you were wondering where to buy those Macbook decals that you saw in Apple’s new “Stickers” TV ad for the MacBook Air, below we’ve put together a list of the ones that are actually available to purchase online. Some are slight variations from …

Android has 1bn active users and grand ambitions for cars, wearables and TV

Google I/O keynote reveals latest growth stats, new ambitions and takes a few potshots at Apple<p>Google's Android now has more than 1bn active users, nearly double the 530m it had a year ago.<p>The company announced the latest milestone at its I/O developer conference, adding that it has paid out more …

You Can Now Register a .UK Domain, Saving Three Keystrokes

It’s always been a little bit odd that if you want a French domain you get .fr and if you want a German domain, you get a .de Web address, but if you wanted a UK domain, you were stuck with .co.uk – an altogether more unwieldy answer.<p>Well, from today that’s no longer the case – you can opt for …

WATCH: The Division Has You Fighting on Deserted New York City Streets

As with many Ubisoft titles The Division might be delayed. Reports say that its 2015 release date might be optimistic. But attendees at the E3 gaming …

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Ex-Apple Genius reveals 8 ways to extend your iPhone battery

Battery drain has always been one of smartphone users' biggest bugbears. Former Apple Genius Bar worker Scotty Loveless offers tips on how to extend the iPhone's battery life<p>Battery drain has always been one of smartphone users' biggest bugbears, and since the launch of Apple's iOS 7.1 mobile …