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Skype backtracks, won't kill PC peripheral compatibility (yet)

Skype decides it won't kill all aspects of its desktop API just yet, after facing widespread backlash on the decision to do so.

Revamped Skype app for Android tablets oozes Windows-esque style

Skype's Android app has received a much-needed overhaul, adding a new look and greatly improved video call quality.

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TextNow taps VoIP for $19 monthly smartphone plans

TextNow is jumping into the low-cost wireless service fray, with smartphone plans that start at $19 per month for data-based service that relies on Voice over IP for calls.

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Break the Bottleneck: Smooth out your business’s voice and video streaming with QoS

Prioritize your network traffic to ensure consistent quality.

Phone calls return to Gmail thanks to a Hangouts upgrade

Google Voice users bummed by the lack of call features in Hangouts have cause to rejoice.

Voice-over-LTE deals with slow start, rival telephony apps

The technology to implement Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) is maturing, but mobile operators won't roll out telephony services in earnest until 2015. At the same time apps like Skype and Fring are growing quickly in popularity, according to Infonetics Research.

Vulnerabilities found in code library used by encrypted phone call apps

ZRTPCPP, an open-source library that's used by several applications offering end-to-end encrypted phone calls, contained three vulnerabilities that could have enabled arbitrary code execution and denial-of-service attacks, according to researchers from security firm Azimuth Security.

Hands-on with Skype's new video-messaging service

Skype announced Monday that its video-messaging service, which allows users to send a video of three minutes or less to any of their Skype contacts, is now out of beta and free to all users.

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FreedomPop to roll out free mobile voice service

The carrier will add 200 free voice minutes (via VoIP) to a current plan that gives FreedomPop users 500MB of data for free.

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Lync-Skype integration live now worldwide

Microsoft has completed the first phase of the integration between its enterprise unified communications (UC) Lync server and its Skype consumer IM and IP telephony network.