‘Older Versions’ Of Skype For Desktop Being Retired-Ubergizmo

 

By Adnan Farooqui on 06/22/2014

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In a post on its official blog, it has been confirmed that all older versions of Skype for desktop are going to be retired over the next few months. This includes both Skype for Windows and Skype for Mac. Version 6.13 and below will be retired for the former and 6.14 and below for the latter. This is being done as the Skype team focuses its efforts on “bringing the latest and greatest to the most recent versions of Skype.”

Those who are using older versions of the service need not worry. Its free to update to the latest version of Skype today. The latest version can be obtained from Skype’s website for both Windows and Mac.

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Snowden leak: Microsoft added Outlook.com backdoor for Feds • The Register

There are red faces in Redmond after Edward Snowden released a new batch of documents from the NSA‘s Special Source Operations (SSO) division covering Microsoft’s involvement in allowing backdoor access to its software to the NSA and others.

Documents seen by The Guardian detail how the NSA became concerned when Microsoft started testing Outlook.com, and asked for access. In five months Microsoft and the FBI created a workaround that gives the NSA access to encrypted chats on Outlook.com. The system went live in December last year – two months before Outlook.com’s commercial launch. Those Outlook users not enabling encryption get their data slurped as a matter of course, the documents show. “For Prism collection againstHotmail, Live, and Outlook.com emails will be unaffected because Prism collects this data prior to encryption,” an NSA newsletter states.

Read entire Register report here.

 

 

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How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages | World news | The Guardian

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users’ communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company’s own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.

 

Read entire Guardian report, including mention of Skype after its purchase by MS.

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Why Skype is the Most Used Software in Our Law Firm – Divorce Discourse

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Lee Rosen:

Skype is my most used software package. I use it, literally, all day long. It’s pretty amazing when you really put it to use.

I use Skype, primarily, as my instant messenger client. Everyone in my firm, in all three offices, runs Skype all day and we communicate with instant messages constantly. I use it when I want someone to call me. I send a quick message that says “call me now” or “call me when you get a chance.”

We use it when someone arrives at the office for a meeting to let the attorney or paralegal know their visitor has arrived. We use it to arrange for front desk coverage when the receptionist needs to go to the bathroom. We alert attorneys that a caller is holding when the attorney is on another call. Skype works well between offices and within a single office. It’s also terrific when someone is working from home. Of course, you can send messages while already on a call so you don’t need to deal with a noisy intercom or putting a caller on hold.

That’s just the beginning of what Skype can do.

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Read the rest of Rosen’s paen to Skype.

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Lee Rosen has practiced family law for more than twenty years. With four offices, Rosen Law Firm serves Raleigh, Charlotte, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Rosen served as the Law Practice Management Editor of the ABA Family Advocate for more than a decade and received the ABA James Keane Award for excellence in eLawyering. He served as Chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, is a frequent speaker and is often sought out by the media as a source of family law insight and commentary. Read more about You can also follow Lee on Twitter

 

 

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Call Recorder for Skype – The Skype Audio/Video Call Recording Solution for Mac – Ecamm Network

Call Recorder for Skype

Install Call Recorder and you’ll instantly see recording controls in Skype. Use the Record and Stop buttons, or activate Call Recorder’s automatic recording feature. The recorded files are saved into a folder on your Mac, neatly named with the caller’s name and the date.
 
Use Call Recorder to record your video sessions exactly as you see them or in unique side-by-side and split-screen modes. Camera shy? There’s even an option to just record the remote video.
 
 Download the free demo version and try it out for 7 days. Purchase only if you like what you see.
US $19.95 for the app.
System Requirements:
Mac OS X 10.5 or later
Quicktime 7 or later
Skype for Mac 2.5 or later

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New Webcams Add Wide-Angle Video Calls to Your TV – NYTimes.com

Now wide-angle cameras that pop onto large-screen televisions are on the market; they capture high-definition video and a generous stretch of the living room sofa, too. Several devices, including the TV Cam HD ($199.99) from Logitech, are already on sale, with at least a half-dozen others expected in time for the holiday shopping season, said Richard Doherty, research director of the Envisioneering Group, a market research company in Seaford, N.Y.

The new TV cams are for people who want to add an Internet-based feature to their  high-definition TV’s. “You can add this capability for a few hundred dollars or less,” Mr. Doherty said. “Lots of people have HDTVs they’ve bought in the last few years, and they aren’t going to get rid of them for Internet TVs.”

Internet-enabled TVs have software for video chatting, but many models require viewers to buy a suitable add-on camera.

Logitech’s TV Cam HD works with any high-definition television that has an available HDMI port, a common connection. It comes with connectivity to the Internet by way of Ethernet or Wi-Fi, and Skype software that supports high-definition video calling. To control the camera, you use a small remote control to zoom in or pan during a call, or to enter text on the screen.

Read entire NYTIMES article/review by Anne Eisenberg here.

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