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Keeping Grandma/pa Busy with Gadgets

Moved to http://www.blogupon.co.uk/2013/11/keeping-grandmapa-busy-with-gadgets.html

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CNN Skype interview with an Israeli citizen and a Palestinian in Gaza

A Skype interview between CNN’s Isha Sesay, Israeli citizen and Ashkelon resident Nissim Nahoom, and Mohammed Sulaiman, a Palestinian resident of Gaza, was suddenly interrupted by repeated bomb blasts.

The two interviewees live on the two sides of the Israeli, Gaza strip border, separated only by a 15 minute drive, the CNN anchor notes. After the first few blasts, Sulaiman tried to keep talking and ignoring them, until a louder one gets him offline and interrupts the call.

The simultaneous Skype interviews were set up by CNN as a way to underscore the dangers or regular people who live on the front lines of the conflict that renewed Wednesday with the assassination of Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, the head of Hamas’ military wing. The airstrike has been followed by Hamas militants launching missiles towards Israeli cities as well as subsequent bombings by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in Gaza.

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Skype calls instant-message privacy bug ‘rare’

NEW YORK: Online calling service Skype has confirmed that a bug that has caused instant messages to be sent to the wrong contacts.

Skype, which is owned by Microsoft Corp., said in a statement Monday that only a “small number of users” are affected. It called the bug a “rare occurrence” but did not go into details about what caused it or exactly how many people were affected.

Skype says it will send out a software update that fixes the problem in the next few days. It plans to notify users once the update is available.

The bug was first described in Skype’s online support forums and reported in various technology blogs. Skype says it occurs when a user’s Skype program crashes during an instant message session. In some cases, this can lead to the last IM that person sent being sent to a different contact after they restart the program.

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Microsoft to buy Yammer for $1.2 billion

Microsoft Corp agreed to buy online social network firm Yammer Inc for $1.2 billion in cash, which will allow the software company to offer a service like Facebook Inc’s to corporate customers.

Talk of a deal had circulated earlier this month, but the two companies only confirmed the deal on Monday.

Four-year-old Yammer, which has 5 million users of its private, in-company social networks, helps companies’ internal communications and strategizing by allowing employees to interact with each other freely. Companies such as Ford Motor Co , Supervalu and Deloitte are customers.

The firm will become part of Microsoft’s Office unit under Kurt DelBene but will still be led by current Chief Executive David Sacks.

Microsoft, which owns a small fraction of Facebook shares, has been looking for ways to make its desktop-bound products more attractive to its core corporate users and home consumers.

Last year it paid $8.5 billion to buy online chat company Skype, which it is integrating into its offerings, including Office.

Microsoft’s Office suite of applications – including Outlook email, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentation program – is the bedrock of most companies’ day-to-day working software.

The Office unit is Microsoft’s most profitable, contributing 60 percent of its profit last year, and amassing more sales than its flagship Windows operating system.

Microsoft shares were down 3.5 percent at $29.63 on Nasdaq in Monday afternoon trading.

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Skype jacks ads into free Internet phone calls

SAN FRANCISCO: Skype on Wednesday began showing callers on-screen ads while they use the globally popular free Internet telephone service.

What Skype euphemistically referred to as “Conversation Ads” appear in calling windows of users who don’t pay for subscriptions or have credits in accounts at the service.

“We’re excited to introduce Conversation Ads as an opportunity for marketers to reach our hundreds of millions of connected users,” Sandhya Venkatachalam said in a post at the official Skype blog. “While on a 1:1 audio call, users will see content that could spark additional topics of conversation that are relevant to Skype users and highlight unique and local brand experiences.”

The silent conversation ads are available to marketers where ever Skype is available and will be shown during free Skype-to-Skype calls on computer’s powered by Microsoft’s Windows software, according to Venkatachalam.

Microsoft’s Skype Internet telephone service hopes to quadruple the number of users to get to one billion, division president Tony Bates said two weeks ago at a prestigious All Things Digital conference in California.

Bates, who heads the unit that was acquired by Microsoft last year but operates autonomously, said growth will come from mobile users and from partnerships like the one Skype has with Facebook. He cited Facebook as a key to growth for Skype, which now has 250 million users.

He said Skype can use the reach of Microsoft, the world’s biggest software firm, to expand its presence, but without limiting itself to the Windows platform.

Skype users can make low-cost or free phone calls over the Internet using their computers or smartphones. Skype bypasses the standard telephone network by channeling voice and video calls over the Web.

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