The BBC’s New Doctor Who Bot Lets You Play Companion

It seems that Skype chatbots are the new in thing in TV circles: not long after Heston Blumenthal got his own chefbot, the BBC has announced they've made one for Doctor Who. Read More >>

Heston Blumenthal Now Has His Own Chatbot

"Make a chatbot" is the new "make an app," with everyone getting on the bandwagon whether it's useful or not. But we're actually quite fond of the new Heston Bot on Skype, a way to talk to a sort of cloud-based Blumenthal. Read More >>

Researchers Have Found a Way to Snoop on Your Typing via Skype

Have you ever dedicated any thought to whether or not someone can figure out what you're typing, just by listening to your fingers hitting the keys? Probably not, but according to researchers it's possible with frightening accuracy. Read More >>

You Can Now Use Siri to Make Skype Calls on iOS

iOS 10 brought with it the chance to integrate Apple's virtual assistant with third party apps, and developers are quickly taking advantage of that fact. The latest one to join the fray is Microsoft, which just added Siri integration to the Skype iOS app. Read More >>

It’s Windows Patch Time – Critical Fixes Rolled Out

It was a substantial update, but the Windows 10 Anniversary update was never going to ring the end for patches and fixes on Microsoft's OS. Windows users will do well to update their machines, after Microsoft rolled out a series of tweaks to tidy up security issues (some critical) on the platform. Read More >>

Skype Finally Hides Your IP Address

Way back in 2012, it came to light that a flaw in Skype made it easy for hackers to acquire your IP address. Now, finally, Microsoft has updated the software so those details are hidden by default. Read More >>

Peter Gabriel Wants to Get Monkeys Using Facebook

Peter Gabriel, the same one from olden days music, is teaming up with Monkey World in Dorset to do some experiments on the residents there. He's not making them smoke or putting Rimmel in their eyes, he is instead seeing if they can learn to use social media or chat to each other via Skype. Read More >>

Email Is the New Generation Gap

Two weeks ago, Giz US surveyed 3,670 people online about how they communicate. They discovered a remarkable difference between people over 41, who say they often talk on email more than they do in real life, and younger people who love in-person meetings and use a variety of apps. Is this our first digital generation gap? Read More >>

Use VR to Possess This Teddy Bear’s Body for Long Distance Communication

From FaceTime to Skype to WhatsApp, there’s no shortage of ways to chat with people on the other side of the globe. But screw video chatting: make way for this Ted-like robotic bear that mimics your gestures and projects your voice from far away, even letting you “see” through its own eyes. Read More >>

The Skype Translator Goes Global, is Like a Real-Life Star Trek Communicator

Skype's real-time translation tool, first demoed back in 2014, seemed like the future. Speak in your native tongue into its VoIP client, and it would immediately spurt out a translation in the preferred language of the recipient. After having been in a beta phase for some time, it's now rolling out globally. And, under the right circumstances, it works surprisingly well. Read More >>

Skype Outage Stops the World Holding Babies up to Webcams

Those who rely upon the sending of links to photographs of cats with hats on and transmitting messages about the wellbeing of babies via Skype for amusement are currently feeling frustration, with parts of the Microsoft-owned chat company's services currently unavailable. Read More >>

Skype Translator Likes to Swear in Chinese

Skype Translator is an amazing feat of engineering, even if it isn’t perfect. But reports suggest that, in Chinese at least, it has somewhat of a potty mouth. Read More >>

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How Neural Networks are Turning Human Brains Into AI

AI was first dreamed up in the 1950s, but has only recently become a practical reality — all thanks to software systems called neural networks. This is how they work. Read More >>

Microsoft Kills the Hated “Modern” Skype Windows 8 App

Brilliant news for Windows 8 users: no longer will you have to use the hideous "Modern" Skype app, as Microsoft has announced it is reverting to the traditional "Desktop" version ahead of the launch of Windows 10. Read More >>