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Lilbits (10-09-2013): Running full Android apps on Samsung’s smartwatch

The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch may be designed as a device that you pair with an Android phone to act as a sort of remote control and display. But it actually has the guts of a tiny Android smartphone… so it should come as no surprise that you can get real Android apps to run […]

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Skype 4.0 for Android gets a Windows Phone-inspired makeover

Skype for Android is getting a makeover, with version 4.0 of the communications app making Skype for Android look a little more like Skype for Windows Phone (and Windows 8, for that matter). That’s not necessarily a bad thing, even if you prefer the aesthetics of Android to those of Windows — the Skype app for […]

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Lilbits (6-27-2013): Creeping toward Ubuntu 13.10

Ubuntu 13.10 isn’t due out until October, but one of the nice things about open source operating systems is that most of the development takes place in public. (I know, Ubuntu’s been getting some flak for working on skunkworks projects, but let’s ignore that for a moment). Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that […]

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Skype overhauls Android app with tablet UI, Microsoft logins

Skype 3.0 for Android is available, and it brings a new tablet-friendly user interface, as well as the ability to sign in with an existing Skype ID or a Microsoft account. The move comes shortly after Microsoft announced plans to retire Windows Live Messenger and merge the service with Skype (which the company bought in […]

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Microsoft retiring Messenger in 2013, merging it with Skype

Microsoft is combining its two instant messaging services. The latest versions of Skype for Windows and Mac computers let you chat with your Windows Live Messenger contacts. And early next year Microsoft is going to kill off the standalone Messenger app altogether. Messenger has been around for a dozen years at this point, and it’s […]

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Skype gets a Windows 8 makeover

Skype has unveiled a new app for Windows 8 which is designed to take advantage of the operating system’s new touch-friendly “Modern” user interface. It looks like what you’d get if you combines Skype’s older Windows software with the company’s apps for mobile devices… because that’s pretty much what it is. Skype for Windows 8 […]