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Updated Skype for iOS improves startup time, iOS 7 tweak

Skype on Monday announced the pending release of an update to its voice, video and chat software for iOS. The new 4.14 version was not available as iMore posted this article, but it's expected soon.

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SMS, iMessage, BBM, Skype, Line, Twitter, Facebook: Which messaging systems do you use? [Poll]

Which messaging systems do you use?

My life is a series of dissonant beeps and buzzes. My friends and family contact me via Apple's iMessage or old-school SMS, which are at least both built into the same Messages app on iOS, and the former of which at least has a desktop app on OS X. We use Microsoft's Skype as our office phone system at Mobile Nations, so I that's firing away pretty much 24/7 as well (ironically, almost never because of our friends at Windows Phone Central). My colleagues over at CrackBerry use BlackBerry Messenger, so I get those too now. And, of course, the folks at Android Central use Google Hangouts, as do some of my legacy GTalk friends, so I get those in the Hangouts app, and erratically via Jabber in OS X Messages. (I get the occasional AIM there as well. Old school style.)

Twitter Direct Messages come in throughout the day as well. As do occasional App.net messages. Once in a while a Facebook message will join them.

Then there's the wide world of communications and chat apps which seldom if ever cross my radar. The KakaoTalk and Lines that are so popular in Asia, the WhatsApp and Pinger and WeChat as well. Hell, even the Snapchat. (This must be what my parents felt like after finding out what music I was listening to when I was a kid.)

Unlike email, there's no universal protocol that "just works-ish" in every client. Almost every messaging service is garden walled up unto itself. Even if I knew what Line was, I doubt I could just log in with my iMessage ID and suddenly have all my contacts and messages just show up in their interface. Or my Skype chats show up in BBM. Or whatever.

And that sucks, literally, because it means I have to either leave a multitude of battery-draining apps open and the notifications that go with them, or risk finding important messages too late to really do anything about them. It's fragmented. And, frankly, it's maddening.

So that brings me to this poll. How are you handling your communications? Your instant messages? Your chats? Are you using a multitude of services like me? Or have you gotten every that matters to you all in one place, and that's it? Vote up top and then give me the details below. How are you managing your messaging?

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Skype updated for iOS 7, improved accessibility

Skype has been promising some big updates over the next little while, including chat sync, but today they're starting off with a fresh, new, iOS 7-themed makeover for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPhone that's definitely cleaner, flatter, and more-content centric. They've also improved accessibility, which is fantastic to hear. According to Jonathan Watson on the Skype blog, those improvements include:

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Skype to add synchronized messaging, battery conservation in coming months

Microsoft's Mark Gillett - the vice president responsible for Skype - describes improvements coming to the popular communication service in the coming months. Those changes include synchronized chat messages, improvements to battery management on mobile devices and more.

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Skype for Mac update adds improved screen share, more languages

Skype has pushed out an update to its Mac client that while a relatively minor bump to version 6.9 does bring some handy new features with it. The biggest are support for new languages including Swedish, Finnish and European Portuguese, and improved screen sharing that allows you to share specific windows instead of just your whole desktop.

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Skype for iOS improves call quality, accessibility, more

There's a new version of Skype for iPhone and iPad ready for download from the App Store. The new 4.12 release has improvements to call quality and accessibility, according to a new blog post from product marketing manager Jonathan Watson.

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Skype update brings HD video calls to the iPhone 5 and iPad 4

Skype has pushed an update out into the App Store specifically focused at the iPhone 5 and iPad 4. Both updates add support for HD video calling, which is only possible on the latest iPhone and iPad due to hardware restrictions. It's a welcome update too, or at least it'll be a welcome update for your friends and family who will now be able to see your happy smiling face in much higher quality than before.

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Skype video messaging goes free and unlimited, send a video clip to all your friends!

Skype has pushed an update to their iPhone and iPad applications that brings with it free, unlimited video messaging. Previously, free video messaging was limited with premium accounts only having an unlimited allowance, but that time is now over.

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Video messaging for Skype on iOS rolled out globally

Skype has added the ability for iPhone, iPad, and Mac owners to record small video snippets and send them directly to contacts. Recording can be initiated from the little plus button, and if you mess up, you can easily re-shoot before sending Anyone receiving a video message can reply with their own video with the tap of a button.

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Skype updated to give a better call experience and other UI enhancements

Skype has just received an update that adds a better designed calling experience along with some other enhancements and fixes. If you frequently use Skype for messaging, the update also brings with it quicker ways to clear out messaging histories.

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