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Facebook Messenger app rumored to include video calling in next update

According to iPhoneiTalia, Facebook is working on an update to its Messenger app that will deliver Facebook video calls across multiple platforms. Facebook currently offers a video calling service between users on desktop web browsers using its agreement with Skype. According to sources, the update to the Facebook messenger app is already being tested in the wild and should be revealed in the not too distant future.

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Top 10 best apps for new iPhone users

Breaking down the top 10 best social, productivity, video, music, and other apps and games for your new iPhone

Did you or someone you know just get a brand new iPhone or iPod touch, and are wondering which are the top 10 very best, most must-have apps and games you absolutely need to jump into the App Store and download now, now, now? Well, you're in luck -- whether you want to show off the beautiful Retina display, test the power of the dual-core Apple A5 processor, need to get things done, or just want to have some fun, TiPb's top 10 have got your back! As part of our ongoing iPhone new users guide, here are our top 10 favorite, most highly recommended iPhone apps to get you started!

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Skype updates with Bluetooth support

Skype for iPhone has received an update, and with it, bring Bluetooth support as well as a new UI, enhanced video, and ads for those who do not have Skype credit.

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Skype admits to iPhone app security problem, releasing a fix "soon"

Skype has stated they are aware of a serious cross-site scripting vulnerability within the chat feature for Skype on the iPhone. The security hole could allow for malicious JavaScript code to access to your address book and is known to affect versions 3.0.1 and below.

Skype reached out to TechCrunch to say they're hard at work on getting an update pushed to the App Store.

We are working hard to fix this reported issue in our next planned release which we hope to roll out imminently. In the meantime we always recommend people exercise caution in only accepting friend requests from people they know and practice common sense internet security as always.

The funny thing is, Skype has known about the issue for a while now. AppSec Consulting security researcher Phil Purviance helped discover the problem and let Skype know about it almost a month ago. Skype responded saying they would release an update earlier this month, but we're nearing the end of September and there's no update to be found.

Here's hoping Skype gets on this quick and pushes out an update soon, but in the meantime check out the video below detailing how the vulnerability works.

[superevr, TechCrunch]

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Skype WiFi

Skype has released their newest app, Skype WiFi for iPhone. It allows you to connect to 1 million different WiFi hotspots around the world and pay with Skype Credit.

Details and screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

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imo instant messenger for iPad updates with Skype group chat

The messaging app imo instant messenger for iPad, by imo.im, has been with support for group chat and more.

With imo instant messenger, it’s easy to stay in touch with friends on your existing IM accounts. imo currently supports Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Skype, MSN, ICQ/AIM, Yahoo, Jabber, Myspace, Hyves, and Vkontakte.

  • No need to create a new account with imo
  • Option to link accounts or save passwords to log in faster
  • Push notifications sent for 72 hours after you close the app
  • Searchable chat history on the app and on imo.im
  • Links from buddies open directly in app
  • Voice IM
  • Concurrent sessions on different devices
  • Favorite buddies and optional buddy icons

The update includes:

  • Support for imo and Skype Group Chat
  • Allow sending pictures and videos
  • Added a menu to select emoticons
  • Allows user to page through chat history from chat window
  • Added browsing of chat history with any particular buddy
  • Added protocols Hyves and Vkontakte
  • Improved look of tabs

imo instant messenger for iPad is available for free. Screenshots after the break.

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UPDATED: Skype for iPad hits the App Store. Skype removes it.

Skype for iPad has just hit the App Store!

Bring your Skype contacts closer with full screen video at your fingertips. Beautiful and simple, this is Skype built especially for the iPad. Call, video call, or instant message anyone on Skype. Plus, if you add a little Skype Credit, call landlines and mobiles at really low rates.

  • Join Skype on your iPad in a few moments or just sign straight in to your account.
  • If you already have a Skype account, your Skype contacts will automatically be there on your iPad.
  • We’ve made adding new Skype contacts really easy.
  • Once they’re in your Contact list, call, video or instant message them in one touch.
  • Flick through recent calls and instant messages in your Skype for iPad history.
  • Skype for iPad works over Wi-Fi or 3G (operator data charges may apply). Call Skype contacts on their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac and even Skype enabled TVs.
  • Talk face-to-face or show what you’re seeing with front and back-facing cameras.
  • Use Skype for iPad to call anyone else on Skype – and enjoy near CD quality (SILK) sound.
  • Instant message and add emoticons to personalize your messages.

Skype for iPad has been long anticipated and is compatible on both the iPad and iPad 2. Now go grab it and let us know if it was worth the wait!

Skype for iPad is available for free. Screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

UPDATE 1: Skype has removed their iPad app from the App Store and sent out the following tweets:

To ensure your best Skype experience, we've temporarily removed Skype for iPad which went live prematurely today.

We know you've been eagerly awaiting Skype for iPad and apologize for the inconvenience.

UPDATE 2: It's back up! Go get it!

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Skype for iPad coming soon

Skype representative, Rick Osterloh, has confirmed to TUAW that Skype for iPad will be coming soon. A video of the new iPad app, was leaked onto the internet this morning, on Skype's official YouTube channel but was quickly made private. Luckily, some people managed to successfully record a screen capture of the video before it was taken down.

The app will let users to chat and make calls via wifi and 3G, including video calls on the iPad 2. Osterloh said that, while they were fine with the iPhone app on the original iPad, the new cameras on the iPad 2 are what made a dedicated iPad app "super compelling".

No release date has been announced yet, but we can speculate that it will be soon.

See the leaked video (sorry, no audio) after the break. What do you think of the Skype for iPad app? Do you need Skype on your iPad?

[TUAW] [Video via of RazorianFly]

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Microsoft buying Skype for $8.5 billion? [updated]

Despite rumors that Google and Facebook were sniffing around, The Wall Street Journal is now claiming that Microsoft is about to break open the Redmond money bin and fork over $7 billion $8.5 billion for Skype. It could be announced as soon as tomorrow.

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Daily Tip: How to set up Skype to become your home iPhone, iPad security camera

Have you ever been out and about with your iPhone or iPad and wished you knew how to just press a button and get a video view of your home? Sure there are home security solutions that can do this -- for a lot of money. But how about on the cheap? Well, if you have an iPhone or iPad 3G and Skype, you can. We'll show you how after the break!

[Thanks to Mickey Papillon for this ninja-level tip!]

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