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Facebook Taking Users to Dangerous "Places"?

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New "Geo-tagging" Service Raising Serious Privacy Concerns; Could Show Strangers Where Users, and Their Kids Are. Facebook just launched a geo-tagging service it calls "Places." Basically, it means enables users to share their exact location with their friends who are fellow users -- or perhaps complete strangers. Facebook isn't the first to embrace geo-tagging. Sites such as Twitter and Foursquare have been doing it for a while now. But with more than 500 million active Facebook users worldwide, Places is raising significant privacy questions about the new social media trend. Are there dangers associated with using such services? How easy is it for strangers to learn your location or that of your kids? Tech expert Katie Linendoll calls Places "huge," due to the sheer number of Facebook users.

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BlackBerry users think Torch will fail to rival iPhone

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A significant majority of BlackBerry owners don’t think the company’s new Torch handset will be successful, and cite the number of apps available on other platforms, such as iPhone and Google Android, as a weakness. More than a third, 37 per cent, of BlackBerry users also don’t recognize ‘Research In Motion’, the name of the company that manufactures the devices. The study of BlackBerry owners spoke to 1,024 users: when they were shown details of the new BlackBerry Torch, 54 per cent felt it was “too similar” to previous handsets. Two thirds agreed it would fail to be as popular as the iPhone 4. Of those, 83 per cent claimed that “better apps” were needed to bring Research in Motion handsets up to the standards of the iPhone. However, nearly three quarters, 74 per cent, added that they dislike touch screen handsets. Two thirds of these said the QWERTY keyboard was one of the things that had originally attracted them to their BlackBerry. The second most popular feature attracting mobile users to BlackBerry handsets was email ability. More than four in five respondents also said they thought BlackBerry’s rumoured iPad rival

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Fring-Skype iPhone slanging match: Telcos v freetards

http://www.theregister.co.uk

Analysis P2P VoIP network Skype and client developer Fring have engaged in an epic slanging match after Fring's implementation of mobile-data video calling on the iPhone appeared to result in its ousting from Skype. At present Apple's own software only allows video calling on the iPhone 4 - the first iPhone to feature a user-facing cam - via the phone's Wi-Fi connection to another iPhone 4. This generally ensures decent call quality; it also placates the mobile networks, who are already struggling to deal with the surge in mobe-data demand precipitated by Apple phones (and to a lesser extent, other smartphones). Fring's app allows video calling between most smartphones over 3G mobile links as well. However, Fring makes use of other VoIP and IM networks - in particular, of Skype - to actually let its users get in touch with each other, rather as some apps will integrate different IM networks.

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Skype on iPhone: Does it Save Money?

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Sticking it to The Man just got a little easier with Skype for iPhone's addition of multitasking support and elimination of plans to charge for calls over 3G. But can the ability to receive Skype calls any time really save you money? Let's look at the numbers and find out. For People Who Don't Talk Much: AT&T won't let you get an iPhone data plan without voice minutes, so at the very least, you've got to pay $40 per month for 450 minutes. If you're not routinely talking for longer than that, Skype probably won't help you. Still, consider having long phone conversations over Skype just to reduce the chances of going over 450 minutes. This will help you collect rollover minutes as well. For People Who Talk a Lot Things get interesting when you regularly exceed 450 minutes per month. To truly replace your expensive voice plan, you'll need both a Skype subscription and an online number (formerly SkypeIn), which any phone can call. A subscription for unlimited U.S. and Canada Skype calls costs $3 per month, and the number costs $12 for three months after a 33 percent discount for having a subscription.

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Skype Updates iPhone App with Multitasking, Promises Free 3G Calls

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Skype on Wednesday announced that it had added multitasking and improved call quality on its iPhone app. Taking advantage of iOS 4's ability to selectively multitask, Skype's app can now receive calls while working with another app or while on the home screen. Users potentially can also switch from Skype to another app while on a phone call.
The app update also includes graphics that take full advantage of the iPhone 4's retina display and says it "allows you to make calls with high quality sound." No further details are given about either one of these two attributes, but they are welcome. Skype also announced that it no longer had plans to charge extra for making calls over 3G. We previously reported that Skype had planned to charge for calls made over 3G sometime in the future. It's possible they received enough negative response from the announcement to change their plans. We recently reviewed Skype for iOS and awarded it 3.5 stars. Two of the major drawbacks Contributing Editor Jamie Lendino had with the app were no background calling and the premise of paying for 3G calls in the future. Since both of these issues are addressed with the latest update

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Skype Finally Breaks Free on the iPhone

http://www.wired.com

If any doubt lingered that voice is now just another feature on cellphones, the latest version of Skype for the iPhone should dispel it. Skype can now receive calls when the app is running invisibly in the background, which was a major omission in previous versions released before Apple added multitasking to its OS. Combined with the May addition of support for Skype calls over AT&T’s 3G data network — and Skype’s simultaneous decision to keep 3G calls free indefinitely — the app is now a workable replacement for the iPhone’s normal calling feature, especially for those people who have Skype accounts which provide real telephone numbers. Video calling is not included — “yet,” we hope, since the iPhone 4 is the first model to have a front-facing camera. But that feature may have a hard time passing Apple muster since it duplicates a new core functionality, FaceTime. Still, this is what we’ve been talking about when we spoke of mobile VoIP nirvana, and it puts the iPhone in the forefront of Skype handsets (in the United States, anyway). Skype mobile is available on a handful of Android and Blackberry phones with Verizon

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