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Skype 6.0 for Mac or Windows released, brings MS or Facebook login and UI tweaks

Skype for Mac and Windows has received an update to version 6.0 with an alternative sign in and extended Microsoft-integration in tow.

You can log in without a Skype ID and opt for using a Microsoft Live ID or a Facebook one instead. There’s also Retina support for Mac, visual changes and more.

Signing in with a Microsoft account will let users chat with their contacts from Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com directly from Skype. The Skype team is also...

Skype for Windows 8 to hit the Microsoft Store on October 26

Microsoft is getting ready to launch Windows 8 this Thursday, October 25. With the premiere just around the corner, Skype has finally announced its plans for the Metro UI/Modern UI/Touch UI or whatever Microsoft wants to call it app.

The new Skype is going to hit the Microsoft Store on October 26 and will come pre-installed on all upcoming (ARM and x86-based) Windows 8 devices.

The Skype app for Windows 8 will keep its rich functionality, but will come with a...

Echofon releases alpha version of Echofon for Android

Echofon is a popular Twitter client that first started life as a Firefox extension but later was made into an iOS, OS X and Windows app. Now, an Android version of the application is being developed as well and to give you a taste on how things are going, the developers have released an alpha version of the app.

The first thing you’ll notice is that on Android, Echofon uses the new Holo theme, which makes it look right at home. You will see the different categories at...

Google+ app updated on iOS and Android

Google has pushed out a new update for their Google+ app on iOS and Android. One of the key new features in the iOS version is support for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. Another new feature is Google+ page owners now being able to view, post and comment from the mobile app.

Lastly, you can also edit your posts, save photos to camera roll and search for people and posts on the iPad.

The Android version also gets the ability to let page owners view, post and comment and along...

Facebook hits 1 billion active monthly users, celebrates with a video ad

Facebook celebrates 1 billion active monthly users today. The announcement came from the social network’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s company blog. He also used the occasion to post some more impressive stats.

Since the launch of the Likes feature on Facebook in 2009, there have been more than 1.13 trillion likes. Over 140.3 billion friend connections in total were made and 219 billion photos uploaded.

The mind-blowing numbers continue with 17 billion...

Twitter releases new iPad app, updates iPhone and Android apps

Twitter has released a brand new application for the iPad, which does away completely with the sliding pane design of the previous application, designed by Loren Brichter, creator of the original Tweetie app (now Twitter for iPhone).

The new application now places a single list of tweets on the screen, regardless of whether you hold the iPad in landscape or portrait. It does come across as a terrible waste of screen space, especially in landscape mode and the developers could...

Google+ reaches 400M users, 100M monthly active users

While Vic Gundotra was welcoming Nik Software, makers of Instagram competitor Snapseed, which Google recently bought, he also worked in some numbers for Google+.

The social network of the search giant has been perceived as a bit of a ghost town, but according to Gundotra the Google project already has 400 million registered users.

That’s really good compared to Facebook’s nearly 1 billion users, considering that Google+ is still very young – it was...

Instagram said to be arriving on Windows Phone

Instagram broke its iOS exclusivity earlier this year when it arrived on Android. Many expected, or at least hoped, that the Windows Phone version would follow shortly but that did not happen.

However, that does not mean that’s never going to happen. In fact, it might happen sooner than you you’d think. The Verge is reporting that according to their sources, Instagram is coming to Windows Phone.

It seems though...

Facebook limits stock availability to save falling share prices

If you’ve been following the Facebook world these past few months, you’ll know that not everything is peachy since the company made its IPO in May.

In fact, things have gotten so bad, that Mark Zuckerberg and other top Facebook executives plan on holding onto all their stock for at least a year.

Since going public at $38 a share, Facebook stock has dropped by more than 50% to $17.73 at market close yesterday.

To stop the bleeding, Facebook execs have...

Facebook updates iOS app, brings massive performance upgrade

Facebook has updated their mobile application for iOS, which brings with it significant improvement to the performance. Unlike the older version of the app that was based on HTML5, which, in other words, means that it was a simplified web browser loading the Facebook mobile website, the new version uses native code like most of the other apps out there.

What this means is that there is no more lag in scrolling and the performance is silky smooth, like that of one of the stock...