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Amazon reportedly acquires startup to make Alexa smarter

Amazon has reportedly acquired data analysis and search engine startup Graphiq for around $50 million, according to LA Times, citing four sources familiar with the deal. Launched in 2009 as FindTheBest, the startup offered online spreadsheets comparing vacations, technology, real estate, and more. It would pull data, like prices and ratings, from public sources, allowing […]

No, Amazon Did Not Buy A Siri Competitor

No, Amazon Did Not Buy A Siri Competitor

Charlotte-based CLT Blog connected the dots and found that Amazon has purchased a speech recognition startup called Yap, according to an SEC filing. While neither company has made a formal announcement – and the filing doesn’t even mention Amazon by name – it says that Yap merged with a company called “Dion Acquisition Sub,” which has the same…

Do Consumers Really Want Video Calling?

Do Consumers Really Want Video Calling?

Once a communication device for futuristic Sci Fi, now it seems as though video calling is ubiquitous. On the heels of the video conferencing component of the new Google Plus comes the announcement today from Facebook headquarters that video calling will now be available on the social networking site as well. Google Plus Hangouts and the new…

Skype is Coming to More TVs via New Comcast Deal

Skype is Coming to More TVs via New Comcast Deal

The video and voice calling service Skype is coming to a TV near you, thanks to a new partnership with Comcast, a leading provider of cable TV services here in the U.S. This morning, the two companies formally announced a deal that will allow Comcast customers to use Skype’s HD video calling on their HD television sets, made available through a…

Skype for Android Brings 3G Calling to U.S., Plus Security Fix

Skype for Android Brings 3G Calling to U.S., Plus Security Fix

Skype released an update to its Android mobile application today which fixes the recently reported security issues in addition to bringing 3G calling to U.S. users. Earlier this month, reports of a security vulnerability in the Android version of the app were found which could compromise personal information, including a user’s name, phone…

TellFi Brings Its Google Voice-like Service to Canada – Free for 1 Year

TellFi Brings Its Google Voice-like Service to Canada – Free for 1 Year

The Y Combinator-backed startup TellFi announced today that it was launching a virtual phone service that would give one year of free service – and a local phone number – to anyone in Canada.

Since Google Voice dropped its Canadian service in in 2009, there have been no free virtual phone options to customers and businesses in that country. and…

Skype Launches Qik Video Connect iPhone App

Skype Launches Qik Video Connect iPhone App

Once a competitor of Skype, the video-streaming company Qik was acquired by the VOIP giant in January. But it appears this hasn’t ended the development of Qik’s live-streaming software, as Qik is launching a new iPhone app today.

Qik Video Connect offers video streaming and video calling – available for real-time viewing or recorded and sent as a…

Skype for Windows to Start Displaying Ads

Skype for Windows to Start Displaying Ads

The popular VOIP service Skype will start displaying advertising in its Home tab beginning this week.

The company has just announced the change, insisting that, “the Skype experience is our first priority.” The move to bring advertising to the Skype environment comes as the telephony company makes its move for a planned IPO this year. While…