[Tech] Skype now allows for sharing of files, photos and videos of up to 300MB

Microsoft is allowing all users of its Skype VoIP service to share files, photos and videos of up to 300MB each with friends and groups.

Skype now allows for sharing of files, photos and videos of up to 300MB

In a blog post, Microsoft stated files that are shared on Skype can be accessed later if the person that is receiving the file is offline. They can also download the same file multiple times on different devices. Microsoft added:

Over the last few weeks we’ve tested a number of different file size limits for file sharing. Based on the results of these tests, we are setting a limit of 300MB per file as this accommodates almost all the file sizes shared over Skype, and has been working well for our millions of users since it started rolling out several weeks ago.

Microsoft recommends using its OneDrive cloud file storage service for users who want to share files that are larger than 300MB.

Android N is officially called Nougat

After months of speculations and guesses, Google has finally revealed the official name of the next version of the Android operating system. Via its Twitter and Snapchat accounts, the tech giant revealed that Android N will be called Android Nougat.

Android N is officially called Nougat

N is for Nougat.

Google on Thursday officially named the latest version of its Android mobile software, up until now only known as Android N.

For the uninitiated, there are two things that go into naming the latest flavor of Android. First, it has to proceed alphabetically from the last version. Second, it has to be a candy or dessert. For example, “K” was for 2013’s KitKat, “L” was for 2014’s Lollipop, and “M” is for Marshmallow, the Android version released in October.

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Marvel Backtracks on Captain America Revelation After Just One Issue

Marvel Backtracks on Captain America Revelation After Just One Issue

Captain America: Steve Rogers #2

(Note: Here be spoilers, naturally. You’ve been warned.) After one issue, Captain America is no longer a Nazi. The only surprising thing here is how quickly Marvel backtracked on their initial choice, though it was clear Captain America would not actually be a Hydra agent forever. In an interview with ComicBook.com, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said that in Captain America: Steve Rogers #2, it will be revealed that Captain America just thinks he’s a Nazi, err, I mean, Hydra agent, because he had false memories implanted by “Kobik, the sentient Cosmic Cube who became a girl.”

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FAITH #2 – Valiant’s Breakout Hero Faces Her First Super-Villain in August!

FAITH #2

This August, it’s a double dose of trouble as Faith “Zephyr” Herbert battles to save her life…and her secret identity!

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside FAITH #2 – the next breathtaking chapter of Faith’s first history-making ongoing series from rising star Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Orphan Black) and stratospheric artists Pere Perez (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics Bombshells)! On August 24th, the most talked-about character of 2016 gets a super-powered plot twist of her very own as her first arch-nemesis stands revealed…and you won’t believe who’s behind the mask!

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Activision Announces Ultimate Ghostbusters Bundle for Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Activision Announces Ultimate Ghostbusters Bundle for Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Activision has announced a new bundle full of Ghostbusters goodness. For $64.99, players will be able to get the new standalone Ghostbusters game, DLC with classic suits and trap art from the original film, a code for a digital copy of the Ghostbusters reboot, and two new dashboard themes. Those wanting to just get the base game can do so for $44.99 on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC when it launches on July 12. The DLC will be available for standalone game owners if they pre-order the game, but the other bonus content is console-only as it stands. Everything ties into the new Ghostbusters film coming out on July 15 in theaters.

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Ghostbusters (PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One) — Brought to you by California-based FireForge Games, Ghostbusters will feature an all-new cast, but not the cast from the new movie premiering on July 15.

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Moto G4 arrives July 12 for $200 and works on all major US carriers

Moto G4 arrives July 12 for $200 and works on all major US carriers

The Moto G4 has a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, a 5 MP selfie shooter, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 SoC at the helm, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of expandable storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

The G4 Plus only differs from the G4 in a few things. For one, it’s got a fingerprint scanner. It also comes with a 16 MP rear camera, and either 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, or 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal space (in both cases with added microSD expansion).

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Wileyfox launches new Spark range, cheap phones and incremental improvements

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Wileyfox are known – or rather, unknown – for their cheap, but well-specced smartphones. The Swift and Storm launched last year to generally good reviews, praising the affordability, performance, and design of the two phones, while criticising cameras and the occasional build quality issue. Today, the British company is announcing a range of phones, named Spark, Spark +, and Spark X.

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Report says Google will release non-Nexus phone this year

Google to step up smartphone wars with release of own handset

Google is planning a shake-up of the smartphone market by releasing its own handset, a move that would tighten its grip on mobile software and see it compete directly with the iPhone.

The technology giant is in discussions with mobile operators about releasing a Google-branded phone that will extend the company’s move into hardware, sources familiar with the discussions told The Telegraph.

Google already develops the Android operating system that runs on four in five smartphones sold around the world, and endorses a range of phones made by partners such as LG and Huawei under the Google Nexus brand. But unlike Apple, it leaves manufacturing to other companies such as Samsung, with the company concentrating on developing the free software that runs on its phones.

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Former NFL coach, defensive guru Buddy Ryan dies at age 82

Former NFL head coach and influential defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan died Tuesday.

Defensive coach Buddy Ryan celebrates after the Super Bowl XX game against the New England Patriots

Former NFL head coach and influential defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan died Tuesday. He was 82.

Ryan, who was outspoken and coached in the NFL for 26 seasons, was known for building some of football’s top defenses with a relentlessness that focused on creating havoc on the field.

Microsoft signs Android patent-licensing deal with Luna Mobile

Microsoft has signed an Android patent deal with Luna Mobile, even though its announcement of the arrangement never mentions the word ‘Android.’

Microsoft signs Android patent-licensing deal with Luna Mobile

Microsoft announced on June 28 that it had signed a patent deal with Tampa, Fla.-based Luna Mobile. As usual with Microsoft Android patent licensing deals, the exact terms of the deal weren’t disclosed — except for the fact that “Microsoft will receive royalties from Luna under the agreement.”

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed when I asked that this is an Android patent licensing arrangement, even though the word Android isn’t in the June 28 press release announcing the deal.

Lately, many of Microsoft’s new and renewed patent-licensing deals with Android vendors highlight the fact that those vendors will be bundling Microsoft apps and services on their Android tablets and smartphones. They downplay any kind of patent-licensing arrangement between Microsoft and the Android vendors. Today’s Luna Mobile deal doesn’t include any such app/service-bundling relationship with Microsoft, however.

Luna Mobile offers a line of mobile phones, accessories and other mobile devices and services it sells under the Luna brand.

“This patent collaboration comes as Luna Mobile prepares to release a new line of smartphones and telecommunication services later this year,” says the Microsoft press release.

Microsoft has not decided to stop collecting patent royalties from Android vendors. But today’s Microsoft is less intent on proclaiming that it is using its Windows patents as a weapon against Android vendors.