The initial announcement for this merge of services was mentioned in mid-November 2012 on a Skype blog post at http://blogs.skype.com/en/2012/11/skypewlm.html. Microsoft confirmed the actual March 15 date in a mass email sent to its Messenger users last week.
In other Skype related news, a new client for Windows (both 32-bit and 64-bit) and Mac has been released. The new Windows Skype 6.1 client integrates calls and chats into Microsoft Outlook. The Mac client enables click to call in Safari.
Learn more about the new Skype 6.1 for Window at http://blogs.skype.com/garage/2013/01/skype_61_for_windows_desktop_w.html. Learn more about the new Mac client at http://blogs.skype.com/garage/2013/01/skype_61_for_mac.html.
- Walmart stores are now offering the iPhone 4 and 5 via their Straight Talk Wireless service for only $45 per month. This contract-free wireless service plan will include unlimited talk, text and data.
Learn more at http://news.walmart.com/news-archive/2013/01/08/walmart-straight-talk-to-offer-the-iphone-on-its-45-no-contract-unlimited-plan.
Get five free indie games in the Free Bundle offered at www.thefreebundle.com. The games included in the bundle include Abobo’s Big Adventure, Ascension, Celestial Mechanica, Imscared and Nitronic Rush.
Click on the game icon to read the game description, get system requirements or to download the game itself. All of the games run on Windows XP/Vista or 7, while Celestial Mechanica and Abobo’s Big Adventure can also run on Mac OS.
Special thanks to The Cheapskate.
How to run Hulu Desktop on Ubuntu 12.04
An older version of Flash is required in order for Hulu Desktop to run on Ubunutu 12.04 and newer versions. A great resource is documented at http://opennomad.com/content/hulu-and-ubuntu-1204-and-flashplayer with details on how to accomplish this task and where to download the required older version of Flash.
One change that needed to be performed was having to create a new directory after extracting the libflashplayer.so file by typing: sudo mkdir /home/oldflash and then hit enter. Next, move the file to the new directory by typing: cp libflashplayer.so /home/oldflash/ and then hit enter. Finally, edit the ~/.huludesktop file and changing the flash location to the following /home/oldflash/libflashplayer.so and then save the file.
Hulu Desktop should now load. Happy Huluing!
- Roku now offers more than 700 channels in their channel store. They recently announced the addition of “more than a dozen new partners including TWC TV, Blockbuster On Demand, FOX NOW, PBS, PBS KIDS, iHeartRadio and Big Fish Unlimited,” according a recent blog post. These new additions are expected to be launched this quarter.
- Roku has also added six new Roku Ready partners for their Roku Streaming Stick. Those partners include Coby Electronics Corp., Harman Kardon, Hisense Electric Co. Ltd., TCL Corp., Voxx Accessories Corp. and Westinghouse Digital.
Read more about the new channels and partners at http://blog.roku.com/blog/2013/01/07/ces-2013-roku-adds-device-partners-plus-new-channels-including-twc-tv-fox-now-and-pbs/.
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