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Microsoft's GroupMe gets Skype ‘group call’ feature on Android

After years of stagnation, Microsoft has added the ability to create Skype group calls through its GroupMe app.What you need to knowGroupMe on Android now connects to Skype.Groups can now create group calls to Skype without a Skype account.Microsoft is trying to compete against Zoom.Microsoft has effectively ignored its GroupMe chat and messaging client ever since it took over Skype years ago. Despite some essential app updates over the years and Microsoft seemingly having other priorities, the chat service remains popular amongst college kids, especially in the U.S.Some of that may be changing. Microsoft is rolling out an update to the GroupMe client on Android that lets you easily create a Skype group call. While it's not quite a native integration of Skype VOIP, it sure is better than nothing, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.The feature is simple enough. At the top of the chat is the Skype logo. Clicking it asks if you would like to create a Skype group call with those …

Is there a 'dark side' to Amazon drones, Google robots?

I've got Amazon.com drones in my future.

I use Amazon's Prime delivery service for everything from rechargable batteries to art books to beef jerky, and so I was quite taken aback when CEO Jeff Bezos showcased a drone delivery system called Prime Air on 60 Minutes this past weekend. The idea is that packages below five pounds could be delivered straight from Amazon distribution centers to customers within 30 minutes using drones.

For now, it seems like half pipe dream, half pseudo-marketing: As many have observed, it probably wasn't a coincidence that the 60 Minutes segment aired on Sunday ahead of Cyber Monday, the busiest online shopping day of the year -- a good time for Amazon to be in the news.

Since Sunday's show, media coverage of Bezo's plan has overwhelmingly focused on the technical and logistical aspects of Prime Air.

For example, will the FAA be okay with all these drones flying around? Are they safe enough to fly around crowded cities an…
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