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Hi Lifehacker, My parents live overseas and I'm so frustrated with Skype calls dropping out every two minutes, slap back echo, and other general annoyances. I know it's free, but will this stop if I use their paid-for service and buy Skype credit to call a landline or mobile phone? What are the best alternatives out there to make a cheap international call?

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Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella took to the stage at Microsoft's Code Conference this week to show off the company's latest trick -– Skype Translator. Ever since I started watching sci-fi as a kid, I've always marvelled at how people from different races could communicate by automatically hearing and trandslating different languages. It seems that science fiction is getting closer to science reality.

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Skype group video calls used to require a subscription to Skype Premium, but today the service announced that group video calling will be free starting from today for Windows, Mac and Xbox One users, and will roll out to all other Skype platforms soon.

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There are a plenty of places we'll tolerate ads, but desktop apps displaying our contact lists might feel like a bit much to you. If so, you can disable the contact list ads within Skupe in a buried setting.

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If you're looking to top up on prepaid Skype cards, paying full price would be a bit silly. Coles, Woolworths and Target are all currently selling both the $10 and $25 varieties for half the recommended retail price — $5 and $12.50 apiece.

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Windows: Skype for Windows has just updated to version 6.1. The big change in this version is integration with Outlook 2010 and 2013, meaning you can make Skype calls direct from your Outlook contacts. Very useful if Outlook is your main email platform.