News in Short: Feeling competitive heat, Dell announces tablet launch; Skype and Facebook to collab?

by Knowlton Thomas

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Feeling competitive heat, Dell announces tablet launch

Dell Inc. will launch a 7-inch tablet within a month or two and a 10-inch tablet within a year, officials confirm.

Dell may be rushing as it feels the heat from RIM's Blackberry Playbook and a likely upgraded version of the iPad forthcoming. But Dell will be the only one to offer both a small and large tablet thus far.

Skype and Facebook to collab?

Rumour has it that Facebook and Skype are working on a deal, which would integrate Facebook Connect with Skype accounts. AllThingsD is the news breaker, citing sources familiar with the situation.

Apparently, once you connect Skype to Facebook, you’ll be able to chat, call, or SMS your Facebook friends directly from Skype. You may also possibly be able to log into Skype via your Facebook login information.

It's expected that this integration will occur in Skype 5.0, a new version going out of beta in a couple of weeks.

Luxembourg, District de Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Skype is software that enables the world’s conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other Skype users. Everyday, people everywhere also use Skype to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles. more

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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