updated 05:24 pm EDT, Mon October 7, 2013
Skype upgrades accessibility features, interface style
International communication platform Skype has updated its app for iPhone and iPad, following the recent launch of iOS 7. Version 4.13 showcases a revamped interface, reflecting a similar aesthetic to iOS 7; general bug fixes are also included. Accessibility features have been improved, such as touch-type support for the dialpad, and VoiceOver can now announce the sender's name when messaging, as well as provide improved accuracy during group chatting. Though optimized for iPhone 5, Skype 4.13 is compatible with all devices using iOS 5 or later, and can be downloaded from iTunes for free.
Web proxy Disconnect Search launches for search engine privacy
Disconnect announced today its release of its newest service, Disconnect Search. Disconnect was founded by a former Google engineer and a consumer-rights attorney on the principle that individuals should have access to online privacy. Designed so users can continue to utilize popular search engines, Disconnect Search facilitates private searches through a browser's omnibus or address bar.
By routing search queries through Disconnect's servers, queries appear to be coming from Disconnect as opposed to a specific user's computer. Keywords entered into search engines are thus prevented from being documented by sites that are visited from search results pages, and all queries are encrypted -- preventing ISPs from viewing them. Disconnect does not log information, including IP addresses. Available for Chrome and Firefox browsers, Disconnect Search can be downloaded from Disconnect's site, and is priced using a "Pay What You Want" scale in order to make the software financially accessible to all.