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Skype App Detects Liars

Skype Ltd. users can now download an add-on application that listens for lies coming out of the phone.

The "KishKish Lie Detector," as it is called, was cooked up by Skype third-party developer KishKish, a wholly owned subsidiary of BATM Advanced Communications Ltd. (London: BVC). BATM also owns the Ethernet routing and switching company Telco Systems (BATM) . (See Ethernet OAM & Demarcation Devices and Telco Systems Makes Critical Buy.)

The new application is available for download at the "Skype Extras" area of the Skype Web site. (See Skype Sells Unlimited VOIP.)

BATM and Skype say the new application analyses the audio streams of a Skype call and monitors the stress levels in the caller's voice. "This allows you to gage the level of stress and modify your questions in real time," Skype explains at its Web site.

Skype spokeswoman Jennifer Caukin could neither confirm nor deny the software's social implications. "Well I can't really speak to their software, because it isn’t something we own or that we've released; it's owned by this third party," she says. (See Skype Unveils Beta 3.0.)

— Mark Sullivan, Reporter, Light Reading

Stevery 12/5/2012 | 3:32:20 AM
re: Skype App Detects Liars just think of the new apps that are possible.

Looks like we can give a whole new meaning to the term "mood ring."
euler 12/5/2012 | 3:32:20 AM
re: Skype App Detects Liars Does anyone know OJ's phone #? I have a couple questions I need him to answer...
whyiswhy 12/5/2012 | 3:32:14 AM
re: Skype App Detects Liars I presume the app has all sorts of disclaimers on it, like "this application is not to be used for anything but entertainment purposes, no warranty of accuracy, only with the knowledge of all parties, etc etc", otherwise I expect Lawyers are gonna have a field day on this one.

-Why
Mark Sullivan 12/5/2012 | 3:32:14 AM
re: Skype App Detects Liars And one more thing -- give KishKish its props for finding a funny way to advertise/demonstrate its lie detector widgit. Check it:

http://www.kishkish.com/liedet...
Mark Sullivan 12/5/2012 | 3:32:14 AM
re: Skype App Detects Liars I gotta admit, compared to many of the other dull Skype plug-in apps this lie detector thing is at least interesting and fun.
Mark Sullivan 12/5/2012 | 3:32:14 AM
re: Skype App Detects Liars If I'm monitoring the voice of someone calling me, should I be obligated to tell the person in advance? Isn't that the rule for RECORDING someone's voice over the phone? Is this any different?
PO 12/5/2012 | 3:32:07 AM
re: Skype App Detects Liars Once again LR demonstrates their journalistic prowess and their seeming desire to create ads under the guise of articles. A quick google of "voice stress lie detector" reveals these top hits:

http://www.azcentral.com/speci...
http://news-info.wustl.edu/new...
http://www.polygraph.org/voice...

As well as free software and other gadgets making various unsubstantiable claims.
Upside_again 12/5/2012 | 3:32:01 AM
re: Skype App Detects Liars "Well I can't really speak to their software, because it isnGÇÖt something we own or that we've released; it's owned by this third party,"

I bet the meter would go through the roof on that stack of lies.

As they say - if you can't make something good - make it stupid.....

goofy heebs....
Mark Sullivan 12/5/2012 | 3:31:58 AM
re: Skype App Detects Liars Thanks for the links, although I don't really see what your point is, or why you're so bitter. -M
PO 12/5/2012 | 3:31:52 AM
re: Skype App Detects Liars "Thanks for the links, although I don't really see what your point is, or why you're so bitter. -M"

1. My point is that voice-stress detectors claiming to detect "lies" have been available for many years; attaching it to Skype is not new, nor newsworthy. And that these techniques have been discredited for years. And that they are (to quote one of the references) "patently illegal in certain jurisdictions" when used without informed consent.

2. I'm not bitter. I merely pointed out what has been pointed out many times before: LR is not a hotbed of journalistic integrity. Facts (see #1) which would belong in any half-competent article were completely absent - and the opposite was implied - in LR's "article". This Skype App most emphatically does not "Detect Liars" as your headline claimed.

Why would you try to defend the indefensible?
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