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Skype Wi-Fi launchesResearchers say cell phone radiation may lower sperm count, AT&T cuts its texting plans down to one, and Skype launches an app for iOS that lets world travelers use Wi-Fi hot spots on a per-minute basis.
It's Thursday, August 18th, 2011. I'm Wilson Tang on cnet.com and it's time to get loaded. If you're a world traveller, Skype is launching a new iPhone app called Skype WiFi that might save you from roaming fees. The new Apple let you go online using any iOS device at over 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world including airports, train station, bars, and restaurants. Using Skype Credit, users won't have to buy hour or day passes at Wi-Fi hotspots but instead will be charged 6 cents per minute. If you're curious how this service works, Skype WiFi will be free globally Saturday, August 20th, for 24 hours with a maximum of 60 minutes of usage. Microsoft has confirmed that an App Store is officially coming to its next major operating system, Windows 8. The App Store confirmation isn't a surprise as almost every new computing platform is including app stores. Rumors that Microsoft was developing an App Store had been around for more than a year and the company has been battling Apple for the App Store trademark. T-Mobile has announced pricing for its new flagship Blackberry phone, the Bold 9900, and many potential customers are going to be shocked. The premiere Blackberry will cost $299 and that's after a $50 mail-in rebate. That means customers will have to initially pony up $350 plus taxes if they want the Bold 9900. In comparison, the Sprint and Verizon version of the phone, the Bold 9930, will cost $249 while the iPhone 4 sells for just $200 for the entry model. All of these prices are with 2-year contracts but something tells me that this is not gonna endure users to either T-Mobile or Research In Motion. AT&T has confirmed that they will be reducing the number of text messaging plans to just one. Starting August 21st, new customers will only have a choice of no text messaging plan or the $20 unlimited text messaging plan. Existing users of other plans don't have to worry. They will get to keep their current plans even if they change handsets. Finally, men of the world, your cellphone might be your worst nightmare. According to report published in the Journal of Andrology, researchers found that radio frequency radiation emitted by many cellphones may decrease your sperm count and damage your sperm quality. The study found in both animal and human tests that sperm was negatively affected. In one test, sperm count in lab mice decreased by 25 percent. So far, it's unclear how or why or which radio technologies affect sperm. For now, researchers say that the results are complex and inconclusive. Maybe we should consider wearing lead underwear. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Wilson Tang for cnet.com and you've just been loaded.