VoIP battles and music creation

Over the past week, Skype and Google Voice went head-to-head in a battle of VoIP services, we reviewed Sony ACID Music Studio, and Microsoft set out to plug holes.

Last week, the two biggest VoIP services got a chance to hash it out in a CNET Prizefight. Skype and new kid on the block Google Voice duked it out in five bone-crushing rounds, and although both are communication powerhouses that bring you free or cheap phone calls over the Web, only one can come out on top. Find out which one did.

We also took a close look at some music production software from Sony. ACID Music Studio 8 builds upon the already robust music recording, mixing, and creation tools with several new features and enhancements. It's not the simplest software to use, but at least the $64.95 licensing fee won't break the bank.

In browser news, we found out that Microsoft will fix 13 holes in Windows, IIS, and Office. It's possible that some of the bulletins will address a flaw in the way Windows handles DLL files, which have been vulnerable to attacks in the past. Also, Mozilla is on a mission to convince developers that browser-based gaming is the wave of the future. The Firefox backer launched the new Mozilla Labs Gaming project with the goal of encouraging programmers to use a host of new browser and Web technologies.

Finally, Apple pushed out iOS 4.1 for the iPhone and the iPod Touch. The new version will knock out several bugs as well as add new features for games, photos, and high-definition videos.