The quarantine measures that followed the COVID-19 outbreak almost became synonymous with Zoom, a California-based video-chat app. Launched in 2011, the communications tech company received increased fame during the pandemic, with its app being downloaded 2.13mn times in March 2020. Despite its share market slump, the company’s stock price spiked more than double in just three months. However, it also came under the media lens and faced public ire because of security and privacy issues. Zoom has been founded by Eric Yuan, a Chinese-American billionaire businessman, an alumnus of Stanford Graduate School of Business. Video-telephony, online chat, and business telephone systems are some of the services being offered by it. In 2019, the company went for initial public offering, thus becoming a public enterprise.
18 May 2021
Microsoft Teams now available for everyone, offers free 24-hour calling
Following in the footsteps of other enterprise-grade video calling solutions that opened their doors to the masses amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft has launched a version of Teams for personal use today.
30 Apr 2021
Telegram promises to implement group video calling feature in May
After introducing one-on-one video calls, WhatsApp's rival messaging platform Telegram recently announced that it would get a group video calling feature in May.
29 Mar 2021
'No Zoom' Oscars: Academy mandates nominees' in-person attendance, faces backlash
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has apparently issued a mandate that there will be no video-conferencing facilities like Zoom available for the 93rd Oscars ceremony.
11 Feb 2021
NewsBytes Briefing: There's some Chinese in my Koo, and more
A French hacker with a penchant for embarrassing Indian software endeavors claims to have found data breaches in the Koo app.
11 Feb 2021
Here's how you can add facial effects on Zoom calls
Video conferencing app Zoom had added the Studio Effects beta feature in September 2020, however it has been garnering users' attention just lately.
09 Feb 2021
NewsBytes Briefing: Apple pulls a Xiaomi with advertisements, and more
Apple had recently taken great pains to warn us about its evil Big Tech brethren and their evil advertisements. Looks like it forgot to heed its own warnings.
14 Nov 2020
#ComicBytes: Who are the most powerful enemies of the Flash?
The Flash is an integral part of the DC Universe. But this responsibility comes with a set of villains.
20 Oct 2020
New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin allegedly masturbates on Zoom call; suspended
The New Yorker magazine suspended its long-time contributor and chief legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, after he allegedly exposed himself on a Zoom call.
12 Sep 2020
#TechBytes: How to secure Zoom account with two-factor authentication
Zoom has had plenty of security issues, but among all of them, Zoom-bombing has been a persistent one.
30 Aug 2020
#WeeklyRecap: Apple bans Epic, Zoom's outage, TikTok's crisis, and more
This week, a number of developments were reported in the world of technology, including a few interesting hardware launches and some rather concerning security issues, outages, and data leaks.
24 Aug 2020
#OutageAlert: Zoom goes down, keeping users from starting/joining meetings
Following Gmail and Google Meet, video conferencing giant Zoom has also fallen victim to an outage.
20 Aug 2020
NewsBytes Briefing: Apple becomes a $2 trillion company, and more
A lot has happened in the world of technology since last night.
13 Aug 2020
#TechBytes: Handy new features announced for Google Meet classes
Google has announced a new set of features to make Google Meet, its famous virtual conferencing solution, more useful for educators.
30 Jul 2020
Zoom bug allowed breaking into private password-protected meetings
Even after all the promises, video conferencing giant Zoom keeps running into security issues.
26 Jul 2020
Messenger Rooms: How to use Facebook's new Zoom challenger
A few months ago, Facebook introduced Messenger Rooms as its own "casual" take on Zoom and Google Meet.
17 Jul 2020
Zoom bug allowed mimicking organizations; now fixed
Zoom video conferencing service has had plenty of trouble in keeping its platform safe from uninvited hackers and so-called 'Zoom-bombers'.
16 Jul 2020
NewsBytes Tech Briefing: Zoom's video-conference device, unified Gmail, and more
Along with the massive hack of high profile Twitter accounts, a lot has happened in the world of technology in the last 24 hours.
03 Jul 2020
JioMeet, Reliance's free Zoom rival, is now available in India
After a nearly three-month-long fundraising spree, Mukesh Ambani's telecom-to-digital entity Reliance Jio Platforms is expanding its footprint to step into the arena of video-conferencing.
10 Jun 2020
Google Meet gets AI-powered noise cancellation: Here's how it works
In a bid to take on Zoom and cash in on the exploding demand for video conferencing, Google is updating its premium virtual meeting app, Google Meet, with the much-needed noise cancellation capability.
22 May 2020
72-year-old man killed by son during Zoom call in US
A 72-year-old man was stabbed to death during a call on the video conferencing platform Zoom in New York, United States. The attacker is said to be the 72-year-old's own son.
12 May 2020
Hackers are using Zoom, Google Meet for phishing attacks
The spread of COVID-19 has surged the global demand for video-conferencing services like Zoom and Google Meet.
11 May 2020
'The Office' cast just reunited for an online wedding
Even after seven years of its conclusion, The Office continues to spread smiles in the lives of people.
08 May 2020
Hackers bombed South African Parliament session with porn, racial slurs
Like most of the world, South Africa is also under lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.
01 May 2020
Jio is also bringing a video-conferencing app: Details here
As more than a third of the world's population remains under some kind of lockdown, video-conferencing has become the go-to option to connect and interact, be it with colleagues or friends.
29 Apr 2020
Google Meet video conferencing service is now free for everyone
Google Meet, the premium video conferencing service operated by Google, is now free for everyone around the world.
26 Apr 2020
Messenger Rooms, Facebook's free service to take on Zoom
In a major move, social media giant Facebook has launched Messenger Rooms, a dedicated virtual meeting platform to take on the likes of Zoom and Google Meet.
23 Apr 2020
This tool can transcribe your Zoom meeting in real-time
From students to remote workers, everyone knows the pain of trying to take down notes while attending a virtual meeting.
22 Apr 2020
Watch: AI-created Elon Musk Zoom-bombs virtual meeting
You may already know about deepfakes, the AI-generated clips that show one person's face or voice in another person's video.
22 Apr 2020
No! 'Namaste' is not Indian government's answer to Zoom
A few hours ago, multiple reports suggested that the Indian government has launched a video-conferencing service called 'Namaste' to help people replace Zoom, a virtual meeting app it recently declared 'unsafe'.
21 Apr 2020
Watch out! Hackers are bombing Zoom classes with porn
As India faces the COVID-19 lockdown, educators are rushing to use digital resources to ensure students keep learning even while being at home.
19 Apr 2020
Now, New Yorkers can have 'video weddings' via Zoom
Given the whole COVID-19 situation, New York has officially started allowing wedding ceremonies to be conducted via video conference.
17 Apr 2020
Zoom v/s Google Meet: Which one is better?
As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, more and more people are rushing to handle most of their jobs from the safety of their homes.
16 Apr 2020
Indian government says Zoom is 'not safe' to use
Zoom, the video conferencing app that shot to fame before being embroiled in several privacy-related debacles, has been red-flagged by the Indian government.
14 Apr 2020
Five lakh Zoom accounts are being sold on dark web
Zoom, the video conferencing service that shot to fame in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and then became a center of multiple controversies, has been hit by another pressing issue.
14 Apr 2020
Zoom will let customers choose data centers for routing calls
It has become dichotomous for video-conferencing giant Zoom. On one hand, its user have sky-rocketed, but on the other, those users are fast losing confidence, given the shady security practices of the company.
12 Apr 2020
Microsoft Teams update brings Zoom-like custom background for video calls
Microsoft has rolled out an update for its Teams communication platform that introduces custom background support for video calls.
09 Apr 2020
Zoom creates 'security council' to fight data privacy concerns
In light of growing privacy-related concerns, popular video-conferencing service Zoom has announced a new 'information security council and advisory board'.
06 Apr 2020
Man 'walks in' on himself in Zoom meeting. How exactly?
With video calls on the rise, it is not totally uncommon to see people walk in on virtual meetings.
05 Apr 2020
More than 15,000 private Zoom meetings leaked online: Details here
Zoom, the video conferencing service that shot to fame in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, is drawing flak for leaking private meetings of its users.
04 Apr 2020
Rivaling Zoom, Skype releases 'Meet Now' calling feature
In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, the need to be connected virtually has become even more pronounced. Latching on that, Microsoft has released a new 'Meet Now' feature for Skype that allows you to easily set up and share a conference call with no sign-ups or downloads.