Zoom

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.

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Microsoft Teams now available for everyone, offers free 24-hour calling

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.

Telegram promises to implement group video calling feature in May

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.

'No Zoom' Oscars: Academy mandates nominees' in-person attendance, faces backlash

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.

NewsBytes Briefing: There's some Chinese in my Koo, and more

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.

Here's how you can add facial effects on Zoom calls

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.

NewsBytes Briefing: Apple pulls a Xiaomi with advertisements, and more

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.

#ComicBytes: Who are the most powerful enemies of the Flash?

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.

New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin allegedly masturbates on Zoom call; suspended

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.

#TechBytes: How to secure Zoom account with two-factor authentication

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.

#WeeklyRecap: Apple bans Epic, Zoom's outage, TikTok's crisis, and more

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.

#OutageAlert: Zoom goes down, keeping users from starting/joining meetings

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.

NewsBytes Briefing: Apple becomes a $2 trillion company, and more

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.

#TechBytes: Handy new features announced for Google Meet classes

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.

Zoom bug allowed breaking into private password-protected meetings

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.

Messenger Rooms: How to use Facebook's new Zoom challenger

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.

Zoom bug allowed mimicking organizations; now fixed

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'.

NewsBytes Tech Briefing: Zoom's video-conference device, unified Gmail, and more

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.

JioMeet, Reliance's free Zoom rival, is now available in India

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.

Google Meet gets AI-powered noise cancellation: Here's how it works

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.

72-year-old man killed by son during Zoom call in US

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.

Hackers are using Zoom, Google Meet for phishing attacks

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.

'The Office' cast just reunited for an online wedding

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.

Hackers bombed South African Parliament session with porn, racial slurs

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.

Jio is also bringing a video-conferencing app: Details here

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.

Google Meet video conferencing service is now free for everyone

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.

Messenger Rooms, Facebook's free service to take on Zoom

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.

This tool can transcribe your Zoom meeting in real-time

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.

Watch: AI-created Elon Musk Zoom-bombs 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.

No! 'Namaste' is not Indian government's answer to Zoom

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'.

Watch out! Hackers are bombing Zoom classes with porn

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.

Now, New Yorkers can have 'video weddings' via Zoom

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.

Zoom v/s Google Meet: Which one is better?

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.

Indian government says Zoom is 'not safe' to use

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.

Five lakh Zoom accounts are being sold on dark web

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.

Zoom will let customers choose data centers for routing calls

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.

Microsoft Teams update brings Zoom-like custom background for video calls

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.

Zoom creates 'security council' to fight data privacy concerns

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'.

Man 'walks in' on himself in Zoom meeting. How exactly?

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.

More than 15,000 private Zoom meetings leaked online: Details here

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.

Rivaling Zoom, Skype releases 'Meet Now' calling feature

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.