zoom Stories August 11

Zoom announced this week some updates to its popular video conferencing platform. The app is rolling out a new “Focus” mode today that is designed primarily to keep students from getting distracted during online classes.

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zoom Stories August 3

Popular video conferencing platform Zoom will have to pay $85 million to its users as part of class-action lawsuit settlement. The company was accused of lying about offering end-to-end encryption on its services, as well as providing user data to Facebook and Google without permission.

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zoom Stories July 21

Zoom introduces third-party apps for meetings and new Events feature

Zoom is introducing today two new features: Zoom Apps and Zoom Events. The first combines users’ favorite apps with the video call software, and the second helps to create virtual events.

zoom Stories July 7

Evernote creator Phil Libin has a new company called “Mmhmm” that’s a souped-up video communications service. It works alongside companies like Zoom, and he wants to transform it into a standalone product in the near future.

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zoom Stories June 29

Zoom investing in real-time translation following acquisition of AI company

Zoom on Tuesday announced the acquisition of Kites (or Karlsruhe Information Technology Solutions), a company focused on artificial intelligence software to transcribe and translate conversations. Following the acquisition, Zoom wants to bring real-time translation to its platform.

zoom Stories June 23

Zoom updated its iOS and Mac apps with version 5.7.0. With this release, the cloud meeting app now brings support for gender pronouns, scheduling privilege, alternative host between linked master/sub-accounts, and more.

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zoom Stories May 26

Just after the new iPad Pro started arriving to customers last week, Zoom is ready to take advantage of the updated hardware. The popular video call platform has launched support for the handy new Center Stage feature that follows users as they move, a new Gallery view for all iPads, new developer support resources, and more.

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zoom Stories May 8

App developer Jeremy Provost discovered that Apple has given Zoom access to a private iPad camera API. With that, the meeting app is the only one, except by Apple’s FaceTime, being able to use the camera during iPad Split View multitasking.

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zoom Stories April 26

Zoom launches Immersive View feature to create fun meetings

Six months after announcing Immersive View, Zoom is finally launching the feature, which introduces a “more engaging and collaborative way to meet.”

zoom Stories March 4

US high-speed broadband definition is wildly outdated, say senators

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is being called on to update the official US high-speed broadband definition to reflect today’s needs …

zoom Stories December 21, 2020

Update: Zoom for Apple Silicon is now available. Look for the M1 Mac mention on the Zoom download page right here.

Zoom has published the release notes for an update it says is scheduled to be released to users tomorrow, December 21. The highlight for Mac users is that the update will bring support for Apple Silicon Macs, including native performance on the M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini.

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zoom Stories October 26, 2020

Zoom begins rolling out end-to-end encryption, but you’ll have to give up certain features to use it

Zoom has officially started rolling out support for end-to-end encryption, roughly five months after its initial announcement of the feature. In a press release, Zoom says the feature is available as a technical preview to both free and paying users.

zoom Stories July 17, 2020

Skype iOS app finally gets background blur feature, 17 months after Mac

The Skype iOS app is finally getting the background blur feature that first landed on desktop versions of the app way back in February of last year …

During Q2 of this year, Zoom completely shattered the previous App Store record for downloads, previously set by TikTok, according to analytics data. While TikTok notched up 67 million US downloads in Q1, reports Sensor Tower, Zoom hit almost 94 million US downloads in Q2.

Demand for the videoconferencing app was of course driven by the coronavirus crisis, which saw record numbers of people working from home. Worldwide, across Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store, Zoom became only the third app to reach 300M downloads in a quarter, joining TikTok and Pokémon GO.

Sensor Tower says Zoom wasn’t the only app to benefit …

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zoom Stories June 17, 2020

Video conferencing service Zoom has been quite the roller coaster ride over the last several months marked by serious flaws, misleading encryption claims, and massive user growth. Now after previously planning to keep end-to-end encryption as just a feature for paying customers, the company has reversed course and says free users will see it arrive in a beta coming in July alongside paid accounts.

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zoom Stories June 3, 2020

Zoom revenue forecast doubled; offers unconvincing explanation on encryption

Zoom‘s revenue forecast has almost doubled as consumers and business users alike continue to rely on the videoconference platform during coronavirus lockdowns. However, the share price actually dropped as there was some bad news in the mix…

zoom Stories May 30, 2020

Zoom has announced that it will “strengthen encryption of video calls” to help boost security for users. As reported by Reuters, the company plans to roll out this stronger encryption only to users who pay for Zoom, not those who use the free tier of the service.

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zoom Stories May 14, 2020

Zoom has risen to the top as one of the most used video call apps as the coronavirus has spread around the globe. It’s cross-platform, free, and easy to set up calls for businesses and well as individuals. However, it has seen some serious security and privacy flaws (now fixed). For those looking for some good Zoom alternatives, follow along after the break for a range of choices for both business and personal use.

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zoom Stories May 7, 2020

Zoom bought Keybase to bring end-to-end encryption to its videoconferences

A new blog post today reveals that Zoom bought Keybase, a 25-person startup specializing in encrypted message and file-sharing. It is the first acquisition in Zoom’s history …

zoom Stories May 6, 2020

Free Zoom accounts get three more security features this week

Free Zoom accounts will get three more security features on May 9 as the company continues its efforts to boost privacy protections and fight abuse like Zoom-bombing …

zoom Stories April 29, 2020

[Now arriving after delay] Zoom 5 offers new security and privacy features

Update: Zoom 5.0.0 is finally landing today, after initially being promised for April 22. It hasn’t yet shown up in all app stores, but should do so shortly.

Zoom security and privacy has been boosted with the addition of no fewer than nine new features in the latest update, Zoom 5.0 …

zoom Stories April 22, 2020

One of the features that has made Zoom such a popular solution for video calls recently is support for custom backgrounds. After implementing similar Zoom-like features earlier this month, Skype is now adding support for custom backgrounds.

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zoom Stories April 15, 2020

We suggested Houseparty as an alternative to Zoom earlier this month, and a report today indicates that it has seen 50 million sign-ups in the past month.

It has been the most popular social networking app in the App Store every day since March 20, giving it more daily downloads than Facebook, Messenger, and WhatsApp…

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zoom Stories April 14, 2020

Zoom lets paying users opt out of Chinese servers, as 500k creds sold

Popular videoconferencing service Zoom will shortly allow paying subscribers to opt out of Chinese servers when routing calls …

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