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Facebook Messenger Kids expands, but you still shouldn’t use it

Facebook Messenger Kids expands, but you still shouldn’t use it

The Facebook app "Messenger Kids" released several feature updates as well as a news alert that they'd expanded service to a number of new regions. They've suggested that they've responded to parent requests for updates, that they've brought software changes according to recommendations from their "Youth Advisers" and important people in child-related leadership roles. But it's still a social networking app run by Facebook whose most likely ultimate goal is to bring new users into the fold.

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Zoom backgrounds, how to change, dimensions and more

Zoom backgrounds, how to change, dimensions and more

Today we're taking a peek at the latest update to Zoom video conferencing and the ways in which one might make their background as awesome as possible. Using Zoom, users are able to relatively simply use a custom background (wallpaper, if you prefer) in their video call, thanks to smart sensing "greenscreen" abilities in the app. Zoom also allows the use of an actual greenscreen.

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Facebook tries to match Zoom with desktop Messenger update

Facebook tries to match Zoom with desktop Messenger update

A Facebook Messenger app was released this week for group chats between Facebook users. Users could've done video chat before now, with Messenger from Facebook, but this app makes the entire process feel a bit more official. This release comes just as the app Zoom sees a massive increase in use thanks to quarantine for global pandemic thanks to COVID-19.*

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Zoom privacy: A guide for ZoomBombing

Zoom privacy: A guide for ZoomBombing

The video chat app Zoom isn't private by default. You've got to do a few things before your Zoom meeting is secure. You'll need to make sure you're not downloading a malicious bit of software. You need to make sure you're not sharing your room name. You've got to tap a few buttons and follow a few rules - and it CAN BE relatively easy to make certain you're entirely safe from negative elements like "zoombombing" or "zoom-bombing".

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FaceTime broken with new iPhone update

FaceTime broken with new iPhone update

The latest update to iPhone and iPad devices seems to have broken a crucial component of the video chat system FaceTime. Reports have shown the update to iOS 13.4 for iPhone and iPad caused an issue with FaceTime audio and video calls. The bit that doesn't work seems to be the connection between these newly-updated devices and those still running iOS 9.3.5 or iOS 9.3.6 - the newest software some older devices can get.

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Zoom becomes a household name – and that’s a problem

Zoom becomes a household name – and that’s a problem

The video chat system Zoom wasn't prepared for the popularity it's facing here in the spring of 2020. Much like a startup group attempting to create a new product with a crowdfunding campaign, Zoom is finding that their own popularity might be more than they can handle. Issues begin with the simple nature of the group chat, and the ease with which one can join.

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The most important WhatsApp update ever: Dark Mode

The most important WhatsApp update ever: Dark Mode

If you're using WhatsApp for iOS or Android today, you can get an update that allows Dark Mode. This update changes the way that WhatsApp looks on all devices, switching dark tones for light tones, and light tones for dark. It makes better use of your display's power drain - to a tiny, yet significant degree. Dark Mode is a lot kinder to your eyes, too.

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Reintroducing Telegram: privately funded private chat with open source apps

Reintroducing Telegram: privately funded private chat with open source apps

I started to write an article about the latest update for Telegram, when I realized I might only be speaking to a select few in-the-know users. Far fewer than I think should be interested, anyway. Telegram is a private chat system with end-to-end encryption support and cross-platform functionality. It's privately funded by a guy named Pavel Durov, whose only goal seems to be "fast and secure messaging that is also 100% free."

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Microsoft Teams was down this morning for Office 365

Microsoft Teams was down this morning for Office 365

This morning Microsoft Office 365's own Microsoft Teams was indeed down this morning due to an authentication issue. The service was interrupted and/or completely down and out (for users attempting to access during the period of interruption) for approximately two hours. This issue occurred at around 8:30 AM Central Time, and was rectified approximately two hours later.

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WhatsApp stops working on some devices in major 2020 update

WhatsApp stops working on some devices in major 2020 update

WhatsApp will stop working for some older devices in early 2020 in one of the biggest updates in the app's history. For affected older versions of operating systems affected, WhatsApp developers suggested the following: "Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time."

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Facebook chatbot coaches employees how to answer thorny Facebook questions

Facebook chatbot coaches employees how to answer thorny Facebook questions

In the not so distant past, it was a point of pride to be working at one of those Silicon Valley companies, especially if that company is the hip and young Facebook. After Cambridge Analytica, however, it became almost a liability, especially at family gatherings like Thanksgiving. Whether from family or friends, Facebook employees find themselves at the center of inquiries regarding accusations hurled at their employer. And to make it easier for both them and the company's execs, Facebook created the most appropriate tool to train their workforce on how to answer those questions: a chatbot.

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Slack’s success means the Remote Worker is here to stay

Slack’s success means the Remote Worker is here to stay

Today Slack hit Wall Street and closed at over 48% in its first day of trading. If you do not know what Slack is, chances are you work with people that you see five days a week. Slack is a chat system with which business place employees communicate - through an app, usually. This system is successful because they got to this space nearly-first and did the right things at the right times over the past several years.

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