Zoom will enable waiting rooms by default to stop Zoombombing
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Zoom will enable waiting rooms by default to stop Zoombombing

Zoom is making some drastic changes to prevent rampant abuse as trolls attack publicly shared video calls. Starting April 5th, it will require passwords to enter calls via Meeting ID, as these may be guessed or reused. Meanwhile, it will change virtual waiting rooms to be on by default so …

ZmURL customizes Zoom link previews with images & event sites
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ZmURL customizes Zoom link previews with images & event sites

Sick of sharing those generic Zoom video call invites that all look the same? Wish your Zoom link preview’s headline and image actually described your meeting? Want to protect your Zoom calls from trolls by making attendees RSVP to get your link? ZmURL.com has you covered. Launching today, ZmURL is …

Before suing NSO Group, Facebook allegedly sought their software to better spy on users
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Before suing NSO Group, Facebook allegedly sought their software to better spy on users

Facebook’s WhatsApp is in the midst of a lawsuit against Israeli mobile surveillance outfit NSO Group. But before complaining about the company’s methods, Facebook seems to have wanted to use them for its own purposes, according to testimony from NSO founder Shalev Hulio. Last year brought news of an exploit …

This Week in Apps: Zoom has issues, Pinterest founder’s new COVID-19 research app, record Q1 spending
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This Week in Apps: Zoom has issues, Pinterest founder’s new COVID-19 research app, record Q1 spending

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry saw a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s “State of …

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Zoom patches Windows vulnerability that let attackers steal your Windows login from dodgy chat links

The suddenly popular videoconferencing app Zoom has issued a patch for a vulnerability in its Windows client that allowed attackers to steal the user’s Windows login credentials from malicious chat links. Hi @zoom_us & @NCSC – here is an example of exploiting the Zoom Windows client using UNC path injection …

Transform your photos into art with the Google Arts & Culture app's new feature
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Transform your photos into art with the Google Arts & Culture app’s new feature

Google’s Arts & Culture app has a cool new feature that’ll transform your pics into classic works of art. Well, kind of.  Basically, the Google app takes any photo and re-stylizes it in the fashion of famous paintings.  Here’s an example from a snap I took weeks ago of the …

Roland's Zenbeats music production app is currently free
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Roland’s Zenbeats music production app is currently free

All sorts of companies have been giving away their apps for free or offering extensive free trials so that everyone stuck inside during the coronavirus pandemic can learn new skills or get inspired. Roland — creators of iconic synthesizers and guita… Continue Reading…

IRL pivots into virtual event calendar In Remote Life
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IRL pivots into virtual event calendar In Remote Life

What do you do if you’re an event discovery startup and suddenly it’s illegal to attend events? You lean into the cultural shift and pivot. Today, $11 million-funded calendar app IRL is morphing from In Real Life to In Remote Life. It will now focus on helping people find, RSVP …

Disney debuts its streaming service in India for $20 a year
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Disney debuts its streaming service in India for $20 a year

Disney+ has arrived in the land of Bollywood. The company on Friday (local time) rolled out its eponymous streaming service in India through Hotstar, a popular on-demand video streamer it picked up as part of the Fox deal. To court users in India, the largest open entertainment market in Asia, …

Pinterest CEO and a team of leading scientists launch a self-reporting COVID-19 tracking app
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Pinterest CEO and a team of leading scientists launch a self-reporting COVID-19 tracking app

There have been a few scattered efforts to leverage crowd-sourced self-reporting of symptoms as a way to potentially predict and chart the progress of COVID-19 across the U.S., and around the world. A new effort looks like the most comprehensive, well-organized and credibly backed yet — and it has been …