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Facebook enters the videoconferencing fray with Messenger Rooms

Facebook Inc (FB.O) introduced a videoconferencing tool and expanded livestreaming features on Friday, capitalizing on a surge in demand for video chats during the coronavirus pandemic while taking its first steps toward a planned integration of messaging products across its apps. The videoconferencing tool, Messenger Rooms, will enable as many as 50 people to participate…

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Emirati police deploy smart tech in coronavirus fight

Police in the United Arab Emirates are deploying smart helmets that can scan the temperatures of hundreds of people every minute in their effort to combat the new coronavirus. The helmets, which need less time and less contact than traditional thermometers, can measure temperatures from five metres (16 ft) away and scan up to 200 people…

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Google Stadia gains users after giving free access for two months

Google’s cloud-based game streaming service, Stadia, has witnessed a surge in users after the tech giant gifted two months of free access to its premium version for gamers sheltering at home to curb the spread of the coronavirus.  Stadia’s mobile app, one of the multiple platforms to use the service and required to configure the…

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Facebook to introduce gaming app on Monday: New York Times

Facebook Inc (FB.O) is planning to launch a gaming mobile app on Monday focused mainly on live game streaming in a bid to take on Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) Twitch, Google’s (GOOGL.O) YouTube and Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) Mixer services, the New York Times reported on Sunday.  Facebook Gaming was originally scheduled to be released in June,…

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Verizon snaps up Zoom rival BlueJeans for less than $500 million

Verizon Communications Inc on Thursday agreed to buy BlueJeans Network Inc, a rival of Zoom Video Communications Inc, for less than $500 million as it looks to tap into the new-found popularity of video-conferencing apps. Shelter-in-place orders to contain the spread of the new coronavirus have pushed companies to adopt news ways of doing business,…

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India says Zoom ‘not a safe platform’ for video conferencing

India said on Thursday videoconferencing software Zoom is “not a safe platform”, joining other countries that have expressed concern about the security of an application that has become hugely popular worldwide during the coronavirus lockdown. U.S.-based Zoom Video Communications Inc has apologized for security flaws and says it is working to fix them. Problems have…

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