Facebook Australia has launched a new desktop app called Messenger Video. The app - which is available from today - does exactly what is says on the tin with an emphasis on group video calls and multitasking. Here are the details.
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Last week, Apple rolled back one of the key FaceTime features that was supposed to drop with iOS 12 and macOS Mojave this spring: group video chat. The feature, which would let you and up to 31 friends not-quite-make-eye-contact through their phones and laptops, was removed from the beta versions of each OS last week, and will now reportedly launch at a later date.
Mac: Of all the days to (finally) launch a version of its app for macOS, Houseparty picked yesterday - the start of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference - to make a big (themed) splash onto Apple desktops and laptops. And while Apple's announcement of FaceTime group hangouts probably took a little wind out of Houseparty's sails, the app is still makes it incredibly easy to chat with a bunch of your friends at once.
It's hard to get too invested in new products from Google. The company has built a reputation for developing interesting and useful projects, only to abandon them when they cannot commercialise them or lose interest. So, when they released Duo last year I didn't really bother with it too much. But they seem to be getting serious about Duo - their video calling challenger to Skype and FaceTime.
In Back to the Future II, Marty arrived in the future on October 21st, 2015 -- which just happened to be yesterday. It seems we've created an alternate timeline, because we didn't get all of the awesome stuff Marty's future did -- but we did get a lot. Here's the future tech we still have in this timeline.
Facebook launched a video chat feature for its Messenger app last month, but it wasn't available to Australian users. Today that has changed, with the feature enabled down under.
iOS/Android: Facebook's latest enhancement to its Messenger app allows you to make video calls, adding to the existing text chat and voice call features. However, like so many Facebook enhancements, this isn't being rolled out as a worldwide release, and Australia is not on the list of the first countries getting the feature.
Mega has been on our radar for secure file storage ever since the file storage phoenix rose from the ashes of MegaUpload. Now, the company has created MegaChat, which it bills as a secure alternative to Skype, offering browser-based voice and video chat.
Android/Web: Previously mentioned video calling service Gruveo took the wraps off a major update today. It now includes Android support that lets you talk to others without having to install an app first..
As remote working environments become more common, the interview process often involves never meeting your recruiter in person -- instead, you'll do the interview over email or video chat. And because the medium is different from talking face-to-face, you need to adapt and use new strategies to ace that interview and land the job.