As posted on Remains of the Day: Amazon Launches Video Conferencing App
Amazon is looking to compete with apps like Skype and GoToMeeting with a new video conferencing app geared towards professional meetings. It’s called Chime, and is supposed to be better than your average video call. That and more in today’s news.
- Amazon’s Chime isn’t necessarily a replacement for personal calls; they’re aiming for businesses who are fed up with the frustrating mediocrity of most video conference platforms. It’s available on all major operating systems, uses secure encryption and noise-canceling technology, and you can make one-on-one calls for free. Otherwise it’ll cost a monthly fee depending on how many people in your business use it, starting at $19 for ten users. [Amazon]
- Privacy-focused chat app Signal can now make video calls. The feature is currently in beta and requires both the caller and recipient to enable video calls before it can be used. They’re also taking advantage of a iOS 10 feature called CallKit that lets you answer calls directly from the locks creen. [Open Whisper Systems]
- Twitter briefly turned off notifications that let you know whenever someone adds you to a list because they were being used to intentionally annoy people. But the move was widely criticized, as many actually want to know when they’re being targeted by abusive users. The change was reversed within a few hours. [Twitter]
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is going to have DLC. Paying twenty bucks for a hard mode and a new quest is kind of lame, but it’s a sign of the times. And any extra Zelda is good Zelda. [Kotaku]