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Ameelio wants to take on for-profit prison calling rackets after starting with free letters to inmates

Ameelio wants to take on for-profit prison calling rackets after starting with free letters to inmates Among the many problems with the prison system are enormous fees for things like video calls, which a handful of companies provide at grossly inflated rates. Ameelio hopes to step in and provide free communication options […]

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ZmURL customizes Zoom link previews with images & event sites

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? […]

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The best video chat apps to turn social distancing into distant socializing

The best video chat apps to turn social distancing into distant socializing The vicissitudes of social distancing have taken many people by surprise, making video calls a new necessity for distant socializing. But which of the two dozen apps out there should you and your (perhaps not as tech-savvy) friends and family […]

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Beware of “ZoomBombing”: screensharing filth to video calls

Beware of “ZoomBombing”: screensharing filth to video calls The world is vulnerable to a new type of trolling as people turn to Zoom video calls to feel connected amidst quarantines. Jerks are using Zoom’s screensharing feature to blast other viewers with the most awful videos from across the internet, from violence to […]

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Facebook’s video calling Portal devices add WhatsApp login, new features and content

Facebook’s video calling Portal devices add WhatsApp login, new features and content Facebook is making its line of Portal-branded smart video calling devices more relevant to consumers, including those who don’t even have a Facebook account. The company today says its Portal family of products will now work with just a WhatsApp […]

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Go chat yourself with Facebook’s new Portal companion app

Go chat yourself with Facebook’s new Portal companion app Ignoring calls that it’s creepy, Facebook is forging onward with its Portal smart display. Today Facebook quietly launched iOS and Android Portal apps that let owners show off photos on the screen without sharing them to the social network, and video call their […]

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A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg

A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg TechCrunch: Hey Portal, dial Mark Portal: Do you mean Mark Zuckerberg? TC: Yes Portal: Dialling Mark… TC: Hi Mark! Nice choice of grey t-shirt. MZ: Uh, new phone who dis? — oh, hi, er, TechCrunch… TC: Thanks for agreeing to this entirely fictional interview, […]

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Group FaceTime isn’t arriving in September

Group FaceTime isn’t arriving in September Group FaceTime’s launch is going to be delayed. The feature, which supports up to 32 people in a single audio or video call, was pulled from the latest iOS 12 and macOS Mojave betas released on Monday, and will be held until a later date, says […]

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