The chat service you use at work may soon be changing.Microsoft is making its Teams business-chat app available for free to entice small and medium-size businesses to try it out. The free tier will allow up to 300 people to take advantage of many of the paid-for service features, including searching back through messages, in-line translation, audio and video chat, the ability to work with other apps, 10 gigabytes of shared storage and 2 gigabytes of personal storage per person. Microsoft said people can start signing up for the new, free version starting Thursday.Microsoft's move to offer Teams for free nearly two years after its launch may seem like a forehead slapping omission, especially since its main competitor, Slack, already offers a free version of its service.That's part of what makes Microsoft's move noteworthy. While chat outside the business world has coalesced around services like Apple's iMessage, Google's Hangouts, Microsoft's Skype and Facebook's Instagram, … [Read more...] about Microsoft has Slack in its sights, offers its Teams chat for free
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Better privacy tools, new features for WhatsApp and Instagram, and a new sub-$200 VR headset were just some of the new initiatives that shared the stage during the first day of Facebook's F8 developers conference.Here's a recap of everything that was announced on day 1 at F8:Facebook's Zuckerberg unveils privacy tool 'clear history' ahead of F8Zuckerberg talks privacy efforts at Facebook conferenceFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at F8: 'This has been an intense year'Facebook announces a new dating app feature to take on TinderFacebook wants people to make more realistic AR experiencesFacebook is building a virtual memory palace out of your photosInstagram adds Spotify, GoPro integration, video chat, AR camera effectsInstagram wants to keep bullies out of its commentsFacebook Messenger wants to lure shoppers with real-time translation, ARFacebook Marketplace is used in 70 countries, by 800 million people monthlyOculus Go: $199 VR has arrivedOculus Go review: Portable VR for just $199, no … [Read more...] about F8 2018, day 1: Everything Facebook just announced
The problem with deleting information is that nothing is ever really gone from the internet. Vasily Pindyurin/Getty Images It's a perennial joke: "If I die, delete my browser history." Everyone gets it because no matter how unquestionable your internet activity might be, we all have weird Google searches people might not understand when taken out of context. And we've all visited someone's Facebook page one too many times. But even though the internet has advanced in leaps and bounds, our understanding of our right to privacy on the internet has been slower to catch up. That's why the guys at Stuff They Don't Want You To Know teamed up with Will Pearson and Mango Hattikudur at Part-Time Genius for a special two-part episode on internet privacy. First, Matt Frederick, Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown tackle the tough question: Can you really delete your internet history? The answer might surprise you. Since the late 1990s, the internet has become an integral part of life all over the … [Read more...] about Can You Really Delete Your Internet History?
In a suite at San Francisco's Four Seasons hotel, Rafa Camargo, a vice president at Facebook's secretive Building 8 hardware lab, sits on a couch discussing the speed of light.He's explaining the physics behind how sound and video travel, and why there might be a delay if two people tried to, say, sing a song together over a video call. It isn't necessarily something a Facebook executive might obsess over, but it's particularly important for the social network's latest project.On Monday, Facebook unveiled the Portal and Portal Plus, two video chat devices designed to make it feel as if you're hanging out in the same room with family and friends who happen to be thousands of miles away -- hopefully without any discernible audio delay. The debut of the first Facebook-branded piece of consumer hardware puts the company in head-to-head competition with Google and Amazon for real estate in the home. That could be a tough sell with consumers, who may have second thoughts about adding another … [Read more...] about Facebook’s Portal video device launches amid privacy concerns
Are you ready to let Facebook put a connected camera into your home? The embattled social network is in the middle of a years-long PR clusterfuck owing to a series of privacy screwups, an on-going moderation catastrophe, and most recently, sleazy political tactics. That said, it’s still a communication method used by billions, and it’s probably running in the background on your phone or laptop right now. So maybe a more precise question is: Would you invite even more of Facebook’s mess into your home if it was offering a cool gadget to help you better keep in touch with family and friends? That’s the primary selling point of its new Portal devices. The in-home smart displays are basically sophisticated video chat boxes (with scary microphones and cameras!), and they’ve certainly got some fancy tricks that might lead even a rational, self-aware human to consider buying into Facebook’s bullshit, and in the process, potentially trading in privacy … [Read more...] about The Big Problem With Facebook’s Portal Devices Has Nothing to Do With How Great They Are