MakeUseOf: The Best Way to Give a Keynote Presentation Over Zoom or Skype

MakeUseOf: The Best Way to Give a Keynote Presentation Over Zoom or Skype. “When working remotely, you may need to deliver a Keynote presentation over Zoom, Skype, or other video conferencing apps. This is daunting at first—especially if you aren’t tech savvy—but there are two simple methods you can use to do it. Keynote Live is the best option, which lets you share your presentation slides with anyone online. If that isn’t available, you can share your Mac screen over Zoom or Skype instead. We’ll explain each of these methods in more detail below.”

Skype vs. Zoom: Which Will Serve You Best in Lockdown (Make Tech Easier)

Make Tech Easier: Skype vs. Zoom: Which Will Serve You Best in Lockdown. “As much of the United States and other places around the world are under stay-at-home orders, many people are working from home. That is good news for services like Skype and Zoom, two apps dedicated to group video chat. As both apps offer roughly the same service, how does a person or business choose which one to utilize? Let’s look at which one serves you best in lockdown.”

Digital Trends: Need online lessons for your kid? This site lets them Skype with a scientist

Digital Trends: Need online lessons for your kid? This site lets them Skype with a scientist. “Interested in ichthyology or curious about crustaceans? Skype a Scientist lets you bring experts into your home (virtually) to answer all your questions — for free. Dr. Sarah McAnulty is a squid biologist and executive director of Skype a Scientist. She started the program in 2017 as a way to connect classrooms with scientists, but with everyone now at home due to the coronavirus, it’s been expanded to allow families to chat with experts as well.”

BetaNews: With app-free, account-free Meet Now option, Skype is a viable alternative to Zoom

BetaNews: With app-free, account-free Meet Now option, Skype is a viable alternative to Zoom. “While there has been a good deal of controversy about Zoom lately, the video conferencing service remains incredibly popular. This is at least in part because of its ease of use, and the fact that it can be used without having to create an account. Well aware that the privacy and security issues that have plagued Zoom have left many people considering alternatives, Microsoft has issued a timely reminder about the Meet Now option in Skype. This feature makes it possible to use Skype without having to install any software, or even sign up for an account.”

CNET: Microsoft listened to Skype calls with ‘no security’ to protect recordings, report says

CNET: Microsoft listened to Skype calls with ‘no security’ to protect recordings, report says. “A Microsoft effort to improve Skype calls and the Cortana virtual assistant by listening in on user interactions reportedly had ‘no security measures’ in place to protect data. Contract workers in China were able to access recordings via a web app from personal computers in their homes, according to a Friday report in The Guardian. “

Neowin: Microsoft is discontinuing the Skype Translator bot

Neowin: Microsoft is discontinuing the Skype Translator bot. “Today, Microsoft announced that Skype is getting an update to version 8.54, which Skype Insiders have been testing for a couple of weeks now. As has been the case with most recent Skype updates, the list of changes is very small, but there’s something interesting, a new feature Translated Conversations. Skype has been able to translate conversations for a few years, but the feature was called Skype Translator, and that’s changing now.”

TechCrunch: Skype upgrades its messaging feature with drafts, bookmarks and more

TechCrunch: Skype upgrades its messaging feature with drafts, bookmarks and more. “Skype is best known for being a video calling app and, to some extent, that’s because its messaging feature set has been a bit underdeveloped. Today, the company is working to change that image with a series of improvements to Skype’s chatting features aimed at further differentiating it from rival apps.”

Revealed: Microsoft Contractors Are Listening to Some Skype Calls (Motherboard)

Motherboard: Revealed: Microsoft Contractors Are Listening to Some Skype Calls. “Contractors working for Microsoft are listening to personal conversations of Skype users conducted through the app’s translation service, according to a cache of internal documents, screenshots, and audio recordings obtained by Motherboard. Although Skype’s website says that the company may analyze audio of phone calls that a user wants to translate in order to improve the chat platform’s services, it does not say some of this analysis will be done by humans.”

Neowin: Skype for Web preview gets screen sharing on Chrome

Neowin: Skype for Web preview gets screen sharing on Chrome. “It’s been a long time since Microsoft last shared what’s new in the latest Skype updates. The app has been getting updates somewhat consistently, and Insiders are now up to version 8.46, but the last time we had heard anything new was for version 8.43 in April. That’s changing though, as the team has shared that, with version 8.46.76.59, Skype for Web now supports screen sharing, even if you’ll need to be using Google Chrome.”

TechCrunch: Skype now supports up to 50 group call participants, topping rivals

TechCrunch: Skype now supports up to 50 group call participants, topping rivals. “Skype is capitalizing on Apple’s struggles with Group FaceTime to attract attention to its own group calling features. Today, the company announced it’s doubling the number of people who can simultaneously participate in a group audio or video call. It now supports as many as 50 people at once, up from 25, previously.”

Engadget: Microsoft is testing Skype group calls for up to 50 people

Engadget: Microsoft is testing Skype group calls for up to 50 people. “Skype conference calls could be about to get a whole lot busier. Microsoft is planning to bump up the maximum number of group call participants from 25 to 50 (18 more than can fit into a Group FaceTime call). The audio and video buttons will be enabled for larger groups, so people can more easily mute their microphones or turn on/off their webcam.”

Engadget: Skype lets you make HD video calls on the web

Engadget: Skype lets you make HD video calls on the web. “Just days since rival Google Duo came to the web, Skype is overhauling its own browser-based service. The new Skype for Web boasts HD video for both private and group calls, call recording, and a notifications panel that keeps tabs on reactions to your messages, @mentions in group chats, or if someone quoted you.” But apparently it doesn’t support Opera or Firefox?

Employee Falls for Fake Job Interview Over Skype, Gives North Korean Hackers Access to Chile’s ATM Network: Report (Gizmodo)

Gizmodo: Employee Falls for Fake Job Interview Over Skype, Gives North Korean Hackers Access to Chile’s ATM Network: Report. “The one thing no one expects on a job interview is North Korean hackers picking up on the other line. But that’s apparently exactly what happened to a hapless employee at Redbanc, the company that handles Chile’s ATM network.”

TechCrunch: Singapore activist found guilty of hosting ‘illegal assembly’ via Skype

TechCrunch: Singapore activist found guilty of hosting ‘illegal assembly’ via Skype . “An ongoing case in Singapore is testing the legal boundaries of virtual conferences. A court in the Southeast Asian city-state this week convicted human rights activist Jolovan Wham of organizing a public assembly via Skype without a permit and refusing to sign his statement when ordered by the police.”

VentureBeat: PowerPoint and Skype gain live captions and subtitles

VentureBeat: PowerPoint and Skype gain live captions and subtitles. “Real-time captions and subtitles are heading to PowerPoint and Skype, the company today revealed in a pair of announcements timed to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (UN IDPD).”