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Telegram announces video calls on Android and iOS
Telegram announces video calls on Android and iOS
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Telegram announced support for one-on-one video calls for its Android and iOS apps. The developer promised support for group video calls in the coming months.

In a blog post, the company said: "All video calls are protected with end-to-end encryption. To confirm your connection, compare the four emoji shown on-screen for you and your chat partner – if they match, your call is 100% secured by time-tested encryption also used in Telegram's Secret Chats and Voice Calls. You can find more details on this page."

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Microsoft enhances Teams with Together Mode, support up to 1,000 participants in a meeting
Microsoft Team's Together Mode
Microsoft Team's Together Mode Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft announced Wednesday new features to improve the Microsoft Teams experience and beat Zoom, including the new Together Mode and the support to up to 1,000 people in a call.

Together Mode, digitally place up to 50 participants in a shared background, so it emulates the experience of sitting in the same room while meeting remotely.

Microsoft Teams also support for up to 1,000 participants in meetings, soon allow up to 20,000 viewers in presentations and seminars.

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Zoom to bring end-to-end encryption to all users, including non-paying
Zoom to bring end-to-end encryption to all users, including non-paying
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The video call and conferencing provider Zoom rolled back the decision to excluding encryption for free users. Zoom official announcement about the new release states: "This will enable us to offer E2EE as an advanced add-on feature for all of our users around the globe – free and paid."

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Zoom has censored pro-democracy activism in US after China requested it
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Zoom logo Credit: Zoom

The video call provider Zoom has announced that it complied with requests from the Chinese government to block meetings that commemorated the 1989 protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Three sessions had attendees from mainland China and were shut down. The company has stated that it lacks the technology to exclude users based on region and therefore ended the meetings altogether, later saying that it won't comply with requests from the Chinese government in the future if the people are not located in mainland China.

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Google Meet premium now free for everyone
Google Meet premium now free for everyone
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In a statement released on Wednesday, Google announced that Google Meet, their premium video conferencing tool, would be free for everyone starting early May. Access to Meet will be opened gradually and meetings up to 100 people will be free until September.