by Tim Hardwick
Microsoft is working to allow smaller meetings to take place in its Together Mode, which uses artificial intelligence to put multiple users in the same virtual space.
Launched last year during the peak of the global health crisis, Together Mode for meetings uses AI to place everyone on a call in a shared room-like environment, like a coffee shop or an auditorium, rather than the patchwork gallery view that typically comprises large Teams meetings.
The idea behind the feature is to better replicate real face-to-face meetings by taking people out of their home environments and custom backgrounds, thereby making it easier to pick up on facial expressions, body language, and other non-verbal cues.
Together Mode can accommodate up to 49 people at a time, and currently only becomes available when at least five people have joined the meeting. Soon, however, Microsoft is making it so that the feature can be used with just two people.
Support for smaller gatherings in Together Mode is currently limited to the developer Beta preview, but will soon be available for all. If you want to try accessing the preview, click the ellipsis next to your profile picture, select About, then tick Developer Preview. If the option doesn’t appear, it may be because of the way your work account is set up.
Wednesday July 14, 2021 2:10 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Google has brought in 60-minute group video call limits for Google Meet users with free Gmail accounts, according to recently updated support pages (via 9to5Google).
The Meet service was originally exclusive to paying G-Suite members, but “unlimited” (up to 24 hour) group calls were made available for free to all users with a Google account in April 2020, in order to see off competition from …
Tuesday July 13, 2021 2:52 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Microsoft Edge has won over many users with its frequent feature updates and tight integration of Microsoft’s design language with that of macOS. Underlining its commitment to continue raising the bar for the Chromium-based browser, the company today updated its feature roadmap to reflect what else is coming to Edge down the pipe.
Microsoft’s “What’s Next” page for Edge comes across as more…
Friday July 9, 2021 2:41 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today shared a new “In the Dark” ad focusing on the Night mode feature that’s available in the iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max.
The spot focuses on night mode selfies, showing a man taking photos of himself in various low lighting situations. “Now you can take amazing selfies in the dark,” reads the tagline of video, which also uses the song “In The Dark” by YG.
Wednesday July 14, 2021 10:32 am PDT by Juli Clover
Twitter in November debuted a new ephemeral tweet option called “Fleets,” with the feature designed to compete with Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, Snapchat, and more.
Fleets apparently did not catch on, because Twitter today announced that Fleets are being discontinued as of August 3, which is less than a year after the feature launched.
Twitter says that it had hoped Fleets would…
Thursday July 1, 2021 5:56 am PDT by Sami Fathi
The popular software for virtualizing Windows on macOS, Parallels Desktop, has confirmed that support for the newly announced Windows 11 is in the works for Mac computers.
Last week, Microsoft unveiled Windows 11, the next major version of the Windows operating system. Obviously, Windows 11 won’t be supported on Mac computers, but as is normal, some Mac users run virtualized desktops on…
Wednesday June 16, 2021 10:49 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple CEO Tim Cook this morning participated in a virtual interview at the VivaTech conference, which is described as Europe’s biggest startup and tech event. Cook was interviewed by Guillaume Lacroix, CEO and founder of Brut, a media company that creates short-form video content.
Much of the discussion centered on privacy, as it often does in interviews that Cook participates in. He…
Thursday June 10, 2021 10:21 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi this week did a series of interviews with YouTubers, sharing iOS 15 highlights and tidbits with them. Each YouTuber was able to ask Federighi targeted questions about the new update using FaceTime.
Andru Edwards talked to Federighi about Apple’s focus on togetherness with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey features like SharePlay in…
Apple today seeded the second betas of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 to developers for testing, and one notable change is that SharePlay has now been enabled in FaceTime, allowing for two users on the latest beta to share their screens to view apps together and more.
SharePlay allows users to share experiences while connecting with friends and family on FaceTime, such as watching an Apple TV+ show in …
Thursday June 24, 2021 4:33 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Last month, Zoom added support for the new Center Stage feature exclusive to Apple’s latest iPad Pro models, and this month the popular video conferencing app is back with another update containing several interface improvements and usability features on iOS.
Notable enhancements in version 5.7.0 of the app include a better iPad “visual experience”, support for individual call participants…