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Here’s Why Zoom Stopped Working on Your Chromebook

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Zoom, the popular video conferencing app that only gained more popularity during the pandemic, has reportedly discontinued its ChromeOS web app, causing problems for some. If Zoom stopped working on your Chromebook, it’s because there’s a new web-based app you need to use.

Earlier this year, Zoom announced a new progressive web app (PWA) for Chromebooks designed to offer a better experience and more features. Unfortunately, this was still undergoing a beta test, wasn’t available to everyone, and had a few problems to sort out. However, it looks like this month Zoom is switching things over, and that’s causing students, teachers, family members, and more to have problems joining meetings.

Lately, we’re seeing reports that the company has quietly discontinued the default Zoom app for ChromeOS, blocking users from joining meetings entirely. Now, users see this pop-up when they try to join a Zoom:

“Zoom client must be upgraded to join this meeting.”

To join meetings on a Chromebook, you need to download the new Zoom PWA app from the web or through this link on the Google Play Store. Or, after you get the failed to join notice, look for a small blue link near the bottom of the Zoom page that says, “Join via the Zoom for Chrome PWA.” Remember that this isn’t an app in the traditional sense and operates more like a website. It’s essentially a web version of the Zoom app.

Progressive Web Apps are similar to websites but can be “installed” like an app. They allow you to open them in their own window, instead of a new browser tab, but they still work like anything else you’d open in your browser. For example, the Zoom PWA still allows for opening links, notification badges, updates, and more while offering better performance and, oftentimes, more features.

If you’re getting the “Zoom client must be upgraded” error when you try to join a Zoom call on your Chromebook, this is why. Get the new Zoom PWA, and you’ll be able to join meetings again.

It’s worth noting that this won’t solve all your potential problems right now. While the Zoom progressive web app should deliver an improved experience, more features, and faster performance, the new PWA-version of Zoom is still a work in progress. Users are reporting a lot of problems or bugs.

To make matters worse, when someone sends users a link to join a meeting, it doesn’t open in the new app and still directs to the discontinued ChromeOS app. It’s a bit confusing, but hopefully, everything will work as expected once the transition is complete.

via 9to5Google

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How to Hide Everyone’s Video Feeds While Presenting on Zoom

To keep guests focused on the person talking, Zoom is adding a feature called Focus Mode that lets presenters hide the video feeds of all attendees, making it so only the presenter and a highlighted participant are visible.

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Otter Assistant Will Transcribe Your Zoom Meetings So You Can Zone Out

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Over the past year, Zoom calls have become part of the average work day, so it’s totally understandable if you are experiencing Zoom fatigue. But now, with Otter’s new Zoom transcribing feature, you can tune out and get the recap later.

The software feature, called Otter Assistant, will join your meetings as another participant (and it will be visible to other attendees). It works equally fine whether or not you’re the host of the Zoom meeting, which is nice. You can use it for work meetings, college lectures, interviews, and other scenarios.

After creating an account, you’ll be given the option to connect to your Microsoft or Google calendar. You can then go into “My Agenda interface” and tell the software which video calls you need Otter Assistant to join; you can also share a current meeting’s link with the software each time manually if you prefer.

Otter Assistant’s rich notes are handy for those who struggle to pay attention in meetings as well as for those who want to focus on what other participants are saying rather than taking notes. Once your call is over, a copy of the transcript can be shared with other attendees, and you can even opt to add images and notes, or highlight important moments.

The free account gives you 600 minutes of transcription per month, and adds in a few other features like reminders to record your meetings, the ability to search and play back recordings, and the option to highlight or insert comments on the transcription. You can also upgrade to one of the paid plan options—which start at $8.33 per month, and offer Business and Enterprise plans—to get additional minutes and higher limits for transcription duration.

Live Zoom Meeting Transcription

Otter Assistant

This software transcribes your Zoom meetings and provides you with a copy you can share with other attendees.

via Engadget

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Zoom’s New Event Platform Promises to Make Virtual Conferences Less Awful

The Zoom Events banner.Zoom

Even as social distancing requirements wane, it seems like virtual conferences and events are here to stay. Now, Zoom is working on a dedicated Events platform to help make multi-day virtual conferences a bit more tolerable (and profitable).

Zoom Events builds on the company’s first event “marketplace,” called OnZoom. The service caters to enterprise customers and companies, offering several features that help keep conferences organized and emulate the social aspect of in-person events.

Opening a Zoom Event will bring you to a central hub where you can register your attendance or buy a virtual ticket. Once you’re signed in, you can see all of a conference’s upcoming meetings and presentations, even if they span throughout an entire week. Whoever’s running the Zoom Event can add short video previews to all of the upcoming meetings, or choose which meetings attendees can and can’t see .

Interestingly, Zoom Events will include a lobby feature that mimics the cocktail parties of in-person events. If you join a meeting early or stick around after it ends, you can chat with other people via text and exchange contact information.

And while it’s hard to track how many people actually participate in online conferences, Zoom Events will include detailed statistics on attendance, ticket sales, and other stats. For that reason, it could become a popular platform for online conventions and music festivals, not just corporate get-togethers.

In a way, Zoom Events sound somewhat similar to Facebook Events, which recently added tickets and livestreams to its feature-set. But its focus on large, multi-day conferences could help it stand out in the corporate world, or even become a leading platform for online conventions and festivals. If you want to keep up with Zoom Events as it launches this summer, sign up for the company’s mailing list now.

Source: Zoom via Engadget

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How to Add Live Closed Captions to Zoom

Video calls and meetings are great, but they leave a lot to be desired when it comes to accessibility. Fortunately, Zoom has the ability to create live closed captions in real-time during meetings. We’ll show you how it works.

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Live video platform Bright lets you Zoom with your favorite creators

What if you could Zoom with your favorite creator and ask them questions? That’s the promise of Bright, the new live video platform launching today from co-founders Guy Oseary and early YouTube product manager Michael Powers. The service, built on top of Zoom, allows fans to engage in live, face-to-face video sessions with creators, ask questions and even join creators on a virtual stage for a more personal and direct learning experience.

Though the startup has some similarities to voice chat apps like Clubhouse, as it also democratizes access to big-name talent at times, the co-founders explain that Bright’s focus will be very different. Besides being a video-on experience, Bright is solely focused on educational content — that is, learning from people who are sharing their expertise with the community. In addition, the sessions hosted on Bright are ticketed events, where the creator decides how many tickets they want to sell and how much they’re charging.

Image Credits: Bright

“Twenty percent of the content on YouTube was learning. It was the second-biggest area next to music. And that was true the first year of YouTube and it’s true now at scale,” explains Bright CEO Michael Powers, as to why Bright has chosen to focus on learning. Powers knows the creator industry firsthand, having launched the YouTube Channels feature while at YouTube, and later managed YouTube’s first revenue-generating opportunities for creators. More recently, he served as SVP and GM at CBS Interactive.

Powers says he saw how powerful educational and learning content could be, but also how difficult it was for creators earning a rev share off an ad network, like YouTube’s, to become self-sustainable.

“I watched that over the past five years, especially, as the different platforms have scaled up,” Powers says, and became inspired to launch a better way for creators to monetize their expertise. “We’ve got to empower [creators] so they can go beyond just being a personal brand or social brand, and be an actual business,” he adds.

Oseary, meanwhile, was tooling around with a similar concept, having also had direct experience with creators in the music industry and through his investments. The founder of Maverick music management company, Oseary continues to manage Madonna and U2, but these days has his hands in numerous startups as the co-founder of Sound Ventures and A-Grade Investments with actor Ashton Kutcher.

Though Oseary and Powers have yet to meet in person, they connected over the web — much like Bright’s creators will now do — to get the new startup off the ground during a pandemic.

With today’s launch, Bright is promising a lineup of more than 200 prominent creators, many from the arts, including Madonna, Ashton Kutcher, Naomi Campbell, Shawn Mendes, Amy Schumer, D-Nice, the D’Amelio Sisters, Laura Dern, Judd Apatow, Deepak Chopra, Diplo, Kenny Smith, Kane Brown, Drew and Jonathan Scott (Property Brothers), Lindsey Vonn, Rachel Zoe, Diego Boneta, Tal Fishman, Ryan Prunty, Demi Skipper, Charlotte McKinney, Jason Bolden, Yris Palmer, Cat & Nat, Ronnie2K, Chef Ludo Lefebvre and Jonathan Mannion, among others.

And it has another 1,500 creators on a waitlist, ready to begin hosting their own sessions when Bright opens up further.

Image Credits: Bright session example

Although Bright’s lineup implies it’s aiming at a high-profile creator crowd, Oseary insists Bright will be for anyone with an audience of their own — not just famous names.

“This is not elitist…If you’ve got an audience and you have something to offer your audience, we would like you on the platform,” he says.

Today, creators can go to other social networks, like Facebook Live or Instagram Live, if they want to just chat with fans more casually. But people will come to Bright to be educated, Oseary notes. And short of getting a creator to FaceTime you directly, he believes this will be the next best way to reach them — and one people are familiar with using, thanks to the Zoom adoption that grew out of the pandemic’s impact to business culture and remote work.

“The best way to connect is to use a platform that we’ve all learned how to use this last year,” Oseary says, referring to Bright’s Zoom connection. “We all already have the app. We already know how to navigate through it. We’ve added a bunch of features to make it more interesting,” he adds.

Image Credits: Bright

At launch, fans will be able to visit Bright’s website, view the array of upcoming events and purchase tickets. Some of the first sessions include Laura Dern leading a “Tell Your Story” session about personal growth; Kenny Smith will interview favorite athletes and discuss their mindsets at turning points in their careers; Property Brothers Jonathan & Drew Scott will host “Room by Room,” focused on home improvement; recording artist Kane Brown will host “Record This: Nashville Edition” about the country music industry; and Ronnie2K will host a series about building a career in gaming.

Bright’s model will see it taking a 20% commission on creator revenue, which is lower than the traditional marketplace split of 30/70 (platform/creator), but higher than the commission-free payments on Clubhouse (at least for the time being!). Further down the road, Bright envisions building out more tools to help creators with other aspects of their business — like the sale of physical or digital goods, for example.

Though there are numerous creator platforms to choose from these days, Bright aims to give creators direct access to their own analytics about their biggest fans, their content and fans’ contact information, like names and emails. This allows them to continue their relationship with their community beyond Bright into other areas of their business — whether that’s email newsletters or Shopify stores.

To make all this work, LA-based Bright has recruited a team with deep expertise in both the creator economy and tech.

This includes Bright’s VP of Talent & Partnership, Kaitlyn Powell, former head of Talent at Caffeine; Bright’s lead Creator & Product Strategy, Sadia Harper, formerly a UX Strategist at Instagram; Bright’s director of Creative Programming, Jeben Berg, previously of YouTube & Maker Studios; Design lead Heather Grates, previously of Pinterest; and Bright’s finance lead Jarad Backlund, previously in roles at Apple and Facebook.

The startup has raised an undisclosed amount funding from Oseary’s own Sound Ventures, as well as RIT Capital, Norwest, Globo and other investors.

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Zoom’s New Immersive Mode Puts Everyone Together in the Same “Room”

A Zoom call with all participants seemingly in the same conference roomZoom

With more people working from home, video conference calls have become a new normal. But video calls still aren’t the same as an in-person meeting, and Zoom hopes to bridge some of that gap with a new Immersive Mode. It changes the call to make everyone appear to be in the same room.

Immersive Mode works somewhat like Microsoft Team’s “Together Mode” by cutting out people at the head and shoulder level and grouping them in a shared virtual background. Unlike standard virtual backgrounds where everyone picks their own backdrop, Immersive Mode tries to make it seem like you’re all in the same conference room or classroom.


Zoom took things a step further than Microsoft and made a few options for the shared virtual background. While the class and conference room settings are the predictable option, there’s an art gallery view if you want a “classy” look. That mode retains some of the participant’s actual background to achieve the “painting” look. And you can create your own Immersive Mode backgrounds, though Zoom says you’ll want to use the same file type, aspect ratio, and resolution recommendations it has for virtual backgrounds.

A Zoom call with every participant in a "painting" in an "art galley."Zoom

Zoom says both free and pro users can take advantage of Immersive Mode, you’ll just need to update to the latest version of Zoom on desktop and mobile. Anyone without the update will see generic backgrounds instead. If the call has more than 25 people, the extras will go into a thumbnail strip view at the top of the screen.

Immersive Mode is rolling out right now, and hosts can turn it on and adjust and resize participants today.

Source: Zoom

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Zoom Makes Significant Changes a Year into Pandemic

Zoom-Makes-Changes-Featured.jpg The necessity to social distance during the pandemic made Zoom a must-have service for many. It’s been used in this past year to keep up with friends and family, to check in with work, and to attend remote classes. Being used differently than it had in the past has necessitated changes. This week Zoom made significant changes to the service. Zoom Makes Changes Across All Platforms The changes Zoom made on Monday were across all platforms, other than Chrome OS. A few issues will be resolved later in the week for Chrome. Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android users… Read more14422952.gif

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How to Hide Notifications While Sharing Your Screen in a Video Call

If you’re sharing your screen during a video conference, it’s important to make sure no notifications appear. This can prevent the accidental leaking of confidential information to others—or just save you from a world of embarrassment in your next Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype video call.

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