Skype Group Video Calling Coming to Android, iOS, and Windows 10 Mobile

Skype Group Video Calling Coming to Android, iOS, and Windows 10 Mobile

Marking its 10-year anniversary, Microsoft’s Skype team on Tuesday announced that it has introduced the group video calling feature to everyone on Android, iOS, and Windows 10 Mobile. Skype already supported group video calls but only for those who opted for Skype for Business. The feature is now available to non-subscribers as well.

The feature can be used free of cost and will be rolled out to users in the ‘coming weeks’. However, for those who want to preview the group calling feature, they can sign-up by submitting some details.

The Skype group video calling service lets up to 25 users share a video call on desktop. However, the popular VoIP service is not the only one sporting such kind of feature. Rival apps such as GoogleHangouts also supports group video calling for up to 10 users. Line (with Popcorn Buzz), Viber, WeChat, and other popular chatting apps also have the feature. Hike in September last year introduced group audio calling feature, letting up to 100 people to talk to each other in a group call. Other popular chatting applications such as FaceTime and Facebook Messenger are yet to receive the feature.

Gurdeep Pall Singh, the Global Corporate Vice President of Skype in the company blog post added that in 10 years Skype users have generated nearly 2 trillion minutes of free Skype video calls. “In fact, with that amount of time, you can use Skype to read to every child in the world for 10 hours, every family can be together over Skype for more than 7 hours and there’s still time left for the entire world’s workforce to have an hour-long interview via Skype,” he said.


Google Experiments With Search on Android; Adds Yoga Cards

Google Experiments With Search on Android; Adds Yoga Cards

Google seems to be experimenting with new automated search options that are now visible to several users in the dropdown menu.

As reported by several users, the Google Search option now shows Recent Searches, What’s Hot, and Nearby. Notably, the new options appear just below the last searched term in the search menu. It’s worth noting that until now on tapping the Search app, last few searched terms appeared first. The Recent Searches includes all last searches while the What’s Hot option will throw popular search results. The Nearby automated search (via Android Police) however takes cues from Google’s Maps app and offers options such as Restaurants, Gas Stations, ATMs, and Coffee. So far, it is unclear whether the new search options will be default or will have an option to be disabled.

We can expect Google to release an update to the Search app bringing the new search options.

google_now_yoga_cards.jpgAdditionally, Google has also started rolling out brand new yoga cards. Google’s Hong Kong Plus account confirmed the rollout and is said to be now available on mobile as well as desktop. The new yoga-based cards will show up in search results when a user searches for a pose. The cards will offer additional details such as the Sanskrit name of the yoga pose and the advantages of the pose accompanied by images of the pose.

Google in its post stresses that the new feature has been rolled out for people who are yoga enthusiasts and have just started trying the poses.


Uber CEO Kalanick to Offer Startup Tips at IIT-Bombay

Uber CEO Kalanick to Offer Startup Tips at IIT-Bombay on January 19

Travis Kalanick, the co-founder and CEO of taxi-hailing service Uber, the most valuable start-up, will be in the city next week to address students of IIT-Bombay and share his own success story.

Kalanick, on his maiden trip to India, is among other top executives who will be in town to take part in the government’s Start-up India event scheduled for January 16.

He will be sharing the stage with over 40 CEOs and founders of start-ups, including SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son, at IIT-B, one of the country’s premier centres for start-up incubation.

Kalanick will be addressing the students on January 19.

Uber is also partnering with ‘Invest India’, an initiative under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, and has already launched ‘UberExchnage’, a start-up mentorship programme.

The five-year-old US taxi aggregator, which is valued at $70 billion (roughly Rs. 4,67,856 crores), had announced last year it would invest $1 billion (roughly Rs. 6,683 crores) to build its India business.

At IIT-Bombay, Kalanick will speak to entrepreneur hopefuls on how to build a business, drawing parallels from his own entrepreneurial journey, and “what it takes to build the world’s fastest-growing start-up”.

The session is expected to see an attendance of over 2,500 students, start-up enthusiasts and local entrepreneurs.

Uber had a shaky start in the country after one of its drivers was arrested for raping a woman passenger in December 2014. The company is also under regulatory glare for alleged predatory pricing and business practices in many other countries.

Following these developments, the company has been investing heavily in safety measures in all markets, including India, Uber India President Amit Jain had said earlier.

Uber India has a driver base of over 1.5 lakh and is growing at about 40 per cent every month.

The company is up against Ola, the country’s top taxi aggregator. The Bhavish Aggarwal-led Ola has raised $1.3 billion (roughly Rs. 8,688 crores) of funds from major investors with a valuation of around $5 billion (roughly Rs. 3,3418 crores).

Globally, Uber’s rival Lyft announced last week that General Motors (GM) had partnered it to launch ‘self-driving’ cars. The American auto giant had invested $500 million in Lyft as part of a $1-billion round funding.


HackerRank Launches App-Based Recruitment Platform

HackerRank Launches App-Based Recruitment Platform

Bengaluru-based code-challenge community HackerRank announced the launch of HackerRank Jobs, a platform to provide a developer-focused approach to recruiting.

The HackerRank Jobs mobile app is available now in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, as well as on the HackerRank website.

Launched in a limited beta, the site has jobs listings from Indian and US-based tech companiespublished online, which include VMware, Visa Inc, Practo, Uber, Quora, Zenefits, Palantir Technologies and Amazon. The company is working with 30 hand-picked companies who are already its customers in its beta.

“We will be working closely with these companies for two to three months, to build a bridge between our community and tying it back to the company who are participating in Hackerrank Jobs for now,” said Arpit Maheshwari, Product Manager at HackerRank, speaking to Gadgets 360. Additional regions will be available by the end of March 2016.

The app and Web-based platform lets candidates sign up for a code challenge on the mobile app, available on Android and iOS, and features five-day response times, automated skill-based code challenges, and salary transparency.

Companies have up to five days to schedule an interview with the top-performing engineers, and candidates who didn’t pass the hiring bar will be notified. Applicants are guaranteed to know whether or not they move onto the next round, the company said.

“For the company or recruiter, they will now have a very clear dashboard of who is applying to the company, and who is above and below the cutoff mark. They can define what is the criteria for qualifying their company’s challenges, and rather than going through hundreds of resumes, they really just need to talk to the 20 qualified people,” Maheshwari said.

HackerRank Jobs is focused on the software engineering domain, ad it also has sub-products to assess skills in areas like system administration, and database engineering, he added.

Founded in 2009, HackerRank provides coding challenges in over 15 domains and 35 programming languages.