WhatsApp now lets you mute people during group calls

WhatsApp has rolled out several new features this past week, including the ability to mute people during group calls (via Android Central). This sanity-saving feature seems helpful not just for muting people who forget to do it themselves, but also if you’re in the same room as someone who’s also on the call and don’t … Read more

SpaceX Fires Workers After Letter Calls Elon Musk an ‘Embarrassment,’ Report Says

SpaceX has fired the employees involved in writing and sending a letter to company executives that expressed concern about the behavior of CEO Elon Musk and called for improvements to workplace culture, The New York Times reported Friday. The open letter was reportedly posted Wednesday to an internal Microsoft Teams channel and said Musk’s “behavior in the public … Read more

WhatsApp Group Call Calls Updated With Options for Silent, Specific Message Participants

WhatsApp has updated the group voice calling experience on Android and iOS. The update brings features to let users be silent to any participant or message one of them as they continue to work on the call. The latest update comes just days after WhatsApp expanded group voice calls to 32 people from the first … Read more

Messenger adds a Calls tab to keep track of conversations on iOS and Android

Meta is rolling out a new ‘Calls’ tab globally in its Messenger app for iOS and Android users. The new tab will keep track of each call you make or receive in the app in one place and make it easier to connect calls with one tap. Also, for people who don’t regularly use the … Read more

Google is combining Meet and Duo into a single app for voice and video calls

Google announced today that it’s combining two of its video-calling apps, Duo and Meet, into a single platform. Pretty soon, there will be only Google Meet, and Google’s hoping it can be the one calling app users need for just about everything in their lives. By bringing them both together, Google’s hoping it can solve … Read more

Report calls out Apple’s membership in trade groups ‘stalling’ climate efforts – TechCrunch

While going to great lengths to promote itself as an environmentally conscious tech firm, Apple joined several industry associations that are “fighting efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” according to a new report from the Tech Transparency Project. As recently as 2020, the company was an active member of several “business groups that seek to … Read more

Facebook Owner Meta Criticises German Antitrust Order to Curb Data Collection, Calls it ‘Clearly Flawed’

Meta Platforms, owner of Facebook, on Tuesday criticised a landmark German antitrust order to curb its data collection as ‘clearly flawed’ and which undermines EU data protection rules. Meta’s criticism of the German antitrust watchdog came after the latter in 2019 said the world’s largest social network had abused its market power by collecting users’ … Read more

China Condemns Huawei, ZTE Ban Move in Canada, Calls Security Risks ‘Groundless Without Any Solid Evidence’

Beijing hit out at Canada for banning telecoms giants Huawei and ZTE from Canadian 5G networks on Friday, calling Ottawa’s concerns for security risks “groundless” and warning of retribution. Canada’s long-awaited measure on Thursday follows the United States and other key allies, and comes on the heels of a diplomatic row between Ottawa and Beijing … Read more