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How to make your smartphone into a pro webcam for Zoom (Updated)

Life under the novel coronavirus quarantine goes on and the reactions flowing out of it continue to chain. For a lot of us, it means a change in employment status and, sadly, many are completely out of a job. Whether you have one or not, your short-term prospects (as well as our society's) will likely require you to attend interviews and meetings via video chat — your Hangouts, Skypes, and Zooms out there. Demand for webcams have outstripped supply, but if you find yourself needing one in any case, you shouldn't fret: you can use your phone or tablet! We'll tell you a couple of methods to get set up and give some pointers on how to make the most of it!

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Skype introduces new draft, bookmarks, and media preview features on mobile and desktop

Skype used to be the go-to messaging app several years ago until it got gradually dethroned by competitors like WhatsApp and Messenger. However, Microsoft has been working on making its software more appealing lately, thanks to new features such as SMS messaging and screen sharing. The company is continuing to improve the app, as it's gaining new abilities, including the option to save drafts, bookmark messages, and preview media.

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Skype is killing SMS Connect, prompting users to switch to Your Phone app

Even though our phones are very capable, many of us spend the day staring at a computer screen. Whether you're working or in a meeting, it's usually more convenient to text from your desktop, rather than taking your phone out of your pocket. Skype made this quite convenient, as the app's SMS Connect feature allowed you to chat with other users, as well as send and sync your phone's SMS messages with your computer. Unfortunately, Microsoft has just announced the functionality is going away, prompting users to switch to another solution.

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Skype adds screen sharing to Android, Duo users still waiting [APK Download]

Sharing your desktop is common, especially during business meetings. However, there are times when you'd like to show your phone's screen to the person you're talking to. This can be particularly useful when speaking to someone who's helping you solve an issue on your handset. Unfortunately, most devices don't have a built-in screen sharing option, and only a handful of messaging apps let you do that seamlessly. Thankfully, Skype is bringing the feature to Android and iOS, making screen sharing across platforms easier.

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[Update: Fix available] Skype bug automatically answers calls on Android, Microsoft already working on a fix

Once, Skype was the go-to video chat app, but those days are long over. With the rise of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber, Duo, and others, many users don't see a reason to have yet another app on their phone when it has the same functionality. However, some people still depend on Skype, be it for business or habitual reasons. This number might shrink further on Android: We're receiving reports that the Microsoft app automatically answers calls for some users, potentially letting callers catch them in unfortunate circumstances.

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Skype update adds SMS messaging, app shortcuts, and more

Microsoft is rolling out a new Skype update today. Technically, it started earlier this week, but it as only now released a changelog. If you grab the latest build, you'll get a few goodies like SMS messaging and a revamped contacts panel.

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Skype adds live captions in video calls

Skype is rolling out a new feature today in recognition of United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Starting now, you can get live captions in your Skype video calls, making the service more accessible for those with hearing impairment. Even if you hear just fine, this feature might help you filter out the noise in a busy video call.

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You can now make Skype calls on Amazon Alexa devices

Alongside its refreshed hardware lineup, Amazon (and Microsoft) announced back in September that Skype calling was coming to Alexa devices later in the year. Well, it's later in the year, and the new functionality is rolling out starting today. You can link your Skype account to your Alexa devices in the Alexa app.

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[Update: Read receipts now rolling out to all] Skype finally gets read receipts in Insiders Preview build

In-conversation read receipts are either a useful way to keep track of text-based communication or a hindrance in ignoring people, depending on who you ask. They're finally coming to Skype — but only in its Insider Preview beta build. Now when someone reads a message in either one-on-one or group conversations, their avatar will appear underneath it.

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Skype v8.29 ditches Snapchat-like 'Highlights' and has a simplified UI

Skype has floundered in recent years, among increased competition from services like WhatsApp, Hangouts, Discord, and others. In an effort to gain back market share, Microsoft has bloated the desktop and mobile apps with features like add-ons and Snapchat-like 'Highlights.' The Skype team is now flip-flopping, as it has announced a new focus on simplicity and usability.

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