Zoom's revenue soars 367% but lower gross margins worry investors - Business Insider
- Zoom reported third quarter earnings on Monday that beat Wall Street's expectations, reporting revenue of $777.2 million, a 367% increase from a year prior.
- On an earnings call, CFO Kelly Steckelberg told Wall Street analysts that this was due to a higher base of free users during the quarter, including K-12 schools, who are given complimentary access to Zoom.
- She also said that it's partially attributable to "the continued higher utilization of public cloud services." Indeed, earlier this year, Zoom increased spending on Amazon Web Services, and inked a new deal with Oracle for its public cloud services to support its huge influx of users.
- And later on Monday afternoon, Amazon Web Services announced that it was now Zoom's "preferred cloud provider," signalling closer collaboration between the two companies.
- As customers start to use Zoom's other products like its cloud telephony system, they're getting more embedded into the ecosystem, she said.
WhatsApp now lets you assign separate wallpapers for your favorite people
- WhatsApp is announcing a few aesthetic updates to its app today, largely in the form of new wallpaper features.
- Most notably, you can now assign different background images to individual chats.
- Aesthetic preferences aside, it can be useful as a quick way to make sure you’re not sending a message to the wrong person.
- Other updates include the ability to change the color of the default doodle wallpaper, and a collection of new wallpapers with images from around the world that are categorized into “bright’ and “dark” albums.
- Speaking of light and dark, you can now also assign different wallpapers for your phone’s light and dark mode, allowing the app to automatically switch when your phone does.
- Wallpapers aside, WhatsApp now lets you find stickers using text or emoji, and the app has updated the 2020-inspired ‘Together at Home‘ pack with animations as well.
Disney+ is the best app of the year, according to Google Play users
- Google Play has announced the winners of its year-end awards, including users' and editors' picks for the best apps, movies, TV shows and books.
- Disney+ emerged as the top app of the year for users in the US, with SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off taking the honors in the gaming category.
- Their favorite movie is Bad Boys for Life and the users' choice award for book of the year went to If It Bleeds by Stephen King.
- They opted for Loóna, a bedtime relaxation app, as 2020's best and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild-inspired Genshin Impact as the Play store’s finest game of the year.
- The full list of awards included commendations in a number of other categories.
- Google Play editors included Chris Hemsworth's fitness and nutrition app Centr as one of their best personal growth apps and Zoom in the everyday essentials section.
Raspberry Pi Foundation releases case fan to prevent overheating
- It’s a tiny $5 fan combined with a small heatsink for the Raspberry Pi 4.
- If you’re not familiar with the Raspberry Pi, it’s a cheap, single-board computer with a lot of connectors that is the size of a deck of cards.
- And yet, shortly after its release last year, the community of Raspberry Pi users noticed that the single-board computer tends to get hot.
- Some users tend to use the computing power of the Raspberry Pi for long periods.
- “It draws air in over the USB and Ethernet connectors, passes it over a small finned heatsink attached to the processor, and exhausts it through the SD card slot,” the Raspberry Pi Foundation says.
- It’s a cheap stopgap solution, but I hope the Foundation will prioritize heat dissipation for the next iteration of the Raspberry Pi.
A free-as-in-freedom re-implementation of Google’s Android user space
- It gets worse: More and more libraries and APIs are only available on phones that run various Google apps pre-installed, effectively locking third-party apps to the Google ecosystem.
- At this point, several popular open-source applications already require some of Google’s proprietary libraries to be installed.
- Increasing demand in the free software community in addition to severe problems in Google’s proprietary software discovered by the Android modding community, have led to the development of a free software clone of Google’s proprietary core libraries and applications - the microG Project was born.
- Service Core (GmsCore) is a library app, providing the functionality required to run apps that use Google Play Services or Google Maps Android API (v2).
- Services Framework Proxy (GsfProxy) is a small helper utility to allow apps developed for Google Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM) to use the compatible Google Cloud Messaging service included with GmsCore.
Mutt releases version 2.0
- Mutt displays a visual representation of the conversation tree in the index, showing which messages reply to which, even when participants change the Subject line.
- If this line is present in Mutt's startup file, .muttrc in the user's home directory, then lines in the index for flagged messages will appear with red (color124) text on a nearly black (color234) background.
- The user can also define macros, binding arbitrary sequences of commands to single keystrokes, and these bindings can have different meanings in different contexts; a keystroke can do one thing while reading an email, something else when looking at the mailbox index, and a third thing when viewing a message's attachment index.
- Such users may also prefer programs with integrated calendaring, task management, GUI message composition, spam detection, auto-replies, and other features that will likely never be part of Mutt, as they are alien to its MUA-focused nature.
Floating Domains – Taking Over 20K DigitalOcean Domains via a Lax Domain Import System
- This brings up interesting questions like, “can people block me from importing my domain to DigitalOcean?” and, “what happens when I delete my domain from DigitalOcean but forget to change the nameservers?“.
- Returning to DigitalOcean, the answer to the question “what happens when I delete my domain from DigitalOcean but forget to change the nameservers?” becomes clear.
- We can now query all of these domains to check for DNS REFUSED errors to see if they are not listed under a DigitalOcean account (and are thus able to be taken over).
- Since I can’t access my account to change the domain’s DNS, I’m stuck receiving thousands of requests a minute from various sites.
- Being in this awkward position, I reached out to DigitalOcean’s team to see if they can assist in deleting the domains from my account (sadly leaving them vulnerable again) or sinkholing the DNS to 127.0.0.1.
A record label exec shares 3 main TikTok strategies to promote songs - Business Insider
- But TikTok's consistent ability to make songs chart on Billboard's Hot 100, help new artists get discovered, and allow older legacy tracks to reemerge into the spotlight has surprised even industry insiders.
- But of that group, TikTok continues to be the primary focus for the digital marketing team, which has developed a three-pronged approach to promoting artists and songs on the app.
- Sometimes RCA will begin a marketing push by hiring a few of TikTok's biggest stars to promote a track, hoping their outsize influence on the app will create a wave of user-generated videos.
- TikTok has its own music division focused on working with artists and record labels, which Al-Hamdouni said has been indispensable for helping its roster of artists succeed on the platform.
How one developer is sneaking emulators through a hole in the Xbox Store
- But this new effort, led by a third-party app developer going by the handle tunip3, exploits an apparent hole in the Xbox app distribution system to let users download a "retail" version of RetroArch directly to the console's main interface, without using Developer Mode.
- After installing RetroArch, Xbox users can download core updates through the suite's own interface or access their own files through an app like My Files Explorer.
- To distribute a "retail" version of RetroArch to Xbox consoles in the first place, Tunip3 tells Ars that it took some work "just going through trial and error to figure out how the store's system works." Going through that effort, they say, gets around some problems inherent in the extant Developer Mode version of the emulator suite.
- The retail version also lets Xbox users access apps like Spotify or their Xbox Live parties while playing.
WhatsApp can now read your recent messages when you report a user
- WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 22.214.171.124.
- WhatsApp is introducing a new feature for beta testers, already available once updating to the latest 126.96.36.199 update.
- Actually, when you report a contact to WhatsApp, WhatsApp elaborates your report considering several factors, like the number of reports received for that phone number from different users, if the account of the reported user is new and it has already received some reports, etc… With this update, WhatsApp is introducing a new way to verify if a report is reliable: receiving a copy of recent messages from that chat.
- If you decide to report a contact, you agree to forward a copy to WhatsApp of the recent messages from that chat.