Amazon Chime Compared to similar Tools

In this week's Friday 5, Amazon lets loose a Skype competitor, Facebook integrates real-time weather condition details, Flipboard obtains an overhaul, introduces a video clip carrier called Sound Pong, as well as encrypted messenger Signal obtains assistance (in beta) for video clip phone calls.

Amazon stunned us this week with Chime (Android, iphone, Windows, Mac), an on-line conference platform like Skype that makes use of the Web Services cloud to attach users. Like Skype, Chime has videoconferencing, teleconferencing, straight text messages, and chat rooms. If you utilize the complimentary variation, conferencing is limited to two individuals, and also you can not share your screen. For sharing, you need Chime Plus for $2.50 per month each customer. The next step up is Chime Pro for $15 each month per customer, which enables approximately 100 meeting attendees. Skype and also Google Hangouts max out at 25 customers.

An app's success is partially determined by the sheer amount of time you spend in it, and obtaining real-time climate info is an usual task on mobile devices, so Facebook's assimilation of a weather prediction (iOS-only, for now) makes good business sense. Facebook (iphone, Android) makes use of for its data, much like iOS's built-in weather app and Google's Information and also Weather application. Faucet on the More button in the bottom right, then scroll down to Weather and touch on it to get a forecast for the following a number of days.


This electronic magazine-style news collector has actually presented a lot of adjustments in Flipboard 4.0 (iOS, Android). Material utilized to be extremely curated by Flipboard staffers, and also the information classifications were wide. Now you can obtain extremely details concerning your topics, down to individual people, political leanings, as well as publications. The user interface has actually additionally been revitalized with brand-new fonts, smoother animations, and also an extra consistent style language.'s Ping Pong video clip carrier, the social video clip platform that's extremely popular with teens, simply introduced Sound Pong (iphone, Android), which lets you send your video clips to certain individuals as opposed to broadcasting them to anyone that's following you. Though Sound Pong is a different application, you can visit to with your username and also password. Sound Pong is currently readily available just for iphone devices.

Signal's video clip calls beta

Signal (iphone, Android) is an increasingly popular encrypted messaging application, and video clip calling will probably accelerate its spread. To allow video clip calling (it's disabled by default), most likely to the app's settings, tap Advanced, and tap the slider next to "Video calling beta." Now when you make a phone call making use of Signal, there will certainly be an video camera symbol beside the quantity and microphone icons. Touch it and your front video camera will trigger and reveal you a feed of exactly what it's catching behind-the-scenes of the screen. If the person on the various other end allows their cam, you will get their feed in a video clip stream that uses up the majority of your display.