5 Text, Voice, and Video Call Apps You Can Use Without Registration

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Technology is at its best when it gets out of the way and lets you do what you want. When you want to talk to someone, you shouldn’t have to jump through hoops downloading an app or signing up for a service. These fantastic apps are what you need. Usually, your office is likely to use a service like Skype or GoToMeetings, but those fail to work sometimes. And with the number of data and privacy leaks happening these days, it’s probably better if you use a service without ever giving them your email or password. These apps have different…

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Online Chat

Technology is at its best when it gets out of the way and lets you do what you want. When you want to talk to someone, you shouldn’t have to jump through hoops downloading an app or signing up for a service. These fantastic apps are what you need.

Usually, your office is likely to use a service like Skype or GoToMeetings, but those fail to work sometimes. And with the number of data and privacy leaks happening these days, it’s probably better if you use a service without ever giving them your email or password.

These apps have different purposes, but a common thread to bind them all. They don’t need you to install anything, and they don’t need you to register. All these messenger services work from a modern web browser on desktop or mobile. And they are all free.

JumpChat: Awesome Skype Alternative for Video Conferences

JumpChat is another free video conferencing apps that doesn’t need anyone to register to use it. You start a chat, share the link, and you’re ready to start talking. It supports free video and audio calling for up to eight people simultaneously.

JumpChat does more than just setting up a video chat though. You can also share your screen, so others can see what’s happening on your window. There’s a simple chat function to send messages. And in a feature that sets it apart from our favorite app Appear.in, JumpChat lets you share files with other users with a peer-to-peer connection, so it’s more secure.

If you use the app regularly, you can use the JumpChat mobile apps. But it’s not necessary, you can use the service on a mobile web browser without any issue.

Download: JumpChat for Android | iOS (Free)

Webroom: Free Video Conferences for Small Teams

Webroom doesn’t want you to sign up to use it, but it still requires an email address from you. I’m not sure why that is, but hey, you get to create a room immediately and invite up to eight participants for a video conference.

While JumpChat and Appear.in feel a bit more casual, Webroom seems to be primed for small teams and office users. It also has file-sharing between all of you, but it also adds Google Docs, Sheets, and Presentations so you can collaborate with your files in the G Suite. Webroom also lets you create a shared whiteboard so you can brainstorm while still having a chat. And you can play a video or audio file (including YouTube videos) in the chat, so everyone can see it simultaneously.

If you like how Webroom functions, feel free to register for an account. This gives you a few additional features like session history and a meeting scheduler.

Volafile: Chat With Dropbox-like File-Sharing

File-sharing and chat are usually two separate entities. You share something in Dropbox and then send your friends a message about it. Volafile combines file-sharing and chat, while adding a bit of privacy too.

Create a room and send its link to anyone you want to participate in it. You can share files up to 20GB in size per file. Any file will stay online for 48 hours, after which it is automatically deleted. Any participants can filter the files by video, image, music, documents, or archives for quick sorting. And there’s a handy search feature too.

Remember, it’s all anonymous and the privacy policy says the site doesn’t read any of the files you upload. This could be a much safer way to share sensitive files than to upload it on popular cloud storage providers.

Cyph: One-on-One Chat for Always Encrypted Audio, Video, and Text

Cyph is the app for those who want a secure line of communication with one other person, where you can say and share anything you want without it ever being leaked.

Cyph wants to be the alternative to Messenger by Facebook, given the privacy suspicions around Facebook. It’s an end-to-end encrypted chat service that works on the browser, and even lets you share files.

Cyph is all about its encryption, which is akin to what you would get if you use an app like Signal messenger. Cyph encrypts all your video and voice calls, along with your chats. Even the documents you share, be it photos or videos, are encrypted, so they are safe from data leaks.

Unlike many of the other chat apps in this article, Cyph restricts you to one-on-one chat session. You can’t use Cyph for group messaging or sharing unless you’re ready to pay for one of its business plans.

Chatzy: Quick, Free, Feature-Filled Text Chatroom

Our favorite no-signup chatroom, TinyChat, is now a video conferencing app. The search for a replacement led us to Chatzy, which might just be a better app overall.

Chatzy feels like an old-school chatroom app, but with a ton of modern features. You can get notified when someone says a certain word, send emojis, set up text expansion, and do much more. If you’re creating a room yourself, check out the advanced settings to see the myriad options you can apply to your room.

In effect, Chatzy is a free chatroom creator that comes filled with the kind of features you see in full-fledged chat apps like Slack. But it still requires no registration and protects your privacy, which most big chat apps can’t say about themselves.

Stop Signing Up

There is a real threat to your privacy and data if you keep using apps that require you to sign up for their services. Whenever you can use an app without registering for it, that’s a better option to choose. Get started with these 15 excellent no-signup websites for everyday use.

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ezCater acquires GoCater to expand beyond the US

Catering marketplace company ezCater is already putting its big $100 million funding round to good use. The company is acquiring GoCater, a European marketplace that operates in the same field. This is ezCater’s first international expansion move. If you’re in charge of ordering catered lunch at your office, you probably have heard about ezCater . […]

Catering marketplace company ezCater is already putting its big $100 million funding round to good use. The company is acquiring GoCater, a European marketplace that operates in the same field. This is ezCater’s first international expansion move.

If you’re in charge of ordering catered lunch at your office, you probably have heard about ezCater . The company lets you order breakfast, lunch or dinner for 10, 30 or maybe 100 people at once. This service could be particularly useful to impress a client, throw an office party, get lunch together during an off-site and more.

But ezCater doesn’t cook anything itself. The company is a marketplace and connects you with catering companies and big restaurants around you. In other words, ezCater lets you browse the menu of dozens of restaurants around you from the same website and place an order without picking up the phone.

Of course, ezCater didn’t invent catering. But catering is a fragmented industry with a lot of friction. It’s hard to know how much you’re going to pay in advance, it takes a lot of effort to find a new restaurant outside of your usual list. And restaurants could use a new way to promote their offering. Those are the perfect ingredients to create an online marketplace.

You may already know all the options around your office, but ordering through ezCater provides additional benefits. For instance, all your receipts are centralized in the same interface, which lets you get a clear overview of your spendings on catering.

You can also let other people order food for their clients and events. ezCater lets you set maximum amounts, tipping policies and more.

GoCater offers more or less the same thing, but in France and Germany. The company started as a spinoff from French startup La Belle Assiette. GoCater lets you create a whitelist of catering options. You can also set up an approval system so that the intern doesn’t order ice creams for everyone. Finally, GoCater clients only get billed once per month, even if companies order multiple times.

You pay the same price if you order through GoCater or the catering company directly. Catering companies end up paying a cut on GoCater orders. But the startup takes care of billing, accounting and accounts receivable. This way, you can focus on your core business instead of chasing money from past clients.

ezCater is an order of magnitude bigger than GoCater. ezCater works with 60,000 restaurants, while GoCater only has a few hundred restaurants on its platform. It’s worth noting that ezCater has been around for much longer.

But GoCater has one big advantage over ezCater — they have a team on the ground in Europe, ready to attract new restaurants and corporate clients. It’s clear that ezCater was looking for a way to get started in Europe, and GoCater seems like the right fit.

For now, the company will keep both brands after the acquisition. The teams will slowly merge the platforms into a single product.

“The entire GoCater team is staying, and we’re now going to rapidly expand the European team of the company — both the sales team for Europe and the tech and product team for the group,” GoCater founder and CEO Stephen Leguillon told me.

iPhone, Mac Repairs Detailed In Leaked Internal Apple Videos

In a move that will surely disappoint many at Apple, a number of internal repair videos have been leaked, detailing how to repair all manner of devices ranging from the iPhone X all the way through to the iMac Pro. [ Continue reading this over at Redmo…

In a move that will surely disappoint many at Apple, a number of internal repair videos have been leaked, detailing how to repair all manner of devices ranging from the iPhone X all the way through to the iMac Pro.


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Sony Unveils 48MP, Low-Light Efficient Camera Sensor That May Come To Future iPhones

If you’re using a relatively recent iPhone, then you’re using a Sony sensor when you take a photograph and the Japanese company has today announced a new version of that sensor, this time pushing the resolution higher than ever. [ Continue reading this…

If you're using a relatively recent iPhone, then you're using a Sony sensor when you take a photograph and the Japanese company has today announced a new version of that sensor, this time pushing the resolution higher than ever.


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After Samsung, Qualcomm Has Taken To Mocking iPhone X LTE Speeds As Well

Hot on the back of Samsung posting three new 30-second videos poking fun at Apple’s iPhone X for being capable of slower LTE speeds than the Galaxy S9 among other things, Qualcomm is now also joining in the fun via a blog post. [ Continue reading this …

Hot on the back of Samsung posting three new 30-second videos poking fun at Apple's iPhone X for being capable of slower LTE speeds than the Galaxy S9 among other things, Qualcomm is now also joining in the fun via a blog post.


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Microsoft is building low-cost, streaming-only Xbox, says report

It was revealed at E3 last month that Microsoft was building a cloud gaming system. A report today calls that system Scarlett Cloud and it’s only part of Microsoft next-gen Xbox strategy. And it makes a lot of sense, too. According to Thurrott.com, noted site for all things Microsoft, the next Xbox will come in […]

It was revealed at E3 last month that Microsoft was building a cloud gaming system. A report today calls that system Scarlett Cloud and it’s only part of Microsoft next-gen Xbox strategy. And it makes a lot of sense, too.

According to Thurrott.com, noted site for all things Microsoft, the next Xbox will come in two flavors. One, will be a traditional gaming console where games are processed locally. You know, like how it works on game systems right now. The other system will be a lower-powered system that will stream games from the cloud — most likely, Microsoft’s Azure cloud.

This streaming system will still have some processing power, which is in part to counter latency traditionally associated with streaming games. Apparently part of the game will run locally while the rest is streamed to the system.

The streaming Xbox will likely be available at a much lower cost than the traditional Xbox. And why not. Microsoft has sold Xbox systems with a slim profit margin, relying on sales of games and online services to make up the difference. A streaming service that’s talk about on Thurrott would further take advantage of this model while tapping into Microsoft’s deep understanding of cloud computing.

A few companies have tried streaming full video games. Onlive was one of the first and while successful for a time, but eventually went through a dramatic round of layoffs before a surprise sale for $4.8 million in 2012. Sony offers an extensive library of PS2, PS3 and PS4 games for streaming through its PlayStation Now service. Nvidia got into the streaming game this year and offers a small selection of streaming through GeForce Now. But these are all side projects for the companies.

Sony and Nintendo do not have the global cloud computing platform of Microsoft, and if Microsoft’s streaming service hits, it could change the landscape and force competitors to reevaluate everything.

The writer whose book became ‘The Social Network’ just sold another book about the Winklevoss twins

The title could just as easily be Sweet Justice. The Boston-headquartered publishing house Little, Brown has agreed to publish a new book about Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who famously settled a 2008 lawsuit against their former Harvard classmate Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook’s earliest days, then made a much larger fortune with their settlement money by […]

The title could just as easily be Sweet Justice.

The Boston-headquartered publishing house Little, Brown has agreed to publish a new book about Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who famously settled a 2008 lawsuit against their former Harvard classmate Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook’s earliest days, then made a much larger fortune with their settlement money by investing it in bitcoin.

According to the business magazine The Bookseller, the new opus, titled Bitcoin Billionaires, covers a lot of territory, from the brothers trying without success to raise a venture fund in Silicon Valley (no one wanted to upset Zuckerberg, is the claim) to first hearing about bitcoin on a jaunt to Ibiza, Spain. In fact, they reportedly wound up gathering up one percent of all the bitcoin in circulation during or around 2012. 

Whether the book is made into a movie remains to be seen, but it seems as likely as not, given that its author is fellow Harvard grad Ben Mezrich, who also authored The Accidental Billionaires.

That book was eventually adapted by Aaron Sorkin into the Academy Award-winning movie about Facebook’s origins, The Social Network. In fact, when Mezrich began pitching his newest effort to publishing houses in the spring, the New York Post reported on “buzz that there’s already a movie deal in the works for the planned book.”

In the meantime, the Winklevoss brothers are receiving some fresh attention in Fortune, which included them in a new 40 Under 40 List that the outlet published this morning and which focuses on young movers and shakers at the “edge of finance and technology.” The reasoning behind their inclusion: the brothers, now 36, run one of the world’s most influential crypto funds with their New York and L.A.-based firm Winklevoss Capital. They also oversee the three-year-old digital asset exchange Gemini, which they founded in 2015.