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remoteHQ is a powerful companion to your Zoom meetings

Access all your favorite apps with the shared browser

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As most employees work from home, they begin using more digital tools than before to get things done. One of the popular tools out there is Zoom. After all, it enables not only virtual meetings but also instant communication between employees. However, it is also lacking in one important aspect: real-time collaboration. There’s an up-and-coming product that aims to revolutionize remote collaboration — remoteHQ.

Revolutionizing real-time collaboration

The need for remote collaboration during these times can’t be emphasized enough. Using Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet is not enough since they technically only cater to the conferencing needs of many companies. As such, many platforms have existed to enable remote collaboration. Most companies now use one of these platforms so employees can work together even when they’re apart.

However, the kind of collaboration on these platforms can be limiting. Sure, employees can work together at any time of the day and at any pace they want. But this kind of flexibility can sometimes hurt employees’ productivity. With this setup, they can move on to other tasks and forget about the document. Worse, the lack of real-time feedback from colleagues means delayed results for the company.

Sometimes, employees also need to give on-the-spot feedback and changes for important documents. This kind of collaboration can be achieved with a streamlined Zoom + Google Suite workflow, or a Microsoft Teams + Office 365. However, it still results in wasted time for employees. After all, they need to go back and forth to find the documents they’re working on and to tune-in to the meeting they’re in.

Sometimes, companies just need a platform that enables on-the-spot collaboration. This is the basic premise of remoteHQ. All of the tools employees need to work together live within the platform itself. It’s also a powerful platform that will spur a more productive workforce.

Shared browser and apps included

Using remoteHQ is simple. Users create a “room” wherein they meet with others and use apps geared for collaboration. The apps that live within each room make it a stand out among other platforms.

The number one “killer” feature of remoteHQ is the shared browser that lives as an app in every room.  Users can open a shared browser, and grant other users control. This enables instant collaboration more powerful than traditional workflows since every website is accessible right away.

For example, managers can open Google Docs on the shared browser, grant controls to employees, and let them collaborate on the spot — all in a single browser tab and session. In a way, this is browser screen sharing but leveled up. All employees share the same screen but they can also control the browser on their own. Since this is also a shared browser, users can continue using their favorite work apps while collaborating with others.

Presenting online? remoteHQ supercharges online presentation by letting employees view documents and make feedback in real time. Employees can upload any file they want and present it on the spot — just like how they used to do it in the past.  In this sense, remoteHQ doesn’t only revolutionize online collaboration, but it also elevates virtual meetings and brings them closer to intimate physical meetings.

Employees can also talk with each other as they collaborate. Typical chat controls are available to each one within a room. They can proceed in a session with their camera on or go audio-only. And should they ever need to call out the attention of their colleagues, the “raise a hand” feature is there to help them out.

Every room comes with useful apps to boost the user’s productivity. Some of the core apps include Google Drive, notes, YouTube, Miro, Witeboard, and an audio recording and transcription for easier collaboration. Recently, support for sharing Figma design prototypes has been added too.

Unlimited rooms and workspaces

Users can manage rooms easily. They can control who gets access to each. Moreover, they can also share a public link of the room, which is perfect for sharing an interactive demo of a product to guests. After each session, they can view a timeline of others that took place in the past. They can also view the “artifacts” — that is, shared files, notes, and minute-by-minute activity.

remoteHQ offers unlimited rooms. Plus, it’s easy to keep track of private and team rooms. All rooms reside within a single workspace. Managers can create a separate workspace — think of it as departments on big companies. They are easily managed through remoteHQ’s simple and interactive interface.

Though, there’s one caveat to all this. Each room can only hold up to 15 people in a single session. Companies that strictly need a conferencing platform for their employees should fare better with Zoom, Google Meet, or Microsoft Teams. After all, remoteHQ is more geared towards the workforce that really needs a streamlined companion for the new normal.

A powerful companion in the new normal

remoteHQ is not only for businesses looking for a more powerful collaborative platform. Teachers and students can also harness the platform’s unique features for a more personalized learning session. Each room can function as a digital classroom, utilizing the available apps to make the most of distance learning.

More features are coming to the remoteHQ as it evolves and matures into a platform serving the needs of individuals who need a more flexible and powerful way of collaborating online.  After all, the platform is relatively new. There are still rough edges and mobile app support is non-existent. However, the company promises mobile apps in the future for those on the go.

There’s no free tier but remoteHQ offers a free trial. It starts at US$ 15. For that, users get all the features of the platform and 5GB of storage. Those eager to try out the platform may do so by signing up on this website.

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Top iOS 15 Features to look out for

FaceTime for Android, anyone?

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The next version of iOS rolls out this fall. There are new features such as FaceTime for Android, new Memojis, rebranded Safari and Messages app, personal identification card compatibility for Wallet, and more.

But in this video, we rounded up our Top 10 iOS 15 Features you should look out for.

Watch the whole video by clicking here.

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Voilà AI Artist turns your selfies into 3D cartoons, caricatures

And many more artistic renditions!

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From FaceApp to Zepeto, plenty of avatars from these apps proliferated social media platforms. Most recently, the Internet went crazy with cute avatars once more. You probably noticed how people have been posting a 3D cartoon version of themselves, akin to a Disney character. It’s all thanks to Voilà AI Artist — a photo-editing app using artificial intelligence to turn your photos into artistic renditions.

Get yourself painted as a Renaissance painting.

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Have your selfies transformed into a 3D cartoon from an animated movie.

Turn your photos into a 2D cartoon…

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… or even have your face drawn as a caricature.

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Voilà AI Artist is developed by WeImagine.AI., a Canada-based team of creators and developers. The app is free to download on the App Store and Google Play Store. If you’re concerned about the app’s privacy policy, read it here.

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The US revokes Trump’s executive order that banned TikTok

A level-playing field for everyone

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President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that sets criteria for the government to evaluate the risk of apps connected to foreign adversaries. It’s specifically meant for apps like TikTok and WeChat, which President Trump banned.

It should use an “evidence-based approach” to see if they pose a risk to US national security, said Biden. If apps are found violating fundamental laws, a ban can be imposed. The task of identifying threats has been given to the US Commerce Department.

Trump’s executive order particularly targeted TikTok and WeChat. Instead, Biden is opting for a level-playing field for everyone. Biden shares the same concerns as Trump, but their approach is vastly different.

Under the previous administration, TikTok remained in a precarious position as Trump sought to ban the app unless it sold to an American company. A proposal was produced that would have seen Oracle and Walmart owning a US entity of the service and taking responsibility for handling TikTok’s US user data and content moderation.

But there were numerous legal challenges, and before they could be ironed out, Trump lost the election. The Biden administration’s new executive order does not affect those negotiations, which are a separate process. The order also calls upon federal agencies to develop recommendations – for future executive actions or legislation — on how to protect the data of US citizens.

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