Lilbits: Google buys Raxium, Thunderbird goes mobile and Zoom imposes time limits on free 1:1 calls


Zoom became a household name shortly after the global COVID-19 pandemic began, as people flocked to the easy-to-use software to host group video calls. The company’s freemium model doesn’t hurt: calls up to 40 minutes are free, while you have to pay a subscription for longer group video calls.

Until this month, there was no time limit for calls that only involved two people. Now there is. Whether you’re calling one person or a hundred, you can only chat for 40 minutes using a free account. While Zoom is likely hoping this will entice more free users to earn money, there are still plenty of free alternatives that offer longer timeframes or even no limits.

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In other recent tech news on the web, Google has acquired a microLED display companyprobably for his expertise in making augmented/mixed reality screens, a mobile version of the thunderbird is in development and could launch soon, Sonos is apparently planning to launch its own voice assistant service soon, and Microsoft has released the source code for Microsoft 3D Movie Maker, which debuted in 1995.

Fun fact on that last point: you know what you can do with the YouTube Go app that you can’t do with the main YouTube app for Android? Download videos without paying YouTube Premium subscription. So maybe this decision is not only on improving efficiency in the main YouTube app.

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