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8 video conferencing tips for Zoom meetings and Google Hangouts, from looking straight at the camera to adjusting the lighting

There are many etiquette rules people need to embrace as more of us work at home and take meetings on apps like Zoom or Google Hangouts. Here are some tips to get you at the top of your video conferencing game.

4 Jun 2020 - 7:28PM

There are many etiquette rules people need to embrace as more of us work at home and take meetings on apps like Zoom or Google Hangouts. Here are some tips to get you at the top of your video conferencing game.

8 video conferencing tips for Zoom meetings and Google Hangouts, from looking straight at the camera to adjusting the lighting
Braveheart 25 years on: how Mel Gibson listened to Kevin Costner and went big to win five Oscars for epic production

Kevin Costner’s advice for Mel Gibson after the success of Dances with Wolves was to the point: go big. The actor did just that in Braveheart, made using 3,500 extras for battle scenes in a pre-CGI age.

14 May 2020 - 9:00PM

Kevin Costner’s advice for Mel Gibson after the success of Dances with Wolves was to the point: go big. The actor did just that in Braveheart, made using 3,500 extras for battle scenes in a pre-CGI age.

Braveheart 25 years on: how Mel Gibson listened to Kevin Costner and went big to win five Oscars for epic production
Hollywood star Jim Parsons on his creepy role in Netflix series and life after The Big Bang Theory

Jim Parsons became one of the world’s most recognisable actors as Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory. His role as a creepy talent agent in Netflix series Hollywood couldn’t be further away from the science boffin.

13 May 2020 - 5:02AM

Jim Parsons became one of the world’s most recognisable actors as Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory. His role as a creepy talent agent in Netflix series Hollywood couldn’t be further away from the science boffin.

Hollywood star Jim Parsons on his creepy role in Netflix series and life after The Big Bang Theory
App that lets you leave a video message for recipient to reply to later, Marco Polo is an app store hit amid coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus lockdown has increased business for messaging apps, and Marco Polo is seeing record downloads, beating Skype and WhatsApp. The app allows users to send text and video messages to recipients, who reply when they have time.

1 Apr 2020 - 9:15PM

The coronavirus lockdown has increased business for messaging apps, and Marco Polo is seeing record downloads, beating Skype and WhatsApp. The app allows users to send text and video messages to recipients, who reply when they have time.

App that lets you leave a video message for recipient to reply to later, Marco Polo is an app store hit amid coronavirus crisis
Coronavirus and weddings: can you tie the knot safely, can all your guests attend, should you postpone? Your questions answered

If you are supposed to be celebrating a wedding soon, factors to consider include whether to go ahead, especially if your locality has coronavirus, whether it will be safe for guests, and whether you can have a honeymoon.

13 Mar 2020 - 8:00PM

If you are supposed to be celebrating a wedding soon, factors to consider include whether to go ahead, especially if your locality has coronavirus, whether it will be safe for guests, and whether you can have a honeymoon.

Coronavirus and weddings: can you tie the knot safely, can all your guests attend, should you postpone? Your questions answered
What are Samsung and Motorola thinking? Will their US$1,400 smartphones repeat Apple’s mistake?

Samsung is selling its premium Galaxy and Galaxy Flip for US$1,400, while Motorola’s Razr flip phone starts at US$1,500. Will they have to follow Apple’s lead and later drop the price to increase sales?

18 Feb 2020 - 6:00AM

Samsung is selling its premium Galaxy and Galaxy Flip for US$1,400, while Motorola’s Razr flip phone starts at US$1,500. Will they have to follow Apple’s lead and later drop the price to increase sales?

What are Samsung and Motorola thinking? Will their US$1,400 smartphones repeat Apple’s mistake?
How to make money on YouTube: find a niche, interact with your audience, collaborate with others and more tips

You don’t need the most expensive camera to make money on YouTube, but you do need passion, your own niche, interaction with your audience and the ability to consistently generate content, says a YouTube insider.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:35PM

You don’t need the most expensive camera to make money on YouTube, but you do need passion, your own niche, interaction with your audience and the ability to consistently generate content, says a YouTube insider.

How to make money on YouTube: find a niche, interact with your audience, collaborate with others and more tips
Sleeping in separate beds could save your marriage, and sex life might even improve

Sleep disruption from a partner’s snoring, restlessness, different work schedule – among other reasons – can build resentment in a relationship. Separate beds could be the solution – and may even improve sex life.

13 Feb 2020 - 7:02PM

Sleep disruption from a partner’s snoring, restlessness, different work schedule – among other reasons – can build resentment in a relationship. Separate beds could be the solution – and may even improve sex life.

Sleeping in separate beds could save your marriage, and sex life might even improve
Say what? How tech is helping translate between languages – and how far it still has to go

Real-time translation technology – via your phone or digital personal assistant – makes communication with people who don’t speak your language easier, but The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s Babel fish concept is still a long way off.

10 Feb 2020 - 9:26PM

Real-time translation technology – via your phone or digital personal assistant – makes communication with people who don’t speak your language easier, but The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s Babel fish concept is still a long way off.

Say what? How tech is helping translate between languages – and how far it still has to go
Snubbed Awkwafina still grateful despite Oscar disappointment for her role in The Farewell, which won actress a Golden Globe

Awkwafina may not have got an Oscar nomination for her critically acclaimed performance in The Farewell but she was still grateful for the journey the film took her on, and said it was enough to be generally recognised for her work.

16 Jan 2020 - 8:00PM

Awkwafina may not have got an Oscar nomination for her critically acclaimed performance in The Farewell but she was still grateful for the journey the film took her on, and said it was enough to be generally recognised for her work.

Snubbed Awkwafina still grateful despite Oscar disappointment for her role in The Farewell, which won actress a Golden Globe
Fitbit helps woman catch her boyfriend cheating, thanks to activity recorded at 4 in the morning

A viral Twitter thread details how a Fitbit app helped a woman discover her boyfriend was cheating on her. The reason? A spike in his activity levels at 4am.

18 Dec 2019 - 3:00PM

A viral Twitter thread details how a Fitbit app helped a woman discover her boyfriend was cheating on her. The reason? A spike in his activity levels at 4am.

Fitbit helps woman catch her boyfriend cheating, thanks to activity recorded at 4 in the morning
Facebook, Google and Twitter: what happens to your online accounts when you’re dead?

Social media companies are examining ways to manage our digital legacies without hurting your surviving loved ones. Facebook and Google allow users to assign digital caretakers for their accounts.

14 Dec 2019 - 12:30PM

Social media companies are examining ways to manage our digital legacies without hurting your surviving loved ones. Facebook and Google allow users to assign digital caretakers for their accounts.

Facebook, Google and Twitter: what happens to your online accounts when you’re dead?
Gucci, Burberry, now Walmart’s ‘Let It Snow’ jumper – fashion misfires of 2019 and the criticism they drew

Garment that appeared to show Father Christmas preparing to do three lines of cocaine is not the first fashion faux pas of 2019 – remember Gucci’s blackface jumper and Burberry’s hoodie featuring a noose?

13 Dec 2019 - 12:12AM

Garment that appeared to show Father Christmas preparing to do three lines of cocaine is not the first fashion faux pas of 2019 – remember Gucci’s blackface jumper and Burberry’s hoodie featuring a noose?

Gucci, Burberry, now Walmart’s ‘Let It Snow’ jumper – fashion misfires of 2019 and the criticism they drew
Google Home or Amazon Alexa, which is best to buy? Smart speakers – all you need to know

Amazon has dominated the home voice assistant market since launching the original Echo in 2014, but Google is making up ground. Its Assistant is on more than a billion Android smartphones and on smart home devices.

28 Nov 2019 - 8:19PM

Amazon has dominated the home voice assistant market since launching the original Echo in 2014, but Google is making up ground. Its Assistant is on more than a billion Android smartphones and on smart home devices.

Google Home or Amazon Alexa, which is best to buy? Smart speakers – all you need to know
US coding student wanted to help Isis with propaganda, say undercover FBI agents

Thomas Osadzinski allegedly designed a process that uses a computer script to make Isis propaganda easier to access and disseminate on social media.

21 Nov 2019 - 4:10AM

Thomas Osadzinski allegedly designed a process that uses a computer script to make Isis propaganda easier to access and disseminate on social media.

US coding student wanted to help Isis with propaganda, say undercover FBI agents
Australia reports eight sightings of long-extinct Tasmanian tigers

Thylacines were found on the island of Tasmania, an island state off Australia’s south coast, until they were hunted to extinction.

20 Oct 2019 - 2:00AM

Thylacines were found on the island of Tasmania, an island state off Australia’s south coast, until they were hunted to extinction.

Australia reports eight sightings of long-extinct Tasmanian tigers
More women are growing out their body hair, making razor companies go back to drawing board

Here’s a question many young women have asked lately: ‘Do I really need to remove my body hair?’ This summer, a growing number of millennials have found their answer: ‘Nope.’

14 Sep 2019 - 5:40PM

Here’s a question many young women have asked lately: ‘Do I really need to remove my body hair?’ This summer, a growing number of millennials have found their answer: ‘Nope.’

More women are growing out their body hair, making razor companies go back to drawing board
Toy Story 4 surprise ending (spoiler alert!) explained by Tom Hanks: ‘It’s pretty profound’

Toy Story 4 has a new member, Forky the spork, and all the old cast, including Woody’s old flame Bo Peep. Tom Hanks talks about the surprise ending and what it means for the franchise.

24 Jun 2019 - 1:50PM

Toy Story 4 has a new member, Forky the spork, and all the old cast, including Woody’s old flame Bo Peep. Tom Hanks talks about the surprise ending and what it means for the franchise.

Toy Story 4 surprise ending (spoiler alert!) explained by Tom Hanks: ‘It’s pretty profound’
Toy Story 4: how Keanu Reeves convinced filmmakers to give Duke Caboom more depth

Canadian actor who voices stunt motorcyclist Duke Caboom peppered producer and director with questions about the character’s motivations and fears.

13 Jun 2019 - 3:19PM

Canadian actor who voices stunt motorcyclist Duke Caboom peppered producer and director with questions about the character’s motivations and fears.

Toy Story 4: how Keanu Reeves convinced filmmakers to give Duke Caboom more depth
How Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ ending sets up 2020’s Godzilla vs. Kong match-up

SPOILER ALERT: The closing credits of the latest monster lizard episode drops hints about what’s next – including the return of three-headed Ghidorah. Does this mean Godzilla and King Kong will team up against a common enemy?

3 Jun 2019 - 10:45PM

SPOILER ALERT: The closing credits of the latest monster lizard episode drops hints about what’s next – including the return of three-headed Ghidorah. Does this mean Godzilla and King Kong will team up against a common enemy?

How Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ ending sets up 2020’s Godzilla vs. Kong match-up
Game of Thrones: five things we learned from The Last Watch behind-the-scenes documentary

SPOILER ALERT: Behind-the-scenes documentary shows Kit Harington’s stunned reaction when he learns Jon Snow will kill Daenerys Targaryen in the final episode of HBO series.

28 May 2019 - 1:48PM

SPOILER ALERT: Behind-the-scenes documentary shows Kit Harington’s stunned reaction when he learns Jon Snow will kill Daenerys Targaryen in the final episode of HBO series.

Game of Thrones: five things we learned from The Last Watch behind-the-scenes documentary
How Alabama’s abortion law is roiling Democratic and Republican politics ahead of 2020 election

Alabama wants to outlaw all abortions – even in the case of rape or incest – and it’s become a central issue for both US parties. Democrats consider rejecting pro-abortion advocates; Republicans are divided over how far anti-abortion laws should go.

27 May 2019 - 4:46AM

Alabama wants to outlaw all abortions – even in the case of rape or incest – and it’s become a central issue for both US parties. Democrats consider rejecting pro-abortion advocates; Republicans are divided over how far anti-abortion laws should go.

How Alabama’s abortion law is roiling Democratic and Republican politics ahead of 2020 election
Review | Google Pixel 3a vs Pixel 3: is US$400 extra for premium smartphone still worth paying?

Google’s new Pixel 3a and 3a XL are US$400 cheaper than the 3 and 3 XL models released seven months ago. The new mid-priced phones have most of the features of the 2018 models, so is it worth paying double for the latter?

19 May 2019 - 7:46PM

Google’s new Pixel 3a and 3a XL are US$400 cheaper than the 3 and 3 XL models released seven months ago. The new mid-priced phones have most of the features of the 2018 models, so is it worth paying double for the latter?

Google Pixel 3a vs Pixel 3: is US$400 extra for premium smartphone still worth paying?
It: Chapter Two’s first trailer terrifies with return of Pennywise – and a really creepy old lady

Evil dancing clown is madder than ever in the second part of Stephen King adaptation, but trailer’s focus is on a freaky old lady; Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader join the cast.

10 May 2019 - 10:18AM

Evil dancing clown is madder than ever in the second part of Stephen King adaptation, but trailer’s focus is on a freaky old lady; Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader join the cast.

It: Chapter Two’s first trailer terrifies with return of Pennywise – and a really creepy old lady
Why Avengers: Endgame has no end-credits scene. Warning: spoiler alert!

The directors, Joe and Anthony Russo talk about directing the final episode in the 22-film series. Marvel usually includes a scene during the credits to tease the next instalment, but this time the Russos skipped the tradition.

2 May 2019 - 4:58AM

The directors, Joe and Anthony Russo talk about directing the final episode in the 22-film series. Marvel usually includes a scene during the credits to tease the next instalment, but this time the Russos skipped the tradition.

Why Avengers: Endgame has no end-credits scene. Warning: spoiler alert!
After Avengers: Endgame, Scarlett Johansson hopes to get green light for Black Widow spin-off

As Marvel’s Avengers reach their grand finale, Johansson’s character may just be getting started, though she can’t officially confirm anything yet. She talks about developing her role as Black Widow, bringing up her daughter and her career trajectory.

25 Apr 2019 - 5:00PM

As Marvel’s Avengers reach their grand finale, Johansson’s character may just be getting started, though she can’t officially confirm anything yet. She talks about developing her role as Black Widow, bringing up her daughter and her career trajectory.

After Avengers: Endgame, Scarlett Johansson hopes to get green light for Black Widow spin-off
Avengers: Endgame – Everything you need to know about Marvel’s epic final battle

Director Anthony Russo talks about Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Thanos and the end of a long story arc. Russo and his co-director brother Joe are comic fans and this is reflected in their work.

24 Apr 2019 - 12:12AM

Director Anthony Russo talks about Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Thanos and the end of a long story arc. Russo and his co-director brother Joe are comic fans and this is reflected in their work.

Avengers: Endgame – Everything you need to know about Marvel’s epic final battle
Move over BTS, Blackpink are the new K-pop act making history in the US

Girl group Blackpink made Billboard chart history by landing their new EP Kill This Love at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 chart with 19,000 album units. They also just played at Coachella.

18 Feb 2020 - 1:37PM

Girl group Blackpink made Billboard chart history by landing their new EP Kill This Love at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 chart with 19,000 album units. They also just played at Coachella.

Move over BTS, Blackpink are the new K-pop act making history in the US
Star Wars Fallen Order: dark times ahead for the Jedi in new video game – but makers staying tight-lipped on details

The single-player action game introduces a new lightsabre-swinging hero into galactic lore during pretty much the worst period to be using the Force in public.

17 Apr 2019 - 1:04AM

The single-player action game introduces a new lightsabre-swinging hero into galactic lore during pretty much the worst period to be using the Force in public.

Star Wars Fallen Order: dark times ahead for the Jedi in new video game – but makers staying tight-lipped on details
We’ve seen the first-ever photo of a black hole. So what happens now?

While the first photo of a black hole has dazzled the world, scientists say their work is only beginning. More observation stations around the world – and perhaps off it – will be employed to make higher-definition images.

14 Apr 2019 - 6:15AM

While the first photo of a black hole has dazzled the world, scientists say their work is only beginning. More observation stations around the world – and perhaps off it – will be employed to make higher-definition images.

We’ve seen the first-ever photo of a black hole. So what happens now?