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New Call.Group Features

Our new smart search feature lets you search for a previous call and view its corresponding meeting summary. You'll find the new search bar right at the top of your main dashboard screen. You can search for the following: - Participants names - The name or subject of a call - File names (if you shared a file during the call) - Chat messages sent during the call - Words spoken during the call (if the call was recorded)...

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Why Workplace Messaging May Be Making a Comeback

‘Online chat’ is arguably almost as old as the internet itself - however, this year seems to suggest that workplace messaging may be making a comeback. With Slack announcing a $250 million investment from a Japanese company Softbank in September, their total funding now stands at $790 million. This has created a huge boost in Slack’s valuation from $3.8 billion to a staggering $5.1billion. Rumours even surfaced in June that Amazon were looking to purchase the company for as much as $9 billion. In the meantime, Microsoft launched their new chat app called ‘Teams’ that is set to eventually replace Skype for Business. In addition, Atlassian, the company responsible for the esteemed workplace messaging app ‘HipChat’, launched their new service known as ‘Stride’. Similarly, Bhavin Turakhia, an Indian billionaire, invested $45 million of his own funds into Flock, a major Slack competitor which he founded. If that doesn’t seem like enough evidence...

£7.6 Million – Back in Your Pockets

One of the things we do each month at Call Collective is calculate how much money we save callers with our free conference calling service known as WHYPAY?. Each month we work out how many minutes our WHYPAY? users spend on conference calls, and combine this figure with the per minute costs from a number our competitors who charge a par minute rate. This gives us a good indication of the amount of money our callers are saving by using WHYPAY? (assuming they use their bundled minutes for their conference calls). Many so-called 'free' conference providers require that participants dial and 084 number or a mobile shortcode, which can lead to high call charges. WHYPAY? on the other hand uses an 03 number, which means calls are INCLUDED in bundled minutes. ...

Bundled Minutes – What Exactly Are They?

Telephone networks, TV adverts and other sources often talk about 'bundled minutes', 'contracted minutes' or 'inclusive minutes' when referring to telephone calls. In the world of telecoms, there's a pretty high level of confusion among consumers about minutes allowances and call charges in general. Over the years, Ofcom has introduced regulations to give more clarity to members of the public about what they'll pay when they make a particular phone call. However, many are still left confused about whether a call is included in their 'bundled minutes' and what exactly their bundled minutes can be used for....

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Self-healing glass to end cracked phone screens?

Japanese researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a new type of self-healing glass which holds the power to repair its own cracks and breaks. A novel glass made from a low-weight polymer known as “polyether-thioureas” is able to heal breaks when pressed together by hand. This entirely eliminates the need for high heat to first melt the material prior to repair....

Screen Sharing For Businesses – An essential tool?

Effective communication is essential for successful business. Whilst face-to-face communication may appear quick and simple, in many situations it isn’t practical or possible due to distance or costs of travel. Thankfully, advances in technology have provided businesses with novel alternatives to meeting in person and screen sharing is one of these methods. Software which enables screen sharing for businesses, allows people to share their computer screen content live for others to stream to their own screens elsewhere. ...

Don’t Get Stuck in Traffic. Hold Your Next Meeting Online.

The UK is plagued with commuters. According to the BBC, we spend about an hour each day getting to and from work. We've even witnessed a rise in 'extreme commuting', where the total travel time exceeds three hours a day. In fact, there are real-life horror stories about 6 hour round trips from Wales to Watford, or from Lancashire to central London. And some workers are doing this every weekday....

Online Conferencing Tools – Making Things Easier

We live in a world where a significant chunk of our communication occurs via the internet. We therefore need reliable and efficient tools to initiate this communication. ‘Online conferencing’ or ‘Web conferencing’  is a novel communication method which is rapidly growing in popularity. It holds a range of advantages over traditional telephone conferencing and is the best-suited method of communication for a number of business scenarios. What are online conferencing tools? Internet-based conferencing provides a wide array of additional features in order to help us communicate and collaborate effectively. Online conferencing technology is constantly developing, bringing new capabilities for online business meetings. Unlike regular conference calls, web conferencing gives participants access to a number of tools which hold the power to share a lot more than just audio. One of the features includes  video conferencing - a tool which allows attendees to turn a call into a virtual face-to-face meeting by switching on their...