Getting Married in the Metaverse

One couple’s recent nuptials in the virtual world known as the metaverse showcase the possibilities of having a wedding unfettered by the bounds of reality.

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Are Virtual Weddings Over?

Last year, many couples turned to livestreaming platforms to share their nuptials. This year, smaller in-person weddings that feature a virtual option offer the best of both worlds.

#quarantine-life-and-culture, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #weddings-and-engagements, #zoom-video-communications

If You Never Met Your Co-Workers in Person, Did You Even Work There?

As the pandemic drags on, more people are beginning and leaving new jobs without once seeing their colleagues face-to-face, leading to an easy-come, easy-go attitude toward workplaces.

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Work at Home or the Office? Either Way, There’s a Start-Up for That.

As more Americans return to an office a few days a week, start-ups providing tools for hybrid work are trying to cash in.

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Cameras Off: G7 Summit Heralds the Return of In-Person Diplomacy

Summit meetings are always full of prepackaged “deliverables,’’ but stage management always works better when there’s an actual stage.

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For Small Gyms, Handling the Pandemic Meant Expanding

From on-demand video libraries to rooftop classes, boutique workout spots broadened beyond their tight spaces.

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Canadian Lawmaker, Will Amos, Is Exposed Again on Camera

After appearing naked during a virtual House of Commons session in April, a member of Parliament said that he urinated while on video this week.

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Canadian Lawmaker Apologizes for Taking Nude Photo of Colleague

It was not immediately clear what sanctions, if any, Sébastien Lemire would face after he acknowledged taking a nude photo of William Amos during a Zoom call.

#bloc-quebecois, #canada, #computers-and-the-internet, #conservative-party-canada, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #quebec-province-canada, #social-media, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

Who Leaked a Nude Image of a Canadian Lawmaker? His Colleagues Want to Know.

After a photo of William Amos, a legislator from Quebec, circulated on social media, some lawmakers called for an investigation into what they described as a “potentially criminal act.”

#canada, #computers-and-the-internet, #house-of-representatives, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #social-media, #twitter, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #zoom-video-communications

Zoom Burnout Is Real — but It’s Worse for Women.

In a new study, women reported higher levels of fatigue associated with video calls than men. The solution, though, isn’t as simple as not having video calls.

#quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #women-and-girls

He Sought Refuge in Online Poker: ‘This Is Never About the Cards’

The author is not good at the game. But games played online while meeting on a video call with strangers provided connection at the right time.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gambling, #poker-card-game, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

Woman on Zoom Call Is Fatally Stabbed by Her Son, Authorities Say

At least four people were on a work video call when Carol Brown and her brother were stabbed in an Altadena, Calif., residence on Monday.

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Citi Creates ‘Zoom-Free Fridays’ to Combat Covid-19 Pandemic Fatigue

The bank plans to have one day each week when workers can avoid being on-camera for internal calls. “We are all feeling the weariness,” Citi’s chief executive said.

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Learning Apps Have Boomed During the Pandemic. Now Comes the Real Test

Start-ups hope there’s no turning back for online learning, even as more students return to the classroom.

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Do You Really Need to Fly?

Videoconferencing is good enough to replace a lot of pointless business travel.

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What Should I Wear to a Zoom Interview?

One tip: Take a note from Kamala Harris.

#content-type-service, #fashion-and-apparel, #hiring-and-promotion, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #your-feed-selfcare

The Dos and Don’ts of Staging a Pandemic-Era Awards Show

The Oscars have nearly two months to get right what has gone oh-so-wrong at other ceremonies.

#academy-awards-oscars, #celebrities, #golden-globes-awards, #movies, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

Plastic Surgeon Attends Video Traffic Court From Operating Room

California’s Medical Board started an investigation after Dr. Scott Green reported for the hearing on Zoom while in scrubs and with a patient on the operating table.

#california, #green-scott, #plastic-surgery, #sacramento-calif, #surgery-and-surgeons, #traffic-and-parking-violations, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

Blinken, Without Leaving Home, Tries to Mend Fences With Allies Abroad

The secretary of state has postponed diplomatic travel during the coronavirus pandemic, which experts say is a challenge at a moment of flux in the world.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

Meet Me at the Virtual Water Cooler

Sick of boring grids of heads? A new crop of start-ups aims to bring some serendipity and spark to remote meetings.

#computers-and-the-internet, #future-of-work-2021, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #virtual-reality-computers, #zoom-video-communications

I Actually Like Teaching on Zoom

There may be less human warmth. But there can be more human connection.

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Zoom Fatigue on the Campaign Trail: 5 Takeaways From the Mayor’s Race

The candidates in New York City can barely keep up with a dizzying schedule of online forums. One candidate joins from his closet.

#democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #mcguire-raymond-j, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sutton-loree-k, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

In Prison, JPay Offers Tablets and Collects Fees

For incarcerated people like me, access to communications comes at a steep price.

#jpay-inc, #nonprofit-organizations, #prisons-and-prisoners, #securus-technologies-inc, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

‘I’m Not a Cat,’ Says Lawyer Having Zoom Difficulties

The video was immediately shared widely and brought joy to many. The lawyer, Rod Ponton, said he was happy people got a much-needed laugh.

#cats, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

Virtual Readings Take Center Stage as a New Genre of Theater

With minimal rehearsal and production values, online events are becoming a distinct (and worthy) new genre of theater.

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Zoom Funeral Tips

Holding a funeral or memorial on a videoconferencing platform like Zoom offers several advantages: It’s easy for distant guests to attend, and you can record it.

#computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #death-and-dying, #families-and-family-life, #funerals-and-memorials, #grief-emotion, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

Is Remote Work Making Us Paranoid?

Maybe everyone is actually judging your house on Zoom.

#labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #workplace-environment

The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2021

Spoiler: We’re looking at another year of internet services dominating many aspects of our lives.

#apple-inc, #apple-pay, #artificial-intelligence, #augmented-reality-computers, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #oculus-vr-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #software, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #wireless-communications

The Tech That Was Fixed in 2020 and the Tech That Still Needs Fixing

From videoconferencing to fitness apps, the best tech helped us endure a hard year. But there were also low points.

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Zoom Cocktails 2.0: The Holiday Edition

The virtual happy hour was novel nine months ago, and now it’s back to get us through the holidays. But can we overcome the limits of a virtual social life?

#families-and-family-life, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #parties-social, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #zoom-video-communications

A Gym Is Where You Work Out. Everything Else Is Optional.

Forced to close its physical location because of the pandemic, a Long Island gym has adapted to its members’ settings and abilities, creating an entirely new type of fitness community.

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This Was the Year When Everything Became TV

As a global pandemic left us homebound, cousin Emily in Pittsburgh existed on the same plane as “Emily in Paris.”

#quarantine-life-and-culture, #television, #two-thousand-twenty, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

Sparks Fly on Virtual Dates, but Not So Much in Real Life

At the beginning of the pandemic, many singles turned to video dating to forge connections. Some daters felt instant attraction online, but no chemistry in person.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dating-and-relationships, #single-persons, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

A.A. to Zoom, Substance Abuse Treatment Goes Online

It began as a stopgap way to get through the pandemic, but both participants and providers say virtual sessions have some clear advantages and will likely become a permanent part of recovery.

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How to Have a Fully Remote Family Thanksgiving

Skipping travel this year to stop the spread of Covid-19? Here’s how to digitally reimagine the holiday, from meal prep to after-dinner activities.

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The Eerie Limbo of Remote Schooling

A mother fears that her kids are learning less and missing more.

#children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #parenting, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #work-life-balance

For Socially Distanced Parties, Magicians Have New Bag of Tricks

The crisis facing magicians is unprecedented. “It’s a scary, scary time,” said one.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #magic-and-magicians, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

Jeffrey Toobin Is Suspended by New Yorker After Zoom Incident

In a statement, the magazine said it was investigating a matter involving the author and CNN legal analyst.

#cnn, #new-yorker, #toobin-jeffrey, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #zoom-video-communications

C.E.O.s Rediscover the Family Dinner Table

Remote work during the coronavirus pandemic has given executives with children a taste of a different way to live.

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Laurie Santos on Keeping Covid-19 Self-Care From Being Selfish

The expert in positive psychology has a few simple ideas for sustaining mental well-being as Covid-19 continues.

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Gaza Peace Activists Face Prison for Holding Video Call With Israelis

The Palestinian activists were charged after organizing a virtual discussion as a part of a bridge-building initiative focused on peace and empowering young people.

#gaza-strip, #hamas, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #zoom-video-communications

Every Night in Quarantine, I Danced With Hundreds of Strangers

When the coronavirus shut down clubs around the world, I found community in a queer dance party on Zoom.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #documentary-films-and-programs, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #parties-social, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

Voting Alone

The national bard of community long warned about what isolation would do to us. Now our democracy is in the midst of an experiment no one asked for.

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‘It’s So Essential’: WeChat Ban Makes U.S.-China Standoff Personal

When downloads of the Chinese-owned messaging service are barred in the U.S. starting at midnight on Sunday, the feud between the countries will hit home for millions of people.

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #commerce-department, #instant-messaging, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #tencent-holdings-ltd, #tiktok-bytedance, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #wechat-mobile-app

Behold, ‘Workleisure’: What Should You Wear When You Work From Home?

What will we wear come fall?

#fashion-and-apparel, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

I Started Khan Academy. We Can Still Avoid an Education Catastrophe.

Virtual school will never be a perfect replacement for in-person learning, but there’s a lot of room for improvement.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #khan-academy, #mathematics, #reading-and-writing-skills-education, #teachers-and-school-employees, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

Coronavirus Tests the Leadership Style of Goldman Sachs’s C.E.O.

The pandemic has given David Solomon a chance to try out a more open-minded approach in tune with the bank’s young work force.

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Could This Be the Last Time We See Our Dad?

Zoom has become a link between loved ones. But is what we see onscreen real life?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #manhattan-nyc, #mount-sinai-medical-center, #quarantines, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

‘Hey, You Free on Friday for a Meeting and a Bank Heist?’

Eager for an alternative to Zoom, executives are getting together in video games, to bond, brainstorm or rampage.

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You’re Doomscrolling Again. Here’s How to Snap Out of It.

In a pandemic that forces us to stay home, bingeing on doom-and-gloom news feels irresistible. These health experts offer ways to break the habit.

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