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A to Z of entertainment and pop culture in 2022: Alt Bollywood, superheroes, K-frenzy, OTT craze, Pan-India pitches
Entertainment

A to Z of entertainment and pop culture in 2022: Alt Bollywood, superheroes, K-frenzy, OTT craze, Pan-India pitches

A glossary for the year ahead, of all that should shine in the world of showbiz and entertainment.

US crosses eight lakh COVID-19 deaths, majority of them unvaccinated
World

US crosses eight lakh COVID-19 deaths, majority of them unvaccinated

According to official data, the risk of dying from COVID-19 was 14 times higher among people who had not been fully vaccinated, compared to those who had, in September, the latest month analysed

CEO who laid off 900 employees over Zoom call takes time off as company looks to build 'positive culture'
India

CEO who laid off 900 employees over Zoom call takes time off as company looks to build 'positive culture'

On 1 December over a Zoom call that lasted less than three minutes, Garg abruptly fired more than 900 employees, about 9 percent of the company's workforce.

What's in a Setting? Ask a budding stand-up comedy curator — Zoom fatigue and fall in open mic culture
Entertainment

What's in a Setting? Ask a budding stand-up comedy curator — Zoom fatigue and fall in open mic culture

It’s interesting to me that an art form as dependent on the setting as stand-up comedy is, chooses to dismiss the setting while judging performance.

Zoom introduces Focus Mode that lets host decide if participants can see each other
News & Analysis

Zoom introduces Focus Mode that lets host decide if participants can see each other

Focus Mode will allow the hosts to decide participants' visibility to others during meetings.

'I’ve got a lot to rebuild': Jeffrey Toobin returns to CNN after Zoom call incident
Arts & Culture

'I’ve got a lot to rebuild': Jeffrey Toobin returns to CNN after Zoom call incident

Toobin was fired from The New Yorker after working there for 27 years, following an investigation into last October’s Zoom call.

Zoom’s boom continues, earns $227 million in the most recent quarter
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Zoom’s boom continues, earns $227 million in the most recent quarter

Zoom's earnings fueled a 3 percent gain in Zoom’s recently slumping stock to $338 after the numbers came out.

Oscars 2021: All you need to know about the reinvented awards ceremony, when and where to watch
Entertainment

Oscars 2021: All you need to know about the reinvented awards ceremony, when and where to watch

Oscars 2021 can be watched on Star India and and Star World on 26 April at 5.30 am.

FirstAct: Watch 11:11, a physical theatre performance on virtual reality therapy that devises new corporeal expression
Lifestyle

FirstAct: Watch 11:11, a physical theatre performance on virtual reality therapy that devises new corporeal expression

Through '11:11', the creators aim at exploring how the VR ‘in-world' works in opposition to the actual world in which the subject is effectively rendered blind by their headset.

Zoom introduces vanishing pen, meeting reactions, and more new features
News & Analysis

Zoom introduces vanishing pen, meeting reactions, and more new features

Zoom now has improved screen annotation with the Vanishing Pen, which allows users to highlight texts and objects on the screen without the need to remove highlights.

From Minari stars Yuh-Jung Youn and Alan Kim to Jodie Foster, six best acceptance speeches from this year's award season
Entertainment

From Minari stars Yuh-Jung Youn and Alan Kim to Jodie Foster, six best acceptance speeches from this year's award season

Here are six people who mined unexpected levels of emotion and humour from a remote awards format practically designed to stamp all of those good things out

FirstAct: In '11:11', an experimental performance that explores virtual reality as a therapeutic aid
Lifestyle

FirstAct: In '11:11', an experimental performance that explores virtual reality as a therapeutic aid

Captured on camera in a single take, 11:11 is a response to the growing disaffection induced by the pandemic in a year that has pushed us online with a vengeance.

As Japanese businessmen flock to salons, brands take steps to bring makeup to more men amid pandemic
Lifestyle

As Japanese businessmen flock to salons, brands take steps to bring makeup to more men amid pandemic

Japanese businessmen in their 40s, 50s and 60s who had little interest in cosmetics before the pandemic are increasingly visiting salons, hoping for a better look in online meetings.

Pre taped SAG Awards seek to revive spirit of past celebrations in virtual edition
Arts & Culture

Pre taped SAG Awards seek to revive spirit of past celebrations in virtual edition

Whether the SAG Awards evades that fate remains to be seen, but producer Brockett said he believes the telecast’s approach will be entertaining and, perhaps, a link to better times.

Before Oscars 2021 ceremony, lessons from recent pandemic-era award shows
Entertainment

Before Oscars 2021 ceremony, lessons from recent pandemic-era award shows

It won’t be easy for Oscars to mount a glitzy gala during a still-raging pandemic, but here are learnings from the awards shows that were unlucky enough to go first.

Zoom quarterly sale surges 369 percent even as subscriber growth slows
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Zoom quarterly sale surges 369 percent even as subscriber growth slows

Although Zoom continued to enjoy robust gains from November through January, its subscriber increases were significantly smaller than in each of the previous three quarters.

Kaspersky launches a digital toolkit for students and educators to teach them about cybersecurity
News & Analysis

Kaspersky launches a digital toolkit for students and educators to teach them about cybersecurity

Around 168,550 users encountered various threats, disguised as popular learning platforms between January to June 2020.

With a fourth Netflix stand-up comedy special, how Vir Das turned the lockdown into a joke
Entertainment

With a fourth Netflix stand-up comedy special, how Vir Das turned the lockdown into a joke

Vir Das started 2020 as the only Indian comedian with three Netflix comedy specials to boot, and ended the year as the only Indian comedian who now has four Netflix comedy specials attached to his name.

2020 was about praying to WiFi gods, braving dystopia of stand-up comedy on Zoom, writes Anu Menon
Entertainment

2020 was about praying to WiFi gods, braving dystopia of stand-up comedy on Zoom, writes Anu Menon

"Some shows, the whole audience decides to mute themselves, and you feel like you are performing in a void. Except that the void has people laughing hysterically but silently, sending virtual claps. It's dystopian."

COVID-19 disrupted technology, how we work, global supply chains: Here’s what to look forward to in 2021
News & Analysis

COVID-19 disrupted technology, how we work, global supply chains: Here’s what to look forward to in 2021

If there was one company that saw a significant uptake post-lockdowns, it was video conferencing service, Zoom.