Google launches Meet breakout rooms for small group discussions

Huge online classes can be overwhelming, not just for teachers but also for students who learn better when interacting with others. To help solve that problem, Google has launched a new Meet feature called “breakout rooms,” which would give educators a way to divide participants into smaller groups during video calls. At the moment, the feature is exclusively available to Enterprise for Education customers, but the tech giant says it will be available to more users (including Education and standard Enterprise customers) later this year.

Google said the ability to group people and put them smaller rooms was highly requested, since it has the potential to increase engagement by allowing simultaneous small group discussions. The call’s creator can make up to 100 breakout rooms in a call. Participants will be randomly and evenly distributed across the rooms, but the organizer can manually move them into different rooms if needed. Moderators

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Where to Look for the Next Tech Breakout

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5 Great Tech ETFs That Aren’t the XLK

News of technology company mergers and partnerships have continued to light up the market this week, and for good reason.

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5 Great Tech ETFs That Aren’t the XLK

The tech sector has been a top performer in 2020, with biotechnology accounting for over a third of the 60 stocks that jumped at least 400% at some time during 2020’s first three quarters.

Investors have focused on biotech plays as the pandemic unfolds, while technology companies that can provide faster wireless service through 5G, video conferencing, gaming and home computing have benefited tremendously.


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I’m anticipating tech stocks — particularly the ones I select that have superior fundamentals — will continue to outperform as the third quarter earnings season arrives and companies begin reporting their latest numbers starting in about a week.

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Microsoft Teams getting breakout rooms, virtual commute, and new ‘Together Mode’ backgrounds

Microsoft Teams is getting several updates as part of the company’s virtual Ignite tech conference this morning, looking to keep pace with its rivals and keep up with the demands of users  increasingly relying on the collaboration technology as critical infrastructure for remote work and learning.

The ability to create ad hoc breakout rooms will be available starting next month. Microsoft says this is one of the most requested Teams features. “Meeting organizers will be able to split up participants into smaller groups to facilitate brainstorming sessions or workgroup discussions. Presenters can then hop between breakout rooms, make announcements to all breakout rooms, and close the rooms to return everyone to the main meeting,” the company says in a blog post.

Microsoft is partnering with meditation app Headspace on a customizable “virtual commute” feature. It uses automation technology to help users close out tasks and designate work for the following

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KIOXIA’s Software-Enabled Flash Technology Takes Center Stage in Keynote, Breakout Session at SNIA’s Storage Developer Conference 2020

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 22, 2020–

This week at SNIA’s virtual Storage Developer Conference (SDC) 2020, KIOXIA America, Inc. (formerly Toshiba Memory America, Inc.), will showcase its barrier-breaking Software-Enabled Flash™, technology, providing real-world examples of how it makes flash easier to manage, more timely to deploy and more predictable in nature.

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An SDC Platinum Sponsor, KIOXIA America will give a keynote presentation and breakout session at the conference. (Graphic: Business Wire)

At the virtual event, KIOXIA will introduce the open source Software-Enabled Flash development environment and highlight key features. The company will provide an in-depth look at new flash native management concepts made possible by Software-Enabled Flash technology including virtual devices, Quality of Service (QoS) domains, weighted fair queueing, nameless writes, nameless copies, and host CPU offload mechanisms.

KIOXIA’s Software-Enabled Flash technology removes the roadblocks associated with legacy drive-based

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