Virtual Gatherings Offer Thanksgiving Connection
COVID-19 concerns are putting many in-person gatherings on hold for the holidays, but it's still important to get face time with family. NBC's Liz McLaughlin reports.
(NBC News) — COVID-19 concerns are putting many in-person gatherings on hold for the holidays, but it’s still important to get face time with family.
Video conferencing service Zoom is lifting the 40-minute time limit on its free version for Thanksgiving.
Experts say it’s best to ensure you’ll be seen and heard with a well-lit, quiet setting and the right device.
“Frankly, most laptops have built-in microphones and built-in cameras that are not very good. Your phone is actually much better,” says CNET’s Dan Ackerman.
Try an inexpensive tripod or ring light for a better picture.
Other apps offer fun group activities for online gatherings.
The House Party app has built-in card and charades games, or you can work together to solve a mystery in an online escape room.
With Teleparty, families can have an online watch party for content from streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu and Disney+.
Or if you want to work off an indulgent dinner, sign up for a virtual turkey trot.
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