☀☀☀☀ Houseparty is a Skype-style group video chat app, with an advantage: convenience. Houseparty tells you when your friends are “in the house” — meaning they are using the app, ready to chat. Invite friends by sending a link to the house for up to eight-way calls. Rooms can be locked for privacy or kept open so you can meet friends of friends. Issues: lagging video and dropped calls. Journalists can use the app for video meetings, or even simultaneous interviews. For more, see Mashable and The Verge. — Kyle Dowd

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