These 3 remarkable Zoom apps make your meetings way better—for free

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Good morning! If you have Zoom fatigue you might want to check out a third-party app that works inside Zoom to make your experience a little less tedious. JR Raphael tested a bunch and picked three of the best. One helps you learn about the people you Zoom with. Another replaces the Brady Bunch-style grid with circles that appear on your desktop. And the third is amazingly effective at eliminating background noise. Did I mention you can use all of them for free? Read more about them here.
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These 3 remarkable Zoom apps make your meetings way better—for free

Learn a bit about who’s on your Zoom calls, ditch the Brady Bunch grid, and eliminate distracting background noise.

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Yik Yak zooms up the charts: What you need to know
The new owners of Yik Yak announced the app’s relaunch on Monday, and it seems like the return of “Yaks” (or threads) is already generating interest.
According to Sensor Tower, which collects mobile data insights, Yik Yak reached No. 3 in the U.S. app store, as of Tuesday afternoon. That’s compared to No. 66 on Monday when the app started ranking again, a representative from Sensor Tower told Fast Company. 
Originally founded in 2013, and popular among college students, the app faced challenges when it became a hot spot for bullying and hate speech. By 2017, it shut down. 
Yik Yak has vowed to try to do better this time around, posting a lengthy list of “Community Guardrails” that it says will keep users safe.
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