WhatsApp Lands on Windows & Mac, Disney Kills Infinity… [Tech News Digest]
WhatsApps arrives on Windows and Mac, Disney Infinity is no more, Sign in with Slack is now a thing, Mozilla brings back Firefox Test Pilot, and remembering that time the BBC interviewed Guy Goma.
Try the New WhatsApp Desktop Apps
— Pablo Llopis (@pablollopis) May 11, 2016
You can now use WhatsApp on your desktop, with the company having released apps for Windows (8 or higher) and Mac (OS X 10.9 or higher). A desktop app is something a lot of people have been asking for, but this is really just WhatsApp Web in a fancy wrapper.
You still need to have WhatsApp on your phone , as you scan a code from the mobile app in order to link the two together. The desktop app then syncs the data across from the mobile app, delivering the messages and attachments from your mobile to your desktop.
This is all a little underwhelming, and if you already use WhatsApp Web this really offers no noticeable improvement. Still, for those who would rather message using their PC or Mac while keeping their phone tucked firmly in their pocket, at least it’s something.
Disney Is Done With Infinity
Disney has announced it will not be producing any more Disney Infinity titles or characters. There are two releases due out in the coming weeks — Alice Through the Looking Glass and Finding Dory — and then it’s Game Over.
For the uninitiated, Disney Infinity (read our review of the 3.0 Starter Pack ) is an interactive sandbox game which can be expanded through playsets and collectible characters. The idea was that Disney Infinity would grow indefinitely, with parents forced to keep spending money to keep their kids entertained.
However, with Disney killing off Infinity, it seems not enough parents were spending the kinds of cash needed to keep this a viable property. While Disney is bowing out of direct involvement with the gaming industry, it will continue to license characters and movies to other publishers.
Announcing the move, General Manager of Infinity John Blackburn said:
“Our goal for Disney Infinity was to bring the best of Disney storytelling to life in homes around the world, and with your support we accomplished that. We hope you had as much fun playing the game as we had making it.”
Sign In to Other Apps With Slack
Collaboration platform Slack has launched Sign in with Slack, a new feature that lets you sign into a range of other services using your Slack credentials. If this sounds familiar that’s because it’s exactly what Google, Facebook, Twitter, and others already offer.
The idea behind Sign in with Slack is to keep “teams connected across the many apps they use for work”. This works by instantly connecting you to colleagues who have also signed in using Slack. Companies already offering Sign in with Slack include Quip, Figma, Kifi, and OfficeVibe.
Interested developers should read the Sign in with Slack walk-through available on the Slack API site.
Mozilla Launches Firefox Test Pilot
While Google Chrome may now be the undisputed king of the Web browsers , Mozilla isn’t giving up without a fight. Firefox has hundreds of millions of users around the world, and they’re crying out for new features and fixes for their favorite browser .
To aid the development of features and fixes for Firefox, Mozilla has launched Firefox Test Pilot. This is a program allowing users to try out experimental new features before they get rolled into the standard Firefox browser.
Anyone using Test Pilot can offer feedback and suggestions to those developing the features, and this data will help Mozilla determine whether or not each one is worth pursuing. You can download Firefox Test Pilot right now on Windows OS X, and Linux.
BBC News Interviews Guy Goma
And finally, it has been 10 years since BBC News accidentally interviewed the wrong person on live television. The incident occurred when the BBC was discussing the legal battle between Apple Inc. (of Mac and iPhone fame) and Apple Corp. (of The Beatles fame), which has since been settled to both parties’ satisfaction.
The BBC was meant to have tech journalist Guy Kewney on as a guest, but instead plucked Guy Goma from obscurity. Goma was at the BBC studios to interview for a job in IT. However, he handled the situation brilliantly, answering the questions and sounding like he actually knew what he was talking about. Legend. [H/T Time]
Your Views on Today’s Tech News
Will you be using WhatsApp on your desktop? Are your kids gutted to hear Disney Infinity is no more? Have you witnessed the power of Slack yet? Will you be trying Firefox Test Pilot? What would you have done if you were Guy Goma?
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