Facebook has started rolling out yet another messaging service: Facebook Messenger Rooms. The premise of Messenger Rooms is simple: Many of us are under stay-at-home orders so meetings, be it work or social, need to go virtual. Most people jumped onto platforms like Zoom, so Facebook wants a piece of this pie which is why Messenger Rooms is all about group video calls. One of Room’s major advantages is that it’s readily available to Facebook’s massive userbase, but Facebook is also looking to draw in users by integrating the app into its other services like WhatsApp.
WhatsApp has already received enhanced video calling capabilities due to COVID-19 lockdowns forcing people into their homes. A recent update allows you to start a group call with up to 8 people simultaneously. If you want to talk to more people than that, then soon WhatsApp will push you to use Messenger Rooms. You can chat with up to 50 people in Messenger Rooms, which is a much higher limit than WhatsApp’s group voice and video calls.
If you’re one of the people who has received the new feature, then a new “Create Room” shortcut will appear in several parts of the UI such as the calls panel as well as inside chats themselves, prompting people to create a Room to chat. Rooms aren’t fully integrated into WhatsApp, though. Creating a Room will prompt users to access the feature inside the Messenger app.
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Interestingly, this is the first time a Facebook or Messenger feature is actually tied into WhatsApp, which might hint at more integrations coming soon. Facebook actually wants the messaging infrastructures behind WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram to be unified, but that plan is still a long way off.
The ability to create a Room in Messenger is not yet available for everyone on WhatsApp. WABetaInfo notes that the feature is only available for some users in certain countries (like the United States), but you may have luck installing version 2.20.163 beta of the app.
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New Audi cars come with Apple Music as standard, but what's the point? – TrustedReviews
While Android Auto and Apple CarPlay infotainment offer access to the best music streaming apps, Audi is taking things a step farther with a standalone Apple Music app.
The German automaker has announced that most recent models are gaining access to the Apple Music app. That means there’ll be no need to plug their iPhone into the car, or even connect it wirelessly. The integration is starting with new 2022 models.
An over-the-air update for Audi’s own infotainment system will introduce the app, which will require users to enter their Apple ID username and password in order to gain access to the on-the-go tunes.
Audi says European drivers will get the first 3GB of data for free, but that’s obviously not going to go very far. To go any further, drivers will need to sign up to a data plan for their car.
However, considering the same vehicles do offer CarPlay support, drivers will probably be better off using the Apple Music app that way, where they can access offline playlists, rather than taking on another data plan.
It’s debatable whether accessing through the standalone app for Audi vehicles is actually even that useful in this instance, considering access to navigation apps like Apple Maps, Google Maps and Waze are also available via CarPlay.
However, if you just want to keep your phone free, then it might be more convenient to access the app via the home-baked infotainnment system.
“Integrating Apple Music into the Audio infotainment system marks the next step in the collaboration between Audi and Apple,” said Christiane Zorn, Head of Product Marketing at Audi, in a press release.
“For our customers, it means that we are offering them direct access to their own personalised listening experience. This is our understanding of a premium digital in-car experience. At Audi we are systematically driving the digitalisation of the vehicle and we are convinced that the interior is increasingly developing into a third living space.”
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There are certain Wordle answers that you simply don’t think to guess. The answer itself may be an extremely common word but it just wouldn’t be your first, second, or third guess in Wordle. Today’s Wordle, on May 19, is one of those words.
Again, it’s not that this is a challenging word by any means, but it possesses some qualities that can make it difficult to guess. I started out with my normal starting word and then proceeded to try and place some of the letters I got correct. By my second guess, I had the middle three letters placed correctly. However, from guesses three to five, I kept getting the first and last letter wrong. On the sixth guess, I remembered the oldest trick in the Wordle handbook and managed to get the answer right by the skin of my teeth.
If you’re struggling as I did, then you will some need tips on how to complete today’s Wordle. If those tips aren’t enough, then we’ve also laid out the full answer below.
Today’s Wordle Answer – May 19, 2022
We’ll start with a couple of hints to get your mind on the right train of thought. However, if those tips just aren’t working for you, then you can keep reading to see the full answer.
- Hint 1: This word was the title of a movie that was released in 2019 and starred James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Samuel L. Jackson
- Hint 2: Squid Games participants stepped on a bridge made of this word during one of their challenges
If you’re not a huge cinema or TV buff, then those tips might not have been all that helpful. If that’s the case, then we’ll lay out the word for you… “glass.” It’s a classic double-letter Wordle. I personally always forget to try words with double letters, and it almost cost me today. Check back tomorrow for another Wordle guide brought to you by yours truly.
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Bungie on Buffalo shooting: 'It is time we begin to examine our practices and see what part we can play in preventing these tragedies' – Dot Esports
The recent mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, which was broadcast live on Twitch by a shooting suspect that had reportedly revealed his plans of the attack on Discord, has sparked introspective investigations into online spaces, where radical views can be potentially cultivated.
Bungie, the developer of Destiny, has joined that conversation, saying it plans to do more to build and maintain safe gaming communities that actively snuff out racism and bigotry.
The official statement comes from the Black at Bungie inclusion club, which discussed the Buffalo shooting with the Destiny player base and announced what they plan to do in response.
“Far too often, these racist attacks begin within online communities that are used to recruit and radicalize individuals,” Bungie said. “It is time we begin to examine our practices and see what part we can play in preventing these tragedies.”
Black at Bungie said it will partner with the studio’s Player Support and Community teams, with a focus on bolstering “ongoing efforts to maintain safe and anti-racist spaces in which our players and fans can come together.”
Additionally, Bungie called for other studios, publishers, and gaming communities to also “examine their own platforms and invest in practices to combat bigotry in all its manifestations.”
Alongside its affirmation to tackle radicalization, Black at Bungie announced that the “Be Heard” pin, which was originally released during 2020’s Black Lives Matter protests, would be spotlighted on the front page of the Bungie Store. For the next year, profits from sales of the pin will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose charity work includes monitoring hate groups across the United States and assisting in exposure of them and their members to the public and authorities. Bungie also linked the GoFundMe campaign for the families impacted by the attack in Buffalo.
“We believe games and their communities should be a force for good,” Bungie said. “We are committed to that.”
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