WhatsApp novelty everyone expects closer: group video calls from the computer are already on the way to stand up to Zoom.

WhatsApp is already working on individual and group calls and video calls for its web version. In other words: it will be possible to talk and hold meetings with friends, family and co-workers with the browser version of the popular messaging service.

This has been warned by WABeta Info, a portal specialized in revealing the new features on which Facebook, the owner of the application, works. After the latest update of WhatsApp Web, WABeta Info experts have highlighted having detected in the source code of the development "clues" and even images of the new functions of the desktop version of the service.

Far from having an app for Mac or Windows, as is the case of one of the direct competitors, Telegram, WhatsApp continues to bet on a web version. To be able to use it, it is necessary to keep the phone connected to the network and turned on.

Forbes highlights in a recent article in which this novelty is also detailed that WhatsApp has stepped on the accelerator betting on these new functionalities thinking, essentially, on its competitors.

According to the American Media, the main threats to WhatsApp are iMessage, from Apple —which in the United States is a very popular app— or the replacement of traditional SMS, the RCS in which Google works. But they are not the only ones. The popular Chinese app WeChat is the most used tool by citizens of this Asian block. Telegram or Signal, although they can not even dream of reaching the same user base as WhatsApp, have proven to implement more improvements in a much faster way.

Facebook Instagram Facebook, the owner of WhatsApp, launched Room, a utility to be able to make video calls through Facebook Messenger —which already integrates private messages both in the company's most popular social network and those of another of its platforms, Instagram—. WhatsApp itself announced that it would integrate Messenger Room into its platform for browsers.

WhatsApp novelty everyone expects closer

The fundamental difference, Forbes points out, is that while WhatsApp conversations are end-to-end encrypted, video calls in Room, not. Precisely Zoom announced last week, within the framework of its annual Zoomtopia event, the arrival of a new end-to-end encryption for video calls held on its platform.

This year Zoom experienced an exponential growth of its user base, causing it to also grab headlines for controversial hooligans at school meetings held in it. To avoid further cybersecurity problems, Zoom ended up buying a startup specializing in encryption, Keybase.

With the deployment of video calls on the web version of WhatsApp, the Facebook Platform accelerates to not lose the thread of its competitors. It will still have to solve the problem of encryption in these communications as well as the ability that the platform can be multi-device, as already happens in other services such as Telegram.

WhatsApp novelty everyone expects closer


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A NASA spacecraft is about to land on an asteroid to take samples: how to watch it live

It is said that Palace things go slowly, but space investigations too.

Asteroids usually pass very close to Earth, although they rarely impact or pose a danger to humanity. However, now a NASA mission led by the University of Arizona has decided that the time has come for humans to approach asteroids.

The expedition called Osiris-REx, the result of nothing more and nothing less than 16 years of development, will try to collect loose debris from the surface of the asteroid Bennu, more than 320 million kilometers away and moving in space at 101,000 kilometers per hour.

The extraction of asteroid pieces will be carried out by a robotic arm of 3 meters long called TAGSAM. This will be monitored remotely and will only be 10 seconds collecting about 50 grams of debris. However, it will not be until 2023 when the ship will return to Earth to analyze them carefully.

University of Arizona vice president of research and innovation and mechanical engineer Elizabeth Cantwell believes that this milestone for OSIRIS-REx perfectly captures the spirit of research and innovation, the careful balance between problem solving and perseverance of obstacles and opportunities.

After years of study, the NASA team decided that Bennu was the right asteroid, both for its proximity to Earth, and for its accessible surface.

In addition, there is a possibility that this impact on the Earth in 2100, so studying it could help prevent such a collision, although it is not very likely to actually occur.

To carry out this mission, in 2016 OSIRIS-REx was launched from Florida to explore Bennu and see if it would be feasible both to land, and to remove debris.

After 2 approaches it was discovered that the surface was not as expected, flat and desert, but was a rocky and bumpy landscape, so landing was going to be a complicated task.

But after studying the images captured for months it was concluded that the best space was a crater the size of a tennis court in an area they called Nightingale.

Asteroids are made of materials that created the solar system, so extracting pieces of it could reveal data about the origin of the universe and its formation.

But not everything is pink, because as in all space expeditions, and not space, there are many things that could go wrong.

Crashing into a rock the size of a 2-story building called Mount Doom, clogging the Collector's head or landing in a way that makes it impossible to get hold of the debris, are some of them, but experts remain optimistic.

"We have already gained a lot of knowledge of the OSIRIS-REx mission, and we will continue to explore and solve problems with the same bold determination that has led us so far," says Elizabeth Cantwell.

However, it is important to mention that this is the first NASA mission of its kind, but Japan has already achieved it, or at least is in the process of doing so.

In early 2019, JAXA's Hayabusa 2 landed and successfully collected a sample of the Ryugu asteroid, but it will not be until December this year when the spacecraft returns to Earth with tests.

If you want to see live the moment when NASA collects those asteroid fragments, it is best to stay tuned to the NASA website today October 20 at 23: 00 hours.

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