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Facebook, Sony Pull Out Of Games Developer Conference Due To Coronavirus Concerns

Earlier this month, global telecom industry body GSMA cancelled the 2020 edition of the tech industry's biggest event -- MWC due to health safety concerns around novel coronavirus outbreak

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Facebook had already cancelled an event it had planned at the Moscone Centre in San Francisco a week back. Pixabay

 Big technology players such as Facebook and Sony have pulled out of the forthcoming Games Developer Conference (GDC) over concerns of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. This comes after coronavirus derailed the world’s biggest mobile exhibition — the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

Just one day after announcing it wouldn’t be attending PAX East, Sony confirmed that it also won’t be attending the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this March in San Francisco also due to coronavirus concerns, Android Central reported on Thursday.

It is pertinent to note that Sony had cancelled plans for MWC as well and the novel coronavirus situation in China has caused a lot of distress across the tech industry.

Facebook had already cancelled an event it had planned at the Moscone Centre in San Francisco a week back.

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Big technology players such as Facebook and Sony have pulled out of the forthcoming Games Developer Conference (GDC) over concerns of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. This comes after coronavirus derailed the world’s biggest mobile exhibition — the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. VOA

Facebook, which owns VR company Oculus, also announced it won’t be attending GDC in either capacity. Chris Pruett, the director of content ecosystem at Oculus, said in a statement, “Out of concern for the health and safety of our employees, our dev partners, and the GDC community as a whole, Facebook’s AR/VR and Gaming teams won’t be attending this year’s Game Developers Conference due to the evolving public health risks related to COVID-19”, the report added.

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Earlier this month, global telecom industry body GSMA cancelled the 2020 edition of the tech industry’s biggest event — MWC due to health safety concerns around novel coronavirus outbreak. (IANS)

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Facebook Unveils Messenger App For MacOS, Windows

Moreover, you do not need to know someone's email or phone number since all your Facebook friends have Messenger

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Moreover, you do not need to know someone's email or phone number since all your Facebook friends have Messenger. VOA

Facebook on Thursday launched a Messenger app for MacOS and Windows so one can video chat on their desktop and stay connected with friends and family all over the world.

The advantage of having the Messenger app on desktop is that it allows one to make group video calls on a larger screen.

And what is more, the chats sync across mobile and desktop so you will never miss a call or a message no matter what device you are using.

“Over the past month, we saw more than a 100 per cent increase in people using their desktop browser for audio and video calling on Messenger,” Stan Chudnovsky, Facebook’s VP of Messenger, said in a blog post.

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Facebook on Thursday launched a Messenger app for MacOS and Windows so one can video chat on their desktop and stay connected with friends and family all over the world. Pixabay

Moreover, you do not need to know someone’s email or phone number since all your Facebook friends have Messenger.

“We hope the Messenger desktop app will make it a little bit easier for people to stay in touch with friends and loved ones during this time,” Chudnovsky said.

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The app can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store or Mac App Store. (IANS)