Slack yesterday unveiled a new version of his desktop app and promises a significant increase in performance. Thanks to a complete overhaul, the app should start 33 percent faster and consume 50 percent less RAM. You could say that Slack does not let up.
In a lengthy blog post, Slack explained how it completely overhauled his code and compared the process with that of Ship of Theseus. Outwardly, Slack looks the same. They can always be found in the channels, as well as in keyboard shortcuts, message threads, etc. With new code, the app should run much better.
If you logged in to multiple workspaces in previous versions of Slack, the app created a separate copy for each workspace. This has been a drain on resources that only got worse as you entered more workspaces. Now Slack uses components wherever possible to avoid this burden.
Slack should be faster and give you more memory that you can use elsewhere. The new update also introduces an "offline mode" that is reported to help keep things running smoothly when you exit Wi-Fi.
As long as you're already running version 4.0, Slack should automatically upgrade to this newer, better version. The company announces that it will provide the update to all users in the coming weeks. [Slack]
In other news:
- Pandora is launching a new language mode for iOS and Android today: Pandora has a "personal assistant" similar to Google Assistant or Alexa for her, but he skips the smart lights and focuses on music. In the Pandora app, you can now tap the microphone and say, "Hey, Pandora: play music to start my day." Pandora uses your knowledge to play the music you like. You do not have to be a paid subscriber to benefit from it. [Pandora]
- Apple's latest watchOS update restores walkie-talkie: Apple deactivated the watch's walkie-talkie feature last week after discovering a vulnerability that allowed bad actors to eavesdrop on conversations. Now, the company is introducing an update for watchOS and iOS, which fixes the vulnerability and enables the feature. Turn it around well. [9to5Mac]
- Children's Facebook Messenger allows children to speak to unauthorized persons: Facebook Messenger for Children promises that your children will only notify the people they advocate. However, it turns out that the app has a blatant gap: Anyone you agree to can add unauthorized people to a group chat with your child. If it is another child, it means that the parents had to accept the third party. Facebook has closed the group chats and promises to close the gap in the future. [The Verge]
- Amazon ships in the trunk of some Hondas: Amazon's in-car delivery continues to grow. If you have a Honda with HondaLink's Remote Services package, you can now have Amazon order in the trunk of your car. Service is free, and if your vehicle is in a predictable location (for example, in a public garage at work), this is a great way to keep your shipments off your porch throughout the day. [Engadget]
- Lancaster University warns students that hackers may have stolen their information: Lancaster, a university in the United Kingdom, found a violation of its systems on July 1
Chris Kraft, NASA's first flight director, died at the age of 95.
To say that Chris Kraft is critical to NASA means underestimating its value. He developed rules and procedures for manned space missions and designed the concept for the mission control of NASA. As Nasa boss Jim Bridenstine said, "His legacy is immeasurable." Kraft lived long enough to see the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. [BBC]