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Facebook just gave everyone at F8 this 360-degree camera

Facebook just gave everyone at F8 this 360-degree camera

You can tell a lot about a company's intentions by the things it pushes on developers, and Facebook is clearly looking into 360-degree video in a big way judging by its F8 2017 giveaway. The social network has handed every dev in attendance a Giroptic iO, a 360-degree camera that clips to a smartphone or tablet. With it, you can either snap circular photos or record video, or live-stream on Facebook Live.

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Facebook B8 device will help you “hear with your skin”

Facebook B8 device will help you “hear with your skin”

The folks at the Facebook innovation lab "Building 8" have announced Project: Hear With Your Skin, one of two projects aimed at new types of communication. "Two projects focused on new capabilities of communication" is what the folks at Building 8 (B8) are suggesting this set is all about - the other is "Project: Type With Your Brain". With Project: Hear With Your Skin, work begins by developing and building the hardware and software Facebook will need to "delivery language through the skin."

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Facebook wants you to type with your brain

Facebook wants you to type with your brain

When Facebook poached Regina Dugan from Google, we knew the former DARPA chief would deliver something interesting: "Project: Type with your brain" is the first example of that. Announced at F8 2017 this morning, it's a project to develop a silent speech interface, with the speed and flexibility of voice control, but the privacy of typing text. In effect, it's about reading your mind and typing directly what you're thinking onto the screen in front of you.

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Facebook thinks AI can replace expensive dual-camera phones

Facebook thinks AI can replace expensive dual-camera phones

Dual cameras are becoming a must-have feature on today's top-tier smartphones - to the point that their absence is one of a few big complaints about the Galaxy S8 - but Facebook is looking to replace one of their most common uses with AI. At F8 2017 today, the social network's annual developer conference, Facebook showed off one of its potential implementations of artificial intelligence. While smart computers may most commonly be associated with Facebook's work on bots, in fact the applications are far broader.

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Facebook Surround 360 cameras x6 and x24: traveling without moving

Facebook Surround 360 cameras x6 and x24: traveling without moving

Two new cameras have been announced by Facebook - two cameras that look very much like spherical ball cameras we've seen in the recent past. These devices are the Facebook Surround 360 x24 and the Surround 360 x6. The larger device is extremely similar to the camera Facebook showed at F8 in 2016 - save the shape, of course. The smaller device is brand new, made to be sold to the wider public, with a much smaller and more manageable industrial design.

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Giroptic iO 360-camera gets Android version at F8 2017

Giroptic iO 360-camera gets Android version at F8 2017

Facebook's F8 2017 is all about 360-degree content, live streaming, and VR, and Giroptic is getting into the action with an Android update for its iO 360 camera. Launched late last year, the plug-in 360-degree camera accessory was initially only compatible with iPhone and iPad. Today, that's been expanded to a long list of Android devices too.

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Facebook Messenger is bringing Spotify and Apple Music directly to chats

Facebook Messenger is bringing Spotify and Apple Music directly to chats

Facebook has announced a bunch of new and upcoming features for Messenger, arguably chief among them being the ability to share bots directly within group chats via 'Chat Extensions.' Several brands are already available under this feature, including Spotify, which enables users to share a particular thing (a song, in Spotify's case) with an entire chat stream of people. Facebook's messaging app is also getting a new Discover tab, 'Messenger Codes,' and more.

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Out on Oculus VR now, Facebook Spaces is a virtual social life

Out on Oculus VR now, Facebook Spaces is a virtual social life

Facebook Spaces is launching today on Oculus VR, a virtual social network for avatars automatically created from your photos and galleries of your friends. The next step in the social site's embrace of virtual reality, it's effectively a live VR conference call - though clearly billed as something a lot more fun than that. Importantly, Facebook is making the barrier to taking part as low as possible.

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The big Facebook Augmented Reality play is starting

The big Facebook Augmented Reality play is starting

Facebook is no longer willing to hang around and wait for augmented reality glasses, it's pushing the technology into its smartphone apps today with a new platform. "I used to think that glasses would be the first mainstream AR platform, and we'd get them maybe five or ten years from now," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on stage at the opening keynote for F8 2017, the company's annual developer conference. "But over the last couple of years we've seen primitive versions of these things on our phones."

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Instagram Saved Posts collections aim to axe local file saving

Instagram Saved Posts collections aim to axe local file saving

Developers at Instagram have further updated their system to allow greater organizational abilities for Saved Posts. In doing so, Instagram seems to be saying, once again, that they do not want users to save images to their devices. The app does not allow saving, after all - outside of screenshots. And downloading Instagram photos on a desktop computer is still slightly less than user-friendly.

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Palmer Luckey, Oculus co-founder, is leaving the company

Palmer Luckey, Oculus co-founder, is leaving the company

Although it now shares the limelight with rival HTC Vive, Oculus will most likely be forever remembered as the startup that started this new virtual reality wave. Now owned, by Facebook, the company has been involved in a few controversies lately, and most of them can perhaps be attributed to its co-founder, Palmer Luckey. The public face of the Oculus Rift, however, might be changing, as Facebook confirms that this will be Luckey's last week at Facebook, without exactly saying why.

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Facebook adds personal fundraisers and donate buttons

Facebook adds personal fundraisers and donate buttons

Facebook has expanded the charity aspects of its platform, making it possible for users to launch personal fundraisers. These fundraisers are available across six different categories, including Education, Crisis Relief, Medical, Personal Emergency, and more. Those who use the platform to raise funds will pay about seven percent in a fee that goes toward Facebook's various costs including vetting and fraud protection.

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