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Oculus Link beta lands on Oculus Quest today: How to get going

Oculus Link beta lands on Oculus Quest today: How to get going

Back during Oculus Connect 6, Facebook announced that it would be bringing Oculus Link to the Oculus Quest. At the time, the company didn't give us a release date for the future, but today is the big day. Oculus Link has landed on Oculus Quest in beta, giving you a chance to tether your Oculus Quest to your PC to tap into that extra horsepower.

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Facebook Popular Photos test mimics Instagram’s scrolling image feed

Facebook Popular Photos test mimics Instagram’s scrolling image feed

Facebook is testing a new feature called Popular Photos that mimics the image scrolling feed found on Instagram. The test was recently spied within the company's main mobile app, where users are presented with Popular Photos after they open an image posted by another user. The feature hints at another Instagram-like feature that Facebook may plan to bring to its main social media platform.

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Gaming legend John Carmack moving away from Oculus and into AI

Gaming legend John Carmack moving away from Oculus and into AI

There are few game developers who have achieved rockstar fame as much as the two Johns of the former id Software. And of the two, one is moving on from games or at least from working on games directly. John Carmack will always be remembered for his pioneering work not only iconic franchises such as Doom and Wolfenstein 3D but also for pushing the computer gaming industry as a whole. At 49, however, he wants to be remembered for something else as well: making an impact in the field of Artificial Intelligence.

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Facebook app camera glitch is bug not spying insists exec

Facebook app camera glitch is bug not spying insists exec

Over the past couple of weeks, Facebook users on iOS have reported a concerning issue: the company's mobile app triggering the iPhone's rear camera, which was noticed operating in the background. Multiple users have been able to replicate this phenomenon, spurring privacy concerns and raising questions over the cause of this unusual behavior. Facebook has responded, saying the camera app activation is the result of a bug.

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Facebook Pay single payments system spans Zuckerberg’s whole empire

Facebook Pay single payments system spans Zuckerberg’s whole empire

Facebook is launching a new payment service, Facebook Pay, that spans not only the social network itself but Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. While each of those services already supports payments, the company is tying them together so that users will only have to enter details once if they prefer - though there's an upside for Facebook, too.

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TikTok alternative Instagram Reels released for lucky few

TikTok alternative Instagram Reels released for lucky few

Today Instagram launched an app called Reels, a direct alternative to the mega-popular music-based video social network TikTok. While TikTok has the youth market on lock, Instagram hopes to steal a bit of the pie with an as-easy-as-possible entry point for those users who already have an Instagram account. This system is currently only listed as the app "Cenas", and will eventually appear as "Insta Reels."

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Facebook’s annoying red notification dots can now be disabled

Facebook’s annoying red notification dots can now be disabled

Facebook is full of red dots that appear over various parts of the app whenever something new is posted. For most people, these dots appear in random places in which the user has little interest, resulting in either a pile-up of notifications or the brief annoyance of having to tap to make them go away. That changes starting today.

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WhatsApp update tweaks Privacy Settings for spam

WhatsApp update tweaks Privacy Settings for spam

Today WhatsApp, a Facebook company, updated their so-called Privacy Settings. This is the latest in a line of updates with the word "privacy" in the title released by Facebook and Facebook companies that, collectively, likely aim at doing some good for the overall image of the social networking giant. The latest update is for WhatsApp Groups and it has to do with your Contacts.

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Would you let Facebook scan your face to secure your account?

Would you let Facebook scan your face to secure your account?

Facial recognition is becoming an increasingly popular option for authentication, and it may not be long before we see Facebook hop aboard that particular train. It appears that the company is gearing up to test a new facial recognition feature for identity verification. While the move does make some degree of sense, Facebook definitely needs to tread carefully here, because it's been at the center of a lot of privacy debates lately.

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Amazon Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant hacked with laser in major security flaw

Amazon Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant hacked with laser in major security flaw

Ever since smart speakers started hitting shelves, there's been no lack of people bringing up certain security concerns, whether those have to do with flaws in hardware and software or just general privacy issues. Today, a team of researchers are detailing a new vulnerability that exists in many smart speakers - along with some phones and tablets - that could potentially allow hackers to issue voice commands from far away.

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Peloton acquired design firm that worked on Facebook Portal, Google Pixel 4 sensors

Peloton acquired design firm that worked on Facebook Portal, Google Pixel 4 sensors

Today a report detailed an acquisition of the design firm Gossamer Engineering as initiated by the exercise-centric tech company Peloton Interactive Inc. earlier this year. The acquisition was apparently made to assist the company's efforts to create new hardware, like treadmills and bicycles - so said people familiar with the matter speaking with Bloomberg. Gossamer Engineering was an independent firm before this acquisition, having found success in contracts with both Facebook and Google.

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This is the new Facebook logo – and why it’s changing

This is the new Facebook logo – and why it’s changing

Facebook has a new company logo, launched as the social network continues to face criticism from lawmakers and users for how it handles personal data and regulates lies in political adverts. The new branding debuts a custom font, which Facebook says will help it visually differentiate between the company itself and the Facebook app.

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