Even Facebook employees think Mark Zuckerberg is wrong about News Feed

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Even Mark Zuckerberg’s own employees think their CEO is wrong about News Feed.

A group of Facebook employees are organizing a “task force” to question the social network’s involvement with spreading fake news in the run-up to the election, according to BuzzFeed. The group reportedly disagrees with Zuckerberg’s public statements on the issue and plans to suggest changes the company can make to improve News Feed. 

The group is reportedly made up of several dozen employees who are apparently holding secret meetings to discuss their ideas.  Read more…

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Apple may be jumping on the smart glasses bandwagon, report says

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Snapchat just made a pair of smart glasses people are genuinely into, and it appears Apple might want in on the smart glasses action, too.

According to a report in Bloomberg, the company is considering making a foray into wearables by way of a pair of digital glasses.

“People familiar with the matter,” who declined to speak publicly, told the publication that the venture is just in its beginning stages, but the glasses could potentially connect to the iPhone and use augmented reality.

While there are now virtual reality headsets aplenty, including the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the main augmented reality competitor for the moment is Microsoft with its HoloLens product that superimposes images on the real world.  Read more…

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How to choose the right VR headset

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Whether you’re a hardcore techie or just a dabbler, you’ve certainly heard of VR (virtual reality) or maybe even experienced it yourself. Although it’s a nascent technology that will evolve dramatically in the coming years, VR is becoming much more mainstream and is popping up all around us.    

Recent estimates put VR headset sales at a jaw-dropping 500M units by the year 2025. Not only will it be used for recreation and jumping head first into the coolest virtual experiences possible, there is incredible potential for application in education, business, healthcare and so much more.   

   

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Huawei Mate 9 review: A big phone with an even bigger battery

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Huawei is in a tough position. The company is coming out of China with no strong presence in the U.S. market, and yet it prices its phones similarly to top competitors from Samsung and Apple. To beat the best, Huawei needs to be better than the best, and by a sizable margin. With each new phone, Huawei is a bit closer to that goal, but it never quite reached it.

Enter the Huawei Mate 9. After rumors of crazy-good specs, this was the device that had all the makings of becoming the best phablet in the world, and with the Samsung Galaxy Note7 out of the picture, the task appeared to be even easier. And while the Mate 9 is a very good phone, it will only be the best for some users: those who care deeply about battery life, fast charging and some niche features like black and white photography.  Read more…

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Nike's self-lacing sneakers are coming soon, but they're going to cost you … a lot

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The special edition Back to the Future style Nike Mag self-lacing sneakers are all gone, but you’ll soon be able to get the next best thing in the Nike HyperAdapt — if you pay the high price. 

Reports emerged Monday on social media that the HyperAdapt sneakers would cost a whopping $1,000. However, a Nike spokesperson has confirmed to Mashable that the sneakers will actually cost $720 and be released on Dec. 1, not Nov. 28, as some sources have been reporting. 

And while $720 is significantly lower than $1,000, the price still makes this one of the most expensive sneakers Nike has ever released. Apparently, Nike believes people will pay a premium for the self-lacing the technology embedded in an otherwise simple-looking shoe design.  Read more…

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Snapchat Spectacles review: Wearables have never been this cool

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You’d be forgiven if you looked at Snapchat’s — I’m sorry, Snap Inc.’s Spectacles and thought they were just another Google Glass

Both face wearables have a camera for hands-free video recording, after all. But the similarities stop there. Spectacles — aside from the whole camera-in-eyewear thing — couldn’t be more different and that’s why I think a lot of people are going to like them. 

Which is a good thing, because Google Glass was something only nerds found attractive. The public, what with all the bans and #glasshole shaming, sure as hell didn’t think Google Glass was cool.

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