This week’s top stories: HomePod’s ‘ring’ problem, Apple Watch helps save a life, Facebook’s spyware on iOS, more

In this week’s top stories: Another pesky text bug on iOS and macOS, more thoughts on the HomePod, Apple Watch helps save yet another life, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories.. Spigen TEKA RA200 Airpods Earhooks Cover This week, we highlighted another life-saving Apple Watch story. Apple’s wearable was credited with saving the life of a 24-year-old and her daughter who … Continue reading This week’s top stories: HomePod’s ‘ring’ problem, Apple Watch helps save a life, Facebook’s spyware on iOS, more

Facebook’s Quill app gets key update for VR creators

Facebook’s VR app Quill is getting a major update with animation tools that can bring hand-made creations to life. Quill was born during the development of Dear Angelica, an immersive story which puts you in a series of 3D scenes sketched in VR by hand. You can move through these scenes listening to audio which completes the impactful storytelling experience. But the Quill-based work, which was nominated for … Continue reading Facebook’s Quill app gets key update for VR creators

Facebook’s fake war on fake news

They’re not specifically saying this has anything to do with stopping the spread of fake news from virulent racists, politically active conspiracy theorists, or propaganda farms successfully goading our country into tearing itself apart. No, because that would indicate they’ve identified the problem. Instead, Facebook says this notable change to the News Feed — its cash cow fed by your attention — is to make … Continue reading Facebook’s fake war on fake news

Facebook’s Hugo Barra says standalone headsets are key to social VR

“This is a product category that will help us bring the most number of people into VR and really start unlocking these opportunities for social presence,” said Barra. “It’s the idea of having a completely self-contained product that you can just put on and start using it. You can do everything in one step.” “Everything is integrated together in one device,” he continued. “That is … Continue reading Facebook’s Hugo Barra says standalone headsets are key to social VR

Facebook’s ban of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov means it is selectively adhering to US sanctions — Quartz

When the US banned Ramzan Kadyrov, the Instagram-loving Chechen strongman, from entering the country under a sanctions law in December 2017, Facebook also blocked him from its platforms. The company said it did so to comply “legal obligations” imposed by the US government. But Facebook has not booted other people who were put on sanctions lists by the US under various laws, including at least … Continue reading Facebook’s ban of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov means it is selectively adhering to US sanctions — Quartz