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Lilbits: Facebook abandons facial recognition, Linux 5.15 released, Netflix games, Microsoft Edge for Linux, and more

Facebook is giving up on using face recognition in its app a decade after introducing the feature, and in the coming weeks Facebook’s parent company Meta says it will delete facial recognition templates for a billion different people. In other recent tech news from around the web, we have a deep-dive into performance of the […]

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Meta (formerly Facebook) may be making a smartwatch with a front-facing camera

Smartwatches have been a thing for nearly a decade at this point, letting users view notifications, control media playback, and occasionally even make phone calls Dick Tracy-style from their wrist. But one thing that hasn’t really taken off, despite the occasional attempt from one watch maker or another? Smartwatches with cameras. Now it looks like […]

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Lilbits: Teenage Engineering’s first PC chassis, Right to Repair, and Magic Eraser breaks free from the Pixel 6

Teenage Engineering is a company known for designing sleek-looking products including the company’s own audio products and synthesizers as well as designs for third-party hardware including the Playdate handheld game console, H smart speaker, and l-1 camera. Now the Swedish company has introduced its first PC chassis. The Computer-1 is a striking looking compact case […]

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Facebook is rebranding as Meta, retiring the Oculus brand

Facebook launched as a social network in 2004, but in the years since then the company has expanded into other territory including virtual reality, smart displays, and… other social apps like Instagram and WhatsApp. So at a time when Facebook is coming under a lot of scrutiny, it’s probably not a surprise that CEO Mark Zuckerberg […]

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Unlocked Oculus Go software released, making the VR headset hacker-friendly

As promised, Oculus has released an unlocked version of the operating system for the discontinued Oculus Go, which could breathe new life into the inexpensive virtual reality headset. You can find  a download link and installation instructions at the Oculus Developers blog. The unlocked Oculus Go OS has all the same features as the last […]

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Facebook Portal Go is a 10 inch smart display with a battery for use anywhere

Facebook’s new Portal Go is a smart display with a 10 inch HD display, support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, and a 12MP wide-angle smart camera for video calls. It’s also one of the first smart displays to feature a built-in battery, which means you aren’t tethered to one location. You can pick up the […]

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Ray-Ban Stories are smart glasses with built-in cameras, speakers… and Facebook for $299 and up

Smart Glasses have a somewhat storied history. Google Glass was largely a flop, outside of the enterprise market. Snapchat Spectacles generated a lot of buzz at first, but it’s fallen off in recent years (and they look funny). But Facebook and Ray-Ban are hoping things will be different with their new Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses. […]

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Facebook doubles the storage for the entry-level Oculus Quest 2 VR headset (128GB for $299)

The Oculus Quest 2 is a VR headset that that can be used as a standalone device or connected to a PC with an optional cable (sold separately). With a starting price of $299, it’s also one of the most affordable ways to get started with VR. Now Facebook has announced that it’s upgrading that […]

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Lilbits: LPDDR5X, Intel Tiger Lake-H for embedded devices, and new games for old Pebble watches

Low-power memory used in smartphones and some laptops could get a significant speed boost in the next year or so, thanks to the approval of a new LPDDR5X standard. Facebook is planning to launch a set of augmented reality glasses in partnership with Ray-Ban. And it looks like Intel has a bunch of Tiger Lake-H […]

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Lilbits: Leaks point to Surface Duo 2, Facebook watch, and a SiFive acquisition (maybe)

Chip designer SiFive is one of the leading companies producing processors based on the RISC-V instruction set, an open standard that’s designed as an alternative to proprietary chip architectures like x86 and ARM. But a new report suggests that several companies including Intel have expressed interest in buying and/or investing in the company, although nothing […]