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Facebook’s a Go on VR

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Facebook’s F8 conference kicked off yesterday in San Jose, CA.

There’s SO much info and new releases that was announced on the first day one could hardly keep up.

The ones that caught my eye:

Ability to clear your Facebook history.  This new feature will allow users to see the websites and apps that send FB info when you use them, and be able to both delete this info from your account and turn off FB’s ability to store it associated with your account going forward. Score one for privacy.

Facebooks New Dating Tool.  Facebook is building a feature for dating and relationships within the Facebook app. People will be able to create a dating profile that is separate from their Facebook profile, and potential matches will be recommended based on dating preferences, things in common, and mutual friends. IAC (Match.com’s holding company) stock plummeted 22% of this news. One likely step back on privacy.

Video Chat. Yeah, MeToo, but video chat will be available in Instagram Direct and will “empower one-on-one and group conversations.” That way, you can chat with your new friend from Facebook Dating before you meet them in meatspace.

Oculus Go. Oculus’ first standalone VR headset and already available globally starting at $199 for the 32 GB version, and $250 for the 64 GB version. At release, it has more than 1,000 apps, games and experiences, and after scanning review after review after review (from a variety of media) I’m diving in. Virtually speaking. The read is that this is the first real VR tool available to the masses at an aggressive price point that doesn’t put the majority of the load on either a smartphone or a computer.  This could well be the most important announcement at F8.

We’ll see what they have in store for day 2.

Written by turbotodd

May 2, 2018 at 10:27 am

Posted in 2018

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