Facebook cancels its annual developer conference amid coronavirus outbreak

Facebook cancels its annual developer conference amid coronavirus outbreak

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the opening keynote introducing new Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram privacy features at the Facebook F8 Conference at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on April 30, 2019.The conference was scheduled to take place on May 5 and 6 in McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

Facebook Bans Coronavirus Ad Scams

Facebook Bans Coronavirus Ad Scams

"We're taking steps to stop ads for products that refer to the coronavirus and create a sense of urgency, like implying a limited supply, or guaranteeing a cure or prevention," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement provided to TechNewsWorld by company representative Andrea Vallone.

Facebook Acquires the VR Studio Behind ‘Asgard’s Wrath’, Sanzaru Games

Facebook Acquires the VR Studio Behind ‘Asgard’s Wrath’, Sanzaru Games

And that’s likely the primary reason behind Facebook’s acquisition of Sanzaru Games; after years of investing in large projects which have honed the studio’s VR chops, Oculus Studios doesn’t want to risk a competitor coming in and snatching up all that talent for their own platform-exclusive content (much like what happened with Stormland developer Insomniac Games, which was acquired by Sony last year).

Welcoming Sanzaru Games to Facebook

Welcoming Sanzaru Games to Facebook

Sanzaru is a veteran game developer—having shipped games to multiple platforms in the past—as well as a VR pioneer: They’ve created four titles for the Oculus platform since 2016, when they were the first developer to partner with the Oculus Studios team (Ripcoil, VR Sports Challenge, MARVEL Powers United VR, Asgard’s Wrath).

Facebook Expects Coronavirus Will Make it Harder to Buy Oculus Quest

Facebook Expects Coronavirus Will Make it Harder to Buy Oculus Quest

United States Austria Belgium Canada Denmark Finland France Germany Iceland Italy Netherlands Norway Poland South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland Addressing the question of whether or not its safe to receive packages that originate in China in light of the virus, the World Health Organization advises:.

Months After Its Expected Launch, the ‘Oculus for Business’ Program is Still “Available Soon”

Months After Its Expected Launch, the ‘Oculus for Business’ Program is Still “Available Soon”

Back at the end of April, 2019, Oculus introduced “the new Oculus for Business” program, an enterprise-focused program which would see Oculus headsets sold with customized software aimed at large scale device management and business and commercial use-cases, along with specialized support and warranties.

‘Full augmented reality is a few years away’ said Mark Zuckerberg

‘Full augmented reality is a few years away’ said Mark Zuckerberg

‘Full augmented reality is a few years away,’ but Spark AR is a big focus for the company, according to Mark Zuckerberg during the Facebook Q4 2019 earnings call.

Know Your Enemy: The Difficulty of Defining Deepfakes

Know Your Enemy: The Difficulty of Defining Deepfakes

"From manipulating audio to creating misleading images, deepfakes foster the spread of disinformation as the end user typically doesn't know that the content or message is not real," he told TechNewsWorld.AI Tools Singled Out. Facebook's deepfakes ban singles out videos that use AI technology or machine learning to manipulate the content.

Tim Cook Subtly Dinged Mark Zuckerburg by Saying Augmented Reality Doesn't Isolate People Like Other Technologies

Tim Cook Subtly Dinged Mark Zuckerburg by Saying Augmented Reality Doesn't Isolate People Like Other Technologies

The Apple CEO seemed to criticize virtual reality technology, which Facebook has invested heavily in.And in a 2016 interview with Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Business Insider's parent firm Axel Springer, Zuckerberg pushed back against the idea VR could be isolating, saying "nothing could be further from the truth.".

Facebook to Kick Out Some Deepfakes

Facebook to Kick Out Some Deepfakes

Facebook on Monday promised to remove certain "misleading manipulated media": videos edited or synthesized in ways not apparent to an average person, which likely would mislead viewers to believe that video subjects said words they did not say; products of artificial intelligence or machine learning that merge, combine, replace, or superimpose content onto a video, creating a fake video that appears to be authentic.

Leaked Audio Reveals Zuckerberg Spinning Hard

Leaked Audio Reveals Zuckerberg Spinning Hard

The leaked audio reveals a man who is trying to put a confident and positive spin on the company's prospects in the face of negative press coverage, lawsuits, government fines and investigations, and consumer concerns, observed Donata Kalnenaite, president of Termageddon.

Samsung Debuts Sleek Galaxy Chromebook

Samsung Debuts Sleek Galaxy Chromebook

The premium 2-in-1 Chromebook combines sleek design and next-generation productivity features with a seamless user experience.For instance, the built-in pen lets you write, draw and navigate Galaxy Chromebook quickly and efficiently, much like the user experience with the Samsung Note smartphone.

EU Digital Czar to Probe Facebook's and Google's Data Wrangling

EU Digital Czar to Probe Facebook's and Google's Data Wrangling

"I don't know if there is an anti-American bias in the investigations, but the regulators seem to target the most successful Internet companies, and there is a strong correlation there with U.S. businesses," Castro observed.

2010 - 2019: Product of the Decade

2010 - 2019: Product of the Decade

It came down to Brian David Johnson's book, which defines many of the problems we had with technology in this decade, the Ooler, which helps me sleep (and sleep is incredibly important to me), and Deep Instinct, which is the most powerful AV product in the market currently.

Samsung's mysterious 'artificial human' project Neon creates lifelike AI

Samsung's mysterious 'artificial human' project Neon creates lifelike AI

Samsung has developed artificial intelligence avatars that are virtually indistinguishable from real humans, according to leaked footage of the firm’s secretive Neon project.The idea is to use these avatars within virtual reality worlds, meaning Facebook users could connect with friends and family in a three-dimensional social network.

To Control Its Destiny, Facebook Bets Big on Hardware

To Control Its Destiny, Facebook Bets Big on Hardware

In Burlingame, California, a small city about 15 miles north of Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters, a monument to the social media giant’s future ambitions is taking shape.

Facebook fails to convince lawmakers it needs to track your location at all times

Facebook fails to convince lawmakers it needs to track your location at all times

Facebook acknowledged it also targets ads based on the limited location information it receives when users turn off or limit tracking.Facebook doesn't allow users to turn off location-based ads, although it does allow users to block Facebook from collecting their precise location, the company wrote.

Facebook buys cloud-gaming startup

Facebook buys cloud-gaming startup

Facebook Inc. FB, +2.07% has acquired a Spanish startup focused on cloud delivery of video games, according to reports.A Spanish newspaper reported last week that Facebook was seeking to acquire the company for about 70 million euros, according to the CNBC report.

HBO is taking a crack at adapting Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash for TV

HBO is taking a crack at adapting Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash for TV

Photo: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto (Getty Images)Hollywood’s ongoing efforts to adapt every single book that some guy spent way too much time and energy recommending at you at a party in college continues apace today, with Deadline reporting that HBO has put a TV version of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash into development.

Adobe acquires 3D VR sculpting tool Medium from Facebook

Adobe acquires 3D VR sculpting tool Medium from Facebook

Adobe has picked up Facebook's Oculus-focused sculpting program Medium for an undisclosed sum, a move the Medium team says brings the tool out of strictly video games and to a wider creative audience.In the short term, nothing is changing for current Medium users.

Adobe Acquires Facebook’s ‘Oculus Medium’ VR Sculpting Tool

Adobe Acquires Facebook’s ‘Oculus Medium’ VR Sculpting Tool

Facebook today announced that Adobe—the company behind industry-leading creative tools like Photoshop, Premiere, and Substance—has acquired Oculus Medium, the company’s VR sculpting tool.

Oculus Go Beats Out Nintendo Switch & More as Amazon Top Seller

Oculus Go Beats Out Nintendo Switch & More as Amazon Top Seller

Apparently Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been good to Facebook this year, as Oculus Go has jumped far up the video games best sellers list on Amazon, beating out notable entries such as Nintendo Switch, Oculus Rift S, and Oculus Quest.

Facebook Acquires ‘Beat Saber’ Studio Beat Games

Facebook Acquires ‘Beat Saber’ Studio Beat Games

Concerning the moddablity of game, which is a cornerstone of its functionality on PC VR and to some extent also Quest, Verdu had this to say: We understand and appreciate the value that modding brings to Beat Saber when done so legally and within our policies.

Facebook buys VR studio behind Beat Saber

Facebook buys VR studio behind Beat Saber

Buying Beat Games and bringing it into the fold of Oculus Studios suggest Facebook may be interested in following the strategies Microsoft and Sony have employed as they’ve bought up small studios and funded new titles.

Facebook’s Sean Liu: we are at an inflection point of the VR industry

Facebook’s Sean Liu: we are at an inflection point of the VR industry

My team’s work focuses mainly on our hardware devices, like Quest, Rift S, and Oculus Go. Sean Liu (Image by Facebook) How have you started working in the VR field?

Facebook starts selling replacement Oculus Rift S cables

Facebook starts selling replacement Oculus Rift S cables

Facebook is now selling a replacement cable — but it’s pricey.Facebook no longer sells replacement cables for the original Oculus Rift, which has resulted in anger from long time owners of the 2016 headset at being put in that very situation.

VR would be "a really dark space right now" without Facebook's money

VR would be "a really dark space right now" without Facebook's money

VR would be "a really dark space right now" without Facebook's money At Reboot Develop Red, Chet Faliszek reflected on progress in the VR industry since he departed Valve.

Facebook’s DeepFovea AI promises power-efficient VR foveated rendering

Facebook’s DeepFovea AI promises power-efficient VR foveated rendering

Facebook’s Michael Abrash first hinted at the concepts underlying DeepFovea last year at Oculus Connect 5, suggesting that in the future — at some point in the next five years — deep learning-based foveation and good eye tracking would come together to enable higher-resolution VR headsets such as its prototype Half Dome.

John Carmack Steps Back from Oculus to Tackle True AI

John Carmack Steps Back from Oculus to Tackle True AI

The big news this time is that the tech guru is stepping back from his role as Chief Technology Officer at Facebook’s Oculus to work on his own project.While there, Carmack has undoubtedly driven the smart technology choices the company has made, including the new Oculus Quest.

Edward Snowden says Facebook is just as untrustworthy as the NSA

Edward Snowden says Facebook is just as untrustworthy as the NSA

The former NSA systems engineer said to better protect people from being exploited by the data collection of major tech companies, the US should have software liability laws.