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Technobyte: Facebook's virtual reality future on the cards says Zuckerberg

At last week's Facebook F8 conference in San Jose, Mark Zuckerberg doubled down on his crazy ambitious 10-year plan for the company, first revealed in April 2016.

Basically, Zuckerberg's uses this roadmap to demonstrate Facebook's three-stage game plan in action: First, you take the time to develop a neat cutting-edge technology. Then you build a product based on it. Then you turn it into an ecosystem where developers and outside companies can use that technology to build their own businesses.

When Zuckerberg first announced this plan last year, it was big on vision but short on specifics.

On Facebook's planet of 2026, the entire world has internet access — with many people likely getting it through Internet.org, Facebook's connectivity arm.

Zuckerberg reiterated this week that the company is working on smart glasses that look like your normal everyday Warby Parkers. And underpinning all of this, Facebook is promising artificial intelligence good enough that we can talk to computers as easily as chatting with humans. www.businessinsider.com

This week I have been playing around with the Coda wireless audio products that include a wireless speaker, wireless headphones, and wireless earbuds.

They come into a market very competitively priced with the wireless headphones selling for R699. These audio products won’t break the bank and they offer good value for what they deliver but if you are fussy about sound you will need to save up. www.zagg.com

Several teams of researchers at USC have joined forces for a study aimed at detecting vital signs to help stem conflicts in couples before they occur.

Couples were brought into the lab, equipped with wearable sensors, given smartphones for recording data and sent out on their way. The wearables, which captured body temperature, heart activity, and sweat, were coupled with assessments of audio recordings, used to detect the content and intensity of speech.

A machine learning developed by the team was apparently able to capture episodes of conflict with an accuracy rate of up to 86-percent. techcrunch.com

Take a listen below to what Aki Anastasiou about this week's tech innovations:


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