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Facebook's Big Changes; Oculus Quest Review; Apple Earnings; Drone Life-Saving Delivery
 

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May 1 · Issue #178 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Facebook’s Big Changes; Oculus Quest Review; Apple Earnings; Drone Life-Saving Delivery

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A whole new Face. Facebook, the social media platform we love to hate and hate to love is getting a major redesign. Not only is it draining out all that blue, but the focus of both the mobile and desktop apps is changing to deemphasize the newsfeed in favor of groups and events. You’ll first see those changes in the mobile app as soon as this week. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed the changes during the F8 Facebook developers conference on Tuesday. That’s the same keynote where he promised to steer not only the products but the entire company into a privacy-first focus. Of course, he’s also doing things to make sure that as, potentially, advertising dollars diminish, the company still makes buckets of money by shoving commerce into places like Instagram and Messenger.
Facebook is redesigning its core app around the two parts people actually like to use - The Verge
Don’t like the redesign? Maybe you’ll let Facebook make your love connection.
Virtually the best. You know a product is good when the whole family wants to use it. That’s what’s been happening in my house since I brought home the new Oculus Quest VR headset. It’s a standalone virtual reality headset that still gives you the freedom to move around the room. The controllers are excellent, the titles are fun, and the image quality is very good. Read my full review for all the details.
Oculus Quest Is VR for Normal People – OneZero
TLDR. Here’s my 5-minute video review.
Apple dollars. The age of the iPhone is ending. Sort of. Apple still sells millions of iPhones each quarter, resulting in billions of dollars in revenue, but, as its Q2 earnings show, the wheels have come off that engine and it’s doing worse than treading water. In the meantime, services are killing it (as is wearables, which includes AirPods) and that bet Apple’s making on services seems more than canny. Does that means we’ll all sign up for News+, TV+ and Arcade this year? I don’t know, but Apple may be betting on it.
Apple Q2 2019 Earnings Show iPhone Business Stalling, But Services Expanding at Rapid Pace
A drone’s purpose. Not that long ago, Google’s Wing company got an FAA okay to deliver packages in rural America, and we know Amazon is itching to do the same. But the truth is drones can deliver a lot more than your latest pair of Air Jordans. In Baltimore, doctors used a drone to deliver a life-saving organ transplant. It was a first for the hospital after carrying out hundreds of hours of tests. It’s also a good reminder that tech innovation doesn’t just change habits, it can change (and maybe save) lives.
A drone delivered an organ to a transplant patient for the first time
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