Newsletter: Facebook’s Downvote Button For Users Down Under & Apple Enters VR With 16K Headset

Newsletter: Facebook’s Downvote Button For Users Down Under & Apple Enters VR With 16K Headset

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Technology is notorious for engrossing people so much that they don’t always focus on balance and enjoy life at the same time.” ~ Paul Allen

FACEBOOK DOWNVOTE BUTTON COMING TO NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIA

THE STORY

Now some users in Australia and New Zealand will get Downvote button on Facebook.

WHEN IS IT COMING?

Facebook’s Downvote button has been in testing for a while. In February, trial of the feature began. Now, Facebook is expanding the horizon and letting more users use it. The trial seems to have a positive response that’s why Facebook is rolling out the feature to some users in Australia and New Zealand.

According to Facebook, the test was meant for New Zealand but people in Australia seem to be able to use the feature. As per reports, the downvote appears on specific public pages created in Australia and also only on Facebook app.

WHAT FACEBOOK HAS TO SAY?

According to a Facebook representative, Users look forward to more engaging and constructive public discussions with people of different opinions.

The company’s representative said, “To that end, we’re running a small test in New Zealand which allows people to upvote or downvote comments on public Page posts. Our hope is that this feature will make it easier for us to create such spaces, by ranking the comments that readers believe deserve to rank highest, rather than the comments that get the strongest emotional reaction.”

The reason for testing this feature is quite logical as given options available for reaction are not enough. As Facebook’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg mentioned, “Not every moment is a good moment.” when the company released emojis other than like sad, wow, angry.


APPLE IS SUPPOSEDLY WORKING ON VR HEADSETS

THE STORY

Apple is working on VR headsets to compete with Google, Facebook and Microsoft

IS IT TRUE?

Earlier the speculations were Apple making augmented reality glasses. However according to the new rumor, Apple is supposedly working on Virtual reality space also. The reason for the same is to challenge the pre-existing devices by Google, Facebook and Microsoft.

According to some reports, Apple is planning to launch the wireless headset in 2020. The wireless headset will be a combination of AR and VR technologies. A further report has also mentioned that the headset will incorporate an 8K display for each eye, connected to a “box” wirelessly.

Since the news broke, there are a lot of assumptions in the market for Apple’s ongoing project. Some say that Apple is working on AR technologies, might not concentrate on entertainment-focused VR.

However, there is lately a technology called Mixed Reality which has emerged and so people have also assumed that Apple would use AR and VR technology in its product. Now the motive of Apple acquiring Vrvana seems to be clear as the acquired company was working on the same technique when Apple made the move.

If this rumor is true that it is a challenge for Apple and making it happen is going to take a lot of efforts and outcome could be bulky.

WHAT COULD THE DEVICE COMPRISE OF?

The device will work on technology which consists of micro LEDs to get 8K images per eye. Making this technology work could be money draining and stupefying. Before launching the device and getting profits out of it, there are many other phases that it needs to pass. The testing phase would need high-end GPUs tethered together. Moreover, according to various report that surfaced, the headsets would be wireless and connected to an external system with Apple-designed chip.

The company has opened a secret manufacturing facility for the display type, which has an incisive use case in head-mounted displays where tight pixel densities have more significance due to the lenses and physical distance from your eyes.

Well, the device is set to launch in 2020, however two years is a long time, therefore we can expect changes in plans as well.
Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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