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The Oculus Rift PCs you were looking for are finally here

Oculus Rift PC Requirements

Facebook’s Oculus Rift has been available for preorder for weeks, but you should know the virtual reality headset does have some hardware requirements when it comes to the PC that’s supposed to bring all that VR content to your eyes. And your computer might simply not be good enough for what the Oculus Rift needs.

Thankfully, you’ll soon be able to preorder Oculus Rift PC bundles. And if you have preordered your Oculus Rift headset, you’re going to receive a discount on the next PC purchase.

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Chris Smith

February 10th

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France Demands Facebook Stop Tracking Non-Users and Sending Data to US 

French authorities are not impressed with Facebook: The nation’s data protection authority has told the social network that it has just three months to stop tracking the browsing of non-users.

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Jamie Condliffe

February 9th

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PSA: Switching from the Facebook app to Safari can boost iPhone battery life by up to 15%

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If your iPhone battery struggles to make it through a full day, and you don’t want to add an ugly hump to your device, Guardian tech writer Samuel Gibbs has found that deleting the Facebook app and using Safari instead can boost battery life by up to 15%.

Gibbs spent a week comparing battery usage when using the app against a week using Facebook’s mobile site in Safari, finding that he averaged 15% more remaining battery life at the end of each day. He recruited a bunch of others to repeat the experiment, with similar results reported.

A simple tip means that you don’t even sacrifice much convenience by doing so …

Gibbs created a Safari shortcut for Facebook to place on his homescreen in place of the app, retaining the convenience of one-tap access to the service.

You can even place a shortcut to Facebook in Safari on the homescreen that looks almost identical to the app’s icon (the white is a little less bright but you need eagle eyes to see). The only restriction was the Share-to function, which does not exist for websites, meaning that to share photos I had to manually hit the “post photos” button on the mobile site.

Battery usage by the Facebook app ran amok last year even when sleeping, an issue the company later resolved, but the app remains one of the biggest battery drains, and this experiment shows just how much difference it can make.

iPhone 6s/Plus users would, though, lose the convenience of the 3D Touch features added last month, as well as video broadcasting for U.S. users.

Apple launched an official Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6/6ss back in December for $99. Third-party battery cases are available for a range of iPhone models from around $35.


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February 8th

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Facebook’s Free Basics Banned For Good in India

Late last year, the Indian government temporarily banned Facebook’s free Basics program over net neutrality concerns. Now, it’s banned for good.

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Jamie Condliffe

February 8th

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The British Are Coming (For Google and Facebook Data on American Servers)

The US and UK are currently holding secret meetings with the hopes of making it easier for police and spy agencies to access emails and other electronic data held by private companies on both sides of the Atlantic, the Washington Post reports.

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Matt Novak

February 5th

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List of most popular iOS and Android apps is dominated by Facebook and Google

Most Popular Smartphone Apps

Whether you're an iPhone user or partial to Android, one thing smartphone users across the board can enjoy equally is an absolutely endless selection of apps. Today, both the Google Play Store and Apple's App Store each house more than 1.5 million applications. Even better, the days of top applications being exclusive to one platform or the other appear to be winding down.

That said, if we look at a list of the most popular apps, it quickly becomes apparent that the mobile app experience is still dominated by big time players.

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Yoni Heisler

February 5th

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List of most popular iOS and Android apps is dominated by Facebook and Google

Most Popular Smartphone Apps

Whether you're an iPhone user or partial to Android, one thing smartphone users across the board can enjoy equally is an absolutely endless selection of apps. Today, both the Google Play Store and Apple's App Store each house more than 1.5 million applications. Even better, the days of top applications being exclusive to one platform or the other appear to be winding down.

That said, if we look at a list of the most popular apps, it quickly becomes apparent that the mobile app experience is still dominated by big time players.

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Yoni Heisler

February 5th

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Don’t Believe Facebook’s Claim That ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ Is Bogus

Today, a Facebook post revealed that each Facebook user is an average of only 3.57 connections away from all users on the site. That by itself is interesting, but instead, Facebook’s comparing it to the popular theory of six degrees of separation—presenting its user base and the general population as two groups that, hell, may as well be considered one in the same!

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Bryan Lufkin

February 4th

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Facebook Is Shutting Down Medical Marijuana Dispensary Pages For Some Mysterious Reason

New Jersey marijuana dispensaries say Facebook has unfairly banned their business pages. The fight highlights how inconsistent Facebook’s policy towards prescription drugs is.

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Kate Knibbs

February 4th

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Facebook Is Shutting Down Medical Marijuana Dispensary Pages For Some Mysterious Reason

New Jersey marijuana dispensaries say Facebook has unfairly banned their business pages. The fight highlights how inconsistent Facebook’s policy towards prescription drugs is.

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Kate Knibbs

February 4th

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