Facebook wants to know which of your friends you’d like to date, there’s a new wireless VR headset, and we’re teaching you how to land a plane in an emergency. Here’s the news you need to know in two minutes or less.
Facebook wants to connect you with your Secret Crush
At Facebook’s developer conference, the company announced a new feature: Secret Crush. Secret Crush will allow Facebook Dating users to select up to nine friends they want to express interest in. It’s kind of like matching on Tinder or Bumble, but it’s your actual friends. You’ll get a notification if someone adds you to their secret crush list, but you won’t know who it is unless you also happened to add them to yours. Facebook says it won’t use Secret Crush data to inform advertising, for now. It’s currently available only in countries where Facebook Dating is (sorry, Americans).
The first completely wireless VR headset is here
While VR has progressed rapidly over the past few years, they haven’t been able to shed the trip-able cords that tether them. But Oculus Quest is here to change that. With wireless goggles, wireless hand controllers, and a $399 price tag, the revolutionary new product ships on May 21. Oh, and if you attended Facebook’s F8 conference today, Mark Zuckerberg gave you one for free.
Facebook might also look a little different, and act a little different, too
To mark this new era of privacy, Facebook also announced its plan to make messaging across Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger end-to-end encrypted, so no one can read your messages but you. There will also be a subtle redesign of Facebook itself that will place more emphasis on groups. But these are all just coats of paint on the foundation of change Zuckerberg is promising. “A few years ago, we probably would have just rolled this out and then tried to adjust and address issues as they came up,” Zuckerberg said. “Now we’re going out and consulting with experts and trying to make sure that we get this balance right.”
Have you ever thought about what you would do if something happened to the pilot of a plane you were on, and you had to fly it to save the day? A useful guide to your initial actions if you’re in such a pickle is a simple mnemonic called ANC: Aviate, Navigate, Communicate. Alternatively, just read this excerpt from a pilot who tells you exactly what you should do. You never know, it might save your life.
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