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This week, Plugged In drank something it found under the bed and is now substantially hairier.

Sometimes, pals, a meme stumbles upon a core life truth. This is one of them:

Screenshot 2021-09-10 at 12.27.13Truly, this represents the dichotomy of the human spirit.

 

I'm bringing this up for a simple reason: Facebook has partnered with Ray-Ban and released a pair of smart glasses.

I use the term "smart" loosely, because, really, they're just some Ray-Ban frames with cameras on.

E-0Yb9CWEAIv8ZsTold you.

 

From one perspective, this is badass. I've always liked the idea of the Snap Spectacles, but they look a bit, well, lame.

But these Ray-Bans? I'd wear the holy shit out of them. And I love the idea of easily snapping photos and videos on-the-go without having to pull out your phone.

There's a fatal flaw though. Specifically, the fact they're made in conjunction with the worst company I know: the Prince of Privacy Violation, the Don of Data Theft... Facebook.

giphy-Sep-10-2021-10-35-31-09-AMEnjoy this livestream from Facebook's board room.

 

Giving that company access to a pair of cameras on your head is akin to smearing yourself in blood and offal, leaping into a shark tank, and thinking everything is going to be fine.

This whole saga makes me ache for more innocent days when a product like this could be made by an independent company with no ulterior motive — other than being RAD.

And no, that doesn't include Snapchat.

Instead, this Ray-Ban collaboration is clearly a strategy by Facebook to normalize us wearing cameras, so it can hoover up that data and use it to sell us ads.

I want these smart glasses, but I won't ever buy them.

Truly, the worst company I know has made a great thing. And it's heartbreaking. 

News you need

I AM NOTHING BUT A DATA SOURCE WITHIN A MEATSACK.

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The iPhone 13 event is happening NEXT DAMN WEEK OH MY GOD WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?

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Damn, LG went and developed a new material that fixes those dumb creases in foldables.

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The Apple Watch Series 8 is reported to have a temperature sensor on it. For measuring your body heat. The future is wild, friends.

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Those pesky Germans want your phone to be supported for 7 years. Will someone PLEASE think of the billionaires?!?!?

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Yo, you need to know about the H.266 video standard. 

A review you're required to read

Want some AirPods Pro? But hate Apple? And spending shit tons of cash.

Then we've got something you may like: the OnePlus Buds Pro.

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These $150 true wireless earbuds have ANC, are IP55 water and dust resistant, and have excellent sound quality.

If that sounds like your jam, go and check out our review of the OnePlus Buds Pro RIGHT HERE.

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Look who's taking the stage...

Same ad as the last two weeks? Yeah sorry, too lazy to change it.

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And that's exactly why we're proud to introduce Neural at TNW Conference, featuring an amazing speaker list with people who work and create in a variety of domains.

From Unity's Danny Lange — a legend in the gaming industry — to Shopify's Ella Hilal, we're hosting some of the AI/ML community's most important thinkers. Come see them — virtually or in person — at our two-day tech festival on Sept 30 and Oct 1.

Here's a cool thing (also, cya)

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Today, we have a FIRST!

You guessed it: I'm recommending you go and spend the next 45 minutes or so watching the three YouTube videos in the Ogmios School of Zen Motoring series.

Long story short, these are edited bits of dashcam footage from a man called Ogmios who drives around North London and narrates what he sees on in ASMR tones.

That description doesn't do this ART justice though.

These videos are funny, interesting, and relaxing in equal measure. Episode 2 is probably my favorite, so I suggest you start there.

Now, excuse me, I need to go and rewatch them all again.

Tell your enemies all about Plugged In. I'll see the rest of you jabronis later.

callum

Peas & Louvre,

Callum.

(Find me on Twitter here and on Instagram here).

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