Facebook’s photo-sharing Moments app now supports video too

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Facebook’s Moments app was introduced last June as an easier way for people to share photos with their friends. Now a new update has widened Moments’ scope, adding support for video, as well as pictures. The app — available on iOS nd Android — scans through your smartphone’s photo roll using facial recognition technology to spot photos of specific pals, allowing you to automatically tag them without arduous busywork, and making it easier for you to share them directly with the people included in the picture.

Moments has capitalized on Facebook’s face recognition tech, but the new update doesn’t bring the feature to videos — instead you’ll need to manually add them to the slideshows the app creates from your pictures. Facebook has pushed…

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The Sword Art Online virtual reality MMO isn’t real

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Unfortunately, it turns out that IBM isn’t working on a full-on Sword Art Online MMO with Watson, SoftLayer, and virtual reality technology combining to render your own body in the game. News to that effect circulated last week, but as Road to VR points out, it was a misunderstanding brought on by the confusingly meta ties to Sword Art Online itself — the anime, manga, and novel series deals with futuristic VR MMO worlds, and IBM is playing off this for a marketing event.

The Verge asked IBM to confirm whether the game is a real MMO in development or a shorter standalone experience, and a spokesperson replied that “It is the latter, involving an event from March 18th to 20th, 2016 in Tokyo that will allow a select group of participants…

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