This Week in Tech and Science: November 25, 2015

Facebook’s M, PS2 emulation on the PS4, Samsung’s Gear VR and more.

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Facebook’s M, PS2 emulation on the PS4, Samsung’s Gear VR and more.

On the Radar


The Latest in Tech and Science News


Peeking Behind Facebook’s M

With Facebook’s 1.01 billion daily active users, there’s potential to help a lot of people. Enter M, the network’s AI-driven virtual assistant, which may very well change the nature of personal service in the decades ahead.

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A Different Kind of Family Playlist

Months after Netflix said that it’d give all new parents, either conceiving or adopting, a year of paid leave, Spotify has boosted its own figure to six months. Plus, you’ll be able to ease back into your job at half-time.

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Samsung’s $99 Gear VR

The future of VR and AR has yet to be fulfilling, but if Samsung’s lauded Gear VR is any indication of where it’s going, we’re in for some exciting times.

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PS4 Hearts PS2

Sony has confirmed that it’s working to bring PlayStation 2 emulation to its current PlayStation 4 console. Great news, of course, but do we really have to beg for PS3 compatibility as well?

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Reviews and Guides


Advice from the Crew


Ford Focus ST, Tweaked

Is there a hotter hatch hiding anywhere? Doubtful. We take a ride in the performance-oriented Focus, further enhanced with a $1,900 Ford Performance Mountune upgrade. Read the Review

Winter Cometh, Cycling Continueth

Lightweights typically hang their cycle up and hit the stationary bike when winter shows its teeth, but not you. To cope, we’ve taken a look at four outdoor cycling kits to keep you turning in bitter conditions. Read the Review


Noteworthy Reads


Stories from Around the Web


For reasons we probably don’t want to know, Pepsi — yes, the sugary cola company — has launched a cheap phablet in China.

By and large, Apple has trumped everyone else in the smartphone photography arena. Samsung’s BRITECELL tech, which makes magic happen in low-light, may just change that when it appears in the next-gen Galaxy.

As the streaming music universe begins to consolidate, Pandora has announced that it’ll acquire key assets from Rdio, which simply couldn’t figure out a way to differentiate itself to turn a profit.


Looking Ahead


What We’re Testing Now


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