Ikea’s Bluetooth speaker with Spotify Tap is also a lamp

Ikea’s Bluetooth speaker with Spotify Tap is also a lamp

Ikea’s Vappeby Bluetooth speaker just leaked courtesy of an FCC filing. And because it’s Ikea, this mushroom-shaped speaker with an IP65 rating — which means it’ll resist dust, rain, and low pressure jets of water — also features an integrated 20 lumen (2700K) bulb to pull double-duty as a portable lamp. But that’s not the … Read more

Sony’s impressive WH-1000XM4s fall back to an all-time low of $248

Steve Dent

All products recommended by Leak Herald are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Sony’s WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones received one of Leak Herald’s highest review scores ever thanks to the … Read more

The Pixel 6 might start at a relatively affordable $599

The Pixel 6 might start at a relatively affordable $599

The Pixel 6’s price could start at $599 with 128GB of storage, while the 128GB Pixel 6 Pro could start at $898, according to early US pricing at Target stores spotted by M. Brandon Lee and Evan Lei. Lei posted a photo of pricing already displayed on Target’s shelves, while Lee has images of the … Read more

UK schools are using facial recognition to take pupils’ lunch money

UK schools are using facial recognition to take pupils’ lunch money

A group of nine schools in the UK have started using facial recognition to verify children’s payments for school meals. The schools in North Ayrshire in Scotland claim that using the technology is faster and more hygienic than taking payments using cards or fingerprint scanners, but privacy advocates warn that the move is normalizing biometric … Read more

‘Squid Game’ documents may show how Netflix rates the success of its content

Steve Dent

Netflix has always closely guarded the exact streaming metrics that may reveal why programs are considered a success… or cancelled. That black box cracked open a bit with documents obtained by Bloomberg detailing the company’s scores for “impact value” and “efficiency.” An example of that is Squid Game, which generated $891.1 million in impact value … Read more

Facebook will add 10,000 jobs in Europe to help build virtual worlds

Jon Fingas

If Facebook is going to become a “metaverse company,” it’s going to need talent — and more of that talent is on the horizon. The social network has unveiled plans to add 10,000 “high-skilled” jobs across the European Union over five years to build its virtual and augmented reality experiences. The recruiting drive will hire … Read more

UK schools will use facial recognition to speed up lunch payments

Jon Fingas

Facial recognition may soon play a role in your child’s lunch. The Financial Times reports that nine schools in the UK’s North Ayrshire will start taking payments for canteen (aka cafeteria) lunches by scanning students’ faces. The technology should help minimize touch during the pandemic, but is mainly meant to speed up transaction times. That … Read more

Tesla starts delivering refreshed Model X to customers

Jon Fingas

Tesla delivered its redesigned Tesla Model S interior in early 2021, and now Model X buyers are finally getting their turn. Electrek and TMC forum member Sunnyvaletree report that Tesla has started delivering the revised Model X to customers, holding at least one event to mark the occasion. As you might guess, this effectively drags … Read more

Facebook claims hate speech visibility dropped 50 percent in nine months

Jon Fingas

Facebook is responding to whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony by attempting to shift the narrative on hate speech. Integrity VP Guy Rosen has posted a defense of the social network’s anti-hate measures where he argued the declining visibility of hate speech mattered more than the mere existence of that content. The “prevalence” (aka visibility) of hate … Read more