New feature turns Facebook friends into DJs
January 13th, 2012
03:22 PM ET

New feature turns Facebook friends into DJs

By John D. Sutter, CNN

(CNN) - You gotta love another opportunity to put your friends to work.

This week Facebook announced a new feature that lets you see what music your friends are listening to and then - this is the new part - listen right along with them. That may sound kinda blah on first read, but think of it this way: You can turn your friends into your own personal DJs, listening right along with their playlists and chatting about it as you go.

The feature leans heavily on Spotify, the free music-streaming service that came to the U.S. in July and has gotten a huge boost in popularity from the fact that it integrates so closely with Facebook's platform. You've probably noticed Facebook posts like "John is listening to Beyonce" or "Doug is listening to Rihanna" (hey, we like a party) popping up in your news feed. FULL POST

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Augmented reality and the future of driving
January 13th, 2012
09:58 AM ET

Augmented reality and the future of driving

By Brandon Griggs, CNN

Las Vegas (CNN) - Imagine a future in which icons flash on your car windshield, hologram style, as your car approaches restaurants, stores, historic landmarks or the homes of friends.

Simply point your hand at them, and the icons open to show real-time information: when that bridge over there was built, what band is playing at that nightclub on the left, whether that new café up the street has any tables available. Wave your hand again, and you've made a restaurant reservation.

Mercedes-Benz showed off this vision of the future of driving - complete with augmented-reality and gesture-controlled features - this week at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

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