5 great things in tech today: Oculus Go, Facebook dating, Alexa for kids

Oculus Go

We're back with another batch of hot tech tales, fresh from the news oven and courtesy of our friends at TechRadar. In today's roundup, we've got news of a VR headset and dating app from Facebook, kid skills for the Amazon Echo, and a much-anticipated smartphone.

1. The Oculus Go is now on sale

The Oculus Go is Facebook's cut-down, lightweight VR headset – it doesn't offer the graphics or processing power of the Oculus Rift, but it costs a lot less and doesn't need to be wired up to anything, because all the necessary hardware is fitted inside. The headset, which goes up against the likes of Google's Daydream View and Samsung's Gear VR, was announced last year but has just gone on sale – yours for £199/$199 direct from Oculus.

2. Facebook wants to set you up on a date

Facebook dating

Facebook dating is announced

With over a billion users on its platform, Facebook reckons it has a pretty good chance of knowing who you'll be romantically compatible with, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg – and the social network has announced it's launching a dating service in the near future. It'll be opt-in, you can keep your dating and normal Facebook profiles separate, and you won't get matched with people you're already connected to as friends, Zuckerberg says.

3. Here's one last LG G7 ThinQ leak before its launch


The LG G6 from 2017

The LG G7 ThinQ is due to be revealed today at a press event, but in the meantime here's what might be the very last unofficial leak: some live photos of the phone in action. You can see the large 6.1-inch display, here without a notch (you can apparently hide it in the software), as well as the dual-lens camera around the back. Inside the phone we're expecting a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and plenty of internal storage space.

4. The Amazon Echo adds skills aimed at kids

Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo

If you've got kids and an Amazon Echo in the house then you've now got more ways of keeping them entertained (the children, not the smart speaker). Amazon is rolling out a bunch of child-safe skills to its userbase in the UK and US, including options like Pac-Man, Lego, and the Beano to choose from. Some of these work better than others as audio-only experiences, but they're all useful in helping the kids pass the time while they're at home.

5. The new B&O wireless headphones update a classic look for 2018

B&O Play Earset

The B&O Play Earset

In the market for a new pair of wireless headphones? The B&O Play Earset might be just what you're looking for – they're based on a design established by Anders Hermansen in the 1990s, and are specifically engineered for comfort (B&O says). You can change the position and rotation of each earbud, and we're assuming the sound quality is pretty good too with this brand behind them. The Earset launches today for a retail price of £269/$299.