Best Tech Stories from around the Web #90

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On the program this week : How Facebook sees the future of social virtual reality, Bentley wants to put a holographic butler in your car, AI is the new HR manager and Google gives its little-used beacon technology a security upgrade. Have a good reading!

How Facebook sees the future of social virtual reality by techrepublic.com

Facebook bought VR hardware maker Oculus in 2012 amid jokes of VR newsfeeds. Now, the company is talking about what social interactions in VR could really be like.

Bentley wants to put a holographic butler in your car by theverge.com

Bots and artificial intelligence are all the rage right now. Whether it's Siri or Cortana, computers are trying to take things off our plate and make life easier. Making life easier and more comfortable — and more luxurious — is what Bentley is about, too, and that's why the company is imagining what the future of automotive luxury might be like.

How AI can help companies recruit and hire the best employees by techrepublic.com
Broad Listening, an AI platform, analyzes the context of written text to help human resource offices strike the right tone when advertising positions and communicating with potential employees.

Google gives its little-used beacon technology a security upgrade by theverge.com

Beacons are a technological solution in search of a problem. Years ago, both Apple and Google hyped their beacon protocols — which use low-cost transmitters and Bluetooth Low Energy to track users' positions to within feet — but the technology has fallen by the wayside. Marketers were excited by the idea of delivering location-aware coupons and notifications to customers in shops, airports, and stadiums, but customers were less thrilled, especially if it meant having their location tracked constantly. Well, Google still thinks the technology has a future, and has released a security update for its beacon format that should help allay customers' fears about tracking.