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VANRATH Tech Roundup - 5th November 2021

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Facebook's metaverse plans labelled as 'dystopian' and 'a bad idea'

One of Facebook's earliest investors has labelled the social media giant's plans for a metaverse as "dystopian".

Meta, as Facebook is now known, is investing billions in the project.

Derry/Londonderry to have entirely zero-emission urban bus fleet by 2023

Announcing £30 million of funding for 38 battery powered vehicles on Wednesday, Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said it will make Derry/Londonderry one of the first cities in Ireland and Britain to have a fully zero-emission bus fleet when they go into service in 2023.

Facebook will shut down its facial recognition system amid growing concerns over the use of such technology

Facebook's facial recognition system will be shut down and faceprints will be deleted for over a billion people, the social media giant has announced.

The technology automatically identifies users in pictures and videos but Facebook has decided to remove it, citing increased concerns about its use.

COP26: Leaders agree global plan to boost green technology

More than 40 world leaders say they will work together to turbo-charge the uptake of clean technologies by imposing worldwide standards and policies.

The announcement will be made at the climate summit COP26 in Glasgow on Tuesday.

Green energy: Heating NI homes without fossil fuels

Fifty years after the last coal mine closed in Northern Ireland, fossil fuel is still powering most of our homes.

But a pilot scheme in County Fermanagh is trying out new, environmentally-friendly technology. The initiative involves six Housing Executive homes in Lisnaskea.