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Facebook's chat device, Microsoft's Surface upgrade programToday's biggest tech stories include word that Facebook is designing a video chat device, Microsoft's Surface upgrade program and Google's new image search labelling and badging feature.
This is CNET, and here are the stories that matter right now. Rumors have begun to swirl that Facebook is developing a video chat device with a 13 or 15 inch touchscreen and a wide angle lens that can scan people's faces and objects. Which falls in line with the companies desire to enter the hardware business. According to Bloomberg the gadget will also have some kind of AI component built in. Microsoft is set to introduce a new buy and upgrade program called Surface Plus. Targeted at students, educators and businesses, the program allows for payment of Surface items on a 24 month payment schedule but then allows for an upgrade only after 18 months. Which then starts a new cycle. And finally, Google has started testing a feature in image search results that adds labels or badges to images for better comprehension. The icons will note links, GIFs and other kinds of relevant information. It's all meant to improve productivity and a better search experience. You can look for the changes to go live now. Now. [MUSIC] You can save today with the latest by downloading the CNet tech today app in the Apple or Google Play store.