9 great reads from CNET this week: Facebook’s Ray-Bans, broadband maps, foldable phones and more

They’re back. Smart glasses. Not the ones from Google and Snap that largely fizzled and faded from view many months and years ago. Now there’s a new pair of high-tech glasses that craves your attention: the awkwardly named Ray-Ban Stories from Facebook.

Priced at $299, the Facebook Ray-Bans can shoot photos and 30-second videos, play music and podcasts, and make calls, but don’t go looking for augmented reality. CNET’s Scott Stein got to wear them around, and he shares how these smart glasses feel and work in the real world. Queenie Wong, meanwhile, dives into some of the challenges the glasses face, not least the privacy issues that may give you pause.

Those stories are among the many in-depth features and thought-provoking commentaries that appeared on CNET this week. So here you go. These are the stories you don’t want to miss:   

Facebook wades into a privacy minefield as it focuses more on wearables.

Facebook Ray-Ban Stories 2021

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The Ray-Ban Stories are a fusion of Bose Frames and Snap Spectacles, with a big question mark for what comes after this first-gen attempt.

Facebook Ray-Ban Stories 2021

Josh Goldman/CNET

Wisconsin didn’t just reclaim a regional insult. They turned it into an icon.  

Wearing a cheesehead foam hat

Karisa Langlo/CNET

On my first date with my now-husband, we saw Children of Men. Fifteen years later, the movie seems so different. 

Clive Owen in Children of Men


LightBox has put together real estate data and info on Wi-Fi access points to show where coverage gaps exist across the US.

LightBox's map of broadband coverage across the US

Screenshot by Shara Tibken/CNET

TCL had vowed to introduce an affordable device in 2021. Now it won’t jump into the market for at least another year. 

TCL's Project Chicago foldable phone

Richard Peterson/CNET

Porsche’s groundbreaking Mission R concept has only just escaped from beneath its sheet, but already, we can’t help thinking about the future.  

Porsche Mission R concept


Commentary: Shows like Loki and What If… ? get all the hype, but the latest incarnation of Superman is filled with heart.

Superman, as portrayed by Tyler Hoechlin

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In which my mom and I drive home to Washington for the first time in ages.

Long-Term 2021 Acura TLX

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Facebook’s first smart glasses are the Ray-Ban Stories