Facebook launches Portal and Portal+ video call devices
11 October, 2018, 23:31
Nick Fell, marketing director for the Portal team, said, "We set out to try and make video calling so good that it feels like you're sharing the same physical space as someone else." .
The company, which saw its trust ranking collapse in the 2018 FutureBrand Index, was at pains to explain the security features in its announcement for the device which is yet to have an Australian release date. The camera on the device also comes with a lens cover so that users can block the video capability but still receive incoming calls and notifications while using other voice command functions. It has a 7-inch display, and is priced at only 699 yuan (US$102), and let users made video calls and access Baidu's video platform iQiyi.
"It's been a big shift for the company", Facebook's vice president of consumer hardware Andrew Bosworth told AFP before the launch of "Portal".
Users can completely disable the camera and microphone with a single tap.
Just like smart speakers, Portal is Alexa powered and the cue word to communicate will be "Hey Portal".
The Portal boasts a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display.
The Facebook Portal, shipping in November, is now available for preorders through the device's official website, with the Portal going for $199 and the Portal+ selling at $349.
Portal can also play music through Spotify and Pandora, play Facebook Watch videos, and cycle through photos in selected albums. The product, dubbed as Portal, can be used to call other Portal users as well as anyone who is connected via Facebook or Facebook Messenger.
While FacebookPortal might seem like the best smart speaker available on the market, no one can blame people for not wanting it in their homes. For the Portal is basically a device that comes with its own web cam as well as the display to make video calls.
Facebook has revealed two new video communication devices which it claims simplifies video calling. The company has been working on video conference hardware for some time but made a decision to put the project on hold earlier this year because of public outrage about Facebook's data-privacy practices.
Geoffrey Fowler, a reporter from Washington Post, wrote that "the Portal is a sleek new video camera and screen that makes chats with family and friends look great".
Reports indicate that it is unlikely that Portal becomes the next Alexa; however, if the device is widely successful like Amazon's, the company might be able to take the breath of fresh air it's been craving.
The page notes that Google Home now allows users to "play at 2x speed", "play slower/faster", or "play at half the speed". But the big difference, for now, I guess, is its new dashboard view, which mimics the new Google Home app on mobile.
F-35 combat jets was grounded to investigate engine problems that may have caused a Marine Corps plane crash last month. The temporary suspension of flight operations will also impact global partners, such as Israel, that have the F-35.
While heavy rain is expected to continue into the Saturday, the wind is now believed to ease off by Friday evening. The warning for Cork and Kerry is valid from Thursday 11 October 2018 22:00 to Friday 12 October 2018 09:00.
The battery on the smartphone is a 3500mAh unit which sounds promising, and it charges over micro USB, but no fast charging here. The model featuring 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage will be made available, but its pricing is yet to be revealed.
What the Hurricane Center has been predicting has come to pass - Hurricane Michael has strengthened into a major hurricane. Smith near the vulnerable coast said his deputies had gone door to door in some places urging people to evacuate.
USA stocks are plunging toward their worst loss in six months on Wednesday as technology companies continue to take sharp losses. The CAC 40 in France dropped 2.1 percent, Germany's DAX lost 2.2 percent and the FTSE 100 in London fell 1.3 percent.
With four cameras on the rear glass case, Samsung is touting this device as the ideal offering for the Instagram generation. The Galaxy A9 has a 6.3-inch full HD AMOLED display that's edge to edge but with narrow bezels on the top and bottom.
Before he was confirmed, Christine Blasey Ford publicly came forward to accuse the judge of sexual assault decades ago. His brother, Jon Hanson , let Twitter know that he may never let his brother live the " ridiculous " tweet down.
The pre-lunch meeting was also attended by former US football player Jim Brown and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner . Trump said Wednesday. "There are people in jail for really long terms", Trump said in an interview with Fox News.
Witnesses said that within minutes a rush of water and mud from an overflowing creek had buried cars and torn down trees. Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal , who is from Mallorca, helped residents clear mud from their houses in Sant Llorenc.
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Where Is Hurricane Michael Right Now?
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Global stocks tumble after Trump 'crazy' Fed comment
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