Monday, 22 October, 2018

Online Backlash Mars Facebook Portal Smart Speaker Launch with Spotify, Pandora, iHeart

Facebook Introduces AR Enhanced Video Calling Devices Facebook launches Portal and Portal+ video call devices
Roberta Sherman | 12 October, 2018, 05:09

The Facebook video chat device, which represents Facebook's first push into the hardware market, is a mountable system that allows users to make video calls through Facebook Messenger app. Still, it's not clear what other kinds of data Facebook will collect about Portal users, such as geographic location, programming preferences or other behavior. "When you can't be there, Portal and Portal+ let you feel there", Facebook said in its statement. For the Portal is basically a device that comes with its own web cam as well as the display to make video calls.

I prefer to look at the opportunities on offer here. On the heels of last week's new Nearby Friends mapping feature announcement, Facebook revealed that they're following the leads of other tech giants such as Google and Snapchat and expanding into the hardware market with the announcement of their new Facebook video camera. And when there are more people in the room, the camera will automatically enlarge its field of view to 140-degrees to include all. The smart sound technology minimizes background noise and enhances the voice of whoever is talking, irrespective of wherever they are in the room. As you might expect, its main objective is to connect you with other Facebook users via Messenger; say "Hey Portal" to start a video call.

Both of the Portals are created to be used from a distance of between 5ft to 10ft (1.5m to 3m) - further than video calls are typically made from using smartphones and other computers.

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He described trade as "critical" to the lender's agenda and acknowledged that it has enabled millions of people to pave their way out of extreme poverty.

And it comes bundled with Amazon's voice interface Alexa, enabling users to shop or control household appliances.

To address privacy concerns, Facebook is taking pains to highlight the security features of Portal, including encrypted video calls and functions that run locally instead of on the company's servers. Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio tunes can all be streamed via voice commands, with Amazon's Alexa handling any shouted instructions, musical or otherwise (despite Portal competing with Amazon's Echo range and Amazon's music services not being integrated at launch).

Portal will be out in time for the holiday shopping season with a large screen version priced at $349. This has a much bigger 15-inch screen with a Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display.

Dow industrials sink 831 points as tech stocks plunge
Big moves in interest rates tend to unsettle investors, and they can also push them to sell stocks and buy bonds instead. The Nasdaq composite , which has a large contingent of technology stocks , was 4.1 percent lower at 7,422.05.

Now gadgets available for pre-order in the United States, and the mass deliveries will begin in November.

However, pointing an artificially intelligent camera into peoples' homes could well raise other privacy questions. The company has made technology tweaks to the Portal devices to guard people's privacy. This convenience has the possibility of connecting families and friends more often, which is an amazingly positive thing, given an increasingly geographically dispersed population.

Overall, your use for this device depends on a lot of variables.

Samsung Galaxy S10 will get the neural processor second generation
In total, we expect four Galaxy S10 phones next year, and three of them were inspected by a Chinese regulatory body . Samsung Galaxy S10 will be released in Black (black), White (white), Emerald Green (emerald green) and Pink (pink).

"We had always planned for a fall launch", Bosworth said.

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