Facebook announces Portal, Portal

Facebook Introduces AR Enhanced Video Calling Devices

With video chat at the core of the product, Facebook isn't pushing Portal's music and entertainment capabilities quite as much as the makers of rival devices - especially Apple - though that doesn't mean streaming music isn't being integrated. Portal you can use your voice to start a call, control device settings like volume, and more. Julia Stead, vice president of marketing at analytics provider Invoca, says the product release shows that "the lines continue to blur between traditional voice-based platforms (landlines, mobile phones) and the vast array of options today, from digital video communication (FaceTime, Skype) to AI-powered voice bots (Alexa, Google Home, in-car voice assistants)".

Managing Facebook Portal And Portal+. But pointing an artificially intelligent camera into peoples' homes could well raise other privacy questions. The Portal comes in two sizes, priced at $199 and $349, and lets people make video calls to contacts on Facebook or its Messenger chat app.

Christopher Mims, tech columnist at The Wall Street Journal, equated Portal to the "Telescreen" from George Orwell's "1984." Others saw the gadget's appeal - but not if it comes from Facebook. But the newspaper also suggested some potential buyers might be turned off by Facebook's damaged privacy reputation after a hacking attempt last month and the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year. More recently, Facebook revealed that hackers managed to pierce its security to break into 50 million accounts.

Mark Zuckerberg noticed that everyone is talking about how Facebook Portal is eavesdropping on their conversations and he chose to make the following statement: "Facebook Portal doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls".

Users can completely disable the camera and microphone with a single tap.

In addition to video calls, meanwhile, Portal will also support Spotify Premium and iHeartRadio, as well as Facebook Watch, Food Network, and Newsy, with more in the works. But, according to a few folks who reacted to the news, Alexa may not be enough to overcome the lack of trust some people have for the way Facebook has handled their data. Still, there are other, less direct possibilities for the future.

"For added security, Smart Camera and Smart Sound use AI technology that runs locally on Portal, not on Facebook servers". He wants virtual reality to be open for everyone in order to socialize since that's a key to get people to stick with the AR, VR space over time. The Portal conversations stay between you and the people you're calling.

Then there's the issue of Facebook introducing a device with a camera that can pivot around a room to follow the user.

The smaller Portal is an Amazon Echo Show style device, with a giant display size of 10.1-inch and resolution of 1280×800 pixels and 10W dual speakers. The only time when the Portal only sends your voice commands to the Facebook servers, when you use the phrase Hey Phrase.

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