Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Facebook Launches Video Calling Portals

Facebook Introduces AR Enhanced Video Calling Devices Facebook launches Portal and Portal+ video call devices
Sandy Mccarthy | 11 October, 2018, 23:30

The company worked with a United States film director to make the camera movements feel natural, said Mr Nick Fell, marketing director for the Portal team.

How do the Portals work? Also the Portal cameras don't use facial recognition to identify who you are. 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 Portal costs $199 and has a 720p screen resolution that stays fixed in a horizontal oriented with a speaker. While the social network has experience in making hardware with its $2 billion acquisition of Oculus, the maker of virtual reality (VR) headsets, Facebook's HTC smartphone released in 2013 was deemed a flop. Some are for comedic effect - for instance putting cat hats on people's heads. Feature Amazon's Alexa, so you can ask questions; lastly, it can be easily integrated with different apps such as online music platforms (Spotify) or Facebook's video show service Watch. The tablet-sized Portal has a 10.1-inch 1200 x 800 display, a built-in 10-watt speaker, and a 12 MP camera. The larger-screen alternative called the Facebook Portal Plus. For secure video calling, the calls on Portal are encrypted to keep your video calls between you and the person you are calling.

Both support up to four accounts, allowing family members to maintain separate contacts and call records that can be password-protected.

What are their privacy features?

In order to eliminate concerns, the tech giant said that it put privacy and security in mind while designing the new devices, through an option that lets the user completely disable the camera and microphone with a single tap. The device enables you to read the digital assistant's responses, instead of hearing them.

And while the call data is digitally scrambled to make it hard to hack, the encryption method used is not "end-to-end".

"Thanks to Pandora, music can be a part of the way you communicate". There's no speck of Instagram or Whatsapp in the platform and one can not connect via normal Facebook messages.

Netflix's The Witcher TV series casts Yennefer of Vengerberg and Ciri
Destiny soon thrusts him together with Ciri , who holds a unsafe secret, and Yennefer as they navigate the Continent. Chalotra is also relatively new, but has a recurring role on the upcoming Netflix series Wanderlust .

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

For now, the firm has opted not to provide access to its Facebook or Instagram News Feeds or to provide an app store for other third-party products.

He did, however, say what many of us are thinking- at the end of the night, it probably needs to be stored safely away in a soundproof closet.

Is there a gap in the market for this?

Amazon will be first to stores, with the revamped and larger Echo unit available Thursday, while Google's Home Hub, an extension of the Home speaker line, will be released on October 22.

But Chinese companies have been building smart displays for a while, with Baidu and JD.com leading the way - despite the fact that Chinese consumers have shown little appetite for smart speakers yet, according to the China Internet Report 2018.

Sonos's chief is among those who are unconvinced. "But we made a choice not to offer certain things just to make sure people understood the focus on privacy on the device". One out of many others are - One can not watch YouTube.

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