Facebook Portal is Creeping Everyone Out!

11 October, 2018, 23:32 | Author: Sammy Rose
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The idea behind the portal is to make you feel connected to your loved ones by providing a casual at home video call with voice and video clarity.

Mark Zuckerberg noticed that everyone is talking about how Facebook Portal is eavesdropping on their conversations and he decided to make the following statement: "Facebook Portal doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls". You'll still get calls on Messenger when you're away.

The release of Portal comes at a sensitive time, after Facebook was hit by high-profile data scandals this year regarding user's privacy. Users can disable its microphone and camera, which also has a cover to block the lens.

You can also buy your Portal device via Amazon or Best Buy.

Portal's camera, which uses a form of artificial intelligence to recognise body shapes, is a major marketing point, offering users the convenience of staying in the frame without having to adjust the device. "Portal feels less like a video call and more like you're in the same room - even when you're miles apart". 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).

In a bid to carve out its share of the smart home devices industry, Facebook has announced the Portal and Portal+.

Portal has two models, a 10-inch unit and a 15-inch one, which can be used easily because it doesn't have to be held. There are two versions, different screen size: Portal ($199) with a horizontal display with a diagonal of 10.1 inches with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and Portal+ with a swivel screen 15.6 inch Full HD ($349).

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Preorders for the device are ongoing but Facebook is not shipping until November in the USA and other parts of the word (currently unknown).

Facebook debuted two video-chat devices, per an announcement.

Facebook expects to stand apart on the market because of Portal's touchscreen and the 400 million people who call through its Messenger service each month worldwide.

The devices rely on Facebook Messenger to make and receive calls and also feature Amazon's Alexa smart assistant. 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.

Facebook fans and foes wondered online if the social network should be trusted as the conduit for a device that serves as an in-home video calling system whjich can follow users as they move around a room.

Immersive Experiences: Portal also enables shared activities like listening to music together or watching your favourite shows.

When people are not on a call, Portal's "Superframe" can display favourite photos and videos and important notifications like birthday reminders.

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