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Facebook Wants You To Allow Its Cameras Into Your Home

Facebook Wants You To Allow Its Cameras Into Your Home

If there's more than one person in the room, Portal Smart Camera will automatically zoom out and re-crop to fit everyone in the frame.

Users can call Facebook friends and connections on Messenger even if they don't have Portal.

Like Alexa and Home, Facebook's devices will offer a voice-activated system triggered by a "Hey Portal" instruction giving accesses to informations like sports scores, weather reports and grocery shopping along with controlling smart home devices.

The smaller Portal device has a 10-inch horizontal screen, while the larger Portal+ has a 15-inch screen that can rotate from landscape to portrait positions.

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Portal and Portal+ are available now for pre-order in the USA - from Facebook at portal.facebook.com, as well as Amazon and Best Buy - and will begin shipping in November.

"Like other voice-enabled devices, Portal only sends voice commands to Facebook servers after you say, "hey Portal". 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. We have already read about the massive security breach that affected 22.2 million Facebook users.

"It would be better if this had end-to-end encryption, and you have to wonder why it doesn't when you recognise that WhatsApp - another part of the Facebook empire - uses it", said Wired's Mr White. Portal connects calls with the help of the Facebook Messenger app. Reality effects like adding masks while chatting are also deemed necessary to improve the experience of the video call.

Additionally, "Facebook doesn't listen to, view or keep the contents of your Portal video calls".

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Facebook's introduction of a device that peers into people's homes may make many consumers uncomfortable with the social network's repeated privacy scandals, including its biggest-ever data breach two weeks ago that exposed information of about 90 million users.

So, a new model of Portal and Portal + also showed on the website of the company.

Tapping the top of the devices allows users to switch off their microphones and cameras. Additionally, one may also watch shows from Facebook Watch, If not this, there are other verified apps for idle browsing called Pandora, Spotify or the news service known as Newsy!

It's a particularly trying time for Facebook to release a home camera. Whichever of the two devices you settle for, you will still be able to make video chatting with the availability of a wide-angle camera capable of capturing your body, and tracking every of your movement within the living room.

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Some critics say Pompeo's four visits to Pyongyang this year have yielded little more than repackaged pledges from the past. She added Trump "looks forward to continuing to build upon the trust established with Chairman Kim in Singapore".

"The first thing consumers are going to wonder is 'how much sensitive data is this collecting about me?'" said John Breyault, vice president of public policy of telecommunications and fraud at the National Consumers League, a Washington-based consumer advocacy group that has received donations from Facebook and other tech companies.


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