• Facebook Dating arrives in Canada and Thailand

    8 days ago - By TechCrunch

    On the heels of Tinder's plans to go more casual , Facebook is today expanding access to its own dating service, Facebook Dating. First launched two months ago in Colombia for testing purposes, the social network is today rolling out Facebook Dating to Canada and Thailand. The company is also adding a few new features to coincide with the launch, including the ability to re-review people you passed on and take a break by putting the service on pause.
    If that latter feature sounds familiar, it's because it's also something dating app Bumble recently announced, as well.
    Bumble in September...
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  • Facebook Portal on sale now: But should you buy one?

    Facebook Portal on sale now: But should you buy one?

    9 days ago - By SlashGear

    Facebook's Portal and Portal+ smart displays are on sale, but the big “should I buy one?” question is about more than just the technology on offer. The social network raised more than a few eyebrows when it announced the two video calling-focused smart displays earlier this year, while still in the shadow of a data privacy controversy. The Portal and...
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  • Report: As Facebook portal goes on sale, smart speaker growth is slowing

    Report: As Facebook portal goes on sale, smart speaker growth is slowing

    9 days ago - By Marketing Land

    There are now 53 million smart speaker devices in U.S. households according to analyst firm estimate.
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  • Google Renames Files Go Android App to Files by Google

    Google Renames Files Go Android App to Files by Google

    9 days ago - By Phone Scoop

    Google today said it is rebranding its mobile app for managing on-device storage and sharing files with others. When Files Go first launched in December 2017, its goal was to help people whose devices had limited storage. It was also meant to let people share music, videos, and apps with others even when an internet connection wasn't available. Google says the app has grown to 30 million monthly users. The company is rebranding Files Go to Files by Android and redesigned the user interface at the same time. The app now focuses
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  • Facebook Portal video calling devices now available for order

    9 days ago - By WMPoweruser

    Facebook's Portal video calling devices are now available for order in the US. The Portal device has an emphasis on video conferencing and comes in two versions - the Portal and Portal+. The Portal features a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display while the Portal+ has a bigger 15-inch 1920 x 1080 pivoting display. The devices...
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  • Facebook says its new Portal device is not a 'data-gathering operation' despite previously acknowledging that it might use your call info to target ads

    Facebook says its new Portal device is not a 'data-gathering operation' despite previously acknowledging that it might use your call info to target ads

    9 days ago - By Business Insider

    Facebook's new video-chat and smart-speaker device, Portal, goes on sale in the US today.
    But Facebook can't shake privacy concerns over its always-on microphones and camera.
    Consumer hardware boss Andrew Bosworth said Portal is not a "data-gathering operation."
    This is despite Facebook previously acknowledging that it will collect information on calls to better target advertising.
    Facebook today launches its $199 video-chat and smart-speaker device, Portal. But it can't seem to shake concerns that the new piece of hardware will double as a surveillance system.
    The company unveiled the...
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  • So I sent my mom that newfangled Facebook Portal

    So I sent my mom that newfangled Facebook Portal

    9 days ago - By TechCrunch

    “Who am I going to be worried about? Oh Facebook seeing? No, I'm not worried about Facebook seeing. They're going to look at my great art collection and say they want to come steal it? No, I never really thought about it.” That's my 72-year-old mother Sally Constine's response to whether she's worried about her privacy now that she has a Facebook Portal video chat device. The gadget goes on sale and starts shipping today at $349 for the 15.6-inch swiveling screen Portal+, $199 for the 10-inch Portal, and $100 off for buying any two.
    The sticking point for most technology reporters - that...
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  • We Tried Facebook's New Portal Device

    9 days ago - By NY Times

    Here's what happened when two Times tech reporters installed Facebook's new Portal video-calling gadgets in their bedrooms.
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  • Hey, Mark Zuckerberg, is Facebook Portal the wrong product at the wrong time? - CNET

    9 days ago - By CNET

    Commentary: After nonstop privacy and security screwups, the social network wants us to trust it even more with a camera that watches you at home. I have questions.
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  • Facebook Portal and Portal+ review: Video chat takes center stage

    9 days ago - By Engadget

    Facebook was set to launch Portal - its first consumer hardware - at this year's F8 developer conference. However, with the Cambridge Analytica scandal still fresh in people's minds, the company, perhaps wisely, opted to introduce its connected...
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  • Facebook Portal+ review

    Facebook Portal+ review

    9 days ago - By TechCrunch

    The Portal is a head scratcher. It's a chat app that manifested itself into a hardware through sheer force of will. The first commercially available product from Building 8 isn't as instantly iconic a piece of hardware as Snap's Spectacles. In fact, at first glance, the device seems like little more than an Echo Show/Google Home Hub competitor.
    And then there's the matter of timing. In a meeting with TechCrunch ahead of launch, Facebook's hardware team was quick to list the various ways the company is proactively protecting user privacy, from a camera button to a physical lens cap. The...
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  • Facebook's Portal has started shipping in the US

    Facebook's Portal has started shipping in the US

    9 days ago - By TechRadar

    Facebook has announced that it has started shipping its flagship smart displays, the Portal and the larger Portal+ to customers in the US. The devices are priced at $199 and $349 respectively, and the social media giant is also running a deal that gets you $100 off any two devices. It still hasn't announced when the video-calling devices will be rolled out to other territories, including the UK and Australia. The new devices are part of Facebook's mission to improve video calling by making it "completely hands and distraction free", and use AI technology in tandem with a 'Smart Camera' to...
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  • Facebook Portal review: trust fail

    9 days ago - By The Verge

    Facebook's video calling device demands lots of trust for little return
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  • Facebook swears its Portal video chat devices that go on sale today won't spy on you

    Facebook swears its Portal video chat devices that go on sale today won't spy on you

    9 days ago - By TheBoyGeniusReport

    Facebook being Facebook, the social networking giant has decided to assuage some fears and pre-empt the launch of its new Portal video chat devices that go on sale in the US starting today - the devices being Facebook's first hardware products the company has built itself - with a lengthy list of what Portal does and doesn't do posted to the company's official blog. A list that's tantamount to Facebook saying yes, we know we're the biggest social networking company on the planet and have been at the center of scores of privacy flaps throughout our history and especially in 2018. But if you...
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