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Facebook ‘Ripley’ could turn your TV into a huge Portal

Facebook ‘Ripley’ could turn your TV into a huge Portal

Facebook may have met more skepticism than excitement with its Portal video call devices, but the social network isn't letting that dampen its video streaming plans. A new gadget is reportedly in the pipeline, eschewing the smart display form-factor of the Portal and Portal+ in favor of turning your TV into a video chat device.

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Facebook picked a terrible time to try to sell us a smart camera

Facebook picked a terrible time to try to sell us a smart camera

Facebook wants to put an internet-connected smart camera into your home, that knows where you are in the room, and has access to your friends list, and no this isn't a Black Mirror episode. The new Facebook Portal and Portal+ video calling devices picked an awkward time to launch today, given recent disclosures by the social network about lapses in account security. That said, you could well argue that there really isn't a good time for Facebook to try to put cameras in your kitchen or living room.

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Facebook Portal puts AR Messenger video calls in Alexa smart displays

Facebook Portal puts AR Messenger video calls in Alexa smart displays

Facebook has revealed its long-rumored video calling devices, Facebook Portal and Portal+, the social network's first homegrown hardware not to mention its first entrant in the smart display space. Promising a more natural way to hold video calls between Messenger friends and family, the two new devices also feature Amazon Alexa support, taking on products like the 2nd Gen Echo Show in the process.

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Will we ever trust a Facebook smart display?

Will we ever trust a Facebook smart display?

Facebook wants to put a camera in your home, and I can't decide if the company is tone-deaf, supremely confident, or some odd combination of the two. The delayed Facebook "Portal" smart speaker will take on Amazon's Echo Show and Google Smart Displays, so the rumor mill would have it, delivering video calls and more as the latest incarnation of the social network's attempt to encourage communication.

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Apple delays iOS 12’s Group FaceTime video calls

Apple delays iOS 12’s Group FaceTime video calls

One of iOS 12's headline features, Group FaceTime, will now no longer ship in the initial release of the iPhone update, Apple has confirmed. Announced at WWDC 2018, the feature allows FaceTime video calls to include up to 32 people simultaneously.

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Google Duo now on Android tablets, Chromebooks, multiple devices

Google Duo now on Android tablets, Chromebooks, multiple devices

Google may have a confusing assortment of communication services but one thing it’s good at is making those services and apps available on almost all platforms and devices. On the heels of making Android Messages available on web browsers, Google is now very silently rolling out wider support for its Duo video-calling service. Now whether you’re on a tablet, a Chromebook, or a different Android smartphone, you can easily make a video call, no sweat at all.

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Group FaceTime in iOS 12 supports up to 32 people

Group FaceTime in iOS 12 supports up to 32 people

Group FaceTime is launching in iOS 12, bringing the ability to hold video conversations with multiple people at the same time. The new feature for Apple's video calling service will support up to 32 simultaneous Group FaceTime participants, in fact.

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We’re all over this Amazon Echo Spot double-deal: Here’s why

We’re all over this Amazon Echo Spot double-deal: Here’s why

It's Alexa's cutest device, but Amazon's Echo Spot needn't break the bank courtesy of a deal the retailer is running on the spherical smart speaker. Launched in December, the touchscreen-fronted gadget is more than just an alarm clock: it's a full Alexa smart home device. Usually it's $130, but Amazon is offering a way to save $40 on your order.

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Facebook smart speakers leak to push video chat

Facebook smart speakers leak to push video chat

Facebook plans to dive into the smart speaker market this year, a new report claims, with two touchscreen-fronted models putting a social spin on the voice-control segment. The hardware push comes as Facebook attempts to rediscover a functionality balance which pushes contact with friends and family back to the fore, while dialing down the brand and other content that has seen it mired in the ongoing "fake news" controversy.

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Google Duo now lets you call Android contacts without the app

Google Duo now lets you call Android contacts without the app

Google has quietly made its Duo video messaging app far more useful, enabling audio and video calls even if the person you're contacting hasn't installed the app. Launched in mid-2016, Duo originally ran into criticism from some quarters, with users questioning why they needed yet another Google messaging app.

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Facebook video chat tablet in the works, smart speaker too

Facebook video chat tablet in the works, smart speaker too

Everyone’s into smart assistant and smart speakers this days. Unsurprisingly, so is Facebook. Although Facebook hasn’t formally jumped on the AI-powered assistant train yet, the social network giant, and Zuckerberg himself, has made their interest known. But perhaps more interesting is the tip that Facebook is working on two smart home devices, including a laptop-sized video chat tablet, that will be its first formal step into becoming a hardware maker, putting it toe to toe with the likes of Amazon and Google.

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Amazon’s “creepy” Echo Show feature is being overhyped

Amazon’s “creepy” Echo Show feature is being overhyped

Listen to the critics, and Amazon's Echo Show represents be a honeypot of privacy intrusion and creepy surveillance. Though Alexa, the retailer's virtual assistant, isn't new, the addition of a camera to the Echo Show smart speaker gives her eyes in your home for the first time. It's the circumstances around when those eyes are open - and who can turn on that camera remotely - that is triggering privacy fears.

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