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Facebook’s video calling Portal devices add WhatsApp login, new features and content

Facebook’s video calling Portal devices add WhatsApp login, new features and content Facebook is making its line of Portal-branded smart video calling devices more relevant to consumers, including those who don’t even have a Facebook account. The company today says its Portal family of products will now work with just a WhatsApp […]

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Facebook’s new Portal increases privacy, but is still searching for a reason to exist

Facebook’s new Portal increases privacy, but is still searching for a reason to exist The timing of the original Portal’s launch was less than ideal. The company reportedly pushed things back as the Cambridge Analytica scandal hit full broil, only to be hit with another data breach disclosure. If there’s a lesson […]

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Facebook says it’s shipping new Portal hardware in the fall

Facebook says it’s shipping new Portal hardware in the fall Facebook’s Portal devices may still have plenty of privacy questions lingering around them since launch, but that hasn’t swayed the company’s dedication to bringing more video chat hardware to market. Onstage at Vox Media’s Code Convention, Facebook’s VP of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth […]

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Portal automatically opens doors for wheelchair users, no button pressing required

Portal automatically opens doors for wheelchair users, no button pressing required Buttons or plates (like the one above) that automatically open doors can do a lot to make a building more accessible, but they aren’t always a perfect solution. For wheelchair users with limited upper body movement, the buttons can be tough […]

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Facebook restructures Building 8, separating projects into Reality Labs and Portal groups

Facebook restructures Building 8, separating projects into Reality Labs and Portal groups Facebook is restructuring its experimental hardware efforts and giving its moonshot projects a home within its AR/VR research division. The restructuring, reported by Business Insider (paywalled), didn’t result in any layoffs but did see some shifts of teams as the […]

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Facebook starts shipping Portal, clarifies privacy/ad policy

Facebook starts shipping Portal, clarifies privacy/ad policy Planning to get in early on the Portal phenomenon? Facebook announced today that it’s starting to ship the video chat device. The company’s first true piece of devoted hardware comes in two configurations: the Echo Show-like Portal and the larger Portal+ . Which run $199 […]

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A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg

A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg TechCrunch: Hey Portal, dial Mark Portal: Do you mean Mark Zuckerberg? TC: Yes Portal: Dialling Mark… TC: Hi Mark! Nice choice of grey t-shirt. MZ: Uh, new phone who dis? — oh, hi, er, TechCrunch… TC: Thanks for agreeing to this entirely fictional interview, […]

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Facebook tries its hand at hardware with Portal

Facebook tries its hand at hardware with Portal Portal is not Facebook’s Echo Show. Call it a case of convergent evolution, wherein two companies arrived at similar looking products after approaching hardware from different angles. The problem Facebook sought to solve is one of face to face communication. It’s an attempt to […]

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Portal offers an easy way to pay creators for their content

Portal offers an easy way to pay creators for their content Portal founder Jonathan Swerdlin is just the latest media pundit to point to advertising as the root cause of the industry’s problems. But he’s not content to diagnose the illness — he thinks he’s created a cure. “Digital media has become […]

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