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Facebook is launching new Portal models later this year

By midian182
Jun 11, 2019
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  1. The news comes from Facebook Vice President of AR/VR, Andrew "Boz" Bosworth, who was speaking on stage at Recode’s Code Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. He said the company is releasing "new form factors" because "there's a whole new generation of hardware coming out."

    Bosworth wouldn’t reveal exactly how many Portal and Portal Plus devices had been sold since their launch, but he described the numbers as “really good.” A camera-sporting device made by a company that doesn’t have the best reputation for user privacy sounds like a recipe for disaster, and things were looking bad when Facebook admitted the Portals could collect user data for ad targeting, but the Plus model has a 4.1 out of 5 rating on Amazon, likely helped by its $70 price reduction—and this is after Facebook told its employees to remove their five-star Portal reviews from the site.

    Exactly what these new Portal form factors will look like is unclear, though TechCrunch believes it could be the “Ripley” device that appeared in Portal firmware code late last year. Cheddar wrote that Ripley was a camera that could sit on top of a regular TV, with the video feed sent directly to the screen. This should mean a reduction in price as no dedicated video chat hardware would be needed.

    We’ll no doubt discover more details of the new Portal devices before their fall launch.

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  2. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,616   +1,215

    I've said this before:

    I will NEVER put a microphone/speaker/whatever you wanna call it in my living room or my kitchen or my home.

    I will NEVER...EVER...put a camera in my kitchen or anywhere else in my home.

    George Orwell's ghost would probably wake me up in the middle of the night and beat the crap out of me out of frustration and he'd be absolutely right.
    Dimitrios and lexster like this.
  3. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 611   +299

    Oh my. Hard-core pass. Why you ask? Think about it, why would anyone in their right mind allow FACEBOOK(a company known for proven levels of spying) access to every activity that goes on in their home? When the hell is this kind of thing going to end? When are governments going to do their job properly and put an end to this?
    QuantumPhysics likes this.
  4. ckm88

    ckm88 TS Addict Posts: 187   +135

    Another device to spy on you with!
    lexster and QuantumPhysics like this.

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