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02:35  09 october  2019
02:35  09 october  2019 Source:   theverge.com

Facebook slashes price, size of Portal video call gadget

Facebook slashes price, size of Portal video call gadget SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is slashing the price and the size of the Portal, its screen and camera-equipped gadget for making video calls with friends and family as it attempts to get the device into more homes. A smaller version will now cost $129 and will come with an 8 inch display. A larger version with a 10 inch display will cost $179. A new screenless Portal device that attaches to a television set will be $149. Last year's models were bigger and cost more — $199 for a 10.1 inch display and $349 for at 15.6 inch screen. Facebook isn't saying how many Portals it's sold since it launched the first models last fall.

Facebook ‘s Portal video chat devices will be able to run Workplace, the company’s collaboration software, so you’ll Until now, Facebook has positioned Portal primarily as a way to chat with friends and family, but the new work-focused updates suggest Facebook is targeting office workers as well.

Facebook is launching an app that lets users of Workplace, the enterprise version of the social network, video chat and call on its Portal smart displays. "This is really the next level of video calling. Just imagine being able to walk around a room or draw on a whiteboard and not have to worry about

Facebook‘s Portal video chat devices will be able to run Workplace, the company’s collaboration software, so you’ll be able to make video calls at work using the Portal’s video calling technology, Facebook announced today. Until now, Facebook has positioned Portal primarily as a way to chat with friends and family, but the new work-focused updates suggest Facebook is targeting office workers as well.

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Video calls for Workplace seem as if they will work like those made from a Portal device at home, and will take advantage of Portal’s Smart Camera functionality to automatically frame the people on the call, according to VentureBeat. A marketing image from Facebook also appears to show that you can share content with the person you’re talking to, but we haven’t tested this ourselves.

Facebook contractors are listening to Portal voice commands again

Facebook contractors are listening to Portal voice commands again Facebook may have halted human review of Messenger voice chats in August, but that didn't mean it was putting the brakes on everything. The company has revealed to Bloomberg that its contractors will go back to reviewing Portal device voice commands (what you say after "hey Portal") after quietly pausing them around the same time as Messenger reviews came to a halt. It's bringing the practice back now that there's "more transparency and control," hardware lead Andrew Bosworth said. You now have an option to stop sharing the audio with Facebook. The option will appear as part of a software update for Portal devices in October.

Facebook 's Portal and Portal + speakers are excellent for video calls, but they may actually be To be clear: there is relatively little data that gets fed from Portal back to the advertising behemoth. The case for having a Portal in the office . One use case where I do think Portal actually makes a lot of

Facebook announced on Tuesday that Workplace, its communication and collaboration service for companies, will work with Portal devices, which so far have "Even with the first generation of the device, we started seeing a lot of people asking to be able to call in to work calls," Karandeep Anand

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At the very least, it seems like you can talk about a calendar.

Video calls will support up to 50 participants, Facebook told VentureBeat. You can’t do a Facebook Live broadcast yet, though. That is apparently coming soon.

However, there seems to be a notable hardware omission in this rollout — at launch, you apparently can’t use Workplace on the recently-introduced Portal TV, according to VentureBeat. Portal TV plugs into a television so you can see video chats on a bigger screen — which seems like an ideal way to use Workplace.

Facebook's Workplace wants you to use Portal to video chat with your co-workers .
The social network gets down to business with enterprise push.Facebook said Tuesday it's launching a new app that lets people who use an enterprise version of the social network called Workplace make calls and video chat through Portal.

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