Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) has been rumored to be interested in entering the consumer home devices market.
The facial recognition technology would be housed in a wide-angle lens on the front of the device that's capable of identifying users to instantly log them into Facebook. Furthermore, Portal will come with more social networking functions and benefit from the music licensing contracts that Facebook has signed with Sony Music Entertainment and the Universal Music Group. Rumors first emerged last summer that the social network was working on such a device, which is expected to include a display that could also be utilized for video chatting. Taiwan's Pegatron is reported to be the sole contract assembler for the devices.
But it now seems that Facebook is doubling down on its efforts to create an Echo rival, and may in fact launch two speakers. It's also not clear whether one or both devices are meant to be a smart home controller as are Google Home, Alexa, Cortana and HomePod.
We've asked Facebook for comment and will update this article with any response.
Facebook intends to let Portal access third-party streaming services like Spotify and Netflix, the report claims. The speaker was designed by Facebook'sBuilding 8 hardware lab, with the team now tweaking the audio performance and software updates to be sure that everything works as they hope it will.
No. 3 Justice Department Official Stepping Down Amid Turmoil Rachel Brand , the associate attorney general, will leave the DOJ for a job in the private sector, according to the report . Rachel Brand , the third in line at the US Justice Department, plans to step down , The New York Times reported Friday .
Facebook was initially planning to release the devices in May, but later pushed back the launch date in order to flawless their audio and software, DigiTimes said.
The smart speaker market is starting to get crowded, though Facebook hopes to differentiate themselves with their larger screen and facial recognition. The relatively high pricing of Apple's just-released HomePod at $349 is seen by many as limiting its appeal versus lower-priced Google Home and Echo devices.
If Facebook's Portal device truly features a 15-inch screen, it would more than double the Echo Show in size, which measures up at roughly 7 inches.
According to a report in DigiTimes, Facebook will be launching two smart speaker/display devices this July.
Both the devices are expected to form the base for Facebook's long-term plan to build an ecosystem of video consumer devices that the social media giant plans to bring out during the next five years.
Other interesting information that DigiTimes disclosed pertain to Facebook's partners.
US Erin Hamlin gestures after competing in the women's luge singles final run 4 during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games . The Olympic women's individual biathlon has been postponed due to strong winds hitting the Alpensia Biathlon Center.
The top five out of 10 teams after the short program/short dance qualify for the free skating/free dance segment on Monday. It didn't quite work, but the gesture captured the unity and spirit the Canadians have brought all week to the team event.
Iraq needed far more donations on Wednesday, the last day of an appeal for funding to come forward at the Kuwait conference. Guterres said 2.5 million remain displaced in the aftermath of the devastating war in Iraq.
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Investigators said Locust Grove police Officer Chase Maddox, 26 was called in for backup when the suspect opened fire. One of the deputies was shot through his bullet proof vest in the stomach and is undergoing surgery, McBrayer said.
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Serena appeared particularly slow on her feet and was poor in her shot selection after more than a year away from the sport. When you consider what Williams went through just last summer, it's a miracle she was able to compete at all.
The freezing rain will likely continue into the evening, with a total accumulation of a few millimetres possible. Freezing rain will add an icy sheen to Toronto's rooftops, roadways, and sidewalks over the course of Sunday.
Bill Nelson told CNN that Cruz had pulled the fire alarm "so the kids would come pouring out of the classrooms into the hall". Most of the fatalities were inside the building, though some individuals were found fatally shot outside, the sheriff said.
In the second half Watford did plenty of pressing and Gerard Deulofeu went close with a free kick which Adrian saved well. Watford manager Javi Gracia felt Hernandez may have shoved defender Marvin Zeegelaar before he headed the opener.
Thanks to a Los Angeles researcher, efforts to paint the accused Florida shooter as a DACA recipient are going down in flames. The FBI contacted Bennight again after Wednesday's mass shooting, according to CNN .
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Mikaela Shiffrin , pictured at the most recent Killington World Cup, won a gold medal Thursday in her first 2018 Olympics race. Competitors then raced over to embrace her. "You go for gold, and I really went for it", Shiffrin said.
New Horizons snapped these two farthest-out shots, of Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) 2012 HZ84 and 2012 HE85 , on December 5, 2017. New Horizons is just the fifth spacecraft to speed beyond the outer planets, so many of its activities set distance records.
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Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the Eurocopter EC130 aircraft sustained considerable damage. A general view of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona , on February 13, 2017.
Strelkov wrote on his Vkontakte page on February 10 about " several hundred " killed and injured Russian mercenaries . As to who they killed, United States officials are no more forthcoming than they ever are, with Lt.
According to initial reports, Jahangir was shifted to a hospital after she complained of chest pain where she breathed her last. Renowned senior lawyer and eminent human rights activist Asma Jahangir passed away in Lahore on Sunday, the DawnNews reported.
China (1-2) responded with a deuce in the second only for Canada to come back with four in the third to make it 7-2. Finland was the only winless team (0-4) and had the daunting task of challenging Norway to get off the schneid.
It will continue to get warmer heading today, which will see gales of up to 40 miles per hour across northern regions. There is a risk of spot flooding early morning and the warning remains in place until midnight Saturday.
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