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Facebook Plans to Enter Home Device Market With ‘Portal’

Facebook may have pulled the plug on its digital assistant plan, but that does not mean it’s backing out entirely from the lucrative smart device market. In fact, there are indications that the social media giant could be making a big splash this year by launching a home-based, voice-enabled device—a product that could place it squarely against rivals Amazon, Apple, and Google.

Facebook is reportedly preparing its attack on the home electronics front by launching a home video chat device later this year. Reports say that the upcoming gadget will be named Portal, a product that is similar to Amazon’s Echo Show. If reports are correct, this new device will also be competing against similar home-based devices from Google and Apple.

Facebook will launch the product by May of 2018, according to online news site Cheddar. The launch date is slated to coincide with the company’s developer conference.

Incidentally, Facebook announced early this week that it is pulling out from the digital assistant market. The company will be shutting down M, it’s AI-powered concierge service that was previously positioned as a competitor to Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa.

Despite abandoning the digital assistant niche, Facebook is not yet giving up on the home-based smart electronics segment. To help it launch the upcoming Portal, the company is betting on its partnerships with Spotify and Netflix for content. Facebook has likewise inked a music licensing agreement with both Sony/ATV and Universal Music Group.

In addition, Facebook is marketing the upcoming product a little bit differently than existing gadgets. Portal’s thrust will be on the communication and video calls side of things. This differentiates it from the voice-assisted controls and AI capability of devices like Echo, Alexa or Siri.

While it may not be Facebook’s first venture into hardware, there are doubts that the company has what it takes to successfully launch the upcoming gadget. Back in 2013, it launched its first hardware—HTC First aka as the Facebook phone—but it was a failure in the market.

There are also concerns that the rumored Portal may not be competitively priced. Facebook plans to price the gadget at $ 499, which is too hefty when compared to similar products such as the Echo Show, which is currently selling for only $ 229.99.

At the moment, Facebook declined to comment on the issue.

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SearchCap: Google Assistant & Google Home coming soon, Bing Ads device bidding & more

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

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New Google Mobile Alert: Websites Using Flash May Not Work on Your Device

Google now warns mobile searchers when it detects pages that may not work on their devices (e.g., sites made with Flash). Google has shared resources for developers that will enable them to build websites that work for all devices.
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What’s in a Gnome? Groupon launches new point-of-sale device

gnome_w_standI’ve often thought that the one thing keeping Groupon from being a total success is the lack of a specific cash register made to handle Groupon coupons.

No, I’ve never actually thought that, but someone did and now there’s Gnome – a tablet-based, point-of-sale device specifically designed for businesses who promote through Groupon.

The tablet will let merchants instantly recognize their Groupon customers as they enter their business, seamlessly redeem Groupons and save time and money with a simple point of-sale system and credit card payment processing service.

Really? There are enough merchants using Groupon coupons on a regular basis that they need a system like this? Okay, maybe NEED is too strong a word. How about want? And what if you don’t ‘want’? Doesn’t matter. Word around the farm is that Groupon is going to (gently) insist that any merchant who works with Groupon, use Gnome to process their transactions.

Sounds kind of pushy? So what’s in it for us?

It will cost $ 10 a month to license the machine and I hear the payment processing fees will be lower than average, so this isn’t a money-maker for Groupon. That could add up to real savings for a small merchant.

The bigger plus is the fact that the system works as a customer management system as well as a cash register.  The system tracks customer data including purchase history and preferences, so merchants can create customized marketing campaigns that really speak to their loyal visitors.  The machine also allows merchants to share customer feedback and respond to feedback via Facebook and Twitter.

The Gnome website also outlines the benefits to shoppers – the big one being that they don’t have to print out Groupon vouchers to redeem them. Since it hooks into the Groupon website, all you need is the customer’s name to find their voucher and redeem it. Groupon also reminds shoppers that when a merchant values you, they learn more about you and in return you should support stores that use the new Gnome machine. (And boycott those who don’t?)

This whole business is Groupon taking another step away from their roots as a Daily Deal site. The concept is good, not wildly different, but solid. But I still have to ask the question – are there that many merchants using Groupon enough that it’s worth buying a specific POS system just to make that end of the business easier? Seems like a leap to me. What am I missing?


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Download All Of Wikipedia Onto Your Android Device

Wikipedia suggests that you download the entirety of the website on your Android device using an app called Kiwix.

The Wikimedia foundation posted to its blog today, recommending the app, which lets you download the millions of article contained within Wikipedia to your device, so you can read any article any time, even when you’re offline or when you don’t want to use your data plan).

The app can also be used to download special selections of pages. Wikimedia’s Renaud Gaudin writes:

In places where connectivity is a difficult (at least 30 countries on the sole African continent), the only way to access Wikipedia content is Kiwix Desktop, but it still requires a computer and electricity. Cheap Android devices might spread more quickly, and we really want to facilitate access to free content everywhere.

That said, Kiwix for Android can also be just as useful to Westerners who want to walk around with the entirety of the world’s largest encyclopedia in their pocket (if they have a big enough SD card), accessible at no cost or data fees.

You can find the app in the Google Play store.


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