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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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Facebook Parents Portal Launched to Keep Kids Safe

Facebook today launched the Parents Portal to help educate parents on keeping their kids safe on Facebook and the internet in general.

“Today we are launching the Facebook Parents Portal, featuring new resources for parents on Facebook,” said Antigone Davis, Facebook’s Head of Global Safety. “Our goal is to help foster conversations among parents and their children about staying safe online.

Visit the new site at facebook.com/safety/parents.”

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-1-46-43-pm“For internet safety around children, I think the most important thing for parents is to be proactive and to really spark the conversation with the child,” said Neil Potts, Public Policy Manager at Facebook.

“Parents shouldn’t be afraid of technology,” said Christine Chen, Communications Manager at Facebook. “I think technology can bring so many joys to our lives and it’s something that can be shared with your kids.”

“At Facebook, we take the safety of all of our users, especially children, incredibly seriously,” said Alex Stamos, Facebook’s Chief Security officer. “We want to have a partnership with parents where we can work together to make sure their kids are not only safe while they are children, but to learn the ways they should be careful for their entire lives.”

“The ultimate goal of the Parents Portal is to really foster important conversations between parents and their children around online safety, these technologies and social media,” noted Davis. “The way that we hope to do that is by providing parents information about some of the fundamentals about Facebook so that they can engage in a meaningful conversation, hopefully many meaningful conversations with their children over the course of their lifetime.”

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-1-57-51-pm“Everyday parents like me come to Facebook to share their special moments, ask for advice in groups and connect with friends and relatives living far away,” said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer.

“Many parents also have questions about how Facebook works, especially once their kids join,” she says. “That’s why we’re launching a new Parents Portal within the Facebook Safety Center. We’ve compiled some basic information and tips to help you and your child stay safe on Facebook and get the best out of your experience. We are also pleased to connect you with online safety experts around the world who offer resources, especially for parents. We hope that you find these resources useful and that Facebook helps you and your children connect to the people and things that matter to you the most.”

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Search In Pics: Binary Google Door, Ping Pong Hangout & Google Portal

In this week’s Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have, and more. Binary Google Door: Source: Google+ Army Of Google Street View Cars:…



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