Michael Liedtke and Barbara Ortutay, Ap Technology Writers Updated 6:04 am PDT, Monday, October 8, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is launching the first electronic device to bear its brand, a screen and camera-equipped gadget intended to make video calls easier and more intuitive. But it's unclear if people will open their homes to an internet-connected camera sold by a company with a shoddy track record on protecting user privacy. Facebook is marketing the device, called Portal, as a way for its more than 2 billion users to chat with one another without having to fuss with positioning and other controls. The device features a camera that uses artificial intelligence to automatically pan and zoom as people move around during calls. The Portal will feature two different screen sizes. It will go on sale in early November for roughly $200 to $350. … [Read more...] about Facebook wants people to invite its cameras into their homes
Facebook has revealed a new video calling device that could put a camera in millions of homes, marking a major move into hardware for the social networking giant. Called Portal, the tablet-like device with a 10-inch screen allows users to make video calls with their voice over Facebook's Messenger app. Portal, and a larger 15-inch Portal+ model, is billed by Facebook has a smart home device designed to let users make calls to friends and family. Users activate the device by using the wake word "Portal" to make calls. Facebook has also installed Amazon's Alexa on Portal for smart home functions, a significant deal for the two companies in their efforts to dominate home technology. Alexa will let users of Portal use voice commands for music on Spotify or asking questions. Portal itself will be fitted out to use augmented reality effects that have become popular on Facebook Messenger. Portal will also have an advantage over Amazon and Google's smarthome devices, being able to call any … [Read more...] about Facebook could put a camera in your home with video calling Portal device
This footage gap first came to my attention when reviewing the original Netgear Arlo Pro for our wireless outdoor home security camera guide. I went back and retested the unit, only to find that, on average, the camera left gaps up to 35 seconds in between recordings. In one recording, enough time elapsed between clips to leave me wondering which one of my neighbors was kind enough to put my trash cans away. It's also long enough to miss someone breaking into your home or stealing a package from your porch.When I asked Netgear about the issue, a representative stated that this was put in place so the camera sensor could reset, so the video wouldn't be stuck in a loop and kill the battery. They also said the company planned to fix it by adding a "record until motion stops" feature, which was included on some of the company's AC-powered cameras. Once the camera was updated, the gaps still remained, but were shorter and slightly more consistent in duration.This got me wondering about … [Read more...] about What Is your security camera missing?
LG is playing for keeps. Its LG V40 ThinQ boldly slams the weight of five (five!) cameras against Apple's iPhone XS Max and Samsung's Galaxy Note 9.This supersize phone for 2018 isn't holding back, but competition is cutthroat. The LG V40 must contend with big, premium phones from Apple, Samsung and Huawei on the high end. Meanwhile, these $1,000 phones are feeling pressure from cheaper-but-good phonemakers like OnePlus and Motorola. And on Oct. 9, the LG V40 will see even more competition when Google (likely) unveils the Pixel 3. The LG V40 has its work cut out for it. The phone has a lot to like: those three lenses on the back (Huawei's P20 Pro made that craveable earlier this year) and two on the front, plus oodles of camera features to put all those lenses to work. There's a large, bright screen, a cutting-edge processor, waterproofing, wireless charging and stereo speakers. While we've now reviewed the LG V40, Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XS Max, we … [Read more...] about iPhone XS Max vs. Galaxy Note 9 vs. LG V40 ThinQ: Camera, storage, battery, price
David Choi, provided by Published 9:51 pm PDT, Friday, October 5, 2018 Fox News A Fox News contributor fell out of his chair while taking a selfie with host Laura Ingraham on Friday night. Ingraham and the contributor, Raymond Arroyo, said it was all a joke. A Fox News contributor fell out of his chair while taking a selfie with host Laura Ingraham while the two held some beers on Friday night. The entire exchange happened on camera. During Ingraham's show on Friday night, contributor Raymond Arroyo and Ingraham discussed several topics, including Judge Brett Kavanaugh's pending confirmation to the Supreme Court, a Kavanaugh protest (which reportedly included cups of beer) near Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's house, and people dying while trying to take selfies. "OK, before I go," Arroyo said as he hoisted a pack of beers onto the table. "Uh-oh," Ingraham replied. "I thought just to bring it all together, Laura," Arroyo said. "I like beer," Ingraham said. The … [Read more...] about A Fox News contributor fell out of his chair on-camera while trying to take a selfie with Laura Ingraham as part of a joke