Facebook Launches Their First Home Hardware

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  1. AlphaAtlas

    AlphaAtlas [H]ard|Gawd Staff Member

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    Facebook launched their first 2 home-grown hardware products today. The Portal and Portal+ both feature Alexa integration, 4 beamforming microphones, stereo speakers, and a "Smart Camera" that "uses AI to keep everyone in the frame - panning and zooming automatically no matter where the conversation goes." The base portal goes for $199 and features a 720p display, while the Portal+ goes for $349 and features a tall 1080x1920 display. Facebook themselves aren't totally oblivious to privacy and security concerns, so on top of a software option to disable the camera and microphone array, they include a camera cover with the product.

    You can check out the promotional video on the website, and you can see the BBC's less flashy take on the device here.

    Facebook doesn't listen to, view or keep the contents of your Portal video calls. Your Portal conversations stay between you and the people you're calling. In addition, video calls on Portal are encrypted, so your calls are always secure.
     
  2. defaultluser

    defaultluser [H]ardForum Junkie

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    And their soon-to-be-released accompanying laptop line for editing these stupid videos will be called the FacebookBook Pro.
     
  3. fadedlogic

    fadedlogic Limp Gawd

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    SUUUUUUURRRRREEEEEEEEE, Facebook. You would never invade my privacy or change the EULA 17 times in a week...
     
  4. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

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    Disco_Stu_04 Limp Gawd

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  6. Darunion

    Darunion 2[H]4U

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    I mean I use echo and smartthings so i know I have no privacy. But something in my very being can't allow this device in my home at all. Is that just hypocritical of me or is facebook much less trustworthy than amazon?
     
  7. Spire3660

    Spire3660 [H]ard|Gawd

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    How would we find out if they paid VirnetX or not? It would help us figure out how the messaging is actually occuring. Apple had to redesign iMessage to get around the patent.
     
  8. Ur_Mom

    Ur_Mom I'm Not Serious

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    I don't trust Facebook one bit. They've proven they can't be trusted time and time again. I trust Amazon a bit more, but still not completely. I trust them knowing my musical habits, coming and going at home, etc.. (Echo, SmartThings user as well).

    I would not buy any Facebook hardware. Ever. Guaranteed it's a privacy nightmare.
     
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  9. viscountalpha

    viscountalpha 2[H]4U

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    Facebook can fuck right off with this garbage.
     
  10. viscountalpha

    viscountalpha 2[H]4U

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    They literally mine your contacts and read your sms messages on your cell phone. If I didn't need it for some things, I wouldn't use the garbage service.
     
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  11. pcgeekesq

    pcgeekesq [H]ard|Gawd

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    Don't record your video calls. Does record everything else, probably.
    And fails hard when the servers go down, or they ban you for being conservative.

    Just say no.
     
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  12. [21CW]killerofall

    [21CW]killerofall Aliens...

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    pcgeekesq [H]ard|Gawd

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    Unless "X" is a politician, the answer is always yes.
    And sometimes even when X is a politician.
     
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  14. Zepher

    Zepher [H]ipster Replacement

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    Volume goes to 11,
    volume goes to 11.jpg
     
  15. SomeoneElse

    SomeoneElse [H]ard|Gawd

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    Now this is something I would purchase no questions asked.....
     
  16. It's gonna follow you into the bathroom/shower, and send pics of you to Putin and Xi Jinping. Later those compromising pics will be used against you to ensure that you vote the way they want you to.
     
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    cocheese256 Gawd

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    You don't need a robot to vacuum your floor. You can vacuum better than a robot can. What you need is something to keep you connected to your friends and loved ones (and several thousand people whom you've never met) while you're vacuuming. Facebook has left the soul-extinguishing boundaries of your computing devices and achieved personhood - it's now a member of your home. It'll be part of your life, part of your family, all backed by a corporation that truly wants to know everything about you.

    Welcome to the future - it's gonna be great!
     
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  19. Darunion

    Darunion 2[H]4U

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    The Facebook Showerhead (TM) already uses optical sensors to determine proper water dispersion pattern. They in no way save or use this video/pics.
     
  20. viper1152012

    viper1152012 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Yeahhhh.... No.

    That's all I nees is my naked ads being recorded by a Facebook device and lost because of a breach.

    I would kick my own ass if I bought this
     
  21. The Mad Atheist

    The Mad Atheist Gawd

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    Think I'll pass, just like using your stupid phone app.
    Also, please stop asking me if I want to use your app!
     
  22. zalazin

    zalazin [H]ard|Gawd

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    I don't think so......
     
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    Reimu [H]ard|Gawd

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    I sincerely hope that other Alexa devices won't demand Facebook video, cause there's no way that I'd use anything with Alexa if I must be tied the data to Facebook.
     
  24. commissioneranthony

    commissioneranthony [H]ard|Gawd

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    A little close to the last data breach much? 1000*Nope = Nnnoooopppppppeeeee.
     
  25. Hallucinator

    Hallucinator Gawd

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    What next?

    Facebook iSauron?
     
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  26. Eshelmen

    Eshelmen [H]ardness Supreme

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    does any one really need this?