Facebook is building a camera TV set-top box codenamed Ripley

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Facebook is building a camera TV set-top box codenamed Ripley A mysterious product called “Ripley” appeared hidden besides Facebook’s new Portal smart displays in Facebook for Android’s code. Dug up by frequent TechCrunch tipster Jane Manchun Wong a week ago, Ripley’s name squared with Facebook’s VP of Portal Rafa Camargo telling us that “we’re already investing in expanding the product line … Read More

Adobe XD now lets you prototype voice apps 

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Adobe XD now lets you prototype voice apps  Adobe XD, the company’s platform for designing and prototyping user interfaces and experiences, is adding support for a different kind of application to its lineup: voice apps. Those could be applications that are purely voice-based — maybe for Alexa or Google Home — or mobile apps that also take voice input. The … Read More

A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg

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A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg TechCrunch: Hey Portal, dial Mark Portal: Do you mean Mark Zuckerberg? TC: Yes Portal: Dialling Mark… TC: Hi Mark! Nice choice of grey t-shirt. MZ: Uh, new phone who dis? — oh, hi, er, TechCrunch… TC: Thanks for agreeing to this entirely fictional interview, Mark! MZ: Sure — anytime. But you don’t … Read More

Review: The tiny $149 Echo Sub is a huge audio upgrade

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Review: The tiny $149 Echo Sub is a huge audio upgrade Want to make your music more interesting? Add a subwoofer. That’s what Amazon did and, suddenly, the entire Echo smart speaker lineup is more interesting. If you were not impressed with the sound of an Echo, consider trying again when the Echo is paired with an Echo Sub. The … Read More

Alexa can now reserve conference rooms

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Alexa can now reserve conference rooms Amazon is debuting a new feature that will allow businesses to use Alexa for booking conference rooms. The addition is part of the Alexa for Business platform, and works with linked calendars from either Google’s G Suite or Microsoft Exchange, as well as over an API, arriving soon. The feature is part of Amazon’s … Read More

Comparing Google Home Hub vs Amazon Echo Show 2 vs Facebook Portal

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Comparing Google Home Hub vs Amazon Echo Show 2 vs Facebook Portal The war for the countertop has begun. Google, Amazon, and Facebook all revealed their new smart displays this month. Each hopes to become the center of your internet of things-equipped home and a window to your loved ones. The $149 Google Home Hub is  cheap and privacy-safe smart … Read More

Devialet unveils an ambitious new speaker

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Devialet unveils an ambitious new speaker French speaker maker Devialet is arguably manufacturing some of the best sounding all-in-one speakers on the market, but they’ve always been too expensive for the average customer. With the Phantom Reactor, the company is releasing a cheaper speaker that still sounds great. At €990 ($1,137), Devialet is going for a wider audience of music … Read More

Facebook, are you kidding?

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Facebook, are you kidding? Facebook is making a video camera. The company wants you to take it home, gaze into its single roving-yet-unblinking eye and speak private thoughts to your loved ones into its many-eared panel. The thing is called Portal and it wants to live on your kitchen counter or in your living room or wherever else you’d like … Read More

Facebook launches Portal auto-zooming video chat screens for $199/$349

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Facebook launches Portal auto-zooming video chat screens for $199/$349 Facebook’s first hardware product combines Alexa (and eventually Google Assistant) with a countertop video chat screen that zooms to always keep you in frame. Yet the fancy gadget’s success depends not on functionality, but whether people are willing to put a Facebook camera and microphone in their home even with a … Read More

Facebook tries its hand at hardware with Portal

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Facebook tries its hand at hardware with Portal Portal is not Facebook’s Echo Show. Call it a case of convergent evolution, wherein two companies arrived at similar looking products after approaching hardware from different angles. The problem Facebook sought to solve is one of face to face communication. It’s an attempt to remove the device from the act of video … Read More