Move over, Amazon Echo. Cheddar reports that Facebook is readying a video chat device called Portal, marking the social platform’s planned entry into consumer hardware. A major point of differentiation will be Portal’s positioning as a way for families and friends to stay connected through video chatting and other social features. Cheddar cites sources as saying Portal will be equipped with a wide-angle lens that is capable of recognizing individual faces and associating them with their Facebook accounts. Facebook plans a formal product introduction in early May at its annual developer conference and hopes to ship the device in the second half of 2018. The news comes amid increasing criticism of Facebook in some quarters for its role in vetting user-generated content and its influence on global social discourse.
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Among the highlights and surprises, Sandra Oh is the first Asian American woman to be nominated as Lead Actress in a Drama Series (for BBC America’s Killing Eve)….ABC’s Modern Family failed to land a comedy series or acting nomination for the first time since its launch in 2009…. Nat Geo’s Genius: Picasso grabbed seven nods….After […]
The 70th annual Emmy Awards nominations were announced on Thursday. HBO’s Game of Thrones led the pack with 22 noms, while NBC’s Saturday Night Live and HBO’s Westworld each nabbed 21, and Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale followed with 20. Netflix was tops among networks with 112 total nominations, followed by HBO with 108 and NBC […]
The United States Olympic Committee named Sarah Hirshland as its 12th chief executive officer. Hirshland comes to the org after serving as chief commercial officer for the United States Golf Association. “The USOC is at a critical time in its history and requires an energetic, creative and inspiring leader who is capable of building on […]
Wednesday’s FIFA World Cup Semifinal featuring a Croatia upset over England delivered 5,504,000 viewers to the FOX broadcast network and set an all-time FIFA World Cup Semifinal streaming record, according to the company. The match was up 61% from the Spain/Germany match in the corresponding 2010 window and ran nearly even with Netherlands/Argentina in 2014. […]