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Facebook Portal adds games and web browser amidst mediocre Amazon reviews

By | Apps, Facebook, facebook messenger, Facebook Portal, Gadgets, Hardware, Media, privacy, smart displays, Social, TC, Video

After receiving a flogging from privacy critics, Facebook is scrambling to make its smart display video chat screen Portal more attractive to buyers. Today Facebook is announcing the addition of a web browser, plus some of Messenger’s Instant Games like Battleship, Draw Something, Sudoku and Words With Friends. ABC News and CNN are adding content […]

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Facebook Portal needs more. At least it just added YouTube

By | Amazon, Amazon Echo Show, Apps, Facebook, Facebook Portal, Gadgets, Google, Google Assistant, Google Home Hub, Hardware, Media, Social, TC, YouTube

To offset the creepiness of having Facebook’s camera and microphone in your house, its new Portal video chat gadget needs best-in-class software.  Its hardware is remarkably well done, plus Messenger and the photo frame feature work great. But its third-party app platform was pretty skimpy when the device launched this week. Facebook is increasingly relying […]

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So I sent my mom that newfangled Facebook Portal

By | Apps, Facebook, facebook messenger, Facebook Portal, facebook privacy, Gadgets, Hardware, Social, TC, video chat

“Who am I going to be worried about? Oh Facebook seeing? No, I’m not worried about Facebook seeing. They’re going to look at my great art collection and say they want to come steal it? No, I never really thought about it.” That’s my 72-year-old mother Sally Constine’s response to whether she’s worried about her […]

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Snapchat’s PR firm sues influencer for not promoting Spectacles on Instagram

By | Advertising Tech, Apps, eCommerce, Gadgets, Hardware, Influencer Marketing, instagram, Media, Snap, snap inc, Snapchat, snapchat spectacles, Social, TC

Influencer marketing could get a lot more accountable if Snapchat’s PR firm wins this lawsuit. Snapchat hoped that social media stars promoting v2 of its Spectacles camera sunglasses on its biggest competitor could boost interest after it only sold 220,000 of v1 and had to take a $40 million write-off. Instead, Snap comes off looking […]

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Facebook confirms it’s building augmented reality glasses

By | Augmented Reality, augmented reality glasses, Facebook, Gadgets, Hardware, Oculus, Social, TC, Virtual reality

“Yeah! Well of course we’re working on it,” Facebook’s head of augmented reality Ficus Kirkpatrick told me when I asked him at TechCrunch’s AR/VR event in LA if Facebook was building AR glasses. “We are building hardware products. We’re going forward on this . . . We want to see those glasses come into reality, […]

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Facebook is building a camera TV set-top box

By | Facebook, Facebook Portal, facebook Ripley, Gadgets, Hardware, privacy, set top box, Social, TC

A mysterious product called “Ripley” appeared hidden beside 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 with more products we want […]

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A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg

By | Advertising Tech, Amazon, Artificial Intelligence, Facebook, Gadgets, Hardware, machine learning, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, portal, privacy, Security, smart home, Social, TC, video calling

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 mind if I […]

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

By | Amazon, amazon alexa, Amazon Echo Show, Artificial Intelligence, eCommerce, Facebook, Facebook Portal, Gadgets, Google, Google Assistant, Google Hardware Event 2018, google home, Hardware, JBL Link View, smart displays, Social, TC

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 a cheap and privacy-safe smart home controller. The $229 Amazon Echo […]

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Snapchat adds new styles as Spectacles V2s get used 40% more than V1

By | Apps, eCommerce, Evan Spiegel, Gadgets, Hardware, Mobile, Opinion, Snap, snap inc, Snapchat, snapchat spectacles, Social, TC, Wearables

Snapchat isn’t revealing sales numbers of version 2 of its Spectacles camera sunglasses, but at least they’re not getting left in a drawer as much as the V1s. The company tells me V2 owners are capturing 40 percent more Snaps than people with V1s. And today, Snapchat is launching two new black-rimmed hipster styles of […]

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More speakers, panels at The Europas, and how to get your ticket free

By | Apps, Enterprise, Europe, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Mobile, Social, Startups, TC, TCUK

The Europas Unconference & Awards is back on 3 July in London and we’re excited to announce more speakers and panel sessions as the event takes shape. Crypto and Blockchain will be a major theme this year, and we’re bringing together many of the key players. TechCrunch is once again the key media partner, and […]

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