Ripley: Facebook is developing camera-equipped hardware for TVs

Facebook backtracks, says data from Portal devices may inform ad targeting

If that reasoning is correct, it could be at least a few months before Facebook launches its TV add-on. Aside from making video calls, the Portals can display photos and play music and videos.

Although the Portal support website says that it will only send voice commands to Facebook, the company spokesperson made it clear that this is not the case.

Facebook has been insistent that Portal is "private by design", and the company said no data - such as call logs and app usage information - would be used to target users with ads.

With projects like Portal and Ripley Facebook is trying to build a consumer-hardware business outside of its virtual reality brand Oculus that was acquired by the social networking giant in March 2014 for almost $2 billion.

It's no secret that Facebook has its hands in as much user data as possible for advertisement purposes.

PH takes 56th spot in global competitiveness index
Hopefully, we will see more business-government-academe linkages to support the growth of priority sectors. The country was ranked lowest in product market at 102nd, business dynamism at 101st and skills at 97th.

Mysterious references in Facebook's code and a new report suggest the project is codenamed "Ripley".

Following Cambridge Analytica and several site hacks, people have been understandably concerned about placing a Facebook product containing a camera and microphone in their home.

So, some users may find it concerning that Facebook's new Portal and Portal+ smart camera devices can in fact be used to facilitate targeted ads.

When Facebook unveiled its upcoming Portal lineup, its home video calling devices, it created the perception that the piece of hardware would have nothing to do with ad targeting, thereby steering clear of the privacy and data handling headaches that have plagued Facebook all year.

Announcing these features could help boost confidence in the Portal but eventually, time will tell if these measures combined with flashy features will be enough to attract customers. They also can show advertising with screensaver-like notifications when they're not being used, per Digital Trends. But Facebook's having to confirm that the Portal gadgets have the potential to turn more of your data into ads isn't something Portal skeptics will like hearing, not after the year Facebook had so far.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Donald Trump: Elizabeth Warren DNA Test Proves She Is 'a Phony'
Hoskin, in his statement, did not refer to Warren as a "fraud". "I'm dying to know", Graham told "Fox & Friends". Trump used the opportunity to ramp up his attack on Warren. "It may soothe his ego - but it won't work".

Chelsea Respond To 'Eden Hazard To Real Madrid' Rumours
Hazard has played 10 matches for the Blues so far this season, scoring eight goals and assisting a further three strikes. I love the fans - I think the fans love me! "Whatever happens in the future, I will be happy".

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Hands-On: A Snapdragon-powered Surface rival
For anyone who can get pass the relatively easy upgrade process, the new device is actually a fully loaded PC experience. The Samsung Book2 sports a similar grey aesthetic all around, from tablet to pen, a magnetic keyboard, and kickstand.

Apple's privacy portal now lets United States customers download their data
Instead, the firm collects data from many users, scrambles it so that it can't be traced back to any one individual. Until then, these users can still contact Apple via its legal page to request of copy personal data held by Apple.

Usain Bolt rejects deal offer from Maltese club Valletta
He is in charge of a new club, which has had the biggest player turnover of any A-League club during the off season. Usain Bolt controls the ball for the Mariners against Macarthur South West United.

Google Maps Brings Real-Time ETA ‘Journey Sharing’ to iOS
In an update headed out to users this week, you'll see an improved experience when sharing your location, ETA, and route. There's an obvious benefit to the feature: users can keep track of someone whose trip may otherwise be concerning.

Apple sends out invites for iPad Pro event on October 30th
Apple has propped up demand with cheaper models and the more-capable iPad Pro, which works with a keyboard. The new iPad Pros are likely to see an edge-to-edge display, Face ID and other incremental improvements.

Trump To Send Troops, Close Border if Mexico Won't Stop Migrant March
NBC News reports the Mexican government sent 500 officers to the country's border with Guatemala ahead of their approach. Honduran migrants leave Guatemala City at sunrise Thursday, October 18, as they continue their way north toward the US.

Tariffs on Chinese Imports Have Not Impacted US Economy
The treaty sets rates that national postal services charge to deliver mail and small packages from other countries. Trump previously has announced tariffs against Chinese goods estimated to be worth $250 billion.

Orthodox Christianity split: Moscow may freeze relations with Jerusalem Patriarchate
The Moscow Patriarchate says its worshippers should no longer attend any services conducted by clergy loyal to Constantinople. The Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, refounded in 1990, is similarly seen as a breakaway group.

Azhar Ali finds ‘new amusing way’ of getting run-out against Australia
While the first Test between both the teams has ended in a draw, Pakistan has been in a good position in the second Test. In Australia's first innings, their players have struggled a lot against Pakistan's Mohammad Abbas.

Trump Demands Honduras Turn Back Migrants or Lose U.S. Aid
The US sent more than $175m (£130m) to the country in 2016 and 2017 , according to the US Agency for International Development. It also has one of the highest murder rates in the world.

Apple iPhone Xr - South African pricing
Customers planning to join the Upgrade Program with their iPhone XR purchase can take advantage of this, too. The iPhone XR comes in five colours: Black, white, yellow, coral and a special edition that comes in red.

Eddie Jones Names 36-Man England Squad For Autumn Internationals
The fact so many players are unavailable through injury, retirement or suspension has enabled Jones to take a look at some fresh faces.

Trump Lauds Feral Congressman For Body Slamming Reporter
Here's the video of Trump on Greg Gianforte body slamming Ben Jacobs: "Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my kind of guy". On social media, though, some quickly noted Trump's omission.

Other news