Facebook Enters the Smart Home Market

That’s right. Facebook is selling a device with a camera on it that peers into your home, and it’s doing so just two weeks after a massive security breach exposed the private information of 90 million users. So there’s a lot to talk about.

It has a 12-megapixel camera on the front, and a big, bright HD screen so you can see the person on the other end of the call. It uses on-board AI software to make the calls look and sound better than the calls made with competing devices, of which there are many.

Families who use Facebook as a valuable tool for staying in touch will see Portal as a no-brainer holiday purchase. Others may see it as nothing more than a home invasion, and given the current discussion around the value, abuse, and teeter-tottering security of user data, who can blame them?

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