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Facebook to reportedly release an Echo Show competitor with facial recognition

Facebook wants you to video chat on its platform, so it’s taking on Amazon, Google, and Apple with hardware of its own. 

The company will release Portal later this year, Cheddar learned in an exclusive report. It will be something like Amazon’s Echo Show, a voice-controlled smart speaker with a screen.

Reports about the video chat device came out last year, but more details — like the name “Portal” — have now been revealed. It looks like a speaker patent discovered last year is part of the Portal project.

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This dating app will let you video chat with matches before you waste your time IRL

If you thought FaceTiming with your family was awkward, just wait.

Badoo, the international dating app that boasts somewhere north of 330 million users, today introduced the option to video chat with someone before you commit to meeting up IRL. 

This comes on the heels of many of the other major players in the dating app space adding some form of video. Earlier this summer, Hinge added video clips to profiles. Bumble announced a video feature earlier in the year (though it’s not yet available), and Match recently launched their own video product Stories.  

But Badoo’s version sets itself apart by being a real-time way to actually interact with someone, as opposed to just let them see a recorded version of yourself. You have to send at least one text message with a match before you can move into video chat.  Read more…

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