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If you've ever used your phone for a video call, you know that a small screen isn't ideal. That's especially true for Zoom and other multi-person calls, which can shrink everyone into even smaller windows.
Then there's the issue of having to stay firmly planted in front of the camera — not ideal if you want to, say, move around the kitchen or office while on your call.
The Facebook Portal is a smart display designed with video calls in mind, though it can do a lot more. It originally sold for $179 (and more recently $149), but right now Amazon has the Facebook Portal for $79. That ties the lowest price on record.
Available in black or white, the Portal resembles a digital photo frame (and of course that's one of its capabilities), one that can work in both portrait and landscape orientations. Needless to say, it requires a Facebook account.
If you have one, you can easily video-call others via Facebook Messenger. The Portal also supports the popular messaging tool Whatsapp, and it lets you participate in Zoom calls as well. Although it incorporates a fixed-frame camera, it uses digital panning and zooming to help you stay "in the frame" as you move around.
Speaking of which, you might be wondering if you'd be better off with Amazon's Echo Show 10, which can actually rotate on its base to follow you all around a room. Perhaps: It offers much better sound quality (important if you plan to listen to a lot of music) and some home-security features courtesy of Alexa Guard Plus. However, it costs $250. As the holidays get closer, you might see it on sale for $200 or even $180, but probably no lower than that.
Queen Elizabeth died of old age, according to her death certificate, which has been published by the National Records of Scotland.Elizabeth, the United Kingdom's longest-reigning monarch, died peacefully at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle, her summer home in the Scottish highlands, on September 8.
Durham have been docked 10 points in this year's English County Championship after Nic Maddinson admitted to an infringement regarding the size of his bat.The 30-year-old, who has played three Tests and six T20s for Australia, used a bat which failed a bat-gauge test in Durham's Division Two match against Derbyshire earlier this month.
Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann says he has not considered quitting but has "analysed a lot" during the international break as he attempts a turnaround in form for the German giants.The Bundesliga champions for the last 10 successive seasons have gone four games without a win in the league and host fellow strugglers Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.
North Korea has fired a ballistic missile off its east coast, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff say, following the firing of two short-range ballistic missiles a day earlier.Thursday's launch came as US Vice President Kamala Harris visited South Korea to bolster the US ally and amid worries that the North is about to conduct a nuclear test - the seventh since 2006 and its first since 2017.
Lauren Jackson has produced the best performance of her Opals comeback so far in an 86-69 quarter-final defeat of Belgium that confirmed Australia will face China in the basketball World Cup's final four.Now only two wins away from a potential second World Cup gold medal, the Opals' tall options were the difference at Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena on Thursday night, with Cayla George leading all comers with 19 points and nine rebounds.
India's top court has upheld the right of a woman to an abortion up to 24 weeks into pregnancy regardless of marital status, a decision widely hailed by women's rights activists.The right to abortion has proved contentious globally after the US Supreme Court overturned in June its landmark 1973 decision in Roe v.
Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe has undergone surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his groin and will not play again before December.The injury has limited Smith Rowe's game time this season, and Arsenal said he had a "significant setback" after a substitute appearance in the 3-1 loss at Manchester United on September 4.
Son Chhay, a Cambodian opposition politician and former Adelaide school teacher, has asked judges in his criminal defamation trial to declare their political allegiances as hearings resume in the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.The 66-year-old was charged with criminal defamation after he criticised the local commune elections in June, which led to complaints lodged by the National Election Commission (NEC) and the long ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Sydney Roosters halfback Luke Keary and Super League finalists Richie Myler and James Bentley are the headline inclusions in Ireland's 24-man Rugby League World Cup squad.Queensland-born Keary, who qualifies for the Wolfhounds through his father, had been due to make his Ireland debut at the 2017 World Cup in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, but missed the tournament through injury.
Soccer fans going to the World Cup in Qatar must show a negative COVID-19 test when they arrive as part of the host nation's rules to combat the virus.All visitors aged 18 and over must also download a government-run phone app tracking people's movements and health status, called Ehteraz.
Finland will close its border to Russian tourists from midnight local time, which is expected to lead to a significant drop in cross-border traffic, the government says.The inflow of Russians is now seen as endangering Finland's international relations, Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told a news conference on Thursday.
A UN tribunal in The Hague has opened the genocide trial of a Rwandan businessman captured two years ago after decades on the run, with judges saying the hearing must go on despite the suspect's decision to boycott it from his jail cell.Felicien Kabuga, a former businessman and radio station owner, is one of the last suspects sought by a UN tribunal prosecuting crimes committed in the 1994 genocide, when ruling Hutu majority extremists killed more than 800,000 minority Tutsis and Hutu moderates
Former Sydney Roosters and England star Adrian Morley is tipping the delayed Rugby League World Cup, which kicks-off in England next month, to be the most closely fought yet.Morley, who played in the 2000 and 2008 World Cups, believes the rise of Tonga and Samoa could make the 16th tournament - held over from last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic - the most open in history.
A 71-year-old man already charged for his alleged role in the murder of a toddler is facing multiple separate child abuse charges.The man had already been arrested and charged in relation to the murder of a two-year-old girl, allegedly beaten to death with plastic tubing and dumped on a rural property at Porters Retreat near Oberon in 1987.
US Vice President Kamala Harris and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol have condemned North Korea after Pyongyang conducted the latest in a series of missile tests.Harris met Yoon after arriving in the South Korean capital, Seoul, early on Thursday amid simmering regional tension over North Korea's missile launches and China's actions in the Taiwan Strait.
New Zealand centre Quinn Tupaea will sidelined for nine months with the knee injury he sustained during a cleanout by Australia's Darcy Swain in Melbourne earlier this month that incensed the All Blacks.The team said on Thursday further scans on the anterior cruciate ligament injury revealed "more extensive damage" that would require surgery, extending the player's period on the sidelines by six months.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss says she will stick to her controversial plan to reignite economic growth as she broke her silence following nearly a week of chaos in financial markets triggered by her huge tax cuts.A day after the Bank of England resumed its bond-buying in an emergency move to protect pension funds from partial collapse, Truss blamed the upheaval on Russia's invasion of Ukraine that has caused inflation to spike around the world.
A Tasmanian councillor "agitated" for the interests of a property developer, pressured council staff on their behalf and forwarded them a confidential email, a state integrity commission report has found.The commission also raised concerns significant gaps existed in the state's regulatory framework governing political donations and election campaign funding at local government level.
Australia has rejected a three-year prison sentence handed down to Sean Turnell in Myanmar and called for his immediate release.The Australian professor has been detained for more than 19 months by Myanmar's military regime, charged with violating the nation's national security laws.