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Facebook introduces new Portal video-calling devices, Portal for Business service

Facebook unveiled Tuesday the third generation of its Portal video-calling devices and a new service that will allow businesses to deploy fleets of the devices to their employees.

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It shows Facebook is still bullish on video calling screens, and that it expects people will want to continue video chatting. The company first unveiled its Portal devices in 2018 and hasn’t revealed any sales numbers.

But as companies continue to delay a return to the office, Facebook is capitalizing on a need to connect to colleagues and loved ones over video calls. It competes against Amazon’s Echo Show and Google’s Nest Hub products in the home.

Highlighting the new models is the Portal Go, a $199 device with a 10-inch screen that can be lifted off of its charging block for use around the home. The Portal Go features a carrying handle and enough battery to last up to five hours of one-on-one calling via Messenger or 14 hours of listening with its screen off. 

Facebook also announced a new version of its Portal+, which will retail for $349 and feature a wide 14-inch display that can be tilted forward and backward. The new Portal+ was designed to sit next to users’ computers on their desks for video calls. Facebook said it has better sound quality than the first version.

They cost more than the older models. The current 10-inch Portal sells for $179 and the previous version of the Portal+ was priced at $279. However, there’ll likely be revised promo prices for these devices later this year, Facebook’s head of product management for Portal Micah Collins said.

The third-generation Portals are available for pre-order starting Tuesday and will begin shipping to customers on Oct. 19.

Additionally, Facebook announced Portal for Business, a service for small and midsize businesses that will allow companies to purchase, deploy and remotely manage Portal devices for their workers. Facebook saw a fit for this type of service as more companies shift to remote and hybrid setups, Collins told CNBC. Portal for Business will launch in beta this year in the U.S. and will become more widely available next year, Collins said. 

“Portal is extremely useful given the amount of video connection we have to sustain during a workday, and that trend isn’t going away,” he said. 

In another effort to cater to professionals, Facebook will add Microsoft’s Teams work to Portal in December. This will allow Portal owner to use their devices to access their Teams calendars, contacts, file sharing and chat functionality. Portal already supports other work apps like Zoom, BlueJeans and Webex. 

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According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,016 cases of coronavirus were reported while 28 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,201.

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‘Covid fourth wave’: Pakistan reports 1016 new cases, 28 deaths

Islamabad: Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,016 cases of coronavirus were reported while 28 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,201.

The total number of cases has reached 1,261,685.

As many as 1,193,175 patients have recovered from the disease with 2,195 critical cases.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 437,032 in the province with 12,808 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 464,142 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,514.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 176,366 in the province with 5,666 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,100 confirmed cases while 352 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,372 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 740. On the other hand, there are 10,361 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 106,312 cases in the capital city while 935 people have lost their lives. 

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Pakistan reports lowest daily COVID death toll in almost three months 

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 767 cases of coronavirus were reported while 19 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,106. 

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Pakistan reports lowest daily COVID death toll in almost three months 

Islamabad: Pakistan has reported its lowest daily coronavirus death toll in almost three months, with 19 people losing their lives to the virus in the last 24 hours. 

Amid a steady decline in Covid-19 infections, Pakistan's coronavirus positivity ratio further fell to 1.88% with 767 new cases.

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The total number of cases has reached 1,257,955.

As many as 1,187,308 patients have recovered from the disease with 2,540 critical cases.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 435,882 in the province with 12,780 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 462,466 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,484. 

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 175,735 in the province with 5,636 casualties.

Balochistan

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AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

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Islamabad

There are 106,113 cases in the capital city while 931 people have lost their lives. 

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Marvel’s Eternals soundtrack to feature ‘Friends’ by BTS 

The full soundtrack from the upcoming Marvel film Eternals was recently unveiled.

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Marvel’s Eternals soundtrack to feature ‘Friends’ by BTS 

Seoul: Friends, a song produced by BTS’ Jimin and V is reportedly being featured in the latest installment of Marvel Film "The Eternals" directed by Chloe Zhao. The song was produced by band member Jimin.

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The news got confirmed when Marvel News shared a list of songs included in the soundtrack for Eternals. 

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Fans became excited and took it to Twitter as 'PRODUCER JIMIN,' and 'VMIN' started to take over internet trends in multiple countries.

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The upcoming film is confirmed to be set partially in the past and in the future. 

The Marvel franchise is set to hit cinemas on November 5, 2021.  

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