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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.
Health P.E.I. says more options are coming for Islanders who don't have a family doctor or nurse practitioner, and want to access health care. Currently, just over 25,000 people are on P.E.I.'s patient registry — and they are advised to use walk-in clinics, or use Maple — an online health-care service, available for free to those without a primary health-care provider. But Andrew MacDougall, executive director of community health and seniors care with Health P.E.I., said work is underway to expa
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BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged his government won't leave citizens freezing or unable to pay their energy bills but acknowledged Thursday that his country faces considerable challenges in the coming months. Rising fuel costs sparked by Russia's war against Ukraine have put severe financial strain on many in Germany and beyond, raising concerns about a possible winter of discontent. “We will do everything to help citizens get through this difficult time,” Scholz told reporter
Canada's main stock index rose on Friday as the country's two main telecoms firms made headway with their merger deal, but gains were capped on worries over "soft landing" challenges for the economy. At 10:26 a.m. ET (1426 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 89.76 points, or 0.45%, at 20,081.64. Rogers Communications Inc and Shaw Communications Inc finalised an agreement to sell Freedom Mobile to Videotron, a unit of Quebecor Inc, in a C$2.85 billion ($2.23 billion) deal.
Saint John is getting "the short end of the stick" when Air Canada makes decisions about flights into New Brunswick, says David Duplisea, CEO of the Saint John Region Chamber of Canada. Saint John flights are being cut to only two per day, while Fredericton's has six daily flights and Moncton five, Duplisea said. "Air Canada should not be picking winners [and] losers in New Brunswick with regards to local economies and airports," he wrote in a letter this week to Air Canada president Michael Rou
Ninety-year-old David George Bryant moved into Drumlin Hills in the Town of Bridgewater, N.S., nearly a decade ago because his memory was failing. He and his wife would burn their dinners after forgetting them on the stove. So Bryant chose an assisted-living suite at Drumlin Hills while his wife moved into a nearby long-term care home. This way, he could visit her three times a week and still have food and housekeeping services in his apartment. Now Bryant, along with others in assisted-living a
Advocates say Canada's euthanasia law devalues the lives of disabled people and may be prompting doctors to increasingly suggest the procedure to those who might not otherwise consider it (Aug. 11)(AP video: Mike Householder)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed their flagship climate change and health care bill toward House passage Friday, placing President Joe Biden on the brink of a back-from-the-dead triumph on his leading domestic goals that could energize his party going into November’s elections. Democrats were poised to muscle the measure through the narrowly divided House Friday over solid Republican opposition. They employed similar party unity and Vice President Kamala Harris’ tiebreaking vote Sunday to powe
LONDON (AP) — Raheem Sterling is aiming to become more of a leader and a direct attacking threat at Chelsea after leaving Manchester City in search for more playing time. Chelsea may need both of those attributes on Sunday when it hosts Tottenham in the season’s first meeting between two of the “Big Six” teams. “Inside the changing room and at the football club, there’s a developing side of me which I’d like to see a lot more, and that’s to be more involved in decisions in the dressing room, to
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a search and rescue operation is ongoing for a second day for dozens of migrants missing after the boat they were on sank in rough seas off a southeastern Greek island. A Greek navy vessel and three nearby merchant ships were still searching Thursday for between around 30 to 50 people believed missing after the boat that had been carrying them from the Turkish coast of Antalya to Italy capsized in the early hours of Wednesday. No further survivors had
WARNING: This story contains graphic details. The 39-year-old accused of attacking a man at Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital in June has now been charged with murder, police say. Kevin Witchekan is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Randy Beauchesne, Saskatoon police said Thursday. Beauchesne, 55, was attacked on June 13 at Royal University Hospital. He suffered critical injuries and died this past weekend. Witchekan was originally charged with attempted murder, but police sa
Estonia said on Thursday it will from next week prevent most Russians from entering the country with visas issued by Estonian authorities, cutting off a popular route into Europe's passport-free Schengen zone. While exceptions apply, the Foreign Ministry for Estonia, a European Union member, said it will also cease to issue visas to Russians for work, study and business in the country. "We have seen an enormous rise in the number of Russian citizens coming into or passing through Estonia," Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said in a statement.
The emergency department at Western Hospital in Alberton, P.E.I., will be closed for the weekend. Health P.E.I. said in a release Thursday that due to a temporary lack of staff, the hospital's emergency department will be closed Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14. It will reopen on Monday at 8 a.m. The hospital has been facing severe staff shortages. Last week, Health P.E.I. made the decision to close its Collaborative Emergency Centre, which operates between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., until Sept. 1
Canada's largest private sector labour union, Unifor, elected Lana Payne as president on Wednesday, making her the first woman to lead an organization representing more than 315,000 workers, including in the auto sector. Payne was previously National Secretary-Treasurer of Unifor, and was the first woman to hold that position as well. Payne replaces Jerry Dias, who retired after eight-and-a-half years as president in March.
Structural issues delaying the $1.8 billion Edmonton Valley Line Southeast LRT could take months to resolve, an independent engineer says. On Wednesday, TransEd, the construction company behind the project, said that as many as 18 concrete piers may need repairing along the 13-kilometre line from Mill Woods to downtown. It is the latest setback to the project that was supposed to be opened in the winter of 2020. Last October, the company announced the project was delayed because of a longer-than
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