Items tagged with FaceTime

The Apple Watch was announced back in September 2014, but it was just released to the public two months ago. Those who were able to get their pre-orders in early have had plenty of time to assess the pluses and minuses of Apple’s first wearable. Now that product availability is beginning to improve, even more people are getting a taste of what the Apple Watch has to offer. With that said, information is already starting to trickle out about the next generation Apple Watch, and it looks as though it will address some of the strongest criticism leveled at the current generation wearable. This information... Read more...
For years it seemed that every discussion on Apple's new product lines and innovation required mention of an eventual Apple iTV (this writer's moniker for such a device, and not to be confused with that amorphous not-a-TV Cupertino-created product with 'TV' in its name, Apple TV). The company had stylishly cracked digital music delivery, sold tens of millions of pretty mobile phones before finally working out how to offer reliable basic phone function via the device, and opened up the tablet market while managing to leech any retail stigma of the word 'pad' along the way. What lucrative consumer... Read more...
Still smarting from an embarrassing iCloud breach last fall, Apple is beefing up protection for its users. This week, the company indicated that it will roll out two-step authentication for two Apple services that are frequent targets of hackers and other malicious users: FaceTime and iMessage. If this seems like old news to you, you’re thinking of two-step authentication for iCloud, which Apple made available back in 2013. Now, if you log out of FaceTime or iMessage, you’ll need to enter a code to get back in. That code will be sent to a device of your choosing, or you can use a recovery key,... Read more...
Just how secure is your favorite chat app? The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) found out and is sharing the results of its research as part of its battle against NSA surveillance. As you’d probably expect, it has some complaints about the security of certain mainstream chat programs, but there are a few surprises on the EFF’s Secure Messaging Scorecard.  A portion of the Electronic Frontier Foundation Secure Messaging Scorecard. Image Credit: EFF For one thing, Skype received poor marks, garnering only two positives (out of a possible seven). The video chat service encrypts... Read more...
Earlier this week, Apple released an updated set of legal guidelines spelling out exactly what it can and cannot access on your iDevice, what material it will turn over to the police, and under which circumstances it will surrender it. What's particularly interesting is the split response we've seen from different corners of the Internet. Everything Apple does tends to generate attention, but this particular set of announcements is getting a great deal of press -- and two very different narratives have emerged over what it means. Some readers and authors have reacted rather poorly to news that... Read more...
At long last, AT&T is loosening its grip on Apple's FaceTime video conferencing technology over cellular connections. If you recall, FaceTime was limited to Wi-Fi when it was first debuted, and then in September 2012, AT&T said it would gradually roll out support on cellular to sort of test the waters. Now it's ready to open the floodgates. "As a result of ongoing testing, we're announcing AT&T will enable FaceTime over cellular at no extra charge for customers with any tiered data plan using a compatible iOS device," Mark Collins, AT&T's Senior Vice President of Data and Voice... Read more...
Great news for AT&T users who have been frustrated about the company's stance on handling FaceTime over Cellular. The carrier just expanded availability of the feature, but there's still a catch: you'll need an LTE device on a tiered data plan. To date, that would include the iPhone 5 (not the iPhone 4S or earlier) as well as the newer iPad devices with LTE. Of note, you don't necessarily have to be in an LTE area to make use of FaceTime over Cellular, but the phone itself has to support it. Strange, but that's how it's structured for now. This applies to iOS 6 users, and the carrier hopes... Read more...
AT&T already said that it'd offer FaceTime over Cellular for free for those on one of its Shared Data plans, but Verizon Wireless is taking the opportunity to one-up its primary rival. Following the launch of the iPhone 5 today, Verizon announced that it would not only be offering the iPhone 5 on September 21st, but that FaceTime over Cellular would work on all data plans, and for no extra fee. It'll no doubt be an all-out war amongst the major carriers once the iPhone launches; you planning on switching? VERIZON TO OFFER iPHONE 5 ON ITS 4G LTE NETWORK ON SEPT. 21 Pre-Order Sales Begin on Sept.... Read more...
Are you still enjoying that unlimited data plan on AT&T? Go on and enjoy it, because it may not be attractive for much longer. Eventually, you'll probably want to upgrade to an LTE plan, and perhaps -- if you're thinking about using an iPhone for much longer -- you'll want to make a FaceTime call over cellular data. With the introduction of iOS 6, Apple has enabled FaceTime over cellular data, but it's up to the carriers to enable it. And of course, AT&T has chosen what's perhaps the most consumer-unfriendly way possible to integrate it. The feature will be 100% free for users of AT&T's... Read more...
We noted earlier that it seemed that AT&T Wireless' move toward data throttling for its highest 5 percent of end users could, in fact, act to push some of those grandfathered unlimited users to data tiers. Here's another move that could do so, if true. The new report concerns Apple's FaceTime video calling service. Reportedly, despite its slower version of 3G (vs. AT&T's), the FaceTime experience on Verizon's 3G network appears to be just fine, but we may not see it anyway. Apple wants to maximize the number of people who can have access to 3G FaceTime, but Verizon wants only tiered data... Read more...
Following reports circulating since last week that both Facebook and Microsoft were looking into buying the popular VOIP service Skype, Microsoft has apparently emerged the winner, although it remains to be seen if the Redmond giant really won. Skype is yet to be profitable, and lost nearly $7 million last year alone. At $8.5 billion, this would be Microsoft’s biggest acquisition to date, easily eclipsing its over $6 billion purchase of aQuantive, dating back to May 2007. It is also Microsoft's first sizeable acquisition since 2008, when in August it acquired Greenfield Online for $486 million.... Read more...
Apple hosted a huge event in California this week, and it was all centered about the Mac. We figured by the look of the invite that software would be a huge part of the discussion, and indeed it was. One of the major introductions at the event surrounded FaceTime. That's Apple's own video calling software, and while it's definitely not new (Skype has enabled video chats for quite some time), it's one of the more fluid implementations. But there's just one major problem: it's only available between iPhone 4/iPod touch users. No longer. Apple today introduced the public beta of FaceTime for Mac,... Read more...
As promised, Apple has gone and released its iOS 4.1 software update, giving iPhone and iPod touch users plenty of reason to celebrate. And what about iPad owners? Let's not go there. For owners of the previously two mentioned products, however, iOS 4.1 shuffles a slew of updates and improvements into your device. Among the fixes, the several hundred megabyte download patches up a FaceTime flaw that could allow others to wreak havoc on FaceTime calls. "An issue in the handling of invalid certificates may allow an attacker in a privileged network position to redirect FaceTime calls," Apple said.... Read more...
Do you find yourself alone at home every Saturday because you have no friends? Are you constantly scrounging for folks to do things with? If so, you might have trouble trying out FaceTime, one of the more demonstrable new features of the iPhone 4. After all, if you have people constantly drooling over your new hardware, but can't show off that primo feature, what good is it? That is, in fact, the problem with FaceTime. You need a friend to use it with, and additionally, you need a friend with an iPhone 4. If you have that problem, but want to try it out, there's always Apple. Yes, if you call 1-888-FACETIME... Read more...