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Video chats are awkward. The video can be of poor quality, the audio can be unreliable, and it can be odd to speak to someone when they staring at the screen instead of the camera. Apple plans to fix the last dilemma with its next major mobile device update. iOS 13 will use ARKit to fix the eye contact issues in FaceTime. This new feature was discovered by Mike Rundle and quickly posted to Twitter. He noted that the third developer beta for iOS 13 includes a feature called “FaceTime Attention Correction”. This feature will use augmented reality to make it seem like you are looking into the camera while you FaceTime. How is the feat being achieved? With ARKit, Apple is able to map... Read more...
The big news of late in the Apple realm was the severe flaw in Group FaceTime that allowed users to eavesdrop on people added to the group conversation before they accepted the call (without their knowledge). The flaw could also share video from the camera of the iPhone in addition to audio. The first person to discover the bug was a 14-year-old teen named Grant Thompson, and Apple has confirmed he will get paid. While Apple has confirmed that Thompson will be paid for finding the flaw, it is being coy about how much the teen will receive. All Apple says so far is that it will compensate the family and make a contribution to Thompson's education. Thompson's mother was very vocal about the run... Read more...
Although it's arriving later than originally promised, Apple has just issued iOS 12.1.4, which fixes the widely publicized Group FaceTime bug that was revealed early last week. In short, the bug allowed anyone to eavesdrop on your iPhone's microphone by initiating a FaceTime call, and video could even be obtained (without the receiver’s permission) via the exploit. Apple initially disabled Group FaceTime on its servers to immediately shutdown the exploit, and last Friday it instituted a server-side fix for the problem. The release of iOS 12.1.4 now brings relieve on the consumer side for iPhones and iPads. The bug was initially discovered by a teenager, Grant Thompson, who stumbled... Read more...
It looks as though Apple is going to need a little bit more time to fix the glaring security hole that was found in its Group FaceTime feature. When the exploit was first widely publicized on Tuesday afternoon, Apple initially stated it had “identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week." Apple apparently wasn't able to meet that self-imposed deadline and says that the bug will be patched in an iOS update that will be released next week. In a statement sent to MacRumors, Apple apologized for the obvious breach in user privacy – something that the company has always vowed to protect. In the statement, Apple even specifically calls out and... Read more...
Well, you could see this one coming from a mile away. Remember that Group FaceTime bug we wrote about yesterday? The one that Apple apparently knew about since at least last week? Predictably, someone has gone and filed a lawsuit and is seeking unspecified punitive damages on claims of negligence, product liability, misrepresentation, and warranty breach. In case you missed it, the bug allowed users to exploit the Group FaceTime feature in iOS to spy on another iPhone, iPad, or even a Mac user. We say "allowed" (past tense) not because the bug has been squashed (soon, but not yet), but because Apple has disabled Group FaceTime while it works on a fix. Before that happened, a user could place... Read more...
Earlier today we reported on a rather nasty Group FaceTime bug that had the potential to affect every iPhone user running iOS 12.1.2 or higher. In a nutshell, the bug allowed anyone to place a FaceTime call to another person, tap on the “Add Person” button, after which you would add your own phone. Once these steps were completed, the initial caller would be able to hear what’s picked up by the receiver’s microphone even if they didn’t answer the incoming FaceTime call.  Even more disconcerting is the fact that a brief glimpse of video could also be transmitted from the receiver’s phone if they hit the power button to end... Read more...
One of the features that many Apple users were looking forward to with the iOS 12 update that landed in 2018 was the Group FaceTime feature that allowed multiple users to chat and see each other at the same time. A severe bug in group FaceTime has been discovered, and the bug had users understandably upset because it would allow anyone to call via Facetime and hear what the person on the other end of the call was doing without their knowledge. The bug could be exploited to listen via the microphone of the person you are calling and possibly see video from their device before the person even picks up. The flaw was exploited by adding yourself to a FaceTime call before the person on the other end... Read more...
Apple was expected to bolster its FaceTime feature with support for groups with the release of iOS 12. If you were looking forward to that, we have some bad news to share. Support for FaceTime group chats has been removed from the latest iOS 12 beta (version 7), with a note from Apple saying it will not ship with the initial release. On the bright side, Group FaceTime support will eventually launch, and barring another delay, it will arrive within the next few months. They AirPlay2'd Group FaceTime pic.twitter.com/4OkTVV45BZ — Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 13, 2018 "Group FaceTime has been removed from the initial release of iOS 12 and will ship in a future software update later this... Read more...
The parents of a five-year-old girl who lost her life in a car accident involving another motor vehicle in which the driver was using Apple's FaceTime app have filed a lawsuit against the Cupertino outfit. Filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court, the lawsuit holds Apple accountable for the girl's death for not utilizing technology that would prevent people from using FaceTime while operating a vehicle, or at the very least issue a warning as to the potential hazards. "Plaintiffs allege Apple Inc.'s failure to design, manufacture, and sell the Apple iPhone 6 Plus with the patented, safer, alternative design technology already available to it that would automatically lock-out or block users... Read more...
Given the fact that Apple is one of the biggest companies on the planet, it's sometimes easy to get impression that the company is unstoppable and can't be touched. In terms of sales, that might be true for now, but in legal matters, being a Goliath means very little and often times you're a target. This latest case is a perfect example, and while Apple won't face time clinging to steel bars or picking up rubbish around a park, it is required to open its wallet ever-so-slightly to pull out $302.4 million in chump change to pay VirnetX Holding Corp for infringing on two of its patents. The infringements are tied to Apple's FaceTime calling feature, which lets users see who they're talking to,... Read more...
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 is coming from a source that has been incredibly accurate when it comes to previous Apple product... 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 technology market was left for Apple to conquer? The Idiot Box! The Boob Tube! The Telly! Yes. Surely,... 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, which is backup code that is meant to be used when you lose your mobile device. Two-step authentication... 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 communications during transit and doesn’t have a way to monitor the content of your chats, according... Read more...
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