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Topic: FaceTime

Apple ordered to pay $302.4M in damages to VirnetX in patent retrial

10/01/2016, 12:10 am

A federal jury on Friday found Apple's FaceTime product in infringement of patents owned by non-practicing entity VirnetX, a decision that will cost Apple more than $302 million in damages.

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VirnetX patents ruled invalid ahead of retrial in ongoing legal battle with Apple

09/13/2016, 09:09 am

Four patents VirnetX said were infringed by Apple have been deemed invalid by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, something which could potentially be a major setback in an upcoming retrial.

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FaceTime video chat competitor Google Duo released for iOS, Android

08/16/2016, 10:08 am

Google on Tuesday released its new chat client Duo, promising high quality video between iOS and Android users with the free download now available on both the iOS App Store and Google Play.

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VirnetX's $625M FaceTime lawsuit victory against Apple tossed, two retrials ordered

08/01/2016, 12:08 pm

A federal judge has tossed out a February ruling requiring Apple to pay patent holding company VirnetX $625.5 million over secure communications patents used in FaceTime and iMessage, and has ordered two complete retrials.

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Apple squashes FaceTime bug that facilitated eavesdropping on calls

07/18/2016, 08:07 pm

Apple in a pair of security updates for iOS and OS X on Monday addressed a FaceTime vulnerability that allows attackers to surreptitiously maintain audio connectivity in a seemingly terminated FaceTime call.

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Apple's FaceTime subject of renewed VoIP patent infringement lawsuit

06/24/2016, 10:06 pm

Apple on Friday was slapped with yet another patent lawsuit leveled by a non-practicing entity, this time a renewed complaint dealing with VoIP technologies targeting FaceTime video and audio software.

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VirnetX asks court to ban FaceTime and iMessage, add $190 million to patent payout

05/26/2016, 12:05 pm

Intensifying its patent infringement case against Apple, VirnetX has asked a Texas court to order an injunction against FaceTime, iMessage, and a VPN feature, while simultaneously asking for greater damage payments on top of $625.6 million awarded earlier this year.

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How Apple's new Retina Flash -- 5 years in the making -- brightens up selfies on the iPhone 6s

09/10/2015, 12:09 pm

While more than one rumor predicted that Apple would add a front-facing flash to its newest iPhone -- an increasingly common feature among high-end handsets --nobody considered that the company would do so in a way that alleviated the need to build in extra hardware, despite evidence that Apple has been exploring such a solution for years.

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Future iPhones might automatically broadcast IM-style operating status data to contacts

04/14/2015, 04:04 am

iPhone owners may soon have an easier way to determine whether a friend is available to take a call, as a new Apple patent describes a system in which devices automatically send out IM-style system status information that can be viewed dynamically by other users.

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'Modern Family' co-creator details episode shot entirely with Apple products

02/24/2015, 10:02 pm

In a behind-the-scenes look at an upcoming "Modern Family" episode shot completely on iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan said using the iOS devices didn't dramatically change the production process, and revealed that tomorrow's show is not the first time producers turned to Apple's handset for in-show footage.

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Apple patent outlines mobile app data sharing and collaboration over FaceTime

02/24/2015, 02:02 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a method by which two or more mobile device users can share and interact with app data in real time, including the ability to see each other's screens during a FaceTime call.

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Apple's iMessage, FaceTime, and OS X take starring roles in new episode of 'Modern Family'

02/17/2015, 09:02 am

A forthcoming episode of hit television comedy Modern Family puts Apple's iOS and OS X communication services -- notably iMessage and FaceTime -- front and center, with the production crew shooting footage exclusively on the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2.

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Apple's iMessage, FaceTime now protected by two-step verification

02/12/2015, 05:02 pm

Apple continues to expand the range of offerings covered by its two-step verification scheme, with security-conscious users now able to count iMessage and FaceTime among those features protected by the service.

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EFF ranks Apple's iMessage, FaceTime "best mass market options" for secure messaging, ahead of BlackBerry Messenger, Google Hangouts, Facebook, Microsoft Skype

11/05/2014, 02:11 pm

In its ranking of electronic messaging systems for safety and security, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said no mainstream products passed all of its criteria, but that Apple's iMessage and FaceTime "stood out as the best of the mass-market options."

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Appellate court rejects $368 million VirnetX patent victory over Apple

09/16/2014, 01:09 pm

Patent holding company VirnetX's infamous $368 million win over Apple --which most notably resulted in changes to FaceTime that riled consumers --has been thrown out by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit after review.

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Apple suffers setback in new VirnetX patent suit over FaceTime

08/11/2014, 12:08 pm

As Apple gears up to defend itself against another lawsuit from patent holding firm VirnetX, the iPhone maker was dealt a blow late last week after the presiding judge issued a series of pre-trial rulings denying Apple's motion to preemptively invalidate some of VirnetX's patent claims and preventing the use of invalidity as a defense against others.

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Apple's future iPhones could hide FaceTime camera & flash inside earpiece grille

08/07/2014, 09:08 am

The clean and simple design of Apple's iconic iPhone could become even simpler, thanks to a new concept that describes concealing the FaceTime camera within the earpiece speaker slot, and even adding a camera flash module that would illuminate forward facing pictures.

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VirnetX heads back to court, adds latest Apple products to FaceTime patent lawsuit

01/14/2014, 02:01 pm

Patent holding company VirnetX on Tuesday announced that it will attempt to add Apple's most recent slate of products --including the iPhone 5s and iPad Air --to an ongoing patent infringement action that accuses Apple of violating VirnetX's secure networking patents.

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FaceTime audio calls finally arrive on OS X in latest Mavericks beta

12/20/2013, 01:12 am

When Apple seeded the first OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 beta build to developers on Thursday, it was discovered that FaceTime audio had been quietly integrated into the Messages and FaceTime apps, suggesting the company will soon bring its first-party VoIP solution to the Mac.

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Apple's iTunes, FaceTime among most heavily trafficked Web services in North America

11/11/2013, 03:11 pm

The iTunes Store now accounts for more than 3 percent of all downstream Web traffic in North America, while FaceTime video chat accounts for 1.4 percent of all upstream Internet usage, new data shows.

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