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Topic: FaceTime

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.


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.


'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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


iOS 7 feature focus: Block calls, texts, and FaceTimes from individual numbers

09/19/2013, 12:09 pm

Apple's new operating system has received acclaim for many of its interface tweaks and service additions, but one of the less heralded features Apple built into iOS 7 is also quite useful: a privacy setting that allows users to block specific people from contacting them.


Apple's FaceTime workarounds for VirnetX patent suit causing complaints, costs $2.4M per month

08/30/2013, 06:08 pm

Modifications Apple has made to its FaceTime video calling service due to a lost patent lawsuit are reportedly causing complaints from customers, as well as a hefty $2.4 million per month fee for relay server costs.


Apple working on iPhone video feature that automatically switches cameras during a FaceTime calls

08/29/2013, 07:08 am

A newly published patent application from Apple outlines teleconferencing and video capture technology that would process video from an iPhone's front and rear cameras simultaneously, and automatically determine which feed to stream based on voice or visual cues.


Dallas Cowboys star sees birth of son thanks to Apple's FaceTime

08/09/2013, 02:08 pm

When his son Austin was born on Monday, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr wasn't able to be there in person, so he turned to Apple's FaceTime video chat as the next-best option.


Apple outages affect App Store, iTunes & FaceTime for hours

08/07/2013, 03:08 pm

Lingering issues with Apple's Internet-based services caused its company's digital storefronts and FaceTime video chat to be unavailable for some users for hours on Wednesday.


iOS 7 beta 4 clarifies phone buttons with icons, takes FaceTime full screen

07/30/2013, 06:07 am

Apple has tweaked the phone button layout in iOS 7 beta 4, replacing the original, full-width "borderless buttons" with more obviously defined targets for answering, dialing extensions or ending calls. The new icons reduce the use of text on button labels, and allow FaceTime to go full screen.


AT&T starts nationwide FaceTime over cellular rollout

06/17/2013, 08:06 pm

AT&T appears to be in the midst of rolling out support for Apple's FaceTime video calling service for iPhone on its cellular network, making good on a promise to support all video chat apps over wireless by the end of the year.