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Topic: FaceTime

Apple on the hook for $439.7 million to VirnetX over FaceTime should appeals, patent invalidation fail

10/16/2017, 12:10 pm

A series of motions by Apple in court challenging the validity of a ruling in favor of patent aggregator VirnetX have been denied, with Apple facing a $439.7 million dollar penalty -- but there are still appeals of judgements to be made, as well as the conclusion of a patent invalidation process which may wipe the slate clean.

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Judge gives greenlight to class action suit claiming Apple 'broke' FaceTime

07/31/2017, 12:07 pm

A class action lawsuit charging that Apple deliberately "broke" FaceTime on older iPhones can continue, a U.S. District judge has ruled, tossing out an Apple motion to dismiss.

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'iPhone 8' may pair FaceTime camera with 24mm or 28mm adjunct lens for facial ID

05/11/2017, 01:05 pm

With LG Innotek's new Apple-specific facility pegged as the supplier for the front-facing cameras on the "iPhone 8," speculation has turned to what exactly is mounted to facilitate the rumored facial recognition feature said to be in the device.

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Amazon launches Chime video conferencing with apps for Apple's Mac & iOS

02/14/2017, 11:02 am

Amazon on Tuesday introduced Chime, a new video meeting service backed by apps for Mac and iOS, as well as Windows and Android.

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Lawsuit claims Apple forced users to iOS 7 by breaking FaceTime

02/02/2017, 09:02 pm

A class-action lawsuit filed in California on Thursday alleges Apple schemed to force iPhone users to upgrade to iOS 7 in a bid to save money on a data services deal with Akamai, a move that rendered older hardware like iPhone 4 and 4S unusable.

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Rumor: FaceTime group video calls to debut in iOS 11

01/20/2017, 05:01 pm

Potentially fulfilling a long-standing iPhone and iPad feature request, FaceTime might finally support group video calls with iOS 11, a report claimed on Friday.

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Lawsuit blames Apple's 'less safe' FaceTime implementation for fatal traffic accident

12/29/2016, 02:12 pm

A family whose daughter's life was tragically cut short by a driver using FaceTime is suing Apple, claiming that the company has made a "less safe" than possible version of the telecommunications utility available, and as such is responsible for the crash.

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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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