• AT&T Defends FaceTime Over 3G Decision, Says It Isn’t Violating Net Neutrality

    AT&T Defends FaceTime Over 3G Decision, Says It Isn’t Violating Net Neutrality

    AT&T ruffled more than a few feathers last week when it announced that only customers on the carrier’s new Mobile Share plans would be able to use iOS 6’s FaceTime over 3G feature. Almost immediately, people began to wonder whether or not this course of action put AT&T at odds with the FCC’s stance on net neutrality. The company waited until today to issue an… Read More

  • Will AT&T Charge For 3G FaceTime? CEO Randall Stephenson Says It’s ‘Too Early’ To Know

    Will AT&T Charge For 3G FaceTime? CEO Randall Stephenson Says It’s ‘Too Early’ To Know

    AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson took the stage this afternoon at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, where he was asked about a recent report in 9toMac that AT&T might charge customers extra if they want to use FaceTime over 3G cellular networks (a feature that was announced for iOS 6). The company previously offered a generic “we’ll share more information with… Read More

  • New iOS 6 Beta Hints That AT&T May Charge For FaceTime Over 3G

    New iOS 6 Beta Hints That AT&T May Charge For FaceTime Over 3G

    When Apple announced at WWDC that FaceTime would (officially) work over cellular data networks, the company deftly avoided offering up much in the way of details. Now that iOS 6 beta 3 has been released into the wild though, a clearer picture of how Apple and their carrier partners will handle the situation is beginning to emerge. The folks at 9to5mac discovered last night that attempting… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang on Google+ and Twitter

    Gillmor Gang 7.09.11 (TCTV)

    The Gillmor Gang — Michael Arrington, Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, and Steve Gillmor — enjoyed @scobleizer’s FaceTime tour of Florida’s abandoned Kennedy Space Center in the aftermath of the last shuttle launch. The countdown clock sat frozen amid a sea of media trailers and the huge Twitter Live Assembly building. No, wait; that was where FriendFeed stood until Google +… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang on Google+ Growth

    Gillmor Gang 7.2.11 (TCTV)

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Borthwick, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — joined the Circle Game as channelled by Joni Mitchell and Tom Rush. Google + seems to be a hit, which means it is soon to reach the critical mass where all social software must graduate from high school to beyond. For now, the service appears like a broader reimplementation of Friendfeed, which some… Read More

  • Flash in the Pan

    The news from NBC/Universal/Comcast is that the cable giant has finally made deals with both ABC and Fox to carry selected shows on their on-demand service. This is big news for the iPad set, because all four major broadcast networks are now available in a single service, on the iPad, without Flash. Across town we hear talk of hardware acceleration linking up with Android to make Flash… Read More

  • Strangers in Paradise

    Much has been made of the iPad’s role as a laptop replacement, but for me that war is over. The phone is increasingly a remote controller for the larger screen — I use its Personal Hotspot tethering to broker FaceTime calls on the move, and push notification as pointers into Twitter and the Web document store. Chatter provides a corporate firewalled collaboration space, and I spend… Read More

  • Apple Now Owns FaceTime.com (But Still Doesn't Own iPad.com)

    Apple Now Owns FaceTime.com (But Still Doesn't Own iPad.com)

    When Apple first announced its video calling application FaceTime on June 7, 2010 at the WWDC event, in conjunction with the iPhone 4, it quickly became apparent that there was a potential trademark conflict with a company called FaceTime Communications. But Apple struck a deal with the company to transfer said trademark over to them, and FaceTime Communications subsequently changed its… Read More

  • Tango Takes Face-To-Face Video Calling Beyond The iPhone With 8 Million Downloads

    One of the best built-in features of the iPhone 4 is FaceTime, the video calling feature that lets you see who you are talking to by using the cameras on both phones. But it only works over WiFi and if both callers own an iPhone 4. Perhaps those limitations are why an app called Tango is the seventh most popular social networking app right now (iTunes link). Tango lets you make video calls… Read More

  • Why FaceTime And Not iChat?

    Is anyone else curious as to why Apple decided to make an entirely new FaceTime app instead of adding support to iChat? Lets look at why Apple could have done this. So far, FaceTime for Mac isn’t even what I’d expect from Apple; it has little flaws that lead me to think it was rushed—more on that in a bit. Read More

  • Hands-on With Facetime for OS X

    http://player.ooyala.com/player.swf?embedCode=M4YnNyMTpSL_Pr4Ncg1PZoRl0Q5Maefh&version=2 This is clearly a beta product. It’s very non-intuitive and the contacts system is ridiculous. Regardless, it worked well enough from iPhone to desktop and from desktop to desktop. Now we just have to figure out where iChat is headed. Read More