FaceTime

  • Modeling Mediums Of Communication Crunch Network

    Modeling Mediums Of Communication

    Communication mediums can be classified by their context. Example: if your audience is just one person, it’s a different communication experience then when your audience is a company or a crowd. Another metric is whether delivery is synchronous or asynchronous. By targeting a particular experience and delivery mode, a communications product is determining a language for our… Read More

  • Apple Adds FaceTime Audio To OS X 10.9.2 Beta, Bringing Native Mac-To-iOS Voice Calls Closer

    Apple Adds FaceTime Audio To OS X 10.9.2 Beta, Bringing Native Mac-To-iOS Voice Calls Closer

    Apple has issued a new developer preview of OS X, version 10.9.2, and it introduces some interesting new features according to 9to5Mac. The most interesting is probably FaceTime Audio, however. Apple introduced VoIP calling (no video required) to FaceTime in iOS 7 on mobile devices, but this marks its first appearance on the desktop. Read More

  • FaceTime Audio Is Apple’s Biggest Little Feature Addition In iOS 7

    FaceTime Audio Is Apple’s Biggest Little Feature Addition In iOS 7

    Quietly, gradually, but clearly Apple is building platform lock-in into its iOS products, with some features that are deeper than just a rich third-party software ecosystem. FaceTime Audio is the latest of these, VoIP calling built on the back of its FaceTime video chat service, which is tightly integrated to the phone app to make placing free international calls almost a pleasant surprise… Read More

  • Apple Working On Intelligent Brightness Control And Automated FaceTime Camera Selection

    Apple Working On Intelligent Brightness Control And Automated FaceTime Camera Selection

    Ideally, your smart device of the future anticipates your needs and adjusts itself to suit them without requiring input on your behalf. Two newly published patent applications (spotted by AppleInsider) from Apple describe systems that could help do just that for future iPhones and iPads, via selective screen brightness control and auto camera switching during FaceTime video calls. Read More

  • AT&T Now Offers FaceTime Over Cellular For Any Customer With A Tiered Data Plan

    AT&T Now Offers FaceTime Over Cellular For Any Customer With A Tiered Data Plan

    AT&T announced on its consumer blog today that it will finally allow FaceTime over cellular available to all customers on a tiered data plan, after previously offering it first only to those with a Mobile Share plan and then later to those with both LTE devices and tiered plans. Took them long enough. Read More

  • AT&T Reportedly Extending FaceTime Over Cellular To Some Users On Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plans

    AT&T Reportedly Extending FaceTime Over Cellular To Some Users On Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plans

    AT&T definitely didn’t win any fans with its initial reaction to Apple’s decision to open up FaceTime video chat services to cellular networks. Now, though, it seems like the carrier may be making FaceTime available even to users on grandfathered unlimited data plans as the service begins to roll out live, though whether that’s an intentional move remains to be seen. Read More

  • AT&T Expands FaceTime Support To Those With Tiered Data Plans & LTE-Capable Devices

    AT&T Expands FaceTime Support To Those With Tiered Data Plans & LTE-Capable Devices

    Last month, open Internet advocacy groups threatened to file complaint against AT&T with the Federal Communications Commission due to AT&T’s decision to limit the use of Apple’s FaceTime video calling application. AT&T said that users wouldn’t be able to use FaceTime over its cellular network, unless they were also on the carrier’s Mobile Share Plans. Read More

  • AT&T On Notice: Carrier To Face Net Neutrality Complaint Over FaceTime

    AT&T On Notice: Carrier To Face Net Neutrality Complaint Over FaceTime

    AT&T announced early on that users wouldn’t be able to use FaceTime over cellular connections on its network, for subscribers who aren’t on the carrier’s Mobile Share Plans. The decision was obviously not popular with users; it took long enough for Apple to make FaceTime even available over cellular data connections, and AT&T subscribers were hearing they’d be… Read More

  • 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