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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Is Your iPhone Possessed?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 03:00 AM!5789416/is-you...den-pics-of-you

"Cameras that look back at us are becoming commonplace-and that's a good thing! FaceTime is a lot of fun! Except if it's glitchily taking secret pictures of us without us knowing, as some iPhone users are claiming."

Looks like from the video that it takes a random screen shot at some point during FaceTime. The good thing is that the iPhone 4 isn't sending them off to anyone...yet. I guess no real reason to worry about this glitch unless you are using FaceTime for some, shall we say, risque behavior.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Is FaceTime Something You Find Useful?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple is expected to add a front facing camera to iPad 2, bringing yet another device into its "FaceTime" fold."

And the question came up about it's usefulness, or lack thereof. It got me thinking, how often do I really use that feature? The front camera is nice, and I use it a lot, but mainly for taking pictures when I'm with someone and want to be in the picture. I have used FaceTime with my daughter, but mainly as a remote viewing device so I can help her solve some problem on the computer, with her homework or with the XBox 360. So, how often do you use FaceTime and how do you use it?

Monday, February 28, 2011

Can Your Mac Send and Received HD Calls Via FaceTime?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:19 AM

"Apple has published a list of Macs that support sending and receiving HD calls through its new FaceTime for Mac software, clarifying who can do what."

Bottom line on all of this is that if you don't have one of the new MacBook Pros introduced last week then you cannot send AND receive an HD FaceTime call. Many Macs can receive them, and most can send and receive the normal SD FaceTime calls. Apple has an article with more on this topic here.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas and Face Time

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 12:26 PM

"Apple has begun airing a brand new iPhone 4 advert in the U.S. which is full of Christmas spirit whilst still showing off the features of FaceTime on the iPhone 4."

Another clever commercial from Apple.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Security Flaw in FaceTime for Mac Found

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 AM,+iPad,+iPod)

"FaceTime for Mac beta was announced at Apple's Back to the Mac event yesterday Wednesday and released shortly after. It didn't take long before a security flaw was found."

Apparently once you have logged into FaceTime, you can see all of the security settings of the Apple ID used for FaceTime. So the safety tip here is not to use it on any Mac that isn't your own. Beta is beta folks. I'm sure an update will be forthcoming soon.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

FaceTime for the Mac

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"As we guessed, Apple is bringing FaceTime to your Mac, complementing its rollout to Apple's mobile handhelds, the new iPhones and iPod Touches."

Well this is certainly a great update, being able to use FaceTime between your iPhone or iPod Touch and your Mac. If you want to test it out, Apple has posted the beta version here.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pogue Gives Some iPhone Tips

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:00 AM

"It seems as if Apple dodged a bullet. Ever since the Steve Jobs press conference a couple of weeks ago, in which Apple offered free carrying-case bumpers (or full refunds) to anyone whose iPhone 4 exhibited the 'signal drops when you hold the phone a certain way' problem, the jeering and mockery online seems to have gone into hibernation."

Some simple but overlooked tips for using your iPhone 4. I especially like the changes to the combined contacts list.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Who is Ready for FaceTime? Find Out With FacePlant

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:21 AM

"By now, everybody who owns an iPhone 4 knows how cool FaceTime is. They're also probably frustrated with the fact that a) you need to make a call at least one time in order to verify that a friend has an iPhone 4 and can actually do FaceTime chats, b) you can't see when friends are on Wi-Fi and ready to talk, and c) you can't leave them a video message when they're off a Wi-Fi network or have their phone turned off."

This app will certainly help you figure out who can "FaceTime" with you. The app is called FacePlant, and it isn't out yet in the app store so I haven't had a chance to try it out, but the basics are that the app goes through your contacts and if any of them are registered with FacePlant they will show up on the contacts list. If they are willing and able to talk they have an orange bar surrounding their name, if not they show up with gray around it. You can also leave them a video voicemail. No word on when it will be released other than "soon," but it will be free.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Need a New Avatar? See Yourself As a Cartoon!

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"For $50, artist David Lanham will connect with you over FaceTime, hand-sketch an image in about ten minutes, then use his digital arsenal to create a fully-realized digital portrait that you can use for just about anything. He’ll even mail a print to your house."

Pretty cool, eh? David broke his foot playing soccer, and is spending his down time creating original avatars using FaceTime. The FaceTime session takes about ten minutes, and the drawing time about an hour. The results are emailed to you, and you can even buy a larger print if you'd like. Dave can be reached via his email address in the article, or via Twitter. Great idea!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Need Some FaceTime Help?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"FaceTime is the compelling video telephony app for the iPhone 4. And as the millions of units are out in the hands of users, so come the annoyances and the tips. Here are a few about speeding up initiation, working behind a firewall and troubleshooting FaceTime after you've ported your number from another carrier."

Several helpful tips on using FaceTime successfully, as well as some solutions to problems that others have encountered. I haven't had much use for FaceTime to be honest, so I haven't run into any of these problems. How about you? Are you using FaceTime at all and if so, have you had problems?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

FaceTime In-Flight

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:00 PM

"This video shows you that Apple's FaceTime video chat works over in-flight Wi-Fi -- a huge deal to business travellers, we suspect."

The quality isn't all that bad, but I wonder if more and more start using this if the airlines start restricting it due to bandwidth usage? I'm not all that familiar with in-flight internet access since I hardly ever fly but I'm curious about it, does anyone out there use it and if so, what do you think the odds are about restrictions in the future if this becomes widely used?

Friday, July 9, 2010

FaceTime Could Save A Life

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"One of the flagship features of the iPhone 4 is its video conferencing capabilities, a la FaceTime. Two doctors, however, are putting Apple's claim that FaceTime is the next generation of telecommunication to the test."

Taking video conferencing out of the realm of static devices locked away in a room somewhere, a surgeon at the University of Arizona has used FaceTime to consult with a colleague in Los Angeles regarding a possible foot amputation. FaceTime could be "a game changing tool" for doctors, according to the Arizona surgeon, Dr. David Armstrong, who also stated that it's not the technology itself, but the form factor (portability) and the ubiquity (millions already sold) of the devices that will make a difference in how medicine is practiced around the world.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Try Out FaceTime, But Make Sure You Turn it on First!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 08:51 PM

"I bring good news to iPhone 4 owners whose friends, neighbors and distant relatives didn't manage to get their hands on the hard-to-get smartphone yet will have been itching to try Face Time -- Apple has set up a test system so you can get it working correctly."

Call 1-888-FACETIME between the hours of 8am to 8pm Central Time, and you can talk to someone from Apple, and listen to them as they give you the run down on FaceTime and all the features. Process takes about 5 minutes.

One quick tip, if it doesn't work, make sure both iPhones have it turned on, then it works like a charm! My daughter and I tested it out, and initially had problems since she wasn't getting the FaceTime option on her iPhone. With a little searching, we found out that it wasn't enabled so we had to go to Settings --> Phone --> and then turn on FaceTime. Yea, I know, read the manual (or the user guide)!

Monday, June 21, 2010

FaceTime Won't Use Up Carrier Minutes, At Least for Now

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:00 PM

"Good news: Apple's new FaceTime video calls won't use up your allotment of carrier minutes, even if they're initiated from within a voice call, an Apple rep tells us."

I wouldn't have thought so, but the way AT&T is doing things these days, you never can tell. Once the voice call goes into FaceTime, it switches to Wi-Fi, thus no minutes come off your plan. The question is when FaceTime is allowed to work off of 3G, what happens then? My gut instinct is that the minutes would come off your plan since you are using AT&T to keep it going versus the Wi-Fi. Or would it come off of your data plan? I guess we will cross that bridge when we come to it, hopefully you are given the choice between Wi-Fi and 3G if you want to switch to FaceTime.

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