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Apple’s FaceTime playing Big Brother

Apple’s FaceTime playing Big Brother

Get out your masks! The paranoia police are out in force! A user over at Apple's discussion boards posted this about an experience she had using FaceTime.

My boyfriend and I have both recently experienced this problem several times – when one of us is calling the other via FaceTime, an old picture freezes on our screen, while the person receiving the call only sees a black screen. It’s kind of creepy, because it brought up photos of both of us at work, where I have used FaceTime a few times but he never has. We’re just wondering how/why this is happening, and if there is a fix. It’s not terribly inconvenient, but it’s definitely unsettling, where is seems that even if we haven’t taken a picture or used FaceTime, the camera is keeping images. If anyone else is experiencing this, we’d love feedback. Thanks!

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FaceTime for Mac 1.0 hits Mac App Store for $0.99

FaceTime for Mac 1.0 hits Mac App Store for $0.99

FaceTime for Mac 1.0 has been added to the Mac App Store, the non-beta version of the video chat software allowing OS X users to make video calls with iPhone 4 and iPod touch owners. Priced at $0.99, the app keeps the same straightforward UI as the public beta, with registration via a user's Apple ID and then a simple list of contacts to choose from.

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iPad 2 main camera just 1-megapixel resolution?

iPad 2 main camera just 1-megapixel resolution?

Continued digging through the latest iOS SDK has thrown up some more potential details about the iPad 2's expected dual cameras, and it's bad news if you wanted to use your Apple slate as an unwieldy replacement for your point-and-shoot. According to 9 to 5 Mac's discovery, the iPad 2's rear camera is listed at a mere 1-megapixel resolution, something that prompts them to suggest it's actually the same unit as on the fourth-gen iPod touch.

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iPad 2 FaceTime, Camera and PhotoBooth support spotted

iPad 2 FaceTime, Camera and PhotoBooth support spotted

A new set of icons in iOS 4.3 Beta 2 have seemingly confirmed that the second-gen iPad will have a front-facing camera. Icons for FaceTime, the Camera app and PhotoBooth have all been spotted in a preview graphic for iPad wallpaper selection, with the three new images recognizable from the iPhone and OS X.

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Skype for iPhone adds video calling over 3G/WiFi [Video]

Skype for iPhone adds video calling over 3G/WiFi [Video]

Skype has updated its iPhone client to support free video calls, as teased yesterday, taking on Apple's own Face Time system. The new Skype for iPhone app allows the latest iPhone 4 and 4th-gen iPod touch to send video, while the iPhone 3GS, 3rd-gen iPod touch and iPad can all receive video from other callers.

Video demo after the cut

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iChat icon tips Face Time integration incoming?

iChat icon tips Face Time integration incoming?

Apple is still talking about iMovie '11 as we write this, but we've spotted something unusual in the dock of the company's demo machine on stage.  The iChat icon has been updated with what looks to be a video camera theme, suggesting Apple may be announcing Face Time integration from the Mac desktop.

Update: It's official! More details here.

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Apple prepping iChat Face Time apps for Mac and PC?

Apple prepping iChat Face Time apps for Mac and PC?

Apple is reportedly preparing Face Time clients for both OS X and Windows, according to Mac4Ever's sources, with the video calling technology apparently set for integration with iChat on the Mac.  The move would follow Face Time's debut on the new iPod touch, and likely give a significant boost to users of the service.

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Qik planning Apple Face Time support

Qik planning Apple Face Time support

Video chat specialist Qik has confirmed that it plans to integrate Apple Face Time compatibility into its software, just as soon as Apple publishes the necessary APIs.  The decision will see Android devices such as the HTC EVO 4G able to make and receive video calls with Apple hardware such as the iPhone 4 and iPod touch, together with Symbian and other platforms.

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FaceTime to use Apple ID & email for iPod touch & iPad users?

FaceTime to use Apple ID & email for iPod touch & iPad users?

Details on how Apple will apparently handle FaceTime video calls to devices such as the iPod touch, iPad and desktop systems which lack a phone number have leaked to BGR.  According to their "reliable" source, users will register their Apple ID to their device and then associate one or more email addresses to that ID; making a call will therefore be as simple as choosing the email address of your contact.

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Fring adds 2-way 3G video calls to iPhone 4 [Video]

Fring adds 2-way 3G video calls to iPhone 4 [Video]

The iPhone 4 may have re-popularised the idea of mobile video calls, with its WiFi-only FaceTime system, but its taken Fring to bring true 3G video calling to the smartphone (and make it cross-platform compatible too).  The company's newest release - available for Android, Series 60 and iOS - now supports video calls over 3G networks, as well as the usual VoIP and text chat.

If you're an iOS4 user you'll be pleased to hear there's baked-in support for Apple's multitasking system, so Fring stays call-aware in the background and will alert you to new messages or incoming calls.  They've also tried to make the app the single place you go to check all your social networking updates, with Twitter and Facebook integration too.

Video demo after the cut

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5MP iPod touch with FaceTime and HD video incoming?

5MP iPod touch with FaceTime and HD video incoming?

Apple are preparing an iPod touch refresh with a 5-megapixel camera, front-facing webcam for WiFi FaceTime video calls, and the same accelerometer and gyroscope updates as in the iPhone 4, claims UK retailer John Lewis.  The predictions - sourced, John Lewis told Electricpig, from "noises we're hearing from suppliers" - suggest that the traditional September refresh of Apple's touchscreen PMP will see it targeted as an all-round multimedia device for the youth market.

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Face Time video calls won’t use a callers voice minutes

Face Time video calls won’t use a callers voice minutes

Considering that we already know Face Time is a WiFi only video calling platform, it seemed simple enough at first glance that a Face Time call would not use your voice minutes. Many still wanted official confirmation and that confirmation has now come from Apple.

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