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FaceTime bug lets callers spy on recipients’ audio before they answer [UPDATE]

FaceTime bug lets callers spy on recipients’ audio before they answer [UPDATE]

A newly discovered FaceTime bug enables callers to listen into the recipient's audio before they answer the phone, according to iPhone users who have been impacted by it. The bug presents a significant privacy issue, one call recipients may be unaware of as they contemplate whether or not to answer. Exploiting the bug requires only minor effort and it appears disabling FaceTime is the only protection from it.

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iOS 12.1.1 fixes FaceTime’s biggest frustration

iOS 12.1.1 fixes FaceTime’s biggest frustration

Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. Fortunately, Apple can also giveth back. iOS 12 brought a lot of new features but it also brought a few headaches for regular FaceTime users. No, this isn’t about Group FaceTime, which finally launched with iOS 12.1. Follow that update, this minor iOS 12.1.1 update also fixes what has become a major annoyance in Apple’s FaceTime revamp: switching between front and rear cameras with a single tap.

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Amazon FreeTime Unlimited subscription adds audiobooks for kids

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited subscription adds audiobooks for kids

Amazon's monthly FreeTime subscription for kids content has added support for audiobooks. The additional support provides access to kid-friendly audiobooks, adding it to the existing games, video content, books, and apps. The audiobooks are accessible through Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets, as well as Android and iOS devices.

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iOS 12.1 update arrives today with Group FaceTime

iOS 12.1 update arrives today with Group FaceTime

Apple is known for ending its reveal events by announcing "one more thing," and today, that thing was actually iOS 12. Though it perhaps isn't exciting as a surprise device, Tim Cook did confirmed that iOS 12.1 is shipping out to its mobile devices today. Along with it comes a new feature that's been teased since iOS 12 was first revealed: Group Facetime.

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iOS 12.1 release gets Group FaceTime, camera updates plus dual-SIM support

iOS 12.1 release gets Group FaceTime, camera updates plus dual-SIM support

Apple may have a huge iPad Pro and MacBook event tomorrow, but it's getting iOS 12.1 out of the way a day earlier, with Group FaceTime and more. The update comes hot on the heels of the iPhone XR release - and the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max before it - with new camera features for Portrait mode, among other things.

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Apple delays iOS 12’s Group FaceTime video calls

Apple delays iOS 12’s Group FaceTime video calls

One of iOS 12's headline features, Group FaceTime, will now no longer ship in the initial release of the iPhone update, Apple has confirmed. Announced at WWDC 2018, the feature allows FaceTime video calls to include up to 32 people simultaneously.

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Group FaceTime in iOS 12 supports up to 32 people

Group FaceTime in iOS 12 supports up to 32 people

Group FaceTime is launching in iOS 12, bringing the ability to hold video conversations with multiple people at the same time. The new feature for Apple's video calling service will support up to 32 simultaneous Group FaceTime participants, in fact.

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Apple faces $440m damages in VirnetX FaceTime lawsuit

Apple faces $440m damages in VirnetX FaceTime lawsuit

Things haven't gone well for Apple in the courts today, with the Cupertino firm slapped with a $440m penalty in its long-standing battle against VirnetX. The two companies first ended up in the courtroom after VirnetX sued Apple in 2010 over claims it had infringed on secure communications protocols patents.

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iOS 11 rumored to introduce FaceTime group video calls

iOS 11 rumored to introduce FaceTime group video calls

Ever since its introduction, Apple's FaceTime has been limited to call between two people, regardless of the device being used. This might finally be changing later this year, as a new rumor suggests that the upcoming iOS 11 will have FaceTime supporting group video calls. While we're still several months away from iOS 11's likely debut at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, a group call feature would have FaceTime catching up with rival platforms such as Skype and Google Hangouts.

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Apple sued, FaceTime blamed for fatal car accident

Apple sued, FaceTime blamed for fatal car accident

Driving and using a smartphone at the same time is usually made illegal in some states, with some caveats, for a reason. Drivers have time and again proven themselves incapable of exercising good judgment in those cases. Sometimes, however, companies that implement the technologies, or rather fail to implement them, should be held accountable as well. That seems to be the reasoning behind a lawsuit filed in Texas against Apple, accusing it of not implementing a FaceTime patent it held which could have prevented the death of a five-year old girl in a tragic 2014 vehicular accident.

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Apple must pay $302M to VirnetX after losing FaceTime patent retrial

Apple must pay $302M to VirnetX after losing FaceTime patent retrial

After roughly six years of courtroom battles, a federal jury in Texas ruled that Apple had in fact infringed on patents held by VirnetX, a non-practicing entity, and ordered the Cupertino company to pay $302.4 million in damages. While Apple's ongoing struggles with VirnetX began in 2010, this latest retrial ruled that the company's FaceTime platform used the latter's patented internet security technology without gaining permission.

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Duo is Google’s FaceTime: see it in action here

Duo is Google’s FaceTime: see it in action here

This week the folks at Google have launched a true competitor to Apple's FaceTime and iMessage for iPhone. They've shown off the app called Allo - that's for chat, a straight-up battle-ready app to take on iMessage - it'll be on Android and iOS, as well. Then there's Duo, a video chat app that'll battle FaceTime. That'll be released on Android and iOS as well, too. It's made by the people who developed WebRTC and is built with QUIC.

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