For Mac and iOS users, an alternative to Skype would be FaceTime, which allows Mac and iOS users to video call one another through their phone numbers or Apple IDs. Unfortunately for Mac, FaceTime is still limited to video calls, which iOS users have the option of placing audio-only FaceTime calls. Well the good news is that Mac users can look forward to the audio-only option in a future OS X Mavericks update, thanks to the latest beta OS X 10.9.2 that is currently being seeded to developers.
While Apple did not make any formal announcement regarding this feature, it was discovered by developers that FaceTime audio had been integrated into the likes of the Messages and FaceTime app, hinting that the feature could be officially introduced in a future OS X Mavericks update. Similar to Skype, users will be able to seamlessly switch between audio and video thanks to a new button, as well as mute the chat.
According to developers who have tried the feature, apparently FaceTime audio on iOS devices offers a better-sounding call, and that it takes a while to stabilize. Presumably these are some of the kinks Apple is working on ironing out which hopefully will be resolved once the feature goes live for the public.
Car keys are something we don’t really give much thought to, although we suppose if we had the car key pictured above, well you can be sure we’d never stop talking about it. Pictured above is a concept key fob belonging to the BMW i8, which for those unfamiliar, is a concept hybrid vehicle that was unveiled back in the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The car’s design, even from 4 years ago, remains futuristic looking even today, and we suppose its key fob is no different. While this is a concept, it is apparently an official concept which was shared by a BMW insider with the folks at Bimmerfile.
While most key fobs come with a few buttons to unlock/lock the car, pop the boot, or sound the alarm, this key fob does that and more. It is said to feature a high resolution LCD display that will be able to display a variety of relevant information to the owner. For example it will be able to tell what is the range left in the car before requiring a recharge, or how long left before the car is fully charged, and etc. The key fob will also feature a handful of buttons that can be customized according to the user’s needs, making it a lot more handy than your regular key fob, although we can only imagine how troublesome and expensive it would be to lose it.
This is currently a concept and BMW has yet to officially confirm its existence, but in the meantime what do you guys make of it?