02/28/2014, iMessage was introduced in 2011 alongside iOS 5. It was believed to be Apple’s answer to platform-exclusive messaging platforms like BlackBerry’s BBM and Samsung’s ChatON at that time. Prior to that, the Messages app was mainly used for sending/receiving regular text messages and MMS. However it seems that thanks to more iPhones being adopted on an annual basis, along with more iPads being sold, it looks like Apple’s iMessages is […]
01/16/2014, Earlier this morning, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an Apple invention which replaces the frames that are dropped during a low-bandwidth FaceTime call, relying on pre-recorded as well as doctored images to get the job done. This is a transparent process which to the end user, it would seem as though the entire video feed is seamless. Pretty nifty work, don’t you think so? This particular patent application […]
12/20/2013, 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 […]
07/31/2013, Let’s face it, when you webcam or FaceTime with a friend or family member, you look at the screen where their faces are at, and they look at their screen. However due to the placement of the webcam, it is “impossible” to actually look them directly in the eye as you would in real life. Granted this isn’t exactly a big deal, but in case you actually want to have […]
05/20/2013, AT&T has confirmed that it will support all mobile video chat apps regardless of device or data plan by the end of 2013.
05/16/2013, Google Hangouts video chats are apparently being blocked over AT&T cellular, though the carrier says its not stopping them in any way.
04/09/2013, The world ground to a halt for some moments earlier today, and I am referring to those who use Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime services, as both services were actually disrupted, so it is a good thing that they are up and running normally once again. Apparently, this particular issue did not affect everyone, but only some users, which would surely prove to be an irritating experience especially when you have […]
04/09/2013, So we’ve heard of Apple’s FaceTime, which is basically Apple’s spin on video calling, and it seems that the Cedars-Sinai hospital has announced a new initiative called “BabyTime”, which as the name might have already given away, is basically the use of FaceTime to help connect newborn babies with their mothers. As a male, I am unable to conceive how difficult it must be to give birth, let alone walk […]
01/16/2013, AT&T has always been weird when it comes to allowing its customers to make FaceTime calls over cellular as it previously blocked the ability to use the iOS feature. Since then, the company has been slowly allowing its customers to use FaceTime Over Cellular and is announcing today more of its customers can make FaceTime calls when they’re not connected to Wi-Fi. AT&T will be making FaceTime Over Cellular available to […]
11/21/2012, A couple of weeks ago AT&T confirmed that they would be activating FaceTime-Over-Cellular for their customers, although this was limited to customers on a tiered data plan. However rather interestingly, it seems that according to some reports via the MacRumors forum, AT&T might have extended FaceTime-Over-Cellular to all of its subscribers, even those who are on grandfathered unlimited data plans which have since been abolished by the carrier. According to […]
11/18/2012, When you are so used to taking advantage of computing services that generally do not suffer from any downtime, it can be rather frustrating to experience services which you take for granted each day go through an omnishambolic moment. Case in point, Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime seem to have experienced a downtime today, resulting in a yet unknown number of iPhone, iPad, and Macbook owners in the dark should they […]
11/08/2012, So the last carrier to prohibit Apple’s Facetime videoconferencing software over its network has fallen: Yes, if you’re an AT&T subscriber with a iDevice, you can finally Facetime over your cellular connection, provided you’re not on a grandfathered data plan. AT&T’s Jim Cicconi posted on the official public policy blog explaining why AT&T finally made the decision, and why they’ve left people not on shared data plans off: We decided to […]
10/31/2012, Apple’s video calling software application known as FaceTime is a strong selling point in today’s tough consumer electronics industry. But the tables could turn, now that the Cupertino-based tech behemoth is receiving a blow out of the water. A Texas-based firm called Intercarrier Communications (ICC) has just filed a patent complaint against Apple in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for allegedly violating its 6,985,748 patent. […]
08/20/2012, A while back thanks to a screenshot taken, it seems that AT&T could be interested in charging their customers for using Apple’s FaceTime feature over their cellular network. Well the good news is that as it turns out, AT&T will not be charging you for FaceTime usage, although the catch is that you will be required to be on the carrier’s new MobileShare data plans. The MobileShare data plans will […]