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Use FaceTime for Voice-only Calls When Video Stutters or is Problematic

Jun 17, 2012 - 3 Comments
FaceTime Voice-only Call

If you’ve used FaceTime in an area without the best internet connections you’ve probably experienced the choppy video, breaking audio, and other call difficulties that can arrise as a result of poor internet service. Rather than giving up on the communication completely, you can turn the video call into a voice-only call and dramatically increase … Read More

Use a Mac as a Security Camera And Watch Live Video Remotely From an iPhone or iPad

May 3, 2012 - 32 Comments
Set up a Mac Security Cam with FaceTime

If you’ve ever wished you could check up on your house while you’re away, wish no more because we have a simple solution. We are going to configure a Mac as a home security camera that will open a live video stream on demand which can be watched remotely from anywhere via an iPhone, iPad, … Read More

Send Video VoiceMail Messages from the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Mar 14, 2012 - 8 Comments
Send video message

If you’ve ever had to explain to someone that iPhone visual voicemail does not literally mean video voicemail, you know the potential disappointment that comes with it. What the user probably envisioned was the ability to record a quick video message and leave that as a video voicemail for the recipient to watch when they … Read More

Use FaceTime Over 3G Without a Jailbreak via Personal Hotspot

Jan 16, 2012 - 10 Comments
iPhone Personal Hotspot

FaceTime has long been expected to support video calls over 3G networks, but thus far it hasn’t happened without a jailbreak. Blame it on the carriers, Apple, the rain, maybe 3G is too slow, or maybe it will be a feature for upcoming 4G LTE iPad and iPhone hardware… who knows, but regardless you can … Read More

Video Chatting in the Dark? Brighten Video Chat with a Blank Browser Window

May 11, 2011 - 4 Comments
white browser window to brighten a dark video chat

If you’re video chatting at night or in an area with limited lighting, you can brighten your face by opening up a blank white web browser window. This is obviously a really simple tip, but it’s kind of fun to see how surprisingly useful blank browser windows can be (like speeding up Safari on the … Read More

Start a FaceTime Call from the Web

Apr 6, 2011 - 7 Comments
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You can start a FaceTime call from any web browser in Mac OS X or iOS with a custom URL. The trick is to use a customization of a standard anchor tag, prefixing it with ‘facetime://’ like the following: facetime://appleid facetime://email@address facetime://phonenumber Place that in the URL, replacing the Apple ID, email address, or phone … Read More

FaceTime for Mac is on the Mac App Store

Feb 25, 2011 - 3 Comments
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Somewhat lost in the hubbub of the MacBook Pro 2011 refresh and Mac OS X Lion 10.7 Developer Preview was the launch of FaceTime HD, which is now finalized and available for all Mac users to download from the Mac App Store. The new version supports 720p video calls, but in order to make 720p … Read More

Automatically Accept FaceTime Calls in Mac OS X

Jan 17, 2011 - 13 Comments
auto accept facetime calls

You can set FaceTime to automatically accept incoming FaceTime calls from approved phone numbers or email addresses. You’ll need to have FaceTime for Mac installed, and then use the Terminal and the defaults command: Auto-accept FaceTime calls from a specified email: defaults write com.apple.FaceTime AutoAcceptInvitesFrom -array-add email@address.com Auto-accept FaceTime calls from a specified phone number: … Read More

FaceTime for Mac Beta Download

Oct 20, 2010 - 20 Comments
facetime for mac beta

As we anticipated, FaceTime for Mac is now available… as a beta. FaceTime for Mac allows you to make FaceTime calls to iPhone 4 and iPod touch users directly from your Mac. What’s interesting is that Mac FaceTime client is it’s own independent application, it was not built into iChat, although I bet this will … Read More

FaceTime joke: phone calls like you’ve never seen before

Sep 17, 2010 - 1 Comment
facetime humor

A reader sent in this hilarious picture which pokes fun at FaceTime, the video chat feature included with the iPhone and iPod touch (and likely soon the iPad). In case you don’t get it, the FaceTime camera on the iPhone and iPod touch is located on the front near where your ear rests, so if … Read More

New iPad with FaceTime coming soon

Sep 11, 2010 - 9 Comments
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Apple may be readying the release of a new iPad in time for the holiday shopping season, according to a report. The refreshed iPad is expected to be equipped with a FaceTime compatible camera and the new iPad iOS 4.2. The report from AppleInsider also suggests that Apple is looking to get FaceTime compatibility on … Read More

Use FaceTime over 3G

Aug 2, 2010 - 2 Comments
facetime over 3g

If you have an iPhone 4 you can now use FaceTime video chat over 3G cell network, breaking you free from your WiFi shackles. There’s a catch though, it’s not free. Here’s what you’ll need to use FaceTime over the 3G cell network: Jailbroken iPhone (you can use the easy iPhone jailbreak) Download My3G, it … Read More

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