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Fixing “There is no connected camera” Error with a Mac FaceTime Camera

Dec 27, 2013 - 98 Comments
"There is no connected Camera" error message on the Mac

Just about every Mac comes with a front-facing camera these days, referred to usually as the FaceTime camera, and on older machines was called iSight. Nearly all of the time, this camera works flawlessly and you’ll never have any problems with it, but a frustrating error can appear from time to time that makes many … Read More

Make Free VOIP Calls from the iPhone with FaceTime Audio

Nov 7, 2013 - 5 Comments
Make a FaceTime Audio call

With FaceTime Audio, the iPhone can now make free VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) calls directly from the built-in phone or FaceTime app, without the need for any third party services or applications. This basically means you make phone calls to anywhere in the world for free, so long as the recipient of the call … Read More

Fix iMessage and FaceTime Activation Errors with iOS 7

Sep 23, 2013 - 3 Comments
Fixing an iMessage Activation error

Some iOS 7 users have reported problems activating iMessage and FaceTime on their freshly updated iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Some of the initial activation errors were probably due to immense simultaneous demand being placed on Apple servers, but since some people are still experiencing this problem after the initial iOS 7 release rush, … Read More

Send Text Messages & Make Video / Phone Calls from Contacts App in Mac OS X

Mar 8, 2013 - 8 Comments
Send text messages from the Contacts app

The Contacts app in OS X, once called Address Book, has a few hidden communication tools that are incredibly useful, making the app a simple but powerful hub to start conversations. Right from Contacts, you can send iMessages, initiate FaceTime video chats, make an actual phone call, and even send normal SMS text messages to … Read More

Take a Photo with FaceTime Camera After a Task Finishes in OS X Command Line

Jan 31, 2013 - 2 Comments

If you’ve ever wanted to document your reaction to an event, task, or specific command execution, now is your chance to get started. With the help of a fun little app called ImageSnap, you can snap pictures with the FaceTime or iSight cameras from the command line. That can be good enough on it’s own … Read More

FaceTime Over Cellular Expands to More AT&T iPhones, Check if Yours Works Too

Nov 21, 2012 - 6 Comments
Facetime over cellular on iPhone

AT&T appears to be rolling out FaceTime over cellular connections to more iPhone users on their network. MacRumors was first to discover the quiet change in AT&T policy, and the potentially eligible devices include iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad 3, and iPad 4, with at least a 3G HSPA+ (AT&T’s so-called 4G) connection. Typically, FaceTime … Read More

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 - 34 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 - 9 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

You can start a FaceTime call from any web browser in Mac OS X or iOS with a custom URL structure. Then, if a user or yourself clicks that defined URL, a new FaceTime chat will attempt to initiate automatically to the set Apple ID, email, or phone number. This is a fun little trick … Read More

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