WhatsApp Video Calling iPhone

WhatsApp finally receives support for video calling

November 15th at 7:46 AM

WhatsApp finally receives support for video calling

It took WhatsApp long enough, but the feature you may have been waiting for is finally here: free video chatting for all. Just like any other chat/messaging app out there, WhatsApp now lets you initiate and receive video calls. All you need to do to get them is to update the app to the latest version, and then get a reliable connection, whether it’s cellular or Wi-Fi. More →

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Apple Fights Weak Encryption Law

Apple tears apart proposed British anti-encryption law in written memo to parliament

December 22nd at 8:47 AM

Apple tears apart proposed British anti-encryption law in written memo to parliament

No matter what some would say about Apple’s determination to encrypt its products, the company is not ready to go down without a fight in an effort to protect its privacy policies, even if that means engaging in a war of words with legislators.

In addition to fighting the U.S. government over encryption, Apple has now officially voiced its objections to a law that proposes weaker encryption in Britain. More →

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iPhone Encryption iMessage FaceTime Wiretapping

Apple said no to real time iMessage wiretapping for the government

September 9th at 6:50 AM

Apple said no to real time iMessage wiretapping for the government

Apple has refused a request from the Department of Justice for real-time iMessage wiretapping, a new report says, apparently suggesting that Apple could do it if it wanted to. A recent security report claimed that while iMessage (or FaceTime) doesn’t have a backdoor for the government, the end-to-end encrypted service is built in such a way that Apple could, if it wanted to, offer real-time access to messages and chats to a third-party – namely a spy agency working with a warrant – belonging to a suspect. More →

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iPhone FBI iMessage FaceTime Backdoor

Apple’s iMessage encryption promises may have been false

August 6th at 9:25 AM

Apple’s iMessage encryption promises may have been false

If you listen to Apple’s statements about protecting iMessage and FaceTime communications, you’d think Apple has the best encryption game in town. Not only that, but Apple isn’t playing ball with the government, as it’s looking to protect your data more than it wants to cooperate with intelligence agencies.

But a new report looking into the iPhone’s security measures that are supposed to protect your data suggests that everything we’ve been told about iMessage encryption may have been false in at least one aspect: Your data might only be safe if you’re not a suspect. More →

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iMessage and FaceTime: Two-Factor Authentication

How to make iMessage and FaceTime infinitely more secure

February 13th at 6:50 AM

How to make iMessage and FaceTime infinitely more secure

Even though Apple already encrypts communication between people who use either its iMessage messaging system or FaceTime video calling app, that’s only going to stop others from tapping into one’s private conversations. But that might not be enough of a protection measure third-parties obtain access to someone’s Apple ID account, which also opens doors to iMessage and FaceTime snooping, among other things. More →

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iMessage, FaceTime and App Store

Why your Apple ID isn’t as safe as Apple says it is

January 14th at 6:50 AM

Why your Apple ID isn’t as safe as Apple says it is

In early September last year, just before Apple launched its new iPhones and iOS operating system, the company was hit by a huge data breach scandal — naked pictures of many celebrities stolen directly from their iCloud photos appeared online — even though iTunes itself was not cracked by hackers, who employed other means to get access to those accounts. Apple still felt like it had to explain its stance on privacy and security in the days and weeks that followed. The company assured users their data is safe from hackers and spy agencies, further urging them to use the improved two-factor authentication features for their Apple IDs. More →

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WhatsApp vs. iMessage vs. FaceTime

Charlie Hebdo fallout: U.K. wants to ban WhatsApp, iMessage and other encrypted chat apps

January 13th at 6:50 AM

Charlie Hebdo fallout: U.K. wants to ban WhatsApp, iMessage and other encrypted chat apps

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, some governments are already planning to take preemptive action against similar future events, by coming up with additional security means that could also further infringe on the privacy of regular users. Such is the case in the U.K., The Independent reports, where Prime Minister David Cameron said he wants to ban securely encrypted communication services including WhatsApp, SnapChat, iMessage and FaceTime should he win the next elections. More →

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iMessage and FaceTime Security

EFF: iMessage and FaceTime are best, most secure, mass-market messaging options

November 6th at 6:50 AM

EFF: iMessage and FaceTime are best, most secure, mass-market messaging options

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Tuesday released a report on messaging apps security, saying that Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime SMS/instant message and video chat services, respectively, are the most secure mass-market options for consumers, though that doesn’t mean everything is perfect. More →

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iPhone Facetime Camera Update

Apple has plans to revolutionize your iPhone’s front-facing camera

August 7th at 3:00 PM

Apple has plans to revolutionize your iPhone’s front-facing camera

When Apple first introduced the front-facing camera on the iPhone, it attempted to do so as elegantly as possible, but one patent hints at a future hardware revision which could hide the camera from view entirely. First noticed by AppleInsider, a patent published on Thursday for an “Electronic Device With Camera Flash Structures” seems to indicate that Apple might place the FaceTime camera inside the speaker port at the top of the phone and add a camera flash. More →

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FaceTime Audio Calling

Here’s how to make calls on your iPhone sound 100 times better for free

February 11th at 12:29 PM

Here’s how to make calls on your iPhone sound 100 times better for free

In iOS 7, Apple introduced a feature called FaceTime audio that offers sound quality that is far better than anything we had ever experienced before on the iPhone. It makes people’s voices sound more like, well, people’s voices. FaceTime audio works just like regular FaceTime calling; you can make a call to anyone with an iOS device that’s running iOS 7, and it’s completely free because it uses your data plan or Wi-Fi to make calls. More →

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AT&T FaceTime Controversy

FaceTime over 3G now available to all AT&T iPhone users with tiered data plans

January 16th at 2:36 PM

FaceTime over 3G now available to all AT&T iPhone users with tiered data plans

Rejoice, AT&T (T) iPhone subscribers: You no longer need to have a shared data plan or an LTE-capable iPhone 5 to use FaceTime over the company’s cellular network. AT&T announced on Wednesday that customers who own an HSPA+ compatible iPhone and subscribe to any tiered data plan can now use the carrier’s HSPA+ network to use Apple’s (AAPL) popular video chat application. AT&T says that it has “already begun updating our systems and processes and expect to start rolling the update out to customers on an ongoing basis beginning in the next couple of weeks.” The carrier first announced that iPhone 5 users with tiered data plans would be allowed to use FaceTime over its LTE network this past November. We’ve posted AT&T’s full press release below. More →

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AT&T FaceTime Policy

AT&T iPhone 5 users can now get FaceTime over cellular without a shared data plan

November 8th at 2:54 PM

AT&T iPhone 5 users can now get FaceTime over cellular without a shared data plan

AT&T (T) has started to appease customers annoyed by its FaceTime policies by announcing that iPhone 5 users will be able to use the video chat application over the carrier’s LTE network even if they don’t have a shared data plan. AT&T isn’t charging customers any extra money to use FaceTime over its LTE network and that company says that it “expects to roll out this functionality to customers over the next eight to ten weeks.” AT&T is still requiring that customers have tiered data plans to use FaceTime over cellular, however, so customers that still have grandfathered unlimited data plans won’t be able to take advantage.

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Angry AT&T customer files formal complaint over FaceTime restrictions

October 17th at 4:07 PM

Angry AT&T customer files formal complaint over FaceTime restrictions

AT&T Facetime Policy

Many have complained about AT&T’s (T) FaceTime policy, but now one man is standing up to do something about it. Business Insider reports that an architect living in San Francisco, who wishes to remain anonymous, has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission over AT&T’s decision to limit Apple’s (AAPL) FaceTime video calling application over its cellular network to shared data plan subscribers. The man said he was particularly annoyed because he has been paying AT&T for unlimited data use on his smartphone for years and now he’s angry that AT&T won’t let him use FaceTime over 3G or 4G on his unlimited data plan. More →

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