In a stunning shift from their previous stances on mobile video chat, AT&T announced to The Verge today that it plans to extend cellular use of Apple's FaceTime for a larger swath of users in the coming weeks, particularly those who aren't covered by the new tiered plans it introduced last year. By the end of the year, AT&T plans to allow video chat apps over its network for all customers with LTE devices regardless of the platform.
Not only does the iPhone 5 bump the front camera into high-definition territory with the ability to take and transmit 720p video footage -- as well as much clearer still photos -- but iOS 6 also now allows for FaceTime conversations over cellular networks. Better video, sending over a cellular network -- anyone else nervous about their data plan? We put it to the test.
Regardless of what kind of mobile device or computer you own, Skype is pretty much available for your video calling needs. But what about the living room? Logitech answers the call with a new video calling camera for your HDTV.
Tomorrow is the last day of July, and what a month it's been! Seems as if iPhone users will have to suffer through the dog days of summer in August with today's news that the next handset is likely to have its moment in the spotlight come mid-September instead of last year's October debut of the iPhone 4S. Quick! To the upgrade eligibility calculator! And when you come back, be sure to read what else is happening for this July 30, 2012.
Now that every computer and device you own is equipped with a webcam, there's really no reason not to video chat with those loved ones that don't get to see you in person all that often. These five apps reflect the best of video chat services--we're sure one of them will suit your needs!
The beta of Messages, which will officially debut this summer in OS 10.8 Mountain Lion, is available starting today. I took it for a test drive and found it awesome... and confusing. Messages weirdness: Let me show you it. And if you run into anything strange (or you are slapping your head and yelling "duh" while reading my tales of woe) chime in! We can all help each other...
My daughter wants me to download Logitech Vid HD so that we can video chat with each other. She’s on a PC, and I’m on a Mac running 10.6.8. Will I have trouble with this program because I’m connecting to a PC? Or can I just use my iChat or Gmail account?
The fring app for iPhone and iPad has been a popular platform for free voice calls, texting, and video chats (to other fring users) for a while now. Today, with version 188.8.131.52, fring brings something new to the table: the ability to jump into a lively four-way video chat with total strangers, discuss your favorite topics, and even make new friends.
The new feature, called Playgrounds, allows you to join or create group video chats about your favorite subjects with any fring user, whether you know each other or not.
If you’re a fan of chatting with friends and family through Facebook, developer SHAPE Services has a treat for you, and just in time for the Labor Day weekend here in the U.S. -- IM+ Video is a new free app offering unrestricted video and voice calls to and from your iPhone through Facebook.
Well, that was fast! On Monday night, Skype finally released their long-awaited native iPad app, only to “temporarily” remove it from the App Store almost as quickly as it appeared, “to ensure your best Skype experience.” Were you one of the lucky ones to grab it?