When iOS 6 is released in a few months, iPhone Facetime users will finally be able to place video calls without the need for a Wi-Fi connection. It's an improvement that was a long time coming, particularly when you consider that AT&T/Bell had offered a picturephone service over 40 years earlier.
Although journalists and bloggers continue to debate the utility, novelty, and ethicality of the new much-buzzed-about start-up Airtime, there's no denying that live video chatting has secured a place in the pantheon of internet fads.
For a paranoid section of the population, a giant face on a monitor can be an Orwellian nightmare come true. But, a giant face on a monitor that walks around town in a white jumpsuit is actually pretty cool. Still, he should definitely keep an eye out for a girl in red shorts wielding hammers.
FaceTime for Mac, which you can download right now, works pretty flawlessly so long as you have entries in your Address Book. Here's how it looks doing Mac to Mac and Mac to iPhone. There's even an iChat comparison.
Cisco's rumored telepresence-at-home system is now official and it's called Umi. The set up comprises a set top box, a remote, and a 1080p camera that sits on top of your TV. It's the new way to visit grandma!
It should have been there when it was first introduced: FaceTime videoconferencing between iPhone/iPod touch and desktop computers. The latest rumor is that it is coming. For Macs, Apple could incorporate FaceTime support in iChat. The article doesn't mention how they are planning to do it on Windows.
Are you ready for FaceTime video calls using a larger, slightly more pixelated than the iPhone 4 Retina Display version of yourself? Well even if you aren't, someone is, and they're testing it out at this very moment.
Skype's latest Windows-only 5.0 beta 2 doubles their five-way video calling to ten. TEN. How does ten-way video calling look? Like this. If you add two. We could only get eight, and four of them was me.
This is the new invention by the Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen—those guys who created the MP3 music compression algorithm: An inexpensive technology for fluid HD videoconferencing with almost no delay. Previously, this required very expensive dedicated hardware.
The iPad is a content-driven machine. That's what it does best, and that's what it's used for. The Cisco Cius, on the other hand, wants to be the consummate professional's tablet. But what's a business-minded tablet do differently?
Amidst the iPhone 4 cancellations and clusterfrack, some good news: FaceTime calls will not eat up your calling minutes, reports the Business Insider. Great! Hopefully my order won't get canceled so I can see this or myself.
Skype's about to get five times as wonderful. Starting next week, they're rolling out a public beta of Group Video Calling that will connect you with up to four friends, for free (for now). How fortunate!
Will the next iPhone have video conferencing or won't it? Does anyone really care? If you do, then feast on this, the latest rumor: European mobile provide O2 lists "video calls" as a "key feature" in the "iPhone 4G."
The latest iPad/iPhone SDK not only makes it easier for developers to build universal iPad/iPhone apps, but it also appears to have support for a front-facing camera, zoom, camera flash, and video conferencing. Oh, and some snazzy accept/decline buttons.
In an informal interview, a RIM executive strongly hinted that the company's BlackBerry line would be getting a front-facing camera for videoconferencing in early 2010. It's still officially unconfirmed, but totally plausible. Anybody out there dying for some videoconferencing? [TinyComb]