Adding friends on Snapchat can be a pain in the arse: You have to open the app, pull down the menu bar to reveal your personalised Snapcode, have your friend open their Snapchat app, focus the camera on your (more than likely) smudged screen and have them take a photo. Or you have to sit there spelling out your username ("It's A, double U - no, not W, two Us..."). Now, you can just send them a link.
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It's a dilemma for parents in the digital age: We know we're not supposed to prop our four-month-olds in front of an iPad and let them watch Dora until their eyes bleed. But technology has made the rules of screens complicated -- what if Gramps and Gran want to FaceTime? Turns out babies are smart enough to know the difference.
Parent-calling-avoiders of the world have never had it worse: Skype, Hangouts and FaceTime are all stellar and free programs that mean that you've got basically no reason for ignoring forgetting your parents' wedding anniversary. But Firefox wants to add to that list, with a video-calling client that doesn't even need an account.
No matter the computer, its built-in microphone is a piece of junk. But at just 65 grams, the Blue Microphone Tiki might be the first USB mic designed well enough to be used by anyone. Your mama just figured out how to use Skype -- if you call her with this plugged in, will she actually be able to understand what you're saying?
When Apple launched iOS 6, it was happy to announce that FaceTime was finally going to be available over 3G. Great! But now, 9to5mac is reporting, based on leaked screenshots, that using FaceTime over AT&T's 3G network may require a paid-for contract bolt-on. Not so great.
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 more than 40 years earlier.
Today, a new era in video chat launched with Airtime, aka Facebook-connected Chatroulette without flashers. How exactly can Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning promised us us that there will be no rude bits? Turns out Airtime is recording you -- and if you're flashing, it's recording that too.
Airtime is a new startup by Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning (of Napster fame) that recycles an old idea: Chatroulette. Yep, that random video-chatting service invented by some Russian teenager has seemingly been redressed in tailored suits and landscaped beards. It's Chatroulette buttoned-up, which means less fun but potentially more useful.
It's rumoured that Facebook is extending its standalone Messenger app for iPhone to include video chat capabilities, and 9to5mac reports that the current beta version is "smooth most of the time".