iOS 11.3 Enables FaceTime On iPhones Sold In Saudi Arabia

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With iOS 11.3, you can now enable FaceTime for use on iPhone and iPad sold in Saudi Arabia. Here are the details on it.

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iOS 12 Wishlist: 10 Features We Want in FaceTime and Messages Apps

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We’re just two months away from WWDC 2018. On June 4, Apple will introduce new versions of the software that powers its gadgets for 2018. On that day, beta software enthusiasts and developers can start using iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5 and tvOS 12, all of which will be released to the general population by September (alongside new iPhones). Continue reading
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FaceTime Competitor Google Duo Gains New Video Messages Feature

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Google Duo, Google’s cross-platform FaceTime-style video calling app, was today updated with a new video messages feature that’s designed to allow users to leave video voicemails whenever someone doesn’t pick up a call.


Google says that if a person you’re calling declines or misses your call, you can record up to 30 seconds of video (or voice) to send to the person. Video messages can be played in the Duo app by tapping on the sender’s icon, and a quick call back can be done through the “Call now” button available after watching a video message.

All video messages will disappear one day after they were first watched, but can be saved to the iPhone’s camera roll if so desired.

Sometimes, your mom isn’t free for a video call at the moment you’re trying to show off your culinary masterpiece. The same goes when you’re trying to catch your best friend to rave about your favorite basketball team’s recent win. But even if they miss your call, you shouldn’t lose the opportunity to show them what you were calling about. Beginning today on Google Duo, you can leave a video message when the person you’re calling can’t pick up.

First introduced in August of 2016, Google Duo works on both iOS and Android devices. Users sign up with a phone number and can then place calls to any contacts who also have the Duo app installed. Google Duo, like Google Hangouts, another Google video app with a more enterprise focus, has been fairly popular since it launched.

Duo is consistently within the top 20 free apps in the Social Networking section of the U.S. App Store, and with the new release, it’s sitting at the number 15 spot.

Video messaging is available today in the Google Duo apps for Android and iOS. [Direct Link]

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Woman Credits FaceTime Call with Saving Her Life During a Stroke

A New York woman is crediting FaceTime with helping to save her life after she suffered a stroke during a video call on Apple’s proprietary service.

Opokua Kwapong, a food scientist who lives alone in New York City, says she was on a FaceTime call with her sister in Manchester, England. Kwapong’s sister, Adumea Sapong, said she noticed that her older sibling “didn’t look right” and began to slur her speech, the BBC reported.

Kwapong, 58, said she had just awoken from a nap when her sister gave her a FaceTime call. At the time, Kwapong said she did not realize how dire the situation was.

“My sister looked at me and said she could see that my face didn’t look right,” Kwapong told the BBC. “She also said that I was slurring my words, but I thought she was just fussing and I didn’t believe her.”

Sapong first advised that her sister take some aspirin with a glass of water. But when Kwapong struggled to pick up the glass or even walk, Sapong said she knew the incident was serious.

“Then I noticed on the FaceTime video call that her face was drooping. I told her she needed to hang up and immediately see a doctor,” Sapong said, adding that she conferenced in another of her sisters — who happened to be a doctor and also recommended immediate emergency assistance.

Kwapong finally agreed, hung up and dialed 911. Following a series of scans at the hospital, Kwapong was diagnosed with a brain clot. The stroke left her paralyzed on her left side, according to the BBC.

“There is no doubt that FaceTime saved my life,” Kwapong told the British publication. She added that, since the incident, she has come to rely on the video calling technology to conference for work since she is not able to travel as much.

“You hear a lot of negative stories about the internet and technology, but I think this is an example of how technology can be a force for good,” Kwapong said.

This isn’t the first time that someone has attributed an Apple product with helping to save their life.

In October, a Brooklyn man tweeted that his Apple Watch saved his life when it alerted him to a spike in his heart rate, which prompted him to call his doctor. The man later found out that he had a dangerous condition called a pulmonary embolism.

Last April, another man said his Apple Watch allowed him to quickly call emergency services after a car crash left him suspended by his seatbelt.

And just a week ago, a Pennsylvania mother said her Apple Watch’s SOS feature helped save her and her 9-month-old baby after a drunk driver struck the vehicle they were in, according to Shape.

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Australian carrier Telstra working on fix for Apple iMessage and Facetime outage

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Telstra, one of the largest cellular carriers in Australia, is working on a fix for an apparent services outage impacting customers major metropolitan areas attempting to access Apple’s iMessage and Facetime features.
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Apple said to integrate Animojis into FaceTime, bring tabs for iPad apps with iOS 12

Apple is said to be working on bringing Animoji characters to the upcoming iPads, thanks to the inclusion of Face ID, according to the latest report from Bloomberg. Furthermore, the company will bring its Animoji to FaceTime thus giving the ability to iOS users to use virtual emojis on faces.  These new features are a part … Continue reading “Apple said to integrate Animojis into FaceTime, bring tabs for iPad apps with iOS 12”
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Apple plans FaceTime improvements for iOS, HomeKit support for macOS


Although Apple reportedly scaled back its upcoming release of iOS 12 to focus on squashing bugs and improving stability, a new Bloomberg story spotlights several key features the company expects to add to the iOS and Mac platforms. Apple is currently working on an iOS update codenamed “Peace” and a macOS update called “Liberty,” expected to be released as iOS 12 and macOS 10.14, respectively.

According to the report, Apple’s person-to-person video and audio calling app FaceTime is set to receive two major upgrades. The more interesting addition is group chat, a feature Apple introduced years ago with the Mac video calling app iChat, but removed — and never restored — when it introduced FaceTime for iOS devices. This feature may or may not make it into iOS 12, depending on the state of Apple’s progress when the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) rolls around in June.

Apple also expects to integrate iOS 11’s cartoony Animojis into FaceTime, enabling participants with TrueDepth cameras to appear as various animated animals during calls. While TrueDepth and Animojis are currently exclusive to the iPhone X, the report indicates that a new iPad model will include the necessary hardware to support the feature. This feature appears likely to appear in iOS 12.

The report suggests that Apple is also working on a redesigned Stocks app for iOS 12, improved Do Not Disturb feature with more granular settings, deeper integration of Siri into the iPhone’s search view, multi-person augmented reality game support, and an improved photo import interface for iPad. Features likely to be held back for iOS 13 include tab support for iPad apps, split-screen support for two instances of the same app, new Apple Pencil features, and email thread-specific notification muting.

On the Mac front, the report claims that macOS 10.14 will continue to have the previously reported Marzipan feature, designed to let Macs run iPad and iPhone apps. Apple also reportedly plans to bring its Home app to macOS from iOS, enabling Mac computers to control HomeKit accessories, and likely serve as HomeKit hubs.

iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 are expected to be debuted at Apple’s WWDC in June.

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