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Video conferencing with FaceTime

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Ever since science fiction and Saturday morning cartoons collided, people have been intrigued by the idea of a videophone, one where you could not only talk to your friends, but see them at the same time. With the advent of the iPhone 4 and later, the fourth-generation iPod touch and iPad 2, whipping out a smallish device to video chat with your friends, family, and business associates is no longer a dream. Apple calls that dream FaceTime, a video-calling technology that works over Wi-Fi. It shakes out this way on the iPad 2.

Video conferencing with FaceTime

Ever since science fiction and Saturday morning cartoons collided, people have been intrigued by the idea of a videophone, one where you could not only talk to your friends, but see them at the same time. With the advent of the iPhone 4 and later, the fourth-generation iPod touch and iPad 2, whipping out a smallish device to video chat with your friends, family, and business associates is no longer a dream. Apple calls that dream FaceTime, a video-calling technology that works over Wi-Fi. It shakes out this way on the iPad 2.

Launch FaceTime by tapping it on the iPad's home screen. Now the first time you do this, you're likely to be prodded to log in with your account, and I'll do that now. I'll sign in, and then a message will be sent to Apple to confirm. I'm confirmed. I tap Next, and I'm ready to go. You're now ready to make and receive FaceTime calls. To initiate a call, first be sure that you're connected to Wi-Fi network.

FaceTime doesn't work over a 3G network connection. Then bring up a person's contact information using one of the buttons at the bottom of the Contacts pane. So you have the option to look at all your contacts. You can look at Recent Contacts or you can tap Favorites and find your favorites. Here is Magic Nick, my producer. I'm going to tap Nick's name to initiate the FaceTime call. So what's happening now is Nick's iPad is ringing. Pretty soon he's going to pick up, and we'll be able to see and talk to him at the same time.

Looks like we're going. Hey, Nick how you are doing? Nick: Hi Chris. Chris: It's nice to see you. Nick: Great to see you Chris. Chris: Yeah, your lighting is fabulous, by the way. Nick: All right. Chris: Okay, so while we're here, I'm going to ask Nick to do something. When you're using the FaceTime technology, you can your flip your camera around as well. Nick could you flip your camera? And this is what is behind Nick's iPad. Chris: Could you flip it back around please? Nick: All right. Great! Thank you, also if I care to, I can turn my iPad, and this changes the orientation, and it changes what Nick sees as well.

So I'll flip it back, and there you are. So you can use portrait or you can use landscape. Couple other features. One worth noting is the Mute button. I tap Mute here and the great thing about this is that he can't hear me; however, he can see me. So in this case if you are going to say something rude about somebody, make sure that you keep a big smile on your face while you're doing because they can't hear what you're saying. If they're a lip reader, that's a bigger problem. But right now I can say the most terrible things about Nick is that you know he is a magician, but he is not very good at it, honestly.

But I love this guy, and now I'm going to unmute. Nick, I was just telling everybody what a fantastic magician you are, and I'm so honored that you're my producer. Nick: All right, thank you Chris. Chris: You're very welcome. Now I'm going to end the call, and then I'm going to have Nick call me. So I'll talk to you soon. So I tap End and we should disappear. Goodbye Nick. Okay, now I'm going to go back to the Home screen. Just so you can see what it looks like when somebody initiates a call. So we'll wait for Nick to call me.

There he is. So I can decline the call if I want, or I can tap Accept. Hey! There is he again. I just talked you. Did you have something else you wanted to talk to me about? Nick: Oh, I just wanted to catch up a bit. It's been a while. Chris: It really has. Okay, so I've enjoyed the conversation very much, but I'm in the middle of teaching a course. So -- Nick: Okay, yeah, go ahead and do that. Chris: Okay, goodbye. Chris: Okay, so that's the basics of FaceTime. One other thing I wanted to show you is we're going to go to Settings.

We've selected FaceTime. You see there is an entry here that says Add Another Email. This is an option if, let's say you've changed your email address and you want to add another one that people can use to contact you. You can have multiple email addresses. This is how add one. And back to Home screen. FaceTime is a great feature for personal use, a way to have your kids talk to their relatives or keep in touch when you're in a business trip. But it can also be used for more serious things. For example, you can use the rear-facing camera to give a potential renter a virtual tour of your property.

You can show off the floral designs that you have in mind for an upcoming wedding, or you can document the next great revolution. The future never looked so good.

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iPad Tips and Tricks

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  1. 1m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
  2. 23m 31s
    1. Taking advantage of Siri
      5m 42s
    2. Syncing photos with Photo Stream
      7m 54s
    3. Finding the way with Apple Maps
      9m 55s
  3. 1h 12m
    1. Touching the iPad
      8m 39s
    2. Setting the rotation lock/mute toggle switch
      1m 40s
    3. Multitasking
      2m 42s
    4. Using the virtual keyboard
      11m 53s
    5. Using gestures to work faster
      1m 43s
    6. Understanding iTunes and the iPad
      6m 31s
    7. Syncing info to the iPad
      3m 31s
    8. Wireless updating and syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Syncing media files to the iPad
      5m 28s
    10. Syncing data with iCloud
      9m 8s
    11. Using iTunes Match to keep music updated on multiple devices
      6m 43s
    12. Troubleshooting
      6m 29s
    13. Using Notification Center
      6m 7s
  4. 15m 12s
    1. Using the App Store to download apps
      9m 56s
    2. Managing apps
      5m 16s
  5. 26m 43s
    1. Configuring peripherals
      6m 43s
    2. Printing with an iPad
      1m 48s
    3. Understanding accessibility on the iPad
      7m 3s
    4. Childproofing the iPad
      5m 39s
    5. Managing Location Services
      5m 30s
  6. 28m 58s
    1. Configuring email accounts
      9m 5s
    2. Organizing email
      3m 44s
    3. Dealing with spam
      6m 33s
    4. iMessage
      5m 32s
    5. Configuring Twitter and sending Twitter updates from multiple apps
      4m 4s
  7. 39m 49s
    1. Connecting an iPad to an external display
      3m 32s
    2. Creating iPad presentations with Keynote
      8m 37s
    3. Creating iPad presentations with third-party apps
      6m 45s
    4. Controlling a computer remotely with an iPad
      8m 7s
    5. Keeping to-do lists synchronized
      4m 5s
    6. Managing and editing files with third-party apps
      8m 43s
  8. 16m 38s
    1. Taking pictures and movies
      3m 50s
    2. Editing and sharing movies
      6m 3s
    3. Video conferencing with FaceTime
      4m 33s
    4. Taking fun pictures with Photo Booth
      2m 12s
  9. 32m 16s
    1. Preparing audio and video files for the iPad
      7m 28s
    2. Using AirPlay to stream video and audio wirelessly to an external display
      3m 28s
    3. Using Home Sharing
      2m 18s
    4. Streaming media to an iPad
      7m 5s
    5. Copying media from an iPad to a computer
      5m 15s
    6. Importing and editing photos
      6m 42s
  10. 32s
    1. Conclusion
      32s

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