Apple’s FaceTime beta is dead. Long live FaceTime 1.0! Apple’s video chat software for communicating between Macs and video-capable iOS devices has hit version 1.0 and entered the Mac App Store. FaceTime for Mac now supports HD video calls. Supported Intel-based Macs can receive HD video from HD-sending devices, and the newest MacBook Pros can send HD video from their new FaceTime cameras. Also new is the much-appreciated capability to edit and add FaceTime contacts without needing to launch Address Book. FaceTime is available for free with the new MacBook Pros, but costs everyone else 99¢. ($0.99 new, 16.8 MB)
Option-Click AirPort Menu for Network Details
If you hold down the Option key while clicking the AirPort menu in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, you'll see not just the names of nearby Wi-Fi networks, but additional details about the selected network. Details include the MAC address of the network, the channel used by the base station, the signal strength (a negative number; the closer to zero it is, the stronger the signal), and the transmit rate in megabits per second showing actual network throughput. If you hover the cursor over the name of a network to which you're not connected, a little yellow pop-up shows the signal strength and type of encryption.
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I'm with Greg C... Cheap Bastards Unite!
Oh but I do like to buy dollar apps and then leave one star reviews because they're not free. Just to make a point. Or something.
I downloaded and set up the beta, but never used it or found it very interesting. Nobody I'm interested in calling, really, who has compatible gear.
So for free I might download the 1.0 release to check it out and have it around in case something changes, but I can't see the point in spending the buck with no expectation I'll use the software.
Now, when someone buys my family a round of new iPhones all bets are off and it may be a dollar well spent. (We do all have iChat AV on our Macs, but never use that either. Or Skype for that matter. We're just boring.)
I rarely use FaceTime or Skype video or what have you, but I really appreciate it when I have it.