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FaceTime for Mac Has Huge Security Hole

Okay, okay, it’s a beta and we all know betas tend to have glitches big and small. Users poke, prod, and discover issues and the results of our testing trickles back to the software developers who squash bugs for a living. That’s the drill, but this seems a biggie to let slip out the door.

We clearly anticipate this one getting fixed really, really quickly. Via Mac Rumors we find that FaceTime for Mac displays your account information once you’re logged in. What kind of account information? you ask. How about your date of birth as well as your security question and its answer? How about that on display?

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Now, granted, someone has to have physical access to your computer to see this information, but looking over your shoulder in a coffee shop isn’t that hard to pull off. And with this information, they can change your password and lock you out of your own account while they run rampant. Apparently, you can even reset your password in FaceTime without being first prompted to enter the original password.

What’s that? You say you’ll just log out of FaceTime when you’re done? Not so fast there, kids. FaceTime for Mac Beta is just so darned helpful that it remembers the last accessed account and autopopulates the information when you (or someone else) signs on. So you don’t even need to have FaceTime open to let anyone who gets their hands on your machine have full rein of anything you use your Apple ID for, like iTunes and the App Store.

Ain’t it grand being an early adopter?

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FaceTime Challengers Now Include Yahoo

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Back in June, Apple spent a great deal of hoopla touting the new FaceTime feature of the iPhone 4 — but the market for video chat is heating up quickly, and now Yahoo has lined up to be the next contender in the App Store as well as on Android devices.

Reuters is reporting that Yahoo is planning to update its popular Yahoo Messenger app to enable built-in video calling, according to the company’s vice-president of mobile for the Americas, David Katz. Yahoo’s video chat will be available as a free app for both the iPhone as well as Android devices.

Yahoo is clearly taking aim at Apple’s new FaceTime, which is already being challenged by rivals such as fring and the recently released Tango — although neither of those companies have the brand recognition of Yahoo. What all three companies do have as a leg up on Apple is the ability to offer their video calling over both Wi-Fi and 3G, where FaceTime is (for now) a Wi-Fi only service that requires either an iPhone 4 or a fourth-generation iPod touch.

The free Yahoo app will enable video calling between other iPhone and Android users with the app installed, but will also extend to desktop PCs that have the software installed. Katz claims there are currently 81 million Yahoo Messenger users worldwide, so that’s a lot of folks to potentially talk to.

Yahoo’s app update appears to be ready to go, but still has to leap one last hurdle, which is Apple’s approval. Given that several competing apps with similar features already exist, this shouldn’t be an issue and the company expects the updated Yahoo Messenger to hit the App Store “soon.”

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Rumors Abound of FaceTime Coming to iChat, Mac and PC

Ahhh, you gotta love the French Mac news sites because they divulge rumors in such a lovely way. Hey, French is a beautiful language, non? Anyway, the rumors from Mac4Ever speculate that iLife ’11 will be announced this sunny summer, but that iDVD will not be a part of the package. Additionally, the site alleges that Apple is preparing to include FaceTime for both Mac and PC by making it a part of the iChat software.

But of course, these pieces of news are all rumors, and should be taken with the tiniest grain of sale. C’est la vie.

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Leaked Photos Hint at FaceTime for iPod Touch

Rumors are piling up suggesting the next-generation iPod Touch will get FaceTime video chat thanks to a new front-facing camera.
The latest rumblings are based on two photos from an iPhone parts supplier purportedly showing off the LCD panel and bezel for the next iPod Touch. The part features a space at the top that appears to be a perfect fit for a front-facing camera. The photos were obtained by MacRumors.
This is not the first time purported iPod Touch parts have surfaced showing off a space for a front-facing camera; however, what gives these photos a little more credence is that the part is clearly marked “Apple © 2010.” Take a look at this larger version of one of the photos to see the markings. That’s by no means definitive proof, but it does suggest this might be the real thing.
If the rumors are true, the new iPod Touch would be Apple’s second device to get FaceTime after the new application debuted on the iPhone 4 earlier this summer. Unlike the iPhone, however, FaceTime on the iPod Touch would use your contacts’ e-mail addresses instead of phone numbers to call other users, according to MacRumors.
Fresh rumors about revamped and brand new Apple devices are likely to increase over the next few weeks as we get closer to September. Typically, Apple refreshes its iPod lineup and the iTunes software during this time. The company has yet to announce an iPod event date for 2010, but it is widely expected to do so within the next few weeks.
The MacRumors photos come just one day after iLounge said it had learned from an anonymous source about Apple’s plans for new iPods (including a smaller iPod Touch), a 7-inch iPad, and a new iPhone.
Source: PCWorld