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Using Face Time

December 8th, 2012 · No Comments · Programs, Software

I have not generally been a fan of Skype or Face Time.  In my world, the beauty of a phone call is the invisibility of it—it doesn’t matter if one wears a ratty old sweatsuit or is without makeup.

Earlier this week, I was invited to my nephew’s swearing in ceremony to the Rhode Island Bar.  His parents, brother, and girlfriend were invited to his Massachusetts ceremony the week before.  I was texting with his mom before the ceremony and I realized that this could be a great time to use Face Time.

On my iPhone, I have his mom entered in my contact list.  I brought up her entry and clicked on “Face Time”.  I chose her mobile number and when we were connected, I clicked on the reverse camera so she could see what was going on in the court room (instead of looking at me).  The sound was great and our Face Time session was not disruptive to other people in the court room.  It was a great surprise to his mom (my sister) to attend the Rhode Island ceremony and she was so pleased.  I got the idea from the Apple commercial in which a child is sitting on a stage about to begin a recital and the parent’s chair in the audience is empty.  As the child (with a very sad face) is about to begin playing, we see a brightly lit iPad in the chair with the beaming smile of a very proud parent.  Child is now happy too!

Now, when one does not have enough tickets to an event such as a recital, graduation, or the like, it might be possible to use tools like Face Time to bring that extra family member along!

~mary anne
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