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Google Updates Hangouts to full Phone and Broadcast functionality

Google Updates Hangouts to full Phone and Broadcast functionality

The folks at Google working on the social networking site Google+ aren't messing around with that whole "plus" thing, taking their Hangouts video chat portion to a level above and beyond basically every competing service in a bold swoosh of updates today. Want to video chat via G+ on your phone? You can do that today. Want to broadcast a video for the public? You can do that today. Want to share your screen, share a live-drawn sketchpad, work with Google Docs, or name a Hangout to handle your specific needs? All of that is live today. On top of all this, Google is handing out Hangout APIs today for developers to create new and interesting additional apps that work on the Hangouts video chat platform. Wins all around!

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Fring gets Google+ Hangouts-style “Playgrounds” group video chat

Fring gets Google+ Hangouts-style “Playgrounds” group video chat

Popular four-way video chat app, Fring, has just added a new feature that they're calling "Playgrounds." This addition seems to mimic the Google+ Hangouts feature in that it lets people more freely and casually join in on group video chats. But Fring takes it a step further by making Playgrounds group chats completely open so that people who join in do not have to know each other first.

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Google+ Hangouts Will Be Open To Third-Party Apps

Google+ Hangouts Will Be Open To Third-Party Apps

One of the most popular features of Google+ is the Hangouts group video chat component. It's a convenient way to easily setup a group meeting whether for a casual chat or for business video conferencing. It also works smoothly even with larger groups and is completely free. Plus, Google plans to open up the app to allow third-party apps to work with the feature.

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SlateGo Mobile AirDesk review: your laptop’s best friend

SlateGo Mobile AirDesk review: your laptop’s best friend

The term “laptop computer” is a bit misleading. Sure, your Macbook might fit on your lap, but it’s definitely not designed just for that. A flat, metal bottom that gets noticeably warm when you use it for prolonged periods only leaves you shifting in your seat, or shoving a pillow underneath. The last thing you want is to leave the comforts of your favorite chair and head to a desk. The SlateGo wants to help end your warm-legged shuffle, but does it really work? Let’s find out!

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Snowball pools all your messages into a universal inbox

Snowball pools all your messages into a universal inbox

There was a time when people had more than just one email account and needed a multi-account app to manage them all from a single place. Today, our messaging accounts have far surpassed our emails so we would need a similar setup to corral all of those lovely, and sometimes not so lovely, one liners into one app to rule them all. Enter Snowball, an Android app that's still in beta and already shows promise in keeping your social life a bit more organized.

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Google Voice MMS support on almost 100 carriers rolls out

Google Voice MMS support on almost 100 carriers rolls out

Google has been busy making a lot of changes with Google Voice and Hangouts, including most notably further integration between the two services into one handy single app. In an effort to expand the service's usefulness for users, the Internet giant has announced that following busy work with almost 100 carriers across the United States and Canada, it has made available support for MMS messages in Google Voice from a large roster of carriers, among them being such notable entities as T-Mobile, AT&T, and Rogers.

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Report: Google has WhatsApp competitor for Android One

Report: Google has WhatsApp competitor for Android One

Google’s Android One initiative is going to have a big impact in the emerging markets, especially India. Those markets are just now starting to realize smartphones, apps, and the great things they bring to the table. Those markets are also well behind when it comes to connectivity, which is reportedly prompting Google to build a messenger app for that market.

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Europe: IM’ing too competitive to deny Facebook’s WhatsApp buy

Europe: IM’ing too competitive to deny Facebook’s WhatsApp buy

Facebook's $19bn acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp has been approved by the European Commission, following US regulators in giving the green light after deciding the deal wouldn't be a threat to consumers. Concerns from some quarters, that the purchase would leave the messaging space unbalanced, were dismissed by competition policy chief Joaquín Almunia, who argued that most users aren't reliant on a single service.

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New Gmail users no longer need Google+ account

New Gmail users no longer need Google+ account

Those without a Gmail account (we were surprised they existed, too) will no longer have to join Google+ as a result of signing up. Quietly, Google slipped the once-mandatory Google+ account away from Gmail, leaving those who want email to have that alone. It’s a strange subtraction for Google to make for social, but may be the biggest sign yet they’re not too keen on it lately.

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