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Here’s how to opt out of Google’s personal endorsements

Here’s how to opt out of Google’s personal endorsements

This morning Google unleashed an initiative that would have user names and faces attached to advertisements across the Google search universe. These faces and names are generated by users' personal endorsements, in turn connected with additional reviews as well as Google+ profile pages. This system is not compulsory for Google accounts, nor is it even necessary for you - the user - to show up in results anywhere at all: opting out is easy.

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Google TOS update details plan to sell users’ endorsements

Google TOS update details plan to sell users’ endorsements

Google has recently announced an update to its terms of service and in short, it looks like they will soon be taking advantage of user ratings and reviews. The details of the terms of service update have been posted on the Google Policies & Principles page and will be going into effect on November 11, 2013. And in addition to simply updating the page and leaving everyone to hunt for the changes, Google has offered a summary for those "allergic to legalese."

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Google+ won’t take “no iOS sharing” for an answer

Google+ won’t take “no iOS sharing” for an answer

Apple may not want iPhone and iPad users sharing with Google+, but Google isn't going to take that lying down: the search giant has cooked up a new sharing system for its iOS SDK which effectively works around Apple's restrictive options. The new Google+ iOS SDK v1.4.0 now has an in-app share box, which third-party developers can use to hook shared content directly into the social network, with both photo and video attachments supported.

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Google+ gains improved RAW to JPEG conversion

Google+ gains improved RAW to JPEG conversion

Google allows for full-sized photo backups -- including the newly launched functionality from desktop -- on its social network, something it says results in a lot of Google+ users storing RAW photo files. When RAW photographs are viewed, a RAW-to-JPEG conversion takes place so that file size is kept low and the speed of the service is faster. Today the company has announced an improvement to this, boosting quality.

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YouTube comments team up with Google+ for greater one-ness

YouTube comments team up with Google+ for greater one-ness

If you'd hoped to stay out of the Google+ party whilst remaining a commenting member of YouTube this season, you may be out of luck. The folks at YouTube have made clear this week that they're not about to let their commenting system go stagnant - as a result, they'll be integrating Google+ commenting and log-ins to make certain the nature of YouTube videos is more in tune with the comments they receive. The newest videos aren't always the most relevant - that's what they say, and that's what this update is going to be all about.

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Google Hangouts On Air update adds live question and answer

Google Hangouts On Air update adds live question and answer

Google introduced Hangouts On Air quite some time back. In fact, this setup was released for all Google+ users back in May of 2012. And while this was a good way for users to go "On Air" there were some features that were missing, specifically in terms of audience interaction. That said, a new Hangouts On Air update has added just that, a feature called Live Q&A.

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Google Hangouts go HD with VP8 switch [UPDATE]

Google Hangouts go HD with VP8 switch [UPDATE]

Starting this month, users will be experience an increased bit of quality in their Google+ Hangouts video chat as result of the company switching over to a new form of video codec. The video codec itself isn't new, it having been released all the way back in 2010, but it's new to this Google system, and just as video chat begins to hit the likes of smartphones and tablets with Hangouts, Google has let it be known that they'll be bringing a higher definition to the web as well. Speaking with Janko Roettgers of GigaOM, Google's Vice President of Engineering Chee Chew let it be known that Google is switching from H.264 to the codec known as VP8.

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Google Helpouts arrives to make Hangouts an educational experience

Google Helpouts arrives to make Hangouts an educational experience

When we need to know how to cook a certain meal, or how to fix up our bicycle, YouTube can only do so much when offering up how-to videos. However, Google is currently testing and will soon launch a new service called Helpouts that aims to connect experts with those who need help using Google+ Hangouts.

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Google+ now utilizes Translate for status and comment translation

Google+ now utilizes Translate for status and comment translation

For Facebook users, when a comment or a status is made in a language other than the one set in the user's preferences, a translation option is made available that will provide an alternative in the user's language. Such is now also a feature available on Google Plus, with the translation service being powered by the Internet giant's Google Translate.

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Google+ Photos app expanded to include all Chromebooks

Google+ Photos app expanded to include all Chromebooks

The Google+ Photos app has been the exclusive domain of the Pixel for a while now, with that changing today as Google expands the app to all Chromebooks. With the Google+ Photos app, Chromebook users can take advantage of the convenience of the Google+ photo features, as well as the Google+ Photos app's specific functionality, among them being offline viewing and photo backups from SD cards.

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Google+ for iOS updates with Hangouts and Drive media access

Google+ for iOS updates with Hangouts and Drive media access

On August 14, the Google+ app for Android updated to version 4.1, bringing with it a variety of new features and the elimination of Messenger. Now the same update has rolled out for the iOS app after a couple day delay, this particular one taking Apple users to version 4.5 and likewise doing away with Messenger in favor of Hangouts.

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Google+ for Android 4.1 update features: multiple accounts included

Google+ for Android 4.1 update features: multiple accounts included

In an effort to bring about changes as requested from the Android community, Google has issued an update this week to the Android version of Google+, complete with a full axing of Google Messenger. While some may hold a torch for said service, it's been fully translated - transformed, even - into Hangouts, a service that's essentially the same as Messenger and has been kicking it live since back at Google I/O 2013. This service works with Android, iOS, Chrome OS, and Chrome web browsers for cross-platform text and video chat, as well as media file sharing.

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