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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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WhatsApp for iOS drops fee in favor of annual subscription

WhatsApp for iOS drops fee in favor of annual subscription

WhatsApp is arguably one of the most popular messaging apps today, but its $0.99 price tag on iOS was a bit disappointing considering that every other platform had the app for free. However, the makers of WhatsApp are moving iOS over to the subscription model of other platforms, charging users only $1 per year to use the service.

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Podio Video and Audio Chat hands-on

Podio Video and Audio Chat hands-on

Project management and online workspace service Podio just launched its new video and audio chat feature today that allows collaborators to communicate face-to-face (virtually). The new video and audio features are being added to Podio's current instant messaging service, and we took some time to give it a spin for ourselves.

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Facebook stickers hit web chat

Facebook stickers hit web chat

Facebook has added stickers support to its web chat, carrying the jumbo emoticons over from the mobile apps to the desktop interface. The popular images - which some IM users love, while others find them infuriating - have been featured in Facebook's mobile chat service for some time, but have quietly been added to conversations in the desktop browser.

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Google+ Hangouts SMS integration coming soon, says Google

Google+ Hangouts SMS integration coming soon, says Google

Google+ Hangouts got a major face-lift yesterday when Google announced that all of their chat services would be merged together into one app. Essentially, users can now message each other over various platforms, as well as video chat. Furthermore, you can send someone a message without even them being signed in, hinting to the possibility that Hangouts could be an SMS replacement.

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