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Google+ Hangouts get “bandwidth slider” to battle Skype

Google+ Hangouts get “bandwidth slider” to battle Skype

The team behind the Google+ video chat environment "Hangouts" has updated the system this week to work with internet connection speeds of all varieties. To attach to those that normally wouldn't be able to keep up with a video chat interface (be it Hangouts, Skype, or otherwise), the Google developers working with Hangouts have revealed two new features: a Bandwidth Slider and "Audio-Only mode." This means Google+ is ready to do not just video chat, but phone calls as well - almost as if Google Voice has come to visit!

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Google+ becomes the second most popular social network behind Facebook

Google+ becomes the second most popular social network behind Facebook

Move over Twitter, because according to Trendstream's Global Web Index for Q4 2012, Google+ has managed to move into the second-place spot for social platforms. This puts it behind Facebook (although by a significant amount of users), with YouTube also managing to top Twitter. Now Twitter is in fourth place in terms of total active users, at least according to Trendstream's collected data.

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Vice President Biden to discuss gun violence in Google+ Hangout tomorrow

Vice President Biden to discuss gun violence in Google+ Hangout tomorrow

Due to the recent shootings in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut, the topic of gun violence and gun control has reached an all-time high. Many lawmakers are blaming violent video games as the culprit, while others think that we just need stricter gun control policies. Vice President Joe Biden will be addressing these kinds of concerns tomorrow during a Google+ Hangout at 1:45 PM ET.

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Google updates its jobs board to include Google+ integration

Google updates its jobs board to include Google+ integration

Hoping to work for Google? Finding a job with the search engine giant just got easier, as it has integrated Google+ support into its company jobs board. Users can now use their Google+ profile to narrow down searches, find more relevant results, and mark listings for later perusal. Those who don't already have a Google+ profile can make one to speed up the job search process.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 14, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 14, 2012

Welcome to Friday evening everyone. The weekend will be underway soon, but before we jump in, let's recap the news from the afternoon. We found out today that Google Maps on iOS might not be around for very long, so enjoy it while it lasts, while Motorola Atrix HD users are now getting a long-awaited update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Google is leaving Sync support in the dust starting on January 30, 2013, and there were launch events for the iPhone 5 in 33 different countries today.

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Google+ for Android updates with full-size image uploads, improved Hangouts, and more

Google+ for Android updates with full-size image uploads, improved Hangouts, and more

A ton of new features have arrived on the Google+ app for Android. To celebrate "Season for Shipping", Google decided to roll out several new and useful features for their social network service, especially for Android users. Google says a total of 24 new "treats" have come to Google+ in this update, which should be beneficial for a lot of users this holiday season.

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Google: 235m active Google+ users

Google: 235m active Google+ users

Google+ is "the fastest-growing network thingy ever" Google's Vic Gundotra has claimed, with 235m active users on the social network. The latest batch of activity stats comes as Google launches Google+ Communities, its challenge to Facebook Groups and other online discussion boards, though the 235m figure doesn't mean that every one of those users are regularly hitting up the Google+ site.

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Google+ Communities turns social upstart into discussion hub

Google+ Communities turns social upstart into discussion hub

Google has revealed its answer to Facebook Groups, Google+ Communities, a way for like-minded souls to create hubs of discussion and media on any topic they're interested in. Hitting all Google+ accounts today, Communities works as a topic-specific discussion board, with support for various sub-topics branching off from that, and with a choice of privacy settings to control whether anybody can participate, or if it's locked down.

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Google Play reviews now use Google+ name and photo

Google Play reviews now use Google+ name and photo

Google really wants all of the content users of its various services upload and create to use their real name and offer their photograph. Not too long ago Google updated YouTube giving people who upload videos the opportunity to use their Google+ name and profile photo rather than whatever random name they chose when they register for YouTube. Google is now rolling out that more personalized name and photo service to Google Play.

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Google+ adds one-click download of Android apps

Google+ adds one-click download of Android apps

While Google+ may not have the popularity of Facebook or Twitter, it seems Google is giving luddites more reasons to start using it by the day. They introduced direct embedding with Google Drive, and today they rolled out embedding of Android app links to the Google Play store, which offers one-click downloads right from Google+.

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Google Drive introduces direct sharing (and embedding) to Google+

Google Drive introduces direct sharing (and embedding) to Google+

It's time to get serious once again about cross-use between Google services right here with Google Drive and the company's social network Google+ - from one to the other! The announcement today is that the media you upload to your Google Drive account from whatever source you've got - be it your smartphone, your tablet, your Chromebook, or your desktop computer - can now be viewed from Google+ and shared directly as well! Google is making the case once again that it simply makes more sense - ie is easier - to use all Google all the time.

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Google releases new Google+ app for Android and iOS

Google releases new Google+ app for Android and iOS

Google has released a new version (3.2) of the Google+ app for Android and iOS. The primary change with the latest version of this app is support for Google+ pages. Now page owners can use their mobile devices to manage their pages, including making comments, creating posts, and interacting with other users.

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