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Google is experimenting with “call a doctor” video chat

Google is experimenting with “call a doctor” video chat

As we've mentioned before, tech companies are now getting into the health business as well. Although Google already has its hands partly inside the health cookie jar, with thrusts like Google Fit, it seems that that company is planning on getting deeper and more involved with people's medical needs. Google has hinted that it is considering a new service, integrated into its already many services, that would let users consult a proper doctor for whatever concerns they may have, like a Helpouts but with certified physicians.

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Google offering video chat sessions via Search

Google offering video chat sessions via Search

We already use Google for everything, so much so the word has become a verb (Google it!). Searching for a medical condition or some minor aches and pains often leads you down the wrong path (WebMD is evil sometimes). Now it looks like Google is priming another of their services, Helpouts, to aid you in your queries. Someone recently spotted a new option for speaking with a doctor when searching for “knee pain”, which offered up a video chat. Though not specifically mentioned, it has Helpouts written all over it.

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LACU brings live video chat interpreters to your iPhone

LACU brings live video chat interpreters to your iPhone

The constant connectivity of modern life is rife with promises, not the least of which is decreased barriers between people, regardless of their location or language. Many translation apps exist that aid in foreign-language exchanges, but are of limited usefulness. That's where LACU, a new video chat app, steps in.

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Google Helpouts only latest in long line of human help engines

Google Helpouts only latest in long line of human help engines

The new "Helpouts" program by Google connects experts with people in need of answers via Google Hangouts and Google Plus. But the human help engine is only the technological evolution of a series of Google products designed to fulfill the same purpose. Its now-defunct Knol and Answers products are cases in point.

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Google Helpouts brings experts in video chats, is now live

Google Helpouts brings experts in video chats, is now live

Back in August, we talked about Google's new Hangouts-like service called Google Helpouts, which brings subject experts to you wherever you need them via video chatting. It has been a couple months since the wraps were taken off the new service, and it is now live. The platform utilizes Google Wallet, Google Plus, and Hangouts technologies.

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Google Hangouts SMS support added alongside GPS and Gifs

Google Hangouts SMS support added alongside GPS and Gifs

There's now one single location users need to work with to talk with video, text, and images in the Google Android experience. Here with Hangouts, Google has made clear that they're updating the system with three new features, the first - and most important - of these being SMS support. This means that the Hangouts app will be able to attach itself to your SMS on your smartphone.

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Skype improvements bring better battery life, synchronized chats

Skype improvements bring better battery life, synchronized chats

Skype has detailed some upcoming changes it is working on, all of which aim to improve the overall experience for its users. Said the company, the change in how the average consumer utilizes the service -- with mobile devices, often smartphones and tablets -- has prodded it towards beefing up its P2P connectivity technology, using the cloud to help serve as a buffer of sorts between the device and clients. With this comes new features, some of which are already available, and more that are in the works.

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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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Skype update brings 720p video to Retina-display iOS devices

Skype update brings 720p video to Retina-display iOS devices

The latest Skype update has arrived in the iOS App Store and this one has a focus on video calling. Specifically, those sporting an iPhone 5 or fourth-generation iPad will now be able to make 720p HD quality video calls. While the 720p video is limited to the Retina-display devices, that is not where this update has stopped.

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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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Skype for Android gets huge redesign as it blasts past 100m users

Skype for Android gets huge redesign as it blasts past 100m users

Microsoft has already been taking advantage of their buyout with Skype, merging Microsoft accounts to the newly-acquired software, as well as pushing out an all-new design today for Android devices. The redesign takes pages from Windows Phone 8 and gives the Skype for Android app a metro look that compliments the Windows variant.

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