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AT&T video chat goes unlimited for all by 2014

AT&T video chat goes unlimited for all by 2014

This past week we noticed a bit of an oddity in how AT&T handled the video chat element in Google's new "Google+ Hangouts" app on cellular data: in effect, it didn't work. Asking AT&T about the situation, it was discovered that they had a policy in place for pre-loaded apps working with video chat, making it clear that it's the OS makers (Google and Apple) and the device makers (Samsung, BlackBerry, LG, HTC, Apple), that were responsible for enabling pre-loaded apps to be able to work with cellular data for video chat. Today, AT&T makes it clear that Apple, Samsung, and BlackBerry will be making a big change by June for all their pre-loaded apps.

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Google+ Hangouts video chat faces FaceTime-like AT&T block [UPDATE]

Google+ Hangouts video chat faces FaceTime-like AT&T block [UPDATE]

Just minutes after Google+ Hangouts cross-platform and cross-device chat system was revealed as completely without extra charge for video chat, AT&T's limits have appeared. Though the announcement during the one Google I/O 2013 keynote, this chat system was shown as Google's one single chat system - and a replacement for Google Talk. In a situation that's strikingly similar to what Apple's FaceTime system faced back when it was first introduced for video chat on the iPhone, so too does AT&T keep the reigns tied tight.

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Google+ Hangouts for Android now live, replaces Google Talk [UPDATE]

Google+ Hangouts for Android now live, replaces Google Talk [UPDATE]

Google I/O just wrapped up, so now we're inevitably waiting for all the new features to start rolling out. The first out of the gate is the new Google+ Hangouts app, which is now available for Android. The app replaces Google Talk on Android, and will also eventually make its way to iOS, making it the first time that a Google chat app will be released on iOS.

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Google+ Hangouts take chat cross-platform: Web, Android, and iOS

Google+ Hangouts take chat cross-platform: Web, Android, and iOS

This week at Google I/O 2013, a new application has been introduced to take on cross-device and cross-platform communication: Hangouts. This system expands on what's existed inside Google+ with a Hangout, turning chat both text and video to come with a user wherever they go. This system allows for saving of conversations, photos, video, and media of all types, sharing made as smooth as it has been inside Google+, now here on the web, in Android, and in iOS all at once.

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Skype arrives on BlackBerry Z10 as 10.1 update is on the way

Skype arrives on BlackBerry Z10 as 10.1 update is on the way

Today, Skype has announced that its popular video calling service is available as a preview for BlackBerry Z10 users. The app first rolled out onto BlackBerry Q10 devices last month as a preview, and now the Z10 is getting it's moment of video-chat glory. However, it seems a lot of the features in the app requires the BlackBerry 10.1 update, which will begin rolling out later this month.

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Google Babel to rebrand as Google Hangouts, could launch at Google I/O

Google Babel to rebrand as Google Hangouts, could launch at Google I/O

We've heard rumblings of Google's new unified chat service in the past, called Babel, but it seems the company is expected to announce the new service at Google I/O next week. However, before they do that, it's been reported that Babel is being rebranded as Google Hangouts, and will merge with the company's current Google+ Hangouts video chat feature.

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Windows 8 grabs Skype Video Messaging in cross-platform bid

Windows 8 grabs Skype Video Messaging in cross-platform bid

As the Skype Video Messaging universe expands, it would seem only natural that the Microsoft-owned company might have brought the service to Windows 8 first and foremost. As it is, this final push for the service hit their hero operating system last. Here it is, at long last - the Windows 8 version - fully functional, this time - of Skype Video Messaging. Let the away messages in video form begin!

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After Earth Day Hangout brings Will Smith and Elon Musk to live chat

After Earth Day Hangout brings Will Smith and Elon Musk to live chat

At the time this article is posted, a live video chat is taking place between actors Will Smith, Jaden Smith, and digital citizens of Google's social network. Also invited to this conversation were Google's director of engineering Ray Kurzweil, Elon Musk, Alexandra Cousteau, and NASA astronaut Sunita Williams. This conversation took place the day after Earth Day, this allowing the conversation to be cleverly titled "The After Earth Day Google+ Hangout", with topics ranging from the conservation of our collective environment to the action-adventure genre in which the film "After Earth" is set.

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Google Babel memo leak speaks of cross-device chat and iOS experience

Google Babel memo leak speaks of cross-device chat and iOS experience

The oncoming wave that is Google Babel (previously spoken of as Google Babble, as well) will soon be hitting your devices at full speed. This service will be a cross-device and cross-platform ecosystem for chatting with your friends and associates, and will be available not just on your Android smartphones and tablets, but your desktop computers too. And not only that - today's leak includes mention of a "first class iOS experience' as well!

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Bank of America bringing teller video chat to ATMs

Bank of America bringing teller video chat to ATMs

Banks are great. They allow us to store our money in a safe place, that way we don't have to deal with it ourselves, but sometimes we need to make a withdrawal or a deposit, and you're just not in a talking mood that day. That's where ATMs come in, but Bank of America is looking to take the social aspect of bank tellers and bring them to ATMs as well.

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Congressman wants to create a “virtual Congress”

Congressman wants to create a “virtual Congress”

Telecommuting isn't anything new. Many companies around the world allow employees to work from home, but a new initiative from one Congressman in particular calls for the ability for Congressmen and Congresswomen to attend hearings, debates, etc. from their home districts, without having to fly out to Washington DC every time.

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Google Babble and the future of chat singularity

Google Babble and the future of chat singularity

Today the folks at Google have been tipped to be pushing all (if not most) of their chat apps and ecosystems together into a single entity called Babble. This single chat system would take everything that is Google Talk, Google+ Hangouts, Voice, and Messenger, combining them into a final product that spans the entirety of your Google-made universe. With Babble, Google will have its Gmail for chat.

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