The Web site for Helpouts is live, inviting people interested in becoming experts to sign up, though the service has yet to launch. According to the service's support Web site, the video sessions will be conducted via Google+ Hangouts (and thus, users need a Google+ account to participate, another boon for the company). Helpout providers, as the … Read more
Users of the iOS version of Google Hangouts can now place outgoing voice calls -- free to numbers in the US and Canada -- and can, if they're in the states and also have a Google Voice number, receive calls in the app as well.
The new feature is part of version 1.3.0 of Hangouts for iOS, which was released Friday night for the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod Touch.
Though Google isn't charging for calls to the states or to the Great White North, people phoning elsewhere will have to buy a calling credit … Read more
Google has quietly started to roll out HD video for its Google+ Hangouts service.
Google Vice President Chee Chew confirmed the news to GigaOm in an interview published Wednesday, saying that the search company has begun the process of transitioning its Hangouts video-chatting feature from the H.264 video codec to an open, royalty-free alternative it announced in 2010, called VP8. According to GigaOm, VP8 is capable of pushing out 720p HD video on Hangouts.
But Google doesn't expect to stop there. The company told GigaOm that it plans to transition to the WebRTC standard eventually. WebRTC is believed … Read more
Google released an update Tuesday that restores the ability to place phone calls through its Hangouts messaging system.
The new functionality, which will roll out during the next couple of days, allows users of the service to place calls from Gmail, Google+, and the Chrome extension, holding conversations with up to 10 people at a time. Also, the Web giant announced that calls to the United States and Canada from countries where Hangouts is available are free of charge.
"This is just the beginning," Google said in a statement. "You'll start to see more Google Voice … Read more
Part art installation, part science experiment, and part social commentary, the new not-so-automated teller machine at 20 Rockefeller Center will take deposits and transfer them to a so-called quantum superposition, allowing the real-world cash to proliferate itself into seven billion accounts in the Quantum Bank.… Read more
The latest Google Hangouts update removed the ability for users to make outbound phone calls, the company said Monday.
Nikhyl Singhal, a director of real-time communication products for Google, posted on Google+ that the company is working on adding outbound calls for the Web and the Chrome extension. Hangouts currently only supports incoming calls for users with Google Voice numbers. Users who still want to make phone calls can use Gmail's Google Talk while they wait for Google to make the function available again in Hangouts.
"Hangouts is designed to be the future of Google Voice, and making/… Read more