Hangouts gets improved screensharing & ambient noise filters, any Google account for work

Google-Hangouts-logoGoogle announced today that it’s introducing some new features for its Hangouts video calling service with some nice improvements specifically for Google Apps for Work customers. First up, Google is adding the ability for Google Apps for Work users to invite anyone with a Google account to join a Hangouts meeting through a URL.

That includes either a work or personal Google account, but does have some restrictions that Google outlines here. Google notes that “Uninvited guests can join only from a web browser” and “Joining from a mobile device is not currently supported.” Previously Google required users joining a meeting to have a Google apps account.

In addition, Google is rolling out other improvements for all Hangouts users today including new features for screensharing when presenting to a large group and improved ambient noise filters: Read more

Dubai detectives to get Google Glass as standard issued gear

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After a proper pilot program, Dubai police detectives will soon receive Google Glass as standard issued gear. The idea is to pair Mountain View’s wearable computer with facial recognition software developed by the wealthy Arab emirate’s law enforcement to help cops spot bad guys when out in the field. In addition to equipping its gumshoes with high-tech eyewear, Dubai traffic officers will use Glass to track vehicles involved in moving violations.

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Roku rolling out screen mirroring from Android devices

Roku MIrroring Android Beta

Roku, makers of the popular streaming set-top box for watching online content on your TV, announced today support for enabling screen mirroring from select Android devices to your HDTV with a new beta rolling out to customers today. Support for screen mirroring to Roku devices will also extend to select Windows 8.1 devices, the company says. Screen mirroring allows users to view content like apps, photos, games, and the web from mobile devices to the big screen screen in the living room. Read more

Google no longer displaying news article excerpts in German search results

After receiving a lot of pressure from a group German publishers, Google is changing the way its search engine handles news articles. The company is now removing excerpts and image thumbnails from its web search results for sites like bild.de, bunte.de or hoerzu.de and replacing them with headlines and story links.

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Kamcord gameplay recording platform gets into mobile gaming competitions starting w/ SEGA

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Kamcord, the mobile gameplay recording platform that offers developers an easy way to implement cross-platform gameplay recording and sharing features, is today announcing its next big push in mobile gaming: competitions.

The company realized that its SDK provides a lot of unique opportunities for app developers interested in hosting competitions or tournament-style contests, so it’s now working with some to host competitive gaming events in their apps. First up: SEGA.  Read more

Verizon to offer double data on select service plans, won’t throttle unlimited customers after all

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After watching its competitors loosen up their data rates, Verizon has decided to get in on the action. Starting tomorrow the carrier will begin offering increased data allowances to customers committed to its More Everything service plans at no additional cost. Subscribers signed up for Big Red’s $110 12GB data plan will be bumped up to 15GB, while the carrier’s $130 16GB monthly setup will jump to 30GB.

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Talking Schmidt: Google Chairman STILL carries around a BlackBerry (and a Moto Razr X whatever that is)

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A fun snippet of an interview by the Montreal Gazette where the Google Chairman was promoting his book and talking privacy and Canadian Google Offices:

CP: What’s your current smartphone?

Schmidt: Motorola Razr X. As you know, Motorola is in the process of being sold to Lenovo but this is in fact the phone that I use.

CP: You were a noted BlackBerry user, what made you switch?

Schmidt: Well, I need to carry this. I still like BlackBerrys but I’m afraid they missed a set of transitions that were very important and the new CEO is trying very hard to recover. But the fact of the matter is that Android and iPhone are driving the market now.

Later, at his speaking event with the Empire Club of Canada, Schmidt admitted he still does carry a BlackBerry in addition to his Motorola phone.

Contrast this with his former nemesis at Microsoft Steve Ballmer who is making the Los Angeles Clippers Basketball team use Microsoft products.

As for the Moto Razr X, we can only assume he misspoke since he’s been seen often with a Moto X (above).

 

Android 4.4.4 factory image now available for Google’s LTE-capable Nexus 7

Nexus 7 Factory Image

Android 4.4.4 has been going strong for a few months now and while Google has released factory images for most of its Nexus devices, there’s been one purebred tablet excluded from the festivities. However, this changed today, because the search giant finally pulled the trigger and published the complete factory image for the LTE version of the Nexus 7.

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Google’s Sundar Pichai: Drive at 240m active users, Chromebooks approaching 50% US EDU market (Video)

During its Atmosphere Live event, Google’s Sundar Pichai announced that the company’s Drive cloud storage platform has over 240 million active users, up 190 from million since June. The Google executive also revealed that Chromebooks are largest selling EDU device in the US approaching a 50 percent share compared to 5 percent 18 months ago.

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