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Google+ Adds More YouTube and Chrome Features


Google announced further integration of YouTube and Chrome into its Google+ social network.

The search giant made the announcement in its official Google blog on Thursday, showing how it has continued its integration of YouTube into Google+.

Last summer, Google incorporated the ability to play YouTube videos in Google+ Hangouts. Now it takes that a step further, offering a YouTube icon on the top right of the Google+ interface that does a cool slide move when you mouse over it, asking “What would you like to play?”

Once you’ve entered the name of a video, topic or your favorite musician or band, a pop-up window appears, displaying a list of related videos that might interest you. I tried it by entering “Beatles,” and a Beatles video started playing in a dynamically re-sizing window, while offering more like it underneath. Continue reading

Chrome Overtakes Firefox To Become UK’s Second Most-Popular Browser


Google’s web browser Chrome is now the second most-popular browser in the United Kingdom, according to web metrics company Statcounter.

Chrome’s market share has been on an upward trajectory globally, but in the UK Google’s browser has been doing exceptionally well, having captured a 22.12% market share in July, edging out Firefox, which currently holds 21.65%.

The first spot is still held by Internet Explorer, which holds a massive 45.51%, but its market share has been steadily declining over the past 12 months.

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Google Chrome to Get Native Voice, Video Chat


Google Chrome to Get Native Voice, Video Chat

Google Chrome will soon have voice and video chat functionality built right in, removing the need for third-party plugins and downloads, according to comments on a Google developer forum. The move will allow any third-party developer to create a real-time communications application for the browser through a set of JavaScript APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) as well as HTML 5.

 

The new functionality is based on WebRTC, a communications technology Google acquired in 2010 when it purchased Global IP Solutions. Google had already announced that WebRTC would become an open source project supported by Google, Mozilla and Opera. Google hopes to see WebRTC adopted as a Web standard, potentially making it a universal platform for Web-based real-time communications.

 

Henrik Andreasson, a Google software engineer based in Sweden, first mentioned Chrome’s new capabilities in a brief post on the company’s Chromium developer forum. “Our goal is to enable Chrome with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities,” Andreasson said. “When we are done, any Web developer shall be able to create RTC applications … without using any plugins but only WebRTC components.” Chromium is the open source version of Chrome and the project Google uses to develop new features for its browser.

 

While Chrome may be the first browser to implement the new feature, Mozilla and Opera may also include the functionality into competing browsers such as Mozilla’s Firefox. However, Opera has not announced any plans and WebRTC is not mentioned in Firefox’s public roadmap.

 

Google has yet to say whether it would adopt the new technology for Gmail’s Google Talk client, but that is a distinct possibility. The search giant currently relies on a downloadable plugin that users must install in their browsers before initiating video or voice chat in Gmail.

 

It’s unclear at this point how well the Web-based technology performs compared to desktop-bound services such as Skype (recently acquired by Microsoft for $8.5 billion), and Apple’s FaceTime. But the possibility of native voice and video chat in the browser would be interesting, especially if the feature shows up on browsers for mobile devices such as Android smartphones.

Samsung unveils Chromebooks


Samsung unveiled their new Chromebooks. They announced two versions, one with Wi-fi which will cost aprox $566 and other with a UMTS module for 50+ euros. The chromebooks are powered by Intel’s Atom dual-core processor N570 weighing 1.45 kg, and coming up with a HD webcam and a 12.1-inch display. Samsung is offering about 8.5 hours of battery life.

Samsung has promised a boot-up time of less than 10 seconds

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