Hangouts Capture App Announced – Allows You to Capture Moments As They Happen

The Google+ Team has launched the new Hangouts Capture app which allows users to snap and save moments as they happen in Google+ Hangouts.

With the brand-new Hangouts Capture app, announced by Googler +Jeremy Ng, users will be able to take screen captures of a Hangout with just two simple clicks. One click to open the app and just one click to take the picture.  These pictures will instantly be saved in a shared album (see above) only visible to those invited to the Hangout and not just those in the Hangout itself at the time.

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Google Image Search to Add Filters For Animations and Transparent Images

Google tests a new version of the advanced image search page that lets you restrict the results to transparent images and animated images. The most popular image file formats that support transparency are GIF and PNG, while most animated images are GIF files.  Animated GIFs made a comeback and they’re popular again. “Just as the LP has enjoyed a second spin among retro-minded music fans, animated GIFs — the choppy, crude snippets of video loops that hearken back to dial-up modems — are enjoying an unlikely vogue as the digital accessory of the moment,” says the New York Times.

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Comparing the New Facebook Interface to Google+

There has been a lot of talk about how the new, redesigned Facebook News Feed is similar to Google+. The new interface has recently rolled out to my account and I’ve had a look around. Are they really that similar? Read on as I report my findings below:

I signed up for the preview (which you can opt-in here) a few days ago, and I woke up to the new News Feed this morning. Obviously, I wasn’t terribly excited, though I was keen to get an actual hands-on for myself to see how similar it is to Google+, that everyone has purported it to be.

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New Mobile Gmail Interface

Gmail’s mobile site now looks like the hybrid Gmail app for iPhone and iPad. There are some differences: the app has a sidebar, a different interface for changing accounts and support for push notifications.

Unlike Gmail’s app for Android, the iPhone app is just a wrapper for the mobile site with a few extra features. Until now, Gmail’s app for iPhone used a different interface than the mobile site. Mobile Gmail had an old interface that predated the Google-wide redesign efforts.

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Google+ Local Place Page Updates

 

Today brings many updates to Google+, and here I take a look at the changes that have been made to Google+ Local Place Pages.

 What’s Changed?

The first thing you will notice if you visit a Place Page that hasn’t yet added a cover image is a huge map showing the location of that page. This can easily be changed by uploading a cover image, but I personally think it looks great!  The other changes include the re-positioning of the review and favorite buttons.  The rest of the page below this remains the same, however.
So overall the changes help to bring Place Pages in-line with all the other updates we have seen today and hopefully this was encourage more businesses to claim their places and update their profiles.

Google Now Shows Up in Chrome Experimental Flags List

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We already know that Google Now is coming to Chrome and Chrome OS. Code changes started showing up couple of months ago and then we saw the notifications center of Chrome OS and Chrome getting a redesign. Today there is one more thing to add to that list.

Google Now is now part of chrome://flags page which lists all the experimental features of Chrome and Chrome OS for testing. It has been added as a built in extension.

This is available in the latest Chromium builds.

We can enable the flag from chrome://flags but it is not functional yet because the Google Now URL is still a secret, says François Beaufort.

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User-Agent Switcher Extension for Chrome

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Have you ever been restricted from using a website because you use Chrome? Do you want to test to see what your mobile site looks like on your desktop? All is possible with the User-Agent Switcher Extension.

Even in 2013, many website still require you to use Internet Explorer to access them. However, most of these websites will still function correctly in Chrome. So how do you get past these restrictions?

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Google Trusted Testers: From Betas to Campaigns

Google has a site for “trusted testers“, but you need to be invited by a Google employee to test new Google services and new features before they’re publicly available. “The Trusted Tester Program gives trusted Google users, friends and family members of Google employees a chance to test and share feedback on Google products or features that have yet to be released,” explains Google.

It’s interesting to compare the answers from a FAQ leaked in 2006 with the answers from a similar FAQ, which is available in the source code of the Trusted Tester site. For example, Google replaced “betas” with “campaigns”.

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The New ChromeOS Wallpaper Picker Is A Thing of Beauty

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Here’s a change in ChromeOS dev that many of you will find trivial but a few, myself included, will find beautiful: a dark wallpaper picker.

In terms of functionality the re-coloured wallpaper pick is almost identical to the stable channel’s version; you can choose from a range of pre-defined wallpapers, or set your own.

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