By now, hopefully you’ve had a chance to try out Hangouts, if not Hangouts on Air. Ideally, Google Hangouts on Air is a useful and inexpensive tool for professionals to use to meet remotely. However, Google Hangouts previously had no simple audio and video controls. But now with Hangouts Control Room, that option is here.
If you’ve been using Google Hangouts on Air, you can expect to see the new Control Room feature in a few days. On the right-hand side of the screen a black bar will appear with buttons and slider bars, giving you control over the speaking and visual aspects of the virtual meeting.
In Austin, Texas this week AT&T announced that it’s own 1 Gbps service would become available. The intent is obvious that AT&T means to compete directly with Google, but at what cost? There has been no announcement of the price to customers of the AT&T Fiber will be. But if the competition in Provo, Utah with Comcast is any indication, it will most likely be much more expensive.
It’s certainly not impossible for AT&T to roll out 1 Gbps service to consumers in Austin, if not many other cities. Gigabit fiber is only the beginning of the services offered by the Telecom giant. It is entirely possible to get a 10 Gbps connection, if you’re willing and able to pay the hefty price.
You always try to fill in the prompts on Google Calendar, after all you want the meeting to take place. But you’re never very good with the locations. Well, Google is on top of that for you. Just like when you start typing a location into Google Maps, the “where” space on Google Calendar will begin searching for the full address.
Google is all about adaptability when you’re in the system. If something changes, the whole equation should change. If you’re sending a Calendar invite to a Google Group, it would be great if all the people in that group get the message, you shouldn’t have to check back. What are computers good for if not automation?
The features that we as users of the Google suite of software see is often just the best parts of the internal beta software that Google is testing on its employees every day. We’re fortunate that even though we see issues and bugs, that we never have to see the start of the project.
Googlers are used to being able to search for just about anything inside Google, but now we can too. If you start searching via the Search bar in Calendar, Google will find everything that is relevant to your search in your Calendar.
Since it’s inception in 2010 Google TV has been plagued with issues. Although, the ideal seems sound, very few content providers seemed to take it to heart as a good idea. Logitech and Sony committed heavily to the force of Google for the sake of managing content. And the Google TV managed to squeeze itself between the Cable box and your TV, so why the hard times?
Not that long it looked like the Google TV brand was going away to be replaced by Android TV. After all, Google TV is running on Android. But where the Android platform has taken the world by storm, it just doesn’t seem to translate well to a gigantic non-touchscreen like your TV.
Thankfully, the Chromecast has been a smashing success, but it is fairly inexpensive. Google TV may finally have its place as Nexus TV and for those lucky few who live in Kansas City, Provo, and Austin who can use their Nexus 7 to control their Google TV and Internet service, this may be a good direction.
The big distinction in the new Nexus TV is that broadcast TV will not be routed through it. This change may be the big one for the likely success of the ideal. For now (and likely the foreseeable future) content companies still hold most of the reigns. Google will just have to find another way.
Google Plus Holiday Auto Awesome
Hopefully, you’ve already discovered the super cool Google Plus Holiday Auto Awesome features. Google is including some extra special effects for your photos. Via Google Plus you will see what is being called “Twinkle” and “Snow”, if you so choose these options.
It’s not hard to see that these features merely add a bit of fun to your photos. The Snow effect will add a dash of snow specks to the frame in the foreground and the Twinkle effect will make certain aspects of the photo sparkly or shine lightly.
A great example for the Twinkle effect might include a photo of your recently decorated Christmas lights display on your home. Or if you were recently skiing down the street in the California blizzard, you might add the Snow effect to the photo.