Google Helpouts Provide Paid Real-Time Videoconferences With Experts

Google wants to provide more help than what its search engine currently does, so it came up with a product that allows human experts to answers questions using a new real-time online video streaming

Google+ Visitors Spend Less Than 7 Minutes On-Site

Google+ has a lot of catching up to do against Facebook, especially in one key metric: time spent.
According to Nielsen’s latest study, Google+ visitors hung around for 6 minutes and 47 seconds on average in March, while Facebook visitors spent 6 hours and 44 minutes on average during the same period.
The average time spent on Facebook, the world’s largest social networking site with more than one billion members, is down from the average 7 hours and 9 minutes visitors spent in …

Google Will End Support For Google Reader And Other Services

Google has announced its second spring of cleaning under CEO and co-founder Larry Page. And it sadly includes RSS feed organizer Google Reader.
The rapid change rate in Google products and services is unprecedented for the company, wrote Google Fellow and SVP of Technical Infrastructure Urs Hölzle as he unveiled the bad news in a post on the company’s official blog.
He said changes in the computing environment, with almost everyone owning at least one device, triggered the company to …

Google Introduces Google+ Sign-In, Unifies Account Credentials

All Google account owners can now sign-in across multiple platforms and carry their personal information on Google+ through any app on Android, iOS, or the web. 
How? Well, Google recently added a new feature called Google+ Sign-In on its social network.
The search giant said its first release will focus on four important pillars: simplicity and security, tight integration between web and mobile apps, social spam filters, and sharing interactive multimedia posts.
Google+ Sign-In allows a user …

You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide From Google+

Google is requiring users of its services to create a Google+ account in its latest attempt to cope up with Facebook, the world’s leading social network, reports the Wall Street Journal.
The search giant is now asking users of Gmail, YouTube and other Google services to make a Google+ page that is viewable to the public.
Google+, which started as an experimental social networking project, is now Facebook’s closest competitor and an important new program for Google to generate more revenue …

Google ‘Take Action’ Backs the Free and Open Internet

Google has spilled the beans about a private meeting between governments and organizations at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) that could limit online freedom for Internet users.
The search giant has forked its official website to create a website arm called Take Action to warn about world governments and establishments who convened to talk about tightening control of the Internet, raise censorship, and endanger innovation.
“The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) …

Gmail Now Searches Emails By Size, Date Brackets And More

Google has silently updated the way Gmail users search for messages on the emailing service to include size, date, and more advanced search options.
“We’re always looking for ways to make it faster and easier for you to find your messages using search in Gmail. So starting today, you can now search emails by size, more flexible date options, exact match and more,” said Google software engineer Christian Kurmann in a blog post.
The update means users can now search emails according to …

Google Refreshes The Way Gmail Messages Are Created

Google has fine-tuned Gmail for users to refer easily old messages when composing a new one.
Previous implementations of the search giant’s email service restricted users who wanted to create a new email from the rest of the inbox’s contents. Gmail users had to close the compose box – automatically saving the message as draft – to dig into other email messages for some details.
New emails now open in a floating window hovering above the Gmail page, allowing access to all other messages …

Google Services Pitch-Black For Six Minutes; Baffles Several Users

Google services went pitch black for six minutes on Thursday morning, November 1 (UTC+8), as the search giant experienced some undisclosed difficulties, throwing about 10 percent of its users into utter bewilderment and panic.
Google users who logged into Gmail exposed the problem after they were welcomed with a temporary message on desktop and laptop computers, while iPhone users encountered a message about either a wrong username or password. A multitude of confused, panicky users vented …

Google+ Now With More Than 400 Million Users

Google+ now has more than 400 million users, announces Google SVP Vic Gundotra.
The Googler unveiled the figures in a post on the search giant’s social network and added that about 25 percent of them are active users.
In the post, Gundotra seemed struck at the number of users Google managed to rack up in a very short time.
“This week we also hit an important milestone – over 400,000,000 people have upgraded to Google+. It was only a year ago that we opened public sign-up, and we …