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Google Hangouts to shut down in November, asks users to switch over to Chat

Tech giant Google has announced that it is discontinuing its instant messaging service Google Hangouts later this year.

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The initiative to discontinue the messaging app was first announced in October 2020.

Tech giant Google has announced that it is discontinuing its instant messaging service Google Hangouts later this year. Google told the users that the company is starting the migration process for its users from Hangouts to the Chat platform. The tech giant confirmed that Hangouts is going away this year and users can download the data before November.

The initiative to discontinue the messaging app was first announced in October 2020, but by November 2022, it will be completely shut down. According to the company, Chat has been updated with new tools and enhanced user integration.

In a blog post, Ravi Kanneganti, Product Manager of Google Chat, said that the company is continuing its investment in Chat to help people engage and express themselves in a much better way. He further said the company is also taking steps to help remaining Hangouts users move to Chat. Users can download their Hangout data before November.

Those who are using Google Hangouts will get a pop-up screen telling them to switch to Chat in Gmail or shift it to the Chat app. The pop-up also says that if you are using Hangouts on a PC, then the users will have to either shift to Chat on the Web or download the Chat web app.

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How is Google Chat different from Google Hangouts?

Chat users will be able to edit files from Docs, Slides, and even Sheets because of the side-by-side editing feature. This will help users to engage in a conversation with their colleagues or friends and collaborate on different files. Google Chat will work as a competitor to other collaborative platforms like Teams, Slack. Flock and more.

In addition, Google is introducing further advanced user experience features that will make Chat even more appealing to users. The company said that users will also be able to express themselves clearly and in a more entertaining way. The company also said that switching to the chat will be more fun whether you’re using emoticons with skin-tone selections, rich text editing to emphasize your messages, @mentions to let someone know in the group, or sending a GIF.”

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Google services get down globally, Tweeple send hiccups to Internet Explorer

Alphabet Inc’s Google services faced a massive global outage on Tuesday morning. According to the outage tracking website Downdetector.com, the Google services including Google Search, Google Maps, Google Photos, and Google Drive were hit by a global outage

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Alphabet Inc’s Google services faced a massive global outage on Tuesday morning. According to the outage tracking website Downdetector.com, the Google services including Google Search, Google Maps, Google Photos, and Google Drive were hit by a global outage.

Users attempting to use the search engine were met with a 502 or 500 error. An error page read that the server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request. Please try again in 30 seconds.

Downdetector showed more than 40,000 incidents of people reporting issues with the world’s largest search engine. However, the services were resumed after facing a brief outage but people were quick to share their dismay on Twitter.

Some of them were even missing the turtle-slow browser, Internet Explorer while some switched to Twitter to confirm if Google crashed down.

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Here’s how people reacted!

Initially, there was no official statement from Google, but later the multinational company issued an apology for a software update issue that caused a global outage.

Google in an apology wrote that we’re aware of a software update issue that occurred late this afternoon Pacific Time and briefly affected the availability of Google search and Maps. We apologize for the inconvenience. We worked to quickly address the issue and our services are now back online, the statement read.

The disruption lasted for almost an hour. The issues started at about 6:37 am IST when reports of problems started to surge above the baseline, and they peaked at about 7:07 am. By 7:22 am, the impacted services had resumed their normal schedule.

Earlier this month, Microsoft Teams services were also hit by a global outage.

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Amazon Great Freedom Festival 2022 Sale: From Redmi Note 11T 5G to Tecno Spark 9, check best deals on gadgets here

During the sale, customers can get huge discounts on leading smartphone manufacturing companies like Redmi, Oppo, Realme, OnePlus, iQoo, and Xiaomi, among others.

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If you were planning to purchase smartphones, laptops and other tech gadgets, here is good news for you all. Online shopping platform Amazon is again back with another Amazon Great Freedom Festival sale in 2022, under which customers will be able to grab huge discounts on the above-mentioned category. The sale is already live and it will and it will end on August 10.

During the sale, customers can get huge discounts on leading smartphone manufacturing companies like Redmi, Oppo, Realme, OnePlus, iQoo, and Xiaomi, among others. This is another chance to grab your favorite tech products if you missed last month’s Amazon Prime Day sale.

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Realme’s Narzo 50A

The leading Chinese smartphone manufacturer Realme’s Narzo 50A has been listed during the sale. Interested customers can purchase the feature-loaded handset with a flat discount of Rs. 2,500 at a price of Rs. 10,990.

In order to provide the extra discount on handsets, the firm has introduced the exchange offer on this deal, where customers can enjoy up to Rs. 10,350.00 by giving their old phones to the company.

Tecno Spark 9

Launched at the starting price of Rs 13,499, the Tecno Spark 9 (6GB RAM variant) can be purchased at the discounted price of Rs. 9,499.

Feature-loaded smartphone Redmi Note 11T that comes with 6GB RAM is available at discounted price of Rs 14,999. Customers can save up to Rs 6,000 on this deal during Kickstarter early deals sale.

For those, who are looking for the latest laptops, Amazon is offering a huge discount of up to Rs. 44,701 on top laptop brands including HP, Asus, Dell, and more. All the discounted laptops will come with the latest chipset and 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor that will allow users to work smoothly on heavy applications like Lightroom and Premier Pro.

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iPhone 14: Apple likely to host launch event in September to unveil smartphone, here’s everything you need to know

Apple is all set to launch one of its much-awaited smartphones iPhone 14 Apple iPhone 14 Max, Apple iPhone 14 Pro, and Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max in 2022.

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Apple is all set to launch one of its much-awaited smartphones iPhone 14 Apple iPhone 14 Max, Apple iPhone 14 Pro, and Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max in 2022. According to the reports and all the speculations, it suggested that the company is likely to host an event in September this year to launch the upcoming Apple smartphone series.

Reports also revealed that the Pro models of the iPhone 14 series will get the new chipset and the other lower variants will get an A15 Bionic chipset, which made its entry with Apple iPhone 13 series last year.

The leading tech giant in the country might rebrand the chipset and introduce the new one as A16, which will be much more powerful, and advanced and will allow users to operate heavy applications without any lag.

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If rumors are to be believed, the firm might launch the low variants with old chipset with a little bit of upgradation under budget, which means customers might have to pay not a very big amount for the upcoming smartphones.

Expected specification of iPhone 14

As the launch date of the upcoming iPhone 14 series is around the corner, there are many online tech information provider websites started circulating leak specification information about the smartphone. If leak information to believe, it has suggested that Apple will remove the bathtub notch from the top variants of the iPhone 14 series. The company might launch the phone with a pill-shaped hole-punch cutout and a smaller cutout immediately next to it. As far is the camera is concerned, the customers can expect some miner changes in the camera. The comapany might introduce some new features in term of its cinematic mode.

Meanwhile, the power button will remain on the right side, while the volume controls and SIM tray will be on the left. The bottom of the device houses the speaker grille, a microphone, and a charging lighting port. On the display front, the iPhone 14 Pro will retain the same 6.1-inch OLED display as the iPhone 13 Pro and it will be paired with up to 4GB of RAM.

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