Google Talk for Windows to be Killed Off Tomorrow

Chat application Google Talk for Windows is to permanently close tomorrow, to be usurped indefinitely by Google Hangouts, Google’s more advanced instant messaging and video chat service.

Any user planning to move from Google Talk for Windows, a standalone app, to Google Hangouts now needs to use the Chrome browser. However, there are plenty of holdouts still using Google Talk, preferring the old software to Hangouts due to advantages with file-sharing and appearing invisible. Those people will still be able to use Google Talk functionality, but through third-party applications, such as Trillian and Pidgin, though Google says it cannot guarantee users’ privacy or security.

Source: N4GM

Firefox Gets Free Integrated Video Chat Feature

The latest version of Mozilla’s Firefox web browser, Firefox 34, comes with an integrated video chat feature, which is free and easy to use.

The feature is called Firefox Hello, and any Firefox 34 user can initiate a video chat, with no need to signup or download any extra plugins. Just press the button, share the link it gives, and video chat straight away. So long as one person is using Firefox, the other user only needs to use a WebRTC-compatible browser, such as Chrome or Opera.

Source: lifehacker