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Google Meet is a video conferencing service from Google. It’s a great solution for both individuals and businesses to meet on audio and video calls. It was born from Google Hangouts, but boasts some unique features.
In this article, we take a look at Google Meet, explaining what Google Meet is, and how it emerged from Google Hangouts. We also explore the best Google Meet features, and explain how to create or join a Google Meet meeting.
What Is Google Meet?
Google Meet is a video conferencing service from Google. It was originally only available to enterprise customers, but everyone can now use Google Meet for free.
Google Meet is primarily designed as a way to host video meetings. However, you can enable the camera and microphone independently, so you can just use it for audio calls if you wish.
You can create ad hoc calls and invite your friends and family. They can join by typing your meeting code or you can send them a link that they click on.
One of the best things about Google Meet is that you don’t need to install any software on desktop. Everyone in the call (the organizer and the attendees) simply has to be using a modern web browser.
Google Meet vs. Google Hangouts vs. Google Chat
Google is known for having multiple chat services that all seem to do the same thing. It often changes the name of services or retires them, which leads to even more confusion.
Google Hangouts is a video and messaging platform. Google Hangouts split into Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, which were then rebranded to Google Meet and Google Chat respectively.
All three of these services—Google Hangouts, Google Meet, and Google Chat—are separate and still exist. There’s also Google Duo (our guide to Duo and Allo). However, Google will likely retire Google Hangouts at some point, though the exact date is unknown.
If you want to host a video meeting for multiple people, use Google Meet. If you want to have a one-on-one conversation with someone, either in a video call or via text, use Google Hangouts or Google Chat. Check out our list of Google Hangouts tips and tricks.
You can find out more information regarding the differences between the chat apps on Google’s FAQ page.
What Are the Best Features of Google Meet?
On the free plan, Google Meet supports meetings of up to one hour, though this has been extended to 24 hours until September 30, 2020.
You can create and join as many meetings as you like, so there’s nothing to stop you hosting a second meeting if you hit the hour limit.
Up to 100 participants can be in the same meeting. As a meeting organizer, you can mute other people, which you might want to do if your meetings reach that size.
Google Meet does its best to filter out any background noise that isn’t speech. It also has a live caption feature, which automatically captions what people say—it’s pretty reliable and great for accessibility.
You can also share your screen to everyone on the call. This can either be a specific window or the entire desktop, and it works on mobile too.
Finally, Google claims that “video conferences are encrypted in transit” and that “our array of safety measures are continuously updated for added protection”. Business users get enterprise-grade security, but for the average user the privacy settings are fine.
How Much Does Google Meet Cost?
Google Meet is free for everybody to create and join calls. All you need is a Google account (which you’ll have if you use Gmail), but that’s also free.
However, some features of Google Meet are only available via a paid G Suite subscription. This costs $10/active user/month. G Suite is targeted at enterprise users and is Google’s suite of collaboration and productivity apps.
Some additional features that G Suite gives Google Meet are:
- 300 hours meeting length
- 250 meeting participants
- US or international dial-in phone numbers
- Meeting recordings saved to Google Drive
- 24/7 online support
More information can be found on the Google Meet plans and pricing page.
How to Start a Google Meet Call
To start a Google Meet call on desktop, go to the Google Meet website. Click Start new meeting. You will be prompted to log in to your Google account, if you’re not already signed in.
You will see a waiting area. Your browser will likely ask if you want to grant meet.google.com access to your microphone and webcam, so Allow both of these. Use the preview area to ready yourself, then click Join now to begin.
A window will pop-up with a link to share with others so that they can join the call. You can bring this up again at any time by clicking Meeting details in the bottom-left.
To start a Google Meet call on mobile or tablet, open the Google Meet app and tap New meeting. A pop-up will show you the meeting invitation details—tap Share to send this directly to someone in another app.
How to Join a Google Meet Call
There are two ways to join a Google Meet call:
1. Use a Google Meet Invite Link
The first is to ask the meeting host to send you the invite link. This will be formatted like meet.google.com/xxx-xxxx-xxx. (The characters at the end of this URL are also the meeting code, used in the second method below.)
On desktop, click the link and you will automatically join the meeting. You will need to log in to your Google account if you’re not already signed in, though if the host is using G Suite this step isn’t required.
On mobile or tablet, providing you have the Google Meet app installed, tap the link to launch the app and join the meeting.
2. Use a Google Meet Meeting Code
The second method is to ask the meeting host to give you the meeting code. You can then enter this to join the meeting.
On desktop, go to the Google Meet website and input the code in the Enter meeting code field, then click Join.
On mobile and tablet, launch the Google Meet app, tap Meeting code, input it in the field, then tap Join meeting.
Other Free Video Conferencing Apps
That’s everything you need to know about Google Meet and how to create and join video calls. However, if Google Meet doesn’t do it for you, take a look at our comparison pitting Zoom vs. Houseparty, two of the biggest video chat apps around right now.
Read the full article: What Is Google Meet and How Does It Work?
Its franchises including Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Just Dance, and the Tom Clancy series contributed to revenues of almost 1.6 billion euros in its last financial year but according to the gaming giant, one of its competitors is trading off that success.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (R6S) has a reported 60 million players clocking up more than a billion session days in 2019-2020. However, the emergence of a direct clone of this smash-hit produced by a Hong Kong-based company has prompted Ubisoft to file a copyright infringement lawsuit in the United States.
Filed in a California district court on Friday, the complaint targets game developer Ejoy which conducts business under the brand Qookka Games. Ubisoft alleges that the company’s mobile game Area F2 is an illegal direct rip-off of R6S from the ground up, from the story to gameplay mechanics and beyond.
“That AF2 is a near carbon copy of R6S cannot seriously be disputed. Virtually every aspect of AF2 is copied from R6S, from the operator selection screen to the final scoring screen, and everything in between,” the complaint reads.
“This copying includes, but is not limited to, R6S’s storytelling as expressed in the way in which games unfold in real-time; the player-controlled ‘operators’ (including their special abilities and weapons loadouts) and the selection and arrangement of those operators; the collection, selection, and arrangement of weapons, gadgets, and equipment available to players and specific operators.”
Many games in the same niche can share a lot of similarities but Ubisoft says AF2 goes much further by copying the design of its maps, gaming surfaces, object interactions, sound effects and animations, even going as far as closely duplicating the advertising and marketing material for RS6.
While the main target of the lawsuit is Ejoy (which according to the complaint is owned by Alibaba), both Google and Apple are also named as defendants. According to Ubisoft, this is because despite filing complaints with the companies, neither removed AF2 from their stores and instead continued to profit from its distribution.
Ubisoft alleges that it informed Google on April 28/29 via a DMCA complaint that AF2 infringed its copyrights in R6S and that by continuing to distribute the title via Google Play, Google was infringing those rights too. On May 11, however, Google told Ubisoft that it would not be removing the game from the Play store.
Around the same time, Ubisoft filed a similar DMCA complaint with Apple which reportedly forwarded the complaint to Ejoy. In common with Google, Apple also failed to remove the game from its App Store.
Ubisoft says that both Google and Apple are profiting from every copy of AF2 distributed via their platforms. AF2 is free to play but according to the lawsuit the game actively targets the existing userbase for R6S, relying on revenue generated by in-app purchases of which Google and Apple take around 30%.
“Ubisoft is informed and believes, and on that basis alleges, that Google and Apple have received (and as long as AF2 remains available will continue to receive) substantial revenue in connection with the game, and further, that each either has sent or intends to send a portion of that revenue to a foreign bank account maintained by Ejoy and to retain the remainder for itself as profit,” the complaint notes.
Ubisoft says that by creating and distributing AF2, all defendants are willfully infringing its copyrights in R6S and authorizing others to reproduce the title in violation of the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 101.
In respect of Google and Apple, their failure to remove AF2 from their respective stores, despite receiving notice from Ubisoft, means that they have “actual and constructive knowledge” of the infringement and since they obtain a financial benefit from that infringement, are not able to claim safe harbor under Section 512 of the DMCA.
As a result, Ubisoft says it is entitled to statutory damages up to a maximum of $150,000 for each copyright infringed (or actual damages and defendants’ profits) plus attorneys’ fees and costs.
To curtail the ongoing infringement, Ubisoft is also demanding preliminary and permanent injunctions against all defendants and anyone acting in concert with them, including but not limited to Internet service providers.
The complaint can be obtained here (pdf)
The purpose of search engines is to lead people to what they are looking for. Today’s web would be pretty much unusable without it.
Over the past two decades, Google has excelled at this up to the point where Googling became a verb.
There has also been critique. Major entertainment companies, in particular, are not happy with the fact that Google also made pirated content easy to discover. The search engine has taken steps to address these comments, which improved the relationship recently.
However, every now and then Google algorithms put this improved relation to the test. This also happened last week when we discovered that Google was prominently highlighting movie releases of pirate sites in its featured snippets.
Searching for “Movies YTS,” YIFY Movies” and “Fmovies Films” didn’t just bring up the associated pirate sites. It also displayed a carousel of movies that are available on these sites. Whoops.
There was little doubt that this pirate showcase was collateral damage to an otherwise useful feature. The question remained, how long it would stay in place? It didn’t take long before that was answered too.
Today the pirate searches no longer show the associated movie carousels. Also, a related search that featured an overview of “pirated movies” is gone too. The pirate sites themselves remain in the search results of course.
We contacted Google to find out what happened but the company has yet to respond. The fact that the snippets were removed speaks for itself, of course.
While it’s easy for rightsholders to blame Google when issues like this arise, they also have a responsibility of their own. The search engine and its associated companies are generally very quick to respond to takedown requests.
Whether these featured snippets were removed following a complaint is not known. However, in some cases, it almost seems as if copyright holders don’t really mind, as this search for “YTS” on YouTube illustrates.
You can now group your Google Chrome tabs thanks to a feature called Tab Groups. Google Chrome Tab Groups let you organize your tabs, whether by topic, task, or progress. You can even use emojis as names for your Google Chrome Tab Groups.
As detailed in a post on The Keyword, Google has finally added a way to organize your tabs. Tab Groups lets you group your tabs together and label them with a name and color. You can also move and reorder your tabs and groupings as and when you see fit.
How to Group Your Tabs in Google Chrome
To group your tabs, all you need to do is right-click on a single tab and click “Add Tab to Group”. You can then move the tab to an existing group or create a new one. If you create a new group, you can assign a name and color to it.
How you group your tabs is up to you. The most obvious is by topic, such as projects or shopping sites. However, Google also suggests grouping tabs by urgency (ASAP, this week, and later), or emojis (a heart for inspiration, a book for articles to read, etc).
A little organization can go a long way. Managing your tabs just got easier on desktop. Learn more about the latest version of tab groups, now available in #Chrome beta: https://t.co/enX8yrjaN9 pic.twitter.com/gebDyzoEo2
— Chrome (@googlechrome) May 13, 2020
Whatever system you decide on, you can add, remove, or reorder your tabs as you see fit. Reordering is as simple as dragging-and-dropping. And when you close Chrome your Tab Groups will be saved, meaning they’ll still be there when you reopen Chrome.
Tab Groups will arrive with the next version of Google Chrome, which is due to start rolling out next week. However, if you want to try Tab Groups out sooner, you’ll need to download the latest version of Google Chrome Beta.
Your Google Chrome Questions, Answered
Tab Groups is the latest feature designed to make Google Chrome easier to use. Especially for the tab collectors who keep dozens open at one time. Tab minimalists will be fine without this, but there’s no obligation to organize your Chrome tabs into groups.
Google Chrome has lots to explore under the hood. So, once you’ve got used to using Tab Groups, be sure to check out the essential Google Chrome FAQ answering all of your questions, and the essential Chrome privacy settings to keep you safe.
Read the full article: Google Chrome’s Tab Groups Help You Organize Your Tabs