Hangouts in Gmail Replaces Video Chat; Explore Downing Street on Google Maps Street View; Google App Engine Education Awards for U.S. Faculty's Announced

Gmail Video Chat that was introduced in 2008, has now been upgraded with the new Google+ Hangouts technology. The roll out to Hangouts in Gmail, begins with personal Google Accounts, and will be "followed by Google Apps accounts on the Rapid Release track in the coming weeks and later by Apps accounts on the Scheduled […]

Gmail Video Chat that was introduced in 2008, has now been upgraded with the new Google+ Hangouts technology. The roll out to Hangouts in Gmail, begins with personal Google Accounts, and will be "followed by Google Apps accounts on the Rapid Release track in the coming weeks and later by Apps accounts on the Scheduled Release track," Google stated.

"While all Gmail users will experience the benefits, if you've created a Google+ profile you can invite up to nine other participants to your video meetings and take advantage of advanced features like screen sharing and integrated Google Docs collaboration," Google said.

Even if you haven't created a Google+ profile or if your domain hasn't enabled Google+ yet, one-to-one video chat in Gmail will still be powered by the new Hangouts video technology.

Watch the video below to see how easy it is to communicate and connect with your coworkers using Hangouts in Gmail:

You can visit Help Center to learn more about system requirements for Hangouts and how to optimize your network for Hangouts.

Downing Street, London Now on Google Maps Street View

Google Maps today mapped the iconic residence of the UK Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Downing Street, London. With, this Google Maps users can take a virtual stroll along the street and stand in front of the famous front door to No.10, right at the heart of government in Street View.

Google had also mapped The White House.

Bonus: You can also watch Larry, the Downing Street cat, relaxing in his favourite spot on the front porch, and since February 2011, held the official position of Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office.

Also, Google today introduced "Google App Engine Education Awards" program for the faculty members in the United States.

If you teach at an accredited college, university or community college in the US, Google is inviting you to apply for using App Engine for "course development, educational research, university tools or for student projects."

Applications must be received by midnight PST August 31, 2012, and can be submit by filling out this form.

"A selection of the proposals will receive $1,000 in App Engine credits to assist in making the proposal a reality," Google said.

For those not aware, "App Engine allows you to build scalable applications using the same technology that powers Google's global-scale web applications. With no hardware to setup, App Engine makes it simple to learn how to write a simple web application or to build an application that handles millions of hits a day."

If you haven't already tried App Engine, you can start by downloading the SDK, follow the Getting Started Guide to start with the free tier.