Holiday Effects App for Google+ Hangouts; Google Adds Genesis and the 10 Commandments to Dead Sea Scrolls

Google+ and Gmail team together with the creators of Wallace and Gromit added a little extra holiday magic to Google+ Hangouts "with a custom invitation builder and a Holiday Effects app."Just click the following link to schedule your holiday family hangout and Google will send all your invitations out with a custom Wallace and Gromit […]

Google+ and Gmail team together with the creators of Wallace and Gromit added a little extra holiday magic to Google+ Hangouts "with a custom invitation builder and a Holiday Effects app."

Just click the following link to schedule your holiday family hangout and Google will send all your invitations out with a custom Wallace and Gromit video. Since hangouts let up to 10 people video chat at once, right from Google+ or Gmail, you can invite the people you like the most.

Check out the Holiday Effects app here.

Google back in September 2011, launched the Dead Sea Scrolls - an ancient documents that include the oldest known biblical manuscripts in existence and let explore at the 1215 dpi resolution.

The Dead Sea Scrolls project is powered through Google Storage and App Engine, and uses Google Maps, YouTube and Google image technology.

The Scrolls are possibly the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century. "Written more than 2,000 years ago on pieces of parchment and papyrus, they were preserved by the hot, dry desert climate and the darkness of the caves in which they were hidden."

Today, the company with Israel Antiquities Authority added the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library to its ancient treasures online.

"This is an online collection of some 5,000 images of scroll fragments in a quality never seen before. The texts include one of the earliest known copies of the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the Ten Commandments; part of Chapter 1 of the Book of Genesis, which describes the creation of the world; and hundreds more 2,000-year-old texts, shedding light on the time when Jesus lived and preached, and on the history of Judaism," wrote Google.

The Ten Commandments Now Online at Dead Sea Scrolls. Photo credit Shai Halevi, courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority