Google+ builds 'hangout' for businesses
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Google+ builds 'hangout' for businesses

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-It's Tuesday, November 8, 2011. I'm Bridget Carey on CNET.com and it's time to get loaded. Businesses can officially now create their own pages in Google+ social network. Now, these brand pages can interact with customers in circles and even have video hang outs. Depending on how a creative a store can get with their hangout, it might actually encourage people to use the network because let's get real here. Who is using Google+ on a daily basis besides Google employees and tech geeks, and to make it even easier to find the brand page, you can pull it up directly from a Google search by typing in a plus sign followed by the company name, like +Toyota or +Pepsi, but it only works for few brands now. Panasonic is launching a line of rugged android tablets that can take a beating and extreme temperatures. It will be called the tough pad and it will be 2 models, a 10-inch for about $1300, which will come out in spring of next year and another 7-inch model what will be released even later. If that price tag sounds expensive, we'll it's really and investment for business that want to have tablets withstand tough working conditions, and in not so tough tablet news, T-Mobile announced that it will soon improve the version of the 7-inch galaxy tab called the galaxy tab 7.0 plus. It will hit stores next week on November 16th and will use T-Mobile's 4G network. It got a boost in speed with a 1.2 gigahertz dual core processor and slightly better cameras, 3-megapixels in the back and 2-megapixels on the front. It's loaded with Honeycomb 3.2 operating system and will cost $250 after rebating contract. Although, we could just buy it now from Amazon without that contract for 400 bucks. Video game consoles are the most popular way for American to watch online entertainment on their televisions according to report from strategy analytics. The personal computer is still the most popular way to watch online video, but when it comes pulling that content to your home's biggest screen, people are depending on the Xbox 360 or PS3. Now mind you, it's only 12% of household using game consoles like this, but it's still large chunk of people who connect their computer televisions via an HDMI connection. Also 65% of Xbox users under the age of 25, watch TV shows and movies primarily on their game console. Expect Nokia to make a big push in the US next year for its new Windows phones. The company just put a job of that out for developer evangelist based in California to encourage programmers to build apps for Windows. Microsoft already has a few ways of battering up programs like offering free devices for testing and prominent positioning in the marketplace app store. Last month, Nokia unveiled it newest Windows phones for Europe and Asia, but we won't see them for a few months. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Bridget Carey for CNET.com and you just been loaded.

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