Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hangouts get Auto-Mute to Silence Noisy Keyboards

If you're an avid Hangout user on Google+, you'll certainly know just how loud some keyboards (and typists) are. While you're happily chatting away with your friends, inevitably, someone (or yourself) will start typing and "spam" the conversation with the clickety-clack of their keyboard. Sometimes you won't mind it all, other times it really becomes a nuisance, or at the very least, a distraction.

Things are about to get quieter though, as hangouts will now have an auto-mute feature to silence noisy typing. This will happen only on larger hangouts, of 4 people and more, and when it does kick into action you'll see a message on your screen stating you've been auto-muted due to typing.

I think it's a nice addition, although we'll have to see how heavy multitaskers, used to typing while hanging out, will react.

On the other hand, you can always get a Chromebook Pixel, which has an extra noise canceling microphone just to muffle the keyboard sound while videochating. :)

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