Google launches premium tool Helpouts - New York News

Google launches premium tool Helpouts

Posted: Updated:
MYFOXNY.COM -

Trying to master the perfect smoky eye? Or maybe you need to make a salad for a dinner party but don't know how to cook? Need help fixing something at home, but don't know how to use this? Now there's a place you can go to get help with all of it.

"Google Helpouts is really about helping people, giving them one on one interaction with experts," said Mark Spoonauer, editor in chief of LaptopMag.com.

The new Google tool launched Tuesday and promises real help from real people in real time. Now you can get scheduled help or on-demand advice from an expert over a two-way video chat from personal yoga instruction, to cooking lessons. Google has more than 1,000 providers signed up.

Joe Barbera of Long Island said it could come in handy since he's not so handy around the house.

"If you have a leak in the house they can tell you how to fix it," Barbera said. "If you have a clamp or a piece of rubber, you can stop it until you get a mechanic."

Another area getting a lot of attention is health care. For example, a board-certified doctor offers live consultations and charges $5 per minute."

All users need a Google+ account. Payment is handled through Google Wallet.

But some aren't so sure they would pay for the instruction.

"It's going to be tough because there is so much free content on the internet right now," said Sherry Tenorio of Chelsea.

Others have privacy concerns, not knowing who is on the other side of the camera.

"It's a little weird," said Megan Milostan of the Upper East Side. "Personally, I don't think I need to see the person in the flesh."

Google said it has approved every one of its providers.

Experts say the tool seems to work, but the company's biggest competitor could be itself. YouTube, which is owned by Google, already has how-to videos for every imaginable subject.

"Over time who knows maybe you will watch a YouTube video on how to do something and if you don't get the answer, there may be a link to a help out service," Spoonauer said.

If you want to try it, Helpouts is available on a computer or mobile device. An Android app also exists.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Memo urges cops to use discretion for jaywalking summonses

    Memo urges cops to use discretion for jaywalking summonses

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:57 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:57:48 GMT
    A memo from NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton instructs police officers to use discretion when ticketing elderly and disabled pedestrians for jaywalking. This comes after an 84-year-old jaywalker was injured during his arrest on the Upper West Side in January. The memo which was was dated April 15 reads:  "Use discretion when elderly or handicapped persons are observed jaywalking.... If pedestrian actions are not causing a safety risk... warn and admonish the violator instead."
    A memo from NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton instructs police officers to use discretion when ticketing elderly and disabled pedestrians for jaywalking. This comes after an 84-year-old jaywalker was injured during his arrest on the Upper West Side in January. The memo which was was dated April 15 reads in part:  "Use discretion when elderly or handicapped persons are observed jaywalking.... If pedestrian actions are not causing a safety risk... warn and admonish the violator instead."
  • Man with samurai sword arrested at New Jersey deli

    Man with samurai sword arrested at New Jersey deli

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-04-17 13:27:28 GMT
    New Jersey NewsNew Jersey News
    Employees at a southern New Jersey deli say they feared for their lives when a man walked in and brandished a samurai sword. It happened at American Deli in Lower Township.
    Employees at a southern New Jersey deli say they feared for their lives when a man walked in and brandished a samurai sword. It happened at American Deli in Lower Township.
  • Rifle seized after squirrel shooting in Milford

    Rifle seized after squirrel shooting in Milford

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-04-17 12:48:12 GMT
    Connecticut State NewsConnecticut State News
    Police say they found an unregistered assault rifle and three large-capacity magazines in the home of a Milford man accused of shooting a squirrel.  James Toigo has been charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, cruelty to an animal, reckless endangerment, breach of peace, failure to register an assault rifle and possessing large-capacity magazines.
    Police say they found an unregistered assault rifle and three large-capacity magazines in the home of a Milford man accused of shooting a squirrel.  James Toigo has been charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, cruelty to an animal, reckless endangerment, breach of peace, failure to register an assault rifle and possessing large-capacity magazines.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices