Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Google Updates Biweekly Post

Publication Date: June 25, 2014

Google Apps

Updates to core Google Apps and the major services like Google+. Also major updates that may affect the Macalester community.

When previewing Gmail attachments in Chrome, certain Chrome extensions can now be queried to determine if they are enabled for Drive.

Owners of a document, spreadsheet or presentation will now be able to move it to the trash from within its own File menu.

Now Chromies around the world can get in on the action with Kick with Chrome, a new Chrome Experiment that will help you tap into your inner soccer champion.

Power users may audit any app or extension and get visibility into the precise actions that it's performing.

Several improvements have been made to Google Sites recently. Let’s hope the improvements keep coming.

Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.

Police officers in San Francisco and London say that after Apple last fall introduced a safety measure, called Activation Lock, iPhone theft fell significantly.

Google Business

Google Business news, including policies, user privacy, politics and legal issues.

Nest Labs on Tuesday is expected to announce a strategy to build a software platform to connect home devices as part of the Internet of Things.

Google has long supported efforts to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) so that the government must obtain a warrant to require a provider to disclose content stored with the provider.

After receiving a wave of requests since late May to remove information from search results, Google began notifying individuals this week that their submissions would soon be acted upon.

As part of its effort to add a paid subscription tier, the online video giant will block videos from independent record companies that have not agreed to new licensing terms.

Google announced on Tuesday that it would give Carnegie Mellon $300,000 in each of the next two years through the Google Focused Research Award program.

Google Extra

Other Google side projects, including art, science and fun stuff.

Google Doodle: World Cup 2014 #27

Google is thrilled to be celebrating Pride with the world in 35+ offices globally.

The World Cup is well underway and people are searching for every match highlight and replay. Read on to learn what was trending on Google this past week.

Read about women who use computer science, and an ability to code, to do cool, amazing jobs.

Follow on Google+

Google Apps Tips

Monday, June 23, 2014

Google Hangouts: What's it all about?

Google Hangouts at Macalester

Host a meeting with colleagues, invite guests from afar, share your desktop to someone across campus, or just connect “face to face.” ITS is offering sessions for departments to learn more about Google Hangouts:  Find out what options are available, why you might use them and how to set them up.

Sample Google Hangouts agenda

The 4 Things you need to join or host a Google Hangout

  1. Microphone
  2. Camera

Hangout Features

  • Learn about all the buttons: Controls at the top, right, left, bottom.
  • Participants can call in too: Audio-only participants
  • Video calls from Hangouts lets you have face-to-face conversations with up to 10 people.

Start a Hangout

Campus Use Cases

  • Guests from off-campus
  • Job interviews
  • Committee meetings
  • Team meetings

Hangouts on Air

  • Broadcast and record
  • Link to YouTube


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

11 Things students should know about their on-campus telephone and voice mail service

  1. Upon your request, a single-line, non-display, corded phone will be installed. 
  2. Residence hall and house phones can dial campus, local, and 911 calls only. 
  3. To call a long distance number from a residence hall or house campus phone, a calling card is required (students are responsible for purchasing their own long-distance calling card). 
  4. Sharing a phone may be required when multiple students residing in the same room request a phone. 
  5. Requested telephone and voice mail service is made available at no cost to students. 
  6. Caller ID is not available in residence halls or houses. 
  7. Campus public phones are located on every floor of residence halls and in each house.  These  phones allow on-campus, local, and 911 calls only. 
  8. Kirk Hall phones are installed in the common room and NOT in the individual bedrooms. 
  9. GDD Hall phones are installed in the individual bedrooms and NOT in the common room. 
  10. Summit House phones are in the bedrooms and NOT in the common areas.
  11. Phones have already been installed in the common areas of on-campus houses. Requests to install additional phones cannot be honored. 

How to request telephone and voice mail service

  1. Complete and submit the Telecom Service Request Form to request telephone service. 
  2. You will be sent an email notification with further instructions when your request is completed. 
  3. For more information, go to

What types of calls can I make with a Residence Hall/House and public access phone?

  • 911
  • On-campus
  • Twin Cities area, including area codes 612, 651, 763, and 952
  • No long distance or international calls calls

Will I be charged when someone calls my residence hall phone?

No, you will not be charged when someone calls your residence hall phone. Give your residence hall phone number out to your friends and family. If they are calling from outside the Twin Cities, they may be charged for calling you by their phone service provider.