Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Google Updates Biweekly Post



Publication Date: April 16, 2014

Google Apps

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


Coming soon: You can save time and insert your Auto Backup photos from your phone into Gmail messages on the Web using the new Insert Photo button.


The W3C makes ARIA an official recommendation, Apple adds a new accessibility feature to iOS 7.1 and why Google’s removal of link underlines could hurt accessibility.


Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.


Project Ara is Google’s attempt to reinvent the cellphone as we know it.


It’s basically just a bunch of cameras and sensors glommed onto a fairly impressive Android smartphone with a quad-core processor and 2GBs of RAM to crunch all that environment data.


Owners of Google Chromebooks will be able to quickly join Cisco Webex conferences with an application demonstrated for the first time today at Enterprise Connect.




Google Business

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


Following Google's acquisition of drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace, Bloomberg Television has discussed what it may mean for user privacy.

Google Extra

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


April 11, 2014: Percy Julian's 115th Birthday




Google provided technology to help support the LBJ Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


Now with Auto Awesome Photobombs, you too can get a celebrity photobomb—no red carpet required.
Introducing Auto Awesome Photobombs with David Hasselhoff

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Macalester and 'Heartbleed'

Recently there's been lots of discussion about 'Heartbleed,' a gap in an Internet tool used by many vendors and sites.  This vulnerability has been around for more than two years, but was only discovered Monday April 7.  ITS staff are aware of the problem and are working to protect our network from it.  There is no evidence at this time that any Macalester accounts have been compromised.  ITS will send out further information about Heartbleed.  For now, be aware - but don't panic. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Google Updates Biweekly Post


Publication Date: April 2, 2014

Google Apps

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


Customize your theme with a selfie and share it. Shelfie, the SHareable sELFIE.


Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email.


Coming soon: New calendar events will now have a Hangouts video call link added automatically.


Coming soon: Slides and Drawings will now let you crop, apply shape masks, and add borders to your images right within your presentation and drawings.


Coming soon: This new version is faster and can support larger spreadsheets.


Coming soon: Customize your App Launch menu, too!


Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.


Google’s Android Wear: extends Android to wearables.


Google is developing a new solution for indoor navigation.


Google Business

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


Watch this YouTube video of how Google responds to U.S. search warrants, while working hard to protect our users' privacy and security.


Google Extra

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


A round-up of Google’s better attempts at humor for April Fool’s Day 2014.


The worst day for actual news and lame attempts at humor.


From Google’s Think Insights: data will be remembered only if presented in the right way. And often a slide, spreadsheet or graph is not the right way; a story is.