Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Google Updates Biweekly Post



Publication Date: July 15, 2015

Google Apps

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

July 7, 2015: New Drive UI full launch: Removal of the option to return to the old Drive UI

It is now possible for Google Apps customers to customize the App Launcher by moving icons between rows and screens.

Previously a popular feature in Gmail Labs, and recently added to Inbox by Gmail, 'Undo Send' is a formal setting in Gmail on the web.

This update to Google Sheets on the web allows even more ways to visualize and analyze data.

This launch allows people to publish spreadsheets in five additional formats—as comma-separated values (.csv), tab-separated values (.tsv), a PDF document (.pdf), a Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet (.xlsx), or an OpenDocument spreadsheet (.ods).

The Office Compatibility Mode extension in Chrome allows people to view and edit Microsoft® Office files in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Previously a Calendar Labs feature, event attachments are now fully launching in Google Calendar web by default with this rollout.

Coming 7/28/2015: With Information Rights Management (IRM), people using Google Drive can now disable downloading, printing, and copying from the advanced sharing menu―perfect for when the file you're sharing contains sensitive information that you don't want shared broadly or leaked.

Google shares some of the new ways they support the senders of wanted mail, and using the latest Google smarts to filter out spam.

That’s why we offer lots of ways to customize your experience—from inbox categories, to email formatting, to shareable selfies—and why today we’re expanding your options with additional themes, and emoji.


Google Mobile, etc.

News about other Google products and technology.

Google is adding lots of improvements based users’ feedback―with more on the horizon.

A new version of the Google Drive app for Android is available on Google Play.

This functionality is coming soon to the Hangouts Android app.

Now integrated with Google Drive, My Maps allows anyone to easily create maps with custom lines, shapes, and placemarks, to import geographic data (like addresses, places, and coordinates) into maps, and to share maps as they do other Drive files.

The latest versions of the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for Android make it easier to work on both Google and non-Google files on mobile.

Google Business

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

In the coming weeks Google will put up a web form people can use to submit these requests.

Google Extra

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



Art of Google Books @artofgb

Monday, June 22, 2015

Fall 2015 Moodle Active

The Fall 2015 Moodle site is now available at https://moodle.macalester.edu.If you have questions, please contact your AIA or the ITS Help Desk (helpdesk@macalester.edu or 651-696-6525).

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Google Updates Biweekly Post



Publication Date: June 17, 2016

Google Apps

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



Starts appearing in Macalester’s domain 6/15/2015


UI Tweaks to Google navigation bar arrives in Macalester’s domain


  • The separate link to one’s Google+ Home page (‘+Name’) will be removed. People can continue to access their Google+ Home pages from the App launcher.
  • The sharing button will be removed. People can continue to share from their Google+ Home pages.
  • In the identity menu (under one’s profile image), the ‘View profile’ button will become a link where the ‘Account’ link currently lives and the button will now point to the new ‘My Account’ page.


With this launch, people can now insert images into Sheets even when they’re not online, provided they’re working in Chrome and have turned on offline access.


Today’s update to Google Sheets on the Web offers even more ways to visualize and analyze data.


For a richer experience when presenting screen-shared content, today we’re launching full-view screen sharing for Google Hangouts.


Today’s update to the Google Slides app makes it even easier to share presentations on big screens.


Documents written in non-Latin scripts will remain readable when exported from Google Docs on desktop to Microsoft Word.


Take the Privacy Checkup and Security Checkup, two simple, step-by-step guides for reviewing and editing one’s personal privacy and security settings.


Google Mobile
A new Chrome feature—search from any Web page with just a tap.


A new version of the Google Drive app for iOS is now available in the App Store.


Google’s program now includes researchers that will find, fix, and prevent vulnerabilities on Android, specifically.

Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.



Google Photos is available now on Android (https://goo.gl/BajWpo), iOS (https://goo.gl/toCWvw) and the Web (http://photos.google.com).


Today we’re launching Oauth support for all Yahoo and Microsoft accounts in the Gmail app for Android.




Google has been working with Adobe to ensure that your experience on the Web can be power-efficient as well as rich and interactive—and today, we’re introducing an update to Chrome that does just that.

Google Business

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



Infographic: Research led authors to conclude that secret questions are neither secure nor reliable enough to be used as a standalone account recovery mechanism. Spoiler alert: Easy answers aren’t secure.


Google Engineers: LTE over unlicensed coexists poorly with Wi-Fi.


The U.S. shouldn’t settle for less than ubiquitous, abundant broadband access.


Google is wielding a new weapon against Amazon and Microsoft for cloud computing customers: itself.

Google Extra

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



June 15, 2015: Google Doodle


June 10, 2015: Google Doodle


June 17, 2015: Google Doodle


Through the Google lens: Search trends May 29 - June 5, 2015