Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Google Updates Biweekly Post

Publication Date: November 26, 2014

Google Apps

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

To make it easier to collaborate during Hangouts video calls, Google has enabled the sharing of links to any Drive file directly from the chat window.

Coming soon: When you create a bookmark, you can select an image and add a note or snippet to help you find that bookmark more quickly later. Google will also suggest a folder if it seems like it could be a fit.

A new extension for Chrome that lets you open files from Google Drive directly into a compatible application installed on your computer.

Google is adding a “mobile-friendly” label to our mobile search results.

Android: Reminders for your half-baked plans

Are you using Google Drive to store video files? Here’s a really cool tip that lets you add subtitles.

Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.

As a bonus for the holiday season, new Chromebook buyers can get 1TB of Google Drive storage for two years — almost $240 in value — absolutely free. (redeem the offer by January 31, 2015)

Google Business

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

The page shows a comprehensive view of all devices that have been active on an account in the last 28 days, or are currently signed in.

This coming weekend, expect to see many of your fellow shoppers checking for deals on their smartphones while braving the lines and crowds at the mall.

Google announced that it has bought the company and its LiftWare spoon, a surprisingly sophisticated piece of table-tech that steadies itself even in a violently shaking hand.

Certain retro toys are making a comeback this season. Thanks to the new movie “Ouija,” searches for “Ouija boards” are up 300% since October.

Legislators at the European Parliament who have long sought tough antitrust action against Google called on Friday for a resolution suggesting that Google be broken up into separate companies.

Google Extra

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

In time for the epic conclusion to the Hobbit trilogy Google has updated the Chrome Experiment, “A Journey Through Middle-earth.”

Tip of the week: Bored on the bus or subway? Just say “OK Google, flip a coin.” What do yo have to lose?

So, Google Maps looked at Thanksgiving traffic conditions over the last two years for 21 cities across the U.S. to find the most useful information to make your holiday trip a little easier.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Degree Works Upgrade 11/30

We will be performing a planned upgrade to the Degree Works system this coming Sunday, November 30.  Degree Works will be inaccessible from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.  If you have questions, please contact Tim Friemann at 651-696-6879.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Google Apps: Forms, Sheets, and Drive get new look along with new features


Check it out. Google Drive, Forms, and Sheets have new features and new looks. Google will automatically upgrade your existing Forms and Sheets to the new versions. Once upgraded, you will no longer be able to revert to the old versions. Give the new Google Drive experience a try! Starting in early 2015, Google will automatically switch your Drive to the new look.  You may opt out of the new Drive briefly before the new interface is permanent.

Old Forms upgrade started on Nov 19, 2014

Go to Recent in Drive and you may notice that Forms appears at the top of the list. Google has started migrating existing Forms to the new interface. Following soon will be the auto-upgrading of legacy themes to allow for customization and a better mobile experience moving forward. After the theme upgrade, some text and colors from older Forms may not show up properly, so plan accordingly and take a look at any existing Forms.

Migration of Forms info (help page)

Old Sheets migration starts Jan 12, 2015

Auto-migration of older spreadsheets (those created prior to Dec 2013, including any subsequent copies) to the new version of Google Sheets starts soon. New sheets have a green circle with a checkmark located at the bottom. 

New Google Drive becomes default starting Jan 13, 2015

Since the launch of the new Google Drive in June, the new experience has been opt-in, allowing people to try out and become accustomed to it. Starting in 2015, the new Drive will be the default experience, while retaining the option to return to the old Drive (via the Settings drop down). In the future, Google will remove the option to return to the old Drive.


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