Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The New Google Sheets Have Arrived at Macalester

During the week of April 21, 2014, Macalester's domain will automatically be upgraded to the new Sheets. Spreadsheets created after the upgrade will use the new version. 

For now, this upgrade does not affect existing spreadsheets and only relates to any new spreadsheets created.

Sample of New Google Sheets Features

  • Offline: Create and edit spreadsheets without an internet connection after setting up offline access in Chrome.
  • Speed: New spreadsheets load and scroll much faster, removing many of the limits for formula complexity and spreadsheet size.
  • Improved formula editing: Check out our new function editing tools to help you build complex formulas.
  • Filter views: Create, save, and apply multiple filter views without changing what your collaborators see.
  • Expand is no longer needed, all cells are shown in the new version of Sheets.


Contact the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@macalester.edu or 651-696-6525 for assistance.

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.