Thursday, February 26, 2015

Google Updates Biweekly Post


Publication Date: February 25, 2015

Google Apps

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



Gmail's autocomplete feature is not ordering contact suggestions correctly.


Support for selecting, cutting, copying and pasting text along with images, tables, and charts in Office Compatibility Mode. Insert links too.


Revisit Chrome Experiments created to showcase the work of creative coders who pushed HTML5 and JavaScript to the limits in order to build beautiful, unique Web experiences.


Google has recently expanded its efforts in Chrome, Search, and ads to keep you even safer from sites where these nefarious downloads are available.


NYTimes: If I archive a Gmail message in my browser, what does that do and where does the message go?


Complying with MLA formatting guidelines using Google Docs just got a whole lot easier.

Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.

Google Flights, which makes it easy to plan the trip that’s right for you.


Keep is a very simple note-taking and task-tracking tool that is linked with your Google Apps account

Google Business

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



At the request of the Department of Justice, a little-known body -- the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure -- is proposing a significant change to procedural rules that could have profound implications for the privacy rights and security interests of everyone who uses the Internet.


This research takes a close look at cloud infrastructure security and how it's impacted by forced data localization.


Deadline is March 12, 2015.

Google Extra

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





February 18, 2018: Google Doodle


Google's Street View continues to go where roads end, and the latest addition will give you a glimpse of Viking ruins and a glacial icecap.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Google Contacts Glitch

Some people on campus are experiencing odd behavior from Google Contacts.  For example, you may type 'Mom' in the "To:" field, expecting it will automatically fill in your mother's email address, as it always has.  Instead, Google fills the field with the address for Mike O'Malley, an acquaintance who you emailed only once - last year. 

Google is aware of this glitch and is working to fix it.  In the meantime, please pay extra attention to how you address your GMail messages.  If you would like assistance or have questions about Google Contacts, please contact the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@macalester.edu or 651-696-6525.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Google Updates Biweekly Post


Publication Date: February 11, 2015

Google Apps

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



Gradual rollout starts Feb 17, 2015.


Vault is used to archive emails and chats, to search Drive files, and to preserve important information for your organization. Retention policies have to be set.


Setting up offline access manually can be cumbersome, so in a couple of weeks you’ll be able to just sign into Chrome on the Web and visit Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides―and offline will be enabled automatically.


While everything stored in Drive is always encrypted in transit and at rest in Google’s custom-built data centers, this checkup ensures you’re making the most of the 24/7 protection you already get from Google.


Add Page Numbers To A Google Doc

Navigate to “Insert” and then select “Page Number” and choose whether you would like the numbers to show at the bottom or the top of the page.


Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.



Why Google Glass Broke

How Google Glass went from the hottest thing in wearable tech to the Edsel of Silicon Valley.

Google Business

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



In the first half of this year, tweets will start to be visible in Google’s search results as soon as they’re posted.

Google Extra

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



A team of analysts at Google divulged travelers’ most pressing questions, such as how to pack and is it safe to fly.


Starting in the next few days, when you ask Google about common health conditions, you’ll start getting relevant medical facts right up front from the Knowledge Graph.


Each company is said to be working on products that could compete with the other’s.