Thursday, September 18, 2014

Google Updates Biweekly Post


Publication Date: September 18, 2014

Google Apps

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


Google brings benefits in speed, security and stability to OS X with Chrome 64-bit for Mac, version 39, due to be released in Nov 2014.


Any participant in a video call can now select a participant to be shown to all other participants’ views.


People using the Hangouts apps on Android and iOS will now be able participate in multi-way video calls without a Google+ profile.


With these reasons in mind, today we’re announcing some improvements to Drive and all our editors—Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, and Forms—specifically designed with blind and low-vision users in mind.


The automated lists feature will be on by default, but users will be able to disable it in Tools -> Preferences.


All menu options from vertical tabs on the left side of the picker to horizontal tabs running along the top of the picker.
A new sharing experience that makes it easier and faster to invite others to access your files.
You can make voice calls from Hangouts on Android, iOS and the Web. It’s free to call other Hangouts users, it’s free to call numbers in the U.S. and Canada, and the international rates are really low.


Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.


Chromebooks will be even more mobile with the first set of Android apps to Chrome OS.


Google launched a new iOS Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution.


Currently disabled for Macalester’s domain, and under review. This launch gives the ability for Google Apps admins to open up the Google Apps Marketplace (GAM) to people from their organization to directly find and use 3rd party applications that integrate with Google Apps.

Google Business

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


Google supports Simply Secure, a new organization dedicated to improving the usability and safety of open-source tools that help people secure their online lives.


Google is always monitoring for these dumps so we can respond quickly to protect our users.


Details the number of government demands Google has received for user information in criminal investigations during the first half of 2014.
Is Google a pirate? Does Rupert Murdoch really love hamsters?


Google Extra

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



“OK Google, do dogs dream?” YouTube

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Google Updates Biweekly Post



Publication Date: September 3, 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! Starting September 23, 2014 To add a custom theme, just create a new form and click the “Change theme” button in the toolbar.


COMING SOON! While many changes were design and user-experience improvements, Google also added some new functions.


The interface makes it easier for people to understand how document, spreadsheet and presentation content can be published as a Webvpage or embedded in their own Website(s).


Now you can use the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps on your iPad or iPhone and all other devices to complete the same tasks—online or offline. In addition, you can open, create and edit native Microsoft Office files with the Google Docs suite on iOS.


There are now a couple of new ways to help you find just the right character or symbol to insert.


A new tab to Hangouts in Gmail shows a list of a person’s contacts sorted by availability, making it easier to see which contacts are currently online.


So in the latest Chrome beta, Google’s exploring a new way for you to share your computer without sharing your business.


Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.


Upgrade to the latest version of the app or download it from Google Play -- including a new tablet version.


Is it true that Google tracks where you go on a map of its own?


Top five questions from teachers and administrators using Google Classroom.

Google Business

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


U.S. export controls and sanctions can sometimes limit the products available in certain countries.


The NYTimes recent analysis of economic inequality and Web searches generated a lot of discussion and hundreds of online comments. Two of the Google researchers who helped with the analysis answer reader comments.


Google for Education Blog: a new destination to share our work that’s happening across education, from products to programs, from the practical to the unimaginable.

Google Extra

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


At The Atlantic, James Carmichael describes the internal conflict he suffered at the hands of Google Now, the software that promises to help you manage your life.



It was a busy week for entertainment junkies with the Emmys and VMAs, and the cat was out of the bag for Sanrio fans after a surprising piece of news.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Students: Get Connected!

The Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk is here to assist you - email helpdesk@macalester.edu or call 651-696-6525. If you bring a computer, smartphone, tablet or gaming device to campus, it must be registered before connecting to the College network. Registration simply associates your name with your device(s), so that we can contact you quickly if there are problems.  To register, launch a Web browser and go to registration.macalester.edu.

Want to get on wireless?  The 'Macalester-Student' wireless network segment is set aside for your use. To get on it, you must enter a wireless 'key' one time. (The 2014-2015 student wireless key remains the same as it was last year, so if you are returning, you should be good.)  The key has been emailed to you via the "ITS-Alerts-Student" list on Wednesday 8/27.

Please do not share this key - if you do, you may compromise the security and confidentiality of your data.  Be assured that guests have their own dedicated network segment ('Macalester-Guest,' which does not require a key.  Have Mom and Dad use this one.)

If you have any difficulty with your computer, stop by the drop-in sessions in Neill Hall 304 on Thursday, August 28th and Friday, August 29th between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. If you are unable to attend a drop-in session, the ITS Help Desk in Neill 314 will also be open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday 8/30, Sunday 8/31 and Monday 9/1.  New students, check out the First Year "Techlist" for more information on campus computing: http://www.macalester.edu/its/accounts-services/firstyeartechlist/