Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Moodle Upgrade July 30

Moodle will be briefly unavailable the morning of Wednesday July 30 so that we may update the system.  All Moodle functionality should be restored by 9:00 AM.  If you have any questions, please contact your Academic Information Associate.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Google Updates Biweekly Post


Published July 24, 2014
Google Apps

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


Get ready for the New Google Drive—Arriving in Macalester’s domain starting on July 29, 2014!


New home screens give direct access points for Docs, Sheets & Slides.
docs.google.com redirects to google.com/docs.


A new version of the UI for viewing documents and images in Gmail and Google Drive gives more focus to the content itself.


This feature provides the ability to reset the properties and formatting of an image in Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings after edits have been made to it.


Now you can by creating a "temporary filter view"  from the toolbar or Data menu in the new Google Sheets.


Improved accessibility options.


A new version of the Gmail Android app is coming to Google Play.


The Google Drive mobile apps for Android and iOS now have a cleaner design, more responsive animations, and faster background syncing.


Google Slides mobile app is now ready for launch on Android (with iOS coming soon), making it easier for you to quickly find, edit and create presentations on the goonline or offline.


Suggest Edits support page
Docs, Sheets, and Slides are getting major updates on both mobile and desktop. Mobile apps for Docs, Sheets and now Slides. Edit and share Office files—without Office. Suggested Edits: a new way to collaborate.


Launch Hangouts in Chrome without having to download and install a plugin.


Google Apps users can now edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files directly from Google Drive, Gmail and the new Docs, Sheets and Slides home screens, without needing Microsoft Office.




you can mirror your Android phone and tablet to the TV so you can see your favorite apps, photos or anything else, exactly as you see it on your mobile device—only bigger.


For English search results in the US, Google will indicate to searchers when their algorithms detect pages that may not work on searcher’s device.


Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.


With its ambitious plan to create a single design language for all its products, Google had to update its main font to work on any screen.


DrawElements produces a graphics test that helps companies make their software compatible with Google’s Android operating system.

Google Business

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


Google partnered with Coinbase to support BTC conversions.


Google Extra

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










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Gmail: Look for #TipTuesday and #MobileMonday posts

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Google Updates Biweekly Post


Publication Date: June 25, 2014

Google Apps

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

When previewing Gmail attachments in Chrome, certain Chrome extensions can now be queried to determine if they are enabled for Drive.

Owners of a document, spreadsheet or presentation will now be able to move it to the trash from within its own File menu.

Now Chromies around the world can get in on the action with Kick with Chrome, a new Chrome Experiment that will help you tap into your inner soccer champion.

Power users may audit any app or extension and get visibility into the precise actions that it's performing.

Several improvements have been made to Google Sites recently. Let’s hope the improvements keep coming.

Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.

Police officers in San Francisco and London say that after Apple last fall introduced a safety measure, called Activation Lock, iPhone theft fell significantly.

Google Business

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

Nest Labs on Tuesday is expected to announce a strategy to build a software platform to connect home devices as part of the Internet of Things.

Google has long supported efforts to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) so that the government must obtain a warrant to require a provider to disclose content stored with the provider.

After receiving a wave of requests since late May to remove information from search results, Google began notifying individuals this week that their submissions would soon be acted upon.

As part of its effort to add a paid subscription tier, the online video giant will block videos from independent record companies that have not agreed to new licensing terms.

Google announced on Tuesday that it would give Carnegie Mellon $300,000 in each of the next two years through the Google Focused Research Award program.

Google Extra

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

Google Doodle: World Cup 2014 #27

Google is thrilled to be celebrating Pride with the world in 35+ offices globally.

The World Cup is well underway and people are searching for every match highlight and replay. Read on to learn what was trending on Google this past week.

Read about women who use computer science, and an ability to code, to do cool, amazing jobs.

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