Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Google Updates Biweekly Post

January 29, 2014

Google Apps

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

Who can email you via your Google+ profile? Emailing Google+ connections without knowing an email address is not enabled for Macalester’s users. If you have a personal Gmail account, you may want o adjust the default settings from anyone to no one or just members of your Circles.

Starting January 29, you will be able to give a name to Hangouts video calls in Google Calendar events.

Here are a few tips for using Google search and other apps more effectively to further your education.

With this change, the sign-in page for all Google Apps customers will be updated to be consistent across all Google Apps services.

Existing Google Forms will automatically upgrade to the new version.

Activity stream in Drive – a single, easy-to-view place to review every action taken on your files and folders.

The issue was resolved within 25 minutes, Google is correcting the bug that caused the outage.

Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.

There's no question about it: Diabetics are excited about the prospect of a tiny little contact lens simplifying their lives.

Android and Google get low marks for accessibility, more detail on QUAIL and a tool for measuring the contrast ratio between text and background color.

Google Business

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

Google tries to draw out exploits of Chrome OS at March security conference with prize monies.

The French government's privacy watchdog has fined Google €150,000 (US$204,000) over changes the company made to its privacy policy in March 2012.

Google and VSP, the nation’s biggest optical health insurance provider, have struck a deal to offer subsidized frames and prescription lenses for Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear.

The Obama administration says it will allow Internet companies to give customers a better idea of how often the government demands their information, but will not allow companies to disclose what is being collected or how much.

Google Extra

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

Google Doodle: January 20, 2014.

Google Doodle: January 16, 2014.

Google and LEGO announced a new Chrome Experiment called "Build with Chrome," which basically lets you use your mouse (or touch-screen on a tablet) to build LEGO structures directly in your Web browser.

On Friday, January 31, President Obama will “travel” the country in a virtual whistlestop tour.

Google Sightseeing.
Google Snow View

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