Thursday, March 13, 2014

Google Updates Biweekly Post

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

Coming soon: Add on Track Changes, Avery Labels, Uber Conference, and Mail Chimp!

Google announced a Gmail for iOS update on Wednesday that should virtually eliminate manually refreshing your Inbox on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Many of us speak (and think) faster than we type, so good news: Google Docs appears to be on the verge of introducing voice dictation.

Simply open a new tab or visit in Chrome, say "Ok Google," and then start speaking your search. (Scotty would be pleased.)

Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.

Female programmers discuss why they avoid hackathons and what could be done to make them feel more welcome, including Amy Quispe, who works at Google and ran hackathons while a student at Carnegie Mellon University.

Workplaces that memorialize their products and values.

Google Business

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

Google will soon let developers of Chrome packaged apps issue free trials and offer in-app purchases, and allow creators of browser extensions to charge for their wares for the first time.

Google announced a robust partner program this week, including three tiers of third-party vendors who provide technical and consulting services for the company's cloud product.

Google identifies about 10,000 bad sites daily and if you try and visit a site that is unsafe, a warning will appear.

March 11, 2014: On the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, Google shares a guest post from Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web.

Google Extra

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

Google Doodle: March 8, 2014

"We all love stories. We're born for them," says filmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Finding Nemo," "Toy Story," "WALL-E") in this video that celebrates everyone who's ever had an idea, picked up a camera, or searched for a way to bring their story to life.
Watch Andrew's full TED talk about storytelling

For example, through Maps Gallery, if policymakers overlaid statistics about sanitation, health services and poverty on top of a map of malnutrition rates, they could better understand the specific causes of malnutrition in a particular area and guide planning on how to address them.

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