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.


Follow on Google+




Google Apps Tips

Monday, June 23, 2014

Google Hangouts: What's it all about?



Google Hangouts at Macalester



Host a meeting with colleagues, invite guests from afar, share your desktop to someone across campus, or just connect “face to face.” ITS is offering sessions for departments to learn more about Google Hangouts:  Find out what options are available, why you might use them and how to set them up.

Sample Google Hangouts agenda

The 4 Things you need to join or host a Google Hangout

  1. Microphone
  2. Camera

Hangout Features

  • Learn about all the buttons: Controls at the top, right, left, bottom.
  • Participants can call in too: Audio-only participants
  • Video calls from Hangouts lets you have face-to-face conversations with up to 10 people.

Start a Hangout

Campus Use Cases

  • Guests from off-campus
  • Job interviews
  • Committee meetings
  • Team meetings

Hangouts on Air

  • Broadcast and record
  • Link to YouTube

Resources



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Network Maintenance Day: Saturday, June 21, 2014

ITS staff will conduct a regular system maintenance period on Saturday June 21, 2014, from 6:00 AM until 12:00 noon.  We will be performing upgrades, testing connections, patching and doing other tasks to keep our critical campus information systems running efficiently.

Please expect that most networked services - including Internet access, email, Google Apps, Banner, 1600grand, DegreeWorks and PaperCut-based printing - will be down, completely or intermittently, during the maintenance period. This maintenance will be more extensive than usual due to the time of year and the small number of people on campus. 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ramón Rentas via email (rentas@macalester.edu) or by phone at 651-696-6633.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Google Updates Biweekly Post


Publication Date: June 11, 2014

Google Apps

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


Google Calendar is a wonderful tool. While many people may know that you can import pre-made calendars with lists of various holidays in them, there's a ton more cool stuff you can do.


If you’re looking to add some excitement to your Docs (and plenty of other sites), you need to check out this Chrome extension.


Check out this recap of Gooru’s 7 favorite updates from the month of May, complete with images, videos, GIFs and more!


Several accessibility improvements have been made to Google Sites, ranging from new keyboard shortcuts for editors (like Alt+Shift+F for opening the editor toolbar) to better viewing experiences for readers.


Google launches several features aimed at improving integration between Google Sites and other products.


A date picker has been added to the advanced search function in Gmail


Download the Hangout plugin for Microsoft Outlook® and you will be ready to add, manage and join Hangout video calls.


Gmail got a small update on Android today, adding a "Save to Drive" button, spam improvements, and a few interface changes.


You can download new, standalone mobile apps for Docs and Sheets—with Slides coming soon. Don’t forget to add a passcode!


Good-bye party, anyone?


You can adjust and customize images you have added to Google Docs and Slides by cropping or masking them, and by adding borders.


No more sifting through photos for your best shots, racking your brain for the sights you saw, or letting your videos collect virtual dust.




Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.


That’s why we’re adding support for multiple accounts to tablets with Google Play for Education.

Google Business

Google Business news, including policies, user privacy, politics and legal issues.
Google is making it far more difficult — and far more expensive — for the National Security Agency and the intelligence arms of other governments around the world to pierce their systems.


It’s been a busy week for entertainment junkies, with the return of [oitnb] and a (yet another) huge episode of [game of thrones]. But people searched for more serious subjects, including the anniversary of [d-day] and a changing of the guard in Spain.


Some email is more secure than others.


Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity.


Google Extra

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


There are more than 4,000 works included in a vast new online gallery of street art.


Google Doodle: June 12, 2014


Insert Invite when composing email message feature will no longer be available starting July 2014


Visit Invite guests to your event Google Calendar help page for more information.




Monday, June 9, 2014

Moodle Switchover 6/11/14

On Wednesday June 11, Fall semester 2014 Moodle courses will be made available to instructors. Moodle courses from Spring semester 2014 will be migrated to MoodleArchive.  During the switchover, Moodle and MoodleArchive may be temporarily inaccessible. The switchover should be completed, and instructors should have full access to Fall Moodle courses, beginning Thursday June 12.  If you have questions, please contact your AIA or the ITS Help Desk, helpdesk@macalester.edu or 651-696-6525.