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.

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