Thursday, September 18, 2014

Google Updates Biweekly Post


Publication Date: September 18, 2014

Google Apps

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


Google brings benefits in speed, security and stability to OS X with Chrome 64-bit for Mac, version 39, due to be released in Nov 2014.


Any participant in a video call can now select a participant to be shown to all other participants’ views.


People using the Hangouts apps on Android and iOS will now be able participate in multi-way video calls without a Google+ profile.


With these reasons in mind, today we’re announcing some improvements to Drive and all our editors—Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, and Forms—specifically designed with blind and low-vision users in mind.


The automated lists feature will be on by default, but users will be able to disable it in Tools -> Preferences.


All menu options from vertical tabs on the left side of the picker to horizontal tabs running along the top of the picker.
A new sharing experience that makes it easier and faster to invite others to access your files.
You can make voice calls from Hangouts on Android, iOS and the Web. It’s free to call other Hangouts users, it’s free to call numbers in the U.S. and Canada, and the international rates are really low.


Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.


Chromebooks will be even more mobile with the first set of Android apps to Chrome OS.


Google launched a new iOS Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution.


Currently disabled for Macalester’s domain, and under review. This launch gives the ability for Google Apps admins to open up the Google Apps Marketplace (GAM) to people from their organization to directly find and use 3rd party applications that integrate with Google Apps.

Google Business

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


Google supports Simply Secure, a new organization dedicated to improving the usability and safety of open-source tools that help people secure their online lives.


Google is always monitoring for these dumps so we can respond quickly to protect our users.


Details the number of government demands Google has received for user information in criminal investigations during the first half of 2014.
Is Google a pirate? Does Rupert Murdoch really love hamsters?


Google Extra

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



“OK Google, do dogs dream?” YouTube

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