Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Google Updates Biweekly Post

Publication Date: November 12, 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.

The new UI will become the default experience starting January 13, 2015, while retaining the option to return to the old Drive UI via the Settings drop down. In the future, Google will remove the option to return to the old Drive UI.

The auto-migration of older spreadsheets (those created prior to December 2013, including any subsequent copies) to the new version of Google Sheets will start December 12, 2014. No action is required as a result of the migration.

Google is launching a new extension for Chrome that lets you open files from Google Drive directly into a compatible application installed on your computer.

You’ll continue to see more Google products adopting these new design principles across platforms in the coming months.

A new version of the Google Drive iOS app, optimized for iOS 8, is now available in the App Store. The app includes some new security and convenience features.

With the new update to the Google Translate Chrome extension, you can translate just that piece of text, without worrying about the rest of the page.

The Gmail app for Android is getting updated with a more modern style, sleeker transitions, and a few other handy improvements.

It’s designed to be a helpful assistant, so you can spend less time managing your day, and more time enjoying it. (And yes, Google is also working on a version for iPhone!)


dashOne demonstrates how to automatically generate HTML infographic-style reports from spreadsheet data.

Google Business

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

This week, Google is releasing a study of another kind of threat they’ve dubbed “manual hijacking,” in which professional attackers spend considerable time exploiting a single victim’s account, often causing financial losses.

As the old saying goes, “News is something somebody wants to suppress. All the rest is advertising.”

The US Government can signal a new attitude when representatives of the European Commission visit Washington DC on November 13, 2014.

Read the refreshed How Google Fights Piracy report.

Companies like Facebook and Google have stayed away from mobilizing their users to support an issue that primarily affects smaller Internet upstarts.

Google Extra

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

Google Doodle: November 9, 2014

Google Doodle: November 11, 2014

On November 18, 2014: One prompt, one Doc, one hour. Three talented writers. And the tale unfolds from there...

As enticing as the prospect of free heat and hot water for your home is, there are a few caveats.

“Who won Pennsylvania?” “Who’s that guy?” “He’s getting married?” These are just a few of the questions that wracked people’s brains on search this week.

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