Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Google Updates Biweekly Post

Publication Date: January 28, 2015

Google Apps

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



Google launches improvements to protected sheets and ranges functionality in Google Sheets, providing faster and more granular control when locking down sections of content in spreadsheets.


People using Google Talk on Chrome 40 will see a ‘Plug-in blocked’ notification in their browser bar, requiring a one-time approval in order for the Talk service, specifically audio calls.


The menu allows people using Google Drive for Mac/PC to more clearly follow their sync status, including guidance on already synced files, files currently syncing and files yet to be synced.


The editors icons are on the first screen of the App Launcher.


Add an image to frozen sections of a Google Sheet to enhance the look of it.


Contacts will be displayed as a distinct group as you start typing in the search box.


Timestamps appear as part of status (e.g. ‘last seen 2h ago’), indicating when one was last using Hangouts.


The new feature lets you point your phone's camera at a sign or any other text and have it translated into another language, which will appear live on the screen in a sort of augmented reality.


Make Google Drawings your one-stop-shop for all digital and print publications.
Whether you are still trying to find where Google+ fits in your life or you are an avid user, these features can throw you into new levels of awesomeness.


Essential features you could use with the new Google Sheets.


Previously, Google set the All Day event notification time for 5PM the previous day with no option for customizability. Now you can set the notifications for later in the day, the morning of the event or whenever you’d like!


Google Apps Mobile

News about other Google products and technology.



Query suggestions appear when searching email.


Available now on Google Play and the App Store.


Add a custom status messages and see the status messages of others in the Contacts view.




Google Business

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



Google recently launched a new feature in our search results with Polaris, connecting victims of human trafficking with organizations who can help.


Google could actually come out ahead. That’s because while Google has to pay some unknown amount to Apple for many of the Google searches done through Safari, it would not have to share revenue from whatever “recaptured” searches it got after the deal expired.


WikiLeaks is exploring possible legal action against the American government and Google over the seizure of emails and other data belonging to three of the whistle-blowing organization’s journalists.


Google Extra

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



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