Smarter sharing of files with updated Google Drive Access checker – Google Drive makes it easy to share files through Gmail, Calendar, and other apps with a feature called “Access checker.” When you send an email, calendar invite, or other communication that includes a Drive file, Access checker automatically looks to see if the people you’re sending the message to have permissions to view the file. If they don’t, Access checker asks if you want to change the permissions before you share the file.
Test your knowledge of natural wonders in Google Earth – In a multiple choice quiz, Atlas Obscura takes you to some of the most beautiful—and intriguing—places on the planet. Know where Morning Glory Pool is? Or the hot springs of Dallol? See how well you know your planet, and explore these places in Google Earth.
Stay composed: here’s a quick rundown of the new Gmail – Google has released a range of updated to Gmail, including the ability to snooze messages, directly access other apps, such as Calendar, nudge users with reminders, smart replies for quick responses and a confidential mode that applies restrictions on messages sent out.
Improved user management in the Admin console – Google are updating the interface you use when you manage your organization’s users in the Admin console. These changes will make it easier to find and control user information and settings.
G Suite Enterprise for Education is Now Available – G Suite Enterprise for Education is generally available to educational institutions in the United States, and is coming to more countries soon. Additionally, new tools—such as Data Loss Prevention (DLP), security key management and enforcement, and Gmail S/MIME—will start rolling out to all G Suite for Education users over the next few months.
Get more control over chart data labels in Google Sheets – Google is adding new features to help the charts you create in Google Sheets better represent the data they contain. These features include showing total data labels for stacked charts and controlling where data labels are placed.
Making high quality video efficient – By analyzing aggregated playback statistics, and correspondingly altering the bitrates for various resolutions, Google has worked out how to stream higher quality video to more users.
Microsoft claims to make Chrome safer with new extension – Peter Bright reports that Chrome already provides effective protection against malicious sites, but Microsoft believes it can do a better job. It has released a Chrome plugin, Windows Defender Browser Protection, that brings its own anti-phishing protection to Google’s browser.
How to Backup your Gmail Inbox to another Gmail Account – Amit Agarwal describes how to use Download Gmail add-on automatically to save a copy of your Gmail emails and file attachments to your Google Drive. Users can then use the Drive client to backup the files saved in Drive to your local Windows PC or Mac.
Designing Beautiful Google Sites – Chris Betcher provides some tips for creating beautiful Sites. This includes a discussion of linerisation, an important element in responsive design.
Google Classroom: Spiral Review on the About Tab – Alice Keeler coded a spreadsheet that allows users to keep adding to a spiral review all school year and it automatically updates the exact same Google Slides. Every hour the Google Slides changes to show a different 5 spiral review questions.
Google Classroom: Short Term Goal Setting – Alice Keeler suggests creating a new assignment in Google Classroom titled something like “Short-Term Goal for this week” to monitor goals. Ask students to, in the Private Comments, state their goal for the week along with their actionable plan to reach that goal.
YouTube’s Plan to Clean Up the Mess That Made It Rich – Lucas Shaw and Mark Bergen unpack YouTube’s history and how it go to where it did, they also unpack how it plans to address the current crisis around polarisation. One of the challenges is that YouTube still seems commited to a long term solution of improving the technology so that humans can train the algorithms.