26 February 2015

7-Day Week View in Google Calendar for Android



The latest update to the Google Calendar app for Android brings a lot of new features. You can see more events with the new 7-day week view and pinch-to-zoom, add Google Drive files to events, hide Google+ birthdays from the settings, show week numbers and import .ics files from other apps. The new version is gradually rolling out over the next few days.






The feature that lets you hide Google+ birthdays will also be added to the web interface next week. All the other features are already available in the desktop site.

Different First Page Headers in Google Docs



Google Docs added a few features that make the product more useful, especially for students. You can now use different headers and footers on the first page of your documents, hide headers and footers on the first page and start page numbering on the second page.



When you add a header or footer, Google Docs now shows this option on the first page: "different first page header/footer". Click the checkbox and you can add a different header or footer.






The "page number" feature from the "Insert" menu lets you start page numbering on the second page.






"This means that you can follow academic formatting guidelines for first page headers and footers (e.g. MLA, CMS, APA)," says Brian Levee, Google Docs Product Manager.



{ Thanks, August Valera. }

25 February 2015

Chrome's Warning for Sites With Unwanted Software



Last year, Chrome started to block downloads for applications that "make unexpected changes to your computer — for instance, switching your homepage or other browser settings to ones you don't want". Now Chrome shows a warning when you visit a site that "encourages downloads of unwanted software".



Here's the warning page: "The site ahead contains harmful programs. Attackers on example.com might attempt to trick you into installing programs that harm your browsing experience (for example, by changing your homepage or showing extra ads on sites you visit)". This is a new SafeBrowsing feature, just like malware and phishing warnings, and you can disable it from the settings.






In addition to displaying Chrome warnings, Google will also downrank search results and disable Google ads that lead to sites with unwanted software.



There's a Google page that provides more details about unwanted software. According to Google, unwanted software has at least one of these characteristics: it's deceptive, it affects the user's system in unexpected ways, it's difficult to remove, it collects or transmits private information without the user’s knowledge, it's bundled with other software and its presence is not disclosed.

24 February 2015

Mobile Google Tests Colorful Cards



Google's mobile site experiments with a new card UI. There are a few changes: each search result has its own card and cards have colorful borders.



The screenshot below shows Google's Japanese interface, but I don't know if this is a global experiment or it's only for Google Japan. You can find more screenshots at Baka-Ke.com






{ Thanks, Shinohara Makoto. }