With technology increasingly intertwined with all aspects of business, [email protected] can help you -- prosumers to small businesses with fewer than five employees -- get started.While every small business is different, there are a certain set of applications that nearly every small business needs to rely upon. These applications are typically bundled into office "suites" and consist of email, calendar, word processing, and spreadsheet. They sometimes come with other tools, like a presentation manager, a database or forms manager, and more. One such office suite is Microsoft Office, now sold primarily as Office 365. Another is Google's G Suite.For years, the office suite market was dominated by Microsoft in the form of its Microsoft Office suite of products. Before we became a mobile and web-centric world, folks had to install the apps on their individual computers, either by inserting a CD-ROM (way back in the day), a DVD (back in the day), or by downloading and launching an installer. … [Read more...] about G Suite: Everything you need to know before signing up for Google’s office suite
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Out of the numerous companies I’ve worked with in the past years, most use Google Docs to submit and collaborate on draft articles and documents. Google’s productivity suite has become the defacto work platform for millions of people and organizations across the world. And with good reason: It’s free, it’s easy to use, and it’s already available to every user who has a Google account (which includes more than one billion active Gmail users). However, one problem I’ve observed is how easily people ignore the privacy concerns surrounding Google Docs when sharing and collaborating on documents. Users and organizations often choose convenience over the protection of their information and use anonymous sharing, which makes their sensitive business information accessible to unintended parties. Here’s what you need to know about preserving the privacy of your data when sharing Google Docs with colleagues and friends. Google’s sharing settings … [Read more...] about Avoid this privacy fuck-up when sharing Google Docs
Google gives you 15GB of free space in Google Drive, which seems like a pretty good deal compared to Dropbox's 2GB and Box's 10GB. But there's a catch -- that 15GB limit includes not only your Google Drive, but also your Gmail account (messages and attachments) and Google Photos.If you use Gmail as one of your primary email accounts, you've probably found yourself bumping up against that 15GB limit more frequently than you'd like. Here's how you can hunt down the files, messages, attachments, and media that's taking up valuable gigabytes and reclaim that Google Drive space for yourself. Now Playing: Watch this: 3 ways to get more Google Drive storage for free 1:04 Step 1: Find the problemTo find out what's taking up so much space on your Google Drive, go to Google's Drive storage page. Here, you'll see a pie chart that shows you how much space you're taking up; roll over the chart to see a breakdown by platform. As you can see, the majority of my Google Drive space is being … [Read more...] about How to free up Google Drive space
Around two years ago, we published an article saying that despite the claimed existence of a single, 15-minute app refund windows (now 2 hours), Google Play actually had multiple refund windows available to customers that were automated up to around 48 hours after the purchase of an app. Specifically, from a period of 15 minutes (again, now 2 hours) to up to 48 hours after an app or game was purchased, simply submitting a refund request would generally result in a refund being issued automatically, without regard to reason. At the time, we actually confirmed some of this with Google's PR, though they declined to state that the 48-hour refund windows was fully automated, likely to discourage abuse of the system. But Google Play support documentation was never updated to reflect this. We also came to learn that refunds processed after 48 hours were largely automated, too, but that Google was responsible for eating the cost of those refunds versus the developer. Google also claimed … [Read more...] about Two Years Later, Google Play Support Docs Acknowledge 48-Hour Refund Window
Hooray competition! Apple had its focus on education event in Chicago this week, and the company is getting serious about taking back one market it used to have under tight control: the classroom. Not too long ago, if you were to look at the computing products school systems were buying you would have seen an Apple logo on almost all of them. Apple offered a consistent, secure and unified experience to educators and students which made them the company to work with if you wanted to deploy computers to the classroom. Apple is using the same tactics Google did when they pushed Chromebooks for the classroom. They were also very expensive and had a high training and administration cost which meant most schools went without. Google seized upon this and made sure that Chromebooks offered what educators needed at prices school board officials could afford and now have double the market share (52%) that Apple products (24%) do when it comes to the classroom. With its latest announcements, … [Read more...] about How does Apple’s new push for the education market compare to Chromebooks in the classroom?
Hooray competition! Apple had its focus on education event in Chicago this week, and the company is getting serious about taking back one market it used to have under tight control: the classroom. Not too long ago, if you were to look at the computing products school systems were buying you would have seen an Apple logo on almost all of them. Apple offered a consistent, secure and unified experience to educators and students which made them the company to work with if you wanted to deploy computers to the classroom. Apple is using the same tactics Google did when they pushed Chromebooks for the classroom. They were also very expensive and had a high training and administration cost which meant most schools went without. Google seized upon this and made sure that Chromebooks offered what educators needed at prices school board officials could afford and now have double the market share (52%) that Apple products (24%) do when it comes to the classroom. With its latest announcements, … [Read more...] about How does Apple’s new push for the education compare to Chromebooks in the classroom?
It’s been well over a year since Google officially announced that Android apps were coming to Chromebooks. A number of models have shipped with the new software, but many are still waiting, and may be for a while longer. My own Asus Chromebook 14 received the update a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been playing around with the potential since then. There’s no need to rehash the numerous critiques of Android apps on Chrome OS; the imperfections have been accurately pointed out before. Instead, let’s look at what this means for Google’s wider product range and ecosystem, now and in the future. One of the first questions raised back during Google’s announcement, and actually even before that, was what this shared software would mean for these two (at the time) very different platforms. After all, if they now share the same software why have different operating systems at all? Should Chrome OS and Android merge or is there still a purpose … [Read more...] about Observations on Chrome OS, Android apps, and Google’s ecosystem
When Amy Pascal's ruthless emails leaked in the infamous Sony hack, friends of mine who worked in the entertainment industry were less than shocked, recalling that her emails just reflected how everyone speaks, and how deals get made, in Hollywood. And when John Podesta's leaked emails revealed the wheeling and dealing surrounding the Democratic National Committee and Hillary's nomination, people in politics expressed a similar sentiment to me: That's just how things get done. In both cases, the fault lay not in the actual content of leaked emails, but with the executives and politicians who put too much truth in writing. Silly old people. They should have known better! Now, a new kind of leak is becoming the norm: Slack messages sent between co-workers. As the popular office-chat client has grown to 6 million daily users, multiple instances of leaked Slack conversations have revealed sometimes embarrassing, sometimes enlightening information about the true thoughts and feelings … [Read more...] about Beware! Slack leaks are the new email leaks
[Editor's Note: What immediately follows is a rundown of the latest developments and features Google has added to Apps for Work (G Suite) since this review was first written.] January 2018 Google Sites now allows you to publish your site to a specific audience only, meaning it’s possible to choose who can view content rather than allowing everyone online to do so. Jamboard has become a ‘core’ G Suite service, meaning that it’s listed as such in the admin console, and it’s covered with the same level of tech support as other core services. Google’s Drive desktop sync client for Mac and PC has been given a slight reprieve – Google announced the service will now shut down on May 12, rather than March 12. Hangouts Meet received a major boon for tablet users, as it is now usable on Android and iOS slates. Google further tweaked the menus for Docs and Slides, making it easier to find certain things and achieve certain tasks (like adding a page … [Read more...] about Google Apps for Work (G Suite) 2016 review
A memo written by a former Google engineer claims that senior executives at the company intervened to stop employees discussing matters involving diversity and hiring policies. The memo, written in 2016 and shared publicly this week on Google Docs, is the work of former Google security engineer Cory Altheide, according to a report from Gizmodo. Altheide was employed by Google between 2010 and 2016, and says he chose to leave after confrontations with executives and HR over the posting of pro-diversity comments and articles in internal discussion groups. The memo is titled “What happened to Cory?” and was originally written as an explanation of his departure to co-workers. In it, Altheide says that from July 2015 he participated in a “sadly contentious” internal thread discussing the “pipeline problem” in tech — the idea that tech companies don’t hire more inclusively because of a lack of available talent. Altheide says that two Google … [Read more...] about Google executives stopped employees discussing diversity and hiring, claims former engineer