As we enter the month of July, more and more people are taking their summer vacations and of course, Google is there to help with the release of new G-Suite features that are useful during vacation time.
Google announced on their blog a new Google Calendar feature that allows users to select the dates they are unavailable, by simply creating events with the “Out of Office” tag. The feature is fully customizable, so users can set a decline message and monitor the visibility. The event won’t appear as a typical message, as it is meant to stand out from other events.
Once the “out of office” event is set, Google Calendar will automatically decline meeting or event invites during that time period. In turn, colleagues requesting to meet with your during your time out of the office will receive the personalized message that was set.
In addition to the vacation time, users can also set their working hours and as Google stated, this will make it easier to differentiate your personal life and professional life. It works by notifying the user’s colleagues that they are not available when a meeting or event is scheduled outside their working hours. While user’s were able to set working hours for a single period of time before, now they will be able to set different hours for each day of the week and in turn, Google will infer your working hours based on previous scheduling patterns.
These new features are now available for all G Suite users to enjoy!
The importance of mobile friendly web pages is no longer a secret. Internet users are rarely doing all of their searches on desktops and instead, phones and tablets are the preferred device for browsing the Internet. According to McKinsey & Company, Google stated, “61 percent of users are unlikely to return to a mobile site they had trouble accessing,” which further reiterates the importance of mobile friendly websites.
Google announced earlier in the year that changes to its mobile ranking factors will be altered as of July 2018. According to the initial announcement on Google’s Webmaster Central Blog, a “Speed Update” will commence this month and page speed will become a part of the ranking factors for mobile searches. While web page speed has been a desktop ranking factor since 2010, according to RocketMill, this feature is new to mobile search engine results.
This update is only going to affect the websites that are extremely slow, which should only hinder a small percentage of queries as Google stated. This means that if your business has been focused on desktop searches, it is now more important than ever to consider mobile searches. Google has not offered a direct way of knowing whether or not your web page will be affected, though a few resources were recommended. Google states Chrome User Experience Report, Lighthouse and PageSpeed Insights are three different ways to evaluate your web page.
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The Google Maps API Platform has received a mega makeover that affects just about every developer using it, whether you’re operating as a freelancer, commercial entity or small business. Starting just a few weeks ago, on June 16th, all developers had to adjust to the Platform’s changes and price hikes. The new changes are quite drastic and have been re-branded under the new name of Google Maps Platform.
According to TechCrunch, Google has simplified the platform by creating three core platforms, labelled as: Maps, Routes and Places. This is quite a transition considering the platform previously had 18 different Maps APIs. In addition, it’s important to note that despite the platform changes, developers are assured that existing code will continue to work without any issues or alterations.
Perhaps one of the biggest changes coming about from the major update is the change in user’s fees. If you have been using the Google Maps Platform, you have probably already noticed. However, for those that plan on using the platform, it’s important to understand the charges you will incur. In summary, every developer receives $200 a month for free and yes, that’s every month. For those that exceed $200, there are multiple pricing plans, in which users only pay for what they use. As stated by TechCrunch, Google will no longer offer Standard and Premium plans. Instead, Google will only provide a single pricing plan that offers free support to userst. Check out Google’s full list of pricing options here.
What are your thoughts on the new updates?
With new university and college graduates actively seeking jobs, a partnership between Udacity and Google launches at a perfect time. As reported by TechCrunch, Udacity, a website full of online learning tools and classes, has partnered with Google to launch free career development courses.
Udacity posted a blog announcing the courses and stated that connecting students to jobs has always been a part of their mission, henceforth the heavy emphasis on in-demand skill course offerings, such as artificial intelligence and coding. The free courses and partnership with Google doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as Udacity paired with Google for a trial program titled, “Networking for Career Success” that launched in March for 60,000 Grow with Google scholars.
Now available across the world, Udacity and Google are partnering to offer 12 more free courses that provide valuable career advice. Courses include resume and cover letter assistance, LinkedIn tips, interview guidance and much more.
As mentioned, the timing could not be more perfectly calculated. For recent grads searching for employment opportunities, or those between jobs looking to refresh their LinkedIn, Udacity’s new courses are definitely worth checking out!