All Google’s official blogs are migrating from blogspot.com to their own domain - but they are still hosted by Blogger. And the Android N Developer Preview is available - join the Android Beta program to try it out.
Other nice updates: Project Fi no longer requires an invite (but it's still US only), YouTube Gaming has improved navigation and is available in more countries, you can export your Google Docs documents in EPUB format, and now it’s easier to plan a trip in the Google Now app. Plus more updates, tips and articles!
Image: Xpogo riders synchronize no-handed backflips in Rio, Brazil by Xpogo on Wikipedia, shared under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
Security and Privacy
- Tip Google accounts are owned by individuals - make sure your account is secure, recoverable, and not in the hands of your school or employer (The Lady from UNCLE)
- Article Privacy and your Google account (Googler Brian White)
Google+ (and other social media)
- New! Google+ Create showcases inspiring creators - and members get some cool benefits! Apply today! (Daniel Reynaud)
- Update Google+ Android 7.4.0: pin post on profile, better Circle Stream access, and more! (Luke Wroblewski)
- New! Chris Poole (moot), founder of 4Chan, joins Google, will contribute his experience building communities (Bradley Horowitz & Chris Poole) - Does that concern you? See Yonatan Zunger’s comments!
- Tip Is the new Google+ missing your favorite feature? Send feedback!!
- Tip What sets Google+ apart? Here's 9 things you can do that you can't on Facebook or Twitter (Robert Wallis)
- Tip How to quickly create a poll in the iOS Google+ app with 3D touch (Sooraj Wadwha)
- Article Twitter is struggling – probably because normal people don't know how to use it (Guardian via Glen Gabe)
- Update YouTube Gaming update: app available in more countries, better navigation, new browse pages and more! (YouTube)
- Tip Have you subscribed to the YouTube Help channel?
- Tip Tax tips for YouTube Partners (Tubefilter)
- New! Nom is a new social livestreaming platform for chefs and foodies: "Twitch for food" (The Next Web)
- Update Twitch updating website to be updated over HTTPS (Twitch blog
- Reminder: Google will stop supporting the Picasa desktop app March 15th - if you want to download it, do so now! (Official Google Photos blog)
- Update Google Photos for iOS now supports Live Photos (Google Photos)
- Google Photos + LA Zoo = awesome animal selfies (The Next Web)
- Tip How an Apple-featured photographer edits photos on his iPhone (Mashable)
- Update Flickr's desktop Auto-Uploadr now requires a Pro account - is it a deal-breaker? (Wired & Flickr Blog)
Hangouts and Messaging
- Update Hangouts 8 adds support For Android N's Bundled Notifications and Direct Reply (Android Police)
- Update Skype can now translate spoken Arabic in real time using machine learning (TechCrunch)
- Update Facebook Messenger gets a Material Design makeover on Android (The Next Web)
Bloggers and Webmasters
- New! Google's official blogs get a custom domain! (yes, they are still using Blogger) (Google Webmaster blog)
- Tip Do you get free products to review? Here are blogging best practices from Google (Google Webmasters)
- Tip Polymer on Blogger (Gerwin Sturm)
- Update Google Really Kills Off Toolbar PageRank - Good Riddance (SEO Roundtable)
- Update Google Analytics Now Removes Referral Spam from Reports Automatically (The SEM Post)
- New! Introducing a WordPress Plugin for Facebook Instant Articles (Facebook Media Blog)
Android and Nexus
- New! First Preview of Android N: Developer APIs & Tools (Android Developer Blog)
- Tip The Android Beta Page Is Now Up And Running
- Tip What to do if the Android N (Beta) OTA didn't install properly (David King)
- Tip The Coolest Features of Android N Google Didn't Announce (Lifehacker)
- Update OTA Update for Nexus 5X rolling out with bug fixes to improve stability, connectivity, and performance (reddit)
- Update OTA Update for Nexus 6P rolling out with bug fixes to improve stability and performance (reddit)
- New! Now no invite is required for Project Fi mobile carrier service! Plus a special deal on the Nexus 5X for new Fi-ers!
- Article From “Hi” to Fi to “Goodbye” to invites: 7 things we’ve learned about Project Fi (Official Android Blog)
- New! Export your Google Docs doc in e-reader EPUB format (Google Apps Updates blog)
- New! Google introduces "Destinations" to make it easier to plan your next trip (Official Google Blog)
- Tip Zooming images with the Chrome OS Files app (Paolo Amoroso)
- New! It's now easier to navigate Google Docs with the new outline tool (Google Apps Updates blog)
- Update Android Google Docs app update: select, copy and comment in print layout view (Google Apps Updates blog)
- Update Android Google Slides update: now supports presentations that read from right to left (e.g. Hebrew, Arabic) (Google Apps Updates blog)
- Update Improved Trash support and folder colors in the Google Drive for iOS app (Google Apps Updates blog)
- Update New to Google Forms: Print your responses all at once (Google for Work)
- Ray Tomlinson, inventor of email and savior of the @ sign dies at age 74 (The Verge)
Posted by Peggy K