Google is making things easier for people to connect around many collections and communities where people share on Google+, with a new feature called ‘Topics.’
With Topics on Google+, users will now see a high-quality stream of collections, communities and people related to things they are interested in. Hundreds of Topics covering everything from black-and-white photography to hiking and camping are already available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Head over to your home stream and look for the “Topics to explore” cards to see recommended Topics.
In the picture below, you can see recommended Topics in Home stream:
Topics will be rolling out over the next day or two.
Quizzes in Google Forms, which is available to teachers and students since last year, and help them to automate testing and give feedback to students faster by having Forms check responses against correct answers automatically—today extends to developers through Google Apps Script Forms Service.
With this functionality, developers can now create and customize quizzes programmatically with Apps Script—more specifically, you can “Create quizzes, Assign point values and correct answers for questions, and Implement custom grading schemes.”
In an example case below Google explains creating an auto-graded question says, “Multiple choice, checkbox and dropdown questions can be auto-graded, which means students can see their grades immediately upon submission. This is done by designating which options are the correct answer. Teachers can also set automatic feedback to show correct or incorrect responses, as well as assign point values to the question.”
Google has also recently improved G Suite admin controls with introducing new settings in the admin cosnle for managing users’ offline access to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files on the web.
Going forward, in the Admin console at Apps -> G Suite -> Drive and Docs -> Data Access, admins will have following options available: “Control offline access using device policies, and Allow users to enable offline access (recommended).”
These settings only apply to Docs, Sheets, and Slides in a Chrome browser on a desktop computer, and have no impact on automatic syncing to Android and iOS devices or on files synced using Google Drive for Mac/PC.
As on today, the HTTP pages with password or credit card fields are marked as “Not secure” in Chrome, now taking a step futher, starting in version 62, this warning will appear in two additional situations: “when users enter data on an HTTP page,” and on “all HTTP pages visited in Incognito mode” that begins in October 2017.
“Passwords and credit cards are not the only types of data that should be private. Any type of data that users type into websites should not be accessible to others on the network,” writes Google. “When users browse Chrome with Incognito mode, they likely have increased expectations of privacy, so in version 62 Chrome will also warn users when visiting an HTTP page in Incognito mode.”
Further Google said, in future releases, they will also show “Not secure” warning for all HTTP pages, even outside Incognito mode.