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Google Student Veterans Summit; Getting to know Chromebooks; Cross-Origin Resource Sharing An Alternative to JSONP; DoubleClick Search V3 (DS3) Turns One!

In this Help Desk Hangout On Air episode Google continued the conversation about Chromebooks for business. Chrome product manager Glenn Wilson and Will Paulus walked us through the management console, which allows you to oversee your fleet of Chromebooks in a low-touch, scalable way.

You can watch the whole thing in the video embedded below:

Here are some questions their answers:

What can I do with the Chromebooks management console?

Quite a bit! The typical actions include:

  • Setting configuration settings for your managed (enrolled) devices, like turning off Guest mode.
  • Setting configuration settings for users on your domain, like force-installing certain extensions.
  • Tracking device state, like when a device was last used, or what version of the OS it is running.

What about user login tracking? I want to know who the last person to use a Chromebook was.

We’ve heard this request a lot recently — it’s on our to-do list.

Samsung Series 5 ChromeBookWill there be remote wipe available if the Chromebook is lost or stolen? Similar to the mobile policy in the management console.

First, it’s important to note that every Chromebook encrypts all user data, so even if it is stolen, there’s no way for anyone to get to your data without your password. Remote Wipe is on our list.

Can you block based on content type? Like block gaming and adult sites?

We don’t have content type filter in the management console; however, most administrators use a third-party filtering service to do this. You would simply set your devices and users to use the proxy setting the third-party service gives you. If you are interested in finding which filtering services work well with Chromebooks, please contact sales.

Google Student Veterans Summit

Google Student Veterans Summit scheduled to be held at Google’s Mountain View office from July 16th-July 17th.

“Up to 20 participants will be selected to attend an all-expense-paid inaugural summit, which’ll include a professional development curriculum geared towards your transition into the workplace. Through networking opportunities with Google’s Veteran community and exposure to the business side of a technology company, you will gain access to Google’s culture of impact and collaboration,” posted Mala Tejwani, University Programs.

You can apply through Programs & Scholarships site by May 31st, 2012 at 11:59pm (PST). All decisions will be communicated to applicants in June 2012.

To apply, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a 4-year BA/BS program, in any major, at a university in the United States OR matriculate into a United States MBA Program in the Fall of 2012.
  • Must have served in one of the following United States Military Services: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

DoubleClick Search V3 turns one year old! on May 17 – has over the last year focused on: Campaign Management; Deeper Insights; Bid Optimization; and Better Results.

Looking back at the past year, a few things struck:

  • “6 of the 10 largest agencies now use DoubleClick Search.
  • Agencies using DoubleClick Search see significant increases in efficiency, ranging from 25 to 60%.2 That’s like suddenly finding another few hours in your workday,” posted Ariel Bardin, Director of Product Management.

Unlocing JavaScript with YouTube API using CORS,Replacing JSONP

For long web developers, have using JSONP to code when it comes to RESTful services like the YouTube API. JSONP, which relied on dynamically inserting a <script> tag on a page and triggering a local callback function with response from an external service.

YouTube API developers has been using it for a while, but it also has its drawbacks such as: request failures can lead to the JavaScript callback never being triggered, and JSONP can only be used for read-only API calls that don’t require HTTP request headers being set.

To overcome those shortcomings, YouTube is now taking advantage of a modern alternative to JSONP called “Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS),” which allows JavaScript developers to make arbitrary HTTP requests (GETs, PUTs, POSTs, etc.) via the standard XMLHttpRequest interface.

“Not every browser supports the extensions to XMLHttpRequest that support CORS, but if you’re using one that does we have some good news for you: the gdata.youtube.com web servers that host the YouTube Data API now are enabled for CORS support!,” wrote Jeff Posnick, YouTube API Team.

“When run in a browser that supports CORS, you can authenticate using OAuth 2 and then perform the entire browser-based upload flow entirely from JavaScript. Previously, the portion of the code that POSTed metadata to the YouTube API needed to be run on a web server,” Posnick concludes.

To illustrate what’s now possible, take a look at this sample code.

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