Thursday, March 3, 2016

Add to-dos to Google Calendar using reminders

Calendars are great for keeping track of what's next and to-dos are great for keeping track of what needs to get done. But we often manage them separately, so it's hard to see everything that’s going on and prioritize what's important. Now people using the Google Calendar Android and iOS apps can now create Reminders to keep track of their to-dos alongside their events. Here’s how it works:

Reminders help with the details - Reminders can be created the same way as an event„Ö°by tapping the red Create icon (“+”) in the bottom right corner of the screen. Calendar can then add things like phone numbers and addresses automatically„Ö°using information from your contacts, as well as Google's knowledge graph, to provide a bit of extra help.

Reminders stick around - While events come and go, Reminders stick with you over time so you can track them until they are actually done. If a Reminder isn't completed, it will appear at the top of your Calendar the next day. And all it takes is a quick swipe when you're done.
Reminders work across Google - In addition to Calendar, you can add and view Reminders from a variety of Google apps: Inbox by Gmail (for any Apps customers in the early adopter program), Google Keep and Google Now. This makes it easy to add a Reminder to your Calendar when you're checking your email or only have time to create a quick note.

People can start creating Reminders today with the latest versions of Calendar on Google Play and the App Store. And don't worry, Google is working on bringing Reminders to the web too.

Monday, February 22, 2016

More with Google Sheets

Spreadsheets are for more than financial analysis or list tracking. To get an idea of how Google Sheets can be used for everyday tasks, we turn to the Gooru for five 5 Little Known Google Sheets Functions including: calculating days left on a project, verifying collection of real email addresses and translation functionality.

Friday, February 5, 2016

A Better Google Drive Experience

When storing your important files somewhere, you want peace of mind that they'll be safe and easy-to-access later. That's why everything in Drive is always encrypted. Of course, this should include file sharing as well -- it should be super easy to control who sees what. With this in mind, a number of improvements to Drive were released, so you can store photos and documents safely and get them where they need to go.

Get sharing notifications - You may have noticed recently that it’s easier to select and share multiple files and folders on iOS and Android — but checking your email may not be the fastest way to find out when something’s been shared with you. So now you’ll receive mobile notifications to alert you immediately when files or folders are shared with you and a single tap can take you right to them.

Request and grant file access - Drive lets you quickly grab a link to files and folders so you can share them using other apps, but if you share a link before you’ve granted access, the person you’re sending it to won’t be able to open it. Now, the Drive for Android app lets recipients request access with a single tap. And on Android and iOS, file owners will be notified of the request instantly so they can quickly grant access.

Preview files without a Google Account on Android - Until now, you needed a Google Account to view shared files on your Android device. Now, you can do this without a Google Account just like on the web. Some of the features mentioned are already available. Look for the rest to roll out in the coming week or so.