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New endpoint details view in Meet Quality Tool

  Google has added a new drill-down view in Meet Quality Tool that shows additional details on connection endpoint level. By clicking an endpoint in the meeting timeline, admins can now also view: User video mute/unmute activity Network protocol changes (UDP, TCP) Network connection type (wired, Wi-Fi, cellular connections) For participants admitted after knocking, who admitted them For participants who were ejected from the meeting, who ejected them End-of-call quality rating (when submitted) For still ongoing meetings, the timeline and drill-down are loaded with near-real-time values. A combination of many technical factors and activities affect the perceived quality of a meeting. This additional level of information about meetings helps admins become more effective in improving the meeting quality for their users. Hovering over an event shows additional details and a timestamp for the event. This feature doesn’t impact end users and is  available now for all users. Available to Goog

Adding more data sources and new OU controls to the security investigation tool

  Quick launch summary  The  security investigation tool  is a resource in the Google Workspace  security center  that can help you identify, triage, and take action on security and privacy issues in your domain. We’re now enhancing the tool with:  New Google Chat, Google Meet, Google Groups, Google Voice, and Google Calendar logs.  Organizational unit (OU) filters so queries can be limited to specific OUs.  We hope that this will help you understand important activity in your domain and take action from within the investigation tool.  Getting started  Admins:  These enhancements will be available by default. Visit the Help Center to learn more about the  security investigation tool .  End users:  No end user impact.  You can now use Chat, Meet, Groups, Voice, and Calendar logs as data sources in the security investigation tool.  You can now filter by OU in the security investigation tool  Rollout pace  Available now  Availability  Available to Google Workspace Enterprise Plus and G Su

Rethinking business resilience with Google Cloud

  During my last 20 years of IT projects and consultancy across enterprise businesses, I have seen recurring patterns being implemented to deliver a resilient IT strategy. Challenges across security, operation, innovation, data strategy, and insights are very common for enterprises looking to modernize. 2020 has so far proven to be a very challenging year for everyone, and enterprises want to plan, architect, and build resilient strategies to keep their business successful. My job as an Enterprise Cloud Architect at Google Cloud is to help enterprises on this journey, and I have collected different critical success factors to navigate such challenging times. In this article, I share my experience, those critical success factors, and the methodology I developed to achieve a resilient IT Strategy through Google Cloud. What is Resilient IT Strategy (RIS) Achieving business resilience, one of the main asks from management boards, is keeping your business successful both during these diffic

Turn Google Meet Quick access on or off from Google Calendar

  Meeting organizers in G Suite for Education and Enterprise for Education domains can now turn Quick access on or off for a meeting from the event in Google Calendar. The Quick access setting helps organizers control if participants must ask to join the video meeting. By adding controls to calendar events, organizers can configure the setting appropriately in advance of the meeting. Previously, the setting could only be controlled via the Host controls menu during the meeting.  Quick access setting is now “sticky” for recurring meetings. That means that if you change the setting—either before the meeting via Google Calendar or during the meeting via in-call settings—it will be saved for any future meetings that use the same meeting code.  There is no admin control for this feature.  Quick access is turned ON by default for all meetings. It can be turned off or on for each meeting, and any changes will be saved for future meetings that use the same meeting code. Feature visibility by J

Additional language support for live captions in Google Meet

  Google is expanding live captions in Google Meet to French, German, Portuguese and Spanish (Spain and Latin America) speakers. They were previously only available in English. Live captions allow deaf and hard of hearing users, users with different primary languages, and users in noisy environments to participate more fully in meetings. During a Meet call, each video call participant will be able to select the meeting’s spoken language when enabling captions. Captions setting will also be “sticky.” This means that if you turn them on or off during a meeting, they will be saved, along with the chosen language, for future meetings. Non-English captions are currently available on the web to APAC and EMEA countries only, with rollout to North America and Latin America coming in early 2021. Additionally Google will also expand support to iOS and Android mobile apps in early 2021. This feature will be available by default in APAC and EMEA countries.  Rapid Release and Scheduled Release doma

Life at Finetech - Episode 7 - Engineering

  2020 has by far been the most hectic year. With the on-going pandemic and Christmas coming up, the engineering department at Finetech Consultancy has been quite busy. Let’s have a look at our dedicated team from the Engineering department. This department includes the rest of the support engineering, Digital Marketing and technical teams. Let’s cut to the chase and have a look at our Digital Solutions Specialist, Varuna Perera Varuna joined Finetech back in 2017. He is the one to look for when it comes to anything digital related, he’s from Trinity College, Kandy. He has completed SLIIT - BEng in Electrical & Electronics Engineering. Varuna is one of the naughty ones at Finetech, very outgoing and creative with a fun personality and a heart of gold, loves singing and plays several musical instruments.                                                                               Certifications - Maps Customer Engineer (Tech) & Digital Marketing Let’s see what Varuna h

Features of AppSheet - The easy app developer

  AppSheet is a platform that provides ease in developing apps to bridge the gap between physical and digital worlds. Here are some of the features of AppSheet; Provides multi-platform support Without even needing to write a line of code, the AppSheet framework allows anybody to create an app for iOS, Android, and the web. Apps run smoothly through every standard form of device. As a perk, never again think about updating the app with the latest updates to iOS and Android. The AppSheet team makes it a point to monitor fresh program fixes and debug them. Data Integration AppSheet incorporates a range of various sources of information. The platform works seamlessly whether anyone is using G-Suite, Office, SQL, or other leading data providers as their primary data source.  To optimize the data entry, management, and reporting processes, link a single app to many data sources. Or use slices of data and private tables to monitor how people appear to the data. Data Visualization Integratin

Using AppSheet to Bridge the Gap Between the Physical and Digital Worlds

The digital world gradually overlaps and communicates with its physical counterpart, as computer chips become smaller and more integrated. A  few examples of how the digital world builds on and even alters the physical world are; the easy availability of smartphones, the emergence of big data and the Internet of Things, and applied virtual reality technologies within gaming, education, and manufacturing. The real world covers everything around us, including tangible goods that we use every day, the towns and communities in which we live, our workplaces, field positions, and the utilities, sensors, and equipment that sustain them. Although it may not always feel like it, almost 100% of the time we live in the physical world, even though it is continuously influenced by the digital world. Unlike the physical universe that has existed for thousands and thousands of years, the digital world was only created with the invention of the computer in the 1950s. Although digital access was once l