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Why retailers should run in our trusted cloud

  Whether they were ready for it or not, the COVID-19 pandemic transformed many retailers into digital businesses. Retailers made huge investments into commerce technologies, customer experience tools, sales and fulfillment technology, and improving digital experiences to continue providing their goods and services to their customers. Now, more than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, digital retail is the new normal. In fact, many retailers are planning on expanding their digital investments. However, as their digital footprint expands, so do their threats and security concerns.  As a digital-focused retailer, your website is the most visible part of your attack surface. Your website is where your customers search for goods or services, make payments, or learn more about your brand. However, your website does not operate in isolation. There is an underlying infrastructure as well as the services that run on top of it that need protection from a wide array of attacks that may seek to co

Use dynamic security groups for group based policies

  What’s changing  Google Workspace admins can now use dynamic groups to manage policies for their users in the Admin console. Previously, it was only possible to apply these policies to static groups and OUs.  Workspace admins can use dynamic attribute-based groups to automate tasks such as "turn drive off for everyone in Europe through the Admin Console". Who’s impacted Admins Why it’s important This change gives admins greater control and flexibility when managing Workspace policies for users in their organization. For instance, rather than applying policies to a specific group which is updated manually at large, admins can apply policies to a dynamic group which stays up-to-date automatically. Further, this reduces manual work for Admins and helps improve security by relying on external source of truth systems for user attributes. Getting started Admins: Visit the Help Center to learn more about turning customizing service settings with configuration groups and managing m

From print to voice and beyond: How Toyota is transforming the car manual

  Over the decades, technology has helped us organize large amounts of physical information in ways that are streamlined, efficient, and easily accessible. Rows upon rows of encyclopedias are no longer needed; simply punch in or speak a query into Google Search and find numerous results at your fingertips. There’s no need to haul around cases of CDs or cassettes either, when you can access hundreds of thousands of songs on music streaming services.  We wanted to bring that same level of accessibility to one specific type of publication: the printed car manual. Here’s how we shifted the paper manual to become an easy-to-access, voice-activated digital experience for owners of the all-new Sienna. It’s helped this resource become just as modern and useful as Toyotas themselves. Putting cloud technology in the driver's seat Far too often, the printed car manual remains unused, collecting dust in the glove compartment—that is, until it’s needed during a roadside emergency or to solve th

Select multiple tabs in Google Sheets and perform basic actions on the selection

  Now you can select multiple tabs in Google Sheets and perform basic actions on the selection (such as moving the tabs together, deleting, duplicating, copying, coloring, or hiding). Work in Google Sheets with confidence and make workflows faster as you perform basic actions on more than one sheet at a time. To select multiple tabs, press Shift then click on the tabs you want to select Admins: There is no admin control for this feature. End users: This feature will be ON by default. Rapid Release and Scheduled Release domains: Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on July 21, 2021 Available to: Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Frontline, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Plus, Nonprofits, Cloud Identity Free, Cloud Identity Premium. Also available to users with personal Google Accounts.  Google Workspace Updates

Easily collaborate and share Slide presentations with side-by-side viewing in Google Chat

  In Google Chat, you can now open and edit a Slide presentation in a side-by-side view. By enabling you and your collaborators to directly edit presentations without leaving Chat, we hope to make it easier to transform your ideas into impact. Chat users can open a Slide presentation by clicking on the preview thumbnail image in the chat stream. Admins: There is no admin control for this feature. End users: Use this feature by clicking on the document preview thumbnail image in the chat stream. To open the presentation directly in Google Slides, click on the blue link in the chat conversation. Rapid Release and Scheduled Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on July 21, 2021 Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers. Google Workspace Updates

Announcing general availability of Google Cloud CA Service

  We are happy to announce the general availability of Certificate Authority Service offered by Google Cloud (Google Cloud CAS). Google Cloud CAS provides a highly scalable and available private CA to address the unprecedented growth in certificates in the digital world. This exponential growth is due to a perfect storm of conditions over the past few years, achieving almost a flywheel effect - the rise of cloud computing, moving to containers, the emergence of pervasive high speed connectivity,  the proliferation of Internet-of-things (IoT) and smart devices (see our whitepaper on this topic).  See how easy it is to set up a CA with Google Cloud CAS: Since our public preview announcement in October, we have seen tremendous reception from the market and innovative use cases for the service  from our customers. Here are some notable examples straight from our CAS customers: "At Credit Karma, security is a top priority, and we always seek ways to improve our security posture. One ar

Google Workspace Business Starter and Front-line customers can now collaborate with people who are not using a Google account in Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites

  Google is making visitor sharing available to Google Workspace Business Starter and Front-line customers, with a limit of five visitor shares per month, per user.  With visitor sharing, you can share items with non-Google accounts, enabling them to view, comment on, or edit content in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites using a secure pin code Admins:  Sharing outside of your organization to users with non-Google accounts will be ON by default if you currently allow users in your organization to send sharing invitations to people outside your organization who are not using a Google account.  Sharing outside of your organization to users with non-Google accounts will be OFF by default if you currently do not allow sharing outside your organization. Use our Help Center to learn more about sharing to non-Google accounts.  Visitor sharing will be controlled by new settings at Admin console > Apps > G Suite > Drive and Docs > Sharing Settings (pictured below). These

Replace your background in Google Meet, now on iOS

You can now blur or replace your background with an image in Google Meet on iOS. You can choose from Google’s hand-picked images, which include office spaces, landscapes, and abstract backgrounds, or use your own image.  Custom backgrounds can help you show more of your personality, as well as help hide your surroundings. Additional details Virtual backgrounds work on most recent mobile devices. Admins: This feature is controllable with an admin setting. Check the Help Center or the blog post for more information controlling whether users can change their backgrounds in Meet.  End users: This feature is OFF by default.   The feature is available now to all users. Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers, and users with personal Google Accounts  Google Workspace Updates

Cloud SQL for MySQL launches IAM database authentication

When enterprise IT administrators design their data systems, security is among the most important considerations they have to make. Security is key to defining where data is stored and how users access it. Traditionally, IT administrators have managed user access to systems like SQL databases through issuing users a separate, dedicated username and password. Although it’s simple to set up, distributed access control requires administrators to spend a lot of time securing each system, instituting password complexity and rotation policies. For some enterprises, such as those bound by SOX or PCI-DSS rules, these measures may be required in each system for regulatory compliance. To minimize management effort and the risk of an oversight, IT administrators often prefer centralized access control, in which they can use a single hub to grant or revoke access to any system, including SQL databases. To achieve that centralized access control, we’ve released IAM database authentication for Cloud

Scheduled refresh improvements for Connected Sheets

  This update is about various additions to scheduled refresh in Google Sheets. This update includes, Hourly refreshes  Specific start dates  Frequency options such as every five days, every two months, etc. These new features make it easier to automate data refresh at a predetermined frequency with more precise scheduling choices, allowing you more versatility when interacting with your data. Connected Sheets will be on by default. To use it, admins must set up BigQuery for the organization, and users must have access to tables or views in BigQuery. For the end users it will be on by default. Available to Google Workspace Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, and Education Standard customers 

Indicate whether you’ll join a meeting virtually or in person on Google Calendar

  To make Google Calendar more flexible in the hybrid workplace, we're introducing new RSVP options for Calendar invitations. With this update, you can indicate how you plan to join a meeting - in the meeting room, or virtually.  Then, both the organizer and guests will be able to see how attendees are planning to attend the meeting in the event detail. This will help meeting attendees know what to expect when joining a meeting, and prepare accordingly.  Note that if you select the new RSVP options, the join method details (e.g. “joining virtually”) are not shared with contacts on other platforms, such as Microsoft Outlook. The new RSVP options will initially be available on Google Calendar, and will be coming to calendar invitations in Gmail soon. Google will announce on the Workspace Updates blog when it’s available.  Admins: There is no admin control for this feature. Rapid Release domains: Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on July 8, 2021.  Schedul

Tutti Gourmet Apps Help Gluten-Free Food Distributor Scale with Ease

  Over the last decade, the gluten-free trend has grown from a niche market into a global industry.  The market is especially strong in North America. Since 2009, the number of Amercians who have gone gluten-free has tripled—and looking forward, more are expected to follow. In 2018, North America was the dominant consumer market for gluten-free products, with an overall market share of 53 percent. On a global scale, analysts predict the gluten-free sector will boast a 9.1% CAGR through 2025, when it will reach $32.39 billion. This growth has been both a blessing and a challenge for gluten-free food manufacturers. Many companies, like Tutti Gourmet, started doing business before the gluten-free explosion. A decade ago, nobody could have predicted how big the market would get. As a result, companies like Tutti have had to scale their operations to meet the growing needs of their customers. The Challenge: Digitizing Tutti Gourmet  Tutti Gourmet manufactures a variety of gluten-free and al