Google finally lets you add Docs/Sheets/Slides shortcuts to the App Launcher

Google is finally letting you add individual Drive apps: Docs/Slides/Sheets to be added to the App Launcher which is part of the top nav bar on most of their web properties.

You can access the app launcher by clicking on the nine-dots-button. It loads up a popup with your selection of Google apps.

Google said:

Get right to Docs from the App Launcher
It’s now a lot easier to get straight to Google Docs when you’re signed in to other Google products. Click on the App Launcher (pictured below) and you’ll find Docs in the more section.

Get shortcuts for Sheets & Slides too
And the next time you visit or, you’ll see the option to add Sheets and Slides to the launcher as well. Remember that you can always rearrange the icons to your liking by just clicking and dragging them around.

One note–if you’ve already customized the arrangement of your icons, you’ll need to visit and click “Add a shortcut” in the App Launcher to get the Docs icon to appear.

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Google Hangouts gets support for status messages

Google has done the unthinkable. They have brought back the status message feature that was oh so common on Google Talk to Hangouts.

You can set it through the Gmail and Chrome apps right now. The status message appears below the user’s name in the Hangouts window.

Google said:

Status messages for Hangouts in Gmail are “available” starting today! Status messages make it easy to tell your Gmail contacts what you’re doing – whether you’re going on a trip, working from home on Tuesday, or thinking about adopting a puppy.

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Gmail now allow sharing files from Drive as attachments!

Google has rolled out a useful update on the web edition of Gmail. You can now choose to attach a file from Drive as an attachment instead of a shared link. This is useful in multiple case scenarios:

You do not want to change the file permission.
You want the user to have access to the file even if you delete it from your Drive account.

Of course, sending a file as an attachment has other benefits. It is part of the email message so the user does not have to access an external service to get the attached file.

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Facebook launches their own version of Auto Enhance for photos

Auto Enhance and Auto Awesome have been two of the coolest features of the Google+ platform. Facebook has offered manual tools to improve images on their platform for a long time. They are now rolling out an Auto Enhance style automated image improvement feature for user uploaded images.

Users still retain the option to play with the applied filters.

Read more: Facebook Starts Auto-Enhancing Photos Because Algorithms Are Better At Filters Than You | TechCrunch

Google rolls out updated Drive app to support new iOS features and Google Now

Google has announced the release of an updated Drive app for both Android and iOS devices. This update adds a couple of useful features:

- On Android, you can now search for files in Drive from the Google app. For example, you could say “OK, Google — search for holiday letter on Drive” to get to your files without opening the app and typing keywords.
– On iPhone and iPad, you can add more of your stuff to Drive by uploading content from other iOS apps.
– On both Android and iOS, you can now access and share custom maps you create with Google My Maps.

Apple iOS update is out now. Google Android update of course is being rolled out in a staged manner.

Google adds support for Content Security Policy on Gmail web edition

Google today announced that they have rolled out Content Security Policy on the web edition of Gmail.

This should further boost the security of your email as the service would prevent malicious code from running in the browser.

Google said:

There are many great extensions for Gmail. Unfortunately, there are also some extensions that behave badly, loading code which interferes with your Gmail session, or malware which compromises your email’s security. Gmail’s CSP protects you, by stopping these extensions from loading unsafe code. Most popular (and well-behaved) extensions have already been updated to work with the CSP standard, but if you happen to have any trouble with an extension, try installing its latest version from your browser’s web store (for example, the Chrome Web Store for Chrome users).

Read more: Official Gmail Blog: Reject the unexpected – Content Security Policy in Gmail