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Google makes Docs, Sheets apps available for iOS, Android

Google makes Docs, Sheets apps available for iOS, Android

As many have been doing lately, individual apps that serve a focussed purpose are being split from inclusive services. By splitting services from an OS, a company responsible for them like HTC can update them quicker, making ofr a more nimble and responsive offering. Google has done something very similar today, splitting Sheets and Docs from Drive for mobile devices.

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Google add-ons boost Docs and Sheets in new Word strike

Google add-ons boost Docs and Sheets in new Word strike

Google has integrated add-ons to Google Docs and Sheets, allowing developers to offer new tools to streamline users' workflows such as citing sources, sending customize emails en-masse, and getting feedback from other reviewers. The extras show up in a new "Add-ons" menu in the toolbar, and once each individual one is enabled it's made available across all documents and spreadsheets.

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Gmail adds more quick action buttons to subject lines

Gmail adds more quick action buttons to subject lines

Google today announced its "quick action buttons" for Gmail have expanded to more Google and third-party developers. If you've never seen these, quick action buttons are little grey rectangular buttons that appear inline with subject lines in your inbox which you can click or touch to take some sort of action on the contents. For example, if you get a Google Calendar invite, you can RSVP without ever opening the email.

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Google Drive for Android updates with document scanning

Google Drive for Android updates with document scanning

Google Drive for Android received a big update today with "a clean, simple card-style" layout, as well as the ability to scan documents, receipts, bills, etc. The new feature also comes with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology that will allow you to easily search for said documents later, thanks to the ability for Google Drive to recognize text in a scanned document.

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Google Apps hit with partial outage for some users

Google Apps hit with partial outage for some users

If you can't access your Gmail this morning, don't worry, since it's not just you. Google has reported that some of its services are experiencing a partial outage, meaning that some users can't access certain Google Apps like Gmail, Drive, and Docs. The Admin control panel and API are also partially down.

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Google Drive downtime issue UPDATE: Resolved

Google Drive downtime issue UPDATE: Resolved

This morning there was an issue with connectivity for users hoping to access the file storage system known as Google Drive. Responsiveness in app systems such as Gmail, Google Reader, and Google Docs have been lacking throughout the morning, but Google's official report now suggests that all problems have been fixed up real nice. Meanwhile Google has been tipped to be starting up a competitor for Evernote and OneNote in the wake of their shutdown (not quite deactivated as yet) of Google Reader.

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Google Docs research pane expands to Presentations and Drawings

Google Docs research pane expands to Presentations and Drawings

Back in May, Google added a new research pane to Google Docs, offering the ability to search for any topic and get results without having to leave the document you're working on. It's a small feature, but helps save time and makes it easier for users. Today, the search giant has added the research pane to Presentations and Drawings.

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Google launches new Google+ features for businesses

Google launches new Google+ features for businesses

With a number of business "going Google," the massive search company has launched the first set of Google+ features for businesses. With this "initial set" of features now available, Google is letting all Google Apps customers get an early look at them in a "full preview mode." This preview allows businesses already using Google Apps to try out these Google+ features through the end of 2013 for free, with Google working to improve its offerings during that time.

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Google Docs offline editing added today

Google Docs offline editing added today

Google has added offline editing to Google Docs, allowing users to open and edit their text, spreadsheet and other documents even when they don't have an internet connection. Announced today at the second Google IO keynote, the new offline Google Docs system uses local caching to save the latest copy of any documents changed, automatically synchronizing whenever a connection is restored.

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Google adds new Research feature to Docs

Google adds new Research feature to Docs

Google has added a new Research bar to Google Docs today. A new option for Research has been added under Tools, or by using the Ctrl+Alt+R shortcut, allowing you to search Google for topics of interest while writing an article or paper. Options include being able to search all of Google, or restrict searches to images and quotes. The bar sits to the right of your document while writing so as not to disrupt your workflow.

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Google Docs explodes with new fonts

Google Docs explodes with new fonts

This week the developers behind Google Docs have presented their newest update to their web-based environment for document editing: fonts galore! This update will allow web fonts in Google documents, one whole heck of a lot of them, each of them working to allow you fabulous looks for your documents both online and offline in print form. There are over 450 fonts available in Google docs now, with additional features coming up quick!

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SlashGear 101: What is Google Drive?

SlashGear 101: What is Google Drive?

What is this mysterious new service that Google has suddenly started offering to the public here on this lovely spring afternoon? It's Google Drive, and it's essentially just a bunch of space that Google is allowing you to use on their servers. Of course it's not quite as simple as that, and the ecosystem of apps you'll be using to access it are as much an adventure as Google's version of the cloud is itself - let's have a look at what this system means for you!

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