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Gmail, Google Classroom, Docs are down or have issues [Update: They’re back]

Gmail, Google Classroom, Docs are down or have issues [Update: They’re back]

This morning a variety of Google services had a bit of a kerfuffle. Status for Google Drive, Google Dogs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Classroom were marked by Google as having a "Service Outage." Per the Google Workspace Status Dashboard, it was only these services that were having a full "outage." However, a significant number of Gmail users reported issues starting at around 8AM central time.

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Google Photos High Quality might not be near-identical to original

Google Photos High Quality might not be near-identical to original

When Google launched its Google Photos cloud storage, not to be confused with the app of the same name, it was hailed as the ultimate way to save space on your phone and preserve your digital memories almost forever. It came with a rather generous offer of nearly unlimited photo storage space, provided they uploaded only in High Quality. Nothing lasts forever, as they say, and it seems that Google is revising its earlier statements in favor of taking up more space towards a Google One subscription.

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Google Drive for desktop will be the one app to rule them all

Google Drive for desktop will be the one app to rule them all

Although not as terrible as its messaging apps and services, Google's narrative for cloud syncing on the desktop isn't exactly as clear-cut as it could or should be. There is only one Google Drive, of course, though you can pay for storage through a variety of subscriptions and offers. There is also just one Google Drive app for mobile but when it comes to the desktop, the situation can be a bit confusing and, thankfully, Google is finally changing that.

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Your old Google account may be deleted if it’s too full or inactive

Your old Google account may be deleted if it’s too full or inactive

This week Google sent notifications to users about policy changes that'd be going into effect in the year 2021. These changes affect users of all Google services, including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos, and the rest. If you're the sort of person who works with a Google One membership, you've got little or nothing to worry about. If you've been using Google services for a long time and never thought to delete an old email, you're going to need to pay attention.

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Do we depend too much on “free” big tech services?

Do we depend too much on “free” big tech services?

In the tech services world year it became clear that the free ride is over. We're talking about everything from email to music streaming, photos to files. That which seemed too good to be true was indeed too good to be free. Now is the point at which you'll do well to consider which services you cannot do without, and which services you should end - before they start burning a hole in your pocket.

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Google cloud storage update – use it or lose it

Google cloud storage update – use it or lose it

Google reminded us again of the terrible, inevitable truth of cloud storage and services. You cannot depend on any one company to hold your data forever. Allowing your photos and videos and whatever other files you've got resting in Google's servers, be it in Google Drive, Google Photos, or even Gmail - Google holds the keys. Google made the case for downloading and/or keeping your files to yourself multiple times over the past year - now's the time to exit.

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Google Drive will soon delete files in trash after 30 days

Google Drive will soon delete files in trash after 30 days

Living in a digital age makes it almost too easy to accumulate clutter in the form of files, especially given how small these files can be. That's true for files you keep locally on your laptop or phone but cloud storage still comes at a cost, even if it's offered for free. To ensure you don't run out of space just because of the trash you've gathered over the months, Google Drive will soon implement a policy that will automatically delete files in its Trash forever after 30 days.

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Google Drive Privacy Screen adds biometric barrier to your files on iOS

Google Drive Privacy Screen adds biometric barrier to your files on iOS

Google Drive on iOS can now be secured using the iPhone and iPad's biometric security, with a new option allowing users to turn on a face or fingerprint barrier between the home screen and their files. Added in an update today, the new Google Drive Privacy Screen feature taps into Face ID or Touch ID, depending on which device you're using.

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Google Docs is down, it’s not just you

Google Docs is down, it’s not just you

Google Drive is down, Google Docs is down, and a couple of other services from Google are down at the moment, too. Google's own Service Outage reports suggest that many users aren't able to properly access Google Sheets or Google Slides, either. The current status of the Google Classroom system is also experiencing a Service Disruption here on January 27, 2020.

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Mobile PDF edits enabled with Google Drive and G-Suite

Mobile PDF edits enabled with Google Drive and G-Suite

This week the folks at Google enabled PDF edits for mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, and the like) in the Google Drive app. Users will need the official Google Drive app for iOS or Android to make this work, but the feature will be turned ON by default - so no worries about searching for settings before you hit the ground running. Users will be able to enter text in text fields, tap checkboxes, tap radio buttons, and select options from a dropdown menu. UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: This feature will be available to G Suite users soon, and Google has not announced a release for non-G Suite consumers.

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Google Drive and Photos divorce: Who gets what?

Google Drive and Photos divorce: Who gets what?

Google Drive and Google Photos will soon de-sync photos and videos hosted between the two. Google suggested that "automatic sync" between the two services was just "confusing" for users, so they've decided to "simplify" the experience. Accidental deletions and appearances of counting data twice will soon be out the door - sort of.

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G Suite gets easier sharing for the Google averse

G Suite gets easier sharing for the Google averse

G Suite and Google Drive offer a lot of handy tools to its enterprise customers, but there's one rather glaring issue with them: in order to collaborate on Docs, Sheets, and Slides with team members or clients, everyone needs to have a Google account. Google itself recognizes that it can be a "significant barrier for collaboration" when the person you're trying to work with doesn't have a Google account, so today the company is changing the rules.

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