(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday saw its slowest revenue growth in three years from increased competition in advertising, stumbles in its smartphone business and disruptive changes at YouTube that left the leading internet ad company lagging rivals. FILE PHOTO: The Google logo is pictured at the entrance to the Google offices in London, Britain January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay Shares of Alphabet dropped 7.5 percent after hours, setting them up for the biggest one-day drop since falling 8 percent in October 2012. They had closed Monday at a record-high of $1,296.20. Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat attributed slower revenue growth to currency fluctuations, competition and unspecified product changes. The company is facing continued pressure from advertisers to tighten controls on its fast-growing YouTube video service so that they not appear to be sponsoring adult or offensive content. Google also is struggling to find the right mix of ad … [Read more...] about Google parent’s shares dive as YouTube changes, competition hurt…
Google file sharing for business
G Suite, Google’s ever-expanding portfolio of cloud computing, productivity, and collaboration tools, is getting supercharged with a slew of new features, all of which were detailed at the Mountain View company’s annual Cloud Next conference in San Francisco. Perhaps the headliner is Google Assistant integration with G Suite — specifically with Calendar (in beta). Now, G Suite account holders from the more than five million businesses using G Suite can ask an Assistant-powered smart speaker, smartphone, or smart display questions like “When’s my next meeting?” and “Where’s tomorrow’s appointment?” On the word processing side of things, there’s Drive metadata (in beta), which enables admins and managers to create metadata categories and taxonomies that make content more discoverable in search, and Microsoft Office editing in Docs, Sheets, and Slide, which lets G Suite users work on Office files without having to convert … [Read more...] about G Suite gets Google Assistant integration for calendars, native Microsoft Office editing
Slack has added new ways to interact with Microsoft’s Office 365 app directly from its own collaboration platform. This includes an Outlook calendar app, Office file previews and the ability to export emails into Slack channels and direct messages.The integrations announced Tuesday are part of wider moves to connect Slack with productivity apps from a range of vendors, said Andy Pflaum, Slack’s director of product management for interoperability.The variety of third-party app integrations has long been a strength of Slack’s (it has added more than 1,500 so far), helping users work without forcing a switch between applications. The list of integrations includes productivity and business apps from vendors such as Google, ServiceNow and Salesforce.“We recognize that our customers are going to have a variety of tools that they use in the workplace,” said Pflaum. “Nobody today has just a single stack from Microsoft, Google, Cisco or Salesforce. Virtually … [Read more...] about Slack adds email, calendar and file integrations for Office 365
One of the little annoyances of my online life is the inability to quickly launch Google Drive files by just typing their name in the Chrome omnibox. I always start doing that then remember that this is reliant on my browsing history and bookmarks, so I go to Drive instead, find the file, and bookmark it if I think I'll need frequent access to it. Turns out things are a little easier for G Suite users, and they're about to become even better. Color me jealous. Google is opening up a beta for G Suite admins that lets users on their domain search in Chrome's omnibox by file owner, type, as well as title. As shown in the GIF above, you could find sheets, files shared with you by a specific person, or the exact document you want just by typing a word or two. The feature isn't open to G Suite Basic domains, which gives us even smaller hope that it'll ever come to personal Gmail accounts. It's only available to G Suite Business, Enterprise, Education, Enterprise for Education, and … [Read more...] about Chrome omnibox will show Drive file suggestions for G Suite users (and I’m jealous)
In 2007, Drew Houston, Dropbox's CEO, got sick and tired of misplacing his USB drive, so he created the first personal and small business cloud storage service. It was a radical one in its day. Today, everyone and their uncle seems to be offering cheap or free cloud storage.Also: How to sync multiple cloud storage services for free TechRepublicThat's great! Except, well, how do you choose which one is right for you? It used to be that most people decided simply on the basis of how much free storage space they got. That's simple, but it only tells part of the story.The real value from a cloud storage service comes from how well it works for you. As you'll see, some work much better with some operating systems and business plans than others.It's odd. Amazon does a great job with its cloud storage service Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) for developers and IT. But Amazon Drive for personal and business users has never been a first-tier storage service. Mind you, it has gotten … [Read more...] about What’s the best cloud storage for you?