Drive protects file owners and viewers from malware infections

Are files stored in Google Drive scanned for viruses?

The short answer is yes But there’s a catch:

Virus scanning: Google Drive scans a file for viruses before the file is downloaded or shared. If a virus is detected, users can’t share the file with others, send the infected file via email, or convert it to a Google Doc, Sheet, or Slide, and they’ll receive a warning if they attempt these operations. The owner can download the virus-infected file, but only after acknowledging the risk of doing so.

What this means is that files are not necessarily flagged as malware upon upload. Given that malware code evolves rapidly and faster than the anti virus definition files created to detect them, it makes sense that detection and notification occurs during the download stage, given that a new type of virus might not be first detected upon upload but over time is more likely to be detected.

Additionally:

Only files smaller than 25 MB can be scanned for viruses. For larger files, a warning is displayed saying that the file can’t be scanned.

Cloud Kitchen’s leading prediction & trend for Google users in 2015: Android Wear

Smartwatches have been around in concept since the days of Dick Tracy comics and futurists like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne since before start of the 20th century. But the application of this technology from theory to mass production has never been evident until 2014.

2014 forays into smartwatches using the Android or iOS system were heavily gossiped by the powers that be, and the first entries into the market were exactly what was expected: a smartphone screen shrunk down to fit the dimensions of your wrist.

Now we are seeing the form evolving and adapting to something beyond basic function and expected demands. LG’s entry with the LG G Watch R-version is the perfect example of form surpassing function.

Art within technology is what will help push smartwatches beyond the first wave of smartwatch adopters, the technophiles who rush out to purchase the latest iPhone or trending “smart” technology, reaching instead the analogue masses who will forever prefer a wrist watch as opposed to a mini-smartphone clamped to their wrist.

LG’s got the right idea with their G Watch R series. It’s taken form and functionality and made it into style and emotion, which is exactly what will tick the boxes for many who would otherwise happily ignore the technology of the day.

Don’t be surprised if The Cloud Kitchen posts a review later this year clamoring how great (or disappointing) it’s new LG G R-series smart watch is. One thing to be certain, whatever smartwatch dons our wrist will not be a mini-smartphone emulator, but something that instead belies expression and beauty.

Product Review: Project Management & CRM Tool Gmail Extension – Streak

Screenshot of Streak CRM in Gmail inbox

Project Management app inside your Google mailbox

The team at Marsh8 have tested more project management (PM) softwares than black t-shirts at a heavy metal concert. It was never an altruistic experiment to try so many web, Chrome, and Google App marketplace PM & CRM choices: Marsh8 needed a solid replacement for the #ManyMoon PM application bought out by Salesforce.com and promptly decommissioned by the new owners for another competitor and inferior Salesforce.com product. An inglorious death to a magnificent Google Apps tool for managing team projects and clients collaboratively.

Our project management app replacement expectations: high

Enter Streak. Streak was not the first test choice by Cloud Kitchen nor the last. Yet it has proven to be superior to many other more intricate and complex premium PM web/app suites on too many levels to list in a G+ post. What makes Streak different from other PM softwares is not its direct integration with Google Apps for Business accounts, but that it is an extension of Gmail itself (see previous GATDJ G+ post re: Google App extensions).

An extension versus a regular Chrome or GA Marketplace app is like comparing a caffeinated energy drink to a glass of water. One empowers and energizes, the latter merely sustains a body’s system. Because Streak is a Gmail extension, it’s as if your Mailbox now has PM superpowers and new mail sidebar and toolbar capabilities providing all kinds of valuable project management functions and #CRM details.

The primary beauty of how Streak works is project “tagging” emails, much in the same manner one can label an email, as if placing it into a Mail folder; except Gmail users now have special function Streak project folders called Pipelines managed by Streak inside your mailbox. Tag an email thread with Streak and its shared for viewing with your Streak team in that Pipeline. And when an email conversation that’s been tagged into a Streak project ledger “Box” is replied to, those email replies are automatically being updated into your projects for your team to see. No more manually adding email replies and attachments into your project storage!

Project notes, automatic calendar reminder notifications for your team, milestones, comments, list of contacts, attachments, project updates news feed, reports (Pro version), delegated view rights of private emails to your team, sharing Pipelines with Google users outside your team, it’s all there.

And Unlike other PM clients that need patching or limit their free versions to a relatively useless one or two person license demo, Streak is self-updating and self-maintained, and the basic 5 user team license free version of Streak everything your team needs to get started right away with project management. Hardcore users with more than five people on their project teams will definitely want the paid Pro version of Streak, if not for the enhanced collaborative functions then for the various report tools on offer that management drool over.

It is not often that +MARSH8 and #GATDJ are as pleased with a Google App/Gmail recommendation as we are with #Streak, to the point it is an integral part of our internal business. If you are a Gmail web interface user with your #Chrome browser, you and your team are ideal candidates to try the Streak #projectmanagement & CRM extension for Gmail. We think you will be more than pleasantly surprised and big proponents of Streak like Marsh8