Items tagged with Gmail

Yahoo’s fresh new Mail revamp earlier this week brought a new look, new themes, 1TB of storage, and deeper changes such as disposable addresses, mail filters, automatic mail forwarding, offline access with POP, and more. It also came with a major bug. Some users have complained that they were missing emails, and it turns out that the issue is apparently that the auto-forwarding feature is switched on by default on some accounts. Thus, if those users had previously set up a secondary email address, their emails were getting sent there instead of to their Yahoo inboxes. You can see some of... Read more...
Gmail for Android has been ad-free up to this point, but it appears as though that’s changing. In an APK teardown of the latest version of Gmail for Android (4.6), Artem Russakovskii of the Android Police noted that there are chunks of code that point strongly to ads. (click to enlarge) One bit of code appears to allow users to save ads as messages, so if you see something you like, you can essentially save it to your inbox and chew on it later. If not, you can dismiss it. This feature would make sense if, for example, you get ads for sales at your favorite retail stores and want to pull... Read more...
We're not sure if misery truly loves company, but if you found that your Gmail accounts weren't working yesterday, take solace in the fact that the problem probably wasn't something on your end. Apparently someone at Google tripped over the power cord (our unofficial diagnosis), because Gmail went down pretty hard yesterday. "Between 0554 and 1530 Pacific Time today, 29.1 percent of messages received by Gmail users were delayed," Google said on its Gmail status page. "The average (median) delay was just 2.6 seconds, but some mail was more severely delayed. However, this issue did not affect users’... Read more...
Google has continued to fight for its right to party continue scanning user email in a Californian court this week, with it seeming rather obvious that it's doing little to sway public opinion. The company, as you might recall, has been trying to prove its case that it must scan user email - it's all part of its ability to serve email. Of course, this is absolutely untrue, as many email providers don't make it a point to scan user email. Yahoo! used to be one of those, but through a recent service agreement, it states that it's begun scanning email much like Google does, and for the same purpose.... Read more...
You know what they say: the truly powerful just let the haters do their thing, while the insecure worry about building up counter-arguments. Say what you will about the ongoing Microsoft vs. Google battle, but Microsoft sure seems to put up more of a public fight against compared to the other way around. In fact, Microsoft has established an entire campaign that serves to do nothing more than smear Google, called Scroogled. It's all pretty childish, if we're honest, but it's also fairly humorous if you're able to look beyond that. The latest addition to the campaign is a knock on Google for tweaks... Read more...
Google has been tinkering with Gmail’s look and features, and even after a major overhaul this spring, not everyone was satisfied, so even more changes are coming down the pike. Specifically, Google is tweaking the compose to give it a full-screen option. It’s a welcome change. Currently, you must write your email messages in a window down off to the side of the screen, which doesn’t really make a lot of sense. With this update, the compose window will be centered, and you can expand it to be as large as your screen can handle. Google also says that the formatting toolbar is now... Read more...
The future of the telephone may be in jeopardy, or at least in some form of danger. Why? Google. The company has allowed US-based users to make telephone calls to the United States and Canada via Gmail for a few years now, and it's about to extend that in a big way. Recently, with a Gmail overhaul, the ability to make outbound calls vanished. And Google heard the outcry. So now, it's back -- and better. Calls to the US and Canada are now free from all countries where Hangouts calling is available. And international rates remain super, super low. Today's launch also improves the desktop calling... Read more...
It’s deeply disconcerting, to say the least, that the NSA has been able to extract data about U.S. citizens from Internet companies using the secret (until recently) PRISM program. Because all of those companies likely handle data a little differently, it’s hard to say how much information the government is able to extract from email records, but a tool called “Immersion”, developed by MIT, shows you what your Gmail account can say about you. Immersion uses the same data that the government would have access to if it requested it from Google; it’s metadata, which includes... Read more...
We talked last week about the updated Gmail interface that Google has begun rolling-out, and at this point, you should have seen the update reflected on your mobile device. For the desktop, you may have to hit-up the Settings menu and click "Configure inbox" to adopt the revised layout. Has Google's update hit the mark, or rubbed some the wrong way (as is so often the case with any revamp)? That depends on your perspective. As soon as I was able, I adopted the tabbed layout for my desktop Gmail, and I have to say, I'm very impressed. I've only been using the beefed-up inbox for about... Read more...
Gmail users are getting a new inbox soon, and whether you’re going to like the update depends a lot on your habits. If you own a label maker or ogle closet organizer catalogs, you’re going to love the new layout.  The new Gmail can automatically sort your emails by “tabs,” like Promotions, Social, Updates, and Primary. The new Gmail Inbox, with Tabs. Image credit: Google Google isn’t doing away with the main Gmail inbox – that’s still there, in the form of the Primary tab. You can direct any mail you want here, but unless you choose otherwise, social... Read more...
At Google's I/O conference held a couple of weeks ago, a session called "Structure in Android App Design" was held that talked about creating more efficient, cleaner-looking apps. Within, a screenshot of Google's Gmail mobile app was shown, and the eagle-eyed folks at Android Police happened to notice a couple of differences. While some believe that this leaked screenshot could be nothing more than a mockup, the writer at the site believes wholeheartedly that it's not. The biggest reason is thanks to the Google employee's email address being exposed - you wouldn't use a real email address... Read more...
Google introduced a lot of new features and gear today at I/O, but one other thing snuck in outside of that: an update to Gmail. E-Mail is obviously vital to Google's core services, and today it's revealing a few new features that'll make using Gmail even better. The two newcomers are quick button actions, as well as a few travel-related improvements. These buttons appear next to certain types of messages in your inbox and let you take action on an email without ever having to open it. For example, you can RSVP to your friend's party invitation or rate that restaurant you went to last night all... Read more...
Great news for avid users of Google's communications suite. At long last, Google has added the ability for Gmail bodies to trigger Google Calendar invites. Starting today, dates and times within emails are lightly underlined: click them to schedule that conference call or lunch date without ever leaving Gmail. When you click on one of these underlined dates, you’ll be able to preview your schedule for the day and change the title, date or time of the event. Clicking “Add to Calendar” will do exactly that -- add the event to your calendar, and for extra convenience, the calendar... Read more...
Having trouble sending or receiving email on your Gmail account today? Don't bother tinkering with your account settings, the problem probably isn't on your end, not unless your issues manifested immediately following any changes you might have made. Otherwise, point the finger at Google, which has acknowledged that some of its online services are suffering disruptions today. Google began investigating reports of an issue with Gmail at 8:58 AM EST this morning. Nine minutes later, the search giant said it was still looking into the service disruption, adding that it's affecting less than 0.007... Read more...
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