Items tagged with Gmail

Frustrated by the sheer quantity of e-mail you receive on a day-to-day basis? You aren't alone. Increasingly, employers are now looking for ways to lessen the e-mail load. While e-mail is no doubt important, largely taking the place of lengthy phone calls, there has yet to be much done to make e-mail a truly efficient system. In a way, it's like an uncontrolled IM session with potentially thousands of employees, which can become unmanageable in short order. Now, there's a movement starting to eliminate the possibility of hitting "Reply All." While some smaller companies that use things like hosted... Read more...
It's beginning to feel like we're unable to go even a single week without learning of a public official caught in an affair, but last week's discovery of the affair of CIA Director David Petraeus came as a shock for a couple of reasons. David wasn't some mere politician, but a decorated war hero who most recently sat at the helm of one of the United States' most important agencies. His decisions made things happen, and with that sort of power comes a lot of risk. It's since been discovered that it was Gmail that managed to expose the affair, proving that when you're an important asset to the government,... Read more...
Communication can be hard, particularly if you and the person you're trying to speak to don't speak the same language. Google's language tools have been making it a little easier for years, but now some of that translation magic is sliding over to Gmail. The company has just added over 100 virtual keyboards, transliteration and IMEs—collectively called input tools—in Gmail. These tools enable you to type in the language and keyboard layout you’re accustomed to, making it easy to keep in touch with family, friends and coworkers from any computer. You can even switch between languages... Read more...
Back in late 2008, Google added video chat capabilities to Gmail, giving users a viable non-Skype way to communicate with friends, family, and coworkers. Not quite four years later, Google has updated the Gmail's video chat service with Google+ Hangout technology. The original version of Gmail video chat used peer-to-peer technology, but Hangouts (to quote the official Gmail Blog) “utilize the power of Google’s network to deliver higher reliability and enhanced quality”. Gmail users will all get the Hangouts update, but Google+ users will get a little more from it, including the... Read more...
Casual e-mail users may not recognize the name "Sparrow," but avid users have probably heard it a time or two. Why? Well, the startup is largely credited with creating the most beautiful and intuitive e-mail app for the iOS platform, and now, the whole team is Property of Google. That's right -- a company that's making e-mail beautiful on iOS just got acquired by arch-rival Google. Boom. Details on the deal are pretty sparse, with reports suggesting that the entire team was taken for around $25 million. Sparrow users will likely be bummed to hear that the members won't be working on updated versions... Read more...
A couple weeks ago, Google released a dedicated Gmail application for iOS. After discovering the app had a bug which broke notifications and displayed an error message, Google removed it from the App Store. Now, the bug has been fixed and the app has returned to the App Store. With the Gmail app, you can be alerted of new messages with push notifications and sounds, search your entire inbox, organize your mail, and much more. The app supports any iOS 4+ device. Gmail app for iOS available in the App Store (again) Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | 9:45 AM, Posted by Matthew Izatt, Product Manager Two... Read more...
Google Music is no longer a "beta" product. Talk about a quick turnaround, at least compared to things like Gmail! The company teamed up with T-Mobile USA at a press conference in Los Angeles to launch Google Music, a new platform where you can upload your personal music collections for free, purchase songs from your favorite artists, and stream all your music to your devices and the Web. That's right, purchases are live. We suspect that Music Beta was intended to launch earlier this year with music purchases, but not enough record label support was available. Now, EMI / Universal / Sony are onboard... Read more...
Google's Gmail has been largely the same for years on end. When the service launched, the "threaded" view caught most people by surprise. It took a bit of time for that to become "the norm," and now, e-mail clients that lack threaded messaging are essentially seen as lackluster. So, with Google recently cleaning out services that were destined for a dead-end, they're sinking a lot of time and effort into refreshing those services that are sticking around for the long haul. Like Gmail. The company recently uploaded a clip that teases the new, revised user interface of Gmail. It caters to various... Read more...
Hotmail is one of the oldest mass-market, free email services, but it's been overshadowed for years by Gmail. Microsoft has overhauled Hotmail several times in a bid to make the service easier to use, and is preparing to launch a new suite of tools that it hopes will make the service easier to use. In a recent post on the Windows Team Blog, Dick Craddock discusses the company's war on spam and its efforts to confront the problem of "gray mail." In previous posts on our blog, we talked about how we’ve reduced true spam in the inbox to under 3% using SmartScreen filtering. But we realized that... Read more...
Google+ may be a brand-new service, but there has already been at least one case of a user breaking the rules and getting the banhammer. Google, in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, requires its users to be at least 13 years old. Last week, Alex, a 10-year-old boy from the Netherlands, created an account on the Google+ social network. Google promptly responded with a punishment after he entered his date of birth. In return for violating the terms of service for the social network, the boy was kicked off of all Google services, and, as his father wrote in a blog... Read more...
Remember when Gmail escaped Beta? Doesn't feel like that long ago, but it definitely took Google a really, really long time to finally cross that milestone. And now, the company's finally giving their Mail application the first major facelift that we can remember. For now, the company's leaving these new themes in the "optional" folder, and they've only pushed a few very minor button changes to the masses. But if you're feeling curious, you can poke around in the options / settings to see what's to come. It's just a small part of a Google-wide effort to deliver an experience that's "more focused,... Read more...
If you're an avid Gmail user, you've probably surf through all of the Labs and settings by now, uncovering all sorts of special features that normal, non-hardcore users would never think to mess with. Google provides a lot of built-in themes to customize the way your email looks, but what if you want to customize it further? There haven't been too many options prior to now, but as of this week, users can now select their own background image these, set their own colors and give their inbox a totally personalized look. If you're a photographer who just want wait any longer to have your own imagery... Read more...
Google recently added the ability to call phone numbers directly from Gmail. With this new feature, you won’t have to get out your phone and retype a number; instead, any phone number sent to you via email or chat message will appear as a link. Once you click the link, Gmail’s dialpad will automatically pop up. The feature uses Google’s voice and video plugin, so if you don’t already have it installed, you’ll be prompted to do so. Google also recognizes that people get a lot of email, and having a way to sort or filter that mail is really helpful. To that end, Google... Read more...
Don't go hitting the panic button if you suddenly notice ads in your Gmail account, you're not the victim of a virus or any other malware looking to wreak havoc on your system. So what's going on? Apparently Google got the bright (and potentially lucrative) idea of testing out display ads in Gmail user accounts. "We're always trying out new ad formats and placements in Gmail, and we recently started experimenting with image ads on messages with heavy image content," a Google spokesperson confirmed to Mashable via email. Image Credit: Search Engline Land (Greg Sterling) According to Mashable, Google... Read more...
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