Items tagged with Gmail

Spam is one of a handful of Internet scourges—we all hate it, and to some extent, we all suffer from it. That's one of the reasons why Gmail is so popular. Google's home brewed email service is really good (not perfect) at thwarting spam, and thanks to a new service called Gmailify, you can enjoy the exact same spam protection on your Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail/Outlook.com email address, too. If you use of one of those email services but want the benefits of Gmail (which extend beyond spam protection), Gmailify is the answer. "Gmailify links your existing account to Gmail so that you get all the bells and whistles—spam protection, inbox organization and even Google Now cards based on your mail—without... Read more...
If your inbox is anything like mine, you often have to weed through dozens of emails per day, responding to a large portion of those when the need arises. Often times, all that’s needed is a quick response or a simple “yes” or “no” before moving on to the next message. In an effort to help streamline your digital life, Google is introducing Smart Reply for the Inbox by Gmail app. Smart Reply uses a form of artificial intelligence called “deep learning” to scan your incoming email, and will provide you with three short responses, one of which you use to reply to an email with a quick tap. The responses are generated on the fly, and the system quickly learns to adapt to your Smart Reply choices.... Read more...
Gmail reduced spam from a major headache to an occasional annoyance, but Google is going after the remaining 0.1 percent of garbage that makes it to your inbox. The company rolled out new tools this week that are meant to shut down the most pernicious spam strategies and help important emails avoid getting inadvertently trapped in the spam filter. Google product manager Sri Harsha Somanchi describes the spam that makes it past the company’s filter as “Sneaky spam – the kind that could actually pass for wanted mail.” To nail it, Google is now employing an artificial neural network, which is machine-learning technology Google has had under development for years. Gmail should also be better at determining... Read more...
Google's free Gmail service is a constant work in progress that's been steadily improving since it was launched 11 years ago (or 6 years ago, if you don't want to include the 5-year beta period). Not every tweak Google makes is a functional one, and if you spend a lot of time in Gmail, you'll be glad to know that Google's made some visual improvements to its webmail service. First on the list is more themes. Lots more. Gmail themes have been available since 2008, giving users a fun way to dress their accounts, and now there are hundreds more high resolution options, courtesy of photographs taken by fellow Googlers. If you still can't find something you like, Google reminds users that they can... Read more...
We've all been there. We've sent an email or message with a hot head, or made a big error (eg: emailed the wrong person), and realized the big mistake after the "Send" button was pushed. It's frustrating and infuriating. Perhaps even sanity-degrading. Gmail has for quite some time offered an option in its Labs section called "Undo Send", but as most people don't traverse there, not many ever used it. But it goes without saying that many people would take advantage of it at some point, and it's for that reason that Google has added the ability to enable the feature from the standard settings menu. With the featured enabled, you'll see a prompt at the top of Gmail after sending an... Read more...
With a full-throated "Me too!" targeted straight at Microsoft's recently-released Outlook app, Google yesterday upgraded their Gmail email app for Android to better support non-Google email accounts, including @yahoo and @outlook. Since last year users have been able to configure their other IMAP/Pop accounts to their Gmail for Android app, however, the app's somewhat shoddy design required users to switch between accounts to read and act on the content therein. With Gmail, Android users can now easily manage all the email from all of their accounts in a unified Inbox — the new "All Inboxes" option — in which they can view and respond to all of their email messages without needing... Read more...
China appears to be bringing the hammer down on American email services attempting to operate on its digital turf without officially banning them. The country briefly stole the cybervillian spotlight from North Korea last year when it allegedly crushed Gmail access for a long period of time. Now, according to watchdog GreatFire.org, Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird are experiencing a brutal man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack. GreatFire.org keeps an eye on sites it believe blocked by China. (Source: GreatFire.org)The MTIM attack affects email clients and apps that use IMAP and SMTP protocols. The hack can let attackers monitor emails. GreatFire.org reports that the Web-based... Read more...
Because Google adheres to COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, the company hasn't ever allowed persons under the age of 13 to sign up for any of its services. Nothing could ever stop a youngin from fibbing about their age, of course, but legally, Google's been on safe ground. Rumor now has it, though, that the company is working out a way to legally offer its services to pre-teens - or at least Gmail and YouTube. The idea is that the children's parents would be the ones to sign up for the account, and would have full control over how they're used, and what kind of information Google would be allowed to gather. For Google, the benefits here would be two-fold. If parents allowed... Read more...
Generally speaking, you have a right to privacy when it comes to your email account, except when you're accused of a crime and there's a warrant. That's basically what a New York judge ruled when he upheld a previous order giving the U.S. government full access to the Gmail account of a suspect in a money laundering investigation. At issue here is a controversial warrant granted on June 11 that permitted law enforcement to siphon a suspect's entire Gmail account, including his address book and draft emails, in order to search the emails for evidence in his alleged crime. Though the warrant has been upheld, it remains controversial since it's at odds with decisions in several other courts, Info... Read more...
After taking heavy fire in a California court from plaintiffs who contend its Gmail data mining practices within Google Apps for Education are illegal, Google is changing its practices so that it’s not possible to scan those users’ emails for advertising purposes. Further, “We’ve permanently removed the “enable/disable” toggle for ads in the Apps for Education Administrator console,” wrote Google for Education’s Bram Bout. “This means ads in Apps for Education services are turned off and administrators no longer have the option or ability to turn ads in these services on.” In the post, Bout also defended Google for Education, noting... Read more...
The sudden retirement of the man behind Google+, Vic Gundotra, was emotional and certainly appeared genuine, but there have been an additional impetus behind Gundotra’s decision to call it a career at Google. According to a TechCrunch report, Google+ is being dismantled--or at least, Google is completely changing how it views and uses the social network. The report says that Google+ will be considered as more of a platform than a product, a backbone as opposed to a front end. Somewhere between 1,000 to 1,200 Googlers work on G+, but many of them are being reassigned to other groups. For example, the Google Hangouts team is being moved over to the Android group, and the Google+ Photos folks... Read more...
For all the ire the NSA’s spying practices have fomented among users and Internet companies alike, the revelations are prompting some positive changes. For Gmail users, those changes are coming in the form of better encryption on Google’s part. Although it’s been the default option since 2010, Google says that Gmail will completely run over HTTPS when you send or check mail. Further, every single Gmail message will be encrypted internally. “This ensures that your messages are safe not only when they move between you and Gmail's servers, but also as they move between Google's data centers—something we made a top priority after last summer’s revelations,”... Read more...
You've probably noticed, Gmail is down. It's not just down for you - it's down across the US and the world, with reports coming in from Europe, Canada, and India that one of the planet's largest email networks has suddenly failed. The only thing missing is any information from Google. Ironically, Google's App dashboard was one of the last places to get the news; the website showed Google Mail as being up when I began writing this story, then flipped to "Disrupted" partway through. Why? Who knows. Jokes about someone unplugging a server don't really apply, we're talking about a worldwide service with service in dozens of countries. Outages like this can be caused by anything from deliberate sabotage... Read more...
Privacy advocates take note, Google is rolling out a new feature to Gmail that allows your Google+ connections to email you even if you've never shared with the sender your email address. The assumption on Google's part is that you're familiar enough with your Google+ contacts to exchange emails, and by implementing this feature, you can avoid situations where you're halfway through an email draft before realizing you never actually exchanged email addresses with the intended recipient. Now, before anyone goes into a privacy panic, there are some things you should know. First, your email address still isn't visible to a Google+ connection, unless you send that person an email. Likewise, that... Read more...
Facebook is facing a lawsuit from two users who allege that the company's "private" messaging is anything of the sort. We've seen a number of these cases over the years, going all the way back to Google's ad-crawling for Gmail, and it's generally known that if you use a service, company's are going to attempt to monetize your input. In Facebook's case, that includes all the things you post, the things you don't post, and apparently, even your private messages. Over the past few years, Facebook has been caught handing over user information to advertisers (including names and user IDs, despite promises to anonymize the information). According to the complaint, however, FB has been caught "clicking"... Read more...
Here's a bit of news that's far from deserving of a "Giddyup!": Thanks to the work of a botnet called "Pony", hackers have gained access to credentials for over 2 million individual accounts. These accounts span the entire gamut: Facebook, Twitter, Google (Gmail), and even a payroll service provider - perhaps the most dangerous of them all. Pony works as a keylogger, capturing login details as users type them in. In this particular instance, the transactions end up going through a central server in the Netherlands, one that security analysis firm Trustwave has been tracking. After discovering all of the accounts that Pony had been exploiting, the firm notified the biggest companies in question,... Read more...
It was about a year ago that Microsoft first launched its “Scroogled” anti-Google campaign that pointed a long crooked finger at the search giant’s Google Shopping practices. Although Microsoft’s various accusations against Google are technically valid, they’re not particularly damning in the sense that Google hasn’t made much of a secret of the fact that it places ads in Gmail and produces sponsored results on Google Shopping. Nevertheless, Microsoft is continuing its Scroogled campaign by launching the Scroogled store. Now you can buy hats, t-shirts, and mugs with the Scroogled logo and from-the-hip sayings and artwork--eg, a t-shirt with a large image of... Read more...
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 the mess spilling out on Yahoo's Customer Care Twitter feed. That would be an annoyance at best if your... 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 up the promotion when you’re out shopping. Save ads as messages, ad library (Credit: Android Police)... 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’ access to the Gmail page or other functionality." In a previous status update, Google said... 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. Google wants to scan user email for the sake of advertising, that much is obvious. Since the company... 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 in how ads are displayed within Gmail. According to Microsoft, Google is "spamming your inbox with... Read more...
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