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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 on by default. If you wish to make the full screen compose option automatic, you can do so by clicking... 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 experience in a number of ways. For example: you can add multiple phone numbers and video participants... 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 the names and email addresses of everyone you communicate with. With that metadata, it’s... 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 a week, but I'm already in love. The organization is good, and Gmail has been so far very smart in deciding... 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 network-related updates will drop into the Social tab, while the endless deluge of grey mail (offers... 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 in a mockup. If this is indeed a sign of an upcoming update, it's going to make Gmail for mobile a lot... 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 right from the inbox. You’ll be checking things off that to-do list in no time. Flight confirmation... 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 event will include a link back to the original email. Everyone who uses Gmail on the US English setting... 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 percent of all Gmail users. The latest update came at 9:51 AM, in which Google stated it has restored... Read more...
In the aftermath of a death, one of the unfortunate realities is that the departed leaves behind financial accounts, property, documents, and so on, and that person’s heirs or loved ones are left to sort through it all. It can be messy, difficult, and sometimes painful, and the advent of digital accounts with services such as Google and Facebook have complicated matters substantially. Google announced a new feature called Inactive Account Manager that lets users tell Google what they want done with their Google account and data when they pass (or become permanently incapacitated for any reason). It’s a sort of digital will. “You can tell us what to do with your Gmail messages... Read more...
While Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is unlikely to ever get a proper Gmail app (nor Windows 8, for that matter), those who use Google's archrival OS continue to see a flow of updates. Those who use Gmail for iPhone and iPad were treated to a version update this week (v2.1), which allows users to swipe left or right to move between conversations without forcing them to return to the inbox. For those dealing with massive loads of messages, this is a real boon. Moreover, the app's tweaked design makes it easier to take action on multiple messages. Selecting a message in the inbox now enables edit mode. Once in edit mode, tap on messages to select them and then choose to archive, delete, or... Read more...
Google's privacy practices have come under fire in the past six months; the company was fined for continuing to track Safari users after previously promising not to do so. Last fall, Microsoft launched a campaign against Google's shopping search, informing users that Google no longer displayed relevant data, but ranked results by what advertisers were willing to pay to be in the top spot. Now, Redmond is expanding the claim to Gmail and informing users that they've been "Scroogled." "If you’re a Gmail user, Google scans all of your sent and received messages, extracts keywords that they think are relevant to you, and then uses that data to target you with ads," the company claims at Scroogled.com,... Read more...
Google’s numerous and mostly excellent apps, which include Gmail and Drive, will not be getting the Windows 8 nor Windows Phone 8 treatment. Clay Bavor, product management director for Google Apps, told V3 that the company currently isn’t planning to develop its apps for the new Windows platform. "We have no plans to build out Windows apps,” he said. “We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8" Google has been working on improving its apps on iOS and Android--Bavor noted in particular the ability to natively edit spreadsheets on mobile devices--and plans to keep pushing itself to create a better... Read more...
I've often wondered what would happen if Google day decided to call it quits and pulled the plug on all of its services. Could you imagine what kind of disruption that would cause? The truth is, many of us have come to rely pretty heavily on Google's services, so even just simple (and temporary) outages sometimes hit users hard. Users on several continents got a taste of what's that like on Monday when Google suffered "service disruptions" affecting Gmail and Google Drive, Reuters reports. Both had gone dark for a period of time, though it's unclear exactly how many users were affected. What it would look like if Google suddenly shut down its services. "We are currently experience an issue with... Read more...
Up to now, there’s been a free version of Google Apps for Business and a premium version, but Google is changing that policy. Henceforth, all new Google Apps for Business customers will be required to pay $50 per user per year. Although customers will no doubt be a bit unhappy with the new structure, they are getting a little something for that money, including a 25GB Gmail inbox, 24/7 phone support, and a guaranteed 99.9% uptime guarantee. These are of course in addition to Drive, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, and Slides, Sites, and Vault. Grating as it may be, all things considered fifty bucks a year per person isn’t exactly going to put most small businesses under. Further, note that... Read more...
For major players like Apple, Google, and Microsoft, the ongoing race to lock customers into their online services is intensifying. One benefit of the competition is that services are working to make their own tools work better together, and a recent example of that is Gmail’s new support for sharing files from Google Drive. Until recently, sharing files on your Google Drive account was generally done by opening Drive and starting an email (or by copying a link). Now, you don’t have to jump into Drive at all. So long as you’re using the new version of Gmail’s Compose Message tool (that would be the little message in the bottom-right corner of your Gmail window), you can... Read more...
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 Gmail accounts probably won't have much luck, there's already a certain option for Outlook administrators... 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, the term "personal" gets heavily skewed. While you and I might be able to remain confident... 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 with one click. To try it out, check the box next to Enable input tools under Language in Settings.... 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 ability to chat with up to 9 people, collaborate on documents and share videos, share your screen,... 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 of Sparrow; instead, they'll be striving to make Gmail more beautiful. If you're unaware, Gmail... 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 weeks ago, we introduced our Gmail app for iOS. Unfortunately it contained a bug which broke notifications... Read more...
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