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Leveraging its Google Translate service, Gmail Labs has added yet another feature: automatic translation of incoming email. You can turn the feature on by going to Settings, Labs, Message Translation.  Remember, this is a Labs feature, so consider it "beta." Unfortunately, the only messages we have readily on hand that are not in English are spam. So we went rooting around in our Spam folder for them to show the above image. Click the link that says "Translate message to: English" and voila. Of course, you can readily change the "translate to" language.  Clicking on the translation link showed us the somewhat NSFW message which, typical of spam, centered around "performance." Still,... Read more...
Google's services outage today was apparently Google mucking with something on the backend, in a sort of "don't touch if it ain't broke" mistake. Admittedly, we're being snarky, as Google was working on something that definitely needs addressing, but it still made a major impact on systems around the world. It's the old "we are running out of IP addresses problem." IP addresses identify clients on the Internet, and IPv4, the current version has a limit of 4,294,967,296 possible unique addresses. The solution to the problem is IPv6, which has a limit of about about 3.4×1038 possible unique addresses. It's a move that has to be made eventually, but until now the necessity has been ameliorated... Read more...
What took so long, Google? On Thursday, Gmail got another Gmail Labs feature, Google Search right inside your inbox. It's described as follows: Displays Google search results inside your mail window, letting you quickly find things and use them when you're writing an email.To enable it, go to Settings, Labs, find Google Search and select the Enable radio button. We know, we know, there's a Search the Web button above your inbox. But that opens a separate window. What if you don't want to have to switch back and forth between tabs / windows and mail? Enable the Google Search feature, and you'll get a small edit box on the LHS of your inbox (as above). Type a query into it, and rather than opening... Read more...
Gmail continues to get better and better. Within the last month, we’ve seen additions such as an Undo Send feature and YouTube, Picasa, Flickr, Yelp Preview capabilities as well as many other previous additions. Today, Gmail added a “suggest more recipients” feature which is useful but also a tad creepy. You see, the suggest more recipients feature can suggest people you should email based on previous conversations. In other words, if you’ve had threads going with a group of people, the next time you add a couple of those recipients to the address field, Gmail can recommend other people you might want to include as well. For example, if you often send family photos to your mom, dad, husband,... Read more...
Google released a new Web-based version of Gmail that will provide iPhone and Android phone users with faster access to messages and offline access. "You'll notice that it's a lot faster when performing actions like opening an email, navigating, or searching. And if the data network drops out on you, rest assured that Gmail won't. You'll still be able to open recently read messages and to compose over a flaky, or non-existent, network connection," wrote Google mobile engineer Joanne McKinley on the Google blog. New features include the ability to select multiple messages and archive or delete them. You can also mark a group of messages as read/unread/spam.  Gmail’s new Web interface now... Read more...
How many times have you hit "Send" on an email, only to realize you goofed. More often than you want to admit, right? Outllok has a recall feature that works on Exchange ... some of the time. But basically emails sent via the Internet, once you hit "Send," they're gone. Until Gmail's "Undo Send" feature, that is. It's another Gmail Labs feature, so to enable it you have to go into Settings, Labs, scroll down to Undo Send and enable it. It's the same thing as sending any other email via the Internet, though. Once it's gone, it's gone. What "Undo Send" does is hold your email for 5 seconds before sending it. During that time, if you click the "Undo Send" link, it will not only stop the email, it... Read more...
It's always a pain in the rear when a friend sends you a link to a photo or video when you're in the middle of doing something and you don't want to take the time out to open the link in a new tab.Google decided the pain was too great to force those using Gmail to have to do that one moment longer, and users now can get previews for YouTube videos, Picasa or Flickr pictures or Yelp ratings right there in your e-mail.In Google Labs, you can enable the previews for any or all of the services in your e-mail. For YouTube, you'll be able to watch entire videos without leaving your Gmail. Just click play, and it'll run right through without opening a new tab or going to YouTube.E-mails with Picasa... Read more...
Google Voice, which some are calling Gmail for phones, is being rolled out.For now, it will be available only to users of GrandCentral, which Google acquired all the way back in 2007.GrandCentral basically consolidates all your phones, giving you a single number to ring on your home, work and mobile phones and a voicemail box you can access from anywhere, including the web.And for all those folks and who miss being able to screen phone calls by listening as callers leave their message on an answering machine, Grnad Central gives you the ability to listen in as callers leave a voicemail.  Google Voice builds on this - you can get transcripts of your voicemail messages, receive the voicemails... Read more...
It seems Google can’t catch a break. Just hours after Google’s Gmail service was hit by an outage that lasted several hours, Google Talk became the victim of a phishing scam. Users of the instant messaging service received a TinyURL link that appeared to be from friends on their buddy lists. When a user clicked the link, it would take him to a webpage that asked for his Google username and password. After doing so, the program would send similar messages to everyone on the user’s contact list. While many consumers have “wised up” to e-mail messages from purported banks and credit card companies phishing for login information, many users are not accustomed to receiving suspicious communications... Read more...
When's the last time you remember your Gmail being down for longer than one or two seconds? And who's to say that glitch wasn't just your router acting up? Today, Google experienced a Gmail outage that was remarkably widespread and lengthy for its standards. It was so "severe," in fact, that the company actually made the outage public and pleaded for patience as it worked to put things back together. Starting at around 9:30AM GMT today (or really, really early on the East Coast of America), Google's monitoring systems alerted the company that "Gmail consumer and businesses accounts worldwide could not get access to their email." At that time, the team posted that they were "working very hard... Read more...
Google added themes to Gmail in November, but for some, that wasn't enough. They wanted full customization of their color scheme, and now they have it. On Thursday Google added a new option to the Themes settings section of Gmail (as shown above), "Choose your own colors." To find it, go into Settings, Themes, and it's the last option on the right and down. While nice, it starts you from scratch. So you can't take a pre-made theme like Candy and customize it. You can change colors for just about any element, though, including the sidebar(s). It wouldn't surprise us to see them add the ability to have a custom background image later ... just imagine uploading a picture of your baby or pet, eh?... Read more...
Time stamping is a standard feature in all email systems. With a time stamp, we know exactly when an email was sent, but we don’t know where it was sent from. Marco Bonechi, a Software Engineer with Google, loves to travel and is often asked via email, “Where are you?” This got Bonechi thinking, so he utilized his 20% time at Google to develop an experimental Gmail Labs feature that will detect your location and append the city region and country names to your signature. It looks something like this: To try the feature, sign into your Gmail account, open the Settings menu, and navigate to the Labs section. You’ll have to scroll down but eventually you should see the Location in Signature option.... Read more...
Those who swear by Gmail are probably still reveling from the addition of Offline support, and while we're certain that those responsible for making the application better could've taken a rest for at least a fortnight or so, they'd rather keep the hits coming. Announced this week, Google has added Multiple Inboxes, which is described as a feature that enables users to view multiple panels at once in order to better view segmented messages. For avid users of labels, stars and filters -- particularly those with setups that automatically send new messages to a certain filter in order to bypass the inbox entirely -- this addition is a godsend. The Labs experiment enables users to view their inbox... Read more...
On Saturday, Google labeled the entire Internet as malware, but in addition, because of the same issue, Gmail sent some legitimate email to its Spam folder. According to a blog post on the Official Gmail Blog, This morning there was a problem with the implementation of Google's malware filters. Gmail's spam engine uses those filters (among hundreds of other signals) to help protect our users from malware, and so between 6:00 a.m. PST and 8:00 a.m. PST, we mistakenly sent some legitimate mail to people's spam folders.It's those "hundreds of other signals" that probably prevented all email from being sent to the Spam folder. The problem, you may recall, was that Google entered a wildcard into their... Read more...
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