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All posts tagged "gmail"

  • Google’s Inbox app wants to revolutionise email on your phone

    Ever since Gmail was released over 10 years ago as Google's free email service, it's become one of the world's most popular applications. People around the globe use it to chat to relatives and colleagues, make travel arrangements, keep track of receipts and stay updated on your social web. Even though the Gmail app was the first ever to hit a billion downloads on the Google Play Store, the search giant thinks it can do better. That's why it's unveiled Inbox -- an answer to emails for mobile. Inbox looks like a cross-breed between Facebook's News Feed and Google...

  • Does the decoupling of Gmail & Google+ mean the social network’s demise is near?

    Google has gone to valiant lengths to convince us that rumors of Google+’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, but Google is no longer forcing new Gmail users to connect their account to a Google+ profile – yet another move that could signal the end for Google’s troubled social network. Rumors of the decoupling of Google+ and Gmail first surfaced in the spring. Google, unsurprisingly, hasn’t exactly gone out of its way to shout about the change from the rooftops, instead choosing to quietly shelve the mandatory integration which had previously been in place since 2012. Although the change means that new...

  • Google offers mail encryption tool for paranoid Chrome users

    Google announced a new tool called End-to-End that encrypts your email when it leaves your web browser until it is decrypted by the recipient so that it doesn't get snooped up somewhere in the deep dark web. Though currently only available for developers, this new Chrome plug-in echoes what privacy activists have been rooting for over the last few years. Although there are other encryption tools like PGP and GnuPG, they require a certain degree of technical know-how. In a Google Transparency Report recently released, Yahoo, Twitter, and Facebook were among the top domains that's been supporting email encryption over...

  • 3 Gmail tricks you probably didn’t know about [Video]

    Welcome to the fifth episode of our new YouTube show MemeTV -- a weekly show where we'll share social media, online marketing and tech tips, how-tos and anything that we think will bring value to you, our readers. Gmail is potentially the most widely used email client the world over, but optimising it is key to getting the most out of the application. In this short video Stuart Thomas shares three nifty tips to help you get the most out of Gmail -- even how to undo send! MemeTV is a show for our readers, so if you've got any requests...

  • Gotta catch ’em all: the best of Google’s April Fool’s jokes

    When it comes to April Fool's day, Google doesn't just sneak in a few half hearted jokes into its many services -- it goes nuts. Back in 2012, Google Maps went 8 bit and more recently, into treasure mode, while YouTube announced it was actually a massive contest and not a video sharing site. But the search giant isn't running out of ideas. This year, it's gone for auto awesome photobombs and CVs stuffed with Doge, along with targeting for planets and moons in AdSense... as well as some brilliant gags we kinda wish were real. Become a Pokémon...

  • MTN’s $50 Steppa smartphone changes (almost) everything

    It’s been astonishing to see how quickly mobile operator MTN’s Steppa smartphone has been written off, when the devices have hardly made it to retail stores. This is a sub-$50 smartphone. A phone that retails for R499. By comparison, the BlackBerry Curve, a phone that South Africa was (and still is) addicted to, sells for closer to four times as much. The newer 9320 (which has 3G) sells for a little more, while the original 8520 – the most popular phone in South Africa at one stage – sold for a little bit less. By comparison, Nokia’s entry-level Asha 210 device retails...

  • Gmail now lets you email people on Google+

    Many of us who network via the web find one another and communicate on a forum or social media platform and create connections but don’t have their email address to interact directly with. Google is about to solve that by allowing you to email your Google+ circles. Google announced the new Google+ integration on its Gmail blog. In addition to a recent feature that updates your Gmail contacts automatically via Google+, Gmail will now suggest your Google+ circle connections as recipients when you are composing a new email. From now on you will be able to see others Google+...

  • Gmail’s image changes will affect the way you report results: here’s how

    Google recently announced some significant changes it's made to the way it references and caches images. These changes came with no warning, leaving people in online marketing little time to test how the changes would affect their campaigns. Previously when you sent an email to a Gmail address, the reader would be able to choose whether to download images or not. Most ESPs (email service providers) track the majority of reads upon how many times the image downloads and displays. So if two readers open their mail several times, the report will show that two people read the mail, while...

  • Yahoo collapses, Firefox drops Java and Instagram kills Snapchat: #StuffToKnow

    While the pope is the person of the year, Yahoo Mail is the undoubted failure of the week. Firefox meanwhile has decided to block Java. YouTube also re-winded through the year's most epic videos. And, proving that Christmas can come early, Beyonce just dropped a full album with a ton of collaborators out of nowhere. Oh and you can help save the world while riding a bike. INTERNET Yahoo's prolonged email outage enrages those who still use it Yahoo Mail has been down for up to three days for some people, in the webmail service's worst failure yet and, being on the...

  • Contact engagement: the gem ensuring your email campaign hits the right inboxes

    Have you ever wondered why your emails are no longer getting to the inbox, despite all your best practice efforts? You’ve employed the best designer, your email has a well-balanced HTML to text ratio, you’ve made sure to get rid of spam-connotative and abusive words, you’ve employed the right authentication tools and your template colour scheme is as neutral and clear as possible. Have a look at what the ISPs consider before allowing your mail to reach the inbox: IP or domain reputation Message content Authentication tools ( SPF, DKIM, Domain keys) This is the traditional check list to get to the inbox,...

  • Darn it, the NSA broke the web’s shiny new advertising model

    In the throes of the Publicis Omnicom merger, speculation is rife that the advertising world is due for a sea change, with more big players likely to follow Lévy and Wren into new competitive waters by pooling the key resource of the century: not mindshare or media buying power, but data. There is certainly no shortage of the stuff to go around. According to Gartner, there is, in fact, more data than there are smart people who know how to manipulate it and turn it into value. In the advertising industry, the tools and methodologies for crunching data from different sources...

  • New Gmail is filtering out its biggest competition: others in email marketing

    Promotional email has long been an effective way of delivering opt-in commercial messages and many have rediscovered this method after experimenting with advertising, social media campaigns, and other novel forms of online marketing. However, recent changes at Google's Gmail has people in marketing very worried. The free email service has begun filtering some emails into a separate "Promotions" folder, which shifts them from the prime position they had in the users' Inbox folder. Marketers are worried that conversion rates will be hurt by the change as Google rolls out the changes to its 425 million users. They could be right....

  • Gmail and Google Drive integrate completely for larger email files

    Since its launch in April 2012, Google Drive has seen a lot of users sign up to share, create and save files. Gmail is now even more integrated with Drive, allowing users to insert files up to 10 GB in size from Drive directly into an email without leaving Gmail. Gone are the days where you could only send emails with a certain specified maximum size. Gmail has gone through a couple of changes lately,...

  • New trojan makes you think Facebook and Google want your bank details

    Ever tried to log into your Facebook or Google account, only to be asked to enter your credit card details? Of course the two most popular websites in the world would be a prime target for anyone looking to plant some malware, but according to a new study, it's getting more difficult to detect the threats. The latest report from cybercrime security company ThreatMetrix describes how a new version of the Zeus Trojan is targeting Facebook and Gmail log in pages in order to trick their users into submitting their credit and bank account details. Users log into their...

  • 13 more of the coolest hidden Google tricks

    Ok, I’ll admit it. I made a mistake. I tried to pack all the awesome hidden Google easter eggs into one article... and, really, there are way more than 17 ‘tricks’ built into Google products or entertaining sites to be found by clicking “I’m feeling lucky”. So, if you’re finished evading the ghosts in Google’s version of Pacman and you’re looking for some more awesomeness, read on. 1. Askew: If you run a Google search for the word “askew”, you may think you’ve somehow broken your monitor or telepathically adjusted your display settings. But really, Google has just shifted a few...