Typically our electronic exchanges flow from person to person, one real email address to another. But the sad fact is, the vast majority of messages sent don't have anything to do with managing relationships, workloads, or weekend plans. Spaaaaaaam!
According to Dave Marcus at McAfee Labs, 80-90 percent of email floating between servers is spam. Luckily, much of what's aimed for us is deflected.
Believe it or not, email turns 40 years old today, though you'd never know it by looking. Unlike MySpace, BBSing, and Val Kilmer, email is still contributing to society and is arguably the most important form of communication, if not the most used. That wasn't always the case and email is quite a bit different than it was when the first electronic mail was sent back in 1971.
Google earlier this week said hundreds of Gmail accounts were compromised by hackers in China, including accounts belonging to U.S. government officials and military personnel. This was followed up by a report in the Washington Post claiming one of the affected Gmail accounts belonged to a Cabinet-level official. Despite the reports, it might not be as bad as it initially sounded.
Google on Wednesday issued a warning that hackers based in China weaseled their way into hundreds of Gmail accounts, including those of U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries (mostly South Korea), military personnel, and journalists, among others. Every indication is that these were targeted attacks and not just random victims.
We here at Maximum PC love credit cards, cheap pharmaceuticals and nude celebs just as much as the next guy, we just don't like spam – or the suggestion of inferiority that its "Make (insert body part here) bigger!" offers hint at. Numbers indicate that spam makes up the majority of all emails sent worldwide, and email providers spend a ton of time and money combating spam so that we don't have to. A recent report offers new insight on how to hit spammers where it hurts – their wallets.
In the midst of all the NFC Google news, the search giant also announced it will be rolling out a fairly major cosmetic change to Gmail over the coming weeks. The new People widget will occupy the top right hand portion of the interface and give users quick access to contacts. The widget surfaces content available in the Google ecosystem as a sort of ambient information display.
The declaration that email is dead has been made on more than one occasion, and not just by random citizens with a WordPress account. If we're calling out names, we'll point to a Wall Street Journalarticle in 2009 that said services like Twitter and Facebook are rewriting the way we communicate online. John C. Dvorak gave us 9 reasons why email is dead, everything from spam to competition from social networking and IM services, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg tried to write email's obituary last year, with Mark Zuckerberg recently signing up to be a pall bearer. Hit the jump to find out why they're all wrong.
Yahoo introduced the latest version of its mail service late last year in beta form and has decided it's now ready for prime time. Over the coming weeks, all 284 million users worldwide will start seeing the upgraded platform, as will Yahoo's global partners, including Nokia. Key features of the revamped mail service include improved performance, enhanced spam protection, and a customizable inbox with an emphasis on social networking.
They say that the kids don’t use email that much these days. Doesn’t that sound dreamy? We adults, unfortunately, have no such luxury. For better or for worse, email is a major part of our personal and work lives.
We’re tempted to just leave it at that. But there’s no need to feel hopeless. We took a good, long look at the center of our communication universe with an eye toward improving, upgrading, and (hopefully) dominating it. The fruits of our labor are in the following pages. Enjoy! (Or maybe we should say, suffer less?)
I am going to bet that you know what the application “Outlook on the Desktop” does without me even having to describe a single byte of it. Congratulations; You win. Good day sir, ma’am.
You might be able to guess the app’s overall purpose, but I think you’ll be even more interested once you actually get the nitty-gritty of what it does. Let’s hit the big question first, though. Why would you even want to slap a widget-like implementation of Microsoft Outlook on your desktop to begin with?
Here’s my answer. I love Outlook on the Desktop for two main reasons: I like staring at my desktop as much as possible (especially during that half-hour in the morning when coffee is beginning to work its magical effects on my tired brain), and I like being able to quickly glance at my calendar while I’m in the process of doing other things.