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.
You may have noticed that your Yahoo email account was on the fritz yesterday. If so, there's no need to go mucking around with your router settings or trying to troubleshoot the problem on your own. There was somewhat of a widespread outage that started at 7:30AM and, at its worst (around 11:00AM) affected about 1 million users, Yahoo said on its official Mail Blog.
Many wondered if tablets and dedicated eBook readers could coexist, primarily because the former can do everything the latter can do, plus a whole lot more (except read comfortably in direct sunlight). But much lower prices and lighter devices have made sure that eBook readers remain relevant. On top of that, Barnes & Noble appears determined to blur the line between what constitutes a dedicated eReader and a full fledged tablet.
Becoming a member of a site or online service that you love is great. Having to submit your email address to a site or online service in order to become a member? Well, that sucks. Fortunately, Ten Minute Mail has heard our geeky cries of protest, and for answering our whiny call, we’ve made them our Cool Site of the Week.
Google recognizes that it gets pretty boring staring at a static image everyday, which is one of the reasons why Gmail comes with different color schemes and themes. Fancy a retro arcade look? It's there, as are scenic locations like a mountain landscape, summer ocean, and planets. But why stop there? The sultan of search just added yet another way to customize your Gmail account by letting you upload your own background images.
Imagine if Google one day up and decided to call it quits, turning off its servers and getting out of the online game altogether. Kind of a scary thought when you consider just how dependent we've become on Google's services, from search to word processing, and especially to Gmail. We don't foresee the fat cats at Google ever making such a drastic decision, but it is pause for thought for around 150,000 Gmail account holders who woke up this morning to find that their email, attachments, and Google Chat logs had vanished. What the Gmail happened?
We're not sure, and neither is Google. According to Google's Apps Status Dashboard, the search giant first noticed the glitch late afternoon Sunday. By 4:20 PM, Google was reporting that "the issue affects less than 0.29 percent of the Google Mail users," a number that was reduced to 0.08 percent by 10:40 PM. A day later and Google still doesn't seem to know exactly what's going on, or at least isn't willing to share just yet.
"Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by February 28, 2011 10:10:00 AM UTC-5 with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience," the latest entry in Google's Apps Status Dashboard reads. The same message has been repeated four times this morning, with only the time of the next update being changed.