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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Gmail Updates Their iOS App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"When Google first released their native Gmail app for iOS, it was just a total mess: an HTML5 web app that not only had less innate functionality than loading up Gmail in Mobile Safari, but couldn't even do its one selling point - push notifications - right. Heck, it even gave error messages at boot. Iit was so bad Gmail pulled the app within hours of release."

Ah but no longer, as this version of the Gmail app apparently is a winner. You can now choose between multiple signatures and it even has an option for adding a picture or signature to your email via a built-in painting program. I haven't used it yet, but am downloading now to give it a try. Usually I just use the iPhone mail program for all of my Gmail since it's easiest but we shall see. What are your thoughts on this latest update?

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Using 2-step Verification and Application Specific Passwords to Protect Your Gmail Accounts

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 10:00 PM

"Security is always a cause for concern, whether it be with online banking or simply ordering a Domino's pizza. Passwords used online for applications or services are no different, especially with the amount of cyber crime occuring since the boom of the world wide web. Google have published an article on their blog outlining recent attacks being made on Gmail accounts and how users can protect themselves further."

While the video only mentions a few mobile OS's by name, you should also be able to use this on other OS's like Windows Phone. You just won't have the ability to use the Google Authenticator App at this time.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Google Adds Undo Feature to iOS and Android Devices

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:30 AM

"Google has recently added an "undo" bar to its web app for iOS and Android devices. You can navigate to the web app by heading over to in Safari on your iOS device."

I think we all could have used the "undo" feature at least a time or two in various situations, and now for Gmail at least you can use it to undo one of four actions: archive, delete, add or remove a label, or move a message/conversation. When any of these actions is done, via the web app, you get a small window of opportunity to "undo" it when the yellow bar displays as it is in the above image. After that time though, you are out of luck.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gmail Telephony: Your Call May Be Recorded

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 09:30 AM

"Gmail recently added the ability to make phone calls from your inbox, and they've recently (silently) rolled out the ability to record incoming calls as well."

The ability to record incoming calls using Gmail is a useful feature, but is it legal without a disclaimer stating that the call may be (or is being) recorded? One of the subsequent comments was interesting, in that they stated that all calls are recorded, this just gives the end user access to the recording. This would make sense, as VoIP calls are really just a low-bandwidth data stream.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mailplane Updated to Take Advantage of Priority Inbox of Gmail

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:00 AM

"Mailplane, an excellent Gmail client for Mac that many of us Gizmodoers rely on every day, just got a new upgrade (2.2) that brings support for Gmail's actually-pretty-useful Priority Inbox, among other things. Great software that we enthusiastically recommend."

I recommend Mailplane as well, an excellent Gmail client that makes switching between Gmail accounts as easy as a mouse click. They are always quick to update to coincide with any changes in Gmail and the priority inbox update is no different. If you have multiple Gmail accounts, this is an excellent choice and should be considered.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Prioritize Your Gmail, or Do It Yourself in Apple Mail

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:11 AM

"It's hard to remember a product I've become so dependent on quicker than Gmail's new Priority Inbox. I'm so addicted, that the few times I've accidentally clicked on the old "regular" Inbox view in the past week have really annoyed me. So much so that I actually moved that view into my "more" drop down (you can drag any sidebar item in there). And now I have good news: you can all share in this addiction."

So now you can prioritize your mail in Gmail (if you haven't or don't use filters to handle it), but if you use Apple, how do you do it? Also with the use of filters, and Ben Brooks from has some tips on how he does it with this post.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Take Back That Mistaken Gmail!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"Did you know you can undo a sent e-mail in Gmail? It's a lesser known feature, but Google just made it even better than it was before. When it first launched, you were given a 5-second window during which you could hit 'undo.'"

It's a handy feature, and now you have about 30 seconds in order to take back that mistaken email, that is if you have gone into the labs area and enabled the setting, as they are showing above.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Gmail Updated, Will You Give Them Another Shot?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:06 PM

"Google will roll out on Tuesday enhancements to Gmail's contacts manager, which the company acknowledges has been traditionally the webmail service's weakest link."

This update won't be noticeable on the Google Apps suite until later, but if you use an individual Gmail account you will see the changes. Google says they took into account the feedback and complaints they received about previous problems with the contact manager and want users to "give us another try." You can read more about the changes on their blog. What problems, if any, did you have if you used Gmail? Are you willing to give it another try? I use MobileMe to sync my contacts but I do like the Google Cal sync better so that is what I use for calendars. I'm on the fence on this one, how about you?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Get the Most out of Gmail

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Five years after launch, Google finally took Gmail out of Beta last summer. But make no mistake, Google continues to constantly update the product with new experimental features."

This article goes through some of the more obscure features of Gmail, such as "Wrong Bob" to alert you that you are sending the email to the wrong Bob in your address book, or "Mail Goggles" that requires you to complete simple math problems before actually sending the email to the recipient so that late night email writing campaign doesn't create a disaster.

Tags: software, , tips, help, gmail, os x

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Mailplane Updated to 2.1.4

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

Not sure if you use Mailplane, but if you use Gmail, you are missing out if you don't have this program. And now they have updated to version 2.1.4. This update fixes a few bugs and appearance malfunctions and is done through the program itself. If you don't have it, they do offer a free trial and single user license is $24.95 USD. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Task Syncing for iPhone from Google

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM

"While Apple still seems stubbornly set against allowing iPhone users to get things done, since they haven't introduced any kind of note or to-do syncing for the iPhone, Google appears eager to scratch the itch."

When I first read about this, my first thought was that I wish it was something that I didn't have to be online to use. However, after using it on the slow edge network, I have to admit it works pretty well. If you save it to your iPhone they have even provided a handy icon and, as a bonus, it also works with Mailplane. I do wish there was a way to share the list between Gmail accounts but maybe in the next version.

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