Items tagged with Email

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference between someone being stupid and being evil. According to Justin Elliott of ProPublica, writing in the Huffington Post, the NSA responded to his freedom of information request with a stonewall. Elliott said he was asking for emails between NSA employees and the National Geographic Channel within a certain time period so he could research how the NSA handles public relations. He said that NSA Freedom of Information Act officer Cindy Blacker told him: "There's no central method to search an email at this time with the way our records are set up, unfortunately,” and added (probably with a nervous laugh) that the NSA’s email system is... Read more...
Google has been tinkering with Gmail’s look and features, and even after a major overhaul this spring, not everyone was satisfied, so even more changes are coming down the pike. Specifically, Google is tweaking the compose to give it a full-screen option. It’s a welcome change. Currently, you must write your email messages in a window down off to the side of the screen, which doesn’t really make a lot of sense. With this update, the compose window will be centered, and you can expand it to be as large as your screen can handle. Google also says that the formatting toolbar is now on by default. If you wish to make the full screen compose option automatic, you can do so by clicking... Read more...
BlackBerry has big on security, but according to the findings of German site GeekHeim, the Canadian company has a big, nasty security flaw in its own ranks. Apparently, when you set up an email account using BlackBerry 10’s email client, you’re unwittingly sharing your login credentials with BlackBerry. “If you use one of the main functions of the phone, the email client for POP and IMAP, the complete account information including user name and password are sent to BlackBerry server without warning, without notice, without option to turn off this behavior,” said Frank Rieger of GeekHeim. Credit: Heuse Online Bear in mind that this is POP/IMAP email, not BlackBerry’s... Read more...
In this episode of "Microsoft Knows Best," Outlook.com is phasing out support for multiple email addresses. Going back to the Hotmail days, linked accounts were introduced in 2006, and Microsoft fully acknowledges there are several legitimate reasons for using multiple email addresses, such as not wanting to hand out your primary email identity to businesses that may then flood it with junk mail or sell it to third-parties. So, what gives? "Well, a lot of things have changed since we introduced linked accounts. Most importantly, your email address is also often how you sign into the account that is your 'digital identity.' For example, your Microsoft account unlocks a broad array of experiences... Read more...
Unless you were actually in the service, perhaps you didn’t know that the U.S. Navy has been transmitting internal messages in all caps since the mid-1800s. Thus, every directive that’s been handed down (or message that’s been sent up) has been typed as though shouted--which is perhaps fitting for a branch of the armed forces. Now, the Navy will be moving to a different system of sending messages, and it’s one that will finally offer lower case letters in addition to upper case. This will make messages a little easier to read, which is no doubt a welcome change for younger sailors who are used to email, although some of the old sea dogs probably would prefer things stay... Read more...
We talked last week about the updated Gmail interface that Google has begun rolling-out, and at this point, you should have seen the update reflected on your mobile device. For the desktop, you may have to hit-up the Settings menu and click "Configure inbox" to adopt the revised layout. Has Google's update hit the mark, or rubbed some the wrong way (as is so often the case with any revamp)? That depends on your perspective. As soon as I was able, I adopted the tabbed layout for my desktop Gmail, and I have to say, I'm very impressed. I've only been using the beefed-up inbox for about a week, but I'm already in love. The organization is good, and Gmail has been so far very smart in deciding... Read more...
It's out with the old and in with the new over at Yahoo, which is forcing users to either upgrade from its Yahoo Mail Classic email service or jump ship. Yahoo made the announcement on its site today and also sent emails to affected users letting them know that beginning this week, older versions of Yahoo Mail (including Yahoo Mail Classic) will no longer be available. Users are free to upgrade, of course, but there's a small caveat. "When you upgrade, you will be accepting our Communications Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. This includes the acceptance of automated content scanning and analyzing of your communications content, which Yahoo! uses to deliver product features, relevant advertising,... Read more...
Gmail users are getting a new inbox soon, and whether you’re going to like the update depends a lot on your habits. If you own a label maker or ogle closet organizer catalogs, you’re going to love the new layout.  The new Gmail can automatically sort your emails by “tabs,” like Promotions, Social, Updates, and Primary. The new Gmail Inbox, with Tabs. Image credit: Google Google isn’t doing away with the main Gmail inbox – that’s still there, in the form of the Primary tab. You can direct any mail you want here, but unless you choose otherwise, social network-related updates will drop into the Social tab, while the endless deluge of grey mail (offers... Read more...
At Google's I/O conference held a couple of weeks ago, a session called "Structure in Android App Design" was held that talked about creating more efficient, cleaner-looking apps. Within, a screenshot of Google's Gmail mobile app was shown, and the eagle-eyed folks at Android Police happened to notice a couple of differences. While some believe that this leaked screenshot could be nothing more than a mockup, the writer at the site believes wholeheartedly that it's not. The biggest reason is thanks to the Google employee's email address being exposed - you wouldn't use a real email address in a mockup. If this is indeed a sign of an upcoming update, it's going to make Gmail for mobile a lot... Read more...
Google introduced a lot of new features and gear today at I/O, but one other thing snuck in outside of that: an update to Gmail. E-Mail is obviously vital to Google's core services, and today it's revealing a few new features that'll make using Gmail even better. The two newcomers are quick button actions, as well as a few travel-related improvements. These buttons appear next to certain types of messages in your inbox and let you take action on an email without ever having to open it. For example, you can RSVP to your friend's party invitation or rate that restaurant you went to last night all right from the inbox. You’ll be checking things off that to-do list in no time. Flight confirmation... Read more...
One way to boost your numbers is to migrate users of an older service over to a newer one. Such was the scenario with Outlook.com, Microsoft's new webmail service that was built to scale to over a billion active customers (with the occasional hiccup). Over the past six weeks, Microsoft has been busy porting Hotmail accounts over to Outlook.com, which required the relocation of 150 petabytes of data. That process is now complete, allowing Outlook.com to boast over 400 million active accounts. "Today, we're excited to announce that we've completed upgrading all Hotmail customers to Outlook.com. Coupled with the growing organic excitement for Outlook.com, this has pushed us to over 400 million active... Read more...
Facebook sure is a different company now that it's on the stock exchange. Now that it's a for-profit entity with stockholders, the company has completely changed course, and it's having a serious impact on user experience. News feeds are now loaded with ads, and even video ads could be en route. But ads are a fact of life for the media business. That said, the company's newest trial may cross more than a few lines. A recent blog post from Facebook notes that it's trying out a new messaging option for a select few in the U.S. Right now, Facebook users have an Inbox and an Others box, two places where Facebook "emails" are filtered into. As of today, Facebook is "starting a small experiment to... Read more...
Following in the footsteps of Microsoft, which released a revamped Outlook.com a couple of months ago, Yahoo! has today begun rolling out updated Yahoo! Mail clients for the Web, Windows 8, iOS and Android. In a post made to Yahoo!'s corporate blog by CEO Marissa Mayer, she states that the company's users have long requested "fewer distractions" when it comes to email. While the company doesn't go quite as far as Microsoft did with Outlook.com with its minimalism, the end result is quite nice. The goals of the revamped Yahoo! Mail revolve around making it easier and quicker to get things done, though the company doesn't go into detail about its design choices or what to be on the look out for.... Read more...
Facebook announced that it’s updated its Facebook Messenger for Android app to allow users to create a Messenger account without actually joining Facebook. Instead, you can sign up for the service with merely your name and cell phone number. Over the next few weeks, the new Messenger accounts will be rolling out, and according to CNET, the first markets to get it include India, Indonesia, Australia, Venezuela, and South Africa. The feature will at some point be available on other mobile platforms such as iOS, as well. Facebookers can already send text messages to contacts via the standalone Facebook Messenger app, but this somewhat subtle move indicates an important shift in how Facebook... Read more...
Microsoft launched Outlook.com in July. In just four short months, the company has enjoyed tremendous success with the site. In addition to being named to Time Magazine's 50 Best Websites of 2012, the site has also reached over 25 million users. Microsoft discovered about a third of those 25 million users are active Gmail users who are trying Outlook.com for the first time. Microsoft was intrigued by this figure, so the company hired a research firm to recruit hundreds of Gmail users to use Outlook.com. Interestingly enough, Microsoft claims 4 out of 5 of these Gmail users said they would switch to Outlook.com after spending five days with the site. This study found users appreciated Outlook.com's... Read more...
Frustrated by the sheer quantity of e-mail you receive on a day-to-day basis? You aren't alone. Increasingly, employers are now looking for ways to lessen the e-mail load. While e-mail is no doubt important, largely taking the place of lengthy phone calls, there has yet to be much done to make e-mail a truly efficient system. In a way, it's like an uncontrolled IM session with potentially thousands of employees, which can become unmanageable in short order. Now, there's a movement starting to eliminate the possibility of hitting "Reply All." While some smaller companies that use things like hosted Gmail accounts probably won't have much luck, there's already a certain option for Outlook administrators... Read more...
Let’s face it; your inbox is cluttered, and even if spam filters are keeping out almost of all the junk emails, there’s seemingly no end to emails that are a low priority for you. Between daily deals from coupon sites; hot sales from the stores you frequent; emails from groups you subscribe to; notifications from social media sites such Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest; and other miscellany, the emails you really want to see—your dad asking if you want to go to the game this weekend, a meeting invitation from your boss, or your friend getting back to you about the recipe you want to try this evening—can get drowned out. Those messages that you do want to receive but not... Read more...
Microsoft Outlook has been the industry standard for desktop email for years, and although that likely isn’t changing any time soon—see the Outlook 2013 Preview as evidence—Microsoft believes that leveraging the incredible power of the cloud to provide powerful web-based email is just as if not more important. After starting from scratch, Microsoft has built Outlook.com, which offers free web-based email packed with features designed to streamline the email experience; allow users to more easily connect with contacts from social networks; use SkyDrive to share images and create, view, and collaborate on Microsoft Office documents; and enhance productivity by seamlessly integrating... Read more...
Casual e-mail users may not recognize the name "Sparrow," but avid users have probably heard it a time or two. Why? Well, the startup is largely credited with creating the most beautiful and intuitive e-mail app for the iOS platform, and now, the whole team is Property of Google. That's right -- a company that's making e-mail beautiful on iOS just got acquired by arch-rival Google. Boom. Details on the deal are pretty sparse, with reports suggesting that the entire team was taken for around $25 million. Sparrow users will likely be bummed to hear that the members won't be working on updated versions of Sparrow; instead, they'll be striving to make Gmail more beautiful. If you're unaware, Gmail... Read more...
Mozilla on Monday is expected to announce that it's no longer going to develop its popular Thunderbird email client, leaving such chores to the open source community at large. News of Mozilla's decision came to light when a confidential letter sent out to "Mozillians" was leaked to the Web for all to see. "We’ve been focusing efforts towards important Web and mobile projects, such as B2G, while Thunderbird remains a pure desktop-only email client. We have come to the conclusion that continued innovation on Thunderbird is not the best use of our resources given our ambitious organizational goals," Mozilla said in an email. Mozilla went on to clarify that it's not 'stopping' Thunderbird,... Read more...
With Windows 8 on the horizon, Microsoft has done an excellent job of keeping the information flowing to potential consumers. After all, the OS will deliver a host of completely new looks, and we've largely grown used to the way that Windows works. So in order to keep yourself informed about what's to come, you might want to pay attention to a new blog post from the company regarding Windows 8's Mail app. The "App Preview" of Mail has been around already in the Windows 8 Release Preview, and Microsoft claims that when it started planning the email experience for their new software, the goal was to "create an app that embodied the Metro style design principles. It needed to be fast and fluid,... Read more...
Remember Hotmail? Of course you do. Back in the day you had an account, but you stopped using it--even if you could get past the spam overload, the teasing from your friends probably finally put you over the edge. Besides, a few years ago there was really nothing Hotmail provided that you couldn’t get from the likes of Yahoo! Mail or Gmail. Now, however, Hotmail is making a comeback; Microsoft has been hard at work reincarnating the email service over the last couple of years, and now the Hotmail team is ready to show off the fruits of their labor. We’ll admit that we were a mite bit skeptical upon hearing about this new and supposedly improved Hotmail, but after a walkthrough with... Read more...
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