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The times, they are a-changing. It's an old saying, but it's still proving true. ComScore's latest figures are the crux of that in the tech world, with the 2012 U.S. Digital Future in Focus report showing a monumental shift in e-mail usage amongst the youth in the U.S. This annual report examines how the prevailing trends in social media, search, online video, digital advertising, mobile and e-commerce are defining the current marketplace and what these trends mean for the year ahead. Some of the key insights? Let's dive in. Social Networking accounted for 16.6 percent of all online minutes at the end of 2011 and is on track to surpass Portals as the most engaging online activity in 2012. Facebook... Read more...
Have you noticed less spam in your inbox lately? According to Symantec’s November Intelligence Report, the rate of spam worldwide is close to a three-year low. Symantec notes that spam currently encompasses 70 percent of all emails. Compared to 2009 when spam accounted for 90 percent of all global emails, this is a significant drop. After the spam hosting IPS McColo was shut down in 2008, spam levels reached a low of 68 percent. The report also shows that the type of spam we’re receiving is changing. In November, Pharmaceutical spam was the most common, comprising 32.5 percent followed by watches and jewelry. Unsolicited newsletters, adult/sex/dating spam messages, and weight loss... Read more...
Google's Gmail has been largely the same for years on end. When the service launched, the "threaded" view caught most people by surprise. It took a bit of time for that to become "the norm," and now, e-mail clients that lack threaded messaging are essentially seen as lackluster. So, with Google recently cleaning out services that were destined for a dead-end, they're sinking a lot of time and effort into refreshing those services that are sticking around for the long haul. Like Gmail. The company recently uploaded a clip that teases the new, revised user interface of Gmail. It caters to various sized displays, enables a ton of resizing, brings about wild new themes, and makes things altogether... Read more...
If you're an avid Gmail user, you've probably surf through all of the Labs and settings by now, uncovering all sorts of special features that normal, non-hardcore users would never think to mess with. Google provides a lot of built-in themes to customize the way your email looks, but what if you want to customize it further? There haven't been too many options prior to now, but as of this week, users can now select their own background image these, set their own colors and give their inbox a totally personalized look. If you're a photographer who just want wait any longer to have your own imagery gracing your Gmail background, go to "Themes" in Settings and select "Create your own theme." Have... Read more...
Most of us have created a temporary email address at one time or another in an effort to avoid spam and other junk mail from entering our primary email account. Now, the Windows Live team is looking to make this a bit easier for Hotmail users with the launch of a new alias service that will be available starting today. With the alias, you'll be able to create completely different email addresses from your primary address. Messages sent to the alias will be delivered to your primary account without anyone knowing your "real" email address. Starting today, you'll be able to add up to five aliases per year to your Hotmail account, up to 15 aliases total. Hotmail delivers aliases to help you manage... Read more...
Don't go hitting the panic button if you suddenly notice ads in your Gmail account, you're not the victim of a virus or any other malware looking to wreak havoc on your system. So what's going on? Apparently Google got the bright (and potentially lucrative) idea of testing out display ads in Gmail user accounts. "We're always trying out new ad formats and placements in Gmail, and we recently started experimenting with image ads on messages with heavy image content," a Google spokesperson confirmed to Mashable via email. Image Credit: Search Engline Land (Greg Sterling) According to Mashable, Google began running the ads on Friday, January 21, and as far as we know, they're still being served... Read more...
Google is modifying the service level agreement for its Apps service in ways that will hopefully make Apps for Business more attractive to large businesses. Google realizes downtime hurts businesses, so it removed the SLA clause that allows for scheduled downtime. Moving forward, Google plans to count all downtime against a customer’s SLA. Google is also amending the SLA to count any intermittent downtime. Previously, downtimes of less than ten minutes were not included. Now, any instance that causes downtime will be counted. Google also boasts that in 2010, Gmail was available 99.984 percent of the time, both for business and consumer users. Put another way, Gmail experienced just seven... Read more...
Do you hate spam? Yes. So does everyone. So does Daniel Balsam. He hates spam so much that he's doing something about it. In fact, he has made his life one that just fights spam, all day everyday. Daniel was previously in a marketing career, but now he's a lawyer. He dropped his marketing gig and headed to law school, and he has come out of it a lawyer who sues spammers day in, and day out. He created a website to showcase his hatred for those annoying messages that clutter inboxes daily, and now he's making a living from suing the folks that send it. He has managed to make enough money to sustain himself, which says a lot about just how much spam is out there. Around 200 billion spam messages... Read more...
Google has today solved a problem that has plagued avid Gmail users since the very start of the service. If you were the owner of two different Gmail accounts (one for business and one for personal use, as an example), you used to either have to check them in different browsers or sign in/out each time you wanted to switch from one to the other. But now, that's all history. Google has launched Email Delegation, a new Gmail feature that is "super useful for people who want their assistants to have access to read or respond to mail on their behalf." The feature was previously only available to those with a Google Apps account, but now it's rolling out to all Gmail accounts. To grant access to another... Read more...
SonicWALL is working to help you and your business avoid spam with its new Comprehensive Anti-Spam Service (CASS) 2.0. CASS 2.0 features one-click deployment. It is compatible with existing firewalls and features a full implementation of SonicWALL's inbound anti-spam solution. According to the company, the SonicWALL Comprehensive Anti-Spam Service can stop over 80% of unwanted content at the gateway. Any remaining junk email is then filtered through advanced anti-spam techniques. Other key features of CASS 2.0 include the ability to create allow and block lists for people, companies, and address books; support for multiple LDAP servers; a faster search engine; and improvements to the junk store.... Read more...
Some people love Gmail's conversation view, and some people hate it. Some just have gotten used to it. Now, however, if you don't like it, you can turn it off. In Gmail's conversation view, an email thread is linked together in one "cluster" in your inbox. It means, in effect, sorting by Subject to see a thread is no longer necessary. Still, not all like it. Toggling of Conversation View has been a requested feature for some time, and although many (like us) feel conversation view simplifies things, it can be a pain if the email client you are using doesn't support it. Obviously, going to Gmail in the browser is no issue, but some stand-alone clients on the desktop and mobile don't work well... Read more...
Teenagers are usually pointed to as the prime miscreants when it comes to texting while driving. Not so fast, says Pew Research. Adults text while driving, too. The results of the report are somewhat shocking: adults are just as likely to text as teens, and more likely than teens to talk on a cell phone while driving. That second point perhaps isn't so shocking, as past surveys have found that teens text more, and talk less, on their cell phones. It does show that adults are taking a "do as I say, not as I do" attitude toward texting while driving. A poll published last year indicated that 89 percent of adults feel texting while driving is dangerous, and that they would support a ban. It is also... Read more...
Summer is upon us and many people are planning to pack up their cars and take some time off for a vacation. The thing is, most of us won't truly be taking a break from it all. According to the Mobile Messaging Study conducted by Osterman Research, 79 percent of respondents take work-related devices with them on vacation. Given the number of email messages many of us receive each day, it's no wonder people find it easier to keep up with messages when we're away on vacation rather than come back to an overwhelming pile of email when we return to the office. Some people also check email out of fear: According to CareerBuilder's 2009 vacation survey, nearly one in five workers are afraid of losing... Read more...
Google rolled out a new security feature for Gmail that can alert you when it thinks someone else may be using your account. By using the IP tracking feature that Google launched in July 2008, the new security feature will display a warning if it detects that your account has been accessed from two different geographic regions within a short timeframe. Although the new feature isn't remarkably accurate (in the US it only displays which state you are in), it can prove useful if an attack comes from across the country or from overseas. Since there are plenty of legitimate reasons for accessing an account from multiple locations, Google doesn't lock you out of the account. Instead, it simply displays... Read more...
Google plans to begin testing a new product called Google Wave tomorrow. This new Web application combines elements of email, chat, Wiki documents, blogs, and photo-sharing sites in order to create a hosted conversation or "wave" of Internet communication. Google first demonstrated Wave at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, California, in May. The product will initially be available to approximately 100,000 beta testers. This closed group will help the company find any bugs in the application before it is released to the public later this year. The application was created by brothers Jens and Lars Rasmussen, the same pair who developed Google Maps. The Rasmussen brothers hope... Read more...
One of the causes of erroneously sent emails is the human at the end of the Send button. This is why Gmail Labs' Undo Send feature is helpful. Of course, that's Gmail. What about the mistakes we humans make in the workplace?Most commonly, the biggest mistake is usually just sending an email to the wrong people.  In the national survey, 78% admitted to such an error. Only 78%?  We certainly would admit to such an error.The survey, done by an independent research firm on the behalf of The Creative Group, is based on 250 phone interviews, 125 with advertising executives randomly selected from the nation's 1,000 largest advertising agencies and 125 with senior marketing executives randomly... Read more...
It's not your imagination. You are getting more spam in your e-mail inbox.Symantec, which focuses on Internet security and storage, issued a report this week that said a stunning 90.4 percent of e-mail on corporate networks this month was unsolicited. That's a 5.1 percent jump over April.The report highlights:• Spam – 90.4% in May (an increase of 5.1% since April) • Viruses – One in 317.8 emails in May contained malware (a decrease of 0.01% since April) • Phishing – One in 404.7 emails comprised a phishing attack (an increase of 0.11% since April) • Malicious websites – 1,149 new sites blocked per day (a decrease of 67.7% since April) • Spammers continue to abuse... Read more...
Gmail continues to get better and better. Within the last month, we’ve seen additions such as an Undo Send feature and YouTube, Picasa, Flickr, Yelp Preview capabilities as well as many other previous additions. Today, Gmail added a “suggest more recipients” feature which is useful but also a tad creepy. You see, the suggest more recipients feature can suggest people you should email based on previous conversations. In other words, if you’ve had threads going with a group of people, the next time you add a couple of those recipients to the address field, Gmail can recommend other people you might want to include as well. For example, if you often send family photos to your mom, dad, husband,... Read more...
We knew that spam e-mails drained our time, resources, and productivity, but apparently spam is also contributing to global warming. Security-technology company, McAfee, and the technology-research company, ICF International, have just released a joint study that claims that the 62 trillion spam e-mails sent in 2008 generated approximately 33 terawatt hours (TWh) of energy per year. To put that in perspective, the study states that is the "equivalent to the electricity used in 2.4 million homes in the United States, with the same GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions as 3.1 million passenger cars using two billion United States gallons of gasoline." ICF claims that this adds up to the equivalent of... Read more...
If you had difficulties accessing your Comcast email over the weekend, you weren’t alone. The cable provider’s servers suffered some technical problems on Saturday that took the SmartZone email system down for several hours. Potentially millions of subscribers were without email during the outage. Comcast suffered a similar outage in October. This time, however, the company was very open with its customers, using its @comcastcares Twitter account and its blog Comcast Voices. Some customers continued to experience issues through Sunday. Frank Eliason, Comcast's director of digital care, tweeted frequently over the weekend to update customers regarding the outage. Comcast’s Twitter updates and... Read more...
Too much hassle to carry a BlackBerry, iPhone or any other smartphone? Not worried about having two devices on you at the same time for mobile communication? If you managed to fit into the narrow niche we just described, Peek's newest handheld is probably right down your alley. For those out of the loop, Peek sells handsets that look much like QWERTY-based smartphones produced by the likes of RIM, but instead of making phone calls, these devices strictly do email. In other words, this is your personal email assistant, but not your cellular telephone or mobile web browsing assistant. Weird, right?At any rate, the outfit has just unveiled its second-ever device, the Pronto. Unlike the original... Read more...
How many times have you hit "Send" on an email, only to realize you goofed. More often than you want to admit, right? Outllok has a recall feature that works on Exchange ... some of the time. But basically emails sent via the Internet, once you hit "Send," they're gone. Until Gmail's "Undo Send" feature, that is. It's another Gmail Labs feature, so to enable it you have to go into Settings, Labs, scroll down to Undo Send and enable it. It's the same thing as sending any other email via the Internet, though. Once it's gone, it's gone. What "Undo Send" does is hold your email for 5 seconds before sending it. During that time, if you click the "Undo Send" link, it will not only stop the email, it... Read more...
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