Items tagged with Email

When's the last time you remember your Gmail being down for longer than one or two seconds? And who's to say that glitch wasn't just your router acting up? Today, Google experienced a Gmail outage that was remarkably widespread and lengthy for its standards. It was so "severe," in fact, that the company actually made the outage public and pleaded for patience as it worked to put things back together. Starting at around 9:30AM GMT today (or really, really early on the East Coast of America), Google's monitoring systems alerted the company that "Gmail consumer and businesses accounts worldwide could not get access to their email." At that time, the team posted that they were "working very hard... Read more...
Those who swear by Gmail are probably still reveling from the addition of Offline support, and while we're certain that those responsible for making the application better could've taken a rest for at least a fortnight or so, they'd rather keep the hits coming. Announced this week, Google has added Multiple Inboxes, which is described as a feature that enables users to view multiple panels at once in order to better view segmented messages. For avid users of labels, stars and filters -- particularly those with setups that automatically send new messages to a certain filter in order to bypass the inbox entirely -- this addition is a godsend. The Labs experiment enables users to view their inbox... Read more...
For any of the naysayers out there still harshing on Gmail for its lack of Offline support, get a load of this. As of this week, Google is at long last rolling out a feature to US and UK English users that it has been testing internally for quite some time, and for those who live somewhere between an airport terminal, taxi cab and an uncomfortable middle seat on a 757, you're in luck.Offline Gmail is real, and we're really loving the sound of it. Granted, Google is still christening the feature an "experimental" one for now, but are you really surprised? After all, Gmail itself is still stickered as "Beta." At any rate, the service works just about like you'd expect, though the complexities behind... Read more...
Just before QNAP temporarily shut its doors to celebrate the Chinese New Year, it delivered news that the XDove all-in-one mail server was freely available for its growing line of Turbo NAS devices. As of now, owners of the TS-109, TS-209, TS-409, TS-509 and TS-639 can convert their Linux-embedded network attached storage into "a powerful mail server which provides SMTP, POP3 and IMAP services, multiple virtual domains / accounts, AJAX webmail with extended functionality (including personal folders, address book, calendar and real-time chat among users under the same mail server), scheduled backups and the restoration of mailboxes from multiple domains." The XDove mail server itself is named... Read more...
If you have a Yahoo!, Gmail, Hotmail - heck, ANY e-mail service for any period of time, then you know your address gets out there in the world of spammers and if you're unlucky, you start receiving more spam than real e-mail in no time. So any effort on the part of e-mail providers to crack down on spam is always welcome. Yahoo!'s "anti-spam czar," Mark Risher, outlined what the company's doing to crack down on all the folks who offer you riches or a better sex life if you just send them money on the Yahoo! Mail blog the other day. What might have been the most interesting aspect was that Yahoo!'s "anti-spam team" has been using what they term a "supercomputer" - thousands of PCs that are part... Read more...
Sleep-walking? Sleep-driving? These have been documented, and even cases of sleep-murder. But until this study, these behaviors have all involved little cognitive ability. Until this case, one of sleep-emailing. Dr. Fouzia Siddiqui, a neurologist at the University of Toledo Medical Center in Ohio, and two colleagues describe the case as the first case of "complex nonviolent cognitive behavior." She had to login to both the computer and her email account to send the messages. According to the article, soon to appear in Sleep Medicine, the patient had a history of insomnia and was taking Ambien. Feeling the drug had lost its effectiveness, she upped the dose without doctor's approval, and had the... Read more...
AOL has launched an updated beta version of AOL Web Mail, https://beta.webmail.aol.com, offering users one of the most complete e-mail experiences available, with one-click access to Gmail and Yahoo! Mail accounts, customization capabilities and over-the-air mobile sync of AOL Calendar and Address Book. The new AOL Mail Web Suite also includes a gallery of plug-ins and applications offering immediate access to favorite sites and content. In addition, a new set of APIs will also be made available to third party developers and advertisers interested in creating special themes and plug-ins for the site.“Over the past year, we have been continually adding new features and functionality to improve... Read more...
Well, as we discussed previously, if you don't know the answer, if you are not a technophile, ask one.A woman's husband told her that a raunchy photo which had been sent via email from his iPhone was the result of a glitch.  Not the photo itself; he admitted to that.  No, the pic was automatically attached, addressed and sent because of a bug in the iPhone.  Ahem.  The woman, not an expert in these matters, asked the following on the iPhone Support Forum:Please help! I took my husband's i-phone and found a raunchy picture of him attached to an e-mail to a woman in his sent e-mail file (a Yahoo account). When I approached him about this (I think that he is cheating on me) he... Read more...
Sweet Home, Oregon. Janella Spears, a registered nurse by trade, fell victim to one of the oldest tricks on the internet by responding to one of the millions of emails that have long since been outed as scams in the press, and on network television in expose' segments. Everyone with an email account by now has surely seen one of these emails promising large sums of money in exchange for "upfront money" to help free or shift funds around by a citizen, long lost relative, or government official in a politically corrupt and war torn nation. You would think that by now it has become so old-hat that such an email would just be discarded without a second thought or maybe a quick read for a laugh at... Read more...
We have to admit, we keep having trouble typing the name of this.  We keep typing Mail Googles. We also have to admit: if this were April 1st, this would be an obvious prank.  That said ...Anyone remember when on Friends Rachel got drunk and left Ross a voicemail telling him she had "closure" over their non-existent relationship? Well, that's called "drunk dialing." In a "not-that-useful-but-at-least-offbeat" Gmail Labs "feature," Google is introducing Mail Goggles, which aim to prevent you from "drunk emailing."To access it, you go into Settings, and then the Lab subsection. Scroll down and you'll see it (by default it's disabled). Enable it, and now you're "protected" from sending... Read more...
So just how did the Yahoo! email account of Sarah Palin, John McCain's running mate, get hacked? It wasn't by brute force, or because the password was obvious (like if she used her own name, Palin). No, it was social engineering that done her in. According to hackers posting to the /b/ board (or Random board) at 4chan.org, they didn't hack her password, they reset it. Using the Yahoo! Mail option to reset or recover one's user name and password (above), they were able to reset her password. As she is a public figure, determining her birthday --- no problem. Zip code? Only two of them in Alaska. And her secret question, the one she set up? "Where did you meet your spouse?" It took the hackers... Read more...
Microsoft's Office Labs puts out projects that (hopefully) improve Office.  One such early project was "Search Commands" which helps users find Office commands that the Ribbon wants to hide from them. Here's another one, which purports to be a "pause button" for email, but actually offers a lot more than that. It's called Email Prioritizer, and as Microsoft says: Our latest prototype, Email Prioritizer, includes these features: A "Do Not Disturb" button that stops incoming mail delivery so you can work without interruptions. Email priorities are assigned to incoming mail so you can focus on the most important mail first. With a “0-3 stars” ranking system, you can focus on email messages... Read more...
Will Ymail lure you to Yahoo! Email?  For that matter, will Rocketmail? Starting this morning, Yahoo! will be opening up ymail.com and rocketmail.com email domains for users.  Why?It's obvious that if you wanted to get the email address john@yahoo.com, you couldn't. Saturation has meant that if you want to get an email address at Yahoo!, or for that matter, Gmail, you frequently have to resort to adding numbers or other such differentiating characters.  What a pain, right?Today, Yahoo Inc. will roll out two new e-mail services - Rocketmail and Ymail - that the company hopes will start a "global race" among Internet users looking to ditch their high school and gimmicky e-mail addresses... Read more...
If Christians disappear off the face of the Earth because of "The Rapture," there's a site that has recently launched that will let you say "I told you so" via email to your "left behind" friends and relatives.For just $40 a year, believers can arrange for up to 62 people to get a final message exactly six days after the Rapture, that day when -- according to Christian end times dogma -- Christians will be swept up to heaven, while doubters are left behind to suffer seven years of Tribulation under a global government headed by the Antichrist."You've Been Left Behind gives you one last opportunity to reach your lost family and friends for Christ," reads the website, which is purportedly run "by... Read more...
As we become a less and less private society, helped (or hindered, depending on your point of view) by the web, data breaches, and the like, the question actually should be raised: is anything really private any longer? In its fifth-annual study of outbound e-mail and data loss prevention issues, Proofpoint found that large enterprises continue to incur risk from - and take action against - information leaks over outbound e-mail, as well as newer communications media such as blogs, message boards, media sharing sites and mobile devices.Outbound e-mail remains a key source of risk for U.S. enterprises with a record 44% of surveyed companies reporting that they investigated an e-mail leak of confidential... Read more...
As hard as it may be to believe, according to a study by research firm Parks Associates, nearly 20% of the population of the United States is disconnected from the Internet and has never used email. In their annual phone survey of U.S. households, Parks Associates found 20 million households are without Internet access, approximately 18% of the U.S."Nearly one out of three household heads has never used a computer to create a document. These data underscore the significant digital divide between the connected majority and the homes in the unconnected minority that rarely, if ever, use a computer.""Internet connections have slowly increased in U.S. households, but getting the disconnected minority... Read more...
You might find this unusual, and think it useless, but for those without the lifeline of a phone number, this is a boon.Since the acquisition of Grand Central last year, Google has been participating in periodic Project Homeless Connect events in which it has been providing the homeless with free phone numbers and voicemail accounts that they can access from any phone. More than 4,000 phone numbers and voicemail accounts have been distributed this way, Craig Walker, a senior product manager of voice products for Google, told the San Francisco Chronicle.On Wednesday, Google announced that it would expand Grand Central's project and partner directly with homeless shelters that will now be able... Read more...
The "Vista-Capable" lawsuit has reached class-action status, and yesterday the judge in the case unsealed a set of Microsoft emails revealing what executives really felt about the issue.  Some of these have been excerpted before, but some have not, and all are interesting.A federal judge today unsealed internal Microsoft e-mails that have been used to support the plaintiffs' case in the lawsuit over the "Windows Vista Capable" program. Snippets were previously read aloud in court, but the full messages go further to reveal extensive hand-wringing, at the highest levels of the company, over Windows Vista's hardware and software compatibility problems after the operating system was launched.It... Read more...
Arkansas based Alltel Wireless is offering a service that converts your voicemail messages to plain text. Great for multitasking, you can now view your messages even when it's not convenient to listen to them, and forward them as e-mail. It's based on technology developed by Great Britain's Spinvox. “Our customers will appreciate the fact that they no longer have to wait for the opportune time to listen to a voice mail,” says Craig Kirkland, Alltel's director of messaging and voice services. “With Voice2TXT, our customers have an easier way to manage their voice mails via text messages when they are in a meeting, on the go or anyplace where they cannot or do not wish to use traditional voice... Read more...
It seems to be something we will never get rid of - email spam.  Right now, an estimated 60 - 150 billion spam emails, that's billion with a "b", are sent daily.  That's a huge number, and one has to wonder how much time and effort is spent on stopping, or at least slowing down, the torrent. Unwanted commercial e-mail is growing by electronic leaps and bounds: An Internet-buckling 60 billion to 150 billion messages per day. Put another way: A whopping 83% of all e-mail comes from suspicious Internet addresses. Spam is up 100% from a year ago because "there still is money to be made from marketing Viagra and get-rich-quick schemes," says David Mayer, a product manager at e-mail security... Read more...
George Ou must like getting hate mail. He had the nerve to point out that "Vista puts Mac OS X font rendering to shame," and has the screen caps to demonstrate it. George does not seem to understand that for five percent of the population, anything that ships from Redmond is made in a cauldron of snake's venom in Sauron's cave, while Steve Jobs goes to the bathroom and emits only Evian water. While font technology isn’t what’s typically considered a killer application or killer feature, it is by far one of the most important usability features in an operating system.  We simply cannot place a price tag on eye strain and someone who works all day long in front of a computer like me greatly... Read more...
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