16 November 2013

Blue YouTube



I like blue, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that YouTube made some UI elements blue (#2793e6): the like button and the line below the number of views. Maybe someone was unhappy that Android KitKat removed all the blue icons and decided to compensate in other ways or maybe it's an attempt to calm YouTube users and make them stop posting silly comments.








Folders in Chrome's App Launcher



Chrome's latest Dev channel release lets you create folders in the app launcher. If you use Chrome 33 (Dev, Canary) or Chromium 33 for Windows, you can paste this in the address bar:



chrome://flags/#enable-app-list-folder



Then click "Enable" next to "Enable the app list folder" and then click the "Relaunch now" button at the bottom of the page to restart the browser and enable the experimental feature.






"If enabled, user will be able to create app list folder by drag-and-drop," informs Google. It works just like in Android: drag one app on top of another to create a folder, then drag other apps to the folder.






Here's the Google folder from the screenshot above:






It's a simple feature that lets you organize your apps and reduce clutter.



{ Thanks, Silviu. }

Mobile First



A few years ago, many people complained that mobile sites and mobile apps are too limited. They couldn't include all the features from their desktop counterparts and some thought that was a bad thing.



Fast forward today and you'll notice that Google's desktop sites look more and more like Google's mobile apps. Most Google redesigns are all about taking mobile interfaces and adding them to the desktop. That's one of the reasons why many Google services drop advanced features and opt for simplified interfaces. This way, everything looks consistent and users can quickly switch from the mobile apps to the desktop apps.



Here are some examples:



1. The Google Maps redesign started with the iPhone app, continued with the desktop site and then the Android app.






2. The app launcher from the Google navigation bar was first available in the Google Search app for iOS.






3. Google Play's desktop interface had a lot of advanced features that were removed when Google updated the site to make it look more like the Android app.



4. The Google+ photo editor and Chrome Office editor are based on mobile apps that were ported to Native Client. You're now using the desktop to run mobile apps (only in Chrome).






5. Google Keep for Android has a lot more features than Google Keep for desktop. For example, you can't reorder notes or add more than one image in Google Keep for desktop.






Somehow, the most innovative and most interesting apps are now in the mobile space. That's where the users are moving and where things are constantly changing. Mobile is a flourishing testbed for new ideas.

New Gmail Interface for iPad



Google updated the Gmail app for iOS and added a new interface for iPad. The sidebar that lets you go to a label or a different mail account is now persistent in the landscape mode and it's a lot smaller. It only shows your inbox tabs and the number of unread messages from each tab, but you can tap the arrow icon to find your labels. Unfortunately, you can't select some labels that are always displayed, like you can do in the desktop Gmail.






The sidebar that displays the messages from the current view is now hidden in the portrait mode, so you can better read your mail. You need to tap the three dot icon to see the list of messages, but you can also swipe from the left edge. The built-in mail client from iOS also hides the messages list in portrait mode.






There's also a full-screen compose box, so you get more room to write your messages.






Google mentions some other improvements: a better scrolling experience and some iOS7 features like the new keyboard.



{ via Gmail Blog }

Google Image Search Tests Snippets



One of the features that was removed in the current Google Image Search interface is snippets. Now Google only shows the title of the page, the domain and the size of the image in pixels. Snippets used to reveal more information about the photo or the page that includes the image, just like the snippets that are used for all the other search results.



Google considers bringing back snippets. Here's a screenshot from a Google experiment:






In this case, the snippet is quite useful, but very long: "the company's energy supply. This makes the Googleplex one of the USA's largest corporate solar installations. Unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to take photos on the roof, so here's one Google made earlier."



Google's regular interface doesn't show snippets:





15 November 2013

8 Super Windows 8.1 Tweaks For Power Users



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Whether you’re using Windows 8.1 on a desktop, tablet, or something in between, there are a variety of useful tweaks you should know about. These options allow you to do everything from making Windows 8.1 work better on a desktop PC to tweaking the way it works on a tablet. Many of these options are all-new in Windows 8.1 or have moved from where they were in Windows 8. Windows 8.1 is quite a large update compared to Microsoft’s old service packs for previous versions of Windows. Tweak Desktop Integration Windows 8.1 brings many useful options for desktop users. If...


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Netflix On TV Gets A Major Redesign To Make It Easier To Discover Content



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Video-streaming service Netflix, whose members watch a billion hours each month, has given the “biggest update in its history” to its TV app, bringing a visually richer experience with more descriptive results. “We set out to deliver an update that would make it even easier to discover something great to watch and we think we succeeded,” the company wrote in a blog post. There don’t seem to be many performance improvements under the hood, but you can easily improve Netflix streaming on any device. In the new update, Netflix will tell you why it has recommended you should watch a...


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Download Windows 8.1 90-Day Trial Copy



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It’s been close to a month since Microsoft released Windows 8.1 RTM update to the public. Microsoft’s newest version of Windows operating system, which includes over 50 new exciting features, is an attempt to improve the previously released Windows 8 version and is available as a free upgrade to all Windows 8 users. Users who […]

SpecificFeeds Lets You Syndicate And Subscribe To Customized RSS Updates



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Sometimes, does it feel that reading stories in your RSS feed reader is like trying to take a sip of water from a fire hose? Wouldn’t it be nice to isolate stories from your favorite websites that are only focused on the topics you like or are written by the authors you enjoy the most? Well, a new feed customizing service is now available that makes it possible to do exactly that. The name of the service is SpecificFeeds, and it’s called that because it lets you isolate specific items from website feeds that you want to see, filtering out...


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A Free Screen Capture Tool Loaded with Features



A free but powerful screen capture tool for Windows captures and uploads the screenshot images to your favorite image hosting site with a single hotkey.





This story, A Free Screen Capture Tool Loaded with Features, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 14/11/2013 under GIF, Screen Capture, Windows, Software

6 Inspiring 365 Day Photography Projects For Your Creative Mojo



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Any photography project done over the course of a year seems epic. But let’s break it down to a single day and a single task – a single photo every day…for only a year. Now, that doesn’t seem too impossible does it? I did talk about how it can improve your photography while seeding memories with opportune clicks. 365 day photo challenges are not just about capturing photos over the course of a year; they are also about documenting your maturity as a photographer. One of the other benefits is that it could spur your creativity as it makes you...


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14 November 2013

Create DVDs and Blu-ray Disc Backups Effortlessly With DVDFab Copy Suite [Giveaway]



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There is nothing worse than buying an expensive DVD or Blu-ray disc of your favourite movie or TV show, only to damage it down the line. And while Blu-rays are less susceptible to damage with age, DVDs will get scratched to a point where you simply can’t use them anymore. One of the best practices you can have is to create backups of physical disc that you own — and enjoy viewing the digital copies while keeping the originals safe. DVDFab Copy Suite ($90 for a 1-year license) for Windows promises to make the whole process simpler. From the makers...


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How to Keep your Google Contacts Up-to-date [v2]



Your Google Contacts can now add or update their contact information in your online address book directly with this simple Google Script.





This story, How to Keep your Google Contacts Up-to-date [v2], was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 14/11/2013 under Google Contacts, Internet

(mt) Media Temple Grid Hosting Review and Giveaway



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(mt) Media Temple is not your average website hosting company, and their Grid shared hosting service is miles beyond any shared hosting I’ve ever used. Performance, scalability, and incomparable support is what you’ll find. Here’s why I love it. We’re giving away ten 1-year Media Temple Grid shared hosting accounts with this review. So learn everything Media Temple’s Grid service has to offer, then join the giveaway to win! Plus, check out our latest free manual on how to start your own online business using Media Temple. Features At A Glance What makes Media Temple’s Grid hosting different to shared...


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PS4 Reviews, Moto G, Chromebook 11, Domainapalooza, [Tech News Digest]




Today in Tech News Digest, the PlayStation 4 gets reviewed, Motorola officially unveils the Moto G, the HP Chromebook 11 is removed from store shelves, Yahoo tries to sell some domains, it’s revealed that Snapchat rebuffed an acquisition offer from Facebook, the new Chrome Beta is listening in, Bing gains a musical overhaul, and Google is now bigger than the newspaper industry. PlayStation 4 Reviews Roundup the ps4 has a better controller and graphics. no games. expensive. software still clunky. wait a year or two. there, saved you an hour. — John Herrman (@jwherrman) November 13, 2013 The true next-gen...


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PS4 Reviews, Moto G, Chromebook 11, Domainapalooza, [Tech News Digest]




Today in Tech News Digest, the PlayStation 4 gets reviewed, Motorola officially unveils the Moto G, the HP Chromebook 11 is removed from store shelves, Yahoo tries to sell some domains, it’s revealed that Snapchat rebuffed an acquisition offer from Facebook, the new Chrome Beta is listening in, Bing gains a musical overhaul, and Google is now bigger than the newspaper industry. PlayStation 4 Reviews Roundup the ps4 has a better controller and graphics. no games. expensive. software still clunky. wait a year or two. there, saved you an hour. — John Herrman (@jwherrman) November 13, 2013 The true next-gen...


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syncDriver: SkyDrive Desktop Client For Windows 8.1



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SkyDrive integration is one of the tons of features introduced with Windows 8.1 update. While the SkyDrive integration is handy for users who prefer signing-in with Microsoft account, users who have a local account can’t enjoy the SkyDrive integration without having to switch to the Microsoft account. As you should know by now, the official […]

How To Create Your Own Yahoo Pipes That Can Save You Money



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The Internet connects us to impossibly large amounts of information – but sorting through tremendous volumes of data can take a lot of time. There exist two innovations that make that process simple: Yahoo Pipes and RSS. Whether you seek employment or hot sales, these tools can get you the information you crave with very little effort. It works like this: RSS feeds contain timely updates from your favorite websites. Yahoo Pipes can filter information from RSS feeds, restricting what reaches you. For example, if you need job notifications pertaining to specific fields, such as nursing, you can subscribe to...


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Google Chrome Beta Shows Noisy Tabs on Desktop, Gets New Switcher on Android



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Google’s been hard at work on the Chrome browser, adding features like smart malware blocking and factory reset. The new Chrome Beta on desktop and on Android comes with even more abilities, including telling you which tab that sound is coming from and switching tabs more easily. Chrome Beta on desktops The new Chrome Beta release for desktops includes a smart ability to find out which tab is being used for that sound coming out of your speakers or to get your image from your webcam. Often, you will have many tabs open and not know which one is making...


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iOS7 Vs Android Kit-Kat: The War Is On! Who do you think is Going to Win the Battle?



The mobile application development especially that of the operating systems, has taken an ugly turn for both the Apple and the Android devices. Since Apple has come up with IOS 1.x (colloquially known as IOS 1 back in 2008), Google came up with the first iteration of its own operating system, the Android version 1.0 in the same year. It was just the beginning of the war which was going to rage on for the years to come.


2013 has been the year where the aspect of technology has gone through many upheavals. More focus has been put on mobile technology this year rather than emphasizing the personal desktops and laptops. This year has been the ideal platform for these tech giants to come up with the latest iteration of the mobile operating system, which is meant exclusively for the next generation smart phone user. The present status: Apple has already released the IOS 7 and Google is still to release its new OS- Android Kit-Kat 4.4.

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Gmail Makes It Easier To Preview And Save Attachments From The Inbox To Google Drive



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Gmail has now made it easier to handle attachments from the inbox itself. Gmail is integrated with Google Drive and now you can easily save all or individual attachments to the cloud with a click. Saving all your attachments to the cloud helps to clear up the clutter of your inbox (by deleting the emails and keeping the attachments). You can also access all your attachments from the central location that Google Drive intends to be. The update is being gradually rolled out. The latest update also allows you to skip the download to your local drive before you re-upload...


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13 November 2013

6 Online Fashion Communities For Stylish Men And Women



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Fashion doesn’t have to be all about the flashy runway. There’s a difference between fashion and style, though the two terms tend to get mixed up in everyday conversation. It comes down to personal expression — how do you present yourself to others? It’s not so much about showing off as it is about framing your personality, and why wouldn’t you want to present yourself in a fitting way? I confess that I despised anything related to fashion for the first 24 years of my life, but my attitude changed when I looked a bit deeper into it. Now, I...


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How to determine which sites are powered by which CMS?



Straight off the bat, you should know that finding out what content management system is being used for a website is very difficult. It is supposed to be, as finding out what type of content management system is being used is part of hacking a website. This article gives you tips on how you may find out which content management system is being used, but the fact is that it is difficult, so do not expect any easy answers.


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Here are some easy answers


Let’s jump straight in with a few statistics from website checking tools. These tools will look at a website and tell you what CMS it thinks that they are using. The accuracy of these tools is unknown, but they have published data on how good they are at detecting which CMS is being used. Take these numbers with a pinch of salt, as the 27% one may be more accurate, whereas the 73% one may take more guesses.


W3Techs is found at w3techs.com/sites and is able to identify the content management system 73% of the time.


BuiltWith is found at builtwith.com and is able to identify the content management system 64% of the time.


Wappalyzer is a Firefox add-on and is able to identify the content management system 36% of the time.


CMS Detector is found at detectcms.com and is able to identify the content management system 27% of the time.


CMSeye is found at cms.targetinfolabs.com and is able to identify the content management system 27% of the time.


Signs that the site is run by a content management system


The first thing you may want to consider is the fact that the website may not be run by a CMS. The numbers published on the tools listed above may be because the tools are effectively figuring out which websites are run by a CMS. The numbers may also be the way that they are because the websites they are looking at are not created by a CMS. Let’s not forget that a website may be designed by a human with programming skills.


Look for if the website has a border on the left and right that is not being used. This is a common sign of a CMS website. The left and right furthest edges will have little in them, or just adverts in them. This may also present as a column going down the middle with the text and images in.


The menu running along the top with text links is another common CMS signal. There are other websites that may use this technique, but it is pretty standard for a CMS program. Otherwise, just have a look at a few websites and get a feel for what a CMS website and a manually written website looks like. You will soon get the hang of what is and what isn’t.


One out of every six websites is powered by WordPress


This is why so many hackers have created tools to hack into WordPress websites. There are so many of them about that you could always take a chance and simply guess that the website is run by WordPress. There is literally a one in six chance that you are correct.


W3Techs

This is the one that scored 73% on how good it is at figuring out the content management system used. Do not forget that this is only telling you that it came up with a result, instead of an “unknown” reply as a result. Still, if it is true then it is the best performing CMS detector on the market.


BuiltWith

This is a tool that also gives you lots of other information about the website such as its SEO status and the things it has written on its Meta tags. There is a free version you can try first.


Wappalyzer

This is a browser add on that you can use to see what CMS is being used on a website. It can also tell you things such as the ecommerce and message board systems being used.


CMS Detector

It will tell you what CMS has been used (in its opinion), and will also tell you information about the coding language, web server and the website framework too.


CMSeye

This is a good detector if you want to see which free CMS programs are being used. It is not known for being able to pick out the paid CMS programs, but these days the paid ones are not very popular so it is not a big problem.


Kate Funk is a freelance writer at http://getanycontent.com. She is mainly focusing on technology, gadgets and all the latest trends which are interesting for networking enthusiasts.


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Facebook For Windows 8.1 Update Gets Snap View, Photo Downloads



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It hasn’t even been a month since Facebook finally launched its app for Windows 8.1 and it’s already getting an update with a bunch of new features. Among the notable additions are the ability to use the Snap View feature for multi-tasking and the option to download photos. Snap View is the multi-tasking mode first introduced in Windows 8, which was enhanced in Windows 8.1 to accommodate more windows in a screen. Facebook can now be snapped to a width of 320px, letting you open another window alongside, so that you can continue chatting in your Facebook messenger while doing...


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How To Repair Windows 8.1 Installation (The Easy Way)



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Windows XP, a version of Windows operating system that is going strong even after 10 years of its release, came with a handy feature to repair the corrupted Windows installation. If you ever installed or reinstalled Windows XP operating system, you probably remember the option titled Repair Windows installation that appeared during the install process. […]

Create Your Own Secure Cloud Storage With Seafile



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If you have tried online cloud storage solutions before and found that you’d prefer a self-hosted file sharing solution, it’s time to check out Seafile. With Seafile, you can run your own private server to share documents with groups of colleagues or friends. What is Seafile? Seafile have created a completely open-source private cloud-sharing system designed for use by groups collaborating on projects. It’s absolutely ideal for small business purposes, as you have the flexibility of group sharing and multiple projects, without necessarily using a public server like you do with the big cloud storage companies. And as you will...


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Google Glass, Customized Twitter, Justin Bieber Selfies [Tech News Digest]




Today in Tech News Digest, Google Glass gains new features and a new sign-up page, Twitter unveils Custom Timelines, Microsoft scraps its hated internal employee rankings, Google adds more Quick Action buttons to Gmail, the iPad mini with Retina Display goes on sale, Sony adds a layer of confusion to its policy on used games, Vine finally arrives on Windows Phone, and the Justin Bieber-backed Shots of Me app debuts. Google Glass Grows Google Glass, the potentially revolutionary wearable tech that made a splash when it was first announced in April 2012, is evolving as it gets closer to being...


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How To Backup iPhone Photos To PC Without iTunes



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Many modern smartphones ship with cameras that are comparable to standalone digital cameras. Some smartphones like Nokia Lumia 1020 and iPhone 5S feature cameras that are capable of capturing stunning pictures, even in low light conditions. Apple iPhone, without a doubt, one of the best smartphones out there and is one of the few smartphones […]

Buying a Student Laptop: Top Factors to Consider



A laptop is a necessity for any university student, and it is also one of the most expensive items that you will need to buy. It is therefore worth spending some time choosing the most suitable model that will last you throughout your time at university.



One of the most important factors to consider is the portability of your laptop. A large laptop will be a challenge to carry to lectures every day, so it is better to stay on the slim side. There are plenty of super-slip laptops available these days, but they often command a higher price tag.



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How to Setup your own Proxy Server for Free [Updated]



Learn how you can easily create your own online proxy server for free using Google App Engine without requiring any hosting plan or even a domain name.




This story, How to Setup your own Proxy Server for Free [Updated], was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 12/11/2013 under Google App Engine, Proxy Server, Internet

Star Gmail Ads



Remember Gmail's ads that look like regular mail and are also displayed in the promotions tab? Google disabled many of the features that were available for regular messages, so you couldn't mark them as unread, flag them as spam, label them or add them to Google Tasks. The fake messages were only available in the web interface, so you couldn't find them if you used other email clients.



Now you can convert the fake messages to regular messages: just star the ads and they are saved to your inbox as messages received from mail-noreply@google.com. "New! Starring Ads. Starred ads will be saved to your Promotions inbox," informs Gmail. While the messages are added to the Promotions tab, you'll also see them in the Primary tab because all the starred inbox messages are added to the Primary tab by default. You can unstar the messages, delete them, archive them (just don't send a reply).






This screenshot allows you to see both the ad and the message created from the ad after starring it. The ad is removed after a few seconds, so you don't get duplicates.






Here's the ad:






... and the message created by Google:






All the sponsored promotions that are available for your account can be found at: https://mail.google.com/mail/#pinbox.

The Best Windows 8 Facebook Apps Compared [Weekly Facebook Tips]



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It took Facebook a pretty long time to get around to releasing an official Windows 8 app, so it’s not surprising that most Facebook users already have an app or ten. But which ones are worth keeping? And why? You may have been one of many people waiting for all of the best official Windows 8 apps to arrive on the scene, but it’s worth noting that once these official apps do arrive, they don’t always make the best use of Modern (Metro) UI. In fact, you might be better off using one of the specially made alternatives. Let’s take...


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How To Bypass Internet Censorship



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If you live in a free and democratic society, the idea that someone can control your browsing choices probably is quite disturbing. Employers blocking Facebook during working hours may be acceptable. What a free society should completely oppose, however, is censorship based on someone else’s moral code, religious belief or political ideology. Irrespective of who does the censoring, the methods used are more or less the same. This article examines some of the most common methods used to filter content as well as emerging trends. In each case, I have provided a solution or practical workaround. The Current State Of...


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8 Great Movie Review Sites For Parents With Kids In Mind



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You’re ready to put The Wolverine into the DVD player, then suddenly you wonder if this movie will be a problem for your 8-year-old. Well, will it? If you’re a parent with a family who loves movies, you’ve probably realised that you need to be able to get some reliable information on those movies before you show them to the family. But navigating the various movie sites to find child-friendly titles can be a chore. Today we’ll explore a few of the best movie review sites for kids so that you can choose the best go-to site for your family’s...


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12 November 2013

Gmail Makes It Easier To Get Things Done With More Quick Action Buttons



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Gmail has added more “Quick Action” buttons to the inbox which helps you carry out tasks with nothing more than a click. Quick action buttons were first incorporated in Gmail next to specific kinds of messages. They are located to the right of the subject while viewing your inbox, and at the top of an open message. These time-savers allow you to perform an action in response to the email without opening the said email. The quick action buttons were introduced in May this year. The first batch included a RSVP button that let you respond quickly to a party...


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The Art Of The Apology: How To Say Sorry With An Email (And Mean It)



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Let’s face it; we all screw up from time to time. We’re humans. It’s part of what we do. Knowing how to display contrition and make amends is a very important skill to have. It allows the wronged party to move past any perceived slight, and more importantly it provides an opportunity for reflection on what caused you to upset another person. Email is a great medium for this. Although being a bit less personal than a face-to-face conversation, it allows you to compose your thoughts in a way which is unambiguous and direct, and reduces the need to be...


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Gmail's New Attachment UI, Powered by Google Drive



An hour after posting about Gmail's new attachment UI, Gmail's blog announced the new feature:



"With today's update to Gmail, (...) you can view attachments and save files directly to Google Drive without ever leaving Gmail, making it easy to access them later from whatever device you're on - computer, phone or tablet. The next time you open an email with attachments, you'll see new previews of the files at the bottom of the email, from photos and videos to spreadsheets and PDFs."






Gmail now shows thumbnails for many file formats. Mouse over an attachment to download it or save it to Google Drive.






Gmail shows a list of Google Drive folders, so you can save the file to the right folder directly from Gmail. You can also download all the attachments or save all of them to Google Drive.






Click the attachments to preview files inline using Google Drive. The nice thing is that Google Drive Preview opens inside Gmail.






"This new attachment experience is available on desktop and will be rolling out over the next week," informs Google, which also mentions that Google Drive has 120 million active users.



{ via Gmail's blog }