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Get a preview of the new Gmail design right now

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Google, Internet,

Gmail Google+ redesign

Gmail is set to get a redesign that brings it in line with the the visual UI of Google+. While the final redesign hasn't been pushed out yet, you can still apply it to your current Gmail setup using a theme that Google has made available. Simply log in to Gmail and go into your theme settings and choose either "Preview" or "Preview (Dense)" to apply the new hotness. What do you think of the new layout?

Oh, and it looks like Google Calendar picks up the redesign as well.


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Gmail introduces ‘Smart Labels’ to enhance productivity

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Google, Internet,

Gmail Smart Labels

Google on Wednesday unveiled a new option for Gmail that filters messages into bulk, forum, or notification folders.

Smart Labels are a Gmail Labs project that sorts incoming e-mails into three sections: Bulk, which applies to mass mailings like newsletters and promotions; Forums for group mailing lists; and Notifications for e-mails sent directly to you.

Users can replace existing filters and labels with Smart Labels or use them together. To add, enable the "SmartLabels" option in Gmail Labs and hit save. You can further edit your settings on the Filters tab under Settings. "We hope Smart Labels help you more effortlessly get through your inbox," Google said in a blog post.

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Facebook introduces revamped messaging

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Facebook today announced a revamp of their messaging system. The new system, which will be released slowly over the coming months, will integrate known ways to contact people into the new Facebook Messages. While they were keen to specify that this isn't email, email is definitively one part of it. The goal of the system is to simplify and streamline messaging between people. Everyone will have the option of having a @facebook.com email address, and anyone will be able to send them messages through email, to that address. Those emails will then show up in their Facebook messages. As users reply, it will be sent back by email. But then, if that person sends them a SMS or IM, it will show up in the same conversation, and same history thread. The system will, behind the scenes, route messages between email, SMS, IM and Facebook messages.

The messaging system will include two folders, the Friends and the Others folder. By default, your friends messages will show up right away, while everything else will show in the Others folder. Users will be able to bring up a message from the Others folder up to Friends if they want to. In the questions part of the announcement, they did say that while this system will include attachments for images and even files like documents and spreadsheets, it will not include voice or video, but it's a possibility for the future. Also, if someone not on Facebook sends you an email, it will show up in the Others folder by default, but can also be brought up to the default one. Finally, forwarding will be available, apparently a feature users requested often.

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Facebook set to unleash email service to compete with Gmail, Hotmail?

Facebook sent an invitation recently to news agencies for another announcement coming this Monday. While there is no direct mention as to what that announcement is, TechCrunch believes that this may be a major play on a new email service, aimed at competing with Google's Gmail service. Based on the invitation image, it seems likely that the announcement has to do with messaging, since that's what the graphic shows. Then, references to a secret project called Project Titan came up again recently. Finally, just this week, we reported on how Google and Facebook have started an all-out war concerning the exporting of contacts and friends information. It's all still rumors for now, but it will be very interesting to see if a Facebook based email service would take a big chunk out of services like Gmail. Since Facebook has done everything it can to become your primary contacts platform, it would sure make a lot of sense.

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Email Addict Lindsay Lohan

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Drugs, Drunk, Rumors,

Lindsay LohanIn addition to the drugs and alcohol, is being treated for an addiction to email.

The Machete actress - who voluntarily entered into a substance abuse program at the Betty Ford Clinic in Los Angeles late last month - has reportedly had her phone usage cut, with staff also urging her to reduce the amount of time she spends on social networking websites.

“Lindsay is only allowed to use her phone for two hours a day, and only to keep in touch with family and close friends. Before, she would repeatedly and compulsively email her friends if she was ever in a situation where she felt lonely, and she would vent on ,” a source said.

The policy has been implemented so Lindsay can “concentrate on herself” during therapy. Lindsay is due in court on October 22 for a probation hearing, after she failed two drugs tests last month.

(FYI - You can also follow VIP Breakdown on Twitter.)


Ben Affleck’s Got Mail

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Hook-ups,

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck at a baseball gameWant to know ‘s secret to wooing women like Jennifer Garner? Email!

The actress - who married her actor husband in June 2005 - has admits the Hollywood heartthrob won her over through the internet because he has such a good way with words.

“It helped that we were both single at the time. He’s a very good writer.”

When asked if he wrote her love letters, she said, “Don’t make assumptions. I didn’t say that! Okay… e-mail. He’s a very persuasive writer.”

The 37-year-old beauty - who is previously divorced from actor Scott Foley - said the secret to their relationship was that they were friends before, and knew how to be “goofy” with one another. She added to Parade magazine, “Ben is sexy and kind, but he’s also a riot. We can be very goofy together. He doesn’t have trouble wiggling his way in anywhere. Ben is charm personified when he wants to be. He’s not easily threatened or made uncomfortable - he’s very secure in that way. Maybe he just knows I’m nuts about him, and he doesn’t have anything to worry about. Don’t forget we were friends first for a long time.”


Gmail Outage: Everybody run!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Google, Internet,

If you happen to rely heavily on for your day-to-day work, or even for personal things, you may be scrambling right now, as there is a Gmail outage going on. Twitter has run amuck, with people complaining left and right, and endless cries of “Gmail is down! Oh noes!!”. Remember peeps - if you need constant access to your data, you need to have it stored locally on your computer. Use Gmail over IMAP, so at least you always have your archives. Me personally? I use Mail.app in OS X so I always have access to my entire email history. So, just how many of you are severely affected by Gmail being down?


Push Gmail coming soon with GPush iPhone app

Posted by Brandon Gribin Categories: Productivity, New Apps, $0.99, $1.99,

GPush appWhile you can’t have true Push Gmail on the iPhone [Editors Note: You can, if you set up Gmail as an Exchange account, but you don’t get Push Notifications this way], an app arriving very soon on the App Store will come close to replicating the true experience.

Currently, the iPhone’s Mail App pings Gmail periodically, or when you hit refresh, to see if you have any new messages. Push e-mail would be virtually instantaneous - as push notification on the phone is.

GPush is an app that will shoot off push notifications whenever you get new e-mail. You’ll then be able to go into your phone’s Mail App and see your new e-mail as the Inbox refreshes.

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USB Email Notifier

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Accessories, USB, Internet,

Email NotifierReplace your annoying “You’ve got mail” announcement with the Email Notifier. When one arrives, the small device lights up and flashes to tell you the good (or not so good) news. Attach to your USB port with no external batteries or power source needed, and use it for both your home and business accounts. The notifier is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista and most POP email services for GBP 13.99 (~$23.00.)

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Blyper Tracks New Artist Releases

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Music,

Blyper logoWant to keep track of your fave artists’ new releases? Blyper will do that for you. Sign up at the beta site, insert musicians’ names and they will e- you when each of them has a new single or CD. Decide how often you want to be notified, let your friends know who your picks are and find new artists from others with similar taste. The service is free with online registration.

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