Gmail allows you to disable threaded conversations

By on September 29, 2010 at 12:09 PM.

Gmail allows you to disable threaded conversations

To us, one of the differentiating features of Gmail is the service’s ability to automatically and accurately organize email conversations into threads. Now, Google has announced that they are *gasp* affording you the ability to turn this feature off. As Google explains:

The way Gmail organizes mail into conversations is like cilantro. You either love it — and, like me, enjoy the nice citrusy, herbal finish it gives to everything from salsa to curry — or you hate it. And those of you who hate it hate it enough to launch sites like nocilantro.com and ihatecilantro.com (“an anti cilantro community”), where you can hate it together.

But my fondness for cilantro pales in comparison to my love for Gmail’s conversation view, or message threading. I haven’t had to wade through multiple messages to follow a conversation in years. A centithread hasn’t filled up the entire first page of my inbox in almost as long as I can remember. Having all the replies to an email (and replies to those replies) grouped with the original message simply makes communicating so much easier.

It turns out not everyone feels the same way. And just as an outspoken minority has banded together in unison to declare their distaste of one of nature’s most delicious herbs, some of you have been very vocal about your dislike of conversation threading. So just like you can order your baja fish tacos without cilantro, you can now get Gmail served up sans conversation view. Go to the main Settings page, look for the “Conversation View” section, select the option to turn it off, and save changes. If you change your mind, you can always go back.

This feature will be rolling out over the next few days so if you don’t see it immediately, check back in a bit. And once you try it out, let us know what you think.

We’re curious, any Gmail users out there dislike threaded conversations? More →

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Some Nokia N8 units will meet September deadline

By on September 21, 2010 at 8:39 AM.

Some Nokia N8 units will meet September deadline

Yesterday, we published a post to let you know that the ship date for the Nokia N8 was being pushed back to October. This information was not speculative nor the sourced from a rumor, it, in fact, came directly from Nokia. Today, it appears that Nokia is doing an about face, saying that some N8 units — not all – will be delayed. The official statement looks like this:

There have been a few stories this morning about the N8 availability which we feel need clarification. As we have previously said, we still expect to start the shipments by the end of the third quarter. As with every global launch, when the device reaches the hand of the customer will vary by market and operator.

We have received a record number of online pre-orders for the Nokia N8. We had targeted our online pre-order customers to receive their N8s by the end of September. As it can take time from the beginning of shipment to arriving at their doorstep, in full transparency, we have advised our pre-order customers that they should expect their new Nokia N8 in October.

If you have been waiting patiently for your N8, we’re pulling for you. Hopefully, your region and carrier will be on the short-list and you won’t have to wait much longer. More →

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