Google Chrome Gmail Outage

Google explains cause of massive Gmail, Chrome outages

By on December 11, 2012 at 7:07 PM.

Google explains cause of massive Gmail, Chrome outages

Users took to social networks on Monday to vent their displeasure with Google (GOOG) following a 40-minute disruption of service affecting the company’s Chrome Web browser and Gmail service. It was previously unclear what caused the services to simultaneously crash and some suspected the company was hit with a denial-of-service attack. Google engineer Tim Steele took to the company’s developer forums to clear up the confusion and confirmed what some developers had already suspected: The reason for the crash had to do with the Google Sync servers getting overwhelmed following a change in the code, not a DDoS attack. More →

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Gmail iOS App Update

Google updates Gmail for iOS to support multiple accounts, deliver autocomplete suggestions

By on December 4, 2012 at 3:36 PM.

Google updates Gmail for iOS to support multiple accounts, deliver autocomplete suggestions

Just one day after providing a major update for its Android Gmail app, Google (GOOG) has delivered a much-needed revamp to its iOS Gmail app, providing several key features such as support for multiple accounts and autocomplete functionality. Other key features to the new Gmail app include an infinitely scrolling inbox, the ability to respond to Google Calendar invites inline, and greater integration with the Google+ social network. Gmail 2.0 for iOS is now free to download from the Apple (AAPL) App Store and has been updated for both the iPhone and iPad.

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Android Gmail 4.2

Google unleashes new Android Gmail app update with pinch-to-zoom capabilities

By on December 3, 2012 at 2:52 PM.

Google unleashes new Android Gmail app update with pinch-to-zoom capabilities

The wait is over for Android users who want pinch-to-zoom capabilities for their mobile Gmail apps. Android Police reports that Google (GOOG) has released its new Gmail 4.2 app that will be available for all devices with Android 4.0 or higher. The new version of Gmail, which we first learned about in October, lets users zoom in on their emails with a simple pinch gesture and also gives users the option of deleting or archiving their emails with a simple swipe gesture. Android Police says that other additions to the app include “in-app video and photo attachment capability, and larger photo previews, along with a brand-new gallery view for emails with multiple image attachments.”

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Gmail Attachment Limit

Google increases Gmail attachments to 10GB with Google Drive integration

By on November 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM.

Google increases Gmail attachments to 10GB with Google Drive integration

Have you ever wanted to send a file attachment in Gmail that’s larger than the 25MB limit? Google (GOOG) has heard your cry and is smartly integrating Google Drive with its Gmail service to allow for attachments up to 10GB, or 400 times the current limit. Attachments are stored in the cloud and recipients “have access to the same, most up-to-date version.” To start attaching 10GB files to your emails, all you need to do is click the Drive icon instead of the usual paperclip icon and choose your file to upload. Google states on its official Gmail Blog that since Drive debuted in April, millions of people have used it to store and share files. Gmail integration with 10GB attachments is just the next logical step for its cloud storage service, and is very welcome for anyone who likes sending big files. More →

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Android Gmail 4.2

New Gmail Android update will at last provide pinch-to-zoom capabilities [video]

By on October 13, 2012 at 1:31 PM.

New Gmail Android update will at last provide pinch-to-zoom capabilities [video]

Emails on Android smartphones are about to get easier to read. Android Police this week got its hands on an unreleased update to Google’s (GOOG) Gmail Android app that adds much-desired pinch-to-zoom and swipe-to-delete capabilities. The pinch-to-zoom functionality speaks for itself: It lets users zoom in on their emails with a simple pinch gesture. The swipe-to-delete feature, meanwhile, gives users the option of deleting or archiving their emails with a simple swipe gesture, although Android Police notes that this feature can be turned off for users who worried about accidentally deleting their entire inbox. And finally, the new Gmail update lets users mark emails as phishing attempts as well as marking them as simply spam. A video demonstration of the new features is posted below. More →

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Gmail app gets updated for iPhone 5’s wide display

By on September 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM.

Gmail app gets updated for iPhone 5’s wide display

Gmail iPhone 5

Following on the heels of Netflix (NFLX), Google (GOOG) has updated yet another key iOS app to fit onto the iPhone 5’s larger four-inch screen. As MacRumors writes, the latest version of Gmail released onto the App Store on Friday has been “optimized for the iPhone 5,” although Google doesn’t say whether this optimization involves anything other than adjusting for new screen size. Although smaller app developers have griped about not having enough time to adjust their apps to the iPhone 5’s larger screen, the big players so far have had no problem updating their apps in a timely fashion. More →

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Gmail iOS app gets Notification Center support

By on June 26, 2012 at 3:29 AM.

Gmail iOS app gets Notification Center support

Gmail iOS Notification Center Support

Long-suffering iPhone Gmail users had their prayers answered Monday as Google announced support for Apple’s Notification Center on its iOS Gmail app. In other words, anyone who gets an email on their Gmail account will now be able to access it right from the centralized Notification Center rather than having to check their Gmail app separately. Google says that adding Gmail to the Notification Center will make Gmail notifications “up to 5x faster than in the previous version.” Other improvements to the iOS Gmail app include the ability to send emails from alternate addresses if you’ve properly configured them within your current Gmail account and an upgraded login system that lets users stay logged into iOS Gmail for as long as they want. Google also says that it is “looking forward to bringing… more features in future releases, including support for multiple accounts.” See, they aren’t evil. More →

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Google ups free Gmail storage to 10GB

By on April 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM.

Google ups free Gmail storage to 10GB

Google on Tuesday unveiled its new “Google Drive” cloud storage solution, taking direct aim at Microsoft’s SkyDrive, Dropbox and other similar services. The new offering includes 5GB of free cloud-based storage and allows users to store, collaborate on, and share documents and other files. At the same time as its new Google Drive service was rolling out across the Web, Google also quietly gave Gmail users a capacity boost of more than 35% according to reports. Gmail launched in 2004 with 1GB of free storage and that figure has been increasing steadily to just over 7GB as of earlier this week. On Tuesday, Gmail’s free storage climbed to 10GB according to a report from Engadget. We haven’t seen the storage boost hit our inboxes yet, but a number of users reportedly have. Google has not formally announced the update. More →

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Gmail users claim Google is sending unauthorized spam emails from their accounts [updated]

By on March 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM.

Gmail users claim Google is sending unauthorized spam emails from their accounts [updated]

In what can only be described as yet another set back for Google’s privacy battle, Gmail users are accusing the search giant of accessing their contact lists and sending spam emails to contacts with non-Gmail email addresses. “STOP IT!,” an irate user wrote on Google’s support forums. “At no point did I say it was ok for Google to send email messages to my non-GMail contacts recommending they sign up for GMail.” The user, posting to Google’s forum under the name MrCheck, claims a contact of his responded back to the unauthorized email and informed him that he doesn’t use Gmail or Google Talk. Further investigating supposedly found that Google sent his contacts with non-Gmail email addresses a spam email that highlighted the benefits of Gmail and Google Talk, inviting them to join the services. There was no evidence of the sent email in MrCheck’s sent box according to his post. Numerous others have shared similar stories as well, claiming that Google has spammed their contacts. The accusations come at a time where the Mountain View-based company is in the midst of dealing with a number of privacy hiccups that have damaged its public image. Read on for Google’s response More →

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Google responds to Congress’s concern over new privacy policy

By on January 31, 2012 at 1:30 PM.

Google responds to Congress’s concern over new privacy policy

Google on Monday announced that the company would combine individual privacy policies from a variety of its products into one main policy. Critics of the change were worried that Google was now collecting more data than before, and the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee demanded answers. The Mountain View-based company has now responded to Congress and defended its decision to change the policy. Read on for more. More →

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Google addresses concerns over new privacy policy

By on January 27, 2012 at 1:20 PM.

Google addresses concerns over new privacy policy

Earlier this week, Google announced that the company would combine individual privacy policies from a variety of its products into one main policy. The idea behind it was to provide users with a “more intuitive Google experience.” Critics of the change are worried that Google is now collecting more data than ever, however, leading members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee to demand answers. Read on for more. More →

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Facebook tops Google’s own offerings to become most popular Android app

By on December 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

Facebook tops Google’s own offerings to become most popular Android app

Beating out popular own-brand apps like Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube, Facebook holds the title as the most actively used Android app. Market research firm Nielsen on Monday published the findings of a month-long study to determine the most-used Android apps currently available for the platform. The study made use of Nielsen’s proprietary on-device monitoring software, which has been voluntarily installed by thousands of panelists across the country. Beyond the Android Market itself, Facebook was the most actively-used app on the Android platform over the past 30 days in all age brackets. Among users aged 18 to 24, Google Search was the second most used app in the firm’s new study with 77% of panelists having opened the app over the past 30 days. Gmail and Google Maps followed with 79% a piece, and YouTube slid in behind them with 64%. Following the suite of Google apps was Pandora Radio with a distant 30%. A similar study conducted by Nielsen in July found that Facebook was the third most popular app behind Google Maps and Gmail. Read on for more. More →

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Google’s Gmail iOS app reappears in App Store

By on November 16, 2011 at 2:40 PM.

Google’s Gmail iOS app reappears in App Store

Google’s Gmail application for iOS is again available in the iTunes App Store. The application originally launched on November 2nd but was pulled hours later after Google discovered that notifications weren’t working properly. Google says it has fixed the bug and that notifications now work as originally intended. Image HTML emails will also display properly now. In addition, Google said it is already working on future updates that will add support for customizations, improved notifications, mobile specific signatures and multiple accounts. Gmail for iOS requires iOS 4 or a later version of Apple’s mobile operating system, and you’ll need to uninstall the original buggy version before downloading the new app.  More →

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