Free Google Gmail Stickers

8 12 2008

It may have been revealed around 4 days ago, but Google are offering people free Gmail stickers.



Google Release Gmail Desktop Widget

8 12 2008

Google desktop has been customising users desktops for years, with the latest widgets enabling XP users to create Vista-esque sidebars, with clocks, docks and apps. However, after countless requests, Google has finally announced the release of a Gmail desktop widget.

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Google Release Gmail Themes

20 11 2008

Google’s Gmail platform is constantly being updated. This is not surprising when you learn that Google has kept the service in Beta since its launch in 2004. Recently we’ve seen bigger changes, mainly through their labs add-ons, such as Google Goggles and Third-Party Widgets, like Remember The Milk.

However, one thing has always stayed the same; The colour scheme.

Gmail has stayed in line with Google’s minimal white background with small splahes of colour here and there, until now. Google have just announced the option to theme your inbox, in a similar way to your iGoogle page.

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AOL Make Bitter Dig At Gmail – Audience Put Them In Their Place!

6 11 2008

(ex)Internet giant AOL recently decided enough was enough and produced a blog post accusing Google of stealing their ideas and features for their email platform – only to be brought back down to earth by the comments made on the post!

aol logoAOL started off the post by theming it around Halloween, accusing Gmail of having a ‘costume’, disguising the AOL email service as their own:

Happy Halloween Gmail! We knew you would have the best costume at the party, and who can blame you? We think it’s great that you’re using this holiday to pay homage to the one who started it all, who got 35 million people online at once, gave them all email, great content and messaging capabilities.

Now whilst it is true that AOL did have 35 million subscribers at one point, that was around about 2001, when they merged with Time Warner. Since then their subscribers rates have tumbled, as this chart shows (granted its from Wikipedia…), to around about the 8 million mark. They continue, moving on to name the features they accuse Google of copying through Gmail: Read the rest of this entry »

April Fools Come Early? Google Goggles For Gmail

7 10 2008

Beer Googles. Making us all think things are a great idea when, in the cold light of day, they are clearly not. Google agrees.

Deep in the Google Labs, their self-styled “technology playground”, they have taken this concept, applied it to Gmail and come up with Mail Goggles.

Google are releasing an add-on to your Gmail that poses tough math questions past a certain time of night – to stop you sending that email you might regret!

News is that you can customise the level of difficulty and also the time that the goggles come into effect.

Sometimes I send messages I shouldn’t send. Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together. Gmail can’t always prevent you from sending messages you might later regret, but today we’re launching a new Labs feature I wrote called Mail Goggles which may help.

When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you’re really sure you want to send that late night Friday email. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you’re in the right state of mind?

By default, Mail Goggles is only active late night on the weekend as that is the time you’re most likely to need it. Once enabled, you can adjust when it’s active in the General settings.

So Google shows its common sense and humour in one great big, lab-themed swoop. I’m sure i’ll activate it, if not to stop lewd emails leaving my inbox, but to give myself some puzzling maths.

What do you think of Google Goggles? Great idea. Waste of time. Let us know! Leave a comment!

How To Read Your Gmail Without Your Mouse

7 10 2008

If you’re a person who loves the tips Lifehacker et al provide on saving time (while you waste time browsing their pages!) then you’ll love these little tips.

Gmail is rather functional and I find that my time is not taken up by useless tasks. However, there is still room for squeezing some more time out of the famous Google inbox; mouseless navigation.

There are numerous shortcuts that can be used to navigate, organise, write, send and archive, all from the comfort of your keyboard. The even got a mention on the Official Gmail Blog. Just Google It explains and tests them out… Read the rest of this entry »