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Gmail Will Soon Let You Turn Off Those Damn Smart Replies

The Wall Street Journal spoke with numerous Gmail users who are a little weirded out by the now-fully rolled out Smart Reply feature that scans your email for context and suggests three potential replies. Among the anecdotes about awkward interactions and giving up our personhood to the machines, the piece also revealed that Google will soon make the feature optional on desktops. Read More >>

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Google Says It Doesn’t Go Through Your Inbox Anymore, But It Lets Other Apps Do It

Millions of people use third-party apps in conjunction with their Gmail accounts, and hundreds of millions of messages flow through the service on a regular basis. Last year, Google itself vowed to stop scanning users’ personal emails for data-driven advertising gold but it reportedly is still giving outside apps the ability to snoop through inboxes. Read More >>

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Does the New Gmail Feel Horribly Slow, Or Is It Just Me?

Google graced us with a fancy, new Gmail.com last month, and like, great! It’s nice to have new stuff to play with, including a snooze option that should have arrived ages ago, and a smart replies feature I’ll try out but probably never consistently use. But there is one thing about the redesign that’s driving me absolutely crazy, even if it’s just a temporary issue. The new Gmail feels incredibly slow, and it’s not just me—is it? Read More >>

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Gmail Now Writes Emails for You

Emails take too long. Well, at least according to Google, which is why today at Google I/O, the company announced a new Gmail feature called Smart Compose. The feature allows for artificial intelligence to auto-fill information in the emails you compose in an effort to cut down on the time spent typing up mindless messages. If typing emails is truly one of the bane’s of your day-to-day existence, this feature is here to alleviate that stress. Read More >>

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Google’s Most Advanced Security Features Now Work With Apple’s Built-in iOS Apps

Google launched its Advanced Protection Program last fall to help secure the accounts of people who are especially at risk of being hacked. Advanced Protection allows journalists, activists, and election officials to lock down their email with hardware keys (a USB key for laptops and a Bluetooth key for phones) and requires users to go through a verification process to get back into their account if they lose their keys. Read More >>

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Why Snoozing Emails Is a Terrible Idea and What You Should Do Instead

Did you get the new Gmail update yet? (If not, see if there’s a Try the new Gmail option on the web settings menu.) One of the major new features it brings with it is the ability to snooze emails, something we’ve seen in various apps (like Inbox) before—we’re here to tell you why snoozing is bad, why you should avoid it, and what to do instead. Read More >>

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Big Changes Hit Gmail Today – Here’s All The New Features

Oh god, change! Is there anything worse than when something you use every day is changed by the developers and it upsets your routine? Yes, it's unpleasant - and today that sensation will be hitting users of Gmail, as Google's mail client is undergoing its biggest revamp in years. But don't worry - though it looks scary and different, it might not actually be that bad. In fact, some of the features sound positively great. So here's a run through of what to expect. Read More >>

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Worrying New Gmail Scheme Makes It Seem Like You’re the One Sending Spam

Getting rid of spam is a never ending game of cat and mouse. Just as soon as email hosts figure out how to thwart spammers’ latest tricks, the spammers come up with new ways to fill your inbox with junk you don’t want. Read More >>

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PSA to Yahoo and AOL Users: Your Emails can be Scanned for Targeted Advertising

If you use AOL or Yahoo for email, you should be aware that a recent change in the privacy policy of Oath—the umbrella company that controls both services—now allows your emails to be scanned and the information used for targeted advertising. Read More >>

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There Might Be a New Self-Destructing Message Feature in the Gmail Revamp

Earlier this week, news leaked about Google’s plan to revamp Gmail sometime in the next few weeks, and from what we’ve seen so far, it looks pretty good. The interface seems cleaner and more intuitive to use, and a new sidebar on the right should make multi-tasking easier too. Read More >>

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Leaked Images Suggest Gmail’s Redesign Is Going to Be Very Attractive

Yesterday, Google sent out an internal email to G Suite administrators announcing a new design for Gmail on the web sporting a “fresh, clean look.” Images of what is presumably the redesign appeared on Imgur late last night with key info redacted via large black blocks, and today The Verge obtained additional images of what the revamped Gmail could look like when it rolls out for real sometime in the next few weeks. Read More >>

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A Glitch in Gmail Could Expose You to Netflix Scammers

You may be aware that Gmail doesn't think dots are important, so if you have a dot in your email address it'll just ignore it and carry on as if it weren't there. So for instance, if I were to sign with tompritchard@gmail.com (that's not actually mine, don't send this account hate mail) emails sent to tom.pritchard@gmail.com would end up in my inbox. The problem is not everyone sees the world the way Google does, and doesn't ignore the fact dots can and do appear in email addresses. Netflix is one of them, and that opens up the possibility of being scammed. Read More >>

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The Original Gmail Was Garfield Mail

Back when a brand-new company called Google was getting its first trickle of angel investment from the likes of Jeff Bezos and others, early netizens could already use a service called G-mail in 1998. Mainly, it was used by fans of a certain obese, lasagna-loving cartoon cat. Read More >>

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Google’s Quest For Dominance Continues With New AMP Formats For Email and News

Google is rolling out a bevy of new open-source Accelerated Mobile Page tools for developers this week, coming in two flavours: AMP for email and AMP Stories. While anyone who reads news online might have already seen AMP articles, these new tools have the potential to shape what people see and do online in Google’s favour, so it’s worth paying some attention. Read More >>

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How to Clean Out Your Gmail Account and Start Again From Scratch

When Gmail showed up in 2004 with its overwhelmingly generous 1GB of free space for everyone, we never thought we’d have to delete an email again—but even though that free space is now 15 times what it once was, email is more burdensome than ever. Read More >>