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    Google realizes that Gmail addresses aren't for everyone. But even if your digital mail lives on someone else's server, Google would still like little more than for you at least to be accessing it through its Gmail app. That's led to developments like the “Gmailify” service we saw debut earlier this year, where Google worked to implement a number of Gmail-like features for users connecting to external Yahoo or Outlook email accounts. Today Google's got some fresh news about how Gmail's making it easier for users with existing email services to adopt the Gmail app, as the company ...

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    What did you think of today's crop of April Fools' Day pranks? Successes? Mixed bag? Looking at online reactions, some have clearly resonated better than others, but one that's pretty unambiguously coming up in the “miss” column is Google's Gmail Mic Drop stunt. Users were able to reply to messages with a mic-drop animation while also effectively closing themselves off to the thread – and it might have been a cute joke, had it not been so easy to trigger accidentally. As we noted earlier, shortly after activating the feature Google pulled the plug on it, apologizing for causing ...

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    While we can probably all agree Google’s first early 2016 April Fools’ Day prank uncharacteristically bombed, a slew of much better gags and hilarious introduction videos for fake products were always expected to debut today. The hoaxes and “crazy features” ultimately went “official” a good number of hours ago, when it was still March 31, ranging as usual from gut-busting to self-deprecating to outright bizarre and… stuff we’d actually like to see happen. Hands down the best, most elaborate and funniest clip (embedded below) takes the wraps off the Cardboard Plastic. No, ...

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    Email may no longer find itself on the top of the list of ways you reach out to communicate with someone online, but even as it sees its star fade a little, it's still the backbone of the internet's communication infrastructure. As a result, it's no surprise how protective we can be of our email addresses, and losing access to an account or being forced to change our address can feel a bit like losing our identity – not to mention creating a major logistical headache in the process. If that's left you hesitant to check out the options from some other email providers out there, Google's ...

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    Part of using Gmail means being cool with the fact that Google and its algorithms are constantly scanning your mail (in a hopefully not-at-all-creepy kind of way), using that data to tailor ads for you, as well as advanced features like automatically recognizing messages about upcoming events and adding them to your calendar. Today we learn about some new synergy for Google's Android apps as it taps into that Gmail data in order to provide you with extra-relevant app recommendations. Google's latest Play Store update adds a new setting that allows the app to gather data from Gmail ...

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    Who doesn’t use Gmail? Apparently, plenty of people still, given it took the world’s most popular email client several months longer than Facebook to cross the one billion active users mark. One billion monthly active users, to be exact, compared to FB’s daily billion count, though the feat remains a remarkable one. The figure stood at 900 million just eight months back, and in case you’re wondering, Google Search, Chrome, Android, Google Play, Maps, and YouTube indeed reached the milestone already. Nonetheless, you have to assume Gmail-rivaling services like Yahoo Mail or ...

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    It's been just over a year now since Google brought smartphone users on iOS and Android a powerful new way to manage their communications with the launch of Inbox for Gmail. From the start, the app set out to be smarter than your traditional email, using machine learning to identify message highlights, bundle similar emails together, and optimize search performance. This week Google's announcing the latest feature to come to Inbox, as the app gains the ability to suggest pre-written email responses. The tool's called Smart Reply, and it attempts to identify messages where a short response ...

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    How much email do you have to wade through on a daily basis? If you're anything like most of us, that answer is probably “too damn much,” and you're eager to pick up any new tools that become available in that never-ending quest for inbox zero. Today Google's announcing a couple new features about to hit Gmail for Android, both aimed at keeping mail you don't want out of your inbox in the first place. The big new one is Gmail's block-sender feature: find yourself on the receiving end of unwanted messages from a particular individual, and you can blacklist their email with a couple ...

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    The movie Terminator Genisys is in theaters now, and is warning us away from computers that think for themselves (remember, Genisys is Skynet!). No, Pocketnow didn't turn into a movie reviews website while you weren't looking, but the movie does draw some parallels with the topic, so we'll run with it. Just in case you didn't know (SPOILER ALERT!), in the Terminator stories, Skynet becomes self-aware and all but destroys humanity. The way it does this is through a computer technology called "machine learning", and Google has just deployed it to fight spam in your inbox. Machine learning ...

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    Google Drive isn't the company's only service getting a tweak today, as it picks up new photo-archiving duties. Google's also sharing word of a pretty significant update for Gmail for Android, gaining some new features that could help out a lot if you use Gmail to juggle multiple email accounts. The big one here is the unified inbox, letting you see all your new emails in one place. Even if that includes both Gmail accounts as well as third-party traditional IMAP/POP accounts, you'll be able to see all those messages at once. This blending of accounts continues with Gmail's support for ...

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    Google's always looking for ways to make your life simpler, pulling data from one place in order to provide you with useful information somewhere else. Last spring we saw evidence of just such a feature in the works for Google Now, scouring your inbox for bills and presenting you with notifications for when they needed to be paid. To hear a new report, Google's still very much interested in helping us cut through some of the headache surrounding bill payment and is planning to introduce a new system later this year to make bill organization and payment a breeze, all from within Gmail. The ...

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    We're no stranger to Google updating its software on Wednesdays, and each week we look forward to news of a few apps picking up a tweak, bugfix, or new feature here and there. While normally that means a handful of apps being tapped for updates, this week's lineup is a bit larger than most, with at least a dozen Android apps seeing updates headed their way today. This isn't necessarily an exhaustive list, but new updates are available today for Blogger, Chrome (as well as Chrome Beta), Gmail, Google+, Maps, Messenger, News & Weather, Play Games, Play Music, Search, and Text-to-Speech. ...

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    It's been two weeks now since Google decided that Gmail alone just wasn't cutting it for the email needs of the modern smartphone user, and introduced Inbox, a supposedly smarter, more streamlined approach to email. The productivity-focused app launched for both Android and iOS, but with one pretty big stipulation (one that had us feeling nostalgic for the early days of Gmail itself): Inbox was invite-only. If that idea alone turned you off, today might be your cue to reconsider things, with Google announcing a limited-time “happy hour” where getting an Inbox invite  becomes a sure ...

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    Over ten years ago, Google first launched Gmail as a private beta. In the decade since, the service has gone public, spread to mobile devices, and changed the way many of us access our messages. Recent improvements to Gmail like categories have endeavored to help keep email relevant as we get more and more of it, and keeping on top of the important bits becomes increasingly difficult. Rather than continue to push Gmail further away from its roots, Google's taking a fresh start and introducing a new service designed to merge email with all the modern conveniences: Inbox by Gmail. Like Gmail ...

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    Google has been gradually rolling out updates to its existing services over the last couple of weeks. We're still a few weeks away from the official launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop to the world, but we've already seen what Material Design looks like in apps like the Google Play Store. There are some updates that Google seems to be holding off for the final build, and Gmail 5.0 seems to be among them. We've just come across an interesting teaser of what to expect for Gmail 5.0, and even though most of the changes are very nice, not every need is being addressed with the update. The positive ...

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    It's hard not to commend Google for the job the company has been doing in enhancing the services we consume through Android and even iOS at times. We've seen frequent updates to services like Google Now and YouTube over the last couple of weeks, and today Gmail takes a turn at some enhancements. The company is pushing an update that will provide you with a couple of new enhancements, including some Google Drive integration. The way Gmail and Google Drive will work together going forward is that you can attach Google Drive files easily while you're composing an email. Google will then ...

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    What's a better way to kick your week off than with some fresh Google app updates? The latest Gmail Android update brings a fairly significant amount of changes, such as UI tweaks, new Drive integration features, and a couple Easter eggs in true Google fashion. The first and foremost user interface change comes with the refresh indicator, now cycling through the entire Google rainbow rather than the holo blue color of the past. Settings, Feedback, and Help have all been moved over to the hamburger slideout menu, following a trend in other Google apps, and the user account switcher has been ...

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    What's the most popular Android app out there? Candy Crush Saga? Not even close. Facebook? Zuckerberg wishes. Unsurprisingly, it's some of Google's own apps that see the largest installed user bases, reaching a significant majority of Android devices. But even among what many of us consider the core group on indispensable Google apps, some show more activity than others. A little earlier this month the most popular one around reached a pretty big milestone, with Gmail for Android clocking-in north of one billion downloads. Now technically, Google Play Services beat Gmail to the punch, ...

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    As Android users are only too aware, Google's been pushing Google+ pretty hard. If you've decided to go ahead and embrace the service and all it offers, that means you've probably got Auto Backup enabled, loading all the pics you shoot with your Android phone's camera to the cloud. Already, that's meant opening yourself up to a bunch of cool features, like Auto Awesome and Auto Enhance, but today we learn of one more, with the debut of a new ability for Gmail. This is the web version of Gmail we're talking about here, and not the Android app, but seeing as how you use your phone to load ...

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    The Google app updates we just shared with you – those for Keep, Play Movies, and Newsstand – are already on their way to users' phones. But there's one more update we've heard people talking about today that isn't quite ready for prime time, and its changes aren't yet set in stone, still the stuff of rumors. Although that puts us in a slightly less-than-enviable position for talking about it, it's such a major component to how many Android users get things done on their smartphones that it's worth giving an early look: it seems like Google's been hard at work cooking up a new version ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's new strategy to make Gmail more secure through encryption. Nokia follows the news as we get possible launch dates for the Nokia Lumia 630 and the Lumia 930. Apple is next as we get some odd rumors of the company planning to bring iTunes to Android devices. Oppo is next as we have the first 50 megapixel samples of the Find 7, and the results aren't that good. We end today's show talking about the rumors of the iPhone 6 disappointing in its megapixel count. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Gmail gets more secure as Google ...

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    Google already takes advantage of the connections between all the services it offers to provide its users some convenient, time-saving tools. For instance, when you get a message in Gmail that mentions a time or date, Google automatically detects that text, underlines it, and gives you a quick way to add the event directly to your Google Calendar. From the looks of things, though, Google may be about to take this kind of automated system and really run with it, letting Google Now detect events in conversations you have from sources beyond just Gmail, and then suggest you add them to your ...

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    In the last couple of months we've seen tremendous growth in the privacy sector of mobile devices, and that's logical given all the recent issues that surround certain US government agencies and the surveillance they practice. Products like the Blackphone couldn't be more timely in being launched at a time when people don't know who to trust with their most personal information, and now it seems that other bigger companies like Google are joining the wagon. Google has just announced that Gmail will be more secure in every single aspect. In the past, an HTTPS connection went from being ...

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    Despite the dozens and dozens of apps under its belt, spanning multiple platforms, Google manages to keep a relatively steady stream of updates coming, stomping-out bugs, delivering new features, and refining user experiences. Today we've got three such updates to check out, coming to both iOS and Android. The first update to cross our desk is the new version 3.0 of Gmail for iOS, hitting the App Store today. The big news here is background mail fetching for iOS 7 users, letting the app retrieve mail from Google's servers even when it's not open – that means that you'll need to have ...

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    In a world like the one we have today, the importance of your email is both significant and common. Sadly, bugs on mobile applications are just as common, and the probability having both of these mix together can lead into very unpleasant surprises. Google has just alerted its customers on a major bug that it faces with its iOS mobile application. If you launch the app you'll notice that the company is giving you a notification regarding the possibility of some of your email being deleted. The bug was apparently sending your desired email to the trash or your spam folder during January ...

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