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Gmail unified inbox puts all your mail in one place

Gmail unified inbox puts all your mail in one place

There's an update to Gmail this week that will allow you - on your mobile device - to push all your email into one, single inbox. This is not the "Inbox" app, nor is it a destruction of the separate email boxes like Social, Promotions, and Updates. Instead, it's a central place where you can get email from all of your different accounts, be they all Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, or whatever you happen to be using. All in one, single Inbox, that'll forever overflow for the rest of time.

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Gmail for iOS makes life easier with quick actions, sharing

Gmail for iOS makes life easier with quick actions, sharing

iOS 8 has introduced a lot of new features that add convenience and speed to the platform, but not all apps have immediately taken advantage of those. Some are just starting to catch up to go with the times. Google has just pushed out a few updates to its apps on iOS, but most notable perhaps is Gmail. In the latest 4.0 version of the app, Google has added three new features that let you handle your email or create one right then and there, without batting an eyelash.

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Google experiencing widespread outage affecting most services

Google experiencing widespread outage affecting most services

Having trouble signing into Google stuff today? You’re not the only one. According to several Tweets sent out over the last hour or so, Google services are seeing disruption. Hangouts, Gmail, Google Play, and Play Music all seem to be seeing interruptions. Google has yet to comment on the outages, but so many complaints can’t lead to some sort of user error. Some users are even seeing authentication errors, while others simply can’t access services they rely on, like Hangouts or email.

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Google updates Contacts with fresh look, automatic contact updates

Google updates Contacts with fresh look, automatic contact updates

Today, Google is announcing an update to Contacts. In the preview, you’ll notice straight away that Google has rolled in a bit of the Material Design flavor, giving your Contacts page a fresh look and feel. Not only a facelift, Contacts also gives you some new features, most notably the ability to easily find and merge (or delete) duplicate contacts. Still in preview, the new Contacts feature is already much better that what you might be using now, and makes finding people much easier.

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Google tests a new way to chat with businesses

Google tests a new way to chat with businesses

Modern day businesses are evolving. A few years ago shopkeepers started realizing the importance of social media, but now that isn't enough. Google is giving businesses new ways to keep in contact with their customers. Google is testing a feature that allows customers to use a chat with business owners in real time through Google Hangouts. It's a great idea for today's customers who not only want instant access to store information, but they want it without having to pick up the phone and make a call.

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Google Calendar app updated with pinch-to-zoom, 7-day view

Google Calendar app updated with pinch-to-zoom, 7-day view

Google released a new version of their Google Calendar app for Android. There made some small adjustments and tweaks after receiving feedback on their earlier versions. The previous version had taken away the ability to view week by week. The update brings back a 7-day view and introduces a pinch-to-zoom function. You can also elect to show the week's numbers on a 7-day view. They have updated the assist feature that helps you organize your calendar more quickly by creating titles and suggestions for events.

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Gmail autocomplete bug a danger to quick tappers

Gmail autocomplete bug a danger to quick tappers

Supposing you're one of the millions of Gmail users that uses autocomplete to a fault, you might want to check your outbox this week. As of the last few days - some are saying longer - a bit of a bug appears to be showing up. This oddity has Gmail suggesting emails you might have only used once over an email you've used thousands of times. As of this afternoon, no official word has been released on the so-called bug - or alphabetical re-arranger of names.

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Google Inbox invites light up for Google Apps and Work

Google Inbox invites light up for Google Apps and Work

Users working with a non-Gmail email address inside of Gmail may want to check their inbox for an Inbox by Gmail invite this morning. Google has release a number of invites to users across the United States this morning and throughout the weekend, pushing Inbox for Gmail to Google Apps and Work users in waves. Users with business accounts in Gmail will now be able to make use of this next-generation email system - provided they've been invited to do so - just like non-business users of the past several weeks.

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Inbox by Gmail ready for Google Apps “imminently”

Inbox by Gmail ready for Google Apps “imminently”

According to Google's Sundar Pichai, Google Apps users will be able to use Gmail's "Inbox" system very, very soon. This means that apps customers will be able to use this Gmail alternative - using Gmail's innards - for whatever they do so please - "imminently." Pichai also made clear that Inbox by Gmail is "coming to more places" as well. Users will find an an Inbox by Gmail error page if they attempt to jump in with email addresses inside Google Apps right now, but the switch should be flipped soon.

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Inbox by Gmail updated for iPad

Inbox by Gmail updated for iPad

Google has updated their iOS build of Inbox by Gmail to work for the Apple iPad. This update brings a couple of changes to the way the app is organized on the tablet vs the ever-so-slightly smaller iPhone. This app continues to be an "invite only" situation, but emailing inbox (at) google (dot) com generally results in an invitation sent rather rapidly. This app is also (obviously) out for Android and was originally released to both platforms essentially at the same time.

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