Google's Gmail has suffered an outage, an unusual event for the popular email service, which became inaccessible by thousands of users earlier today. Plenty of folks took to Twitter to voice their complaints, but according to Google, the outage affected less than 2 percent of its users.
Google has had its e-mail service available in Germany since 2005. However, the company hasn't been able to use the Gmail name since shortly after the service launched. The reason is that a German entrepreneur named Daniel Giersch held the trademark on G-mail as a short for Giersch mail. Apparently, the man hosted a physical and electronic mail service in Germany around 2000 under that name.
Google has redesigned its account sign-up page, now requiring new users to create a Gmail address and to join its Google+ social network. Previously, if you simply wanted to use Google Docs or Google Calendar you could sign up for a Google Account without having to add any additional services, but now the company has made Gmail and Google+ the two main entry points into the Google network.
If you are using gmail for your personal or business emails and have had the need to access the site on a public computer, you may have felt a bit uneasy about that. Having someone else access your account is a big problem for a lot of us. Google has unveiled a new method of accessing your account that is more secure and involves your smartphone.
Google today released some new updates to its Gmail offline Chrome app, which it first launched last August. The HTML5-powered app lets users access their Gmail even when they're offline. Perhaps the biggest improvement in this update is a new settings page that lets you choose how many days of email you want synchronized for offline viewing.
It's time to change your passwords again, Facebook users, because a worm by the name of Ramnit has entered the social realm through the social network with a capital F. Don't worry though, most of the passwords were stolen from people living in the UK and France. That said, this worm has been around since as early as April of 2010 and has been transforming ever since, coming to Facebook after running through so many computers on the way that a July 2011 Symantec report said Ramnit variants accounted for a total of 17.3 percent of all software infections TOTAL. It's time for some social fun!
Google has released a major update today for its Gmail app on iOS. When the app was first launched back in November, it was quite a mess and although Google fixed the bugs, not much made it more compelling to use than the native email client in iOS or even accessing Gmail directly via Safari. But this latest update brings more to the table, adding several new features that are both useful and fun.
Google has extended its free Gmail calling deal throughout 2012, offering free domestic calls for users in the US and Canada. The extension to the free service is the second since Google launched its VoIP integration in Gmail back in August 2010; US and Canadian domestic calls were included at the start as a promotion, and then kept on throughout this past year.
Google has brought back its official Gmail app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The app was released earlier this month but was quickly pulled after a few short hours. Apparently, the app was riddled with bugs and garnered a rash of negative feedback. Now, the company is offering up version 1.0.2 that should work as promised.