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Yahoo adds Gmail: here’s the one reason why

Yahoo adds Gmail: here’s the one reason why

This week Yahoo Mail has added the ability to (easily) add a Gmail account for email forwarding. They've also got the ability to add Outlook emails, and if you're in the mood, an infinite loop with all other email addresses. If, for whatever reason, you'd like to create an unending loop of emails, all you'll need to do is add one forwarding service to the next, then that same service to the next, and on and on back to the point at which you started. Every email capable of adding POP3 addresses can become part of this giant game of digital telephone. But that's not why you'd actually want to use your Gmail account inside Yahoo Mail - nay!

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Yahoo wants you to use Gmail inside Yahoo Mail

Yahoo wants you to use Gmail inside Yahoo Mail

E-mail inception? That seems to be what Yahoo is aiming for here. Or perhaps simply a last ditch effort to drive up traffic inside its email service by tying it with other email services. To be fair, Yahoo actually added the ability to add other email accounts to Yahoo Mail last October, but it is only now that it is turning on that switch for Gmail, trying to sell the idea that using Gmail inside Yahoo Mail will be a win-win situation for users. If that even makes sense.

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Google Star Wars promo turns your account to the Light or Dark Side

Google Star Wars promo turns your account to the Light or Dark Side

With less than a month to go until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, Google is getting in on the hoopla surrounding the movie's release. The web giant has launched a new "Awaken The Force Within" promo that lets users align their Google account with either the Light Side or the Dark Side. Once navigating to the main page at google.com/starwars, users sign in like normal, and then drag their icon to either the left or right. After confirming their selection, all of Google's web apps will be refreshed with designs to match their alignment.

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Gmail to begin warning users of unencrypted emails

Gmail to begin warning users of unencrypted emails

Google is about to up its email security game when it comes to Gmail. The company has revealed it is currently working on an alert system to warn users when they've received an unencrypted email, and reduce the risk that comes with opening it. While using Gmail in the browser already uses HTTPS by default to connect to the server, there is still a significant number of emails that are sent unencrypted when moving between different providers. In a blog post, Google details some of its research into the current state of email security, and how it hopes to improve things.

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Gmail’s updated search makes finding mislabeled messages easier

Gmail’s updated search makes finding mislabeled messages easier

Google has added a new feature to make things easier on Gmail users — in this case, users who know they have a particular email but can’t find it through search. Sometimes, through the course of things (or just through clumsy scrolling on a touchscreen), messages are accidentally marked or mislabelled, only to disappear into some archive or the spam folder.

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Google gets a whole lot smarter (and more open) with TensorFlow

Google gets a whole lot smarter (and more open) with TensorFlow

Machine Learning is a big scary term for something that can be explained very simply. When you see someone you've seen several times before, you recognize them. In the same way, Google's computers recognize photos of your face because they all look similar. Google's machines are able to learn - that's just one piece of the puzzle. Google has announced a system called TensorFlow, a machine learning system that Google will be using soon (in place of their old system being used today), and they'll be making it open source, too.

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Gmail’s Inbox will now have instant “smart reply” buttons

Gmail’s Inbox will now have instant “smart reply” buttons

This week "Inbox by Gmail" will be introducing a far quicker way to reply to emails - one-button "Smart Reply" answers. This system will allow you to select from a number of pre-made reply - or just the start of your reply - in a number of words. If you're being asked a question about a document, for example, your Smart Reply might be "Let me have a look" or "I'll send it to you." This could be your entire reply, or it could be just a quick way to begin your email at full length.

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Gmail adds block and unsubscribe options for Android, web

Gmail adds block and unsubscribe options for Android, web

Email — it’s great most of the time, but like all things, it can be annoying at other times. One of those times is when someone you don’t like keeps emailing you — an annoying distant uncle who is somehow under the impression you’ve won the lottery, or someone you ticked off in the comments section of a website at some point. Equally annoying are subscription emails you don’t remember signing up for and can’t seem to unsubscribe from.

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Gmail Snooze in Inbox brings things to the top when you need them

Gmail Snooze in Inbox brings things to the top when you need them

Google has been tweaking Gmail of late to bring some nice new features to the mix and improve the mail service for users. Not long ago Google added a neural network to help reduce the spam we have to deal with on a daily basis. Google has now unveiled a new feature called Snooze in Inbox designed to make it easier to find things like emailed tickets and confirmations right when you need them.

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Gmail spam catching prowess improved with neural network

Gmail spam catching prowess improved with neural network

Spam email is one of the most annoying things about the internet today with inboxes flooded with messages for cheap medications and dating sites that few people actually want to see. Gmail is pretty good at catching spam messages and hiding them away in the spam folder without most users having to do much to make it happen. However, we all know that at some point you need to check spam because inevitably a message that isn't spam ends up in there.

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Gmail adds more themes and emoji

Gmail adds more themes and emoji

Some like their inboxes to be clean and plain, but there are those who need a dose of color amidst their email, and Gmail is targeting those users with its new update. Google Software Engineer Gaurav Vijay announced the upcoming changes today, saying some more options are inbound for personalizing things. Among the new options are more themes, something that made their first appearance in Gmail back in 2008. There are also some new emojis in case the current roster isn't enough to satiate your picture-based expressions.

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Liked Undo Send? You’ll love these Gmail Labs tweaks

Liked Undo Send? You’ll love these Gmail Labs tweaks

Today Gmail's "Undo Send" feature finally comes to the standard version of Gmail. With it, a renewed interest in the labs where it was born. This system is called Gmail Labs - a place where awesome features are thought up and tossed into the fray with wild abandon. Sort of. While there's still some testing that goes on behind the scenes, Google offers up a place where users can test out the oddities before they reach prime-time. There you can play with the toys before the toys come to all the other girls and boys.

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