Apple's OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 has been released in the wild as of today. The updated software package includes fixes for "stability, compatibility, and security" for the Apple OS. Notably, it addresses a few issues with Mail, Safari, VoiceOver, iLife, iWork, the "Local Items" keychain, and Japanese keyboards. Full update deets after the jump.
The development team at Gmail have shown off their newest innovation in image displaying technology this week: showing all images right off the bat. While this bit of technology might not seem all that innovative for the uninitiated, those that've used Gmail over the past several years have seen the "Images are not displayed" message more than once. This update allows them to be displayed without the possibility of malicious bits and pieces appearing.
This holiday season the folks responsible for the Gmail app for Android have added the ability to set an instant-response email to incoming emails, a service that's existed in the web browser-based interface for some time. This feature will allow users to set up and respond to all emails - or select contacts - for a certain number of days.
There's a bit of dissent out there in the email universe with those that would deter users from working with the most popular electronic mail client in the world: Gmail. The folks at Microsoft's Outlook.com have struck a potential blow against the email giant this week with a guide that aims to make the switch from one client to the other look as simple as possible. This push includes he usage of "OAuth" to switch over.
The team behind Inbox Cube are not satisfied with the way email looks and functions on mobile devices. They've decided to create their own unique interface, one that centers not just on the user's ability to customize the way they recieve emails, but in the way the whole experience is unleashed. Here the folks at Inbox Cube aim to help users engage in conversation in a way that's long since become entirely rare in the email universe.
Google has added Gmail and Google Calendar to Google Takeout, the company's data-export tool, making it more straightforward for users to extract their personal content and jump ship to other platforms. The new additions, which will be rolling out over the next month, join the existing Google+, YouTube, Google Drive, and other cloud export options currently offered by Takeout, though it's not just of use if you're preparing to switch to a different email or calendar provider.
Google has fully baked Google Drive integration into Gmail, aiming to circumvent traditional attachment downloads by saving them straight to its chunk of cloud storage. The functionality, Google says, effectively bypasses the usual download/upload routine of receiving email attachments and then storing them to the cloud, with a one-click shuttling from email to Drive and the ability to instantly preview them in the browser.
Google today announced its "quick action buttons" for Gmail have expanded to more Google and third-party developers. If you've never seen these, quick action buttons are little grey rectangular buttons that appear inline with subject lines in your inbox which you can click or touch to take some sort of action on the contents. For example, if you get a Google Calendar invite, you can RSVP without ever opening the email.
Google has apparently begun inserting adverts into Gmail for Android, with the mobile app beginning to show promotional content similar to its desktop version, albeit limited to one sub-inbox. The adverts were spotted by Dutch site Android World, slotted in at the top of the "Promotions" inbox Google introduced as part of its categories system back in June.