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Gmail bakes in Google Drive uploads for attachment boost

Gmail bakes in Google Drive uploads for attachment boost

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.

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Gmail adds more quick action buttons to subject lines

Gmail adds more quick action buttons to subject lines

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.

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Android KitKat teased with updates for Hangouts, Gmail, Search

Android KitKat teased with updates for Hangouts, Gmail, Search

This week the teams behind several of Google's key apps for Android have ushered in updates that tie the family together closer, ushering in an environment ripe for a new operating system iteration. That new version is, of course, Android 4.4 KitKat, and considering Google has been ushering in the press on the subject so readily over the past couple of weeks, there's little doubt that this system is far from ready for prime-time. This weeks' app updates include Gmail for Android, Hangouts for Android, and Google Now - through Google Search, of course.

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Gmail gets a makeover for feature phone browser

Gmail gets a makeover for feature phone browser

Of the coolest things about Google's web-based e-mail service Gmail is that you can access it on just about any device out there. Using that service, you can access your e-mail from your computer, your notebook, tablets, and your mobile phone. Gmail is designed not only for smartphone users, but for users with other devices such as feature phones as well. Google has announced some tweaks to Gmail for those feature phone users.

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Google filing says emails sent to Gmail have no expectation of privacy

Google filing says emails sent to Gmail have no expectation of privacy

Google has been caught up in a legal battle that claims the Internet giant uses Gmail as a "secret data mining machine," something it is fighting against. In a legal briefing the company filed, it contends something that has caused users and others to get a bit riled: that individuals who send emails to a Gmail address have no expectation of privacy because it was "voluntarily [turned] over to third parties."

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Google Hangouts gets desktop voice calls (with North America bundled)

Google Hangouts gets desktop voice calls (with North America bundled)

Google has restored voice call functionality to desktop Hangouts in Gmail, Google+, and the Chrome extension, after the feature disappeared for those early-adopters who switched from the previous chat widget. The company has offered voice calls through Gmail for some time now, including free calls within the US and Canada as part of a frequently-renewed promotion, and as of this week Hangouts gets the upgrade too.

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Gmail “categories” update arrives on iOS to join desktop and Android

Gmail “categories” update arrives on iOS to join desktop and Android

Now that the Android version has officially (past the APK, even) arrived on smartphones, tablets, and in web browsers for all [Android] devices, Google's iOS edition of the new category-laden Gmail has been pushed to iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches galore. This update brings largely the same experience to Apple's mobile operating system that we saw yesterday with Android, here offering up Google's new integration of pre-baked categorization of your email. This update, like all others, is a free update and requires the user to tap "update" in the App Store to make it real.

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