Gmail has turned ten, with Google's email service launching on April 1st, 2004, and promptly being dismissed by many as an April Fools' prank - just as Sergey Brin and the Gmail team hoped would be the case. At the time, the web-based email system with its use of AJAX (before it was known as AJAX) and whopping 1GB of free storage was groundbreaking, sending would-be Gmailers scurrying to get access to the invite-only service. However, behind the scenes Gmail was a whole lot more humble than it is today.
A class-action lawsuit against Google over allegedly scanning the contents of emails has been turned down in a US District Court. This marks a strong victory for Google, which would have faced paying an astronomical amount in damages if the class-action suit had been allowed to proceed.
Google has updated the Gmail app for iOS to support background refreshing, meaning the app will now download new email in the background rather than forcing the user to wait when it's opened. The new version, v3.0, now pre-fetches messages and synchronizes the inbox, taking advantage of iOS 7 to speed up the reading process.
It would seem that the elusive Nokia Android smartphone has been tipped as close to release this week, with a full collection of Microsoft and Nokia-created apps inside instead of Google's own. As Amazon has proven over the past several years, Google's Android is fully capable of being forked to a degree where Google itself need no longer be involved on the surface. Here Nokia is said to be taking a stab without Google's apps appearing anywhere on the device.
Last week a bunch of Gmail users were affected by a glitch. The issue lasted from January 15 to January 21 for some users. Google acknowledged the issue and set about fixing it. The service was repaired, but Google has now sent out an email to some affected users telling them more about what happened.
Both Google and Google users have had a rough day, with the Gmail outage leaving many without access to their inbox for a short time. As a result of this and an unfortunate bug, the Hotmail account of David S. Peck ended up slammed with thousands of empty emails, dragging the Google woes into his non-Google email.
This afternoon Google services Gmail and Google+ appeared to be down as marked by inaccessibility by the masses starting in at around 1PM CST. While the beginning of this inaccessibility did not show markets on Google's Apps Status Dashboard, reports from across the United States showed a similar "Temporary Error (500)" reading. This downtime seemed to permeate Google's social network as well, with messages falling short through Google+ Hangouts starting at around 1PM CST as well.
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.