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Gmail on iPhones, iPads finally lets you block images in emails

Gmail on iPhones, iPads finally lets you block images in emails

iOS isn't Google's preferred mobile platform but, in order to keep users from going outside of its ecosystem, it naturally has to play ball. That doesn't mean, however, that all its mobile apps are created equal and, ironically, sometimes Android apps lag behind their iOS counterparts. Gmail for iOS, however, is different and it has, for years, lacked one important functionality. Fortunately, it has finally caught up and Gmail on your iPhone will no longer automatically load external images unless you say it's OK.

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Gmail and Hangouts will start showing out of office notifications for users

Gmail and Hangouts will start showing out of office notifications for users

One of the advantages of good old email is that neither sender nor recipient needs to be online at the same time to communicate. On the one hand, it makes it easier to properly think about responses and formulate them. On the other hand, however, you may not know when or if the recipient will be able to read the email, much less send a reply. That's why Google is now fortunately now rolling out a feature that will give you a clue of a colleague or recipient is out of reach and decide whether to still send them an email or wait for a more opportune time.

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FileRoom wants to make your office papers useful with digitization

FileRoom wants to make your office papers useful with digitization

The folks behind FileRoom have an interesting idea for the modern office. They want to take all your paper - all the documents you've got stacked up around the office - and digitize the lot. They want to do some scanning of your paper, and make your paper-filled office into a far more streamlined operation. They want to make clear that they do not want the world to do away with paper altogether - they just want to be an integral (and simple to use) part of the process.

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Gmail dynamic email gets a full release date

Gmail dynamic email gets a full release date

Google is bringing dynamic email in Gmail to all users, expanding on the beta that launched earlier this year. Building on AMP, the feature will allow for interactive messages that will mean users can treat the body of an email much as they would a webpage, all without leaving their inbox.

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Gmail confidential mode goes out to all G Suite users next month

Gmail confidential mode goes out to all G Suite users next month

Many think that email is long overdue a retirement and services like Slack were meant to hasten that. Even Inbox was made by Google for that purpose only to itself be retired before email went out of fashion. Google is, instead, now focusing on how to at least upgrade the email experience via its own Gmail service's new features. Like this Confidential mode that won't exactly make emails safer but will at least make the more secret.

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Google Pay can now automatically pull loyalty cards and more from Gmail

Google Pay can now automatically pull loyalty cards and more from Gmail

Google Pay is getting a new feature that makes it easier to retrieve your boarding pass, movie tickets, and other content typically emailed to customers. There's a catch, though: you need to use Gmail as your email service. The new feature is rolling out to Google Pay now, enabling users to automatically harvest tickets and similar content from a Gmail account.

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Outlook.com hacks is worse than Microsoft first claimed

Outlook.com hacks is worse than Microsoft first claimed

It's probably rare to see @msn.com or @hotmail.com or even the newer @outlook.com these days but users of these long-standing email accounts do exist. They may show their age but now they might also be showing something else. Microsoft has recently acknowledged and sent warnings to Outlook.com users about a security breach that allowed hackers to pilfer no small amount of data. Unfortunately, it seems that Microsoft wasn't admitting to everything and the reach of this compromise is actually worse than it let on.

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Microsoft reveals Outlook.com breach left some accounts exposed

Microsoft reveals Outlook.com breach left some accounts exposed

Microsoft has sent an email to some Outlook.com users informing them of a security breach. The issue involved compromised credentials belonging to a support agent that left some accounts exposed to 'unauthorized parties,' according to Microsoft, with the vulnerability having existed from January 1 to March 28, 2019. The compromised credentials have since been disabled.

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Spark Mail for Android released just in time to replace Google Inbox

Spark Mail for Android released just in time to replace Google Inbox

Readdle, a company with a number of productivity apps for iOS, has launched its email app for Spark on Android. The product brings many of the same productivity features from the company's iOS app to Android devices, including smart notifications, message prioritization, and a variety of tools that include the ability to snooze emails and schedule when messages will be sent.

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Gmail gets email scheduling and expands Smart Compose as it turns 15

Gmail gets email scheduling and expands Smart Compose as it turns 15

While many of us are on the lookout for April Fools jokes today, one thing that is decidedly not a prank is the fact that it's Gmail's birthday. Google's email service is turning 15 years old today, prompting Google to look back on those first 15 years in a short retrospective. The big G didn't spend its time only reminiscing about the past, though, as it also took the opportunity to announce some new features coming to the service.

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Gmail dynamic messages start rolling out to boost email usefulness

Gmail dynamic messages start rolling out to boost email usefulness

Today, Google is rolling out an update to Gmail that's centered around making our emails more dynamic and interactive. The static emails of the past are gone - at least on desktop - and in their place are messages that can automatically update with new information. As a result, users should see more instances where they can take action within an email, instead of jumping to another website in a different tab to complete those actions.

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Inbox by Gmail going away: Plus Google’s other app closing concurrently

Inbox by Gmail going away: Plus Google’s other app closing concurrently

Inbox is going away. The folks at Google responsible for Inbox by Gmail are likely just as bummed about their work's fate as those that made Google Plus. That's the social network Google made, and the Gmail suite of services - a new interface for the email service - that's proved itself less-than-necessary. Google started notifying users via Gmail and Inbox (inside of which there is Gmail) that Inbox is going away on April 2nd.

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