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Microsoft rolls out Outlook watch face for Android Wear

Microsoft rolls out Outlook watch face for Android Wear

It was only in April that Microsoft Outlook made its debut as an Android Wear app, but a new update has just been released that turns Outlook into a watch face. This means users can skip the need to tap and navigate the UI on their wrist, and instead see both email and calendar information on the same screen as the clock. Instead of relying on a notification, users can simply raise their wrist to check the time, and also see an overview of schedule and unread emails.

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Now you can manage Outlook email on Android Wear

Now you can manage Outlook email on Android Wear

Your smartwatch may seem like the last device you'd want to read and manage your email on, but as the variety of email apps on the Apple Watch has shown, there are some people out there who do. It also proves that the wrist may not be such a bad location to take care of email from after all. With that, now Android Wear device owners can get in on the action, as Microsoft has finally released an Outlook app for Google's wearable-based OS.

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Outlook.com Premium Pilot page appears, will run $3.99 per month

Outlook.com Premium Pilot page appears, will run $3.99 per month

Microsoft has teased the idea of getting users to pay for premium features on their Outlook services since earlier this year. These features include using custom domains and ad-free inboxes. And today, it would seem that the company is taking requests to be invited to the new service.

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Google drops the ball on mic-dropping Minion April Fool’s prank

Google drops the ball on mic-dropping Minion April Fool’s prank

Google is well-known for their yearly April Fool's pranks. My personal favorite was back in 2004 where this search engine company announced that they'd be offering free email accounts with a whopping 1GB of storage, and that they were hiring for their lunar research facility. Obviously Gmail wasn't a hoax, as it's now one of the most widely-used email services in the world. This year, one of their pranks once again involved Gmail, but this time it backfired.

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Gmail security gets new spy warning, Safe Browsing alerts

Gmail security gets new spy warning, Safe Browsing alerts

Google is rolling out additional security features in Gmail, boosting the information users get about any nefarious activities that are going on. As well, the Internet giant has also teamed up with some other big players like Microsoft and Comcast to submit a draft IETF specification for “SMTP Strict Transport Security,” says Google. This is in response to an issue it sees with email encryption — namely, there are ways someone could “still tamper with” email encryption even if the user is sending mail over an encrypted connection.

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Ray Tomlinson, “Father of e-mail”, passes away at 74

Ray Tomlinson, “Father of e-mail”, passes away at 74

As much as it has been blamed for productivity problems and as much as many now wish to kill it, the world would have probably been a very different place had e-mail not existed. And so it is with a heavy heart that the technology community who owes much of its existence and growth to e-mail bid farewell to Ray Tomlinson, credited for having created e-mail. And even if e-mail does become simply a piece of history, it, as well as Tomlinson, will always be present in the mindsets and conventions we take for granted to day, like the now ubiquitous "@" sign.

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Gmailify wants to eat your email address

Gmailify wants to eat your email address

This week Google has launched Gmailify, a way to deeply integrate the functionality of Gmail software into your Yahoo Mail or Hotmal/Outlook email. Google wants to give you all of the "bells and whistles" provided with Gmail without requiring you to sign up for a Gmail address. To do this, you'll be flipping a switch. This switch brings you into the Google fold. Make no mistake about it, this isn't Google bowing down to the competition. It's Google swallowing them all up.

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Gmail boasts 1 billion monthly users

Gmail boasts 1 billion monthly users

Google has a big milestone announcement for today, too: it has a billion monthly Gmail users. The announcement was made by Google’s Sundar Pichai during an earnings call, and again announced on the Gmail Twitter account alongside a festive, celebratory video. This is in comparison to the 900 million monthly users Gmail boasted back in May of last year.

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Windows Cortana will snoop through your email to set appointments

Windows Cortana will snoop through your email to set appointments

Cortana was designed in many ways to mimic a personal assistant in Windows. Just say “Hey Cortana” and she'll respond with an answer to a question, or carry out any number of functions for you. Well today she's going to start scanning your emails in order to create helpful reminders in your calendar.

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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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Mozilla to focus solely on Firefox, spinning off Thunderbird email client

Mozilla to focus solely on Firefox, spinning off Thunderbird email client

Mozilla Foundation, the makers of the popular internet browser Firefox, have revealed that in order focus their efforts on continued development of their most used product, they are planning to spin-off the email and chat client Thunderbird. This shouldn't come as a huge surprise to Mozilla followers, for while Thunderbird first debuted in 2004, shortly after Firefox, it hasn't been directly updated since 2012. This news comes direct from Mozilla Chairperson Mitchell Baker, via company-wide memo.

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