Even though Microsoft just announced that it's made Windows 10 apps like Mail and Calendar removable from a future version of the operating system, it continues working on improvements and tweaks for the Mail app (and Outlook.com, for that matter). Desktop email apps in general have been overtaken by webmail that you access through a web browser, but apparent enough folks are using the Mail app to justify continued evolution.
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A few years ago, Google was having some trouble creating a unified and distinctive look for its Android operating system, so it came up with Material Design. However, the road to completing that unification has had a few obstacles and detours, so a few of the company's apps haven't gotten the refresh treatment until now.
Today, Google began rolling out version 5.0.411.09 of Keep Notes (formerly known as... Read More »
When Microsoft launched Windows 10 in the summer of 2015, it stated a bold ambition: To get the operating system on 1 billion devices within the next few years. However, the company hasn't managed to hit that pace so far, for a few reasons. One of them is the user data collection that you still cannot disable, and the other is pre-installed apps and utilities that get featured in the Start menu.
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Dating can be tough. Even though many people turn to dating apps to make it easier, there are still plenty of pitfalls to watch out for. What if the person you're talking to doesn't respond? What if your match is catfishing you? Possibly the worst of all is getting inappropriate pictures or messages you didn't ask for.
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Three doctors specializing in neuroscience, medicine, and AI respectively created Mindstrong to help better detect depression symptoms based on how a person uses their smartphone.
The holidays are a wonderful time but can easily become stressful when you think about all the gifts you need to buy, food to cook, and places to be. Gifts, in particular, can put a serious dent in your bank account, no matter how early in the year you start buying.
We've rounded up some of the best apps to make elbowing your way through a crowded mall as easy as possible.1. Wish
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Before music streaming came along, we got our tunes from CDs and MP3 files. When we were on the go, we did it all through a relatively small and basic LCD screen on our player of choice. These days, the mobile app is the funnel through which all tunes flow, and a streaming service has to do a lot more to help users navigate their libraries and find fresh things to listen to.
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"One piece of feedback we've heard regularly is that it's not always clear to people when we took enforcement action or if someone deleted a Tweet on their own. Starting today, we're adding new notices to make it easier to see when we've taken enforcement action on a Tweet," Twitter said in a blog post.
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Hootsuite (Windows, Android, iOS) CMO Penny Wilson is convinced that for social media marketing campaigns to succeed in the future, brands must shift from a "broader brand-led customer experience" to a "more customer-led customer experience."
Wondering what Apple knows about you? Now, you can find out.
Anyone in the US with an Apple account can now request a copy of the data that Apple has collected about your downloads, subscriptions, device usage, and other activities. The ability to download such data has already been available in the European Union. The expansion to the US is in line with an overhaul that Apple has made to... Read More »
I used to work at a bank and noticed two things. First, women on the 1940s-50s end of the Baby Boomer generation were more likely to rely on their husbands to "take care" of the money. Conversely, Generation X men were more likely to say "she handles all that," when referring to bills and money.
Even though perspectives on gender equality are shifting, there are still areas of everyday life where women aren't on the same playing field as... Read More »
Gboard users interested in getting a taste of American Sign Language, or ASL, can do so thanks to a new sticker pack available for Google's virtual keyboard.
Gboard, which lets you send animated stickers to express yourself, has added a new set of stickers that display certain words and their ASL translations through animated characters and gestures. By tapping the right sticker, you can convey such words and phrases as "Good Morning," "Yes," "No," "Sorry," "Yay,"... Read More »
When Google introduced the ability to unsend an email, it gave users up to 30 seconds to use the feature before the message went through. Google does this by delaying transmission, but it's not the only way to go about things. Earlier this year, WhatsApp (Android, iOS) introduced the ability to unsend a message if you made the request within one hour. And until now, the app could attempt indefinitely to delete your message.
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Anyone looking for a house in Canada can rejoice now that Zillow has officially entered the Canadian housing market. Yesterday, Zillow announced that the 100 million non-US visitors they get to its website and app each year, most of whom are Canadian, will now be able to search through nearly 10,000 available homes across Canada.
In addition to the 10,000 homes immediately available, 50,000 more will be added to the site's listing over the coming weeks and months. Zillow has spent months currying favor with major Canadian real estate firms, signing deals with dozens of brokerages ahead... Read More »
In Silicon Valley, two camps have emerged in the tug-of-war between security and convenience. On one side, you have groups like Facebook and Google, who want as much information about you as possible, to personalize their services (and the ads that you are shown). Your Gmail is scanned by Google AI to glean keywords for advertising, and Google Maps will record all of your travels.
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If you open my smartphone photo library, you'll see at least twenty photos of my cats immediately. I'm talking a dozen photos of the same pose, not even doing anything exceptional. In short, I love cats and taking pictures of my cats.
In recent years, you wouldn't have been blamed if you were reluctant to upgrade to a new version of iOS. Deserved or not, Apple accumulated a reputation for focusing on new features over stability and speed. With iOS 12, however, the Cupertino-based company made it clear that it intended to tighten up the ship this year.
The general sentiment around the Internet, and from informal conversations around this office, is... Read More »
On the heels of last week's dire UN report detailing the disastrous effects of climate change that scientists believe will take effect by at least 2040, Google released a bit of news that they hope will nudge people in the right direction.
On Tuesday, Google Maps unveiled a new feature that will make it easier to find charging stations for your electric vehicle no matter where you are in the world. Google Maps Product Manager Andrew Foster... Read More »
With regulators and the tech media taking an ever-closer look at user data privacy and fake news, the Google Chrome browser itself has come under scrutiny lately, with version 69 including a feature that would automatically sync your browser activity when you logged into Gmail or another Google service. Today with version 70, Chrome has now separated syncing and Google account logins -- although the sync feature is still enabled by default.
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Travelpreneur Paul English founded Kayak (Android, iOS), back in 2004, to help consumers book travel more easily and affordably. Now he's turning his attention to business travelers, whom he still sees toiling away on stale, outdated, and rigid platforms just to book a simple work trip. The former Kayak CEO is convinced his latest venture, Lola.com (Android, iOS) can help.
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