Thankfully, that annoying restriction is on the way out. Now you can create a new Google account in order to further compartmentalize your online presence without making ANOTHER Google Plus account. Unfortunately, if you want to use YouTube or leave reviews on Google Play, or set up your Android phone, you will still need to set up an account on Google’s fading social media site.
Just yesterday we reported that roughly 5 million Gmail username and passwords were leaked on the web, which sounds like a pretty terrifying thing to happen. Google has released a statement today to clear things up, though, and it looks like things aren’t as bad as they first appeared.
Google claims that less than 2% of the leaked username/password combos would have actually worked, which is only about 100,000 accounts. On top of that, Google’s security measures likely would have blocked most of those attempted log-ins anyway. On top of that, Google has prompted affected users to reset their passwords, so if you were one of the few to be affected, Google has already given you a heads up.
According to Russian news site CNews, nearly 5 million gmail accounts were posted to a Russian bitcoin forum. To make matters worse, the user who published the file claims that about 60% of these passwords are still valid.
Something that’s annoyed a lot of users since Google Talk became Google Hangouts is the scattered contacts list. Google’s fixed that, by having friends who are online shown first, followed by those who aren’t. You can also pin your favorite contacts to the top so you can easily communicate with them. Still, you can message offline contacts of course, and they’ll get the message the next time they check Hangouts.
For the month of June, the top smartphone manufacturers in the United States did not see much of a change in United States market share. Apple and Samsung, the two leaders, are the only of the top five manufacturers to see growth. LG, Motorola, and HTC all saw very small changes that went south; however, none of the declines were more than -0.6%. Also, those three companies combined have yet to near Samsung’s 28.6% market share in the United States. On the overall software front, Android still leads iOS by an amount nearing 10%.
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Gmail has a lot of neat features that gives them a leg up over other providers. Here’s a new one – Google has added an “unsubscribe” button to mailing list emails that lets you unsubscribe from lists with just a few clicks. Basically, if there’s an unsubscribe option hidden somewhere in the email, Gmail will find it and link it at the very top of the message. It won’t fix all of your email clutter woes, but it’s a start.
Google announced today what they think is a significant step forward in enabling communication via email around the globe. Google’s Gmail application, and soon Calendar, will now recognize accented Latin characters or non-Latin characters used in an email address. Google points out that less than half of the world’s population uses a mother tongue based solely on the Latin alphabet. By accepting additional characters as part of an email address, the possibilities for people to get email addresses that make more sense to them is broadened.
John Henry Skillern is a registered sex offender that spent 19 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child and now, thanks to Google, is back behind bars. After Google found suspicious photos in Skillern’s Gmail inbox they tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children who in turn notified Houston police.
One of the best features of Google Search is its ability to reach into Gmail and utilize information to tailor a personal experience for a user. For example, this means that the service can track packages for you by using shipping confirmation details. The latest addition to Google Search takes advantage of hotel confirmation emails. With hotel confirmation sitting in Gmail, Google Search can help you navigate the surrounding area. It can show you places to eat and then quickly provide directions back to the hotel. So instead of searching and narrowing down details to receive optimal content, Google is serving users directly with data that already exists.
The latest Gmail mobile app update has added some much-needed basic functions that are present in the desktop version. For starters, Google Drive is now more efficiently integrated with Gmail, so that you can directly insert files into an email on your mobile device. You can also discern whether or not you’ve selected to share the file with the email recipient and change the sharing settings before sending it. The latest features are available as an update on the Google Play Store. Links after the break.