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A new software tool developed at Columbia University is providing valuable insights into how some very popular websites make use of the sensitive data they collect from their users. The software could help sniff out potential abuses from advertisers and contribute in making the usage of sensitive data a lot more transparent to the end user.  Read More

Google will soon be rolling out a new feature that lets you attach money to Gmail messages

Gmail lets you send all kinds of files as attachments. And Google Wallet lets you pay for just about anything. Why not combine the two? That could have been the thinking by someone at Google, as the search giant is set to launch a payment system that’s the love child of Gmail and Google Wallet.  Read More

Gmail SMS allows users of older and more basic cellphones located in Ghana, Nigeria and Ke...

While much of the developed world has grown used to high-speed internet access, the majority of the African continent remains without reliable and affordable internet, placing modern communication staples like email firmly out of reach to most. However, Google has recently announced Gmail SMS, a new service available in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya, which brings Gmail to all cellphones capable of sending SMS text messages - no data connection required.  Read More

Evan A. Suma improved upon Google's Gmail Motion effort using his team's FAAST software

Last week, Google announced Gmail Motion, a system which promised motion control for the company's free webmail service using a computer's built-in webcam and some nifty spatial tracking technology. Using Gmail Motion users would be able to not only control Gmail actions but also compose emails using gestures that would be translated into common phrases. It was of course an April Fool's Day joke, but Evan A. Suma, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Southern California's (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies, immediately set to work in demonstrating that the technology to run such a system already exists.  Read More

The Gboard is a shortcuts keypad for Gmail users

For time-poor Gmail-ers, or serious users sick of maneuvering a mouse, here is the plug-in Gboard shortcuts keypad. To get going, it’s as easy as one, two … well, there’s really only two steps. First step, connect to your computer’s USB port, secondly, enable Keyboard Shortcuts within the Gmail settings, and that’s it. The makers say in an hour or two you’ll be fully at home with the Gboard and won’t even have to look away from the screen.  Read More

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