Yahoo Mail revamp aims for speed, simplicity

Yahoo Mail just got a facelift.

The longstanding e-mail service underwent a revamp to focus on faster access to e-mail, fewer distractions, and an easier-to-use interface. Yahoo also worked to keep the look consistent throughout a variety of platforms, whether it's on the Internet, Windows 8, iPhone, or Android. The changes were announced today by CEO Marissa Mayer on Yahoo's blog.

Regardless of Yahoo's broader struggles, its e-mail service remains a popular one and a default address for many individuals. As a result, it continues to be a crucial element to sustaining traffic.

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Gmail goes down briefly for both consumers and enterprise users

Last updated: 11:30 a.m. PT

Gmail went down briefly this morning before quickly popping back up.

Twitter users took to their accounts to tell the world that the e-mail program wasn't connecting. It appeared that both the consumer version for "gmail.com" accounts wasn't working, as well as corporate e-mail systems that use Gmail as their e-mail platform.

It's not clear what might have caused the outage, but it appeared to be quite widespread. About five to ten minutes after the outage, however, Gmail came back, and is now operating fine.

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Enable swipe-to-delete in Gmail 4.2 on Android

One feature Android users have been asking for in the Gmail app has been the ability to swipe and delete or archive a message. With the release of Gmail 4.2, that's now possible.

By default, the swipe gesture is set to archive or delete a message, depending on whether the message has already been archived. Should you want to change it to always delete (or disable the feature altogether), you'll need to dive into the settings.

To enable swipe-to-delete, make sure you have the latest version of Gmail running on your Android device. After you've updated, … Read more

The 404 1,173: Where where we play it fast and loose (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- What happened when NYU students discovered they could e-mail 40,000 people at once.

- Trotify kit puts Monty Python horse coconuts on your bike.

- Why is Slate defending your right to name your kid Hashtag?

- Why people spend so many hours stitching footage into YouTube collages.

- Access Main Computer File: Exploring graphical user interfaces in movies.

- Brave Robotics offers 3D-printed 1/12 scale mecha transformer at Maker Faire.… Read more

Sunrise will e-mail your daily agenda to you each morning

Technology was supposed to make managing a hectic schedule easy. Setting up a Google Calendar was supposed to streamline your calendar, telling you where you needed to be and when you needed to be there. The same can be said about Facebook Events, iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, and on and on. The point is, in some regards, technology has gotten in the way of making our lives easier and keeping a calendar is one of those areas.

Depending on your friends and family members, you may receive event invites on Facebook, Google Calendar, and iCloud. All of which have unique methods … Read more

About-face on e-mail surveillance bill

week in review After public criticism of a proposal that would let government agencies warrantlessly access Americans' e-mail, a prominent senator says he will "not support" such an idea.

Sen. Patrick Leahy has abandoned his controversial proposal that would grant government agencies more surveillance power -- including warrantless access to Americans' e-mail accounts -- than they possess under current law. The Vermont Democrat said on Twitter that he would "not support such an exception" for warrantless access, a few hours after a CNET article disclosed the existence of the measure.

Leahy's about-face comes in response … Read more

Tech deals and apps for Black Friday

Wednesday's CNET Update has mall madness:

This episode of CNET Update is chock-full of tips for conquering Black Friday. Start your research with CNET's Black Friday page and Holiday Gift Guide. You'll also want to load your phone up with helpful apps, like Black Friday Survival Guide, ListBliss and ShopSavvy.

Be sure to also comb through CNET's slideshow of the best Black Friday tech deals. If you spot a deal on a Blu-ray player, it could be smart to grab it.

For those shopping online, do your homework to know if a sale price is really … Read more

Semi-Automatic Gmail Assistant gadget sends rude replies

Sometimes it's hard to say "no." You get an e-mail from a friend who wants you to read, critique, and edit his 500,000-word epic sci-fi fantasy novel. Your boss wants you to forfeit the next 12 weekends to help out with a pet project. This is when you need to have the Semi-Automatic Gmail Assistant (SAGA).

SAGA looks deceptively simple. It's a colorful rectangular box with a chrome button, a place for a key, and a USB hook-up for your computer. Your computer sees it as a standard keyboard.… Read more

E-mail bill raises privacy concerns

Tuesday's CNET Update is checking privacy settings:

There's an update to today's top story. Hours after CNET reported on a bill rewrite that would give warrantless access to American's e-mail, the senator behind the legislation has abandoned his controversial proposal.

Other stories in today's tech roundup:

- Facebook is testing Photo Syncing for some iOS users. It automatically uploads images on a phone or tablet to Facebook, saving them in a private folder. Google+ has a similar feature called Instant Upload.

- YouTube users with anonymous nicknames can link with a Google+ account. Back in … Read more

Oopsie! Taliban outs mailing list

It's hard running a covert operation.

Just ask anyone at the CIA. People write e-mails not realizing who might one day read them.

I am sure, therefore, that many will have a feeling of "there, but for the grace of a Gmail account go I," when they hear that the Taliban appears to have exposed its whole mailing list.

The way ABC News posts it, an official spokesman of the Taliban, Qari Yousuf Ahmedi, sent out an invitation to a champagne and croquet event with insufficient dexterity.

Actually, it might not have been a champagne and croquet … Read more