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Kwerty Gmail Notifier review

Kwerty Gmail Notifier is a utility that will alert you whenever you have a new email, so you don't have to constantly check your email, manually. Customize your alerts, and set up the program to check for new messages as often as you'd like to ensure you always know when that email you've been waiting for comes in.

This app has a super-streamlined interface, as it runs from the taskbar on the bottom left-hand side of your desktop. Right-clicking on the program icon will bring up the menu, with options that allow you to open your inbox, … Read more

Forget Flappy Bird. We're all hooked on 2048

CNET Update is much loving Doge2048:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn why 2048 is the new Flappy Bird, and say goodbye to productivity when you discover the parody game Doge2048. But if you want a game with more substance, check out "Papers, please," which won top honors at the Independent Games Festival.

- Know your Gmail is always encrypted, now that Google requires HTTPS.

- Gawk at the price of Samsung's 110-inch 4K television.

- Head to CNET on Tuesday to follow the live unveiling of the new HTC One smartphone.

CNET Update delivers the … Read more

Gmail: Encryption is now mandatory

Google has removed your ability to get out of encrypting your Gmail, the company announced Thursday.

This follows a 2010 decision to make HTTPS the default for Gmail communications, but up until today Google had given users the ability to not use encryption. Four years ago, the company explained the opt-out as necessary because encryption could "make your mail slower."

"The team has been working hard to mitigate any performance costs, which now puts us in a position where it no longer makes sense to allow HTTP connections," a Google spokesperson told CNET. "The large … Read more

Gmail on iOS just got a lot faster

Google has updated the iOS Gmail app to address a pressing concern: the need for speed.

In a blog post Wednesday announcing the update, Gmail software engineer Melissa Dominguez said that the Gmail app now supports "pre-fetching" so that messages are synced before you open the app. To take advantage of the feature, you must be using iOS 7 and make sure that you have background app refresh activated.

Equally important for usability, the Gmail app now allows you to use single sign-on for Google apps on iOS. This means if you sign into Gmail, you'll also … Read more

Clean up the look of Gmail with Gmelius

Gmail is just about the perfect e-mail client. Quite frankly, I can't imagine my life without it. (Well, I can but don't want to because it involves my old Hotmail account.) As time goes by, however, Google tweaks the look and feel of Gmail, adding new features while removing or changing others. If you'd like to have some say about how your Gmail experience goes, Gmelius is a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera which lets you customize what elements show up on Gmail and where.

Gmelius has been around for a couple of years, but … Read more

Get e-mail contact info with Vibe

Currently, I use Rapportive because I like the dashboard it adds to my Gmail inbox which provides context for my e-mail contacts. Chrome extension Vibe provides a similar service, but isn't constrained to Gmail. It lets you hover over an e-mail address you encounter online, and receive a drop-down panel of information about the person behind the e-mail.

When you install Vibe, it adds a button to the right of Chrome's URL bar. Before you begin using the service, you'll need to use that button to get directed to Vibe's Web site to create an account … Read more

See when recipients open your Gmail attachments with docTrackr

Some e-mail attachments are more sensitive than others, just as some e-mail recipients are more responsible than others. Chrome extension docTrackr lets you encrypt Gmail attachments, set permissions, and remotely destroy them. It also alerts you when a recipient opens or prints an attachment, so you can call shenanigans the next time your flighty friend claims not to have received an attachment.

When docTrackr installs, it adds a button next to the regular attachment button in Gmail's compose window. It also adds a button to the right of Chrome's address bar that provides a link to docTrackr's … Read more

After bug, Google notifies users that all is a-OK with Gmail

Google assured Gmail users on Tuesday that the slight bug that affected their inboxes last week is definitively fixed. The Web giant sent out notices to users that could have experienced issues.

"You may have been impacted by a recent issue in Gmail that inadvertently caused some actions (e.g. delete, report spam) taken while viewing a message to be applied to a different message," Google wrote. "The issue occurred between January 15 and January 22 and is now fixed."

Apparently, this bug could have deleted or marked as spam some users' e-mails. The company reports … Read more

Google finally fixes strange Gmail bug

Google has repaired a bug that automatically filled in an e-mail address in Gmail when accessed from the Google Search results page. The bug had been plaguing the unlucky e-mail account owners since at least Monday, when the bug was first reported.

A reader tipped off Search Engine Land that Google had been caught filling in another person's e-mail address in a new Gmail message whenever anybody signed into a Google account and clicked on the top Gmail sub-link in Google Search results for "Gmail."

On Friday, it was discovered that the bug filled in a Hotmail … Read more

Gmail takes a Friday timeout

Google's Gmail service, which provides e-mail for around 450 million people, went offline Friday around 11:04 a.m. PT. Service began to return for many Gmail users 25 minutes later, while full service was restored this afternoon.

A Google spokesperson said that the company is looking into the outage.

Google quickly updated its apps status dashboard to reflect that Gmail was down. Officially, the company flagged the outage as a "service disruption," and not a "service outage," although that's probably little consolation to people who weren't able to access their Gmail. Google … Read more