5 apps for better Gmail

Gmail (iOS, Android) may be a go-to email app on mobile, but I often go begrudgingly. For starters, my Gmail inbox is cluttered with myriad communication threads that are difficult to wade through, especially if they're drawn out with quotations and signatures and have multiple addressees. Sometimes I can't even tell where to respond. Gmail also lacks important features on mobile, such as quick access to contacts, one-swipe message deletion, and an easy unsubscribe or blocking solution. But... Read More &raquo

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: Gmail

Star Apps: Engadget's Tim Stevens

Founded in 2004, award-winning tech blog Engadget has brought a lot of shiny and new aspirational gadgets and software into the light through the years. Tim Stevens--named "the nicest guy in tech" by "Fortune" magazine--has acted as the blog's editor-in-chief since 2011. Tim was gracious enough to share some of his latest and greatest software finds--for work and play--with readers.

What are your top five apps and why? 1. Gmail: I'd be lost without this app. There are some mail... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Star Apps , Windows software , Gmail

New Avast, Apple's $10,000 prize, and hot pizza: The Week in Downloads

Every week, we compile the best new reviews, products, and features from the software catalog and blog, package them up in a tidy little newsletter, and e-mail it out to all of our lovely subscribers.

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Top Download News and Features

Avast Free Antivirus updates... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: iTunes , Windows software , Gmail , Avast , Evernote

Gmail updates for iOS

If the next Gmail message you receive on your iPhone launches YouTube or Google Maps, don't be alarmed. The Internet giant enhanced its official Gmail app for iPhone and iPad today, adding two small but appreciated features for heavy users of the Web-based mail service.

First, the default behavior for opening YouTube, Google Maps, or Web links has changed. Now, when you click on any of those kinds of links, Gmail will spawn the respective native YouTube,... Read More &raquo

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iOS , Google , iPad , YouTube , Gmail , Google Chrome , email , Google Maps

Mailplane 3 takes off

Mailplane is a standalone Mac OS X e-mail client that integrates the Apple and Gmail experiences. For six years, Mailplane has been putting the Gmail experience into a proper app with functionality like drag-and-drop attachments, program icons in the dock and tab switcher, and integration with Mac OS X contacts. The latest version 3 release boosts the program one large step forward, with a completely redesigned interface, attachment previews, and compatibility with Mountain Lion's Notification Center.

With version... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Mac , Gmail , download

Gmail app updated with Scribbles, signatures

The Gmail app (free) for iOS received an update today adding useful features like signatures and a vacation responder system.

When the Gmail app came out not too long ago, Google said it was just getting started. Released today in the iTunes App Store, an update to the Gmail app adds a few new features that make the popular e-mail app even better.

Along with (what Google says are) numerous UI improvements and bug fixes, a few features were added that... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , apps , iOS , iPad , Windows software , Gmail , e-mail , update

Xobni introduces Smartr contact management for Gmail and Android

Xobni, maker of popular contact management tools for Outlook and BlackBerry, has today announced a new sub-brand along with two new products ready for public beta. Smartr Inbox for Gmail and Smartr Contacts for Android--both previously branded as Xobni products during their private beta stage--now bring Xobni's contact management powers to Google's e-mail platform.

Smartr Inbox for Gmail is a browser extension that adds a useful sidebar to your Gmail interface. With it, you can easily pull up any... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Android , apps , extension , Windows software , Gmail , e-mail , Outlook , email , Xobni

MultiMi wants to be TweetDeck killer

What happens when you combine social-networking tools like Twitter and Facebook with cloud-based services from Google and make them all accessible from one desktop service? The new program called MultiMi (download) gives you access to all those accounts and lets you share items to contacts across the board using drag and drop.

"The objective of the product itself is to give them one centralized location to receive and manage their information," said Eidan Apelbaum, CEO of MultiMi's publisher, ZBang It.

Pronounced... Read More &raquo

Tags: Facebook , Twitter , Windows software , Gmail

Xobni for Gmail enters private beta; Android, iPhone next

Xobni is offering access to the first 100 CNET users who want to try out Xobni for Gmail. Sign up here, using the code XOBNI-CNET100. Once codes run out, you can still add your name for future access.

It's been a while since we've heard from Xobni, the company best known for its Outlook organizer and later, its BlackBerry e-mail add-on. Today, it pops into focus once more, with a new product: an e-mail extension for your Gmail... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software , Gmail , Xobni