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Opera 11.10 gets HTML5 File API support, IMAP improvements

The crew in Oslo keeps plugging away at Opera 11.10, and the latest snapshot build includes a number of improvements to Opera's built-in email client -- as well as HTML5-related additions. On the IMAP front, Opera now supports special folders like sent items, spam, and trash. It also better handles duplicate items in Gmail -- such as those which appear in all mail and under your custom label...

Gmail ads will start learning from your email habits

Google is preparing to make the ads in Gmail even more accurately predict your tastes and needs. While Google has been relying on the contents of each individual email to help it target the ads next to it, the coming overhaul will make ads learn from the entirety of your email correspondence. To become more relevant to you, Gmail ads will start using some of the same signals that are incor...

Sparrow 1.1 for Mac adds IMAP email support, Priority Inbox and more

Sparrow, the slick-looking alternative mail client for Mac, is no longer Gmail-only! With the release of version 1.1 -- now available in the Mac App Store -- Sparrow supports any IMAP account you've got. That includes MobileMe, Yahoo and AOL accounts, as well as any custom IMAP setups you're running on your own domains. Sparrow 1.1 also supports one of the most-requested Gmail features: Prior...

Google accuses China of interfering with Gmail

It's act three of Google vs. China. We've seen the two duke it out over accusations of cyberwarfare and search engine censorship, and now Google is throwing down the gauntlet over interference with Gmail. According to The Guardian, the number of complaints from Gmail users and advertisers in China has steadily risen of late. Google believes that the problems are the result of "a government b...

Google Voice comes to Sprint customers, no app or porting required

Google has made a pair of announcements concerning a tighter partnership with Sprint in the U.S. First, the Nexus S has arrived on Sprint's 4G network. Second, the two companies have worked together to deliver a seamless, app-free Google Voice experience to Sprint customers. Current Sprint users can now make a painless switch to Google Voice. No number porting is required -- existing Sprint ...

Gmail iOS Web app gains new connection bar on the iPhone and iPod touch

Google has just made another addition to the already feature-rich Gmail iOS Web app. You can now see a pop-up connection bar, that shows you what the Web app is doing, when you last checked for new mail, whether your email was sent successfully and whether you're working online or offline, plus an indicator to show you if you've got any email left in your outbox. The connection bar disappears when...

Easily share your favorite Google Chrome extensions on Twitter, Buzz, and more

Hundreds of millions of people are now using Google Chrome as their primary Web browser, and a good chunk of those users have probably checked out extensions or Chrome Web apps by now. If you've ever wanted to share your favorites someplace -- like Twitter, Buzz, a favorite forum site, or even via your Gmail account -- there's a new extension out that makes the process dead simple. Winning p...

Mozilla F1 adds support for multiple Twitter, email accounts

Mozilla's F1 sharing add-on for Firefox has finally gained support for multiple accounts. The latest update to F1 allows users to set up additional profiles for as many Twitter, Gmail, and other supported services as needed. The update also addresses some performance issues, and you should find that F1 now appears much more quickly when you click the button on your toolbar. Mozilla also ...

Gmail Labs adds Smart Labels to help organize your inbox

Last year, Google kicked up Gmail with Priority Inbox, which uses a clever algorithm to decide which incoming email are most important to you. And now, with the introduction of Smart Labels, even more zero-config automated sorting is here to help your webmail woes. Smart Labels will automatically scour for and tag any bulk mail, notifications, and forum communications you receive. You're not st...

Google Apps customers can now purchase additional storage on the cheap

A while back, Google started offering inexpensive storage upgrades for Google Docs storage. Now, users with a domain set up on Google Apps can purchase additional storage, too. The change means you can boost your disk space to 20GB for a paltry $5 per year, or a whopping 1TB for $256 per year (which works out to about $22 per month). That's a very reasonable price for additional cloud storage, ...

Gmail Contacts for Google Apps get business specific enhancements

Google's working hard to make their cloud-based Google Apps platform a viable alternative to the traditionally Microsoft Exchange-dominated corporate PIM space. The latest round of improvements focus in on Gmail Contacts for Google Apps, by rolling out the changes Big G made last year for regular Gmail users, plus some business specific changes. For starters, when you add new contact informa...

How to back up Gmail to Hotmail or a desktop email program

When the news first broke of Gmail losing a small chuck of its users' inboxes, I had a rather terrifying realization: For nearly 8 years, I've been using Gmail as my only message store -- putting all my eggs in one basket, so to speak. If you use Gmail, you're probably now thinking the same thing as me: I really should have a backup. But where should I back up to? There are two choices: use ...

Gmail glitch deletes years of email, attachments and chat logs

Over the weekend, a few hundred-thousand Gmail users logged into their email accounts to find that they had been reset, treating them as brand new users and most importantly, missing years worth of email, attachments, and chat logs. Google initially reported that about 0.29% of users were affected, pegging the number accounts around the 500,000 mark. Big G later revised that number to 0.08%, or...

Mozilla F1 adds bit.ly account support, improves security

After having just received a slimmer, vertical interface, the F1 sharing add-on for Firefox 4 has received another minor bump from the team at Mozilla Messaging. This time, F1 has added support for bit.ly accounts -- enabling you to track statistics for your shares alongside your other bit.ly links. F1 also now offers better security out-of-the-box by storing OAuth information in the browser...

Gmail labels get two new features, graduated from Gmail Labs

Gmail labels are an absolute godsend for many, making email organization just a little bit easier. Today, two Gmail labs label add-ons, 'Hide read labels' and 'Hide Labels from Subjects,' have graduated from Labs to Gmail proper. Their move to fully-fledged features has also given them the ability to hide just some labels from subjects, allowing you to chose which to show or keep hidden. The Label...