Perhaps the best Gmail feature that Google has been testing for years is one you might not even know exists: Undo Send. It delays sending your email for a few seconds after you click Send, so you can take it back if you, for example, spell someone’s name wrong.
For users who already had the Undo Send beta enabled, the feature will remain on, and those who didn’t can turn it on via the General tab under Settings.
When it launched in 2009, Undo Send would delay sending your emails for five seconds, but it now lets users choose if they want to hold their mail for 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds.
Google Labs is a collection of Gmail features that allows users to opt in to public betas for services that aren’t quite yet ready for prime time. Undo Send was one of the most popular of the Labs features.
However, Undo Send is not currently available on mobile, so you’re out of luck if you want to retract an email you sent via your phone. But there’s good news: Google said it will roll out the feature to mobile in the future but didn’t elaborate on the timeline.
Google has not yet responded to a Mashable request for comment as to why it took so long for Undo Send to move up from Google Labs, where it was undergoing testing. Of course, Gmail itself was in beta for five years from 2004 to 2009, so the company is no stranger to long test periods.
If you don’t already have this feature turned on, it might just save you from that next embarrassing typo.
Google will allow users to download their search history — a handy tool if you’ve ever wanted a closer look at what really makes you tick online.
The details of the functionality are outlined in a Google support document, which breaks down exactly how anyone can save their list of searches.
First, visit history.google.com/history when you’re logged in to your account. Then look for the options icon, and click download.
You’ll be prompted to create an archive, and your history will begin downloading — it’s as simple as that. The archive will be saved to your Google Drive in the form of a zip file that can be saved to your desktop computer.
Of course, you’ll need to have your search history option turned on for the feature to work. If you’ve opted out of keeping a record of your search history, you’ll find nothing available.
Twitter announced on Monday that all users will now have the option to receive direct messages from any other user.
The setting was originally introduced in fall 2013 but only rolled out to a small subset of people. This time around, Twitter will make the option available to all of Twitter’s 288 million monthly active users, with the social network rolling it out to people throughout Monday. Users can eventually check off “Receive direct messages from anyone” on the “Security and privacy” settings page.
For Twitter users who didn’t have access to the setting until now, direct messaging was more limited: You could only send messages to users who followed you, and you could only receive messages from any user you followed.
While the feature may be trivial, it’s another small tweak in Twitter’s recent attempts to have users just plain message each other more, and in turn, boost engagement — particularly among brands and businesses. Twitter’s going to need them if it wants to reach its bold, “strictly hypothetical” goal of $14 billion in annual revenues within the next decade.
Over the last few months, the social network has rolled out a number of new features and tweaks. In January, for example, it introduced group direct messages, as well as the ability to share and edit video inside Twitter. And earlier in April, it officially revamped its retweet feature, making it easier for users to plug other people’s tweets and add their own comments.
Got the new MacBook charger? No, the new new MacBook charger.
That will be the inevitable conversation in Starbucks stores across the country when Apple debuts the new MacBook in April. The laptop will ditch the company’s patented MagSafe charger in favor of a USB-C port, which also doubles as the connector for devices and monitors.
There’s just a teeny, tiny chance the change may lead to some frustration among those who like the convenience of sharing charging cables, and it reminds us that this is far from the first time Apple has taken similar steps. When it redesigned the MacBook and MacBook Air computers a few years ago, MagSafe got a generational refresh — which, of course, rendered the new laptops’ chargers incompatible with the old ones.
Why on Earth does Apple do this? The gang at College Humor has a profanity-laden theory, which will ring pretty true to anyone who survived the iPhone’s jump from 30-pin connector to Lightning port — instantly rendering all previous cables and accessories obsolete. (Watch above.)
Not that the rapid iteration will get you to stop buying Apple products or anything. Bring on the Apple Watch!
Story Via: mashable.com
At a time when we’re all socially connected, making your email address publicly available is often the friendly and approachable thing to do. It can be scary, though — you’re opening up your inbox to potential spam and abuse.
But we have a solution. If you’re a Gmail user, there’s a simple hack that allows you to make your email address public, without the stress that comes with inbox overload. Read on for our easy-to-follow instructions.
By simply adding an extra period to your Gmail handle, you can change how your inbox treats mail sent specifically to that email address.
For example, if your Gmail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, your public email address would become email@example.com.
Look to the left-hand side of your Gmail inbox and click “More labels.” Scroll down and select the option to “Create new label.” Now, create a new label for your future public email, such as “Public email.”
Now you’re going to create a filter so that every email sent to your address with the extra dot gets siphoned off into the label you just created.
Go to your settings menu by clicking the cog icon at the top-right of your screen, and select “Settings”. Click the “Filters” tab at the top of the screen, and then select “Create a new filter.”
In the “To” field, enter your email address with the dot in it, and then click “Create filter with this search” at the bottom-right. On the next screen, be sure to check the option to “Skip the Inbox (Archive it).”
Next, check the “Apply the label” box and use the drop-down menu to select your “Public email” label. Click “Create filter” and you’re finished.
To see the mail that has been sent to your “Public mail” folder, click the option to see “More labels” (you can have this folder always appear in the label list by clicking the drop-down arrow next to the label and choosing “Show” below “In label list”).
If you want to move an email you’ve received via your public Gmail address to your inbox, just right click on it and select that option, or check off the message, click the “Move to” folder icon at the top of the page and choose “Inbox.”
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