Finally, it looks like Microsoft have realised that email is cool and people want a service that is easy and safe to use! Welcome to the new looking outlook.com, it is clean, easy to use and available right now. Could this be a real alternative to Gmail? Time will tell, we suppose! Continue reading →
It looks like there is a revamp in the offing over at Hotmail, the email service that most people started off with back in the day! However, with the launch of Gmail by Google email changed for the better! Nevertheless, Hotmail carried on and on, it is looking a bit tired and needs a lift! The new design that Microsoft is working on will be like Gmail, fast and easy to use no matter where you are! However, the biggest change would be the name; it seems that Hotmail could become Newmail, what do think? Would swap Gmail for Newmail or not?
Source [Money Central]
Once again, the DVLA has been chosen as the cover for a phishing email scam, people are receiving emails that are supposed to be from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) telling the recipient that they must update their details within two weeks or risk losing their driving licence.
Clearly, to many people this is bogus, but it could scare some people into clicking on the link and entering their name, address, DoB and credit card details straight onto a South African based phishing site that looks like the real thing, except for the typos in the text etc.
Source [Computer Active]
If there ever was a definitive answer to who do you love the internet more than your family and friends, this video from Mondo Pilot has all of the answers. It charts the journey through the 90’s to the present day and how the internet has changed from a few pages of HTML to what we see now! It could be my life story, but without all the rude bits, of course!
This is what the makers of the cool internet video Mondo Pilot has to say about the story;
It’s ANOTHER Mondo Pilot! Tell us what you think, we want to know. Did you like it? LIKE! FAVORITE! SHARE! Hated it? DISLIKE! COMMENT! We’re listening…er, well, more like reading. Help us put out GREAT shows! Remember the Internet? No? Well allow us to remind you. Sit back and enjoy this musical journey through cyberspace.
Source [Geeks Are Sexy]
It looks as if there is more to come from the micro blogging site Twitter as they launch a new feature where the user is able to get the best of the Twitter in a weekly email. This summary will show how your tweets have gone down and shared by the people that the user is connected to. It is not available to all Twitter users at the moment, but will be sooner than later as it rolls out across the system.
According to a posting by Othman Laraki, Director, Growth and International on the Twitter blog, he said;
Starting today, you can discover the best of Twitter in a weekly email digest delivered to your inbox. This summary features the most relevant Tweets and stories shared by the people you’re connected to on Twitter.
Stories feature a design similar to the recently updated Discover tab, emphasizing who shared each story beneath summaries to help you decide which ones matter most to you. Click any headline to finish reading the story, add your take by tweeting directly from the email, and see related Tweets from the people you follow.
Source [Huffington Post]
There are a people like myself who have been using Gmail from the start and yet when it comes to my email habits such as how many emails are read, sent, replied to and so on, I would have no idea and the same can be said about other users too. But now there is the Gmail Meter, a script that will run at the beginning of the month and will then send you an email with all sorts of data regarding your account activities. Of course, it may be useless or pointless to some users, but for others it could be just what they have been waiting for! So what do you think about this, is it something that you have been waiting for?
According to the posting by Saurabh Gupta, Developer Programs Engineer at Google on the Google Blog;
Gmail Meter is an Apps Script, which runs on the first day of every month and sends you an email containing different statistics about your Inbox. In a similar way to how recently introduced Google Account Activity gives key stats about how you’ve used your Google Account, Gmail Meter gives you different types of statistics that will help you analyze your Gmail habits.
Source [Official Google Blog]
There is a lot of coverage on how good or bad Siri is and then there is the new iPad’s global voice recognition feature, but both of these have limitations. However, there is Voice Assistant, it is an app that will translate what you say into text allowing the user to send this by email or SMS, more useful is that it will post it to your social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
These are the details for the Voice Assistant app for the iPhone;
We’re proud to present you with the newly redesigned Voice Assistant app. We’ve worked hard to improve the overall design, performance and simplicity and focused the application to those features that matter to you most: The best Voice Recognition in the market and more applications (Pages, Evernote, Dropbox etc.)
This update contains numerous improvements:
You’ve been asking us for this feature a lot. We listen to you
Please note that you should enable the Detect end of speech feature in the settings for this to work
You can now continue/pause dictation, very important for a very long emails and text
This is graphic designed to help those folks who just shoot off emails left, right and centre, in many cases sending many emails to the same address. This issue has been blamed for the increase in work load for people, where in actual fact these emails are not all that important at all.
The graphic by Online IT Degree, follows the decision making process of someone preparing to send out an email, hence the title to send or not to send is the email important and more to the point, is the email work related? You will surprised at how people of lost their jobs over inappropriate emails.
So now, the question of whether to send or not to send that email has become the matter of having a job and not having a job, it can be that serious.
Source [Daily Info Graphic]
It seems that we hear plenty about social media, such as how many people are using it and how much money certain social networking sites are worth! Yet there is hardly anything ever said about the humble email, without which social networking would never have grown at all.
Social media needs email, most users get invites, updates and other site information via email, but do we ever care about email or do we just take it for granted, as we tend to do with most other free services!
The graphic shows us how much email is being used in conjunction with social media and it actually appears to be a lot more than we may have anticipated in the first place. It surely means that social media would be nothing without email, doesn’t it?
Being online means email, as soon as you open an account you get a new email and from then on it does not stop. There is good email, bad email and everything in between, so it is interesting to see that this info graphic has been brought to you via the data found from five million emails and emailers.
The graphic has been prepared by Boomerang for Gmail so they are going to be slightly in favour of email and mailings etc. but the figures are quite impressive such as the average email user getting 147 messages a day and that they are spending around two and half hours just working on email.
I really like the bit about what to put into your title in order to get it read; now I know which ones to delete first, thanks!
Source [Content Management Connection]
There is so much in the news about usernames, passwords and other personal and financial details being compromised, but how do actually know if you have been hacked. Well there is the PwnedList, created by Alan Puzic a security researcher. It is a simple to use site that allows you to safely enter usernames and email addresses to check if they are on the list!
Here are the details on the useful and slightly scary PwnedList;
PwnedList is a tool that allows an average person to check if their accounts have been compromised. No passwords are stored in our database. You can read more about where our data comes from here. Just enter an email address or username associated with any of your accounts to see if it is on our list. Data entered is not stored, re-used, or given to any third parties. Don’t trust us? You can also use a SHA-512 hash of your email/username as input. Just don’t forget to lowercase all characters first.
Imagine two people living thousands of miles away with little chance of them ever meeting and yet something as simple as a typo brings them together! No this is not the next romcom, it is the story of Ruben from Texas and Rachel from Thailand.
Having very similar names is the nightmare of the internet, how often do you try for a username only to find that someone else has the same name. In this case, having similar names meant that Ruben received an email that should have been sent to Rachel! Ruben decided to forward on to her and this was literally the start of a beautiful relationship!
This is the story that lies behind the interesting and heart warming video;
In January 2007, Rachel P. Salazar and Ruben P. Salazar were living 9,000 miles apart and completely unaware of each other’s existence. However, when an email meant for Rachel accidentally went to Ruben, it wasn’t long before an ordinary mistake began to look like an extraordinary stroke of luck.
Source [Geeks Are Sexy]
When a list of two hundred email addresses and passwords supposedly from the GAME website were dumped onto Pastebin, the worst had to be feared that the GAME website security had been breached. However, it seems not according a statement put out by the company.
According to a statement issued by the company, they say;
At GAME we guard our customers’ details very carefully.
We have thoroughly investigated the hacking claims made today by the website Pastebin, and can confirm that they are entirely false. The published email addresses are not registered users of GAME.co.uk, and there has been no breach of our database security.
We would like to assure all our customers that their details are well protected, and advise anyone who has any questions to contact our customer services team via the website, our Facebook page or Twitter account.
Of course, we have no reason to think that GAME are not wrong here, but it is still strange.
Source [The Register]
Around 13.00 hrs, my Blackberry went quiet, which is highly unusual because normally the only time that the emails stop is when the device is turned off. It turns out that it was not my device #vodafoneuk were lucky this time, as it seems that the servers at Research in Motion (RIM) the source of the failure is being put down to a data centre in Slough that handles the Blackberry services for Africa, Europe and the Middle East!
It seems that all services have now been restored, but RIM are yet to give users a full reason as to why this happened in the first place.
According to a statement from RIM they said;
“Our technical teams are working to return services to normal operation as quickly as possible. We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience and we will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.”
It may seem unbelievable, but the first email was sent in October 1971, legend has it that is was of course, “QWERTY” and therefore it makes this month the fortieth anniversary of the first email being sent, some people may loath the idea of email being around for so long but there some of us who still love it.
It is all thanks to Ray Tomlinson a graduate from MIT who was working at a research and development firm called Bolt, Beranek and Newman. There his job was to work on ARPANET, which is the earliest form of internet used for military communications.
While working on this he created a program known as SNDMSG, the clever thing about this was that it could deliver messages to different people on the same network, this also led to the use of the “@” symbol to identify individuals.
Source [The Next Web]
One to watch out for is the fake Apple iPhone 5 announcement, of course it should read Apple iPhone 4S, so that is your first clue that something is not quite right here and a visit to the delete button is in order!
But if the email is looked at, it will be saying something like this is what the new iPhone looks like, if you open the email there will be a link, do not go there as it will take you to a page infected with malware.
This is what F-Secure have to say about the threat contained within the email;
Behind the scenes, it’s a simple IRC bot based on mIRC. It connects to an IRC server at 126.96.36.199 (ircu.atw.hu).
Infected machines can be centrally controlled via this server and are exposed to things such as credit card theft. In fact, the malware contains this text inside it: “I wanna be a billionaire so frickin bad!”
F-Secure Anti-Virus detects this as IRC-Worm.Generic.2106. The MD5 hash is 2B60D3E71289D5F98C8E633A9D0C617D.
Source [Phones Review]
With the amount of emails that I get, this device would be pointless on my desk. Nevertheless, some folks only get a few emails a day and as we do love email so much it is something to get excited about. what better way is there to celebrate incoming mail that having this email notifier sitting on your desk, it connects via the USB port, has four feet of cable so it can be placed somewhere prominent and it flashes every time a message hits your inbox!
These are the features and specs for the USB Webmail Window Email Notifier;
Webmail Notifier connects to your private email account when you cannot, and let you know what is going on.
Webmail Notifier works in the background to inform you every time you receive a personal email and even the capacity of unread emails.
No battery require.
White luminaire Blue, Red, Green indicator.
Webmail notifier supports: gmail, yahoo, outlook, outlook express, POP3.
Easy operating software.
Powered by USB with 4 feet cables.
Every new mail will be associated with a sound.
Priced at £5 or $8
Source [Incredible Things]
Most people use the Google Gmail email service because of its convenience and speed, but then there are others who do not really care about the speed or the ease of use, they just like the idea of using themes and even creating their own theme.
This new create your own theme feature allows the user to totally personalise the colours and backgrounds on what the users Gmail user interface appears like, although it has to be said that the more that the user stuffs up the Gmail page, the slower it is likely to load.
It seems that following a security breach at the online games store Play.com, there will be an increase in spam activity; in fact, it seems that victims are already receiving unwanted emails, many of which direct the user to sites where it is claimed their computer has a virus and offers a way to help at a price!
Needless to say, the victims simply lose their cash and bank details in the process. The only good thing is that the actually financial details of customers were kept separate so it is just names and email addresses at risk.
Play.com CEO John Perkins said, “We would like to assure all our customers that the only information communicated to Silverpop were email addresses. Silverpop and Play.com have taken all the necessary steps to ensure a security breach of this nature does not happen again.”
This is the email that play.com sent out to their customer base this morning;
Email Security Message – We are emailing all our customers to let you know that a company that handles part of our marketing communications has had a security breach. Unfortunately, this has meant that some customer names and email addresses may have been compromised.
We take privacy and security very seriously and ensure all sensitive customer data is protected. Please be assured this issue has occurred outside of Play.com and no other personal customer information has been involved.
Please be assured we have taken every step to ensure this doesn’t happen again and accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused some of you.
Customer Advice – Please do be vigilant with your email and personal information when using the internet. At Play.com we will never ask you for information such as passwords, bank account details or credit card numbers. If you receive anything suspicious in your email, please do not click on any links and forward the email on to email@example.com for us to investigate.
Source [Tech Radar]
For most of use the only time we actually get to read about what’s going on in show business land or the wider world, is when we visit the smallest room in the building. These few precious minutes are ideal for catching up and the perfect material for this afternoon read is “The Toilet Paper” it is what says it is.
According to the people behind the Toilet Paper, “After some personal introspection, we realized the only part of our workday that we looked forward to was our alone time in the can. We would search diligently to find an article worthy of our focus during these prized personal moments. Sadly, most of what we found was not worth the time it took to print out. We knew there had to be a better way.”
The great thing about this is that it is free, you get sent by email and download it just before you head off to the loo for fifteen minutes or so, some people used to have a cigarette but all the good things are now illegal it seems. At least there is always the news to keep us going.
Source [Cool Material]