Multiple IM Support Coming to Google?

This article was written on October 31, 2007 by CyberNet.

Gmail Contacts Messenger One of the things people like to do with Google’s products is search through their source code looking for any possible hints of features to come. As nerds users it is our duty to do that, and the new Gmail 2.0 is no exception.

Ionut over at Google OS started digging through the source code, and saw some hints of more features that are lurking around: color-coded labels, ability to remove emails from a threaded conversation, and Jabber transports. Hmm, Jabber transports? It’s possible that you haven’t even heard of these before, and that’s understandable.

What the Jabber transports do is connect you with other instant messengers services, such as MSN and AIM, by converting received messages into the Jabber format. Google Talk is a Jabber client, and there is some early indication in Gmail’s new source code that a Jabber transport protocol is already in the works. This would give you the ability to add friends from Yahoo!, MSN, AIM, and more!

There are already tricks available for using third-party Jabber transports with Google Talk, but it requires some work. The benefits of having Google implement this is added stability, and it will be much easier to add contacts than trying to go through a third-party transport.

One other indication that Google will be offering such a service lies in the new contact manager. As seen in the screenshot above you can actually add/remove cross-network messenger ID’s for your friends. It could be just a coincidence, but hopefully this all means something!

Note: I still don’t have access to the new Gmail 2.0 features.

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Google makes its money from advertising, and promotes such advertising through the use of its many popular free services. These include a search engine, Gmail, Google Docs, Blogger, and the list goes on. The company wants everyone using its services so it can make money advertising to them. But by everyone, it means everyone who […]

Google promises ‘greater transparency’ for targeted ads, gives users more control over them

Chances are you’ve visited at least one Google site or another today, and chances are you were delivered some ads tailored just for you while you were there. Exactly how those ads got from the advertiser to you hasn’t always been clear, but Google’s now announced a new effort that it promises will provide “greater transparency and choice” regarding the ads you see. The most immediate change is a new “Why this ad?” link that will be displayed in search results and on Gmail — click on it and Google provides a brief explanation of how that particular ad came to appear on your screen (based on your current search terms, your location, etc.). You’ll also soon be able to access a new Ads Preference Manager, which will let you block specific advertisers or opt out of personalized ads entirely. Google says those options will be appearing “over the coming weeks,” but you can get a peek at what’s in store in the video after the break.

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Google rolls out new look for Gmail: streamlined conversation view, high-res themes, better search

Google gave us a hint of Gmail’s new look with a preview earlier this year, and it’s now finally begun to roll out the real thing. Sometime over the next few days you should see a “switch to the new look” link in the bottom right corner of Gmail which, if clicked, will open up a range of new features and design changes. Those include a streamlined conversation view (complete with profile pictures), three different density settings (plus “elastic density” based on your display), a new batch of high resolution themes, improved search, and a refined navigation panel. Head on past the break for a quick video detailing the changes.

Update: Well, it looks like those “few days” turned into just a few hours. Google’s now confirmed that the new look is available to everyone.

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How to do Incremental Gmail Backups

This article was written on March 03, 2011 by CyberNet.

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I rely on my Gmail account for just about all of my email communication, and I’d be pretty sad if I lost some of my emails. After all I have emails dating back to the middle of 2004 in my Gmail account, and so it has almost 7-years worth of my email history. Over the years I’ve put a lot of trust into Gmail, but so much of the service is out of my control that I still feel like I need to make backups just in case my Gmail account mysteriously disappears one day.

A free program called IMAPSize is nice because it lets you view a breakdown of all your labels and the space used by each one, but it is also capable of doing incremental backups for specific labels or the entire account. By doing incremental backups only new emails that haven’t already been backed up will be retrieved, and so it should only be the initial run that takes awhile. Each email is downloaded as an individual EML file, which is a standard format used by many email clients. The EML files will keep all the header information intact so that you can still see the original dates and whatnot.

IMAPSize will work with any email service that provides an IMAP interface, but I’m going to focus on Gmail here. After you download IMAPSize you’ll be prompted to add an account, and these are the things you’ll need to enter in the fields:

  • Account: A descriptive name that only IMAPSize will use.
  • Username: <your_email>
  • Password: <your_password>
  • Server:
  • Port: 993
  • Use Secure Connection (SSL): Yes (checked)

After that’s done you can proceed with the various configuration options. You’ll find most of the options you’ll need in the Account menu, which includes calculating sizes and performing backups.

Curious what all IMAPSize is capable of? Here’s a rundown of features provided by the developer:

  • Display of all mailboxes in an account with visual alerts for the most space consuming mailboxes
  • Convenient storage quota display
  • Powerful search capabilities on single or multiple mailboxes
  • Delete attachments (all or individual) without downloading them
  • Save attachments locally from multiple messages (BETA)
  • Mailbox management (expunge, create, delete, rename)
  • Message management (change flags, copy, move, delete, etc)
  • Manage folder subscriptions
  • Modify message headers
  • Copy messages from one IMAP account to another
  • Perform incremental backups of multiple folders in your IMAP account
  • Perform incremental backups of the whole account
  • Replicate IMAP folder hierarchy to your local drive
  • Download/upload messages to/from mbox and eml files
  • eml2mbox conversion
  • mbox2eml conversion. This can be extremely useful in the process of moving messages from Thunderbird to Outlook.
  • Spam handles which provide a basis for visual alerts on spam messages
  • SSL connections
  • Minimizes bandwidth consumption wherever possible
  • Keyboard friendly – you can perform almost all operations without using the mouse

IMAPSize Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)

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Gmail Provides White List for Email Addresses

This article was written on August 01, 2008 by CyberNet.

In the past we have said that it would be nice if Gmail offered the option to create a white list for messages from certain email addresses that should never be sent to the spam folder. We can’t really complain about Gmail’s spam filter because it does a fantastic job catching actual spam, but on occasion it will manage to take a “good” message and put it in the spam folder. If you’re expecting a message, it’s especially frustrating when it gets caught and you don’t think to go check the spam folder. Those days are over because now Gmail has added a new filter option to “Never send it to Spam.”

Here’s how you create a filter with the option to “Never send it to spam”:

  1. Log in to your Gmail account and click “settings”
  2. Next, click the “filters” tab and click “Create a new filter”
  3. Specify the criteria that will be used for determining what to do with a message like who it’s from, who it’s to, the subject, etc. and then click “Next Step”
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  4. Choose your action – this is where you can select the option to never send it to spam. For example, in step three I entered Ryan’s email address in the “from field” and then chose my action to be “Never send it to Spam.” Anytime I receive a message from Ryan, I am now guaranteed that it will never end-up in my spam folder.
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As Google Blogoscoped points out, we’re not quite sure how long this has been around but it’s definitely something we haven’t noticed before.

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Track Gmail Activity And Remotely Sign Out

This article was written on July 08, 2008 by CyberNet.

The Gmail Team over at Google has just added some new security and protection features that will leave some of their users feeling a bit more at ease that their email account is safe. Starting yesterday, Google began rolling out a feature that will allow users to view the time of their last activity on their Gmail account and whether or not it’s still open in another location.

To give you an example: You wake up in the morning and log-in to your Gmail account from your home computer to check your email before heading out the door to work. When you get to work, you log-in and scroll down to the bottom of your inbox where Gmail now displays recent activity and you see that an account is open in another location. Because it displays the IP address for all of the sessions (both open and recent), you are able to determine that the account open in another location is just your computer at home. Google provides you with information like the access type (was it a browser, mobile, POP3, etc.), IP address, and the date/time the account was visited. What’s great is that once you see that you are logged in somewhere else, you can use the other new feature which allows you to remotely sign-out of that account.

Some of you are probably concerned because now you know for sure that Google is tracking this information and that they have stats on you. At the same time, you know darn well that they have been keeping track of this information, it’s just now they are making it useful to you. Wouldn’t it be great if other sites started to implement something similar? We’re thinking PayPal would be a great site to have a feature like this. There are so many security issues with PayPal, and something like this would give users a little more reassurance that their account with PayPal is safe because they’d know if someone else had access to it.

In typical Google fashion, they are rolling these new security features out slowly. Neither Ryan or I have them yet, so we’re using the screenshot that Google provided to share with you. You’ll see the button to “sign out all other sessions” and then you’ll be able to see recent activity:

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Let us know if you already have this feature and what you think of it…

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Google spills the beans on Gmail revamp a bit early (video)


You’ve already gotten peek at it… heck, if you’re anything like us you’ve already been using the preview version of it. What are we talking about? Why the newly redesigned Gmail, of course. In late June Google started offering a vision of your web app future. It was a bit sparser, a bit more monochromatic and (dare we say) a bit more finger friendly. Well, it seems like the interface is about to become a lot less optional. A video was accidentally posted to YouTube today by Google (since pulled), offering a tour of the revamped email service. Most of it will probably look a bit familiar, but the Mountain View crew still has a few tricks left up its sleeve. For instance conversation views now more closely resemble IMs (with profile pictures) and the advanced search options are more easily accessible and prominently displayed. The themes are also getting updated with higher resolution wallpapers to better match the spartan UI. Not that you need any encouragement, but you should definitely check out the video after the break.

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich now official, includes revamped design, enhancements galore

Google has taken the stage in Hong Kong to make the next version of Android OS, nicknamed Ice Cream Sandwich, a thing of reality. Better known as Android 4.0, the update offers a massive redesign to the user interface and adds a plethora of new features. Some of the highlights include an NFC-enabled feature called Android Beam, offline search in Gmail, new lock screen features and a fancy unlocking method called “Face Unlock,” which uses facial recognition to ensure strangers can’t use your phone without permission. Ice Cream Sandwich also includes enhancements in almost every native app within Android itself. The SDK is already available for Android 4.0, and the update itself will make its first public appearance on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, also unveiled tonight. After the break, we’ll cover all of the nitty gritty details, along with some excellent screenshots below. So come along, why won’t you?

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WrapUp: Watch AVI Videos on Your iPad, Most Pixel-Friendly Browsers, and More

This article was written on August 10, 2010 by CyberNet.

Welcome to the WrapUp by CyberNet. This is a collection of news stories, downloads, and tips that we have collected over the last few days, but never got around to writing about. Don’t forget to send in your own tips, or just leave a comment on this page if you think you’ve got something we should include.


firefox.jpgFirefox 4 to Perform Background Updating
All minor updates to Firefox 4.0 (e.g. 4.0.1) will be automatically downloaded and installed in the background.

droid x-1.jpgGoogle Activating 200,000 Android Phones Per Day
The Android adoption rate is rapidly increasing. In May Google was activating 100k phones per day, then in June it was 160k, and now for July they hit 200k.

google wave.jpgGoogle Wave Shutting Down
Last week Google announced that they haven’t seen the user adoption that they were looking for with Wave, and will stop maintaining the site towards the end of the year.

givingpledge.jpgBill Gates Convinces 30+ Billionaires to Give Away Half Their Money
Bill Gates has done a tremendous job with his philanthropy work, and is rubbing off on a lot of other people. If you head on over to you can view the list of over 30 billionaires that are pledging half of their wealth to charities.

flickr revamp-1.jpgFlickr Revamps Photo Viewing Page
Flickr has rolled out a redesign of their image viewing page. Everything seems a bit cleaner, but the most notable change may be that the default image shown is little larger.

ipad data cost.jpgiPad Data Cost Broken Down by Country
This graphic depicts the data cost for iPad usage around the world in terms of dollars per gigabyte.

chrome tab options.jpgChrome Getting In-Tab Options
Preview releases of Chrome demonstrate some Firefox 4-like functionality by placing options inside the browser window instead of in a popup.

jailbreakme.jpgJailbreak Available for iPhone 4
A web-based jailbreak has been made available for most iPhone, iPod, and iPad models. To accomplish the jailbreak the iPhone dev-team exploited a PDF vulnerability found in the Safari browser.

windows 7 tablet.jpgPotential Windows 7 Tablet UI
A UI design firm has come up with a very attractive looking interface for a possible Windows 7 tablet, and says that a “major manufacturer” will be shipping their product in Q3 2010.

–Tips, Tutorials, and Reviews–

seagate momentus.jpgReview of Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Hard Drive
Engadget has a great writeup of the new hybrid hard drive from Seagate ($130), and says that casual users will benefit the most from this cross between an SSD and HDD.

cinexplayer.jpgFree App to Watch Xvid Videos on Your iPad Without Conversion
CineXPlayer is a free iPad app that will let you natively view most AVI/Xvid videos without needing to convert them first.

lifehacker pack.jpgLifehacker’s Favorite iPhone Apps
Lifehacker has rolled up a few dozen of their favorite apps (a mixture of free and paid ones), and broke them up into a few different categories.

frash-1.jpgInstalling Flash on your iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4
This guide will walk you through how to get Flash running on your jailbroken iPhone.

phoneable.jpgSync Your iPhone or iPod With Multiple iTunes Libraries
Using the free Windows app called PhoneAble you will be able to sync your iPhone with as many machines as you want.

pixel friendly browser.jpgMost Pixel-Friendly Browser: Mac Edition or Windows Edition
These two guides take a look at how each major browser makes use of your screen space, and pinpoints which one you’ll want to use if you’re a minimalist.

dropbox 250mb.jpgFree 250MB of Additional Dropbox Storage For Completing Tutorial
Dropbox users can grab an additional 250MB of storage by clicking through a quick tutorial that only took me a minute to do.

ccleaner enhancer.jpgGet Additional App Support in CCleaner
CCleaner Enhancer is a quick way to get a bunch of additional predefined cleaning rules for some of your favorite apps.

microsoft money.jpgMicrosoft Money Available for Free
Well, there is a small benefit to Microsoft discontinuing Microsoft Money… and it’s that you can now grab their last-released version for free.

multiple gmail accounts-1.jpgAccess Multiple Gmail Accounts in the Same Browser
Once you enable the multiple account feature you’ll be able to login to multiple Gmail accounts within the same browser, and switch between them in just a few clicks.

bend text editor.jpgBend is a Beautiful Notepad Replacement
I fell in love with Bend the moment I saw the screenshots, and after you download a copy I’m confident that you’ll enjoy the simple interface and array of features just as much as I do.


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