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It was recently confirmed that the new Gmail will contain a 'Confidential Mode' which will allow users send emails that will be destroyed after a set period of time.

This is cool and all, but there are still significant questions that need to be answered around compatibility and security.

The good news is that there are a bunch of alternative email clients that offer far more features and privacy.

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Gmail is about to get a major facelift with a bunch of new features and an updated user interface. But along with many cosmetic changes come others that will chnage the way we use email. Among the updates that will be coming, you'll be able to mark messages as confidential which will give you lots of power over how email is handled.

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In "How to Email Busy People", startup founder Jason Freedman gives several good tips on getting what you want from busy and important people. The most crucial tip, as quoted today by designer Tina Roth Eisenberg, is to be explicit instead of coy.

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The most fleeting joy in this world is that of sending off an important email, as it's inevitably replaced by the anxiety of waiting for a reply. If you want to get a quick reply to your email, send it in the morning.

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It can be hard to start an email, but it feels even worse when you're going insane after sending the same canned response to a question for the ninth time this week. If you'd like a little help replying to the messages in your ever-growing inbox, EasyEmail uses machine learning (along with your email data) to auto-generate potential replies you're too lazy to type yourself. (Whether the Chrome extension's features are worth a mild invasion of privacy is up to you.)

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Email can be a magnet for mistakes. Sometimes, these mistakes are trivial: You add an extra letter to a proper noun somewhere in your message; you accidentally bold part of a word; you use a semicolon instead of a comma. All forgivable offences.

And sometimes, you look at the bar that separates the defensible from the absurd and think, "I can jump a lot higher than that."

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Twitter and Facebook and news alerts all prove it: The best form of one-to-many communication is the email newsletter. The Lifehacker staff follows newsletters for morning briefings, unique takes on tech, or personal stories. These are our favourites.

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A long, long time ago, having a good password was all you needed to make sure your Gmail (or other online) account was secure. Now, if you don't have two-factor authentication, or 2FA, then you're missing out on a really simple way to protect yourself. Why, then, do less than 10 per cent of Gmail users have 2FA enabled? Great question.

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Gmail and Google Calendar integration is an embarrassment. Gmail can never recognise all the crucial event info, and to fix it you have to open up Google Calendar in a new tab, defeating the purpose. Thankfully there are third-party fixes, such as Pod for Gmail, which recognises event info and loads it into a full calendar event right inside your Gmail window.

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Everyone made fun of the performative pep talk from that Ticketmaster bro who thinks working the holidays turns you into Usain Bolt, but he got one thing right: Most people, even if they're back in the office, aren't working hard between Christmas and New Year's Eve.

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If you're buried under unanswered email, and find yourself constantly starting your replies with "Sorry for the delay," do what BuzzFeed reporter and creative miscreant Katie Notopoulos did: Answer your emails right away, with just a couple of words. She calls it "emailing like a CEO", the same phrase used in a 2001 New York Times piece about how high-tier executives tend to send terse, misspelled emails.

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Google has updated their iOS email client to support the new screen resolution and aspect ratio of the iPhone X and added support for third-party email services. This overcomes a longstanding problem as Google recognises that they aren't the only email provider on the planet.

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Click Frenzy was a couple of weeks ago now and, as you may remember, Lifehacker braved the long hours to live blog the whole thing. With good reason too! Some items were 99% off, including an LG 55" 4K TV that was going for just $10.

If you were one of the unlucky many who missed out on Click Frenzy's Go Wild deals - all hope is not lost. You may still have snagged a huge bargain despite being told you weren't quick enough.