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Chrome: Not all hacks have to make you a productivity wizard. Some only need to make you happy, and add a little joy (or confusion) to those you email, too. At least, that’s the best way I can think of to describe the Chrome extension “Suggested poems for Gmail,” a brilliant little service that drops a literary bomb on Google’s normal suggested autoreplies in Gmail.

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A new research paper, published in the Proceedings of the 12th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining, has looked into the reasons people don't reply to email. It's supposedly the first formalised study of “email deferral” in the workplace and conducted by a University of Waterloo PhD candidate. The study outlines the primary reasons people tend to put off responding to online correspondence.

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iOS: Google announced swipe gesture controls are coming to Gmail iOS starting this Thursday, and should be available to all iOS Gmail users soon. Though the update doesn’t add any new commands to Gmail, it makes it much easier to quickly manage your inbox by letting users customise what left or right “swipe” actions do.

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Gmail’s template feature just got a badly needed redesign. Poorly named “canned responses,” this isn’t the feature where Gmail suggests a two-word reply to an email. (That’s “smart reply.”) This is a much more useful feature, buried in the “Advanced” settings menu on Gmail’s desktop interface, that lets you save multiple emails to reuse whenever you’re composing an email.

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A few years ago a friend that works in PR told me about Streak, an email tracking service that lets you know when someone has opened a message you send them, sometimes with details about where that opening happened and even what device they were on when they were reading it.

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It’s not a stretch to assume you probably use Gmail—it seems like most of the world does, these days. That reality has created consternation over some of the recent privacy and security-related changes to Gmail and Google Chrome.

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As of this week, Windows 10 Mail finally has a Dark Mode worth using. After a few weeks of testing, the upgraded Mail and Calendar app now includes a more useful version of the feature for the email side of the app: one that actually makes the whole app dark, and offers the ability to quickly go “bright” when it’s tough to read.

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If you get a lot of emails that deserve at least a cursory reply, you might feel like no form-letter email could possibly replace all of them. Here’s a clever solution, borrowed from the sci-fi author Robert Heinlein.

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One of the world's foremost computer scientists, Donald Knuth, gave up on email back in 1990 - before many of us had ever sent a message. By then, he'd been. using email for 15 years which he says was quite enough for one lifetime. Instead, he now provides people with a mailing address. Why would he do this? It's about the long-term value of uninterrupted concentration over the short-term convenience of accessibility. What can we learn from Knuth and his approach to email?

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Microsoft may have been one of the first movers when they acquired Hotmail back in the 1990s, eventually renaming it to Outlook.com after a brief diversion to Windows Live. It's been updated yet again, with Outlook.com switching to a new look this week after a period of testing. Here's what's changed?

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One of the most convenient ways to share information is via email. But the problem is that you can end up with multiple copies and versions of files and the platform was never designed to be secure.

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Baby books are great. All those little handwritten notes about their first words and first tooth and first daycare pals. And of course you include pictures taken during your baby's first haircut or while eating mashed up banana for the first time.

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I'm the kind of person who hates losing old copies of digital things — photographs, messages, emails, videos, etc. While I doubt I'll ever take a walk down memory lane and reminisce over random emails I sent in 2007, I don't like feeling as if I couldn't do that if I wanted or needed to.