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Jims.Tips is one of my little corners of the Internet; my sandbox and playground for all things Web Development. I love riding on the bleeding edge of technology, and I love exploring new gadgets, services, Web sites, programs, and anything interesting! Here you will find all sorts of tips and information about those things that interest me. Thanks for visiting!

Event time zones in Google Calendar

Posted by Oleksandr Kyreiev, Software EngineerDealing with time zones can be a headache. Whether you’re a regular traveler or trying to plan ahead for your weekend in Paris, it’s often difficult to keep track of time differences. We’ve heard your…

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New in Labs: Smart mute and easier ways to unmute

Posted by Bruce DiBello, Software EngineerIf you subscribe to a lot of mailing lists and like to keep an empty inbox, muting (or preventing a conversation from re-entering your inbox) is an essential feature. We just made a few changes that should make…

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New in Labs: Recently used emoji

Posted by Darren Lewis, Software EngineerWhen we added emoticons in Gmail, you responded with a nice big smile , but then you asked for more. So we added hundreds more emoticons through Gmail Labs. “But alas!” you cried. “How can I ever keep up w…

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Optional attendees in Google Calendar

Posted by Karol Stosiek, Software Engineering InternTime is one of our most precious resources. Despite their necessity, meetings tend to vary in importance for different attendees. John might be really interested in his team’s weekly meeting, wherea…

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Gmail homepage makeover

Posted by Jason Toff, Product Marketing ManagerIf you visited the Gmail log-in page recently, you may have noticed that things looked a wee bit different. We decided to give this page a bit of a facelift and updated a few of Gmail’s other pages whil…

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Five new themes

Posted by Manu Cornet, Software EngineerManu: Hey, how would you fancy some new Gmail themes?Jake: Sure, I would love that! How usable are they?Manu: Huh, usable? Well, there’s a flishy-flashy theme that blinks every…Jake: What? I don’t want thin…

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New in Labs: Auto-advance to the next conversation

Posted by Bruce DiBello, Software EngineerToday, whenever you open an email in your Gmail inbox and then archive or delete it, you’re taken back to your inbox. Many of you have asked for the ability to instead go to the next conversation. Keyboard ni…

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Help us improve Tasks

Posted by David Tattersall, Associate Product ManagerIf you’re using Tasks, you’ve probably thought about something you’d like us to improve or an additional feature you wish you had. Well, we want to hear your ideas — whether they’re for…

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Follow Gmail on Twitter

Posted by Jason Toff, @gmail teamWe launch new features in Gmail almost every week, and people learn about these features from different sources — friends and family, the news, this blog, or our what’s new page. But heavy Twitter users like me often…

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Turn off Gmail’s conversation view

Posted by Wiltse Carpenter, Technical LeadThe way Gmail organizes mail into conversations is like cilantro. You either love it — and, like me, enjoy the nice citrusy, herbal finish it gives to everything from salsa to curry — or you hate it. And thos…

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Drag and drop attachments onto messages

Posted by Adam de Boor, Software EngineerI’m always looking for ways to save time. Suppose I want to attach some files to an email, and I already have a folder open containing those files.I used to have to click “Attach a file,” find the photos, click …

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Insert a calendar invitation

Posted by Oana Florescu, Software EngineerSince my friends share their schedules with me in Google Calendar, when I want to see a movie with them, I can check to see which nights they’re free before sending out an email about it. However, I need to swi…

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Google Buzz buttons

Posted by Mussie Shore, Product ManagerWe’ve seen lots of people using Google Buzz to share interesting links from around the web. To do so, you had to copy and paste the link from one browser window to another — there weren’t buttons that made i…

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New in Labs: Nested Labels and Message Sneak Peek

Posted by Manu Cornet, Software EngineerLabels are more flexible than folders because a given email can have several labels but can’t be in several folders at the same time. A highly requested feature for labels, though, comes from the world of folders…

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Confirm your Buzz settings

Posted by Todd Jackson, Product ManagerShortly after launching Google Buzz, we quickly realized we didn’t get everything right and moved as fast as possible to improve the Buzz experience. We made a number of changes to the getting started experience b…

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Gmail on the iPad

Posted by Alex Nicolaou, Engineering ManagerWhen the iPhone and Android devices came out, we started building for advanced mobile browsers and optimizing the Gmail interface for touchscreens, culminating in the Gmail for mobile HTML5 web app. As portab…

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Improved comment collapsing for Google Buzz posts

Posted by Sean McBride, User Experience DesignerAny Google Buzz post can turn into a lively discussion. Sometimes these conversations can gather lots of new comments very quickly, turning them into “skyscraper” posts that can dominate your entire scree…

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Today’s vowel outage

Posted by Sam Schillace, Gmail Engineering DirectorIf you logged into Gmail over the last hour (or visited the Gmail homepage), you probably noticed that something looked a bit off: all the vowels are missing. We realize this makes things difficult for…

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Detecting suspicious account activity

Posted by Pavni Diwanji, Engineering DirectorA few weeks ago, I got an email presumably from a friend stuck in London asking for some money to help him out. It turned out that the email was sent by a scammer who had hijacked my friend’s account. By rea…

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Smart Rescheduler in Google Calendar Labs

Posted by David Marmaros, Software EngineerAs you can imagine, those of us on the Google Calendar team spend a lot of time thinking about scheduling. We regularly talk to people who schedule and reschedule a lot of meetings: administrative assistants. …

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