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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!

Unsubscribing made easy

Posted by Brad Taylor, Gmail Spam Czar We believe you should only get the mail you want to get. Some of you already use the “Report Spam” button on all kinds of unwanted email, and for that we’re very thankful : the more spam you mark, the better our system gets at weeding out junk mail. Unsubscribing from mailing lists and newsletters you subscribed to a while back but no longer want to receive should be just as easy.

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Submit a video: “So much email, so little time”

Posted by Sarah Price, Online Operations Strategist Like many of us nowadays, I get a lot of email. So much email that going on vacation can be a little scary because I know I’ll have a mountain to wade through when I get back. A few messages I receive each day are time-sensitive or very important — but only a few.

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Now displaying images in messages from your contacts

Posted by David de Kloet, Software Engineer When an email references external images, Gmail usually doesn’t display them automatically. Instead we show placeholders and present you with the option to “Display images below” or “Always display images from” that sender. We do this to help protect your privacy from spammers, who can use images and links to verify that your email address is real

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Tasks graduates from Gmail Labs

Posted by James Watts, Software Engineer Our little baby’s all grown up. We launched Gmail Labs as a forum for delivering useful (and maybe not so useful ) features that might not be quite ready for prime time. The idea was always that the most popular and viable Labs features would graduate and be made more readily available to all users…and that some of the less used, less viable ones would disappear forever

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Labels: drag and drop, hiding, and more

Posted by Damian Gajda, Software Engineer A few months ago Gmail got some new buttons and keyboard shortcuts to make labeling easier, especially for those of you accustomed to that familiar folder feel. Now we’re making some more changes to Gmail’s labeling toolkit. 1) New location for labels You’ll notice your labels in a new location on the left of your inbox (or on the right, for those of you using the Arabic, Hebrew, or Urdu versions of Gmail)

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iPod Touch Review: ByLine – An Excellent RSS Reader

OK, so I now have to retract part of what I said in my last article about RSS readers. There is an excellent RSS reader on AppStore called Byline that so far, does exactly what I want in a news reader for my iPod Touch. Byline is like many RSS readers, but this one really does understand how to be

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New fields for Gmail contacts and better importing too

Posted by Benjamin Grol, Product Manager Up until now, Gmail only supported some contact fields. Whenever someone imported their contacts from apps like Outlook and OS X Address Book, we used to put fields Gmail didn’t recognize into the contact’s notes section.

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Tip: Check and reply from multiple email addresses in Gmail

Posted by Joyce Sohn, Product Marketing Manager It’s that time of year when students are graduating, and in many cases getting yet another email address to check — an alumni account — as a graduation present. Whether you have an alumni address, a work account, or your own domain that you like to use, rather than logging in and out of multiple accounts, you can set yourself up so all your mail ends up in your Gmail inbox. And you can send mail from any of the other addresses you own right from Gmail as well.

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New in Labs: Inbox preview

Posted by Peter Balsiger, Software Engineer Whenever I open up my inbox at work, I’m never surprised to find several new messages waiting to be read. The same thing can’t always be said about my personal Gmail account.

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New in Labs: Automatic message translation

Posted by Darren Lewis, Software Engineer Back in the early days of human existence, before language had fully developed, our caveman ancestors probably did a lot of grunting. Language, and thus life, were pretty simple: watch out for that saber-toothed tiger (“Blorg! AIYA!!!”); stop riding the wooly mammoth and help me pick some berries (“Argh. Zagle zorg!”); man, it’s cold in this Ice Age (“Brrrr.”)

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Tasks, now in Calendar too

Posted by Garry Boyer, Software Engineer Ever since we launched Google Calendar , people in our forum have been pretty vocal about a missing piece — an integrated task list. “To-do would be tooo-rific,” “I really, really, really need to use a to-do list,” and my favorite: “I’ll join your team to help you get it done!” The rumble turned into a roar a few months ago when we launched Tasks in Gmail Labs . Now we’ve integrated Tasks into Google Calendar as well

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New in Labs: Google Search right in Gmail

Posted by Adam de Boor, Software Engineer I used to have a problem. People would ask me questions, over chat or email, and I’d have to leave Gmail to search Google for an answer. Then I’d have to select the answer, copy it, go back to Gmail and paste the answer into the chat window or my reply

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New in Labs: Extra emoticons

Posted by Darren Lewis, Software Engineer For a short period of time after launching emoticons for mail , we believed we had successfully captured the entirety of human expression in 19 faces (we’re still debating whether the robot face counts), important representatives of the animal kingdom such as and , emoticons for both love ( ) and heartbreak ( ), and, well, a pile of . But soon a growing feeling of dread overcame the group .

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PowerPoint and TIFF file viewing

Posted by Marc Miller, Software Engineer A few months ago, we added fast online viewing of PDFs in your browser. As of today, that same viewer now supports TIFF and Microsoft PowerPoint document formats too: you can now view TIFF and PPT files online, directly in your browser, without having to save the files to your computer and without needing to buy, install, or wait for any special software to start up. We’ve had a ” View as slideshow ” option for PowerPoint files for a while; now we’ve integrated this conversion technology into the same viewer that we use for PDFs and TIFFs.

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New in Labs: Suggest more recipients

Posted by Ari Leichtberg, Software Engineer Have you ever realized you mistakenly left someone important out of an email, or just spent too much time trying to decide who from your long list of contacts to include?

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New in Labs: Inserting images

Posted by Kent Tamura, Software Engineer Well, it’s about time. You no longer have to use workarounds to put images into your messages or attach images when you really want to inline them. Just turn on “Inserting images” from the Labs tab under Settings, and you’ll see a new toolbar icon like this: Make sure you’re in rich formatting mode, or it won’t show up

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New in Labs: Sender time zone

Posted by Marcin Brodziak, Software Engineer Let’s say your girlfriend sends you an angry email. It’s mostly about how you behaved at the party last night and then left for a business trip without saying goodbye

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