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Hi! I'm Jim Barr, and jimstips.com is one of my little corners of the Internet--my voice for all things tech. 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!

 

Recent Tips

Better controls for buzz in your inbox

Posted by Bruce DiBello, Software EngineerWhen you participate in a conversation in Google Buzz, we bring that post to your inbox to make it easy to keep up with the discussion. But we’ve heard loud and clear that buzz in your inbox can get noisy &md…

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3 new Calendar Labs

Posted by Grace Kwak, Product ManagerToday, we’re happy to announce three new features in Calendar Labs. To try them out, just go to the Labs tab under Calendar Settings.1. Event flair by Dave Marmaros Want a little airplane icon next to information ab…

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New in Labs: Refresh POP accounts

Posted by Emmanuel Pellereau, Software EngineerMy little sister recently setup her Gmail account to retrieve messages from her school address, so she can check all of her email accounts in one place. She no longer has to constantly log in to two email …

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Fast new windows

Posted by Michael Davidson, Software EngineerOne of the lesser-known features of Gmail is its ability to help with multitasking. Frequently, I find that I need to find an old message while I’m composing an email. When this happens, I click on the “new …

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Gmail Labs graduation and retirement

Posted by Mark Knichel, Software EngineerWe launched Gmail Labs over a year and a half ago as a playground where engineers can come up with new features and let your input help decide which are good ideas and which don’t quite work out. Any engineer at…

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5 Buzz tips

Posted by John Costigan, Software EngineerNow that people have been playing with Google Buzz in Gmail for a week and we’ve rolled out the improvements we announced here over the weekend, we wanted to let you know about some tips and tricks to help you…

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Google Buzz in Gmail

Posted by Edward Ho, Tech Lead, Google BuzzFive years ago, Gmail was just email. Later we added chat and then video chat, both built right in, so people had choices about how to communicate from a single browser window. Today, communication on the we…

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Improved Google Search in Labs

Posted by Adam de Boor, Software EngineerHello again. I’ve been taking advantage of my 20% time to make some improvements in the Google Search lab I told you about last April. For starters, I’ve hooked up a bunch of Google’s most popular search feature…

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Gmail Chrome extensions

Posted by Christos Apartoglou, Product Marketing Manager, Google ChromeThere’s always that email. You know the one I’m talking about: the message we’re waiting for so anxiously that we end up checking our inbox 100 times a minute to see whether it’s ar…

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