Google Unveils Awesome To-Do List App Called Google Tasks

Google just introduced Google Tasks, a standalone to-do list app that integrates your tasks along with the new Gmail and Google Calendar.

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Along with Google’s unveiling of the redesigned Gmail (which by the way, is exactly like how the rumours predicted), the online giant also quietly introduced Google Tasks.

As its name implies, it is an app that allows users to create, view and edit tasks and to-do lists. It also includes tasks that created from within the redesigned Gmail and Google Calendar.

The app itself looks like a normal to-do list app, with a bullet list of tasks. Users can create and manage the list on the app and add subtasks if they wanted. The app has a drag and drop feature which makes it very easy to arrange and prioritise each task. Lastly, users can also set a due date for the tasks that you want to be reminded off.

What makes this app very useful is its integration with Gmail.

With the new Gmail design, an expandable sidebar has been added to the right of the screen. This allows users to load widgets of other apps and Tasks is loaded by default along with Calendar and Keep.

When you’re in the middle of composing or reading an email on your computer and need to jot down a task, you can simply click on the Tasks icon and add it in. You can then go to your phone app anytime and the task list is automatically updated to reflect the latest edits.

The app is now available for download for both iOS and Android. I have just switched to the new Gmail layout and downloaded the Google Tasks to try. It’s safe to say that this is going to be my favourite productivity app from now on.


New Gmail Design Brings Confidential Mode Feature

(Credit: The Verge) Gmail’s confidential mode feature

Gmail’s confidential mode will prevent recipients from printing, copying or forwarding emails.

It seems that Google did actually “hit send” too early and now more information are surfacing about the Gmail revamp. The latest update includes a confidential mode feature that will be available for Gmail users.

The confidential mode adds an extra layer of security to messages that senders wish to remain private according to a report by The Verge. When a user enables the mode on an email, the recipient will not be able to forward, print or copy any of the contents.

Senders will also have the added option to lock an email message with a password. An SMS can generate the passcode that can unlock the message. The new mode will also allow users to set an expiration time for a sent email.

Although all these will eventually help restrict the distribution of data, it will not help prevent users from taking photos or screenshots of the email.

All these leaks come weeks before Google’s annual developer conference scheduled on May 8th. It is likely that Gmail’s new features, along with other updates, are all going to be announced at the conference.


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