#130 What’s Happening At E3 2019?

Big week in gaming news coming up! E3 2019 is just about to begin so let’s jump right in and see if any of our predictions come about!

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#104 Avengers Endgame LTM Mode Hits Fortnite

Thanos is back in Fortnite! Find out more about the latest Endgame LTM mode and how you can claim victory or restore balance to the universe!

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#93 The Morning After Apples Event

Finally the journalists have woken up from the daze of yesterday’s event. However, things aren’t looking so great for most of the new services that are soon to be rolling out…

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#15 This Email Will Self-Destruct

This episode was recorded LIVE on Mixer! If you want to be part of the live show and to hang out and play video games with us in the post show, you’re missing out.

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‘Ray tracing’ could bring the biggest graphics jump in a decade

On paper, it sounds like the rendering technique is almost too realistic, but it’s not exactly new. Ray tracing has been used in the professional industry for years. It’s already been employed in popular media, like Pixar’s Monsters University and Marvel’s Iron Man movies. What makes the announcement exciting is it will finally be available for consumer hardware; a feat that was too difficult and expensive before.

Microsoft prepares to kill the Windows 8 store: No new apps from November

Looks like Microsoft is slowly killing off the Windows 8 store and expecting people to transition over to Windows 10 now…

How to send self-destructing emails in Gmail

“Confidential Mode” is a new option added to the bottom bar of emails you compose now, preventing people from copy/pasting and forwarding emails. You determine how long the email stays before it destructs.

Looks Like the Kindle Voyage Has Reached the End of Its Journey

While it’s possible most people don’t care about e-readers past their ability to download and read books, the Voyage felt like the first Kindle that actually had a sense of style. When asked for an official comment regarding the Voyage, an Amazon spokesperson said: “Customer response to Kindle Voyage has been incredibly positive and we’ve sold out. We have nothing else to share.”

New Fortnite Emote Pays Homage To Classic SNL Sketch

More Llama Bell anyone??

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Dying Light: Bad Blood, the battle royale standalone spin-off, hits Steam Early Access next month

Techland has announced today that Dying Light: Bad Blood will be available on Steam Early Access sometime in September. Bad Blood is a PvEvP take on battle royale.

12 players spawn in with nothing, and they must avoid attracting hordes of zombies while also scavenging enough tools to create weapons and health items. Their goal is to get to an evac chopper, but only one player can escape.

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Disappearing Email and Security Nets in the Gmail Early Adopter Program

Google, one of the Top 10 in Reuter Thomson’s Global Technology Leaders of 2018 is innovative and as expected, answered the call for better control over security issues post-Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal. But is the much-hyped disappearing email really new? To be honest, this feature which some quarters hailed as millennial makeover is interesting but not original. Apart from being around in Outlook, Snapchat and Android for years, disappearing email was something that was possible in Google itself circa 2012. Google did a Houdini here since this DIY version is no longer possible with a past revamp of the “tool” in Google Docs. Currently, the script in “tools” is abbreviated and is not as easily changed as in the following video:

Currently, Gmail has around 1.4 Billion users and some of them could be enjoying the benefits of confidential mail if we are to believe Google’s announcement last April 25. This option prevents recipients from copying, forwarding, and downloading mail that has been sent – something that will eventually be circumvented by the unscrupulous but a welcome change nonetheless. It gives you leverage over how long you want the message to remain in the recipient’s Inbox before disappearing into thin air or becoming inaccessible. In addition, passwords (SMS and non-SMS)  can be enabled for individual mail.

The implications are alarming as it could be a two-way sword. If you are at the receiving end, there would be no proof to show and information can’t be readily referenced. A question of ethics arises because when mail is sent, who owns it – the sender or the receiver? At present, the confidential mode does not yet acknowledge this shared ownership, but in the future, can we expect Gmail to inform recipients that the message will disappear and ask their consent?

Google just gave Gmail a huge makeover — here is what’s new from CNBC.

The new Gmail also comes with two-factor authentication and better phishing safeguards. A most useful feature is the “Task Integration” feature which enables smoother workflow and better productivity (all to-dos in one place); something extremely utilitarian especially for business or enterprise clients who tend to use other apps like Trello, Asana or Basecamp for better project management.

Don’t get too excited about taking it for a spin as it’s not yet available for everyone. Google does promise a global rollout soon but Administrators of G-Suite for businesses or schools can already opt-in and activate the changes from the Admin Console.

“Instead of getting a notification every time a new email hits your inbox, you can now tell your Gmail app to ping you only for the most important 3 percent of your incoming messages.” — CNBC

The new Gmail is a boon for consumers worried about the sanctity of data and how their private information is being used. It will also work smarter, giving you the option to prioritize emails – plus getting Smart Replies on your desktop. On May 8, there will be a Google’s I/O developer conference  (as the heels of F8) so we can expect more interesting revelations. Though the changes are belated, the new Gmail has cool options worth trying out.

Biggest Gmail Redesign is now Live

Gmail’s Biggest Redesign Live

Gmail is getting its biggest redesigning. The change that has leaked earlier this month was made official by Google. Email snoozing, nudging, and confidential mode will debut alongside a substantial virtual redesign for Gmail on the web.

Gmail’s global phased rollout will begin today. This means it will not be available to all of Gmail’s 1.4 billon users right away. The first ones who will receive it will be invited to opt in rather than turn it on by themselves.

Jacob Bank, lead product manager for Gmail, says that Google’s redesign was done with an eye on “making people safer and more productive”. This may sound like we will al be treated like Google’s business partners, which is a good thing.

The New Confidential Mode

This allows the sender to set an expiration date for sensitive email or revoke it entirely. The email you send will not go directly to the receiver. You are only sending a link to the content. It can be found on your mailbox and the recipient can only access it via his own Google account. The content could also be accessed if they use another email service https. In both cases, the sender is in charge of how log the other party can access the message, which is basically a time-limited access license.

The Integrated Rights Management (IRM)

This is one of a number of business-centric features making it into the new email for everyone. This allows you to block the forwarding, copying, or printing of particular messages. Deliberate date extraction may not be prevented, but Google hopes to ameliorate the problem of accidental or unwitting sharing of information to the wrong person.

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

The 2FA is also being added in under the umbrella of Confidential Mode on a per message basis. Before the recipient can open a confidential message, the sender can request that the recipient authenticate with a password received via text message.

But according to Google, the IRM and the 2FA will not be available straight away, but Google promises that its users may start using the secure mode in the coming weeks.

Email Snoozing And Nudging

Email snoozing is a common feature among third-party email clients. Google has integrated it directly into Gmail. Google goes a step further by adding what it calls nudging of emails. This means it determines the messages that need your attention.

These big overhaul on Gmail will help its 1.4 billion users the enjoy and experience the more secure and convenient features of Gmail.

Gmail Spam Campaign Triggers Gmail Users Though It Is A False Alarm

What used to be a simple concept of an object may have a different meaning in this digital age. Take for example the word “spam,” more than its simple meaning; it could actually mean an “annoyance.”

As such in the context of “email spam,” which could be a potential tool by hackers to put malware in your inbox. This kind of fear though was real for select Gmail users who thought they were the victim of email hacking.

 

 

Luckily, these Gmail users were not a victim of email hacking. The recent incident that involved the Gmail system, however, raises speculations about the system’s spam filtering feature.

 

Over the weekend, several Gmail users learned that a spam email was sent in their Sent folders. They thought that their Gmail accounts were compromised and were used to send spam emails to other users.

 

Upon learning the situation, many Gmail users have changed their passwords, but it yielded no results even those who used a two-factor authentication. Later they discovered that it was not a simple case of the hacking incident.

 

Google has released a statement saying that the spam email was just a regular spam. A company representative told Mashable, explaining that the forged that the spam only forged email headers to make it appear the account was sending emails to other users and to themselves.

 

“We are aware of a spam campaign impacting a small subset of Gmail users and have actively taken measures to protect against it. This attempt involved forged email headers that made it appear as if users were receiving emails from themselves, which also led to those messages erroneously appearing in the Sent folder,” a Google representative said.

 

 

“We have identified and are reclassifying all offending emails as spam, and have no reason to believe any accounts were compromised as part of this incident. If you happen to notice a suspicious email, we encourage you to report it as spam,” the company official added.

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.

 

Here’s A Sneak Peak of The New Gmail Web Interface

(Credit: TechCrunch) Gmail’s updated web interface with snooze email function

Screenshots of the actual revamped Gmail web interface have surfaced.

Yesterday, word has spread that Google is redesigning the Gmail web interface. And although the tech giant confirmed the news, they refused to give further details.

However, despite keeping the info under wraps, news agencies were able to get a hold of some juicy details. These include new features like offline support, Smart Reply and the ability to snooze emails.

Today, TechCrunch was able to acquire screenshots of the supposedly “fresh and clean” look that Google is going for.

As you can see from the image above, Google didn’t really alter anything major in terms of looks. It did however, manage to achieve a more modern feel. The text buttons have been replaced with icons and this helps make it look cleaner and less cluttered.

The image also shows the snooze feature that we heard about yesterday. Apparently, users can choose to snooze emails and have it seen “later today”, “tomorrow”, “this weekend”, “next week” or “someday”.

The revamped Gmail now features an expandable sidebar to the right which allows users to load widgets of other apps. Google Calendar, Keep (note-taking app) and Tasks are opened by default. This would be a very useful feature as you can use the apps side by side while composing/replying to an email.

Streak co-founder Aleem Mawani also told TechCrunch that popular Gmail extensions, such as Clearbit, Streak and Dropbox, will all be compatible with the new design.

Google is rolling out the new design in the “next coming weeks”.

 

Google Is Planning To Revamp Gmail With A Fresh Look

The Gmail Web interface is getting a fresh and clean look soon.

The tech giant is planning to revamp the Gmail web interface with a new and updated design. This is according to an email sent to G Suite administrators and obtained by The Verge.

Google’s email service will reportedly get “several new features” which would also be available to regular accounts. These features include offline support, Smart Reply and the ability to snooze emails. Those who have been using the app might already be familiar with Smart Reply, the algorithmically-generated replies that show up as suggestions.

The redesigned web interface will also have easy access to G Suite apps like Google Calendar from within Gmail.

In the email, Google explained that G Suite customers and regular Gmail users will have to opt in into the new Early Adopter Program (EAP) to gain access to this new design. The company wants to test Chrome extensions’ compatibility before rolling it out to the public.

A Google spokesperson confirmed the news through a statement. “We’re working on some major updates to Gmail (they’re still in draft phase),” he explained. “We need a bit more time to compose ourselves, so can’t share anything yet—archive this for now, and we’ll let you know when it’s time to hit send.”

Edit: We have an updated version of the story here.