Gmail goes offline along with multiple inboxes

February 7, 2009

On February 6, Google decided to add two new great features to the Gmail Labs list. Having to option to go offline and have a span of inboxes across your monitor(s).

Offline Gmail takes Google Gears into account and turns your inbox into an offline email client. Here you can do pretty much anything you do online, such as browse through your mail, add labels, draft new messages and even prepare a message and send it out when you go back online. Another great feature is that Google automatically detects if you’re online or not, so it keeps everything in sync.

When enabled in Google Labs, Multiple Inboxes can display up to 8 different labels or searches next to your actual inbox, so you can keep an eye on incoming messages as well as labeled ones. To get started, go to settings then navigate to the Multiple Inboxes tab, then set your preferences.

If I wanted to see incoming messages labelled Ebay, I would enter is:Ebay (or the label of your choice). Here are some other examples of multiple inboxes that you can use.

is:starred [Starred items]

is:drafts [Drafted items]

has:attachment [All emails that have an attachment]

is:unread [All unread messages]

You can even combine these, for example you could have all unread messages with attachments. Post some of the multiple inboxes you are using in the comments, we’d love to see them!


iPod Touch & Nano

December 22, 2008

As some of you may know, two weeks ago I had bought an iPod Touch, and returned it the day after and got an iPod Nano.

By now, most of you are thinking I’m one crazy person, because who returns a perfectly good Touch?

The reason being is that all I’ll be using it for is a bulky $350 music player (with a touch screen).

Don’t get me wrong, this was one of the coolest gadgets I’ve owned in a while, but the free games (not all of them) are some of the worst games I’ve played in my life.

In a couple of months I can just see it being used only as a music player, so that’s why I bought the $150 8GB Nano.

Honestly, I don’t regret a thing. I’ve talked to many iPod Touch users, and they actually agreed to my decision. It’s really only for show, just like the MacBook Air.

Now talking about the iPod Nano, the battery life is great, it’s been about a week and a half and I still haven’t had to charge it up yet (almost a quarter of the battery left).

The interfaces and menus are great, slim design and the large screen is great for watching videos.

Post comments about what you think about the iPod Touch or the iPod Nano, and which one you think is better and why.


The blog has been created

November 29, 2008

I’m glad to announce the blog I have been talking about in some of my previous blog posts and videos has been created!

I’m currently working on the design, as well as some pages. The link will be released soon!

If you want to become an author, email me at Feedback.scratchedchalk@gmail.com, PM me on YouTube or leave a comment on this blog post.

Hope this will be a great experience for everyone!

Hope you apply for a position as an author!


Skype

November 1, 2008

The free VoIP, Skype, has been downloaded over one million times ever since it came out. Now people are using it to get in touch with their friends and family, make pod casts, or even join an IM conversation.



Features

  • Free PC to PC calls to people anywhere in the world.
  • Free video calls – plus get more detail than ever before with High Quality Video.
  • Call phones and mobiles at great low rates per minute.
  • Instant message for free when it’s not a good time to talk.
  • Forward your calls to your mobile when you’re offline.
  • Send SMS messages to people on mobiles.
  • Comes with the Google Toolbar (optional install).

Just a few days ago, I made a video showing some of the features of Skype, fairly basic, mostly for the newer group of people who have just downloaded Skype. Most of you have probably have probably already heard of Skype, but if you already haven’t downloaded it, this video might just convince you.

You can download Skype HERE


Which Blog?

October 29, 2008

I’ve been debating on this for some time now. When I first started blogging, I used Blogger, a free service by Google.

After some researching, I came across WordPress, which I will be soon converting to my own domain name.

Now my principle question to all you viewers, which blog should my main blog be? (I’ll still be using both, but which ever one you choose, I’ll post more content on.)

My Blogger Blog:

Or

My WordPress Blog

Vote Here:


Apple News – iTunes and iPod Touch update

September 12, 2008

Genius playlists. Select a song, click this feature, and you’ll get a playlist from your collection of similar songs, plus iTunes recommendations. This sounds like a promising way to solve the fatigue that a lot of users develop with their own collections after a few months, as well as the jarring transitions that sometimes pop up during a random shuffle session. Of course, so much depends on how well it works–will the algorithm adhere toward the same artists and genres? Will it be reliant on metadata such as composer and year, or can it analyze actual audio characteristics like tempo and key? The latter would be amazingly cool. I’ll check it out later Tuesday and post more details then.



The iPod Touch
is also getting a makeover, super-thin with an integrated speaker, has the App Store (games!) and Genius and Nike+ features built-in. This is really becoming a hybrid entertainment device–more like a PSP than a mere MP3 player. Still, I’ve always thought this product fits into a weird niche between the iPhone and old-fashioned iPods or other MP3 players. I guess it’s for people who want cutting-edge technology (touch screen!) but aren’t ready to part with their current phone. BlackBerry fans, maybe. They seem to be targeting it at gamers, but with an entry price of $229 I’m not sure that will work–that’s $100 more than the cheapest Nintendo DS Lite, about $60 more than the cheapest Sony PSP, and–heck–$20 more than an Xbox 360 Arcade. Then again, it is the market-leading MP3 player as well as a game device.

~Article from CNET News~

The New iPod Nano!

September 12, 2008

Well just recently Apple released their newest gadget, the new iPod Nano!

Now I’ve actually been waiting some time for this to come out, and I’ve even seen a leaked pictures on some forums I’m apart of.

Now it comes with a sleeker design, thinner cut and a shake to shuffle feature. Space wise it comes in 8GB or 16GB, and I find it’s pretty decent.


The super-thin Nano looks amazingly cool and will probably do well this holiday. And a new 120GB Classic for $249 matches what Microsoft announced for the Zune on Monday.

Only it’s an iPod, which means it looks way cooler, has a scroll wheel, is far more fashionable…you know the drill. They’ve put the cover flow and accelerometer from the iPhone in, meaning the Nano will know when you turn it on its side. You can shake it up and it’ll shuffle songs. New bright colors, and more recyclable than ever before.

(Wow–is it smart to introduce a new product by talking about how you’ll have to throw it away someday?) This is all fine and dandy if you don’t have an MP3 player already, but I’m not seeing any exciting new features that will make existing iPod owners run out and upgrade.

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Article from CNET News