Google Announces Improvements to GMail Spam Filter

Google has announced improvements to its mail spam filter. “Since the beginning, machine learning has helped make the Gmail spam filter more awesome. When you click the ‘Report spam’ and ‘Not spam’ buttons, you’re not only improving your Gmail experience right then and there, you’re also training Gmail’s filters to identify spam vs. wanted mail in the future. Now, we are bringing the same intelligence developed for Google Search and Google Now to make the spam filter smarter in a number of ways.”

IFTTT, Now With Pinterest Channel

Hey! IFTTT now has a Pinterest channel. Triggers are either liking a Pin or adding a Pin to your board; its action is adding a Pin to your board. Tons of interesting stuff here. I like tracking Pins on a Google Spreadsheet, or cataloging Pin information to a Dropbox text file.

Chromecast Gets A Wired Ethernet Adapter

What a great idea: Google is now offering a wired adapter for its Chromecast. The bad news: it’s already sold out. “The powered accessory plugs into the USB port on your Chromecast. From there, you just need to run an Ethernet cable from your router to the power supply. It’s that simple.”

Twitter Wants To Know Your Birthday

Twitter wants to know your birthday. Yeah, no. “To add your birth date to your Twitter profile, choose the “Edit profile” option on Twitter.com. Your birth date is a completely optional part of your profile and you have full control over who can see it. The visibility setting for your birth year is separate from the setting for your birth month and day, giving you the flexibility to share as much (or as little) as you want. Check out our Help Center for more information about your birth date on Twitter.”

Instagram Will Start Storing Bigger Pictures

Instagram will start storing bigger pictures. “Just over a week ago, I wrote plaintively about Instagram’s archaic 640 x 640 resolution and the need to move with the times and give users the ability to upload larger images. This past Friday, it appears, Instagram has started addressing that very issue, as photos sent to the popular image sharing app are now being stored in a higher 1080 x 1080 size.”

Bing Maps Gets a Big Update

Bing has done a big upgrade to Bing Maps. “Available today for those who opt-in*, the Bing Maps Preview reflects this feedback. The new Bing Maps is designed so you can search, view and share multiple places at one time, see trusted reviews and photos from partners such as Yelp, get access to a rich set of visuals and information on the places you plan to visit, make it easy to plan your travel times and more.” Check out that asterisk, though, Bing Maps isn’t available to everyone just yet. US, UK, Canada, Australia, India, and a few other places. One feature, “Along the route,” is currently available only in the US.

Evernote Web Clipper Can Save GMail Attachments

The Evernote Web Clipper extension can now save GMail attachments. “Popular note-taking service Evernote has released an update for its Web Clipper browser extension which now allows users to save Gmail messages that have attachments to their accounts so that they can easily bring them up later again when required. The update also adds more new functionality to the browser extension making it much more useful, and since it’s available for multiple browsers millions of users can take advantage of the features that it offers.”

Custom Maps in Google Drive

You can now share, manage, and create custom maps from Google Drive. “Whether you’re planning your next event, mapping out the best route to visit clients, or sharing the location of your food truck with fans, Google My Maps makes it easy to put your world on a custom map. Starting today, you can access My Maps right from Google Drive on your Google Apps account, so it’s even easier to create, find and share your custom maps.”

Google Street View Adds a Bunch of California Imagery

Google Street View has added a lot of California imagery. “California boasts more than three thousand wineries across the state, and is known for its varietals ranging from buttery chardonnays to big-time zins. Aspiring sommeliers, wine enthusiasts or just those who love a good view can now take a virtual tour of wineries across the state. Enjoy the sunny elegance and wonderful scenery at wineries like William Hill and Wolff Vineyards (we recommend you grab a glass while you browse). Explore the drums where wine is aged at Quintessa Winery before enjoying the open air patios that overlook the green hillsides of northern California.”

Digital Library of Georgia Expands Savannah Newspapers Collection

The Digital Library of Georgia, which has been a busy little bee lately, has expanded the Savannah Historic Newspapers collection. “The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to seventeen newspaper titles published in Savannah from 1809 to 1880. Consisting of over 103,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. Additionally, the site is compatible with all current browsers without the use of plug-ins or software downloads.”

Google Adds Piles of Themes, Emoji to E-Mail

GMail has added literally hundreds of new themes and also emoji. This is apparently going to be rolling out but I checked and it’s on my GMail account now (and also on my Google Apps account.) But it’s annoying to have several tabs of emoji and no way to search them – at least no way I can find. Even Facebook lets you search stickers.