Financial Review: Call to end to ‘creepy’ Google emails to protect kids

Financial Review: Call to end to ‘creepy’ Google emails to protect kids. “Google’s ‘creepy’ practice of emailing children on their 13th birthday to tell them they are old enough to remove adult supervision from their Google account should be reviewed as part of the Coalition’s election pledge to crack down on parental controls on phones and tablets, Mental Health Australia says.”

Consumer Reports: How to Delete 100,000 Emails From Your Gmail Account in Two Days

Consumer Reports: How to Delete 100,000 Emails From Your Gmail Account in Two Days. “All told, I had a bit more than 20GB of email in my inbox, well past the 15GB limit for free account storage. If I wanted to avoid paying Google another $30 this year to maintain more than a decade’s worth of junk, I had to act fast. So about a week ago, I rolled up my sleeves and got to work.”

Lifehacker: 18 of the Best Ways to Customize Your Gmail Inbox

Lifehacker: 18 of the Best Ways to Customize Your Gmail Inbox. “Gmail has plenty of interesting settings and features buried under the hood that are worth checking out. From expanding the way you ‘star’ important emails to archiving emails as soon as you’ve responded to them, at least a few of these tips are sure to boost your productivity and your overall Gmail experience.”

The Verge: Shortwave just rescued my inbox from the drudgery of Gmail

The Verge: Shortwave just rescued my inbox from the drudgery of Gmail. “Shortwave is designed by a group of ex-Googlers, including Andrew Lee, who previously founded and sold Firebase, an app development platform, to Google. Shortwave — priced at $9 / month unless you’re OK with only three months of email history — makes no bones about its ambitions to step into Inbox’s shoes. It even looks and works like it with a blue-accented theme, but it’s more than just a clone. It builds upon the effective design choices that powered Inbox with some of its own, and in the two weeks I’ve spent with it, it has made me far more productive at managing my email.”

The Verge: Google Docs update lets you draft emails and send them to Gmail with a click

The Verge: Google Docs update lets you draft emails and send them to Gmail with a click. “Google is rolling out a new feature in its Docs that’s designed to make it easier to use its word processor to draft emails, the company has announced. It’s part of Google’s ‘smart canvas’ initiative, which aims to seamlessly weave together the search giant’s productivity software like Meet, Docs, and Gmail.”

TechCrunch: Shortwave wants to bring back Google Inbox

TechCrunch: Shortwave wants to bring back Google Inbox. “Google’s Inbox experiment was a glorious thing while it lasted. Launched as an invitation-only service in 2014, it was the company’s next-gen email client. Because it was so good, it’s no surprise Google shut it down in 2019. Thankfully, though, a group of ex-Google/Firebase employees is now resurrecting the Inbox experience — with a bit of the Slack user experience mixed in, too.”

Mashable: How to make your Gmail account self destruct, and why you really should

Mashable: How to make your Gmail account self destruct, and why you really should. “As we move through life there are few things that we truly take with us. A family heirloom, perhaps. Your loved ones, if you’re lucky. And, more and more frequently, one of those things happens to be an email account steadily filling up with personal correspondence, bills, medical records, and embarrassing moments from your past. And thanks to the modern wonder of cloud computing, that collection will likely long outlast you. Unless you set your entire Google account to self destruct after your death — which, thanks to Google’s Inactive Account Manager, you can do.”

Popular Science: Google integrated its other apps into Gmail. Here’s how to best use them.

Popular Science: Google integrated its other apps into Gmail. Here’s how to best use them.. “Gmail is a powerhouse of an email app, and its strengths go way beyond sending and receiving messages. The platform also allows you to bring in several of Google’s other apps to join the party from right inside the Gmail interface, giving you quick and easy access to your calendars, to-do list, files, and notes.”

The Verge: The Gmail app takes calls now, too, because Google wants it to do everything

The Verge: The Gmail app takes calls now, too, because Google wants it to do everything. “Google is announcing even more Workspace features today, part of an increased cadence of changes to the company’s office and communications software suite over the past year or so. Today’s announcement is a bit of a milestone, however. Although there is still the smattering of small and coming-soon updates, the bigger change is that Gmail is getting a redesign that reveals its true nature in Google’s eyes: the central hub for every Google communication app.”

Digital Inspiration: How to Use Notion with Gmail and Google Sheets using Apps Script

Digital Inspiration: How to Use Notion with Gmail and Google Sheets using Apps Script. I hear from friends that they’re using Notion but I haven’t tried it yet. You? “Notion, my absolute favorite tool for storing all sorts of things from web pages to code snippets to recipes, just got better. They’ve released a public API and thus it will be a lot easier for developers to read and write to their Notion workspace from external apps.”