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Gmail for Android updated with unified inbox view, conversation view for non-Gmail accounts, smarter search (Gmail Blog)

Posted by Régis Décamps, Software Engineer These days, many of us have more than one email address. If you’re a student, you may have one account for school, one for a campus group you lead, and one for your blog. If you’re a parent, you might have one for family and one for your business. However many email addresses you have, today’s improvements to the Gmail app for Android make it easy to manage all your mail from all your accounts (yes, even @yahoo and @outlook) while you’re on the go. All your inboxes in one place Starting today you’ll be able to view all your mail at once, regardless of which account it’s from, using the new “All Inboxes” option. This way you can read and respond to all your messages without having to hop between accounts. Conversation view You’ve told us threaded conversations are one of your favorite Gmail features because they keep your messages organized and give you all the context you need to reply to those long email threads. Now messages from your Yahoo, Outlook.com and other IMAP/POP accounts will get the same special treatment, appearing neatly stacked as one conversation. Smarter search Search is the cornerstone of Google, and of Gmail. The new Gmail app for Android has better auto-complete, so you can find what you need even faster. And a few other cool things… Today’s update also includes more responsive animations (like when you open and close a conversation), larger attachment previews to help you see what’s inside, and the ability to save to Drive with a single tap. We hope these updates make it a little bit easier to manage mail from all your accounts (Gmail or otherwise!).

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Google makes photos and videos from Google+ Photos available in Drive (Josh Hudgins/Google Drive Blog)

We take all kinds of photos, from pics of friends and family to snapshots of a scenic view. We also use photos for more practical purposes, like planning a wedding, remodeling a kitchen, or capturing meeting notes from a whiteboard. But while you may snap all sorts of images, your experience across Google should be seamless and consistent. That’s why starting today, the photos and videos you keep in Google+ Photos will also be available in Google Drive. To get started, just look for the new Photos menu in Drive for Android , iOS and the web . From there you'll be able to manage your photos and videos alongside other types of files. For example, you can now add pictures of wedding venues and cakes to the same Drive folder as your guest list and budget. Google+ Photos will of course keep helping you store, edit and share your pics. But if you want to organize all your files, all in one place, Drive is here to help. You’ll start seeing your photos in Drive today—immediately if they’re new, and a few weeks for your entire library—so give it a try, and let us know what you think. For more specifics, you can always visit the Help Center . Posted by Josh Hudgins, Product Manager, Google Drive

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Nest Thermostats fail to update their schedules after switching to British Summer Time (Alexander J Martin/The Register)

British consumers awoke to cold houses this morning as Nest “Learning” Thermostats failed to accommodate the switch to British Summer Time. Nest customers have not only been deprived of an hour's sleep, but also a warm house in which to struggle to wake up. According to complaints raised on the Nest community support forum the “smart” thermostats have updated the time appropriately but failed to accommodate the change to consumers' schedules. One user reported to the support forums that their Nest “is using a fixed schedule (not learning)." The consumer wrote that: When BST occurred it failed to follow the schedule and changes to the schedule had no effect. The time of the next scheduled change as indicated on the schedule display is one hour in error. It is as if the schedule is at present being ignored and the system has been upset by the one-hour change. Hopefully, all will correct itself tomorrow. I've already tried a restart with no effect. These needs looking into as I had some problems at the last daylight saving time change. The "Learning" Thermostat is manufactured by Nest Labs, a home automation company headquartered in Palo Alto, California. It was acquired by Google in January 2014 for $3.2bn in cash, and now

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Uber, Lyft, Instacart, and Postmates may be spending a combined $8M annually just on Craigslist ads, according to some estimates (Kevin Roose/Fusion)

The stars of Silicon Valley’s on-demand economy—Uber, Lyft, Postmates, and their ilk—are known for sleek apps designed with extreme attention to detail, and focused on creating a seamless experience for their customers. But these companies wouldn’t exist—at least not in the forms we know them today—without the existence of a janky, hard-to-use 20-year-old classifieds site that looks like it was last updated in the MS-DOS era. I’m talking, of course, about Craigslist. The Web 1.0 clearinghouse for jobs, goods, and services has been critical to the growth of companies like Uber and Lyft, which use it to recruit drivers at the staggering rate needed to keep up with passenger demand. Without Craigslist, on-demand companies would have to pound the pavement looking for more people to provide their services. And there’s no guarantee they would find them. Yesterday, Zen99, a company that provides information for so-called “1099 workers,” released a study of Craigslist’s effects on the on-demand economy (and vice versa). The study scraped Craigslist for listings posted by the largest on-demand companies in Silicon Valley on a random day in March, in 10 major U.S. cities including New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The findings were staggering. According to Zen99’s estimates, Uber, Lyft, Instacart, and Postmates will spend a combined $8 million annually just on Craigslist ads. (Most Craigslist postings are free, but the site charges companies $25 per listing for jobs posted in major U.S. cities.) On March 15 alone, Zen99 estimates that Uber spent $7,225 to place driver ads on Craigslist—which isn’t surprising, considering how many listings a cursory search of San Francisco’s site turned up. Despite trouncing other on-demand companies when it comes to money in the bank, Uber actually wasn’t the biggest spender in the study.

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Using GIFs, Google critiques a Wall Street Journal report about its White House influence during an FTC probe (Rachel Whetstone/Google Public …)

Last year Robert Thomson, CEO of News Corp, accused Google of creating a "less informed, more vexatious level of dialogue in our society." Given the tone of some of your publications, that made quite a few people chuckle. This week you were at it again.  One of your newspapers, The Wall Street Journal , accused Google of wielding undue political influence.   Blimey ! More seriously, given the inaccuracies that have been published, we wanted to give our side of the story. Here goes. Wall Street Journal: “ The findings from the Bureau of Competition stand in contrast to the conclusion of the FTC’s commissioners, who voted unanimously in early 2013 to end the investigation ”.     Google: As the FTC made clear this week :   “... the Commission’s decision on the search allegations was in accord with the recommendations of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, Bureau of Economics, and Office of General Counsel” (something the Journal has chosen not to report). Wall Street Journal: “ Since Mr. Obama took office, employees of the Mountain View, Calif., company have visited the White House for meetings with senior officials about 230 times …   In comparison, employees of rival Comcast Corp., also known as a force in Washington, have visited the White House a total of about 20 times … Google’s knack for getting in the room with important government officials is gaining new relevance as scrutiny grows over how the company avoided being hit by the FTC with a potentially damaging antitrust lawsuit ”. Google: Of course we’ve had many meetings at the White House over the years

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Hands on with Hyundai’s BlueLink car companion app for Android Wear: requires paid subscription and cumbersome PIN, voice commands offer limited…

If you own a reasonably modern car (say, within two or three years old), there's a significant chance that car has some kind of cellular connectivity embedded in it, and this allows the car to do stuff remotely. Like, start. Or unlock the doors. Or lock them. Or honk the horn. These things have names... like mbrace (Mercedes), AcuraLink, Enform (Lexus), OnStar (GM), MyLincoln, and so on. Hyundai's version, BlueLink, isn't the most fully-featured of the bunch, to be honest. But, as one of the first and arguably most enthusiastic Android Auto partners, Hyundai's shown an interest in Android that few automakers have, as evidenced by the fact that BlueLink now has an app for Android Wear. The Wear app does what you'd expect - lock, unlock, remote start, stop, flash lights, honk horn, call roadside assistance, or dial BlueLink. Hyundai is the first auto manufacturer to officially embrace Android Wear, and it's not difficult to see why - a smartwatch makes a pretty ideal replacement for a lot of key fob functions, in theory. But can it actually replace one yet?

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Morgan Stanley CFO Ruth Porat to join Google as CFO on May 26 (Google)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif (Tuesday, March 24, 2015) -- Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced that Ruth Porat, currently Chief Financial Officer at Morgan Stanley, will join its management team as CFO. Ruth joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 and has played several key roles at the company, including Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, Global Head of the Financial Institutions Group and and co-Head of Technology Investment Banking. Throughout the financial crisis, Ruth led the Morgan Stanley teams advising the U.S. Treasury on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the New York Federal Reserve Bank on AIG. She has been the lead banker on numerous milestone technology financing rounds, including for Amazon, eBay, Netscape, Priceline and Verisign as well as for The Blackstone Group, GE and the NYSE. As CFO she helped improve resource optimization across different businesses through better capital and funding allocation, as well as expense reductions. Ruth has a B.A. from Stanford University (Economics & International Relations), a M.B.A. with distinction from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a M.Sc., from the London School of Economics (Industrial Relations). She is Vice Chair of the Stanford University Board of Trustees, a member of the U.S. Treasury’s Borrowing Advisory Committee, a Board Director at The Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Advisory Council of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution.

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At Pwn2Own, researchers exploit fully patched versions of Firefox, Chrome, IE 11, and Safari, while payouts total $557K (Sean Michael Kerner/eWeek)

No browser was left unscathed. Security researchers poked holes in fully patched browsers at this year's Pwn2Own hacking challenge. On March 19, the second day of the Hewlett-Packard Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) sponsored Pwn2Own hacking challenge at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, B.C., security researchers were able to successfully exploit Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Apple Safari.HP awarded the researchers a total of $240,000 in prize money on the second day, bringing the two-day award total to $557,500.On the first day of the Pwn2Own event, HP awarded $317,500 for exploits against Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Microsoft IE 11 and Firefox. The second day saw no new Adobe exploits, as researchers turned their attention back to the browsers, with new exploits reported against Firefox, IE, Chrome and Safari.A security researcher identified by HP only as ilxu1a delivered the first exploit of the day with an out-of-bounds memory vulnerability in Firefox that took less than one second to execute. For his efforts, ilxu1a was awarded $15,000. All told, Mozilla Firefox was exploited twice at the Pwn2own 2015 event, with exploits demonstrated on both days of the event, for a total payout of $70,000. Mozilla is no stranger to Pwn2Own and is often the first vendor to patch issues that are first disclosed at a Pwn2own event. "We are on-site and have gotten the bug details from HP," Daniel Veditz, principal security engineer at Mozilla, told eWEEK . "The details have been filed, and Mozilla engineers back home are working on patches."Veditz said that while the flaws were first demonstrated on March 18 and 19, Mozilla's plan is to release updates for Firefox Desktop, Firefox for Android and Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) on Friday, March 20.Both the exploits against Firefox at Pwn2Own 2015 were executed in less than one second, but that doesn't necessarily indicate that the exploits were easy to develop. Veditz said that the exploits were certainly not created in a second. "Contestants showed up to claim all the prizes offered at Pwn2Own, and given the expense of travel to the conference, it is not surprising they have working exploits before coming," Veditz said. "Computers are very fast, and it is not surprising that a well-crafted exploit written in advance would not take much execution time."The second day of Pwn2Own also saw security researcher JungHoon Lee, also known as lokihardt, demonstrate three different browser exploits against IE 11, Chrome and Apple Safari.Lee's successful exploit of Microsoft's IE 11 earned him a $65,000 award, while the Apple Safari exploit yielded a $50,000 award. Lee was also able to successfully exploit Google Chrome for $75,000 as well as earning a bonus of $25,000 for demonstrating a privilege-escalation bug

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The Acer C910 Chromebook gets faster with an Intel Core i5 processor (John Callaham/Android Central)

The previously-launched Acer C910 Chromebook is getting a hardware upgrade with a faster 5th generation Intel Core i5 processor being put inside. The previous versions of the 15.6-inch Chromebook that launched in January had slower Intel Core i3-5005U or Intel Celeron 3205U processors. The new version has the Intel Core i5-5200U chip that Acer claims offers the "fastest performance in a commercial Chromebook to date." Aside from the processor upgrade, the 4.85 pound Acer C910 Chromebook has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of SSD storage inside, along with a battery life of up to 8 hours. There's the option of choosing either an 1920x1080 or 1366x768 resolution display. The new version of the Acer C910 Chromebook will go on sale in April for the starting price of $499. Acer Debuts Industry's Fastest-Performing Commercial Chromebook First Chromebook with 15.6-inch display now available for commercial customers with 5th Generation Intel Core i5 Processor San Jose, Calif. (March 19, 2015) – Acer America today sets a new milestone in the Chromebook market with the fastest commercial model in the industry – the Acer C910 Chromebook with a 5th Generation Intel Core i5 processor. The Acer C910 Chromebook is part of Acer's commercial Chromebook line and is designed for education and business customers who need extra screen real estate along with outstanding Chrome performance and a durable design. This new model will use the 5th Generation Intel Core i5-5200U Processor to deliver the fastest performance in a commercial Chromebook to date. The new model expands the Acer C910 line that uses 5th Generation Intel Core i3 and next generation Intel® Celeron™ processors(1) based on Intel 5th Generation Core micro-architecture. "The new faster performing Acer C910 Chromebook with an Intel Core i5 processor is raising the bar for Chromebook performance," said Carlos Siqueiros, mobility business manager, Acer America. "The advanced technology will boost productivity and help our education and commercial customers get the most out of their Chromebook experience for collaboration on important projects and research." According to Gartner, Acer leads the Chromebook market with approximately 40 percent market share worldwide.

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