Anything Google does to prevent my needing to dive into my email to perform simple tasks gets a big old thumbs up, which is why I'm stoked (*STOKED*) that Gmail is getting a new set of "quick action" buttons that'll let you do more directly from your inbox subject lines, without actually opening up an email.
Last week, we reported that Apple had provided its employees with an update to the Mavericks Mail app that solves several issues relating to Gmail account compatibility. While this has seemed to stay under the radar, Apple has also provided the update to registered Mac Developers. Apple says that the update became available on October 31st, but we have not heard any sightings of this update until now. The update should be available for all users in the coming weeks. Thanks, Hunter!
In addition to the incoming OS X Mavericks Mail Update that we reported on previously, sources say that Apple is readying a slew of performance and bug fix updates for several other OS X Mavericks applications. According to the updates seeded today to Apple employees, Apple is preparing updates for iBooks, Safari, and the Remote Desktop Client apps:
For iBooks, Apple says that the new version (1.0.1) “includes bug fixes and improvements to performance and stability.” iBooks is a new application in Mavericks that allows the reading and downloading of iBooks and iBooks Textbooks.
Apple is yet to specify to employees what the new Safari version entails, but is labeled as version 7.0.1. The slight version number increase indicates that this is a bug-fix and performance-focused release, not a new version with several new features. Safari in Mavericks gained slight interface tweaks and integration with Twitter and LinkedIn.
Apple says that the update to the Remote Desktop Client app (version 3.7.1) is “recommended for all Apple Remote Desktop clients and addresses several issues related to overall reliability, usability, and compatibility.”
As for the aforementioned OS X Mavericks Mail update, we now understand that it will be a dedicated patch that is likely not rolled into a OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 update. The update will be labeled “Mail Update for Mavericks 1.0,” and the release notes for Apple employees (and likely consumers) say: “this update improves stability and compatibility with Gmail, and includes fixes for users with custom Gmail settings.”
It’s uncertain when these updates will be released, but updates are typically rolled out to consumers within a few days to a couple of weeks following widespread internal testing.
Google recently announced an update to its Terms of Service, focused on displaying your profile name and photo next to advertisements and reviews. The new feature, which goes into effect on November 11, is called Shared Endorsements and will allow you to share your recommendations (whether a +1 on Google Play or a restaurant rating on Google Maps) with your connections.
From January 8th, Yahoo will be enabling encryption by default for all of its webmail users. That’s great news—it just happens to be four years later than the likes of GMail.
Marissa Meyer’s parade of progress is continuing at Yahoo with a very sparkly redesign of Yahoo Mail. It’s got all things that are good, including more storage and cleaner navigation and threaded conversations. Frankly, this redesign does pretty much anything to make Yahoo Mail look more like Gmail.
Over the last 24 hours, you’ve probably noticed that your Gmail has been acting a little funky. It wasn’t just you. In a blog post, the Gmail team explains the issue, saying that a rare, double-SNAFU was to blame for a widespread issue that caused significant delays in the delivery of some email.