Google Apps Users to See Better Sync Between Calendar and Gmail

Thanks to upcoming updates, Google Apps users (essentially Google for business) will now begin to see better sync of information between Gmail and Google Calendar.

Once updated, when a user receives an email containing information such as flight, movie, and hotel confirmations, the information will automatically be loaded into your Google Calendar as an event. That means no more copy and pasting information yourself from one app to the other. Google Calendar will even automatically update information for you if it happens to change.  (more…)

This Inbox Swipe Gesture is One of My Favorite Little Things

For months, I’ve been using Google’s Inbox as my email app of choice. While I fully understand that this app or its approach to email is not for everyone, as someone who spent just as long with Mailbox before Inbox, I have fully embraced email clients that turn your inbox into a task manager. I actually feel like I get more done, respond to emails much quicker than in the past, and generally, find myself grunting and groaning far less when a new message appears. With that in mind, there are little things (like this and this and this) about Google’s Inbox that have helped make this my favorite email app.  (more…)

Snoozing Items in Inbox is Now More Convenient Than Ever

Google has become really good at keeping track of and highlighting important emails in Inbox that have to do with reservations (flight, hotel, restaurant, etc.), calendar invites, and package tracking updates. These types of emails show up with imagery and shortcuts to accessing the information you care most about, like full trip bundles.

But what if you wanted all of that automation to continue, along with a bit of added, precision control on your end? Let’s say, instead of wanting to dig through a bundle or search for package tracking, you could tell the package tracking email or hotel reservation to appear automatically, just as you need it? Starting today, you can.  (more…)

New Inbox Widgets Let You Quickly Set Reminders or Compose Emails

According to Inbox by Gmail G+ page, a recent update to the Inbox on Android app introduced two new widgets – one for setting reminders and another for composing emails.

The widgets are indeed on my phone after a recent update (at least I think that’s when they showed up) and I could see them coming in handy. For one, both the reminder and compose widgets can be dragged into a folder or in the app dock, just like an app icon. With that functionality, you don’t have to just set them on your home screen. They are still added as if they were widgets, but again, they really just function like an app shortcut.  (more…)

Gmail Google Now Package Tracking Card is Showing Up for Some Google Apps for Work Users

NOTE:  Holy confusion hell. Google Apps or Google Apps for Work is not your regular Gmail. Google Apps for Work is a paid suite of Google services for businesses, basically, that gives you access to Google services, but with a custom domain, like [email protected] We aren’t talking about package tracking cards from your Gmail ([email protected]) account – that feature has been there for months if not years. We are talking specifically about Google Apps or Google Apps for Work users in this post.


If you have attached your life to a Google Apps account (like a Google Apps for Work account that uses a domain – ex: [email protected]), you are probably well aware of its many limitations when it comes to newly introduced services or features by Google. Apps like Inbox launch first without GApps support, which can be frustrating for those who think they are on the cutting edge of technology, but are often held back by the type of Gmail account they use.

One of the longest standing delays in features for Google Apps users has been full Google Now support. What I mean is that Gmail Google Now cards still to this day do not work with GApps accounts. These are cards that are created based off of emails received in your inbox, like packaging tracking cards from shipping notices or hotel, flight, and restaurant cards that created from confirmation emails. Google even states on their Google Now support pages that “Some features, such as Gmail Now cards, aren’t available when using Google Now with a Google Apps account.”  (more…)

“Undo Send” Comes to Gmail on the Web, Likely Coming to Mobile Apps Soon

Back in May, Google introduced an “undo send” button to Inbox, both on the web and in mobile apps. The feature wasn’t new to many of us, as it had been baked into Gmail for much longer, but only as a “Labs” option for those who knew it existed. Yesterday, that all changed when Google brought “undo send” out of Labs and into general settings on Gmail for the web. Yes, friends, you can now “Whoops!” and un-whoops on Gmail on much more stable terms. Or for some of you, for the first time now that the setting isn’t hidden away.  (more…)