Monthly Archives: August 2010

GMail Priority Inbox

If you’re a GMail user who receives many e-mails a day and would like a way to separate the important e-mails from the not so important ones, such as automated e-mail from lists and such, perhaps you should try using a new beta feature in GMail, called Priority Inbox.

Priority Inbox works by separating the messages in your inbox into three sections, which include “Important and unread”, “Starred”, and “Everything”.

When you receive new e-mails, GMail’s Priority Inbox will automatically scan them and if they’re important, GMail will flag it as such, eliminating the need to search through all of the messages in your inbox to look for an important e-mail.

Priority Inbox works by using a variety of different signals in order to determine which e-mails are considered important, including the people that you e-mail the most, as well as whether or not you open and reply to a message, rather than just skimming through it or skipping over it.

Also, the more you use GMail, the better the Priority Inbox feature will get at categorizing your e-mails.

Gmail’s new Priority Inbox feature will be rolling out to users over the next week or so, so when you notice the “New! Priority Inbox” link near the top right corner of the GMail interface or the Priority Inbox tab in GMail’s settings, perhaps you should consider trying it out if you receive a lot of e-mail.

If you’d like to learn more about GMail’s new Priority Inbox feature, you can do so by reading this post from the Official GMail Blog.

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Digg v4 Launches

As you may already know, Digg was planning on launching version four of their website for a while now, with some users getting invites to try the new version of the social news website before it was officially launched. However, yesterday Digg v4 was officially launched to everyone – no invite needed.

The new version of Digg features a redesigned homepage, as well as a variety of new features, such as making submitting a story easier.

Another new feature of Digg v4 is that there is now a “My News” section, which displays the stories that your friends and people that you’re following are digging and submitting. If you would like to view stories and such that were submitted by everyone using the website, you can do so by clicking on the “Top News” button, which is located near the top of the website, next to the “My News’” button.

Also, the new version of Digg makes submitting a story, video, or picture easier than it was previously. If you would like to submit a new story, you can do so simply by typing or pasting a link into the “Submit a Link” box and then clicking on the “Digg it” button, where you should be able to enter a description for your story, as well as choose the story’s topic and picture. When you’re ready to submit the story to Digg, you can do so by clicking on the “Digg it” button again.

If you would like to learn more about Digg v4, you can do so by visiting the Digg Blog, which features a video walkthrough of the new version Digg.  You can also learn more by checking out this article on TechCrunch.

Chomp

If you’re someone who enjoys discovering new applications for the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, but haven’t really found a good way to discover, as well as find reviews about applications, perhaps you should try using Chomp.

Chomp is an application discovery engine that enables people to discover new applications, as well as read reviews and recommendations about them, either online, using the Chomp website or by using the Chomp iPhone application.

The Chomp website looks similar to a search engine, with a search box, as well as an area that shows applications that are one sale, new applications, and enables you to view applications that have been reviewed.

When you would like to search for an application, you can simply type the name of the application or the type of application that you are looking for and then you will be presented with results pertaining to what you searched for. For example, if you are someone who likes to keep organized and keep a to-do list and would like to find a good “to-do list” application, you could search for “to do” on Chomp and would be presented with multiple applications, which are related to what you searched for.

The search results page includes screen shots of the applications that you searched for, as well as how much people like them, how many reviews they’ve had, as well as what the price of the application is.

If you would like more information about a particular application, you can click on the name or icon of the application, which will then present you with more detailed information about the application, including multiple screen shots, a description, how many reviews the application has had, how much people like the application, as well as user reviews.

The Chomp iPhone application works similar to how the Chomp website works, as there is a search box. Also, you can view applications that are on sale, recent reviews, and what’s new. If you have a Chomp account, you can also view the reviews of other Chomp users.

When you would like to search for an application, you can do so in the search box on the “Discover” page or click on the “Search”, which is located at the bottom of the application.

There is also a “My Apps” section, where you can add applications to your watch list, track application downloads, as well as view the reviews that you have written. However, this section requires that you have a Chomp account.

Also on the Chomp iPhone application is a “People” section, where you can search for users, view suggested users, view the top reviewers for that week, find your Twitter or FaceBook friends, invite friends by e-mail or FaceBook, view the users that you’re following, as well as view the users that are following you.

If you would like to learn more about Chomp or try using Chomp, you can do so from the Chomp website or by downloading the free Chomp iPhone application.

iTunes PayPal Scam

As you may have heard, either online or through other forms of media, there have been many iTunes users who were reporting fraudulent purchases being made with their PayPal accounts.

However, according to various technical blogs and websites, there are not any security holes or problems in either iTunes or PayPal, but rather, people have fallen victim to a “phishing” scam.

“Phishing” is a way of scamming users out of personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. An example of a "phishing” scam is when a user receives an e-mail, asking them to verify their personal information for a service, such as PayPal, by clicking on a link to an external website.

When the user arrives at the website, it may look very similar to the real website, however, the website is actually a rogue website, which scammers use to steal a user’s personal information.

There are some ways, however, that users can protect themselves against “phishing” scams, some of which are quite simple.

Double Check the Address Bar

If a user receives an e-mail from a bank or other company, asking them to verify their personal information, they should be aware that the e-mail could be a part of a phishing scam because even though an e-mail may look as though it’s legitimate, it may not be.

A simple check of the e-mail and web address may be able to stop somebody from becoming the victim of a phishing scam. However, some e-mail may look as though they are coming from and linking to a legitimate company, but may actually lead to a phishing website, so if you’re going to click on any links, you should double check what is in your browser’s address bar.

In addition to making sure the web address of the company is correct, you should also look for “https” in front of the web address, rather than “http” if you’re being asked to provide personal information, such as a password or credit card number, as “https” means that any information you provide is being sent over a secure, SSL connection.

Do not Respond to E-mails

If you have received an e-mail from a company, asking for you to respond with your personal information, be aware that this may be a way of scamming you out of your personal information.

Most companies probably won’t ask for your personal information via e-mail, so if you happen to receive an e-mail asking for personal information, it may be an attempt at a phishing scam.

Should you receive an e-mail asking for a reply with personal information, I would suggest that you manually type in the company’s web address and then either call or e-mail their customer support department, letting them know what happened.

Keep Your Password Secure

Another way that you can prevent yourself from falling victim to a phishing attempt would be to keep your passwords and other personal information secure.

You should not provide your password to anyone via phone or e-mail, unless you are positive that you are speaking to someone from a company or organization. Don’t be afraid to deny someone your password if they asked for it, as many companies will probably not ask for your password in an e-mail or over the phone.

It may also help to change your passwords every now and then, that way, if you were to accidentally fall victim to a phishing attempt, nobody would be able to access your account.

In order create a secure password, you should use both uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as numbers and even symbols, as all of these things would make a password harder to guess or figure out. Also, the longer a password is, the harder it is to figure out, so longer passwords are definitely better.

If you would like more information about the iTunes PayPal Scam, perhaps you should check out this article from TechCrunch, as well as this article from MacWorld.

If you have any tips on how to prevent phishing scams or if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, or would like to make a correction to this post, please feel free to leave a comment below or use the Contact page to send me an e-mail!

NinJump iPhone App

If you’re looking for a fun game to play on your iPhone or iPod Touch, perhaps you should try playing NinJump by Backflip Studios. NinJump is a game in which you have to run up one of two walls, trying to avoid obstacles, as well as getting various power-ups.

The purpose of the NinJump is to try to climb the wall to the highest distance that you can, without getting hit by or running into an obstacle. The higher your character goes, the more obstacles you will have to avoid.

When you first launch NinJump, you should see a loading screen, but after that you should see the game’s main menu. From the menu, you have the options to play the game, view and change the game’s options, as well as view more games.

NinJump’s game play is fairly simple, as the only thing you have to do is tap on the screen, enabling your character to jump to and from one of the two walls. When your character jumps, he also swings his sword, allowing him to defeat obstacles, as well as catch power-ups.

Some examples of obstacles that you may encounter while playing NinJump are other ninjas, who may throw stars, birds, as well as foxes, which you can either attack or avoid. Attacking one of the obstacles will enable you to gain a “point” towards a power-up.

Once you have attacked three of the same type of obstacles, you will receive a power-up, which enables your character to move up the course faster, as well as with the ability to hit obstacles without falling.

In addition to power-ups, there is also a shield that you can get by simply running into it. The shield protects you if you were to run into or be hit by an obstacle. However, the shield can only be used once, as it goes away after you’ve been hit.

If you do not have a shield and run into or are hit by an obstacle, your character will fall off of the wall and the game will be over.

After your character has fallen, you will see a menu, showing you how high your character was able to climb, as well as what your best score was. Also, you can choose to post your score to OpenFeint, FaceBook, Twitter, or send it in an e-mail. There are also options to play NinJump again or return to the main menu.

If you would like to try playing NinJump, you can download it for free from the iTunes App Store.

Google Tasks

If you’re someone who likes to stay organized and on top of things by making to-do lists or taking notes and are also a GMail or Google Calendar user, perhaps you should consider moving from pen and paper lists to managing your tasks and to-do lists online.

After you have logged into your GMail account, you should see a “Tasks” link, which is located above the “Compose Mail” button. When you click on the link, a tasks list will appear on the lower right side of the GMail interface. If you haven’t used the tasks feature before, you should see the “Default List”, where you can add new tasks, as well as check off and view tasks which you have completed.

When you would like to add a new task to your list, you can do so by simply clicking in the blank space next to the check box in the list. If you would like to add details, such as a due date or notes, as well as choose which list to add the task to, you can do so by clicking on the blue arrow, located to the right of where you typed your task.

If you are a Google Calendar user, you can also view your tasks in the “Tasks” sidebar, which is located to the right of your calendar, where you should be able to view and manage your tasks, just like in GMail. However, if you have chosen a due date for your task, you will be able to view the task on your calendar, in addition to any other events you may have added to your calendar.

If you would like to organize your tasks into more than one list, you can do so by going to your tasks list and then clicking on the “Switch list” button, which looks like three bullet points and a blue arrow. From there, you can create a new list, switch between lists, as well as other options.

Hopefully after reading this post, you will be able to manage your tasks and to-do lists online, rather than having to write everything down!

If you have any questions, comments, or corrections for this post, please feel free to leave a comment below or use the Contact page to send me an e-mail!

Google Calendar Tips and Tricks

If you’re a Google Calendar user, you already know how Google Calendar is a great service and that it can be a great tool for getting and staying organized. Below are some tips and tricks that perhaps you didn’t know about, which may be able to enhance an already great experience while using Google Calendar.

Add Other Calendars

Google Calendar doesn’t have to be used for just events, appointments, and other important dates. You can also use it to keep track of holidays, when your favorite sports team is playing, as well as other things. Also, you don’t even have to add the dates to your calendar manually, as Google has created a variety of different calendars that you can subscribe to, making the events appear in your calendar.

If you would like to subscribe to a holiday, sports, or other calendar, you can do so by logging into your Google Calendar account and then clicking on the “Add” button, which is located under the “Other Calendars” section in the left sidebar and then choosing an option, such as “Browse Interesting Calendars”, such as holidays, sports, and others, or you can even add a friend’s calendar, as well as add a calendar from a URL, or importing another calendar.

Manage Tasks

If you’re someone who likes to create a “To-Do” or task list, you can do so right from Google Calendar. When you first log into your account, you should see a tasks list on the right side of the window. You can add tasks to your list and when you’re done, you can simply check them off or delete them.

You can even create multiple tasks lists, so that you can organize your tasks into their own categories and such. If you’d like to create a new tasks list, you can dos o by clicking on the “Switch list” button, which is located on the bottom right of the tasks list.

From there, you should be able to perform a variety of different tasks, such as refreshing, renaming, deleting, or creating a new tasks list.

Weather

Google Calendar has a great feature that allows you to integrate the weather forecast right into your calendar.

If you would like to add the weather forecast to your calendar, you can do so by clicking on “Settings” and then choosing “Calendar settings”. From there, you should click on the “General” tab and then scroll down until you see the “Show weather based on my location” setting, where you should be able to select whether or not you would like the weather to appear in Fahrenheit or Celsius.

Drag and Drop

Another useful feature of Google Calendar is that you have the ability to drag and drop items on your calendar. For example, if you added an event to the wrong day, you can simply click on the event and drag it to the correct day and time.

Also, if you need to shorten or allow more time for an event, you can simply drag the event up or down, which should enable you to change the length of your event.

Change the View

When you log into Google Calendar, you should see the default viewing options, such as “Day”, “Week”, “Month”, “4 Days”, and “Agenda’”. However, if you don’t like the default settings, you can change the views by clicking on “Settings” and then choosing “Calendar settings”.

From there, you should click on the “General” tab and then scroll down until you see the “Default view” and “Custom view” options, which should allow you to change the length of time you can view on your calendar.

If you would like more Google Calendar tips and tricks, perhaps you should check out this post from the WebWorkDaily.com website, as well as this post, also from WebWorkDaily.com. You can also find Google Calendar tips and tricks from this post from the Blogoscoped.com website, as well as this article from the PCWorld.com website.