Category Archives: Google

Gmail Priority inbox is Live: How to Set Priority of Emails?

A while back we informed you about Gmail priority inbox feature which will put all important Email at the top so that you will never miss any important Email. Seems like Gmail started rolling out this feature for everyone and I see Gmail priority box icon at the top.

To get started with Gmail priority box, if you see Gmail priority icon at the top click on it and Gmail will reload and Priority inbox will be enabled for your Gmail account. Watch this screenshot:

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Once your Gmail will reload it will show your some Emails and you can mark them as important and not important. Remember you will have different link for inbox and Priority Inbox.

How to Prioritize your Emails using Gmail priority Feature?

To mark any Email as important or non important you can go to Email and at the top you can mark them as important or non-important.

You can also select Emails (mass selection) and mark them as important and not important. See screenshots:

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Here is final look of Gmail Priority Inbox :

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You can also change settings of priority inbox by Going into your settings:

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Do try this new Gmail feature and let us know what do you like about it and what do you hate about it?

Just in case if you are using Gmail multiple inbox feature, it will not work with this. Since the view of Gmail priority inbox is different. You need to click on Inbox to see your multiple Inbox which you have set up from settings.

Gmail Voice Integrated Into Gtalk: Make Free Voice Call to US and Canada

Today Google team announced the launch of Gmail voice for Gtalk users. This means now you can make voice call from your computer to any phone number. Calls to Canada and U.S number will be free but call to other countries will be chargeable. Here are call rates for other countries.

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This new service is going to give stiff competition to current popular Skype which let you call to any phone number from your Pc.

How to Get Started with Google Voice from PC to any Phone Number?

This service will be rolling out in phases and first one to see this will be U.S Gmail users. You need to install Voice and Video chat addon to use this service.

Under your chat list you will see Call phone, click on that and dial phone number and start talking.

Here are some excerpts from Official announcement:

if you have a Google Voice phone number, calls made from Gmail will display this number as the outbound caller ID. And if you decide to, you can receive calls made to this number right inside Gmail (see instructions).
We’re rolling out this feature to U.S. based Gmail users over the next few days, so you’ll be ready to get started once “Call Phones” shows up in your chat list (you will need to install the voice and video plug-in if you haven’t already). If you’re not a U.S. based user—or if you’re using Google Apps for your school or business—then you won’t see it quite yet. We’re working on making this available more broadly—so stay tuned!

Here is cool demo video done by Gmail Voice team showing how calling has changed over time:

Personally I liked the idea of making free calls to U.S and Canada based free number. And I will wait to see this service getting rolled out in my country ASAP.

Do share your views about this New feature from Google team?

Voice Actions For Android: Command Your Android Phone By Voice

Yesterday, at a press event in San Francisco, Google unveiled a very unique feature known as Voice action. By using this feature you can operate most of the features of your mobile by using voice command. Features include sending SMS, making call, searching on Google, finding direction for the near place, setting alarm, opening apps and many more.

Users can download voice action for Android on their Android phones running on Android version 2.2 which is also known as Froyo.

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How to get Voice actions for Android

Getting voice actions on your Froyo 2.2 Android phone is easy.

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  • Select your country and enter your mobile number.

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  • Shortly you will receive   a text message from Google having link of Android voice search. Click on the link and follow the instructions.

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Features of Voice actions for Android

There are many features offered by this application. Here I am compiling all those features and commands you need to give to your phone to execute those tasks.

  • Send text messages: Send text to [recipient] [message]
  • Get directions: Navigate to [address/city/business name]”
  • View Map: map of [address/city]
  • Listen To music: listen to [artist/song/album]
  • Set alarm: Alarm 8’o clock.
  • Write a note: note to self [message]
  • Search Google: query
  • Go to websites: go to [website name]
  • Call businesses: call [business name] [location]
  • Cal Contacts: call [contact name] [phone type]
  • Send email: send email to [recipient] [subject] [body].

Here’s the video presentation by Google Mobile’s Mike LeBeau:

These are some commands given on Google Voice website’s. I am pretty sure there are some other commands exists. So why don’t you find out and mention them in comments.

Play Game On YouTube: Google Chrome Fastball

You might be surprised after reading the title of this article. Probably you had seen many games video on YouTube but playing games on YouTube is bit indigestible. But it is possible with latest Google creation, Google Chrome Fastball, a flash-based game for YouTube.

This game starts with a small ball moving from one place to another by taking various path. In the path various obstacles come in the form of questions and you have to answer them in minimum time. The game is integrated with various services like Google map, Twitter and Last.FM and the flashed questions are answered by using these services.

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There are total 5 obstacles in the games and you’ll be asked one question in the each obstacle. Answer the question and clear the path. You can also skip the obstacles by clicking on the skip link but you will pay penalty for each skip.

Penalty comes in the form of time (in seconds) which is the prime factor for this game. You have to complete this game in minimum time. The current record by the Chrome team is 1 minute, 20 seconds. You can check the time at the top right of the video.

Also Read: How to Play Nintendo 64 Games on Your Computer

Chrome recently rolled out with integrated Flash player. The main motive behind this game is to represent the Flash flash feature of Chrome. Along with Chrome it also runs on Firefox pretty well.

Check out Google Chrome Fastball, [via The Official Google Blog].