ISLAMABAD: Google has introduced an “early adopter programme (EAP)” for its newly Gmail design with features like Gmail offline and nudging.
“To prepare you and your organization for the general availability (GA) launch, the new Gmail is on an EAP and customers can choose to participate (or not) at the domain and organizational unit levels,” the G Suite team wrote in a blog post on Monday.
The announcements technically apply only to G Suite users – that is, people who have paid accounts through their company or organization – and Google declined to comment on whether the changes will be the same for regular Gmail users, The Verge reported.
After the general availability, G Suite admins will have options including immediately transitioning their users to the new Gmail, allowing their users to opt in to the new Gmail at the time of their choice or waiting approximately for four weeks until their users are not allowed to opt in to the new Gmail, G Suite team added.
Sometime in September, everyone will be switched over to the new Gmail design. The option to opt out will still be available for another month but by October, the option will disappear and G Suite accounts will be required to use the new design. The new Gmail launches to general availability from July.
Relevant pieces published earlier:
i) Search engine giant Google, which has been quite heavy-handed regarding attachment sizes on its email feature Gmail, has decided to increase the attachment size from 25Mb to 50MB. While recognizing that “sending and receiving attachments is an important part of email exchanges,” Google on its official blog announced that users will now be able to receive emails of up to 50MB directly. However, Google is still very much wedded to the idea of people using Google Drive as the sending mails remain capped at the same limit as before at 25MB. Still, Google’s decision to increase the receiving limit is a good omen and hopefully, rules will be further relaxed in the future. (4th of March, 2017)
ii) Google has rolled out a new an interesting feature called ‘Gmailify’ for all the non-Gmail users. This new feature will enable the non-Gmail users to access Yahoo, Hotmail, and Outlook.com directly from the Gmail app available on Android. The users can also have the benefit of various Gmail features such as inbox organization, spam protection, Google Now cards and others. In order to use ‘Gmailify’ users need to manually switch it on by linking their non-Gmail account to the Gmail app. The users just need to open up the new version of Gmail app and sign in with their non-Gmail account and enable ‘Gmailify’. The company has not yet revealed as to when the feature will be rolled for iOS users. Gmail is one of the most popular email services with more than 900 million users globally. (20th of February, 2016)
FIA, PTA need to establish social media monitoring cell
ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control Friday said Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) should establish a special cell to monitor social media where wrong messages, pictures and are being shared without verification.
Chairing a meeting of the committee, Senator Rehman Malik said FIA should expedite its working so as to control social media and the agency should adopt such measures to dispose off complaints of people.
He said although the importance of social media is above board it is being wrongly used where personalities are discussed and insulted.
Rehman Malik asked FIA to take immediate action against such people as per law and arrest those involved in nefarious activities.
Pakistan’s government should make agreements with international social media operators to block such conflicted material from the web.
The committee, which raised a matter of the mysterious killing of three sisters in Fort Abbas area of the Cholistan in its previous meetings, said he had talked to the caretaker chief minister of Punjab and discussed the matter.
Keeping in view sensitivity of the incident, Rehman Malik formed a sub-committee under convenorship of Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmed which will probe the matter.
The sub-committee will submit its report before the main Committee on Interior. Rehman Malik said legal action should be taken against those police or local administration officials found involved in criminal negligence in the case.
Neanderthal man knew how to make a fire: study
PARIS: Neanderthal man knew how to make a fire by striking stone to create sparks, researchers said Thursday after analyzing several tools found at sites in France dating from 50,000 years ago.
It was already known that Neanderthals used fire but it was mostly thought to have occurred by natural causes such as lightning or volcanic eruptions, although perhaps they did know techniques for creating a flame.
The latter is what scientists of a study published in Scientific Reports have claimed. “We present here the first direct artefactual evidence for regular, systematic fire production by Neanderthals,” they wrote in the study.
“We found the lighters that Neanderthal man used to make a fire,” Marie Soressi, professor of prehistory at Leiden University in the Netherlands and co-author of the study, told Media.
The researchers found dozens of flint with traces on the two faces of the prehistoric stone tool, or biface. They appear to indicate that the tool could have been used to strike at a ferrous mineral such as pyrite or marcasite.
Piercing the pyrite would produce sparks which Neanthal man could make fall on dry grass or leaves and blow on them to get a fire going.
Andrew Sorensen, also from Leiden University and the lead author of the study, says the scientists know the traces on the stone tools were not natural, but instead made by these primitive men living in Europe in late Palaeolithic times.
“The traces we see occur in discrete zones, with the striations almost always oriented parallel to the long axis of the tool. If the scratches were natural, we would expect them to occur all over the surface of the biface and to be oriented randomly,” he told the Media.
“The fire making traces appear with the naked eye as clusters of C-shaped percussion marks… often indicating unidirectional, oblique (glancing) blows (ideal for fire making),” he wrote.
Galaxy Note 9 to hit shelves in S. Korea on Aug 24
SEOUL: Galaxy Note 9, Samsung Electronics Co.’s next flagship phablet, will be available for South Korean consumers starting August 24, two weeks after its global showcase, industry insiders said Friday.
The tech giant is set to unveil the Note 9 on Aug. 9 in New York, with local pre-orders to begin Aug. 14, according to sources in the wireless service sector.
Though no details have been released via official channels, a purported image of the device has been leaked by notable twitter user Ice Universe, showing a large smartphone with a new gold or yellow S Pen. There have been rumors that Samsung’s signature stylus may come with Blue tooth capability, a first for the accessory.
The image also revealed that a dual camera module and a fingerprint scanner are positioned horizontally on the rear of the phone, which could allow more room for a larger battery.
It has been widely speculated that the latest model Note will come with a battery capacity of 4,000 mAh compared with its predecessor’s smallish 3,300 mAh, as well as a 6.4-inch screen, which is a tad larger than the Galaxy Note 8’s 6.3-inch display.