Gmail’s Call Phone

August 30, 2010 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Gmail, Voice 

Are you missing your friends and loved ones? Do you want to call them but worry about expensive phone bills?  Well, not anymore… Gmail’s Call Phone feature is here to help you.

All of you will agree that some things are better communicated face to face. With the integration of Gmail voice and video chat into Gmail, staying in touch with friends and family is now easier. Before, you need to be signed in to your Gmail account to communicate. Now, you can call people directly on their phones.

To do this, just dial a phone number like you would do in an ordinary phone. Click “Call phone” at the top of the chat list and dial the number or enter a contact’s name. If you have a Google Voice number, calls made from Gmail will display this number as the outbound caller ID. You can also receive calls made to this number right inside Gmail.

This is really a great and helpful application. You can now call anywhere in the US and Canada for free for at least the rest of the year as well as make cheap international calls. It is very easy to use and best of all, it is free.

Google Calendar and Its Uses

June 13, 2010 by · Comments Off on Google Calendar and Its Uses
Filed under: Calendar 

Google Calendar is a free time-management and event tracking tool by Google. It easily lets you organize your schedule and share events with your friends and loved ones.

With so many things to do 24/7, Google Calendar is a great web application tool to have. But, what are the various uses of Calendar?

1.    Remembering important events and happenings
Google Calendar is a great help to remember birthdays, anniversaries, children’s school activities, and other important occasions. You can set and customized reminders to notify you in advance so that you can prepare without hassle and stress.

2.    Easy sharing of calendars
Google Calendar allows several calendars to be created and viewed easily by your friends, family or co-workers. Schedules can be shared with specified people or everyone via public calendars. You can also add other people to calendars you create, allowing them to add items. Use this to have a collaborative work calendar for your team.

3.    Send invitations and track RSVPs
Having a party? Well, with Google Calendar you can invite other people to gatherings and events on your calendar. Guests can RSVP via email or respond through Google Calendar also.

4.    Reliable Task Gadget
You can also accomplish your to-do list using the task widget to easily manage daily tasks.

5.    Can be integrated with various Google services
Gmail:  If you see words such as dates, times, or meetings in your email, an “add to calendar” button is displayed that lets you add the date, time and event to your Google Calendar.
iGoogle: The calendar is shown as a module on your Google homepage. This tool offers you to edit how time can be displayed, what date, and a link to “Add Event”.
Google Desktop: The mini-calendar gadget lets you view your schedule without opening your browser.

Share Your Thoughts with Google Buzz

February 14, 2010 by · Comments Off on Share Your Thoughts with Google Buzz
Filed under: Buzz, Gmail 

Find something interesting? Well, what are you waiting for—share it with Google Buzz!

Google Buzz is a new way to share fascinating updates, photos, videos, links, and much more online and in real-time. When you’re out in the real world, you will certainly find interesting things that you want to share with your friends, family, or colleagues as quickly as you can. The social web has taken over the internet over the past years. And, since communication is inevitable and accessible in today’s age of technology, more and more tools for creating social apps can be found everywhere.

Google had talked about Real-time Search and Social Search in the past, and now with the launching of Buzz, it’s really great news for all online enthusiasts who are hooked up with social media interaction.

Buzz is built right into Gmail, so you don’t have to open or setup another account or visit another website to start interesting conversations or share news, info, and updates. You don’t have to invite friends to start sharing messages or links to websites because it uses contacts that you already have in your Gmail. You just have to follow friends that you email or chat with frequently. You can also either choose to share conversations to the world or privately to close friends only.

With Google Buzz, it doesn’t just post messages but also pulls images or videos from links as well as organized photos the way you want it to be seen quickly. It also lets you connect to other sites such as Picasa, Google Reader, Flicker and Twitter. This way your friends or contacts can keep up with what you’re doing on the web in just one place and in real-time mode.

It is also easy to follow the responses to your posts because they are automatically sent through your inbox. This way, you won’t miss essential comments or posts from the people you follow or following you. You can simply take actions from the responses found in your inbox to keep conversations flowing. Isn’t this amazing?

Buzz does not only work in your PC. You can also access it through your phone. Sharing messages and links can be done in a fun and geographical way because posts are tagged with location details.

Nowadays, people express themselves in a variety of ways. With Google Buzz, you can share what you’re thinking at the moment, post interesting photo or video links, keep up with long-time friends, or simple start great conversations with other people online.

How to Change Theme in Gmail

November 19, 2008 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: Gmail 

I was just chatting with my friend an hour ago in Gmail when I noticed the borders turned to a darker shade of blue, and the edges got sleeker. I immediately asked my friend if he noticed any difference with his Gmail, and he said no. I told him what I saw and won’t believe me, so I sent him a screenshot.

This is what I saw on the first minutes:

This is what Gmail looks like before:

This is what Gmail is now, after the new theme was completely rolled out.

How to Change Different Themes in Gmail

The new design is only one of the themes in the Theme Lab, the new feature that Gmail just unrolled about a couple of hours ago. If you are excited to use this new feature, here’s how.

  • Log in to your Gmail Account.
  • Click the Settings link at the upper right corner of the Gmail page.
  • Once you are in the Settings page, you will be facing the General account information tab. After General, the rest of the tabs are Accounts, Labels, Filters, … , and Themes. Click the Themes tab.
  • On the Themes tab,  you have 23 themes to choose from. If you miss the old Gmail theme, just choose Classic. But you have an option to choose your own colors too!

Here are some of the themes.

Desk Theme

Gmail Desk Theme

Graffiti Theme

Gmail Graffiti Theme

Dusk Theme

Gmail Dusk Theme

This is not the first time I was there when the new design unfold in front of me. I remembered experiencing it as well in Google Analytics before, just a month ago I think. It’s cool to see it changed in front of you, though it last only a few seconds to switch.

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