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Gmail Hacks That Will Change Your Life

If you are a Gmail user (like me), you might want to take a quick peek at BuzzFeed today as they are showing you some Gmail hacks that will "change your life". I'm not making any guarantees that they will completely change your life, but at very least they might save you a little bit of time and give you something to do instead of working on a Friday.

If you hate email and want to spend less time dealing with it, then over the next few days I’m going to show you some Gmail hacks to make life easier on you and the people you communicate with, all without changing your daily email habits.

When Gmail launched in 2004 it had three big innovations: storage size, conversation view, and labels. For most people, those eight-year old features continue to be enough. Over the years Gmail’s storage capacity has grown from 1 GB to 10 GB, conversation view has become more conversational, and they’ve dragged us kicking and screaming into using labels.

GameStop to carry pre-loaded Android Tablets

In an attempt to sell more than just games, GameStop has announced that in October they will be selling preloaded $200 Android Tablets in 1,600 of their stores. These tablets are going to come preloaded with a bunch of games such as Sonic CD and Riptide. GameStop will also feature other Android tablets from Samsung, Toshiba, Acer, and Asus, which will also feature preloaded software. TechCrunch has the full story over here.

 These aren’t ordinary Android tablets, though. GameStop is pre-loading the Samsung, Asus, Acer, and Toshiba with extra gaming titles such as Sonic CD, Riptide, the Kongregate Arcade app and a free issue of GameStop’s gaming mag, Game Informer. Thanks to these extras and with prices that are inline with other stores, GameStop actually has a chance to capture a bit of the tablet market.

Facebook drops Chrome

There have been rumors floating around this week that Facebook is interested in buying Opera Software which is the maker of the Opera web browser. In another "unrelated" story, Facebook has dropped Google's Chrome web browser as a "recommended" web browser and has added.... yup, you guessed it, Opera! Neowin has the full story.

It is beginning to look like Facebook’s management are changing their recommendations towards certain browsers. As of today, Facebook’s “unsupported web browsers” page has removed Google’s web browser, Chrome, and replaced it with Opera.

The choice Facebook has made regarding supporting Opera may not be as farfetched as you may think due to the Social Network’s rumored plans to acquire Opera. This recent change in browser recommendations definitely emphasises on some form of Facebook to Opera relation, so the rumour behind the acquisition could be true.

10 ways Apple has changed since Steve Jobs

Since the passing of Steve Jobs, Apple has began making some changes that might not make Steve Jobs so happy. Gizmodo has come up with a list of 10 things that have changed since Steve Jobs and I'm sure even if you aren't a bit Apple fan you will agree that some of the changes they've made probably aren't so smart.

I miss Steve Jobs. The tech world is so boring. So beige. Things haven't been the same without his show-and-tells, him slamming people left and right, or his email replies in the middle of the night. Apple hasn't been the same either. And, wherever he is, Jobs probably doesn't like some of the things that have been happening or are about to happen in Cupertino. Here are the 10 things that would have probably made him shout his classic "this is @#$@!"

Who wants a terrible Facebook phone?

For the past couple of years the rumors that Facebook is developing their very own phone have been swirling around the internet. Over the past week or so these rumors have started back up again after the news that some Apple software and hardware engineers from the iPhone and iPad projects had recently joined the Facebook team. Most of the talk around these rumors thinks that it would be a bad idea for Facebook to develop their own hardware and the guys over at Slate.com share their thoughts on why this is a bad idea.

There are two ways to make money in the smartphone business. There’s Apple’s way: 1) Make premium products that people clamor for; 2) Sell the devices for substantially more than it costs to make them; 3) Figure out what to do with your rapidly accumulating stockpiles of cash.

Facebook's Paid-to-Promote feature arrives

A couple weeks ago we posted a story about Facebook testing out a new feature that allowed you to have your posts end up at the top of your friends pages for a price. Well the feature has now gone live and as Gizmodo shows you, its not cheap at all. If you have enough people that "like" your page it could cost up to $100 bucks to have your post be "promoted" to most of the people following you. This is really a terrible idea, but I guess if 1 in 100,000 people use it on a somewhat regular basis it will translate into big bucks for Facebook (while annoying the crap out of everyone else).

We've heard rumblings that Facebook was testing a system called Highlight that would allow people to pay to promote a post, and now obnoxiously enough, it's starting to show up.

Chris Cantalini, who runs a music blog called Gorilla vs. Bear, tweeted that he was posting a track by Holy Balm when he was presented with the above prompt. It asked him if he wanted to pay as much as $100 so that just one post, one song, could reach an estimated 39,000 people. For the record, only 37,000 people already Like Gorilla vs. Bear on Facebook.

Windows XP cost 5x more to maintain than Windows 7

Even though Windows 7 has been met with a good reception, and Windows 8 is just around the corner, there are still a ton of people sticking with good old Windows XP. According to the analyst firm IDC, Windows XP is costing firms 5x more to maintain than it would if they went to Windows 7. Maybe some are waiting to make the jump to Windows 8, or maybe some firms are just lazy (probably more likely). Redmond Pie takes a look at Windows XP and why it might be time to make the switch.

Of the many upcoming entries to the technology fray, Windows 8 is by far one of the most anticipated. The Consumer Preview dropped in February to critical acclaim, and although there’s nothing particularly amiss with the current Windows 7, consumers are still pretty eager to sink their teeth into the Metro interface.

While most of us run Windows 7, the same cannot be said for a large portion of business who’re still rocking the reliable but dated Windows XP. Released over ten years ago, it provided a simple and clean interface, and although its successor – the notorious Windows Vista – was bloated and slow, Windows 7 redeemed the platform.

How much is Opera worth?

Last week we posted up a link to the rumors that Facebook is possibly interested in buying Opera (web browser). We talked about these rumors on episode 161 of Weekly Tech Update and asked the question, "How much is Opera worth?". Well, according to the Globe and Mail, we guessed way too low as they are predicting that Opera Software would cost Facebook around $1 Billion dollars to buy. This probably isn't too big of a deal for a company that was valued at over $100 Billion dollars at its IPO, and the purchase might distract people from the fact that Facebook's stock is quickly dropping.

Opera Software would cost Facebook over $1-billion as competition from Google and others could push up the price tag, analysts said on Tuesday, as takeover talk pushed the web browser-makers shares up as much as 26 per cent on Tuesday.

Oslo-listed Opera, coveted for its advanced mobile phone software technology, could be a perfect fit for Facebook but the firm’s business is also vital to some of the industry’s biggest players. Any bid is likely to attract others to the table.

Independent Games Sale (up to 80% off)

If you are looking for a new game for you PC, Mac, or Phone (iOS and Android) you might want to check out a special promotion called "Because We May". For the rest of the week this group is offering games from independent developers at deeply discounted prices (up to 80% off). Head on over to Because We May and follow the links to check out the deals.

We believe that developers should have the freedom to price their games how they like, without interference from the online stores that sell the games. Why? Because it allows us to promote our games more freely, as we are doing here! We rely on the ability to promote our games for our livelihood and control over pricing is an important tool for this purpose.

For the last week of May (May 24 through June 1) our games will be deeply discounted to celebrate online stores that give us control over pricing: The App Store, Google Play, Steam, Desura, IndieVania, and a few others.

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