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For most people who use email it is clear that even the spam filters are not enough to ensure that you get the most relevant email. GMail’s spam filter works very well, perhaps better than any other, however that won’t stop your important email  from getting lost amongst tons of newsletters, updates and offers which you yourself subscribed to.

Ever faced this scenario? You check your inbox, only to find dozens of unread emails. You scan through them and decide to archive them all rather than read them. Unfortunately, in the process you archive a rather important email.

GMail’s new “Priority Inbox” aims to tackle that problem. GMail will learn over time which emails you open, read and reply to, and accordingly automatically sort your email to display relevant, important emails first. Email is then put into different sections, important unread email, starred email and everything else after that — these sections can be customized.Just like GMail’s spam system, this too can be trained over time, by marking an email as less or more important.

This reminds us of Mozilla Messaging’s Raindrop project which had a similar noble goal. While GMail will obviously provide these features in their web interface, Mozilla Messaging’s Raindrop is a mail client application — although it runs its own server and has to be accessed via a browser — which can aggregate details from multiple social networks to figure out which email is more important to you.

This feature will be rolled out over a week for both GMail and Google Apps mail users, so keep an eye out. You can try “Priority Inbox” by visiting it’s new home at Google.

Check out Google’s video explaining their newest feature:

– Courtesy Thinkdigit.com

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As of 25 August, 2010, you can call landline phones or mobile phones from Gmail. All you need to do is ensure that the application that enables you to call is installed, and dial the number!

Steps

  1. Open your Gmail account.
  2. Go to “Chat”. Look for the tab that says “Call phone”. There will be a green phone symbol located next to this line.

    This  image shows you the location of the application

    This image shows you the location of the application

    • You will need to have installed and activated the voice and video plug-in if you haven’t already done so.
    • If you don’t see this “call phone” line near chat it may be because Google has not yet enabled your Gmail account for this service. They began rolling this out on August 25, 2010 and will require at least several days to activate all accounts.
  3. Click on the “Call phone” tab. A box will appear, telling you about the service.
    • The box explains what the service is, that US/Canada calls are free in 2010, and that emergency calls cannot be made via Google Voice.

  4. Click “Accept” once you have read the box. This means that you’re acknowledging that you understand and agree to Google’s terms of use.
  5. Look for the call box on the page.

    • Enter either a phone number or the name of a contact. Use the dial pad to enter numbers, or just type in a name.
    • If you make a mistake when entering a number on the dial pad, just use the delete button of your keyboard.
  6. Press the blue “Call” button at the base of the dial box and your call will start dialing. Have a conversation from your computer with someone on their phone, wherever they may be!

Tips

  • Calls to the US and Canada are free in 2010. International calls are billed at our insanely low rates.
  • Click on the flag icon to open a drop-down menu that displays all the country dial codes.

  • Click on the money amount to reveal a drop-down menu for history details, rates information, and the ability to add credit.

  • The clock icon represents “call history”.

Warnings

  • If this call application isn’t on your computer yet, you may need to wait. Alternately, it will mean that you need to download the voice and video plug-in if you haven’t already enabled this.
  • Google Voice is an enhanced call management application and is not capable of placing and receiving emergency service calls. Read the complete Terms of Service.

Things You’ll Need

  • Gmail, enabled with voice and video plug-in and having the calling application enabled.

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