EXPLAINER: What is Clubhouse, the buzzy new audio chat app?
The icon for the social media app Clubhouse is seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. You can also download the app and get on a waiting list to be let into Clubhouse. Although Clubhouse hasn't divulged how many people are using its service, its app has been downloaded 5.3 million times, according to analytics firm App Annie. Thousands of Chinese users have flocked to the app in recent months, lured by the unfettered discussions it allowed with people abroad — particularly about democracy, Taiwan and other sensitive topics. Users still could download it if they had access to an Apple app store abroad.
Google services including Gmail and YouTube suffer outage
Google services including Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google Classroom suffered a widespread outage Monday, affecting many users and employers. "Services requiring users to log in experienced high error rates during this period," the spokesperson said. pic.twitter.com/HXqUcZf7q8 — Southport HS (@SHS_Cardinals) December 14, 2020Google users in multiple countries also took to social media to report their confusion and frustration with the outage, which Google didn't immediately acknowledge. In response to one user who reported that Gmail was down on Monday morning, Google said: "Currently, there are no disruptions with Gmail. — Gmail (@gmail) December 14, 2020cbsnews.com
Gmail, YouTube down briefly as Google suffers brief outage
LONDON – Google users in the U.S., Europe, India and other parts of the world were briefly unable to access their Gmail accounts, watch YouTube videos or get to their online documents during an outage Monday. The vast majority of those people, about 90%, could not log in, according to the site Downdetector. The inability to sign in prevented users accessing other platforms through Google, including mobile video games. The disruption was an early jolt on the East Coast for parents who were waking children up for school Monday. Millions of students are relying on Google for online instruction during the pandemic, including platforms like Google Docs.
Google, YouTube hit with rare service outages
Google, YouTube and other Google services reported massive outages on Monday morning. According to DownRightNow, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, Google Docs and other Google tools were not working on Monday morning across the globe. TechCrunch reports that some services are coming back online as of about 7:45 a.m. (I tried to access Google and YouTube and was successful)We are aware that many of you are having issues accessing YouTube right now – our team is aware and looking into it. We'll update you here as soon as we have more news. — TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) December 14, 2020The outage comes as many schools around the world are using these services to facilitate remote learning.
Google suffers widespread outage taking YouTube, Gmail and Drive apps offline
Alphabet's Google suffered a worldwide outage Monday that took several services including YouTube, Gmail and Google Drive offline. Service has since been restored, according to Google. The company's Workspace Status Dashboard shows all of its services are now back up and running as normal. Several people on social media reported issues with the platforms Monday morning, with Gmail, YouTube and Google Drive all showing error messages without further explanation. According to Down Detector, a site that aggregates reports of online service outages, problems with the platforms spiked at around 6:30 a.m.cnbc.com
Attorney General warns of ‘cruel’ unemployment scam using fake Gmail account
Messages about state unemployment benefits from a Gmail account should not be trusted, the Michigan Attorney General warned Wednesday. People who filed a claim with the Unemployment Insurance Agency are being targeted by scammers seeking to collect personal information, according to a release. Attorney General Dana Nessel said there is no government agency that uses a Gmail account for official purposes. She also advised people to monitor their banking and account information each time they certify for unemployment benefits. “Bad actors are increasingly sophisticated in their efforts to deceive people into giving away personal information,” Nessel said in the release.mlive.com
Google's rocky path to email domination
It stands as the most dominant online email service with more than 1.5 billion global active users. It has gone from a small experiment to an important piece of Google's G Suite lineup. 23 at Google, fought for the online email service, but executives didn't understand how a search company could benefit from online email. Over the summer, the company admitted to keeping a list of items users purchase using Gmail. Even though the email service didn't start doing exceedingly well compared to competition until 2012, it continues to innovate.cnbc.com
How Gmail beat Yahoo and Hotmail to dominate consumer email
How Gmail beat Yahoo and Hotmail to dominate consumer emailWhen Gmail was released to the public on April 1, 2004, many people thought it was a prank. Gmail offered one gigabyte of storage and robust email search. These features among others have helped to make Gmail the most used email service in the world with 1.5 billion users.cnbc.com
Three things to watch for in the markets on Monday including Alphabet, Beyond Meat earnings
Monday marks the start of the busiest week of earnings season with more than 140 companies set to report, including AT&T, Apple, Facebook, Starbucks and Beyond Meat. So far, 199 companies have reported third-quarter earnings and 78% of them beat earnings per share estimates, according to Nick Raich, CEO of The Earnings Scout. Google's parent company Alphabet reports third-quarter earnings after the bell on Monday. Alphabet had its best day in four years in July after reporting second-quarter earnings that beat the Street. Aegis Capital said it is not worried about the long term implications of the crackdown on big tech.cnbc.com
Google taps ex-Microsoft executive Javier Soltero to lead G suite business
Google has hired ex-Microsoft executive Javier Soltero to run its G Suite business, which includes Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive and other productivity apps. Soltero most recently served as corporate vice president for Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant, and left the company late last year. He previously held various roles, including overseeing Microsoft Outlook. As vice president of G Suite, a new role for the company, Soltero will report to Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian, the company said in an email on Monday. WATCH: Google Cloud CEO says company is growing faster in Europe than elsewherecnbc.com
Gmail dark mode begins rolling out to users
LICreate/iStock(CNN) - The highly-anticipated dark theme option for Gmail is now rolling out to Android and iOS users. Dark mode is a preferred appearance for some users because it's easier on the eyes. Facebook is also testing a dark mode, according to multiple reports. For Android 10 users, the dark theme is accessible in the Android Display system setting, and it's enabled in Gmail after the whole operating system is set to dark mode. On Pixel devices, Gmail will default to the dark theme when Battery Saver mode is activated.
Huawei to launch new flagship phone without Google services
Huawei's new Mate 30 smartphone is about to go on sale, but it won't come with YouTube, Gmail or Google Maps. The Mate 30 phones will come with Google's open source Android operating system, but won't have access to the Google Play Store or apps like YouTube, Gmail and Google Maps. Third party apps like ride-hailing platforms and food delivery services that rely on Google Maps would also no longer function without access to Google services. Huawei's Mate 30 series is expected to come with a better camera system and faster hardware under the hood. Leaked promotional photos published by The Verge show the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will have four Leica cameras on the back of the phone contained in a circular cutout, one-upping the three cameras housed on the back of the iPhone 11.
Google still keeps a list of everything you ever bought using Gmail, even if you delete all your emails
Companies such as Google have embedded themselves in our lives with useful services including Gmail, Google Maps and Google Search, as well as smart products such as the Google Assistant which can answer our questions on a whim. I noticed that Google uses Gmail to store a list of everything you've purchased, if you used Gmail or your Gmail address in any part of the transaction. If you have a confirmation for a prescription you picked up at a pharmacy that went into your Gmail account, Google logs it. If you bought food for delivery and the receipt went to your Gmail, Google stores that, too. That meant removing every last message I've sent or received since I opened my Gmail account more than a decade ago.cnbc.com
10 Gmail innovations
Threaded conversations: Sometimes we chat with the same folks for years, or chat with a lot of folks at once. It can be tough to keep up with it all. A lot of e-mail services now offer "threaded" conversations, but it was Gmail that popularized the concept. In Gmail, replies, replies to replies and, yes, replies to those replies are displayed in one place, in order, making it easier to follow the entire conversation. Hide Caption
MoneyWatch: Apple Pay issues; New Gmail app on the way
MoneyWatch: Apple Pay issues; New Gmail app on the way Some Apple Pay users with Bank of America accounts were accidentally double-charged for some mobile purchases. Also, Google has created a new Gmail app called Inbox, which is coming soon. Jill Wagner reports on the day's top MoneyWatch headlines.cbsnews.com
MoneyWatch: Gmail passwords stolen; Stock exchange to observe moment of silence
MoneyWatch: Gmail passwords stolen; Stock exchange to observe moment of silence Information on five million Gmail accounts and passwords was leaked on a Russian web forum. Also, the New York Stock Exchange will observe a moment of silence to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Jill Wagner reports on the day's top MoneyWatch headlines.cbsnews.com