Stay On Schedule: Google Calendar Changes In Progress

Since I can’t afford a personal assistant to follow me around and spout off what I’m supposed to be doing every minute of the day, I’ve come to rely on Google Calendar for that task (Google Calendar being built into all TOAST.net email and Google Apps accounts). It’s a reliable companion that never lets me down. My schedule follows me with email notifications, synchronizes itself to my phone, displays on my website, and I can even send it a text message if I feel lonely. Google is now implementing a few improvements to Calendar, making the interface better looking and easier to navigate. This is part of an ongoing effort by Google to overhaul and modernize their various platforms over the next few months. Read more of this post

Offline Google Mail is Back — Finally!

At the beginning of 2011, Google announced it has given up on Google Gears,  its work-around gadget that allowed offline access for Google Mail services. Gears worked, but was a bit clunky so I can see why it was discontinued. Google wanted to shoot for a better solution based on HTML 5, and it looks like they’ve just about completed their task…with a catch. Read more of this post

Collaboration with Google Calendar – Make Scheduling Easy!

One of the best things you can do to organize time is employ a calendar, as many of us already do. While we tend to be fully aware of what our day ahead holds, those around us generally have no idea what our schedule looks like. Google Calendar overcomes this with easy to use share settings, allowing you to share the details of your calendar with friends, family, co-workers, even your entire organization. This makes communication and timekeeping much more efficient. Read more of this post

TOAST.net’s Back to School Tools

It’s about that time again. Grills and patio furniture are being replaced by 3-ring binders and pens in stores. The shorts are coming off the shelves and being replaced by dress pants. Children are watching the calendar as if it’s a count-down to the end of the world. Yes…it’s time to get ready for school again.

Classrooms have evolved over the last 10 years. The introduction of email and interactive websites has changed the way students operate. The “new” traditional way of typing up reports, term papers, and other fun things that are normally done last minute on a Sunday night require software. A lot of people use Microsoft Word, which can cost upwards of $150 to purchase. Documents in Word are saved on the computer’s hard drive, then either emailed to the teacher as an attachment, copied to a USB drive and carried to school, or printed out and popped into a folder.

This traditional method is also wrought with problems. Students tend to be the forgetful sort, so forgetting to send a paper or forgetting to print it out leads to trouble. There’s also the “My computer ate my homework” excuse, “I hit delete instead of save on my paper,” and the ever popular “My house was robbed last night and my laptop was stolen” story. TOAST.net has a better way to get homework done, and it’s already included with all residential TOAST.net accounts! Read more of this post

Gmail Labs: The 6 Best Add-Ons

As I’ve said before, Google loves to innovate. They have a staff of brainiacs that does nothing but think of new ideas and how they can be implemented. In fact, they create so many ideas that it gets difficult to implement them all. In order to regulate the flow of the think tank, Google has created a Labs section for Gmail. On your mail screen, click on the Settings icon and select Mail Settings, then you’ll see an option for Labs. This area contains some of the better ideas that have came through the pipeline. Features in the Labs section can enhance email functionality and save a lot of time.  Here’s my 6 favorite: Read more of this post

Gmail App Gets 3 Upgrades for Apple Devices

iDevice users got a nice surprise this week on their Gmail and Google Apps email accounts. Google has tuned up their email app, adding new functionality, search, and calendar enhancements.

Gmail and Google Apps users can now take advantage of the new sync service, which allows users to search through ALL of the messages in their mailbox… not just the ones stored locally on the device. Also, Google Sync for iOS now supports the “Send Mail As” feature, giving the ability to send email from multiple accounts. Google added this feature to Android phones earlier this year.

Calendar sync  now allows users to edit, accept, or decline events directly from the Calendar app. This highly requested feature greatly improves mobile scheduling functionality.

Keep in mind that you must set your email account up as an “Exchange” account in the email app to gain sync functionality. If you need some help, TOAST.net provides a guide to do this: How to Configure Your Google Apps Account on the iPhone/iPad

Source: Google Mobile Blog

Google To Give Old Browsers the Boot

Old BrowsersGoogle announced last week Google Apps will begin phasing out support for outdated web browsers. Beginning August 1st, only the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari are to be supported. Read more of this post

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