Boomerang for Gmail: A Smart Way to Manage Your Inbox


Did you wish you could schedule the emails you send and receive for a later time? Well with the Chrome and Firefox Extension Boomerang you may get your wish.

Boomerang will let you schedule emails to show up in your inbox when you’re ready. You can also schedule sent messages, for example if you wanted to send a timed “thank you” message or schedule a happy birthday email.


How it Works

It works by placing a Boomerang drop-down menu in your Gmail message bar. You choose when and how to schedule your message. Common options like in an hour, tomorrow, and next week are readily available but you can also choose a specific time.

What’s really nice about scheduling with specificity is that you don’t have to entire an exact date and time stamp if you don’t want to. You can enter things like “next Wednesday” or “Today at 5:00 PM” instead.



Boomerang is worth a look if you are frequently frustrated with your inbox. Right now it’s in private beta, but you may be able to find some invites floating around the interwebs.


Check out Boomerang for Gmail

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Are You Ready for the myTouch HD?


TmoNews is reporting that the myTouch HD and the HTC Emerald are one in the same. Some people thought that T-Mobile’s secret Project Emerald had suggested a Sidekick branded device from HTC. It looks like a new Sidekick phone will be pushed back to 2011

The myTouch HD is the follow up to the myTouch Slide. Features include the same HTC Sense “Espresso” UI and Genius Button. HTC’s myTouch HD will features a touch only design, display between 3.7-4.3 inches, and may be the first T-Mobile phone with a front facing camera. It looks like HTC is trying to keep up with iPhone 4.


If you are looking to upgrade this should be a great phone.


What do you think of the myTouch HD?


Read the full post at Android and Me.

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First-Ever Factory Integrated Mobile Hotspot in the 2011 Audi A8


The A8, Audi’s luxury sedan, will be the first vehicle with a factory installed mobile hotspot. Shipping this fall, the Audi A8 will have an adapter capable of connecting up to eight devices via WiFi or Bluetooth.


The Audi system called the Marvell Mobile Hotspot will support:

  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Laptops
  • Digital Camera
  • Gaming Devices


How does this affect you?

Pricing for the 2011 model has not yet been announced, but the 2010 A8 has a base MSRP of $78,400. So if you can afford this ride, you'll also be surfing the net in style. Will we soon see no surfing while driving laws?


What do you think of the Audi A8?


Read the full post at Gear Log.

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New Android Tablet from Dell Drops Tomorrow, Cheaper than iPad


Tomorrow you will be able to get your hands on the new Dell Streak. This 5-inch tablet device will be $300 with a two-year AT&T contract or $549 for an unlocked edition. The Dell Streak uses Google’s Android OS, has front and back facing cameras, Wi-Fi, 3G, and a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor (Nexus One).


I don’t know how I feel about this device as it sounds really nice and at the price is a great deal, but it may just fall into the category of “Why do I need this again?” Many other phones, pads, and pods offer the same thing the Dell Streak offers. Why is this device any different from the rest other than price?


It’s too big to be a comfortable smart phone and too small to be a “real” tablet. Oh and if you want the $300 deal from AT&T you have to get it with a full data and voice plan. Dell is also not the biggest name when it comes to mobile devices. So maybe we’ll see some Kin numbers or it could be in Droid territory. Who knows?


How does this affect you?


You have so many choices now with phones and tablets that you may just want to check it out tomorrow at a local AT&T store. But with the Droid 2 coming out and the HTC Evo, the Dell Streak seems a little late to the party.


Would you buy a Dell Streak? Let me know in the comments!

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Google Updates Gmail Contacts Manager


Today Google announced an update to the contacts manager in Gmail. Photo by gaharoni


The Official Gmail Blog had this to say:

We're constantly reviewing user feedback about Gmail, and for a while now the number one request has been for a better contacts experience. You’ve asked us to generally make Contacts easier to use, as well as for specific improvements like sorting by last name, keyboard shortcuts, and custom labels for phone numbers. So, by popular request, we're happy to announce that an overhauled version of Gmail Contacts will be rolling out today.


The best part is that Google says that Contacts now works more like the rest of Gmail. Well thanks Google – are we sure Gmail is out of beta yet? Don’t get me wrong, I love Gmail, but the contacts manager was a royal pain at times. So it's good to see that Google listened to their user’s feedback and resolved some issues with Contacts.


Google added some features based on feedback and requests:

  • Keyboard shortcuts (go to Contacts and hit "?" for the full list)
  • Sort by last name (look under "More actions")
  • Custom labels for phone numbers and other fields
  • The ability to undo changes you've just made
  • Automatic saving
  • Structured name fields, so you can adjust titles, suffixes, and other name components
  • A bigger, more prominent notes field


How does this affect you?

Well if you use Gmail, this is great news. Your life just got a little bit easier in respect to Gmail. From the image above you can see it looks much cleaner and is better organized.


Do you use Gmail? If so, do you like this update to the Contact Manager? Let me know in the comments!


Read the full post at The Official Gmail Blog.

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Papermaster is Shredded by Apple


Jason O’Grady from ZDNet has a great article on Mark Papermaster, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering, losing his job due to “Antennagate”. Papermaster has worked at Apple since April 2009 after leaving IBM.


This is what O’Grady had to say:

Speculation abounds that he’s the first casualty of the iPhone 4’s problematic antenna design, but neither Apple nor Papermaster have given a reason for the departure. One could reasonably assume that he may have been asked to resign for the design flaw in Apple’s golden goose — the iPhone 4.

It’s suspect antenna design has been a publicity disaster for Apple — dubbed “Antennagate” –and has lead to rumors that its successor (the iPhone 5) is being to rushed to market and that it could come as soon as in January 2011 — six months earlier than the traditional summer time frame for iPhone launches.


Someone had to pay for “Antennagate” and it looks like Papermaster is the first. It also looks like Apple is trying to sweep iPhone 4 under the proverbial rug and get iPhone 5 out ASAP.


Could we see a new iPhone by the holiday season? Will we see anymore job loss at Apple due to this fiasco?

Read Jason O’Grady’s full article at ZDNet.

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Live-Action Star Wars TV Show Cost Too Much


It looks like the live-action series is back on hold according to Mr. Lucas.

Ever since the Star Wars prequels came out, there has been word that LucasFilm would produce a live-action Star Wars television series. Delays have caused some fans to become disillusioned and lose interest. But there have been few gems outside the original films with the Clone Wars animated series and the Lucas approved Star Wars Specials by the Robot Chick guys on Adult Swim.

As some of you know, a new comedy Star Wars animated series is in the works. It will be produced by Seth Green and may feature the everyday mundane problems of the Star Wars universe.


So where does this leave a live-action Star Wars series? Back on hold it seems.

Read the full post at Screen Rant.

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America’s First EV Quick Charge Station in Portland


Portland, Oregon became the first city in the US to have a public* quick charging station for electric vehicles. This charging station should charge a battery to about 80% in just half an hour. It was installed by Portland General Electric (PGE) in a parking lot located at their headquarters.


Portland First Quick Charge Station

*Even though technically public, this charging station is located in their parking lot and not on the street. So the station is really only public for PGE pass holders only.

[Update]: From an Engadget reader; apparently it costs $3 to park, but the charging is free. So charge away Portland!


The grand opening was led by Governor Ted Kulongoski, charging a Nissan Leaf.

The Governor had this to say:

Quick-charging stations are an exciting advancement in our effort to bring electric vehicles to Oregon. By making charging convenient and available for public use, we are telling car manufacturers that Oregon is ready for the next generation of electric vehicles.


Portlands Quick Charge Station

It’s good to see some states taking the steps necessary to move towards EV’s. Hopefully other states will come on board soon.


What do you think of the new wave of Electric Vehicles?


Read more about the EV Quick Charge Station at Engadget and Inhabitat.

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PVC Speakers Pipe Tunes In Style


You gotta love PVC. Accidentally discovered in the 1800s and widely used because it’s cheap, durable, and easy to assemble.  PVC pipe is mainly used in construction, but also some uses include home-made ladder golf setups and potato guns (you know you had one as a kid). These Sea Cucumber speakers, available on Etsy for $200, will at least be a conversation starter at your home parties.

I personally would have not used for these. Doesn’t really match my decor, but I do admire the ingenuity to put these together. According to ikymagoo, maker of the speakers, the Sea Cucumbers are great as PC or iPod speakers.


Each Sea Cucumber speaker houses a 3 inch magnesium/aluminum alloy full range driver. They are un-powered, so you’ll have to pair these with an amp to play your music.

Have you seen any other clever and unique uses for PVC pipe? Let me know in the comments!

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No More Fail Whale?


Looks like twitter is down again. But something new came up for me (see above). Is the Fail Whale gone?


Have you seen this before?


[Update]: Looks like the Fail Whale is still going strong.

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China to Build Bus-Tram Hybrid That Cars Can Drive Under


Called the “Straddling” bus, this crazy idea is a cheaper, greener and faster alternative to commute.


Some of China’s major cities have huge traffic problems. The 3D Fast Bus or 3D Express Coach was proposed by Shenzhen Hashi Furture Parking Equipment Co. Ltd. The 3D Fast Bus looks like a subway or light-rail train but above the street on rails. It has two levels; one for the passengers on the upper level and the lower for vehicles no taller than 7 feet.



The 3D Fast Bus will be powered by electricity and solar energy. It will also go to speeds up to 37 mph carrying 1200-1400 passengers at a time without blocking other vehicles. It is estimated that the 3D Fast Bus will cost approx 73 million to build and a 25 mile path for it only about 10% of building a subway. Shenzhen is hoping to reduce traffic jams by 20-30%.




Read the full post at China Hush.

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Microsoft Street Slide: Better Than Google Street View


Microsoft Research demonstrated a new street-level image viewing option that way better than Google Maps Street View last week.


From Microsoft Reasearch:

“Street Slide is a novel browsing interface for street-level imagery that combines the best aspects of the immersive nature of “bubbles” with the overview provided by multiperspective strip panoramas, figures to attract significant interest, in large part because of the ingenious way in which Microsoft Researchers tackle problems with current street-side imagery on the web.”



This looks great, but Microsoft is great at teasing us by showing us really clever technologies that they have developed. The problem is that they tend to show us these great ideas well before they can deliver them to customers.  One example would be MS Surface.

Google and Apple, on the other hand, tend to develop without any public updates or rumors and then drop a new product (mainly for increased hype). Pretty much saying, “Look at this cool technology! It’s ready for you to use”.

Both business approaches have their own merits, but it seems like Microsoft previews these amazing technologies to far in advance of launch, if they launch at all. Basically showing their hand to the competitors and giving them time to develop a competing product doesn’t seem like a smart business strategy.


What do you think of Microsoft’s new Street Slide?

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Why Do Intelligent People Fail?


While surfing the interwebs, I came across a post by Matt Mullenweg about lack of motivation. His post featured 1 of the 20 reasons Why Intelligent People Fail by Michael Anissimov. These 20 reasons were excerpts from In search of the human mind by Robert J. Sternberg. Photo by unsoundtransient

Anissimov posted his 20 reasons on his site recently and this made me wonder why do intelligent people fail? You’d think that people with higher intelligence would have a lower failure rate, but this is not always true. I’m not going to list all 20, but here are my top 5 from Anissimov’s post:


1. Lack of motivation. A talent is irrelevant if a person is not motivated to use it. Motivation may be external (for example, social approval) or internal (satisfaction from a job well-done, for instance). External sources tend to be transient, while internal sources tend to produce more consistent performance.

This is true for anyone in fact. Motivation is a powerful force for all of us. Lack of motivation can lead to excessive procrastination. These two can seriously derail any progress on a goal or project.


9. Fear of failure. People may not reach peak performance because they avoid the really important challenges in life.

Fear of failure is another biggie. This holds so many people back it’s not even funny. Some people hedge their bets and reason if they only put in 60% and fail, it’s ok because they didn’t try their hardest anyway. Doesn’t make a lick of sense, but we’re not always logical.




10. Procrastination. Some people are unable to act without pressure. They may also look for little things to do in order to put off the big ones.

I have fallen prey to this myself. As I said above, procrastination and motivation can tag team you and stop you from completing your goals. By having some type of strong motivation, letting procrastination control your life is much harder.


19. Lack of balance between critical, analytical thinking and creative, synthetic thinking. It is important for people to learn what kind of thinking is expected of them in each situation.

Some people are great critical thinkers, but lack creativity. Others are very creative, but cannot take that inspiration and combine it with other ideas to make a complex solution. For these reasons, you may want to partner up with someone who can balance your weakness. Like peanut butter and chocolate (A favorite quote by The Ren Men)


20. Too little or too much self-confidence. Lack of self-confidence can gnaw away at a person’s ability to get things done and become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Conversely, individuals with too much self-confidence may not know when to admit they are wrong or in need of self-improvement.

Yep. This may one of the biggest reasons why intelligent people fail. Being humble will help with continual self-improvement, but if you are an expert, be confident in what you know. It’s a balance. Pretty much never stop learning and growing.




5. Inability to translate thought into action. Some people seem buried in thought. They have good ideas but rarely seem able to do anything about them.

I had to add in this as a bonus. This goes back to my peanut butter and chocolate comment. If you are an idea person, find a salesman to partner up with. Your team may accomplish 10 times as much than working alone.


Do you have any thoughts on why intelligent people fail? Let me know in the comments!

For the other 14 Read Why Intelligent People Fail from Michael Anissimov.

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