A ton of people I know seem to be bitching about this (as it was just forced upon everyone). IMO, the new design is better than the old one (just look as Jason Crawford’s side-by-sides at the end), but change is hard and all that.
The reality is that both designs pretty much blow. Gmail itself has become a big nightmare. As a backend for email, it’s awesome. As a web app, it’s awful.
This is going to be fun to watch.
As a reminder, this is Google spending $12.5 billion in what, patents aside, seems like an awful deal.
Today’s Google doodle celebrates what would have been the 78th birthday of Bob Moog, the father of electronic music. His Moog synthesizer grew out of his theramin manufacturing company (who would have thought those wouldn’t take off?) and changed music forever. Yes, without Moog, there would be no Skrillex. Shocking.
He started from a background in hard science, holding two bachelor’s degrees and a PhD in engineering physics. But he was able to apply his knowledge to his creativity, building tools for musicians worldwide to draw inspiration from. He took simple relationships of voltage and frequency (and the invention of a little thing called the transistor) and painted entirely new landscapes of sound.
You can play the Moog Google synth (hint: use your keyboard), and even record a four-track song! I hope you didn’t want to get anything done today.
Little known fact: Moog said his name was pronounced “moh-g”, not “moo-g”. I’m sure that correction will stick with everyone.
Google’s self-driving cars may be out on the road already, but it will take awhile before public is truly ready to give up all driving control to artificial intelligence. In the interim, Volvo has a solution that lets drivers (sometimes) sleep at the wheel while still improving highway safety—and it just completed the first real-world tests.
Dubbed SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment), the EU-backed project is working on road trains—vehicles equipped with software already found in many Volvo vehicles (including laser sensors, cameras, and radars) that are automatically led along the highway by a lead vehicle, which is commandeered by a professional driver. Regular drivers could one day simply use in-car navigation to find the nearest highway road train, get on the tail end, and let the vehicle platoon take over steering, braking, and acceleration.
via Women 2.0
I used Meebo for years, but because the people I talk to rarely use IM anymore, I no longer use it. Great service though