1. Be way more efficient with Gmail
Love it or hate it, Gmail is a popular email client that has a bag full of tricks that can help it adapt to your needs.
These tricks can help make Gmail something that you enjoy using, instead of just something you dread checking each morning when you come in to the office. Whether you want to enable keyboard shortcuts, take advantage of the “undo send” tool, the infinite Gmail address, or enable desktop notifications, these tricks should expand your Gmail knowledge.
Read more: “Top 6 useful Gmail Tricks you didn't know about“ (Piesync)
2. Hop makes sorting through email messages a cinch
The longer you have an email address, the more sorting and sifting it seems is necessary to find messages you actually want. Hopflow has developed Hop, an app to help filter and sort emails while turning your messages into a natural chat conversation.
Hop basically turns your email into an iMessage hybrid, with custom notifications for different types of messages and for different contacts. Hop will even show when the other party is typing a message, just like iMessage.
The app is available on the iOS platform for mobile and tablets.
Read more: “This awesome iPhone app makes sifting through email easier“ (Business Insider)
3. Opt out of in-store mobile tracking
A new site built by The Wireless Registry for the Future of Privacy Forum has launched Smartstoreprivacy.org, a platform that allows you to stop companies from tracking you inside their buildings.
Companies currently can track visitors with cameras, mobile phones and other less high-tech means to study foot traffic, where to place advertisements, and figure out how to stock shelves. The opt-out will make it so that you won't have companies watching where your eyes go when you're shopping, a useful tool for companies but something that may be too creepy for some.
Read more: “New site lets consumers opt out of in-store mobile tracking“ (Adweek)
4. Make some money off your personal data
Datacoup is putting a price tag on personal data — all they want is anonymous access to your financial data and social media accounts.
How does it work? Give Datacoup access to your Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or other social media accounts. You choose what data you want to sell and who to sell it to, and your monthly earnings will change to reflect the amount of data exchanged.
Companies are already making money off your social media use as is — Datacoup is just offering the little people a chance to get a cut of that check.
Read more: “Startup lets people control and monetize their personal data“ (PSFK),
5. New app is like steroids for your vision
Wait, 20/7.5? That's like adding optical zoom to your glasses!
The app uses games to help improve vision, and after being tried out on baseball players, now you can try it out as well.
Read more: “This simple app can train your brain to have 20/7.5 vision“ (Gizmodo)