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August 24, 2010

Google Pushes Gmail Notifications to iPhone

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

For those iPhone (News - Alert) users who want to know exactly when they get a new e-mail on their Google account, push e-mail has now been enabled on the iPhone. 

According to a report in The Register (News - Alert), the new app is just as irritating as the native app originally supplied by Apple.

Pushed notifications have been available for Gmail users in the past in the iPhone mail applications. Users simply had to indicate on the iPhone that it was a Microsoft (News - Alert) Exchange account. The Gmail application can now receive these notifications itself, though it will only work from one account.

The native mail app on the iPhone also had this limitation, which many users found annoying if they kept separate work and personal e-mail accounts. While the new Gmail app can be applied to only one account, it can be combined with the native application to allow the user to receive pushed e-mails from two separate accounts into separate e-mail clients – a nice advancement. 

Already available for users, the new Google (News - Alert) Mobile App will accept pushed Calendar events and produces pop up reminders right across whatever app or function is open on the iPhone. This “push” aspect of the new app is the biggest development and some may find it a little too pushy for comfort.

In other Gmail news, Google recently announced, according to a recent Yahoo! report, that it has now released the Gmail feature that will allow these users to access video and voice chat.While the announcement is being hailed as good news, it could easily leave Linux users frustrated with Google. After all, they’ve only had to wait two years for this release, giving the impression that Linux is just an afterthought for Google.

In Apple (News - Alert) news, the company has applied for a patent on technology that would help it to prevent unauthorized users. Apparently, this technology would enable the company to detect the unauthorized use and remotely terminate service to such phones.

It was also announced last week that a former global supply manager for the iPhone creator allegedly received more than one million in kickbacks from Asian companies in exchange for confidential information. This story was reported in a recent article posted on The Register.

Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Ed Silverstein

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