Gmail’s a Google product, so of course, it has powerful search features. But some of Gmail’s search features are hidden and don’t appear in the Search Options pane. Learn Gmail’s search tricks to master your massive inbox.

You can also create filters from any search you can perform. Filters automatically perform actions on incoming emails, such as deleting them, applying a label, or forwarding them to another email address.

Basic Search Features

Instead of just typing a search query in the search box, click the down arrow to reveal more search options.

The search options dialog exposes many of Gmail’s basic search operators. But there are some search options that don’t appear in this dialog.

You can skip this dialog for basic searches. Perform a search with the search options dialog and you’ll see the search operator you’ll need in the future. For example, if you type howtogeek.com into the search box, you’ll see the following search appear in the search box:

from:(howtogeek.com)

Useful search operators you can access from the basic dialog include:

  • to: – Search for messages sent to a specific address.
  • from: – Search for messages sent from a specific address
  • subject: – Search the subject field.
  • label: – Search within a specific label.
  • has:attachment – Search only for messages that have attachments
  • is:chat – Search only chats.
  • in:anywhere – Also search for messages in the spam and trash. By default, Gmail’s search ignores messages in the spam and trash.

Constructing Searches

To put together more complicated searches, you’ll need to know the basics.

  • ( ) – Brackets allow you to group search terms. For example, searching for subject:(how geek) would only return messages with the words “how” and “geek” in their subject field. If you search for subject:how geek, you’d get messages with “how” in their subject and “geek” anywhere in the message.
  • OR – OR, which must be in capital letters, allows you to search for one term or another. For example, subject:(how OR geek) would return messages with the word “how” or the word “geek” in their titles. You can also combine other terms with the OR. For example, from:howtogeek.com OR has:attachment would search for messages that are either from howtogeek.com or have attachments.
  • “ “ – Quotes allow you to search for an exact phrase, just like in Google. Searching for “exact phrase” only returns messages that contain the exact phrase. You can combine this with other operators. For example, subject:”exact phrase” only returns messages that have “exact phrase” in their subject field.
  •  – The hyphen, or minus sign, allows to search for messages that don’t contain a specific term. For example, search for -from:howtogeek.com and you’ll only see messages that aren’t from howtogeek.com.

Hidden Search Tricks

You can access many search operators from the search options dialog, but some are hidden. Here’s a list of the hidden ones:

  • list: – The list: operator allows you to search for messages on a mailing list. For example, list:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. would return all messages on the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. mailing list.
  • filename: – The filename: operator lets you search for a specific file attachment. For example, file:example.pdf would return emails with a file named example.pdf attached.
  • is:important, label:important – If you use Gmail’s priority inbox, you can use the is:important or label:important operators to search only important or unimportant emails.
  • has:yellow-starhas:red-starhas:green-check, etc. – If you use different types of stars (see the Stars section on Gmail’s general settings pane), you can search for messages with a specific type of star.

Saving a Filter

Create a filter to automatically perform actions when a message matches a specific search.

To create a filter, click the down arrow again, then click the “Create filter with this search” option.

Select an action and click the “Create filter” button.

You can manage your filters from the Filters pane on Gmail’s settings page.

 Source: This article was published howtogeek.com By Chris Hoffman

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LinkedIn's Advanced Search holds the keys to the kingdom when it comes to finding your ideal clients and customers on the platform. Here's how it works.

What if you take the power of Google Search with the real-time communication abilities of Facebook and make it work specifically for professionals?

That's exactly what it's like to leverage LinkedIn's extraordinary internal search engine, which indexes data points on its 500 million users.


Far too few of the platform's users understand the hidden treasure of LinkedIn's Advanced Search features, which allow you to instantly create a targeted list of your ideal B2B prospects with a few clicks.

I'm going to explore a few of them with the rest of this post.

3 Steps to Finding Sales Leads on LinkedIn

If you follow the simple steps I've outlined below, you'll walk away with a fast, easy, and efficient way to generate more sales leads than you know what to do with on the world's largest platform for professionals.

As someone who has spent the past five years showing others how to generate new business with LinkedIn, I still meet people each day who had no idea what's possible on the platform.


If you're in that camp, prepare to have your eyes opened -- wide!

Step 1 -- Do an Advanced Search on LinkedIn

Start by typing in the job title of your ideal prospect. It might be "business coach" or "chiropractor" ... even if your ideal prospect could be anyone, begin by niching down to a target audience where you've had experience or success.

On LinkedIn, the #1 rule of sales and marketing is this -- the riches are in the niches!

Once you've chosen a job title and gotten your initial search results, choose "People," and use the filters on the right side of the page to narrow this list even further.

TIP: If you filter this list down to 2nd-level connections, you can send that group of potential customers invitations to connect.

LinkedIn Advance Search

Step 2 -- Create Customized Connections

Here's where you get strategic. Based on your search filters, you can drill down to where someone lives, went to school, their industry, and so on. You take that information and personalize your invitations and messages accordingly.

For example, say you search for "marketing directors" and filter by 2nd-level connections located in Chicago. Here's a script you could use to connect with those marketing directors:

Hey [insert name] -- I see you live in the Windy City! It's my favorite town; I actually lived there for 10 years. I'm a copywriter here in the Twin Cities now and I am just looking to connect with marketers like yourself here on LinkedIn!

You think the Cubbies have a team this year -- or are you a Sox fan like my husband?

Cheers!

The trick is to not only personalize, but to also find a way to ask about where they live, or about the weather in their city as part of your invite. This begins an easy dialog that has nothing to do with work, breaking the ice and getting the relationship off on the right foot.

Step 3 -- Reach Out and Scale Up

Use these scripts as a quick and easy way to personalize a batch of invites based off your search filters, with a quick copy and paste.

(Note: You can also use third-party automation tools like LinMailPro to save yourself an immense amount of time!)

To send a personalized note with each connection request, you have to click "Add a Note." You can do this one at a time for each person on your list, and within a few minutes you can send out 5-10 personalized invites to people based on those search filters.

Always, always, always do one-on-one personalized marketing when you're connecting with new leads.


I can't say this enough: Personalization is key to success for lead generation on LinkedIn!

The Keys to the Kingdom

LinkedIn's internal search engine is immensely powerful, and yet many members still don't realize it or don't use it this way. As a result, you can get ahead of your competition and add a huge funnel of prospects.

What's more, with LinkedIn's new messaging features, you can instantly launch into a real-time chat with your new connections as good as any face-to-face coffee meet-up!

These conversations on LinkedIn can give you the opportunity to -- at the right time -- ask to share a relevant blog post you've done, or some other way to bring value to the relationship as you build toward a transaction.

If you're not using LinkedIn's Advanced Search like this already, take the steps I've outlined above and get going!

Source: This article was published inc.com By John Nemo

Categorized in Social

Samsung's latest phone, the Galaxy S8, is packed with a lot of thoughtful features that you won't find on the iPhone.

While the iPhone still has a slight edge over the Galaxy S8, there are plenty of things that set it apart from its biggest rival.

Here are the most important Galaxy S8 features you won't get from the iPhone.

1. There's an iris scanner that can be used to unlock the phone and access secure folders.

1. There's an iris scanner that can be used to unlock the phone and access secure folders.
Corey Protin

Samsung says it's more secure than a fingerprint sensor. The iPhone only has a fingerprint sensor.

2. More screen. The S8 has a 5.8-inch screen. The S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen.

2. More screen. The S8 has a 5.8-inch screen. The S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen.
Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider

Compare that to the iPhone: The iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch screen and the iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen.

3. You can charge the Galaxy S8 with a wireless charging pad. There's also fast charging, which charges the S8 faster than normal.

3. You can charge the Galaxy S8 with a wireless charging pad. There's also fast charging, which charges the S8 faster than normal.
Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider

The iPhone does not have wireless charging. There's also no fast-charging option.

4. You can plug in standard headphones thanks to the headphone jack.

4. You can plug in standard headphones thanks to the headphone jack.
Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider

Apple famously removed the standard headphone jack on the iPhone 7. You have to use a dongle if you want to plug in your regular wired headphones.

5. Samsung Pay can make payments on standard magnetic credit card readers.

5. Samsung Pay can make payments on standard magnetic credit card readers.
This is an older Samsung phone using Samsung Pay, but it works the same on the Galaxy S8.Antonio Villas-Boas/Tech Insider

You don't need a special NFC pad like you do with Apple Pay.

6. The Galaxy S8 comes with its own virtual reality software, powered by Facebook's Oculus.

6. The Galaxy S8 comes with its own virtual reality software, powered by Facebook's Oculus.
Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider

The iPhone can work with some VR headsets like Google Cardboard, but it doesn't natively support VR and content is extremely limited.

7. The S8 has a heart rate sensor on the back.

7. The S8 has a heart rate sensor on the back.
Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider

Get your pulse on the go! You'll have to buy an Apple Watch or another accessory if you want to measure your pulse using the iPhone.

8. You can attach the Galaxy S8 to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse with a special dock and run a desktop version of the smartphone's operating system on a normal computer.

8. You can attach the Galaxy S8 to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse with a special dock and run a desktop version of the smartphone's operating system on a normal computer.
Business Insider/Antonio Villas-Boas

While features like this haven't been proven, it could appeal to enterprises. You can only mirror your iPhone screen on an external display.

10. Samsung's Galaxy S8 screen is more power-efficient and produces better colors.

10. Samsung's Galaxy S8 screen is more power-efficient and produces better colors.
Hollis Johnson

That's because Samsung uses a screen technology called OLED. The iPhone still uses LCD, which doesn't look as good as OLED.

Even More..

This article was published on businessinsider.com

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WhatsApp is testing two major new features that could soon make their way to all users.

The messaging app has long been rumoured to be working on an “unsend” option for messages, which would allow users to delete messages they’ve already sent.

The company is testing the feature in a new beta release of WhatsApp Web, reports @WABetaInfo, which says it offers users a five-minute window to revoke sent messages.

Once those five minutes are up, the message is there to stay.

A new beta version of WhatsApp for Android, meanwhile, introduces new shortcuts for formatting text.

Currently, users have to remember a range of commands to format their messages.

To make text bold, they have to place it between two asterisks, like *this*. To italicise it, users need to sandwich it between two underscores, like _this_, and to strikethrough a message, they need to use tildes, like ~this~.

Instead of making users learn and type those commands, the test version of the app displays the full range of formatting options when a user selects an excerpt of text with a tap and hold.

If feedback from the tests proves positive, WhatsApp will roll the features out to all users in future updates.

The app came under heavy fire from Home Secretary Amber Rudd in the wake of the Westminster attacks last month, but unfairly so in most people’s eyes.

She attacked its use of end-to-end encryption, which protects the privacy of its millions of users, keeping them safe from cybercriminals. Encryption is also used by banks and government websites.

However, WhatsApp could soon start sharing users’ data with parent company Facebook again, with an agreement expected to be reached this summer.

Source : independent.ie

Categorized in Social

Adding the words 'fun facts' to queries for animals, plants, fruits or vegetables will surface list of facts atop search results.

Google launched a new search feature today, serving up fun facts atop search results for animals, plants, fruits and vegetable queries that include the words “fun facts.”

From the Google Search Blog:

Starting today on Google Search, you can find fun facts about living creatures from around the world, making you the most interesting person at the dinner party or the reigning champ at trivia… Ask for a fun fact about something (think plants, animals, fruits and veggies), and ta-da! A trivia tidbit is delivered right at the top of your search results.

Google provided the following mobile search for “hippo fun facts” to show how the fun facts are listed:

For some queries, Google says multiple facts will be displayed as the search result page is refreshed.

Author : Amy Gesenhues

Source : http://searchengineland.com/googles-latest-search-feature-serves-fun-facts-animals-plants-fruits-vegetables-269494

Categorized in Search Engine

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New Discover People feature rolling out to apps
  • Feature to be available on both Android and iOS apps
  • New feature encourages users to be friends with strangers

Facebook has started rolling out a new feature dubbed Discover People that will essentially try to connect you with those working at the same company, or are interested in the same event.

The feature will require users to update their profile before diving into a list of upcoming events to see who are likely to attend with focus on people who share the same city or employer. One of the biggest things about the new Discover People is it strictly recommends Facebook users who you are not friends with.

TechCrunch reports that the new Discover People feature could be used by the company to introduce business networking or even for dating aspects to the social network. The report says that the feature has started rolling out to users on Android and iOS but is yet to be rolled out to all users.

The report further adds that the new Discover People feature will be available under navigation section below options such as Friends, Events, Groups, and Nearby Places among other. It points that the section is regularly used by Facebook for testing various features. Last year, Facebook tested a feature on its app that pointed nearest free Wi-Fi on a map and it was listed under the navigation section. The feature was reportedly available to a very small number of mobile app users.

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Photo Credit: TechCrunch

In the Discover People section, users are shown a list of events for which they've shown interest, been invited, or plan to attend. Here, users are shown a list of events with the headings "People going to [Event Name]", and tapping on these shows profiles of people instead of showing the event details. Users will be also allowed to scroll though already elapsed events which are also listed in the section.

The report points out that "none of the sections will show you the profiles of those you've already friended on Facebook" further stressing that the feature is intended to find new friends on the social platform. Facebook has confirmed that the profiles will only show public information in the Discover People section.

A Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch, "Too often, it's hard to learn more about people around you, whether it is upon starting a new job, joining a new group, deciding if you want to attend an event, or moving to a new place. To make it easier, we're starting to roll out a new bookmark in the More menu called 'Discover People' that can help you discover more about people you have things in common with by browsing through profile cards of people in your community."

Author : Ketan Pratap

Source : http://gadgets.ndtv.com/social-networking/news/facebooks-new-discover-people-feature-aims-to-connect-people-who-arent-already-friends-1655295

Categorized in Social

As soon as Version 40 is launched, Opera will be the first web browser that can boast its own free VPN service to increase security and privacy during navigation. The feature started its first testing back in April and can really be a unique opportunity to re-launch one of the oldest desktop browsers in the market. Most standard browsers such as Chrome and Firefox offer a "private mode" that simply maintain privacy inside the computer, in order to avoid other users to check the history and nothing more. A VPN service instead helps to keep at bay any potential intrusions or unwanted prying eyes by adding encrypting software, blocking tracking cookies and hiding the user's IP address.

Anyone who is browsing through a commercial or public Wi-Fi hotspot usually uses a VPN to add an additional layer of privacy and to protect himself against Wi-Fi sniffers or advertisement trackers that spy on users' internet habits. The most secure VPN services currently available on the market offer various features other than just avoiding that sensitive information gets into the wrong hands. Bitcoin anonymous payments, no-log policies and location hiding are just some of the most appreciated among them, although paying a monthly fee to access one of these services can add up to monthly expenses. Opera will be the first one to offer this service for free and without bandwidth cap, also adding the opportunity to get around geolocation-locked contents, such as movies or TV series that cannot be streamed from that location.

Krystian Kolondra, Opera’s desktop browser chief, explained that inclusion of VPN functions is going to be a standard feature of new browsers, and this tool will be as essential "as the lock and key is to your house.”

However, the major downside is that Opera's VPN is not a "true VPN" but just a proxy that redirects all traffic to SurfEasy, a company subsidiary that usually offers this service for a monthly fee. The traffic encrypted is only in the browser, so everything that is sent through any other network function such as chats, virtual drives and email clients is not covered. Although SurfEasy promised not to store any users' browsing habits and information on its servers, Opera will still get insight on all the details coming from clients' surfing history. This "proxy" feature will just re-route traffic through five locations: Canada, U.S., Singapore, Netherlands and Germany, leaving the vast majority of the European traffic yet uncovered.

Author : CLAUDIO BUTTICE

Source : http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/opera-adds-a-built-in-vpn-feature-for-secure-web-browsing/article/477581

Categorized in Search Engine

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just offered up a behind-the-scenes look at some seriously cool tech that his company is developing for its various platforms.

The social network’s founder took to Facebook Live to play around with some of the prototypes and updates built by the firm’s engineers during this month’s Hackathon. The new tools include a location request feature for Messenger, GIFs for Facebook comments, and offline messaging, among others.

Zuckerberg was joined by chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer and chief product officer Chris Cox, along with a number of other execs, for the live-stream — which was jokingly described as Facebook’s version of American Idol.

The proceedings started with a modified version of Oculus Touch: the new controllers for Facebook’s Oculus Rift VR headset. The demo device that Zuckerberg played with in the video (for the “first time”) physically turns hot or cold depending on what you are interacting with in a game. “This is quite warm,” remarked Zuckerberg whilst clutching the controller. At the same time, onscreen, his virtual hands were hovering over a virtual fire.

Next up came a feature for Facebook Messenger that allows users to share their location with friends. The feature can be enabled individually for each of your Messenger contacts, allowing you to tell them where exactly you are during (for example) an emergency. Once a request is made, your mapped location will be sent automatically to your contact in the form of a reply — you can disable the auto-response within a set time limit. “That’s awesome,” exclaimed Zuckerberg. “This builds on the safety check work that we’ve done,” he added, referring to the existing Facebook feature that allows users to mark themselves as safe during a crisis.

The third Hackathon update that was showcased during the live-stream could end up being the first to actually be released. GIFs in comments could soon be added to Facebook across all platforms, according to the engineers who demoed the update. As you’d expect, the feature comes with an integrated GIF search engine (courtesy of Giphy and Riffsy), allowing you to pick from an updating database of animated clips. “I think this will be widely used,” said Zuckerberg.

After the GIF-a-thon came an exclusive update aimed at emerging markets. Overseas users of Facebook’s stripped-down Messenger Lite app may soon be able to message one another while offline. The tech basically uses Wi-Fi Direct support on a smartphone to allow users to chat with others nearby. It sounds like a handy function, but will likely be limited to select foreign markets where connectivity is low. Future updates could also allow for a message to be sent across several phones to reach its intended recipient. Zuckerberg’s take on the project: “That’s really cool.”

The final audition, as it were, was of an AI-assisted shared albums feature. The tool compiles photo and video galleries by pulling content tied to a specific event from the comments section of a post. For example, if you asked your friends to share images from a wedding, the feature would recognize that and automatically put them in their own album for everyone to view.

That’s a lot of cool stuff that could very well be rolled out on Facebook in 2017, and beyond. Before signing off from the stream, Zuckerberg also revealed that his AI butlerwill be demoed before the year’s end. Let’s keep our fingers crossed Robert Downey Jr. will come through on his offer to voice the digital assistant.

Source : http://www.digitaltrends.com/

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Categorized in Social

We've all turned to Google for helping find the best happy hour deal, or to check when our favorite store closes. But now, the search engine is introducing its most useful feature yet: As of December, Google's Map and Search feature includes a "live preview" section that offersreal-time updates of how crowded a specific place is. That's right: you can now see just how packed your favorite restaurant is before even getting there.

So, how exactly does it work? All you have to do is Google the name of the locale you're looking for, like "Trader Joe's" or "Philz Coffee." A window will then pop up on the side of the site with the name of the business, its address and business hours, and several reviews of the place. And that's not all — as seen in the picture below, the site now also features a bar graph detailing how crowded that particular place is in real time.

This is obviously an incredibly useful tool for a number of reasons. If you're planning to go to happy hour after work, you can now get a feel for what the crowds are like at the nearby bars. The feature is especially helpful at this time of year, when holiday shopping is in full swing and the hordes at retailers are bigger than ever. Instead of spending your whole lunch break in a mile-long line for food, you can now check the live preview and adjust your plans accordingly.

The new feature doesn't just help you avoid big crowds, it also helps you plan around them. In addition to the real-time updates, the feature also includes a location summary tool that lets you know the average amount of time that consumers typically stay at a certain spot. So if your favorite restaurant is super packed at 6 p.m. and people tend to only hang out there for about an hour, you can take the time to run an errand before checking back in at 7 p.m.

So before you hit the mall for some Christmas shopping over the next few weeks, check out Google's new live-preview. Not only could it help save you some serious time, but avoiding the hassle of crowded parking lots and super long lines will also make for a much less stressful holiday experience.

Source : https://www.bustle.com

Auhtor : MICHELLE REGALADO

Categorized in Science & Tech

The search for life on Mars might just center around a strange funnel-shaped surface feature inside a crater, scientists say in a new study. Located in what is known as the Hellas depression, the feature could hold the “ingredients of life.”

The Daily Mail reported last week that a new study suggests that volcanic activity on Mars might have been a key contributor to the odd funnel depression that could be Mars’ best chance to host living organisms. Scientists have believed that a volcano located beneath a glacier on Mars’ surface created the Hellas depression, but new data taken from stereoscopic images and digital elevation models indicates that the formation is not only volcanic in origin, it might be similar to “ice cauldrons” on Earth. Such a formation could create an environment warm enough to host liquid water and chemical nutrients that might support life.

Ice cauldrons are found on Earth in places like Iceland and Greenland, created when volcanoes erupt under an ice sheet. On Mars, these same conditions potentially could host life.

Joseph Levy, a research associate and lead author of the study from the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, explained the reasoning behind the study’s site choice.

“We were drawn to this site because it looked like it could host some of the key ingredients for habitability – water, heat, and nutrients.”

The Hellas depression, as noted, is located in a crater at the edge of the Hellas basin. Ancient glacial deposits surround the feature.

Photo of Mars' Hellas basin

The Hellas basin on Mars. [Image by ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)/Getty Images]

Nor is the feature, which was first discovered in 2009 in images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, unique. It is similar to a depression in the Galaxias Fossae region.

“These landforms caught our eye because they’re weird looking. They’re concentrically fractured so they look like a bull’s-eye. That can be a very diagnostic pattern you see in Earth materials,” Levy admitted.

The study concluded that the two funnel structures were formed in different ways. The Galaxias Fossae depression seems to be a product of an impact, while the Hellas depression showed several indications of volcanism.

Levy and his fellow researchers suggest that such depressions on Mars should be considered as prime locations for the search for life on the Red Planet. The Hellas formation is of particular interest due to its possible volcanic origins and the potential for life-fostering properties.

The search for life on Mars might have received a boost or perhaps even a confirmation (or denial) of its existence last month had the Rocosmos and European Space Agency’s lander been able to continue its mission on the planet’s surface. Called Schiaparelli, the lander was an astrobiology project specifically designed to search for life on Mars. As the Inquisitr reported, Schiaparelli exploded on impact with the surface on October 19, a victim of its parachute deploying too early (although conspiracy theorists oddly accused NASA of shooting down the craft to maintain its scientific dominance).

Mars landscape at sunset

Mars life might be found first in a crater in the Hellas basin that exhibits a strange funnel-shaped depression. [Image by Jurik Peter/Shutterstock]

Beyond Mars, the search for life outside the bounds of the Solar System received help from the Parkes Observatory in Australia this week. According to Space.com, the telescope joined the $100 million Breakthrough Listen project, the astronomical initiative launched by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, becoming the third telescope in the line-up that includes the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Automated Planet Finder at Lick Observatory in Northern California.

“The addition of Parkes is an important milestone,” Milner said in a statement. “These major instruments are the ears of planet Earth, and now they are listening for signs of other civilizations.”

The Parkes dish’s first Breakthrough Listen observations were received from the nearest star system, Proxima Centauri, where a planet has been detected that exists in the star’s habitable zone.

Author:  Norman Byrd

Source:  http://www.inquisitr.com/

Categorized in News & Politics
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