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Saturday, April 03, 2010
If you want to send out a personalized mass email, much like most companies' marketing emails, creating a mail merge is the easiest way. Unlike the antiquated mail merges of days past, you can do it in Gmail with half the headache.
A mail merge is when a template is merged with a database of information, such as a list of names or other unique details. It's useful for sending out personalized emails to multiple people quickly. Technology blog Digital Inspiration offers up a Gmail tip to get this done, using Gmail with Google Docs. First, create a contact group within Gmail that you want to send the email blast to. Using Google Docs, then create a copy of this spreadsheet in your account.
Go to the Mail Merge tab at the top, near Help. Click on "Import Gmail Contacts" and authorize Google Docs to access your Google Contacts. Go to the Mail Merge tab again, click the "Import Gmail Contacts" again and type the name of the Gmail group that you created earlier.
You can edit all the fields in green to your liking. After you're satisfied, go to the Mail Merge tab one more time, and hit "Start Mail Merge." Google Docs will now send out your email, and keep track of the status of each. Handy!
Posted by Augustine at 5:56 AM
Apple Buys a Little Chip Company That Makes Really Fast ARM Processors for iPhones and iPads [Unconfirmed]
Intrinsity is a chip design company that specializes in really fast, really power-efficient ARM processors, like the ones found in the iPhone, iPad and basically every other smartphone. Well, it looks like Apple just bought them. [EDN>, MacRumors]
Posted by Augustine at 5:47 AM
iPass? The best present and future alternatives to the Apple iPad originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Apr 2010 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 5:42 AM
Quake II GWT port proves HTML5 isn't just for video originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Apr 2010 18:07:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Google Code | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 5:40 AM
iPad roundup: iDisplay extended desktop, plus Kindle and Time reader apps originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Apr 2010 19:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink TUAW, mocoNews.net | Shape Services, App Store (Kindle), Time | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 5:40 AM
ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, Intel and MSI do battle for P55 motherboard throne originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 03 Apr 2010 04:11:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Hot Hardware | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 5:38 AM
[Thanks, drmm3r41]Permalink | Netflix | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 5:37 AM
Friday, April 02, 2010
I like to keep a to-do list by emailing myself, but I don't have a data plan for my phone. Is it possible to send an email to myself via SMS?
SMS 4 Life
Photo by C y r i l l i c u s.
Hey there SMS,
It seems like there should be an easy answer to this question,
but unfortunately we're not aware of a single service designed explicitly for the purpose of sending email via SMS, and luckily, there is! (Thanks commenters!) We've listed the best option first, followed by a few helpful alternatives that might come in handy depending on your situation.
1) Just Enter Your Email Address as the SMS Recipient
Okay, so this method is actually dead simple, and from what our commenters are saying, it appears to work with most carriers:
Fire up SMS on your phone, but instead of entering in a number you want to text, enter an email address. Any email address. Compose your text like normal, hit Send, and your carrier will convert the message to an email. When it's delivered, it'll look something like you see in the screenshot below:
Simple, right? I was completely unaware that this was even an option before our readers pointed it out (Lifehacker readers are awesome), and it works like a charm. I've got three other methods for you to try out below, and since you're interested in using your text messages as a to-do list, I particularly like method #3 below, since it adds a to-do-specific subject to the email. But if the above method works for you, you can stop there.
2) Google Voice
If you're able to get your hands on a Google Voice invitation (we've got a dedicated thread here for handing out extras if you've got one and you're feeling kind), Voice has a very simple solution to your problem:
If you're logged into your Google account, just point your browser to the Voicemail and SMS settings page and tick the checkbox below Alert me when I have new voicemails and pick the address you'd like to email the message to. (See the screenshot above.) Once enabled, you can email anything to yourself via SMS by simply texting your Google Voice number from any phone. Your text message will end up in your inbox and look similar to the email you see below.
But Google Voice SMS-to-email forwarding may be overkill if you're only interested in sending email to yourself, since any text messages other people send to your Voice number will also end up in your inbox. That may be more inbox clutter than you're interested in. You could always set up filters, but that starts to get rather convoluted. Instead, consider the following solution:
3) Text yourself via email, then reply to that to email via SMS
Okay, this one may sound a little bit complicated, but overall it's actually really simple and effective. As you may or may not know, you can send text messages to most phones from your email account, provided you know the right email address for your carrier. For example, to send a text message to an AT&T phone via email, you'd simply append the 10-digit phone number to
email@example.com). We've highlighted this before, but as a quick reminder, some of the most popular carriers' email-to-SMS addresses are:
- Alltel: firstname.lastname@example.org
- AT&T: email@example.com
- T-Mobile: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Virgin Mobile: email@example.com
- Sprint: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Verizon: email@example.com
- Nextel: firstname.lastname@example.org
- US Cellular: email@example.com
To use this method, compose a message in your email account to the proper email address for your phone and carrier (it should work with any email provider) with a subject like Mobile To-Do List, then send the message.
In a few seconds, you should get a text message from a strange number (for AT&T, the number is 1010100001 for the first email you send to your phone); the message will look something like the image below:
Once you've sent the initial text message via email, you can now reply to that number from your phone any time you want, and the reply will end up in your email inbox with the same subject you used in the original email.
As far as I can tell, this method works for quite some time, though I could imagine that it varies from carrier to carrier. If your replies stop going back to your email address, just send another text from your email to refresh the replies.
If you use Twitter, you can set up your account to notify you of direct messages via email (point your browser to the notifications page and tick the checkbox next to Direct Text Emails).
Since Twitter is built specifically so you can update your account via SMS, just send a text message to 40404 with
d yourusername Item you want to add to your to-do list in the message ('d' stands for direct, and you'd naturally replace
yourusername with your actual username and add your to-do text after that.
In a few seconds, the message will end up in your inbox:
At the end of the day, the first method will probably best satisfy most people's SMS-to-email needs. While the latter three methods aren't necessarily perfect, any of these methods should work.
Love and email,
P.S. Know of a better method for accomplishing the same task? Please, share it in the comments!
Posted by Augustine at 7:04 AM
Windows 7 only: System tweaking utility Alt+Tab Tuner customizes everything about the Windows 7 Alt-Tab dialog, from setting the transparency to increasing the size of the thumbnails.
To customize the settings, all you have to do is unzip and launch the utility, drag the sliders to suit your preferences, and click the Apply button. You can even use the utility to switch back to the old XP-style Alt+Tab dialog if you were so inclined. Alt+Tab Tuner is a free download for Windows 7 only.
If you aren't happy with the built-in Alt+Tab system, and even tweaking it won't help, make sure to check out the awesome VistaSwitcher alternative, which even includes the Alt+` key combination to switch between specific application windows.
Posted by Augustine at 7:03 AM
University of Washington's Prefab tool promises to 'unlock the desktop' originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Apr 2010 09:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink CBC | University of Washington | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 6:23 AM
Gallery: Olympus E-PL1 review hands-on
Fujitsu debuts thin-and-light LifeBook MH330 netbook originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Apr 2010 15:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Far East Gizmos | Fujitsu, Notebook Italia | Email this | Comments
Motorola patent application offers new option for 3D cellphones originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Apr 2010 15:53:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Go Rumors | Patent Application | Email this | Comments
Update: Looks like the ABC Player (opens iTunes) is now also available in the app store for the low, low price of nada.
Netflix iPad app now available in the App Store (update: ABC Player, too) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Apr 2010 19:07:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | App Store (opens iTunes) | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 6:20 AM
Think to start selling City electric vehicle in New York, other locales this year originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Apr 2010 22:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink CNET | PR Newswire | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 6:19 AM
Update: Akihabara News went eyes-on with the display and came away impressed with the colors and brightness. Better yet, it says, "Sharp succeed to do what Sony and Panasonic does with 3D Glasses!" Well, that sounds hopeful.
Nintendo 3DS to feature 3.4-inch Sharp parallax barrier display? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Apr 2010 01:11:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Engadget Japanese | Sharp | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 6:19 AM
Toshiba UX600 series: first HDTVs certified Windows 7 compatible originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Apr 2010 04:54:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | The Windows Blog | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 6:15 AM
HP and Dell said to be investing less in 10-inch netbooks, looking to bigger and better things originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Apr 2010 07:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink |&nb! sp; DigiTimes | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 6:14 AM