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Inbox is a total reinvention of email from Google

Gmail has been more or less the same since it was released in 2001, but Google has been working secretly for almost two years to reinvent how the service works.

Inbox is the result and is a new look for the service that brings the company's Material Design language to Gmail, as well as a number of great new features like email reminders and automatic categories.

Inbox is invite-only right now, but I've been trying it and it feels like a breath of fresh air that might be able to unbreak email.

theverge.com

Microsoft is finally dropping the 'Nokia' from Lumia

Ever since Nokia was acquired by Microsoft, we knew this day would come. No future phones will sport the Nokia brand, instead being called "Microsoft Lumia" devices. Here's what the branding will look like on a future Microsoft phone. The end of an era.

engadget.com

The hoverboard is now real... kind of

I thought this was another crazy Kickstarter, but it's very much so real. A working hoverboard is nearer than you think, you just need to be using it in the right circumstances, like at a specially made skate park. Maybe we'll get the hoverboards from Back to the Future after all? If you decide you want one, it'll cost you just $10,000.

engadget.com

Microsoft is doing great, and so are Surface Pro 3 and Office 365

At Microsoft's latest earnings, the company shared that it's doing extremely well and that the Surface line has become one of the company's fastest growing businesses.

engadget.com

Ello Raises $5.5 Million, cannot legally show ads in the future

Remember Ello, the hot new social network based on privacy? They've just raised a bunch more money and have set themselves up as a public benefit corporation, meaning they can't show ads at all.

techcrunch.com

Twitter wants you to use your phone number as your password

Alongside a new set of developer tools, Twitter unveiled a new way of logging into apps this week. Instead of requiring a password, developers can ask for your phone number and send one time passwords via SMS for login. Neat idea, since many can't remember their own passwords.

washingtonpost.com

Interesting Blogs Interesting Blogs


Old Masters at the Top of Their Game

An incredible piece that interviews a group of successful people over 80 to see what motivates them to keep on working. Very inspiring and enlightening.

nytimes.com

Better than meditation

As much as I like the idea of meditation, I've always struggled with it, just like the writer of this piece. What could be better than meditation? Perhaps simply sitting down and writing every day is the answer.

medium.com

Why Instagram Worked

A great piece by Instagram cofounder, Mike Krieger, that looks at the early days of Instagram and the experience of being on the emotional roller coaster that is a startup.

medium.com

Why iOS updates look small in size but need lots of space

Ever struggled to install the latest iOS? You're not alone, and as it turns out, it's because Apple's making double sure that your files are safe.

thetechblock.com

Apple on Hamburger Menus

Hamburger menus are terrible. They're unintuitive and confusing to users, so it's not surprising that Apple is discouraging developers from using them and instead nudging them toward new ideas.

manbolo.com

Inbox is the App Child of Gmail and Google Now

The new Gmail design doesn't just look good, it's smarter too. The company is trying to make it easier for you to deal with email overload by automatically surfacing relevant content at the right time. It's going to get much better, too.

medium.com

Peak Google

Almost every dominant tech company has eventually had its products eclipsed by something entirely unexpected, like Microsoft's PC sales being eclipsed by that of smartphones. Is Google's advertising next?

stratechery.com

Meet the man with the hardest job at Facebook

How can you create empathy on a social network? It's near impossible, but Arturo Bejar is trying to help reduce cyberbullying and misunderstandings on Facebook to build a happier community.

nytimes.com

Trending Products Trending Products


Jawbone Drop lets you create playlists using tweets

This tiny app lets friends tweet you songs, which are added to a playlist in real time for listening. The idea seems great for parties, if you don't mind the music selection being a little... risky.

jawbone.com

PhotoMath, the app that helps you cheat on tests

This app lets you take a photo of any math equation and it'll give you the answer. Where was this when I was in school?

dailydot.com

Rooms by Facebook

Facebook's new 'Rooms' app is a throwback to the old web. You can create rooms to discuss and share about anything you like, such as passions, hobbies or simply to talk amongst friends. Cool idea, but unsure it'll stick.

rooms.me

Top Tweets Top Tweets


Apple Pay is cool, but imagine if you could pay with a device that never ran out of batteries and that was slim enough to fit in your wallet

- Jason Gilbert (@gilbertjasono)

SwiftKey just suggested "cakes" instead of "cables." What a wonderful world if gadgets required pastries instead of cords.

Tim Stevens (@tim_stevens)

The Final Word


Welcome to the new Charged!

It's finally here, the new design for Charged! Content is king, so I've moved to an easier to read, simple format that removes distractions. It needs a little tweaking but overall should make it much nicer to read! One big change I need to point out is that news item titles are now links as well as the normal link at the end of each item.

As a reminder, I started Charged to make it easier for you to keep up with weekly technology news, interesting blogs and new products, by turning the week of news into an easy to consume weekend newsletter. I'm Weekend Editor at The Next Web and spend a lot of my time reading news, so you don't have to.

I hope you love the new design - there's now over 2,555 of you and I'm so happy you chose to part of the Charged community. If you have any feedback at all, get in touch! Otherwise, enjoy the new look.

Until next week, Owen

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23rd Oct 2014