Gmail lets users email any Google+ contact, even if they don’t have their email address

The Verge:

You no longer need someone’s email address to send them an email. At least, that will soon be the case if you want to email another Google+ user. A new Gmail “feature” will let you simply type in anyone’s name into Gmail’s “to” field and send them an email. Google announced the new Google+ integration on its Gmail blog today, but company representatives have clarified to The Verge that — by default — anyone on its social network will be able to send messages to your Gmail inbox.

Remember when Gmail was the email service to use? Those were the days.

(Via Marco Arment).

Facebook Wi-Fi

Facebook:

  • Customers simply check in to your location on Facebook to connect to free Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi codes aren’t necessary and there are no new accounts to create
  • Customers can manually check in or choose a setting that lets them automatically check in whenever they visit your location

I’m not Facebook’s biggest fan but I think this is a novel idea. It provides Facebook with more user engagement whilst business owners benefit from the free marketing that all these Facebook interactions provide when friends see them appear on their News feed.

Facebook aren’t providing the Wi-Fi infrastructure or footing the bill (that’s for you to do), but it allows you to open up your Wi-Fi in exchange for visitors liking your business’ Facebook page. While it is a bit of an underhanded way to artificially inflate Facebook likes, it’s much better than having to sign up to Random Wi-Fi Provider #4 and hand over more personal information just to get a quick internet fix1.

(Via Hacker News).

  1. While you could certainly enter fake details, some providers (such as O2 Wi-Fi) send a verification code via SMS, forcing you to at least provide a working phone number. 

AppStorm shutting down

Collis Ta’eed, founder and CEO of Envato:

Four years ago I had the idea to build a blog network dedicated to reviewing and rounding up apps. We started with Mac apps and then quickly expanded to additional channels covering iOS, Android, Windows and Web apps. While the network has been successful in traffic and audience, reaching some 100m+ visitors over the four years, it’s ultimately not fit within our broader company mission. So I’m here today to announce that unfortunately after four years of app guidance, we’re closing AppStorm down.

As many readers will know, AppStorm is a product of Envato. Our company is dedicated to helping people earn and learn online, and our main products are the Envato Marketplaces, Microlancer and Tuts+. AppStorm has always been a bit of a fringe product for us, and one that loses money. Losses on their own would be OK if the site was a great fit for what our company purpose is. But despite my best efforts for the last couple of years, the fit has been loose at best.

AppStorm has provided a great service and no matter if you were an iOS, Android, Mac or Windows user, it had something for everyone.

I was dismayed to hear that AppStorm was going to shutter several weeks ago. As a regular contributor to both AppStorm and Tuts+ over the last two years, I’m genuinely sad to see such a popular network close. AppStorm had some truly talented writers as well as great editors that made contributing to AppStorm such a great experience. I felt truly honoured to have been a part of AppStorm, even if it was towards the end.