Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Jul 2013 16:56 UTC
In the News "According to the CONTEXT data, Android tablets now account for 61.2 percent of the Western European tablet market, more than double the 25.1 percent recorded the same time last year. Apple iOS devices, meanwhile, fell to 37.2 percent of Western European tablet market sales by distribution, from 71.2 percent at the same time last year." This is nothing short of a catastrophic collapse of iPad market share in Europe. Furthermore, "This analysis also screens out the effect of Windows 8, credited in some quarters with helping to drive increased tablet market share and cut into Apple’s tablet lead, but in fact with little to no impact, according to CONTEXT." And yes, Windows 8 on tablets is a dud.
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The reason I couldn't find it is that the article doesn't match what I get from your rant.

" won’t see [the ads] at all if there are no relevant placements for Google to serve up"

"They also do not appear for users who have disabled the Promotions tab."

"they do not appear in the Gmail mobile app, the spokesperson confirmed"

"The new Gmail is, generally speaking, an improvement."

"less than one per cent of all spam in Gmail reaches an inbox. It could not stuff its own ads in the box if it had not already cleared the space"

But, of course, if you hate Gmail, then by all means go elsewhere. Why not buy your own server and manage it yourself?

I personally never have email sent directly to my Gmail account; I give each person or company a unique email address for me in one of my personal domains, and those domains (with a few select exceptions) are forwarded to Gmail for easy access from anywhere in the world.

This has the added benefit of enabling me to tell which person or company gave my name to someone else; each address is in essence "tagged" with the identity of to whom I gave it.

If I left Gmail, flipping a couple of switches redirects all email to whatever server or service I choose.

Anyway, thanks for the response. Glad to know what it is (and isn't!) that made you so mad - and I certainly understand why you are mad. It will be interesting to see if a significant portion of Gmail users respond with as much anger as you have.

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