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You can now grant access to Google Drive files directly from Gmail

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Google absolutely fucked it when it changed its files sharing menu. But it appears the company’s making amends: by letting you change Google Drive files directly from Gmail.

Are you sitting comfortably? Your body relaxed? Mind untethered? Terrific. Then let’s remember what that used to be like.

You’d share a Google Sheets link — maybe it was for work, maybe it was personal, I’ll leave that detail to you. You could bask in the knowledge all your hard work would be seen. You sit back, content and brimming with satisfaction. Maybe you go out for a walk. Pop to the cinema. Go hurl stones at cars.

Then, just as you’re about to begin your break, an automated email arrives. “Request for access?” The fuck, Jane.

Unperturbed, you’ve faced harder challenges after all, you open the message, and find yourself face-to-face with a horrendous button:

OPEN SHARING SETTINGS GOOGLE DRIVE FILES
Oh no.

“Ugh,” you say to the wind, “UGH.” On a good day you press the button and flick through a couple of settings before access is granted. Irritating, yes, but not infuriatingly so.

On a bad day though? On one of those days where — to quote Mr. William Frederick Durst — everything’s fucked? When every 50/50 decision falls the wrong way and you begin to believe in a higher power simply so you can hate Them?

One of those days? That’s when you click on the button and it opens the Google Drive file from a different account and you realize you’re logged out of the account you need and the login for that account is you password manager and you never bothered downloading the app and can only access it from your desktop and so you raise your fist to the heavens and curse Them once more for what They have done.

Well, you might have done that, but not any more. You can now grant access to Google Drive files directly from Gmail.

It looks like this:

google drive files grant access

Google shared this update here and confirmed you’ll be able to grant viewing, commenting, or editing rights right from Gmail. Furthermore, you’ll be able to change the permissions of Google Drive files on iOS, Android, and web versions of Gmail.

The company has already begun rolling this out and it should be enabled on your account by November 7.

This is beautiful design, the complete opposite of its new sharing menu inside Google Drive files. Instead, this Gmail update makes people’s lives easier. It’s intuitive. It’s clever. It’s a gorgeous example of intelligent UX.

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Published October 21, 2020 — 12:57 UTC

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Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

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