AOL's twist on e-mail: You've got stacksAOL believes it can tame the inbox with Alto, Yelp calls out review cheaters, and Google reveals a low-budget Chromebook.
-Could AOL have the answer to e-mail overload? I??m Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Keeping your e-mail inbox organized could be an impossible task especially when a [unk] packed with so much graymail and diddle alerts. Personally I simply gave up trying to tame the beast. But AOL is working on an answer to fix e-mail. Yeah, I said AOL. It??s created this e-mail client called Alto which different categories or e-mail into their own piles and then teaches itself to sort messages into stacks automatically. People don??t use e-mail folder so this is a new very visual way to get your inbox more organized without putting in much effort and if your messages looked organized, you won??t feel stress or so that??s the idea right? It also let you break down the analytics of you e-mail and see social media connections from the sender like their most recent tweet or other connections they have in common with you. It works with Gmail, Yahoo! Apple iCloud and of course AOL. You can have it manage up to 5 different accounts at once and you have to sign up to be a part of the private beta test now. It probably won??t be publicly available until February of next year. Yelp is cracking down on companies that cheap by paying for reviews. If Yelp sees on business is trying to inflate reviews, it will post a consumer alert for 90 days. The callout to company for not playing by the rules and there will be a link to the evidence that it compiled. It will also show warning when it sees too many reviews posted from the same IP address. And Pinterest is also getting tough. Users can block and report questionable activity like post that involves nudity, hate or violence. Over the next [unk] people will be able to block users, flag pins or report an entire users profile to be reviewed. Need a cheap laptop just for doing work online? Google announced a new Chrome Book made by Samsung and it??s for $250. It??s very light and thin. It??s a browser-based system meaning you don??t download applications. Everything??s run though a Chrome web browser. It??s not a very powerful laptop because it uses a processor found in tablets but it could be something you keep around the house to do some quick work online and it??s good if you do most of your work in Google docs. And the app Uber is in the news again. It lets users call a car for pick up. It shows the location of the driver and the app automatically charges your credit card. On Thursday, Uber added the ability to hail a taxi in San Francisco but at the same time it cancels the taxi feature for New York. Uber gave a battling New York??s regulations. The Cities Taxi and Limousine Commission is strict on how to pay for rides. New Yorkers though can still use the app to order black car pick up which can be more expensive. That??s your tech news update for today. You can find the links to all today??s stories on our blog cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I??m Bridget Carey.