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Yahoo brings 'caller ID' to your email with tech from Xobni acquisition

Yahoo has launched a new contact cards feature on its email platform, that acts very much like a caller ID for your inbox. With this feature, every time a user hovers over a person’s name in a messa

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Yahoo has launched a new contact cards feature on its email platform, that acts very much like a caller ID for your inbox. With this feature, every time a user hovers over a person’s name in a message, or when composing an email on Yahoo Mail, the contact cards will provide various details of the individual at a glance, eliminating the need to go out of the email platform in search for more information.

The new contact cards include the person’s photo (or logo if it’s a company), phone number, job title and links to social profiles including Facebook and Flickr. All the information is curated by a third party company called Xobni technology (acquired by Yahoo in 2013), which pulls information from your Yahoo address book, Facebook and Flickr profiles.

In addition, the card lets you even take actions like quickly search for emails from that person, compose a new email, add the person to your address book, edit the contact information or click on links to go visit their Facebook (if your Facebook account is linked to your Yahoo account) or Flickr page. Users can also manually edit all their contact card information in the Menu tab, and choose what can be seen by other people.

Yahoo is reportedly also working on eliminating the concept of passwords, and has taken the first step towards it by introducing a password-free login system. Yahoo calls it “on-demand” password, and here’s how it works. Rather than logging in using a username and password, now you will only need to put in your username, and Yahoo will send a unique code to your registered mobile phone via SMS.

  • Published Date: March 25, 2015 6:42 PM IST