Gmail gains lock and question mark icons to indicate if emails are encrypted and authenticated

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2016

In honor of the Safer Internet Day, Google on Tuesday announced in a blog post that it has added a lock icon in Gmail’s web interface to denote whether or not your emails are encrypted. Additionally, a question mark icon on a sender’s avatar indicates messages that are not authenticated.

Gmail has supported encrypted connections between a user’s machine and its servers for some time now, but this doesn’t provide the full protection if a sender’s email client or email service does not support encryption in transit using TLS.

The new lock icon makes it easier to see if a message you received from someone is encrypted or not, and whether or not it can be authenticated. Read More

 

How to send large file attachments with Mail Drop on iCloud.com

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 5, 2016

Mail Drop, a feature for sending encrypted attachments up to 5GB in size, was introduced in Mail for Mac with 2014’s release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

And with iOS 9.2, Apple has brought Mail Drop to its stock mobile Mail app on iOS devices.

You can also send Mail Drop attachments from the Mail web app, which is available in a browser at iCloud.com on your Mac or Windows PC.

We already covered sending large files with Mail Drop on the Mac and using Mail Drop on your iPhone and iPad, so step-by-step instructions in this tutorial will focus on attaching large files to emails using Mail Drop on iCloud Mail. Read More

 

How to annotate email attachments in iOS with Markup

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 2, 2016

One of the major features that shipped with iOS 9 was Markup, better known for the ability to draw on and annotate attachments of various file types that you receive in the Mail app and then send them back to the original sender, or someone else for that matter.

Despite how useful this feature is, few people actually use it, either because they don’t know it exists or they don’t know how to access it. In this tutorial, we’ll take you through how to access it and cover some of the features it provides. Read More

 

Mac email client Airmail hits iPhone with snooze, 3D Touch, interactive notifications and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2016

Airmail, the popular desktop email client for the Mac, is now available for the iPhone and iPod touch. Lightweight and fast, Airmail by Italy-based developer Bloop packs in a number of advanced features such as support for 3D Touch shortcuts on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, interactive notifications, snooze features, customizable actions and appearance, iCloud sync and much more.

The app is available in the App Store for $4.99. Read More

 

Be more productive in Mail with these 3D Touch shortcuts

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 31, 2016

Apple’s Mail is a great place to start trying out iOS 9’s time-saving 3D Touch interactions on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. With 3D Touch, not only can you create a new email and jump to your inboxes right from the Home screen but manage your emails more efficiently with in-app Peek and Pop gestures.

In this tutorial, you will learn about all the ways Mail takes advantage of 3D Touch to make you more productive by letting you preview emails, contacts, web links, as well as embedded dates and times, airline codes, package tracking numbers and more. Read More

 

How to hide text & email notification previews from the Lock screen

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 19, 2016

Typically, iOS shows a preview of your incoming iMessage, SMS, and email messages on the Lock screen whenever you have a pending notification, as shown above on the left. When privacy is a big concern for you, and it should be, you might want to disable this feature so that prying eyes don’t see everything you’re being sent.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to hide message previews from the Lock screen so your incoming notifications that are displayed on the Lock screen will be more private. Read More

 

AttachmentFlow provides a new way to access email attachments

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 15, 2016

For those that use the Mail app on their iOS devices, VladMax Soft has released an amazing new jailbreak tweak available in Cydia’s BigBoss repository called AttachmentFlow, which lets you see all of your email attachments in a beautiful new flow interface right from your inbox view. Read More

 

How to send large attachments with Mail Drop on iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2015

Announced at WWDC 2014, Mail Drop made its debut on the Mac with last year’s OS X 10.10 Yosemite software update. Starting with the iOS 9.2 software update, Mail Drop is now finally available through Apple’s stock Mail app on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Addressing one of the fundamental problems with email today, Mail Drop makes it easy to share large files by permitting Mail app users to send emails with encrypted attachments up to 5GB in size.

In this tutorial, you will learn how easy it is to send large attachments in Mail for iOS with the Mail Drop feature. Read More

 

New snoozing and attachment options go live in Readdle’s Spark email app

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 14, 2015

Just a few days after adding support for Microsoft Exchange accounts for work-related emails, Readdle’s popular Spark email app for the iPhone received another major update in the App Store last evening.

Bumped to version 1.4, Spark now includes several new snoozing options and new ways to attach images and files. With customizable snooze times and related notifications, staying on top of your emails is now easier than before.

You also get a dedicated button for attaching images to an email message, the ability to chose image size to keep attachment size under control and switch between attaching actual files or sending links to files on your Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive. Read More

 

Next-generation Yahoo Messenger now available on iOS, web and Yahoo Mail

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2015

Yahoo today announced it’s re-launching its venerable messaging software—Yahoo Messenger—on iOS, Android, on the web and in Yahoo Mail on the desktop.

The app offers a fresh new messaging experience rebuilt from the ground up, integrates the best of the Flickr, Tumblr and Xobni, does photo sharing and animated GIFs and is focused on group messaging with features such as sharing, unsending and liking. Read More

 

Spark for iPhone adds Exchange support, iPad and Mac version in the works

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2015

Readdle’s incredibly efficient (and free) email client, Spark for iPhone, has just gotten a whole lot more useful with full support for Microsoft Exchange accounts in the latest update in the App Store.

This was the main feature request from thousands of people who wanted to use Spark with Exchange in the workplace, developers tell me.

Even more exciting than that, the team has confirmed that they’re hard at work putting finishing touches on Spark for iPad, which should be released “soon”. In addition, a spokesperson for the company tells me via email that their next step will be “creating the best email client for Mac.” Read More

 

How to quickly trash all emails on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2015

Apple Mail in iOS 9 brings out a trio of major enhancements making the app more useful than ever: document attachments, intelligent searching with Proactive and enhanced multitasking features on the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.

Aside from these headline enhancements, Mail in iOS 9 includes a couple nice-to-haves, among them an easily overlooked feature to quickly delete all your emails in an inbox with just a few taps. This can save you a lot of time and help tame your inbox.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to trash all your messages in Mail in one go. Read More

 

Google rolling out Smart Replies to Gmail’s Inbox app later this week

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2015

The Gmail team’s Inbox mobile email client, which was born out of Google’s 2012 acquisition of the popular iPhone email app Sparrow, is about to get a whole lot smarter with a new feature called Smart Reply, the company announced on the Gmail blog Tuesday.

The feature analyzes your emails and uses machine learning to recognize emails that need responses and then generates the natural language responses on the fly. Read More

 

Microsoft folds Sunrise functionality into much-improved Outlook for iOS app

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 29, 2015

Developers of Microsoft-owned calendar app, called Sunrise, announced in a blog post that the app won’t be receiving updates going forward as the team has worked hard on integrating Sunrise functionality into the Windows maker’s much-improved mobile Outlook client for iPhone and iPad.

Sunrise Calendar was last updated in the App Store more than four months ago, adding integration with Office 365 events. Just yesterday, Outlook for iOS received a fresh new look alongside a brand native Apple Watch app built on watchOS 2.

At the same time, Microsoft announced that the mobile Outlook app has gone from a couple hundred downloads to more than thirty million installs on smartphones and tablets. Read More

 

Yahoo Mail 4.0 is out: revamped UI, smarter search, multiple mailboxes, rich compose & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 15, 2015

Yahoo today launched a thoroughly redesigned Mail app for the iPhone and iPad which brings out a number of interesting feature additions and enhancements.

The new, much-improved Yahoo Mail 4.0 features password-free sign-in, way smarter search, contacts management, rich compose, the ability to use multiple mailboxes from services such as Outlook.com, Hotmail and AOL Mail, to name just a few. Read More

 

How to customize Apple Watch default replies for Messages and Mail

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

The Apple Watch includes a pretty robust implementation of iOS’s Messages and Mail apps allowing you to respond to text messages with dictation, an animated emoji, a map showing your location, an audio clip or one of Apple’s built-in canned responses such as “On my way,” “Sorry, can’t talk right now…”, “See you soon” and some such.

You can select one of default replies when composing a new message or replying to one. Thankfully, stock replies are fully customizable so you can change them to say anything you like. Read More

 

Microsoft launches Send for iPhone, a hybrid app for quick IM-style emails

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2015

Microsoft’s hybrid email/IM app which leaked back in May is now official. Today, the Windows giant said a new app called Send is launching exclusively on the iPhone. Designed for “in-and-out email,” Send for iPhone lets you engage in brief and snappy communications with co-workers using quick text message-like conversations without a subject line or formal email constructs. All of your communications gets automatically saved in Outlook for reference later. Read More

 

iOS 9 includes Markup feature to let you annotate email attachments

By Sébastien Page on Jun 14, 2015

Similar to a feature that first made its way to the Mail app under OS X Yosemite, iOS 9 now includes Markup, a tool that lets you annotate email attachments, including image files as well as PDFs, effectively turning the Mail app into a more powerful one with a growing focus on productivity.

Just like its OS X counterpart, Markup for iOS 9 allows you to sketch, zoom, add text, and sign documents on the go. Absent from the list of annotations is the Shape button, which lets you easily insert squares, circles, etc.

Markup for iOS 9 works for both incoming or outgoing attachments, meaning that you can annotate either the attachments you receive, or those that you send. This seems to actually go hand in hand with another new iOS 9 feature that lets you attach documents from iCloud Drive. Read More

 

iOS 9 lets you save email attachments to iCloud Drive

By Sébastien Page on Jun 10, 2015

iOS 9 offers a new feature that allows you to save attachments received via emails to iCloud Drive. Similar to the way iOS currently lets you save email attachments to third-party services such as Dropbox or Google Drive, this new feature takes advantage of the Share extension, bringing a new Save Attachment icon for easy sharing to your iCloud Drive. Read More

 

Flaw in Mail for iPhone and iPad can be used to hijack your iCloud password

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2015

A serious bug in Apple’s stock Mail application for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad permits attackers to fool users into providing their iCloud credentials.

Such phishing attacks can be devastating as iCloud increasingly becomes home for our digital life in the Apple universe, including our photo libraries, notes, contacts and other personal data.

The scam takes advantage of an exploit in the Mail application that makes it easy to deliver convincing-looking pop-ups resembling iCloud password prompts through a simple email message, The Register reported Wednesday.

While such emails look like they’re coming from a real company, they’re spoofed and once an unsuspecting user opens them on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 8.3, the operating system will execute malicious HTML content embedded inside. Read More

 
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