The best of iOS 8: from new features to developer tools

By Timothy Reavis on Jul 27, 2014

With the imminent introduction of the iPhone 6 will come the release of iOS 8, Apple’s latest iteration in its mobile operating system. After spending the past several weeks with pre-release versions of the software, I can say that there are definitive grounds for anticipating its public availability. Whether you’re planning on buying a new iPhone this fall or upgrading your current device to iOS 8, there are clear reasons to be excited about the features it has to offer.

Although it will be shipping with quite a few significant features – Apple claims this is their “biggest iOS release ever” – we’ve gone hands-on with the beta releases and picked our top ten favorite enhancements that will be available for qualifying devices this September. Here, in no sequential order, are the best of what makes iOS 8 great… Read More


Apple is now encrypting your iCloud emails in transit between providers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

A month ago, Apple confirmed that it would soon start encrypting iCloud Mail traffic in transit.

As Google’s Transparency Report noted at the time, Apple and several major email providers did not properly encrypt email messages sent and received from other providers like Gmail and Yahoo, creating security concerns.

Although Apple only encrypts emails sent between its own iCloud customers, the company appears to have stepped up iCloud Mail security and is now finally protecting your emails from eavesdropping as they travel between various third-party email service providers using end-to-end encryption… Read More


iCloud Mail down for a small number of users for 17 hours now

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2014

If you use iCloud Mail, you may have noticed by now that your emails are not arriving, or are having difficulties accessing the web interface or your account in Apple’s stock iOS Mail app and third-party email clients.

If so, you’re among a tiny 0.1 percent of users who’ve been unable to receive mail for 20 hours and counting, according to Apple’s iCloud dashboard on the web… Read More


Yahoo’s Mail for iPad picks up mail filters and personalized web features

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2014

Yahoo’s Mail for iPad debuted in April of 2013 and has since been gradually picking up new features like multiple personal and Business Mail accounts, folder management, message swiping, support for Apple’s VoiceOver feature and much more.

Today, the software has received another boost as Yahoo announced it’s bringing multiple features from the web interface to Mail for iOS, including news, search and snapshots of the weather, sports scores, stocks, popular videos and Flickr photos, now all accessible in one app… Read More


Apple working to encrypt iCloud emails in transit

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 13, 2014

Email encryption is a hot topic right now. A few weeks ago, Google published a report that reveals how much email sent in transit is encrypted and which major providers are taking measures to encrypt their own emails. Then yesterday, the NPR published a more in-depth report (via 9to5Mac) that looks at how well major email providers in the United States are doing at protecting the data of users online.

As it turns out, Apple was among several major email providers failing to properly encrypt its emails sent and received from other providers like Gmail and Yahoo. Following the report, however, the iPhone maker reached out to NPR to confirm that it will be working on encrypting its emails in transit. The company says the change will occur “soon,” but no timeline was provided…  Read More


New in iOS 8: reply notifications for Mail threads

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 12, 2014

Apple really seems laser-focused on further removing communication hurdles and friction in iOS 8 by advancing Mail and Messages stock apps in ways more than one.

For the most part, the changes in these two apps are for the better: Apple hasn’t cluttered their interfaces nor has it changed the familiar design.

Apple’s thinking and consideration for the end user is especially evident in how iOS 8 handles group chats in Messages and email threads in Mail.

While you can now finally leave a group chat in Messages, Mail in iOS 8 sports a really useful feature where you tell it to issue a push notification each time someone has replied to a designated email thread… Read More


Apple introduces ‘MailDrop’ for sending large files via email

By Cody Lee on Jun 2, 2014

Continuing on with its rundown of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Apple’s Craig Federighi just introduced MailDrop. The new feature addresses a “fundamental problem with email” by allowing users to send large files over email, via iCloud.

As it sits now, users get the error ‘Cannot send message using the server Mail’ when they go to send larger hi-resolution images or HD video via the Mail app in OS X. But MailDrop fixes this by allowing you to send files via iCloud… Read More


Inbox Count keeps count of your emails in the Mail app

By Sébastien Page on May 22, 2014

Prior to iOS 7, the Mail app would show you how many emails were in your inbox, which was a handy feature that would help you keep track of things. It’s something that apparently didn’t make the cut in iOS 7. One could speculate on the reasons behind this decision, but it wouldn’t help much.

Enters Inbox Count, a new jailbreak tweak that brings back the old feature and helps you keep count of how many emails are in your inbox… Read More


Ryan Petrich releases jailbreak tweak to patch iOS 7 Mail encryption bug

By Cody Lee on May 7, 2014

Earlier this week, word got out that there’s a gap in security in iOS. Security researcher Andreas Kurtz discovered  that all versions of iOS 7.1, and at least iOS 7.0.4, don’t encrypt email attachments.

Kurtz says that he has informed Apple of the bug, and they are working on a fix, but there’s no word when it will be available. Fortunately, the jailbreak community has a much faster response time… Read More


iOS bug leaves email attachments unencrypted, Apple working on a fix

By Christian Zibreg on May 5, 2014

Do you access sensitive document attachments on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, stuff like contracts, invoices, bank statements and what not?

If so, your security and privacy could be compromised because iOS is storing email attachments in the clear – that is, in the unencrypted form – thus making stored attachments easily readable by using a piece of software to browse a person’s on-device email folder for an IMAP account.

A researcher who claims to have discovered this security flaw has found that iOS 7.0.4 and later – including the latest iOS 7.1.1 – do not encrypt email attachments… Read More


Yahoo Mail gets news/search, plus snapshots of weather, sports scores, stocks and News Digest

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 29, 2014

If you’re a fan of Yahoo’s gorgeously designed iOS apps and spend a lot of time using their Mail service on your iPhone and iPad, you’re going to love the newly released Yahoo Mail 3.0, available free in the App Store.

And why’s that, you ask? Because the refreshed software now makes it easy to keep tabs on your news and search the web while sorting through your email, without ever leaving the app.

But that’s not all, this release of Yahoo Mail includes other goodies, too, listed right after the break… Read More


How to mail more than five photos at once on iPhone and iPad

By Joe Rossignol on Mar 19, 2014

One of the biggest inconveniences that comes from using the stock Mail app on iPhone and iPad is the inability to attach more than five photos per email. But the areas where iOS has shortcomings is where the jailbreaking community proves its value; in this case, developer Pramod Mohandas has released MailUnlimitedPhotos, a new jailbreak tweak that removes the five photo restriction from Mail. We’ve got a closer look at the tweak ahead…  Read More


Yahoo Mail now lets you block images, web UI gains improved Folders, compose and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 7, 2014

Yahoo keeps on meticulously improving both its Mail service on the web and companion mobile apps. Today, the firm has bumped Yahoo Mail for iPhone to version 2.0.6 which comes with your usual dose of bug fixes and performance improvements, in addition to one new feature: the ability to block images.

Now available in the App Store, a new setting lets you tell the app to skip loading images in HTML-styled email.

Security-minded users will love this feature given that spammers and attackers typically use embedded images to tell whether you have opened the message, sometimes even using images to leverage security exploits.

Yahoo’s web interface has also received its fair share of enhancements, including improved handling of folders, new shortcuts, an improved multitasking chat and more… Read More


Steve Jobs to appear on commemorative postage stamp next year

By Cody Lee on Feb 20, 2014

The United States Postal Service approved a number of stamps today that will be printed as part of a collectible series next year. The subjects of these stamps include Nintendo’s Mario character, The Beatles’ John Lennon and yes, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

While any member of the public can nominate someone to appear on a postage stamp, an advisory committee must review and then select those that go into production based on subjects that are “contemporary, timely, relevant, interesting and educational.” Read More


Apple offers bandaid solution to ‘no new mail’ bug in Mail on OS X Mavericks

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2014

Apple has offered up an interesting remedy to a persisting bug plaguing the OS X 10.9 Mavericks Mail application which manifests itself by preventing the app from receiving any new messages until it is quit and reopened. Apple’s workaround solution is a primitive one, albeit effective.

As Mail needs to reestablish a connection to the troublesome mail server (which typically means Gmail), Apple advises quitting and reopening Mail.

As a result, this forces Mail to re-establish a connection. An alternative solution entails a manual process that reinitializes an affected mailbox without having to restart the program… Read More


Apple addresses Mavericks issues with updates for Mail and iBooks

By Cody Lee on Nov 7, 2013

Good news this afternoon for folks who have been dealing with teething issues in the just-released OS X Mavericks. Apple has posted updates today for the Mail and iBooks apps, which should resolve two of the more popular complaints.

The iBooks update brings the app to version 1.0.1 and includes bug fixes and stability improvements. And the Mail update promises to improve general stability and compatibility with Gmail, solving issues that made the client unreliable… Read More


Apple working on fixes for Mavericks Mail, iBooks, Safari and Remote Desktop Client issues

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2013

Apple’s free Mavericks update contains a set of compelling headline features and nice-to-haves, like tapping the ambient light sensor to detect motion in order to prevent system sleep.

But as any Mac owner could tell you, each major OS X release brings with it inevitable early adopter issues in the form of bugs and various software-related issues and hiccups. Mavericks is no exception.

Though definitely more stable and less susceptible to teething issues than perhaps any OS X release thus far, Mavericks affects your productivity by introducing unreliable performance with Gmail accounts in Mail. Other stock apps suffer from typical 1.0 release issues, but rest assured that Apple is hard at work squashing these pesky bugs as we speak… Read More


CloudMagic Mail with ‘fast magical search’ hits iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2013

I’m a big fan of the ingenious CloudMagic Search, a free iPhone app that acts as a unified search box for my online services and social media accounts such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, Dropbox, Box, Evernote, SkyDrive, Twitter and many more. Having seeing a couple hundred-thousand downloads, the Palo Alto-based CloudMagic Inc. felt encouraged to apply its cloud search expertise to a lightweight email client.

Meet CloudMagiC Mail, a new iOS email app featuring “fast magical search” that supports a bunch of popular email accounts like Gmail, Exchange, Yahoo, Outlook, Google Apps, Office 365, IMAP and even Apple’s iCloud… Read More


How to edit, reorganize, and hide your mailboxes in iOS 7

By Lory Gil on Oct 10, 2013

Apple offered up a few new Mail app features in iOS 6, but it surely wasn’t much. One addition was the VIP inbox, another was the ability to attach pictures and videos to messages from within the app. That was about the extent of the new features in iOS 6.

In iOS 7, however, Apple added some fancy new features to the Mail app that make it possible for you to get more out of your daily email connections. One of those new features is the ability to edit, reorganize, and hide your mailboxes. If you don’t know how to do this, we’ve got a short tutorial to explain it to you… Read More


Yahoo totally revamps Mail, now with 1TB of free storage

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 8, 2013

Yahoo’s beleaguered Mail has long given up its leadership position to Gmail although many people would agree that Yahoo’s web-mail service is far more elegant, sophisticated and streamlined compared to Google’s Gmail, which often times looks very much like work in progress. Taking another crack at dethroning Google, Yahoo today started rolling out a significant Mail makeover across the web, mobile and desktop.

Further sweetening the deal, the company has raised the storage cap so everyone now gets one terabyte of free storage. The new design looks absolutely gorgeous, jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More

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