How to annotate mail attachments in OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2014

It is now possible to annotate image attachments in the Mail app on the fly. In previous versions of OS X, you had to go through the time-consuming exercise of opening the image in some sort of editor, perhaps Preview, annotating the image, attaching it to your email, then sending.

With OS X Yosemite, you can annotate the image while the image is attached to the email. This is done via Markup—a new default extension available within Mail. Look inside to see our video walkthrough, which showcases this awesome new OS X Yosemite feature. Read More

 

Yahoo Mail adds travel and event alerts and news notifications

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2014

Not to be outdone by Google which just unveiled Inbox, “a completely different type of inbox” from the Gmail team, rival Yahoo on Wednesday pushed an update to its native Mail application for the iPhone and iPad.

The latest versions of Yahoo Mail adds notifications for your favorite news stories, travel/event alerts and other tidbits.

Yahoo Mail is available free in the App Store. Read More

 

Google launches a different take on email: introducing Inbox by Gmail

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2014

Writing on the Official Gmail Blog Wednesday, Google announced immediate availability of a new email app for iOS and Android, Inbox. Available free of charge in the App Store on an invite-only basis, Inbox represents “a completely different type of inbox”. The app strives to surface the most relevant stuff that often gets buried and forgotten due to an avalanche of unwanted emails we get bombarded with.

Built by the Gmail team and “years in the making”, Inbox has been conceived to fit your life by keeping your emails organized to “help you get back to what matters”. That sounds much like Mailbox.

Jump past the fold for the full reveal. Read More

 

The best new features of iOS 8

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2014

Admittedly, the myriad of new and useful capabilities that Apple’s just-released iOS 8 brings to your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are going to prove hugely popular with mainstream users, to say the least. With iOS 8, Apple is appeasing harsh critics who’d frequently point out that Android is capable of things iOS cannot do, and then some more.

iOS 8 opens up Apple’s mobile operating system to third-party development to a much greater extent than ever before. And stemming from relaxed policies, iOS 8 boosts on-the-go productivity with deeper inter-app sharing while implementing some of the features our Android friends have grown accustomed to, but in a typical hassle-free Apple fashion, things like third-party keyboards, custom actions, photo editing extensions within the context of Photos and Camera apps and way more.

And though evolutionary rather than revolutionary, we have no doubt in our minds that iOS 8 is going to significantly improve the functionality of Apple’s mobile platform, and perhaps even give some folks less reasons to jailbreak.

To celebrate today’s release of the free iOS 8 software update, we proudly present you this detailed overview of more than two dozen iOS 8 features we think you’re going to fall in love with at first sight. Read More

 

Yahoo Mail for iPad now lets you minimize compose window like in iOS 8

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2014

Yahoo today issued an interesting update to its native Mail application for the iPhone and iPad which replicates a handy feature we first saw in the stock Mail app in iOS 8.

Now available in the App Store, the refreshed Yahoo Mail version 3.3.2 includes the obligatory bug fixes and performance improvements, in addition to an iPad-specific feature which allows you to minimize the compose window when you need to look something up, just like Mail in iOS 8. Read More

 

Mailbox for iPhone and iPad gains Drafts

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2014

Less than 24 hours after releasing the first public beta of Mailbox for Mac bringing new snooze options and support for the Drafts folder, the Dropbox-owned startup has updated its Mailbox mobile client with the same capability.

Sitting at version 2.2, Mailbox now predictably allows you to access your work-in-progress messages stored in Drafts across desktop and mobile apps for Mac, iOS and Android… Read More

 

How to remove suggested “recent” and “other” email addresses from Mail app

By Sébastien Page on Aug 13, 2014

Every time you receive or send an email to a new contact, the Mail app saves this contact’s email address as a “recent” or “other” address somewhere so that if you ever want to email this person again, you can start typing his email address, and the Mail app will offer some autocomplete suggestions.

In some instances, this is a great feature. For example, you might not have saved the contact info of this person who emailed you 3 months ago, but if you remember his name, you can start typing it, and the Mail app will automatically suggest his email address, based on your recent communication with him. That’s the benefit of the feature.

The downside of this recent emails feature though is that it might save email addresses from people you don’t care about. Worse, it might save old email addresses that aren’t being used anymore, sometimes offering these old addresses as a top suggestion.

I recently experienced this problem. I updated the email address of one of my contacts, making sure I deleted her previous email address. Now every time I start typing her name in the “To:” field of the Mail app, it suggests both her new and old email address.

In this post, I will show you how to remove recent and other email addresses from the recipient field autofill in the Mail app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Read More

 

iOS email client Dispatch gains 10 new actions, adds new features

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 13, 2014

Dispatch, the popular TextExpander-enabled, action-based email client for the iPhone and iPod touch, has received a major update adding nearly a dozen new features and ten new actions for your emails while fixing a ton of bugs.

Dispatch 2.1, available free in the App Store to existing owners, is one of the most efficient iPhone email clients.

For those unfamiliar with Dispatch, the app makes it ridiculously easy to triage your emails and get rid of ones you don’t need by swiping, respond faster with snippets and much more… Read More

 

Yahoo Mail now lets you filter search results by emails, photos or files

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 6, 2014

A little more than a month ago, Yahoo added a slew of nice-to-haves to its native Mail for iOS app, including handy mail filters on the iPad and personalized web features to easily track scores, stocks, weather and more, all without switching apps.

Today, a new update has surfaced in the App Store featuring welcomed search enhancements to the app’s built-in search feature.

Now sitting at version 3.2, the refreshed software makes it easy to filter your results by emails, photos or files… Read More

 

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

 
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