I used to be more vigilant about keeping my Gmail inbox clean and organized, but the inbox tabs that Gmail rolled out earlier this year have made me lazy. The tabs help filter promotional e-mails, social media notifications, and other such messages that aren't of primary importance. While these e-mails are effectively hidden with Gmail's Web client, they are still marked as unread on my iPhone. That is, my Mail app icon constantly has a badge alert with a large number because of the voluminous number of unread messages I have hiding in my Social and Promotional tabs. … Read more
The National Security Agency eavesdropped on the Mexico government by systematically infiltrating an e-mail server and hacking the e-mail account of a former Mexico president, according to a classified documents reviewed by Der Spiegel.
The e-mail domain, which was also used by other members of Mexico's cabinet, contained "diplomatic, economic and leadership communications which continue to provide insight into Mexico's political system and internal stability," according to a 2010 report provided to the German newspaper by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The hack of former president Felipe Calderon's e-mail was conducted by an agency department called … Read more
Yahoo Mail's latest revamp isn't scoring a lot of points with users.
To celebrate Yahoo Mail's 16th birthday last week, Yahoo overhauled the interface of its e-mail service, offering a leaner look reminiscent of Gmail. But the new style and missing features have triggered a slew of angry comments on the Yahoo Mail blog and even a Change.org petition asking Yahoo to revert back to the old layout.
Tops on the hit list is Yahoo's decision to remove tabs, which allowed people to switch among different views. Users also want the ability to "sort … Read more
The National Security Agency is collecting hundreds of millions of contact lists from e-mail and instant message accounts from around the world, according to a Washington Post report.
The collection, which was revealed in documents supplied by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, occurs when Internet services transmit the data, typically when users log in, compose a message, or sync devices, the Post reported Monday. The agency is said to analyze that data to identify hidden connections among foreign intelligence targets.
The agency collects an estimated 500,000 buddy lists on chat services and Web-based e-mail every day, according to an internal … Read more
Years after Microsoft, Google, and many others made Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security the standard for their Web mail systems, Yahoo says that it too will modernize Yahoo Mail's security.
SSL is a cryptographic protocol that encrypts Web mail as it travels between Yahoo's servers and your computer's browser. Yahoo says that it will activate the protection for all Yahoo Mail users on January 8, 2014, a full year after it first offered SSL protection as an option that users had to activate on their own, reports the Washington Post.
Yahoo has lagged behind every other major … Read more
MailSteward for Mac makes archiving and managing large amounts of e-mail quick and painless. The free version of this application is full featured, but archives a maximum of 15,000 e-mails. To archive more, you need to purchase either MailSteward or MailSteward Pro.
MailSteward for Mac opens to a somewhat overwhelming interface, but this is to be expected as the program provides you with numerous options to easily create databases and manage thousands of e-mails. You are able to print, export, browse, archive, and search your e-mail database, to name a few options. This application also offers many features for … Read more
Yahoo Mail for iOS received a face-lift for iOS 7 in the latest version, and with new themes and conversation views, it's a must have for anyone whose primary e-mail account is with Yahoo.
Improved look and layout Following the new simplified design schemes of the main Yahoo app and Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Mail now has a new look to fit with iOS 7. But in Yahoo Mail, you have the ability to change the theme by selecting a premade background. Most of the themes are photos and patterns that show up in the background, and your inbox takes … Read more
Microsoft has enhanced its Outlook.com app for Android users.
Rolled out Thursday, the new version lets you search for all e-mail, including items still in the cloud and not yet synced to your device. You can also sync all of your e-mails to access them offline.
You can now send e-mails from the app using any of your Outlook.com aliases and set an automated vacation reply for when you're away.
Microsoft has added 8 new color themes, so you now have 11 colors in total should you wish to give the interface a fresh paint job. Finally, … Read more
Until I stumbled across this handy how-to page from Apple, I didn't realize I was accessing my saved drafts on the iOS Mail app in a wrong-headed, roundabout way. My method was to leave the All Inboxes screen and navigate up a level to the Mailboxes screen, where I would then tap one of my accounts in the Accounts section at the bottom and then select the Drafts option.
Because I am easily distracted, I often have half-written emails that I must return to. Thanks to Apple pointing out a better way, I can now access my saved drafts … Read more