Gmail for iOS just got a big notifications upgrade

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Suck it, spam messages!
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Some of us need to have email notifications enabled, but we don’t want our iPhone to ping every time a spam message hits out inbox. Gmail just got a big notifications upgrade that solves this problem.

Its official iOS app now uses artificial intelligence to provide notifications for your most important emails only.

Conquer your unruly inbox with a simple browser extension [Deals]

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This browser extension prevents your email address from getting onto the lists of mass advertisers.
This browser extension prevents your email address from getting onto the lists of mass advertisers.
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Email inboxes can be wild, unruly places. Spam filters can help cut down on noise to an extent, but inevitably we all end up sorting through countless messages from people we’ve never heard of, for things we have no interest in.

Write better with the help of technology [Deals]

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From text messages to research papers, Ginger Page will improve your writing on every device.
From text messages to research papers, Ginger Page will improve your writing on every device.
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These days everyone is a writer, whether in emails, texts, status updates, or any of a thousand kinds of digital communications. Technology means clear writing is a more important skill than ever. Luckily, technology can also help make your writing better.

How to protect your Mac, iPhone, iPad from Efail email exploit

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EFAIL lets hackers read encrypted emails on your iPhone.
EFAIL lets hackers read encrypted emails on your iPhone.
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Researchers in Europe have discovered a way to read the contents of encrypted emails sent with iOS and macOS devices. The so-called Efail exploit is significant enough that the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls it an “immediate risk.”

Apple is certainly working on a patches for all its devices, but there are ways to protect your laptop, phone and tablet now.

Newton kills the ‘Sent’ folder to make email as easy as instant messaging

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Newton’s True Inbox reinvents the way you do email.
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Awesome email app Newton has killed off the “Sent” folder to make email as easy as instant messaging.

When using Newton, your sent messages now appear right inside your inbox alongside everything else, making it easier than ever to keep track of your conversations. Here’s how you can start enjoying this new feature today.

How and why to redirect email instead of forwarding it

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This photo is not email, nor is it even regular mail, but it has to do with directions.
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We all know about forwarding email. It’s the electronic equivalent of putting a received letter in a new envelope and sending it on to someone else. But did you know that you can also redirect emails so that it seems like they arrived from the original sender? You could, for instance:

  • Redirect instructions from your boss to a co-worker.
  • Pass an email to someone else without getting caught in an inevitable and endless Reply All mess.
  • Send a customer enquiry to the correct person, with their reply going direct to the customer.

Unless the final recipient is really brain-dead, then this will never work as a scam to trick them into doing all the work your boss assigned to you, but it’s a very practical alternative to just forwarding emails.

This great iOS Spotlight trick lets you know everything about a person

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Several spotlights.
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Somewhere after the launch of iOS 11, Apple tweaked Spotlight search to be way more useful. Now, when you search for a person, you can trigger a sub-search that lets you find everything you have on them, from emails, to iMessages, to their contact details, through WhatsApp messages, to calendar events. Anywhere that your selected contact exists on your iPhone or iPad will show up in the list.

And then, you can narrow the results with a sub search.

How to get VIP email pushed to your iPhone instantly

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There's more than one way to "push" mail.
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We’d all rather that folks sent short messages via iMessage, or WhatsApp, or another civilized format that encourages brevity, but they insist on email. But what if your emails could pop up on your iPhone’s lock screen and be as easy to reply to as an iMessage. If you set it up right, your regular iPhone Mail app can do exactly that, using Push and VIP email. Let’s take a look.