Email

Help us fix email (and maybe win a new iPhone in the process!)

Email sucks. There's too much of it, it never stops, and it's impossible to sort the messages you need from the ones you can ignore. But maybe we can fix it? We want to know more about where email is painful for you: take this survey and you could win $600 towards a new iPhone of your choice!

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Email is broken — help us fix it (and maybe win a new iPhone in the process!)

Email sucks. There's too much of it, it never stops, and it's impossible to sort the messages you need from the ones you can ignore. But maybe we can fix it? We want to know more about where email is painful for you: take this survey and you could win $600 towards a new iPhone of your choice!

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Sift offers four-way gesture sorting of your email

The newly-released Sift app for iPhone and iPad offers yet another gesture-based method for sorting through your emails. The app, which presents you with one email at a time offers you the option to swipe up, down, left, or right to trigger options including marking the email as read, keeping it, deleting it, adding a star and more. Think of it as Tinder, but for your email.

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Is iCloud Mail down for you?

Apple is reporting that iCloud Mail is out for some users. According to Apple's System Status page, the outage has been affecting users since just before noon Eastern today.

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How to set up Microsoft Outlook mail, calendar, contacts on iPhone and iPad

If Microsoft Outlook.com — Live or Hotmail if you're retro — is your mail, contacts, and calendar provider of choice, it's easy to set up and access it right on your iPhone or iPad. Microsoft might have taken a while, and gone through a lot of names and iterations, to get their online consumer services into the modern age, but what they've finally settled on is impressive. There's Exchange if you need ActiveSync. If you don't, there's Outlook.

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Darkmail Alliance wants to create newer, more private email standard to prevent snooping

Email providers Silent Circle and Lavabit are proposing a new email standard that would make it harder for governments to snoop. Strictly speaking, Darkmail, as the proposed standard is called, would keep individuals and governments from spying on email metadata. Traditional email can never be fully secured, as the standard requires some metadata to be unencrypted. The Darkmail Alliance, which right now consists only of Lavabit and Silent Circle, aims to get Darkmail off the ground, according to the Guardian:

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Latest update to Mailbox adds a portrait mode for iPad

A quick heads up for Mailbox users that the latest update that has been pushed out to the App Store brings portrait support for the iPad. Strangely, when Mailbox finally gained iPad support, it was only useable in landscape view, but that has now been rectified.

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Gmail update for iOS adds new inbox support and notification options

The new look Gmail inbox started rolling out to the web interface last week, and today's update to the iOS app brings it to your iPhone and iPad. We're not treated to a visual upgrade too, but then, the iOS app has had the slide-out drawer interface for some time now.

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Apple still opaquely filtering iCloud emails that contain spammy phrases

Apple has long been filtering/censoring email messages sent through their service, originally .Mac, then MobileMe, and now iCloud. Charitably, this could be viewed as just another layer of anti-spam, however the lack of transparency remains concerning. This issue was brought back into the spotlight when a Steven G., a developer of screenplay writing software, received a complaint from a customer who was having trouble delivering a script. Robert X. Cringely of Infoworld quotes the developer:

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Mailbox for iPhone launches, get your spot in line now

Mailbox, the new email app from Orchestra is now available in the App Store. Mailbox is an attempt to rethink email for mobile devices and allows you to organize and prioritize your email like a to-do list. You can set a time to be reminded about the email from a number of presets or your own custom reminder schedule.

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