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.
While iCloud is meant to be used mainly on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, times may arise when you'll need access to your mail or calendar from a public computer. Perhaps your iPhone is dead and you need to use a friend's computer, or you're on holiday and don't have mobile data but there is an internet cafe or terminal close by. Either way, you can quickly and easily access mail, contacts, calendars, and many of the other iCloud services from any web browser.
Any Mac running OS X Lion or later comes with iCloud support built right in. If you've already got an existing iCloud account or need to set one up, it's incredibly easy to get all your contacts, calendars, and your iCloud mail account linked up with your Mac.
If you're a Windows user, that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of the iCloud service. While Mac users may have it built right in, Apple also offers an iCloud Control Panel for Windows users that lets you manage some of your iCloud settings from your desktop, including Photo Stream, calendars, contacts, and more.
If you want to access your iCloud mail from a non-iOS, Windows, or Mac mail program, or with an alternate smartphone platform like BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone, etc. you'll need to set it up manually using the IMAP and SMTP standards. While it may not be as pretty, it will be functional, and once it's set up you'll have access to all your iCloud mail, wherever you are.
If you're running low on disk space on your Mac, especially SSD space, every extra bit can count. One of the places you can often scrape out a few extra megabytes or even gigabytes is Mail Downloads. Any attachments you open in Mail or Quick Look gets saved right to that folder. Chances are you don't need them, especially the old ones, and trashing them will free up some valuable space.
The Define option in the iPhone and iPad text selector popup gives you dictionary definitions for most common words. It's convenient because it can be accessed in only a couple of taps. But what if you're in England and the U.S. dictionary keeps coming up? What if you also speak Italian or Japanese or Chinese and want to access those definitions as well? What if you're traveling and want access to French? To save space Apple keeps additional dictionaries offline but you can easily add and remove additional dictionaries any time you want. That way you can have the languages you want right where you want them!
I've been on the hunt for the perfect cross-platform email setup ever since Mavericks made the native Mail app so awkward and unreliable. I've looked at the best alternative mail apps for Mac and done the same for both iPhone and iPad. As it turns out, Mailbox and Airmail play rather nicely together... with a little help.
When Apple released iOS 7 they included some tweaks to the Mail app including a way to customize message flags to suit your tastes. If you aren't a fan of the default flags that appear, there's now another option. Here's what it looks like and how to change it:
Google recently made some changes to Gmail and Google+ that lets anyone that has you on Google+ send you an email, even if they don't know your email address. While some of us may be okay with this, some of us may find it to be an invasion of privacy and quite frankly, a little creepy. Luckily, Google does give you a way to disable it. Here's how: