Instagram breach results in up to 6 million users' phones and email adresses being sold for 10 bucks a pop

If you’ve been on the internet in the past, say, five years or so, you’ve undoubtedly at some point been the target of a request to enable two-factor authentication for some online service. And while giving away your phone number to a random corporation doesn’t sound like the best idea ever, this is one of the best ways to protect your accounts against unauthorized third parties.

But it seems that even a huge tech giant like Facebook has a bit of a trouble with not just giving away users’ private info — a report from Variety has just highlighted …


Apple CEO Tim Cook takes a firm stand against racism in an email to all employees

Apple chief executive Tim Cook took a firm stand against racism in an email to all employees. The email comes after the Charlottesville tragedy, where white supremacists clashed with anti-racist groups. A few hours later, one rallygoer roared his Dodge Chrysler at a crowd of pedestrians, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. A state police helicopter monitoring the rally crashed a few hours later, resulting in the death of two state troopers. All of this, called for a response by the highest officials and a response came, just not the one that …

Download this: Astro's email app comes with a built-in assistant

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No matter what line of work you’re in, there’s a good chance you could use a little (okay, a lot) less email in your life.

Enter Astro, which won’t let you ditch email for good (sadly), but it will help make overflowing inboxes more manageable. 

The app has just about all the features you’d expect from an email client — priority inbox, customizable swipes and notifications, the ability to “snooze” emails for later — and then some. The app has a dizzying feature set that includes email tracking (to keep tabs on who actually opens your messages), scheduling, custom VIP lists, and integrations with Slack and Amazon’s Echo. Read more…

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EasilyDo changes name to Edison, adds cool AI features to Email app

Back in February, we took a look at Email by EasilyDo — an awesome smart email app, which makes things easier with customizable swipe gestures, easy unsibscribing from unwanted spam mail, algorithms that recognize shipping numbers or travel arrangements straight from the emails, and more.

Now, EasilyDo has changed its name to Edison Software and to promote its new, smart self, it has pushed a major update for the Email app — one that includes smart assistance features.

For one, it adds a new Smart Reply feature. Now, this doesn’t list an endless number of replies to pick from. Instead, …

Why no one has 're-invented' email yet

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You may remember the great tech crisis of 2014: Email was broken! We were getting so overwhelmed by the deluge of messages flooding our inboxes that we were missing more of the important ones. Our inboxes had evolved from helpful, at-times-cheery (“You’ve got mail!”) tools into overstuffed lockers of digital dread.

I’m not talking about about spam, either. That problem was more or less solved in the late 2000s with better filtering. But as email evolved to become the primary method of “asynchronous messaging” — basically, messages you can get to later — it began to include every newsletter, deal offer, message, bank statement, receipt, and notification that we, in some way, asked for. Read more…

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AOL/Verizon launch their new Alto email client for Android and iOS

This morning, AOL/Verizon launched a new email client for iOS and Android called Alto Mail. The app allows you to see email from all of your accounts in one place. For example, email you receive on your AOL, Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo Mail, Office365, iCloud and Exchange accounts will be easily found on Alto Mail. Alto will divide your mail automatically into different categories; this allows you to scroll through lists of attachments and images, and you can easily find messages that came from people on your contacts list.

Thanks to the native client’s Dashboard feature which is integrated …

How to fix your chaotic nightmare of an email inbox

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We’ve all been there. Missing that one important email because your inbox is cluttered with garbage. 

But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

Thankfully, there are numerous tricks you can use to make sure that you see the emails you want to see, when you want to see them. While the specifics of your digital streamlining will vary depending on your email provider of choice, that’s OK! We’re here to break it all down for you, nice and easy like. 

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Google’s Gmail offers up numerous options to flag important incoming emails, and even employs one of them by default. The default flag is called an “importance marker,” and it’s slapped on an email after Google’s fancy algorithms have used a variety of factors to determine that it’s worth giving a damn about.  Read more…

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Google's Inbox adds new feature that disables notifications except for "high priority" email


You might recall Google’s Inbox app. Originally offered by invitation only, the app helps organize your email inbox (hence its moniker) and bundles similar messages. This allows users to delete a ton of emails they don’t want, with a single swipe. Emails can be snoozed and returned to your inbox when you are ready to read and/or reply to a specific message. The app is designed to work best with Gmail.

Google has added a new feature to some users of Inbox that allows them to disable notifications on emails except for those considered “high priority.” The feature can be toggled on or off …

Before email, there was V-mail: The WWII program that scanned letters onto microfilm

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Shortly after entering World War II, the United States military found that shipping and delivering immense volumes of mail to and from servicemen overseas would be a challenge, especially given the need to reserve cargo space for critical weapons and supplies.

The solution, based on the British Airgraph Service, was called Victory Mail — V-Mail for short.

The Eastman Kodak-designed service launched on June 15, 1942 and became the primary method of communication between soldiers on the front lines and family at home.

A V-mail letter would be written on a piece of standardized stationery, then photographed and transferred onto a roll of microfilm. Upon reaching its destination, the letter would be blown back up to a readable size and printed. Read more…

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Mike Pence wants an apology after the AP publishes second lady's email address

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Vice President Mike Pence’s email controversy is growing. 

Pence is demanding the Associated Press take down the private email address of his wife, Karen, after the AP published it, in a report detailing how the Pences used private email addresses to carry out official business for years when Mike Pence was the governor of Indiana. 

Mike Pence believes the AP owes his wife an apology. 

Last night the @AP published my wife’s private email address, violating her privacy and our security…

— Vice President Pence (@VP) March 4, 2017 Read more…

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