Android: Yahoo may not be the first app you think of to manage your email, but the company's mobile apps are still pretty sweet. Now, you can sign up for the beta version of the Android app to get the most cutting edge features first.
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We've written a lot about how to make the most of Google's Gmail and Microsoft's Outlook services but it's time to shine a light on one of the lesser known email providers: Yahoo Mail. While its popularity lags behind its competitors, there are still millions of people who have a Yahoo Mail account. You may be one of them. Here are some tips on how to optimise your Yahoo Mail account.
Free web app OtherInbox wants to do the job you loathe doing daily — looking through all those semi-regular news alerts, coupons, account updates and other non-personal mail. Give it the keys to your inbox, and OtherInbox can summarise and prioritise your bacn.
More than 10,000 Hotmail passwords were posted online yesterday, but users of other popular webmail services haven't been let off the hook. A similar phishing attack exposed another 20,000 user/password combinations, so consider resetting your own login credentials.
Windows/Mac/Linux: If you're a fan of inline photos and links connecting the content of your emails to the rest of the web, new browser plug-in Zemanta adds a rich email composition tool to Firefox and Internet Explorer. As the video demonstrates, Zemanta reads your email (okay, a little weird) and suggests images, related links, and inline links to Wikipedia. If you sign up for an account with Zemanta, you can finely tune Zemanta to search for images in your Flickr account or search for and add your friends' content when available. Originally Zemanta was just a blogging tool (it supports Blogger, WordPress, and most other popular blogging services). Now the unobtrusive extension works with both Gmail and Yahoo mail. Using Zemanta is both fun and a little annoying. It's really cool to quickly and easily add images and links to your email, but it's also a little irritating to see the Zemanta branding show up next to everything you add. (Maybe it's just me? I don't like looking like a shill.) Still, if you're a rich email junkie, Zemanta is a great tool. Zemanta is a free download, works on all platforms with Firefox and with Internet Explorer.
Discovered a fun little feature in Yahoo Mail this week that made me wish for the same in Gmail: the Subject-O-Matique, a random subject line inserter. When you just can't think of the right subject for your message, click the subject button in the new version of Yahoo Mail to automatically fill in something cheeky or goofy. Hit the play button above to see some examples. The closest Gmail's got to this is its random signature experimental feature.
Great news for Yahoo Mail users: The big Y has stopped automatically including advertising taglines at the bottom of your email messages. About time!
Two features Yahoo Mail has that Gmail does not (officially, anyway)—unlimited storage and "AddressGuard" disposable addresses—make it the ideal solution for keeping an online repository of important documents. Blogger Bert Webb does just that. He scans paperwork like birth certificates, warranties, copies of insurance cards and tax documents emails them to a disposable Yahoo Mail address set up to automatically filters them into a "Docs" folder in his email account. Of course, using Gmail's "plus sign" trick and its virtually unlimited storage, you could do the same there, too. Turn your Yahoo Mail Into a Document Storage Lockbox!
Instantly look up addresses, search businesses, or add information to your contacts from content in your emails with Yahoo Mail Shortcuts. The Shortcuts feature, which can be tweaked within your settings, can read email addresses, URLs, phone numbers, calendar events, addresses, and "interesting picks," and then offers context-specific options for each shortcut type. For example, if Yahoo Mail recognises an address, you can view a map of that address in a quick, handy frame or add the address to an existing or new contact (the contact management features in Yahoo Mail are really to die for). Gmail already has similar integration with maps and calendars, but this kind of tighter integration—especially with the robust contact management—is the kind of thing that makes Gmail look bad next to the competition.
The Agency Byte blog has a post on 'scope creep' - why it happens and what you can do about it.
"Scope creep begins at the moment when your client asks for something outside of the scope of work for which youâ€™ve contracted (you do have a contract, right?). Naturally, theyâ€™re asking for this thing to be included at no extra cost. Actually, theyâ€™re probably not asking. Theyâ€™re probably acting like itâ€™s always been understood that this thing will be included. Duh."