I’m trying not to go all Gollum on the iPhone X but “me wants it” – it’s a shame it’s not available until 3rd November but I suppose that will give my carrier time to get their act together.

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Mail appsComments

Ever since Mailbox was shuttered by Dropbox I’ve been trying to find the “perfect” email client.

I spent some time alternating between Airmail and Polymail on my phone, via the likes of Spark and Newton, but settled on Email by Easilydo (now Edison Mail) as it was close to the standard iOS mail app but with proper support for the vagaries of Gmail.

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Mail apps

It was always going to be too early for Apple to announce anything about automation at WWDC. We’re probably looking at iOS 12 before the Workflow acquisition starts to bear any native fruit.

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Hop: first impressions

Hop claims to transform the email experience: can it live up to the hype or does the execution fall short of the promise?

HopA number of mobile applications are attempting to reinvigorate our use of email; AOL’s web-based client Alto sought to improve the experience with better categorisation and easy access to all attachments (but in an interface that, at times, looked strangely reminiscent of old versions of Lotus Notes) while Mailbox aimed to help us to power towards inbox zero on iOS.

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Hop: first impressions

Waiting for iOS7.Comments

iOS7 bannerWe are just hours away from the WWDC keynote during which we expect the big iOS7 reveal and the rumour mill continues to turn about a possible Jony Ive inspired redesign.

I think we can all agree that iOS needs a new coat of paint, or at least a bit of a touch up, but that should not be the primary focus of the new version and we will be doing ourselves a disservice if we become blinded by the emperor’s new clothes.

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Waiting for iOS7.

Google acquires Sparrow and a paid Twitter alternative?

Rather than rewrite full posts, here are a few recent items that have been posted on Google+.  Rather than rewrite full posts, here are a few recent items that have been posted on Google+.

The news that Google acquired the Mac and iOS mail application Sparrow caused a mixed reaction with many feeling let down, or even betrayed, by the company for selling up considering the news that the app will not receive any new features and, effectively, be left out to pasture.

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Google acquires Sparrow and a paid Twitter alternative?

The mobile experience – it’s no longer just about the phone.

As mobile devices become more complex the trend is for applications to provide more data automatically. Google is moving in this direction already but will Apple follow suit?

CloudiOS6, the latest version of Apple’s mobile software and currently at beta 3, has a number of parallels with the recently launched Android Jelly Bean in that it initially seems like a minor revision but there are a number of tweaks and small features that you would miss if reverting to the previous version of the OS.

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The mobile experience – it’s no longer just about the phone.

Apple Maps, Waze, life with iOS 6 and the ‘social gap’.

iOS 6Rather than rewrite full posts, here are a few recent items that have been posted on Google+.

I am giving myself a week with iOS 6 to see how things go. It is not intended as a tear-down of all the new functionality but, instead, an honest account of my reactions while I use the new OS beta. Once the week is up I will downgrade back to 5.1.1 to see what functionality I miss. You can read the first three days here:

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Apple Maps, Waze, life with iOS 6 and the ‘social gap’.