Delete Junk Message When in Mail App

Not sure why Yahoo Mail doesn’t allow you to block spam in IMAP, but in OS X’s Mail App you can set the preferences to delete spam upon closing Mail App.

With the Mail App open select Preferences, then highlight the account and choose Mailbox Behaviors and under the Junk option select “Delete junk messages when: Quitting Mail”

Once you close out of Mail App the Junk messages will delete. You can use this setting with other email providers. I use it also have set this in  iCloud.

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iOS 6.1: Apple ID Security

The latest version of iOS, iOS 6.1 is out and ready for download. It includes a list of new improvements and bug fixes. I completed an “over the air” update.  After rebooting from the update and clicking through a number of screens the following appeared:

[quote]Protect your Apple ID by creating new security questions and adding a recovery email address.[/quote]

I am not sure if this was related to iCloud, but because I had iCloud set up on my iPhone I proceeded to set three security questions and answers to the questions.  I was then prompted to add a recovery email.  The email was sent to the email address I requested with the following:

alternativeEmail

One thing I noticed was my iPhone repeatedly prompted me for my password for my Apple ID until I actually verified the address via Apple’s website. I believe the new improvement found in iOS 6.1 may result as a response to the breach of security experienced by Matt Honan in August 2012 regarding his Apple ID.  This in my opinion is a step in the right direction for Apple.

Helpful How To: My Gmail iOS IMAP Solution

I started using Gmail full time about a year ago. I decided to use Gmail over iCloud for many different reasons but the main reasons were as follows:
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  • Gmail Filters –  Filters allow for a convenient way to filter wanted and unwanted email for better management of email throughout the day.
  • Web Interface – The web client is great when a Mac isn’t readily available and the iOS device just isn’t enough.
  • Google’s 2-Step Authentication – This is the gold standard at the moment for security in email.

[/unordered_list]I used my iCloud email account as my main account and managed email with Gmail. This was a result of having an iCloud email address that I wanted versus not having Gmail address I wanted. Unfortunately @gmail.com I wanted was not available when I received my Gmail beta invite so many years ago.

Before I move on, here is a brief explanation of how I managed email from iCloud via Gmail.
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  • Forward the iCloud account to the Gmail account, this could also be any email account
  • Go to Gmail Account Settings
  • Click on the Accounts and Import Tab
  • In the Send mail as field add the iCloud email address (follow the steps to verify)
  • Set the iCloud email as the default email address

[/unordered_list]With this setup I would receive all iCloud email via my Gmail Account and within the Web Interface when I sent an email it would show sent from iCloud using Gmail.com. I was able to set up signatures for each email address. Additionally, I added several other email addresses to the set up, but left the iCloud as the default, but I could always choose to send from any of the addresses from an email using the drop down function from a new message in the web interface.

All was well until Apple updated to iOS 5 and added the Gmail option in the new accounts selection sending email became much more of a chore as the default email became my Gmail account on my iPhone.  Though I had set up an iCloud account on the iPhone as the default email account, every email response I sent, the From email account defaulted to the Gmail address.   I had to manually change the from email each time I was responding from an email sent to the iCloud account.

I brought this problem to my friend Joshua Brauer as I had nearly given up on my set up and was looking to revert back to iCloud and this is the solution he provided.

[quote]You can change this behavior, but it’s not immediately obvious. First you need to setup Gmail using an IMAP account not Gmail. Second you need the comma trick to put multiple email addresses associated with your Gmail account. (And of course you need Gmail setup to send “from” that address but sounds like you have that covered. If you do this it works like OS X Mail.app where it responds ‘from’ the address it was “To:” but you have to have that address on your account list.[/quote]

Following the instructions noted below I set up my Gmail using the IMAP.  I then used Notepad App in iOS and typed in my iCloud email followed by a comma ([highlight]example@icloud.com,[/highlight]).   I copied what I just typed and then went to Settings and then Mail, Contacts and Calendars on my iPhone.  I then opened the Gmail account and clicked on the Gmail address and pasted the iCloud address.  Now when I send a or reply to an email my default email address is my iCloud address.   All is well again.

How to set up a Gmail Account on iOS using IMAP.

Here are the step by step instructions from the above video courtesy of iPhone Faq:

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  1. Enable IMAP in your Gmail account settings.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Mail.
  4. Tap Add Account.
  5. Tap Other. (Note: don’t tap Gmail; if you do, you’ll set up POP rather than IMAP. We are aware of this issue and are currently working to make setting up Gmail more intuitive for the iPhone.)

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  • The IMAP tab is highlighted
  • Host Name is imap.gmail.com
  • User Name is your full Gmail address, including ‘@gmail.com’
  • For Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP), Host Name is smtp.gmail.com
  • Tap Save.

[/unordered_list]And you’re done. You can verify your Advanced settings by tapping Settings > [your Gmail IMAP Account] > Advanced.

Incoming Settings
Use SSL: ON
Authentication: password
Server Port: 993

Outgoing Settings
Use SSL: ON
Authentication: Password
Server Port: 587

Why iPhone Works for Me

I have been thinking lately why I choose the iPhone over an Android Phone. I mean these Android phones are every bit advanced as the iPhone and in the end complete the task originally assigned, accept and receive calls.  So I decided to make one of those lists that compared iOS to Android.

The Lists

The easiest was the applications, but as I began to dig I come with a list of 10 of my most used 3rd party applications:

  • Twitter for iPhone
  • Facebook for iPhone
  • The Weather Channel App
  • Reeder for iPhone
  • Camera+
  • Flixster
  • FCC Test
  • Sol Free
  • Stitcher Radio

Now there are a few more applications, but the 10 above are the most used that I would miss. Of the 10, only 2 were not available in the Android Market Place, but that didn’t seem to be a compelling reason for why I chose the iPhone.

I then looked at items such as cases, Android Phones offered, cellular network and so forth. I still concluded that neither was more important than the next. Granted I learned the T-Mobile data speeds were much faster than that of AT&T on 3G, but again concluded that it was just a matter of time before that was no longer an issue.

The Revelation

Then after reading the 37 Signals article, Ten Apps is All I Need, a great point was made by the author Niall Larkin regarding iPhone.

“It’s my favorite piece of technology and has been for years. Do you know why? Because Apple nailed the basics. Safari, Camera, iPod, Clock, Weather, Photos, Messages, Mail, and Maps are the apps that I use 95% of the time. Those are the ones that made me buy the phone and stick with it.”

I had to agree with this comment, but what separates the iPhone from Android for me is the iPod function. Sure Safari, Mail, Maps, and etc are great, but they don’t function any better than their Android counter parts. The iPod is what makes the iPhone stand out from Android.

It’s an iPod, a Phone and Internet Communicator

Before the iPhone, the iPod was Apple’s dominate product. Let’s face it without iPod the iPhone may never have come to be. I use my iPod App each and every day. I use it when I come to work, I use it at work and I use it coming home from work. On the weekends I have it connected to my iLuv or my stereo.

Though only 8GB in capacity I am able to enjoy my full collection of iTunes while at home via iTunes Home Share and on the 3G network with applications such as the PogoPlug App. The icing on the cake is that it provides me cell phone and access to the Internet.

But Android Can Play Music Too

Android may have a music player, but in my world without access to iTunes it simply is not worth the headache just as having a typical MP3 player is not worth the headache. When I connect my iPhone to my iMac all my music is synced, my pictures can be imported to iPhoto, a backup is made and I am on my way. No mounting of device, no dragging & dropping, and no lost data like with Android. In the immortal words of Steve Jobs “It just works.”

The experience will become even better once iCloud and iOS 5 are launched this fall. With Music Match I will have all my music in the cloud and will be able to retrieve it at any moment, without having to go through the trouble of uploading it to services like Amazon Cloud and Google Music Beta.

In the end the reason I wanted the iPhone in the first place is the same reason I will continue with the device, it is my iPhone, the one device for music, Internet and apps

iCloud: More Cloud, Less Me and You Can Do That?

I am sitting in the local Fuddruckers setting up for the monthly Boise Mac User Group meeting when the waitress delivers my chocolate shake.She asks if we were the “Apple” people.I respond yes.She presents me with her iPhone asking why a photo she tried to upload to Facebook keeps presenting her with an error message.

Being “Apple” people I begin to troubleshoot.My first thought is to close down the Facebook App and start over.It is here I discovered running on this iPhone were close to 50 applications.I ask if she had ever closed out of an Application.The response, “you can do that?”

This is a common response to this question.So when Apple made all of the new announcements this past WWDC 2011, I wondered for whom the announcements were attended.Better yet, how many end users will understand 1/10th of the changes heading their way this fall with the release of iCloud and iOS 5?


More Cloud

On June 6, 2011 Apple presented iCloud to the world, declaring it a replacement for MobileMe, admitting it was “not our finest hour”.Apple developers were treated to a list of new features amongst them were iTunes in the Cloud and Photo Stream.

With iTunes in the Cloud users can access each and every song purchased from iTunes for free.For an extra $24.99 annually, users were provided Music Match.Using an iOS 5 on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation), iPad, or iPad 2, or a Mac computer with OS X Lion or a PC with Windows Vista or Windows 7 Apple will provide a Music Match subscriber access to songs not purchased via iTunes in 256k quality. The service itself limits a subscriber to 25,000 songs, but iTunes purchases do not count against the limit.

Missing from the service was an iCloud player to compete with Amazon Cloud player and Google Music Beta, both providing Android Apps to play music.However, with the release of iCloud coming in the fall Apple has plenty of time to make changes.In the meantime Apple updated both iOS and OS iTunes applications to allow the push of purchases to all devices.It should be pointed out this does require the user to activate the feature within iTunes, something maybe my Fuddruckers waitress won’t know she can do.

Photo stream is another new/change feature. Photo Stream holds your last 1000 photos, with the option to create albums.All the photos coming through Photo Stream are kept on your PC or Mac.This makes a ton of sense considering my recent purchase of a new iMac with 2TB of storage along with an external hard drive making me very happy.

Essentially Photo Stream replaces MobileMe Gallery, well sort of.I am not sure how Apple will provide users to share their photo with family and friends as they do currently.One thought I have is with the use of Facebook and Flickr, Apple may have simply given up on this service.The keynote addressed the number of photos taken by an iOS device currently Flickr’s service, which is an admission that Galleries is not that popular.

Remains of the Day

iCloud will continue to store your contacts, bookmarks, email, calendar and documents.It will just do it in a different way.It will cost the user nothing.Additionally, iCloud will backup items and iTunes will allow you to download your purchased apps and music a not additional charge.The user will also receive 5GB of storage.

Are these iCloud features going to better than the current free services offered by the likes of Google, Yahoo or Microsoft?With Gmail I get 10GB of storage. I can set up Google Drive for my documents and of course can set up contacts and calendars.Nothing to big hear but it is enough of change MobileMe subscribers will notice, but is it enough to bring new customers?  With no ads, please sign me up for some new accounts.

Less Me

Lost in the announcement regarding moving from MobileMe to iCloud was what will happen to iDisk, iWeb and the price for extra (if any) storage.Currently for my $99 I am given 20GB of online storage for my email, bookmarks, iCal, file uploads and web space.

As mentioned before iCloud will be free with 5GB of storage.There was no mention of some useful features such as iWeb website hosting.This past Monday came word from Steve Job’s iPhone that indeed iWeb was going away based on the emailed question.I would point out that Steve said “Yep” to the number of questions.Users of iWeb can upload their site via FTP to a web host, but it comes with a cost of another service, however considering the cost of hosting to a MobileMe yearly subscription one could save.

The other useful information not mentioned was the possibility of additional storage.I would be surprised if come this fall that Apple isn’t selling additional iCloud storage.How could they sell stockholders on the idea that “we stopped selling MobileMe for $99 a year to offer its main features and then some for free?”I suspect that Apple will find a way to continue collecting the $99, while also collecting even more from iCloud.

Add iOS 5 to the Mix

Getting back to my waitress from Fuddruckers.Adding iCloud to the mix with iOS 5 may on the outside appear very simple to those in attendance and us Apple Fan Boys and Girls.I do wonder what this means to the typical “I only have an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad” user.

Listening to my list of Podcasts this week leads me to get excited about the announcements, but at the same time think wow did Apple complicate things?There are enough changes in iOS 5 that will cause a lot of users eyes to become glazed over.There is an interesting article from MacRumor that over 50% of iPhone users visiting the Genius Bar have never connected their device to a computer. There is the PC free idea for iOS 5 combined with iCloud connecting to a PC isn’t needed, but if you think about the fact that people weren’t smart enough to connect to a PC to begin with, what else will the not do?  It is clear to me the new features are aimed at the Fuddruckers’ waitress to make things easier.However, I am sure you will continue to hear “you can do that?”