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The best e-mail apps on Android

The best e-mail apps on Android

E-mail is dead. Or some would like to claim. But despite the prevalence of instant messaging, social media, and services like Slack, e-mail remains the backbone of communication, especially within and between organizations and businesses. And so it pays to make the e-mail experience as painless as possible, whether on the desktop or, and most especially, on mobile.

While iOS users might be satisfied (or not) with their Apple-provided Mail app, the Android world is teeming with e-mail apps, some more notable than most. To take the drudgery out of picking out the choicest ones, we present here 8 of the best and most interesting e-mail apps on Android.

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Yahoo now accused of locking users into Yahoo Mail

Yahoo now accused of locking users into Yahoo Mail

The year is ending terribly for Samsung, but it won’t be alone. Yahoo is on the same boat after it admitted to have “assisted” the US government in spying on its Yahoo Mail users. Matters have gotten so bad that Verizon, who is acquiring Yahoo, is looking into slashing its price by more than half. It isn’t surprising that there would be users eager to jump ship, but reports are coming in claiming that Yahoo is making it nearly impossible to do so. How? By “temporarily” disabling Yahoo Mail’s auto-forwarding feature.

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Encrypted ProtonMail opens service to public, mobile apps ready

Encrypted ProtonMail opens service to public, mobile apps ready

The fight between Apple and the Justice Department over the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone has once again put the spotlight on security, privacy, and encryption. The last time that was a hot topic was nearly 3 years ago at the height of the "Snowden Files". Born out of that very same controversy, Swiss encrypted email provider ProtonMail has seen it fit to finally open up its service to the general public, removing the invite-only barricade for individuals and groups to sign up for an end-to-end encrypted secure e-mail service.

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Inbox by Gmail finally gets Smart Reply on the Web

Inbox by Gmail finally gets Smart Reply on the Web

Inbox has always been a rather odd beast. It is made by the very same people who still develop and run Gmail but isn't exactly replacing it. At least, not yet. Inbox by Gmail, as it is formally known, is instead aiming to replace the way we do emails. It might be a lofty goal, but not everyone uses Inbox. Those still use email traditionally and, more often than not, you also have to reply, traditionally. With Smart Replies, now available also on the Web, you can at least be, well, smart about it.

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Ray Tomlinson, “Father of e-mail”, passes away at 74

Ray Tomlinson, “Father of e-mail”, passes away at 74

As much as it has been blamed for productivity problems and as much as many now wish to kill it, the world would have probably been a very different place had e-mail not existed. And so it is with a heavy heart that the technology community who owes much of its existence and growth to e-mail bid farewell to Ray Tomlinson, credited for having created e-mail. And even if e-mail does become simply a piece of history, it, as well as Tomlinson, will always be present in the mindsets and conventions we take for granted to day, like the now ubiquitous "@" sign.

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Yahoo wants you to use Gmail inside Yahoo Mail

Yahoo wants you to use Gmail inside Yahoo Mail

E-mail inception? That seems to be what Yahoo is aiming for here. Or perhaps simply a last ditch effort to drive up traffic inside its email service by tying it with other email services. To be fair, Yahoo actually added the ability to add other email accounts to Yahoo Mail last October, but it is only now that it is turning on that switch for Gmail, trying to sell the idea that using Gmail inside Yahoo Mail will be a win-win situation for users. If that even makes sense.

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Slack’s Posts 2.0 is trying to kill email this time

Slack’s Posts 2.0 is trying to kill email this time

Tech companies have a love-hate relationship with email. The decades old communication tool has been the bedrock of many businesses and startups but it has also been the subject, no pun intended, of many attempts to kill it. Microsoft has a new app that turns email into something akin to non-instant messaging and even Google has Inbox to make email feel less like email. Now team communication software Slack has just announced version 2.0 of its Posts feature, which, for all intents and purposes, can be an email killer.

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Microsoft’s Flow “micro e-mail” app gets some screenshots

Microsoft’s Flow “micro e-mail” app gets some screenshots

It was only yesterday that news broke out that Microsoft might be working on a new email experiment simply called Flow. Now, we're getting some more details as well as some masked screenshots. This e-mail that isn't e-mail app doesn't resemble e-mail at all but behaves like a chat app. And now it seems that form really does follow function. That said, it's simply a wolf in sheep's clothing, so to speak, with the e-mail-centric Exchange server said to be the muscle behind Flow, at least in this testing phase.

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Microsoft’s secret Flow app sounds like a messenger app

Microsoft’s secret Flow app sounds like a messenger app

Microsoft's Outlook mobile app, basically a rebranded app from newly acquired Accompli, is just starting to take root on Android and iOS. There is no rule, however, that says Microsoft can't start dreaming up and working on the next e-mail killer. A hidden download page for a certain "Flow" app for the iPhone was just discovered, and with it a description of what Redmond might be planning for its next stab at bringing its own brand productivity and communication to mobile platforms that aren't its own.

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Outlook Preview for move has some security misfeatures

Outlook Preview for move has some security misfeatures

It seems that Microsoft might be developing a habit of releasing good news to be followed by the nasty fine print. It happened with Windows 10 and seems to be happening now with its shiny Outlook app for iOS and Android. Though still in preview version, the app has been discovered to have some glaring security practices would be a security and privacy nightmare, especially for companies whose employees might take a liking to the app. And while there's still time to address these issue, it might not be a very good first step for Microsoft.

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Less.Mail saves you from routine replies using AI

Less.Mail saves you from routine replies using AI

Remember Elon Musk's ominous warning about artificial intelligence bringing about humanity's doom? While we are probably still far, far away from AI-mageddon, our lives, at least our digital ones, are increasingly becoming dependent on AI in one form or another, from the machine learning buried deep beneath search engines, to the more visible, or rather audible, manifestations in Google Now and Siri. Now, there's one more to join that group. Less.Mail is a new app that uses artificial intelligence to let you accept appointments or cancel dates.

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Yahoo Mail app now tracks your flights, event info

Yahoo Mail app now tracks your flights, event info

Yahoo is announcing some changes to the Yahoo mail app today, bringing in some features that will remind you of Google’s Inbox. Yahoo’s latest update rolls in cards that will tell you about travel plans, and even lets you get real-time info about possible flight delays. If you are attending an event, you might even get event details held in place under the “Today” tab. Best of all, the Yahoo Mail app may also give you directions to the airport or your event’s venue.

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