App Recap: Edison Mail, Here Kitty!, Whisk, and Major App Updates

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In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted three new apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week.


New Apps

  • Email - Edison Mail (Free) - Popular mobile app Edison Mail is now available on Mac App Store for the very first time. With its fast and simple user interface, the app touts the ability to make your email experience both fast and better organized than ever before. Some of its notable features include the ability to block email read receipts, convenient shortcuts and gestures, and a built in AI powered search. This week, Mac users gained a new primary inbox which focuses on important emails and an option to mute email notifications from selected senders.
  • Here Kitty! (Free) - Here Kitty! is a new interactive game that will children will love to play while at home. The game works by hiding an iPhone face down in a good hiding spot. Children can then try to find the "Kitty" either by calling out for it or by clapping, and the "Kitty" will respond with a meow. The app also records the amount of time it took to find the "Kitty," so it can even be played competitively. In addition, a new character will join the game each Saturday, so kids will enjoy getting to meet a new friendly creature each week.


  • Whisk (Free) - Whisk is a web page editor with a live preview that updates as you type. The app, formerly named HyperEdit in its first version, was recently revived after several years and brought to the Mac App Store for the first time. Some of the app's main features include the ability to render HTML and PHP as typed, previewing to other browsers, and live HTML W3C-based validation. Whisk can be used for crafting HTML, writing blog posts, running and debugging JavaScript, creating entire websites, and more. Although the app is free to download, it is worth noting that the initial download only contains a document viewer mode and a 14 day trial of the full version, so users looking to gain access to all of the app's functionality must pay a one-time fee of $29.99.

App Updates

  • Google Drive - Google this week updated its Google Drive app with a new Privacy Screen feature that allows users to enable either Face ID or a passcode authentication whenever the app is opened on their device. The app gives users the options to activate the new Privacy Screen feature either immediately when the app is opened or 10 seconds, one minute, or 10 minutes later.
  • Microsoft Outlook - Microsoft this week updated its Outlook app with a new Ignore Conversations feature that allows users to remove repetitive multi-reply email threads from their inbox. Although the feature has been available on other devices for quite some time, the feature was just added to the Outlook app for iPhone and iPad.
  • Stack - Stack, a popular web browser, released version 3.0 of its browser this week. The update introduces a subscription based pro version of Stack, a full redesign of the sidebar, and more. Stack's isn't like a traditional web browser, as its main purpose is to separate web apps from less important web pages and organize them in one place to enhance efficiency.


  • Twitter - Although not a specific update, Twitter announced this week that it would be testing a new threaded conversations layout for some iOS and web users. Twitter mentioned that users who do see the change will notice new lines and indentations to make it clearer as to who is replying. Additionally, the change will allow for more of a conversation to be displayed at once.

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Morgenland

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Never tried Apple's Mail? There's nothing missing.
Muting email notifications from selected senders is always a hassle in any IT company. This is never easy to do in reality, therefore Apple has deliberately not integrated such an idea.
 
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Well given that they were subscription based over 4 months ago and they've still pushed out v3 I'm not so sure your doom and gloom is on point.

And no, I have never used Stack not do I intend to at $4 a month.
It’s very functional without a subscription. Only “pro” features are subscription. I started using it last week and like it a lot.
 

TiggrToo

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It’s very functional without a subscription. Only “pro” features are subscription. I started using it last week and like it a lot.
Oh I'm sure it is, however I've a tendency to want to upgrade my apps because I'm that sort of addictive crazy cat. So it's just easier not to start down that road!
 

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Is it a limitation imposed by Apple that apps can’t use their own notification sounds? I liked Edison Mail, didn’t like the default apple notification sound and couldn’t find a way to change it
 

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Is it a limitation imposed by Apple that apps can’t use their own notification sounds? I liked Edison Mail, didn’t like the default apple notification sound and couldn’t find a way to change it
Spark email has a custom sound I'm pretty sure?
 

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I liked Edison Mail, didn’t like the default apple notification sound and couldn’t find a way to change it
Edison has a few different sound notifications.
In app Edison: Settings: Notifications: Sound: Choose a setting.
 
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TPadden

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Another notable feature of the Edison app is that it scans your mailbox and sells your data to the highest bidder ...
Edison also allows you to turn Data Sharing off.

In app: Settings: Manage Privacy: Opt-out to Data Sharing
 

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Never tried Apple's Mail? There's nothing missing.
Muting email notifications from selected senders is always a hassle in any IT company. This is never easy to do in reality, therefore Apple has deliberately not integrated such an idea.
Except the fact that it is constantly broken when trying to print and it hangs on "loading remote content"
 
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Edison also allows you to turn Data Sharing off.

In app: Settings: Manage Privacy: Opt-out to Data Sharing
Even if that does what they claim it does, they still scan your mailbox for their "assistance" features. All your mails go through their servers, and they store your email account password as well. They are essentially a man-in-the-middle with full control over your account. And they have been caught doing shady things before.

Given how many things today depend on your email (including many other online accounts, banking etc.), you have to have a lot of trust to give what is essentially a marketing company complete access like that. And all for some gimmicky assistance features. Personally I don't understand how anyone would consider this a reasonable trade-off.
 

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Personally I don't understand how anyone would consider this a reasonable trade-off.
I know most won't read past the headline but the story details:

"Return Path, Edison, and other developers of apps that work with Gmail and similar email services don't appear to have misused customer information" and "In a written statement, Google said that it provides data to outside developers who have been vetted and who have been granted permission by users to access their email."


...I don't understand how anyone would consider that it is any less of a reasonable trade-off than they've already made to Apple, Microsoft, or Google. Though the NSA already has it all ... probably the Chinese too 🤓😢😭

It's too late for paranoia! 👀
 
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I know most won't read past the headline but the story details:

"Return Path, Edison, and other developers of apps that work with Gmail and similar email services don't appear to have misused customer information"
And you coveniently cut off the second part of the sentence:

"but many customers are likely to be concerned about the fact that employees at some email companies are reading their emails"
and "In a written statement, Google said that it provides data to outside developers who have been vetted and who have been granted permission by users to access their email."
Edison does not need Google's permission, since they don't use their offical API access. If you use their app, they can scan your mailbox regardless of what email provider you use.
It's too late for paranoia! 👀
Corporate surveillance is very real and has nothing to do with paranoia. Incredible that after all the breaches and scandals like Cambridge Analytica some are still trying to downplay the risks.
 

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Corporate surveillance is very real and has nothing to do with paranoia.
You conveniently misunderstood my post. We agree, if you are using email or the internet someone may be surveiling it no matter what app is used.
 
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Even if that does what they claim it does, they still scan your mailbox for their "assistance" features. All your mails go through their servers, and they store your email account password as well. They are essentially a man-in-the-middle with full control over your account. And they have been caught doing shady things before.

Given how many things today depend on your email (including many other online accounts, banking etc.), you have to have a lot of trust to give what is essentially a marketing company complete access like that. And all for some gimmicky assistance features. Personally I don't understand how anyone would consider this a reasonable trade-off.
Exactly, It's data mining your entire inbox. Remember if a product is free you have to ask yourself how they're making money. Just like with Google you might actually be the product. Of course if you're using a free email service like Google or Yahoo then your emails are already being used for marketing 🤷‍♂️ 😂
 
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