💻 KnowTechie's Weekly Download #21: I found the best Email tool

After years of searching, I think I find the best alternative to Gmail's Inbox

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Happy Sunday! As you all know, I have a love/hate relationship with email. I think everyone does.

I get about 200-300 emails a day. At one point, it was so bad that I had to hire an assistant to help me from drowning in the deep end of my inbox. Hi Pauline!

Last week, I introduced a service I was recently introduced to, and I have to say, it’s pretty amazing.

It’s called Inbox Zero, and literally three minutes after I hit send on the last newsletter, they introduced a new ‘Cold Email Blocker’ feature that essentially tells the app how to deal with new emails.

I've been using it for about a week, and it’s been an enormous help. Try it free here. I’m currently subscribed to the $19.99 Business Plan, but a cheaper and free plan is also available.

Now, I bring up Inbox Zero because, on my quest to find the best email tool, I recently stumbled into Shortwave, and folks, this is it.

Do any of you remember Inbox by Google? Well, if you didn’t, it was an alternative inbox client that Google made for power users and arguably one of the best email clients out there. Then, Google, being Google, shut the app down.

Everyone disliked that.

So, back to Shortwave. Shortwave is essentially Inbox. It’s even made by a group of ex-Googlers.

It organizes your inbox efficiently, bundles non-essential emails, and eliminates the stress of an unread count.

Available for $9/month, Shortwave aims to pick up where Google Inbox left off, offering a more streamlined, clutter-free email experience.

I’ve only been using it for less than a week, and I’ve never been excited to tackle my inbox—something I avoided like the plague. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes, but it’s been excellent so far.

If you want to learn more about Shortwave, check it out here.

Check out Sanebox

SaneBox was another one I tried, but my inbox almost gave it a run for its money. I might give it another shot because the idea sounds great.

Their trainable AI assistant identifies important emails and automatically organizes the rest to help you stay focused.

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Apple is finally making it easy for iPhone users to sideload apps: Apple is making significant changes to the App Store in Europe. iPhone users will now be able to download apps from third-party app stores, and developers can use their own payment systems for in-app purchases without paying Apple a fee. Apple is also opening up access to alternative browser engines, so browsers like Chrome and Firefox can use their own rendering engines instead of Apple's. These changes bring iOS closer to Android in terms of openness and make switching between the two operating systems easier - Read More

iOS 17.4: Apple continues work on AI-powered Siri and Messages features: Apple is working on new AI features for iOS 18, including an improved Siri. They're testing their own AI models against systems like ChatGPT to make sure they're accurate and helpful. Apple is also looking at ways to integrate AI into the Messages app. They're not planning to use OpenAI's models directly in iOS 18 but are using them for testing purpose - Read More

Arc Search combines browser, search engine, and AI into something new and different: Arc Search, a new iOS app, offers a unique way to search the web. Instead of providing a list of links, it creates a custom webpage with relevant information, including headlines, scores, key plays, and related articles. This AI-powered feature aims to combine the functions of a browser, search engine, chatbot, and website into a single platform. Read More.

Spotify accuses Apple of ‘extortion’ with new App Store tax: Spotify, a major critic of Apple, has criticized Apple's plan to comply with EU regulations, calling it a "farce." Spotify is particularly concerned about a new app installation fee that it sees as extortionate. It also objects to the 17% commission Apple will still charge developers for using third-party payment processors. Spotify argues that these fees will increase costs and hinder competition.

Fortnite and Epic Games Store to return to iOS in Europe: Fortnite is set to return to iOS after a four-year absence. This is due to Apple allowing apps to be installed from sources outside of its App Store, in compliance with the Digital Markets Act (DMA) in the European Union. Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, sees this as an opportunity to expand its presence in the gaming industry - Read More

Netflix hints at future price increases in shareholder letter: Netflix has been making headlines with its Q4 2023 earnings report, and while subscriber growth is exploding (in a good way), there’s a more pressing narrative for consumers: price increases and the looming retirement of the Basic plan - Read More

New Tesla update promises a human-like driving experience: Tesla just took a giant step in the self-driving car arena with the release of their latest Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta v12 update. This isn’t just any old software tweak; it’s a major pivot to a system that’s entirely powered by neural networks - Read More

Google Chrome gets three new experimental AI tools: Google has revealed that it will be incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) into the Chrome web browser to make it easier to use. These additions to Chrome are part of a wider move by Google to incorporate AI in its apps. The company has said that this is just the beginning - Read More

White House ‘alarmed’ by AI deepfakes of Taylor Swift: The White House is concerned about AI-generated deepfake videos featuring Taylor Swift. These videos manipulate her appearance and voice, raising alarm about the potential misuse of this technology.

Nomad launches premium Stand Qi2 for iPhone in all-black or white/silver: Nomad has released a new wireless charger called the Stand Qi2. It can charge Apple devices at 15 watts and comes in two colors: all-black or white/silver. It's made of glass and metal and has a built-in 6.6-foot USB-C cable. It costs $100 and is available now from Nomad's website - Read More.

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Alright folks, this is where I wrap it up. As always, my door is always open. Reply to this email and say hi. Always happy to talk shop.

-Kevin 

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