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A Busy Baby Boomer's Life

A day in the life of a very busy baby boomer—and the apps that help her get things done.

Weather  Channel MaxiNewsAlbert Einstein was once asked how many feet are in a mile. He answered, “I don’t know. Why should I fill my head with things like that when I could look them up in any reference book in two minutes?” Like Einstein, I’d rather not keep everything in my head either. Unlike Einstein, I don’t have to look it up in a book—I’ve got an iPhone in my pocket! 


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True Push GMail Arrives on iPhone

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Push GMail notifications have arrived for the iPhone. While not a true Apple application like we might expect by now, a new App Store application named GPush fills the bill for GMail addicts.

For a mere $.99, you can install GPush and receive notifications when new mail arrives to your GMail account. Of course, if Apple does implement true push notifications in the near future, this app will be short lived. However, for those of you who have been waiting and really, really need to know when email arrives as it arrives, GPush is a simple and affordable solution.



Zooming in and out on e-mail messages

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You can use the same pinching gestures and double-taps used in Safari to zoom in and out on e-mail messages.

Keep templates of common responses

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 If you use your iPhone for business, you may have to respond to the same question or request over and over again. In that case, you will want to keep a copy or template of each response so you don’t have to keep writing it out. Unfortunately, you can’t use the draft procedure described above to keep copies of common responses. Every time you open, finish, and send a draft, it disappears from the Draft folder. However, there are a couple of workarounds:

Save drafts of common e-mail messages

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 If you’re working on an e-mail message, but decide you want to finish it at a later time, you can save it as a draft. With the message open, hit Cancel >Save and it will be saved to your Draft folder. When you want to send it, tap on it in the drafts folder, finish it, and hit Send.

Resend a sent e-mail message

Even though there is no Resend button on the iPhone, there is a workaround. Open the Sent folder in Mail and select the message you want to resend. Then tap the folder button on the bottom taskbar (second from the left) and then the Drafts folder. This places the message in the Drafts folder. From there, you can open it up, enter an address, and send it again.

Opening e-mail attachments

If you get an attachment with an e-mail, it will appear at the bottom of the message, with the file-type icon, title of the attachment, and file size. Tapping on it will open it full-screen, and you can zoom in and out and scroll around on it. Note that you can only open and view Word, Excel, PDF, and graphics files-you cannot edit them.

Get a Yahoo mail account for real-time delivery

You can set up a free Yahoo mail account and get real-time e-mail delivery, also known as "push e-mail". This means that when you get a new message, it will show up on your iPhone as it arrives. There is nothing you have to do to set up this feature-it is done automatically. You'll know that you have new mail by glancing at the Mail icon on your Home screen to see if there is a circled number in the upper-right corner, indicating how many new messages you have waiting. You'll also hear the "You've got mail" sound.

Work with your IMAP e-mail offline

IMAP e-mail accounts (such as Gmail and Hotmail) keep all of your e-mail on online servers, which means that you can't delete messages or read them unless you are online. Fortunately, you can set up your iPhone/iPod touch to copy your IMAP messages onto the device so that you can work with them offline. Here's how you do it:

Live links make life easier

Phone numbers, e-mail and Web addresses, and street addresses that appear in the body of an e-mail or text message are linked to the appropriate application on the iPhone. This allows you to…

  • Tap on a phone number to place a call.
  • Tap on an e-mail address to compose and send an e-mail.
  • Tap on a Web address to open a Web page.
  • Tap on a street address to see it in Maps.

 

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