Gary Bacon

iCloud Email Out of Control? Sanebox

I’ve had my Apple email address since it was Dot Mac. Then it became Mobile Me, and now it is called iCloud.

That’s — so many different aliases, domains, etc. It ends up being a history of junk emails.

On top of that, I’m tied to my Apple email address because it’s now your AppleID.

As that email grows out of control, it becomes harder to find relevant emails. Not to mention notifications from Apple themselves.

Buy something online? You’re now on a newsletter list.

Unsubscribe from a newsletter? Ha! That rarely works.

Have an email address long enough and it will be sold to various “marketing lists”.

Sanebox to the Rescue

It’s super simple. Sanebox scans your emails, then moves the miscellaneous ( sales emails, confirmations, etc ) from the Inbox to a folder called “SaneLater”.

Then it will email you a digest of your emails so that you can glance at them once a day. Anything important is left in your Inbox per usual.

It really is that smart.

Digit Savings

Digit is an automated savings program that I’ve been using for awhile now.

Once you sign up and add your bank account, it monitors your income and spending habits. Then it will begin putting away a few dollars over time.

A friend of mine and I signed up at the same time and it definitely tailors its saving patterns to you, as ours were totally different.

The service communicates to you either daily or weekly via text message. You can set this via preferences. It also keeps you motivated with milestone texts. Below is an example of one I received a few months ago.

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I use Simple for my bank, which has no fees. But Digit is so confident in their math that in the rare event you overdraft, they will pay the fee. Digit accounts are FDIC-insured up to $250,000.

Amazon Roundup

Amazon seems to launch a new service quite often. Recently they have been rolling out some really good services. This article is a roundup of a few of my favorites.

Kindle Matchbook

For those looking to convert a few past purchases into their digital counterparts, Amazon now allows you to buy the matching ebook for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or even free. Kindle Matchbook Go minimal and sell those old paper versions as used on Amazon.


Distraction Free Reading with Readability

Grab a Seat

Readability, a product of Arc90, is a free reading platform that takes the distraction away from the web and lets you focus on the content at hand.

Dropbox Syncs My World

Dropbox continues to impress me. It allows you to sync your files online and across your computers. It is for Windows, Mac and Linux. Not to mention they have an excellent iPhone app. ( And also iPad, Blackberry and Android apps. ) Sync is done automatically and without you having to think about it. It just works.