The much hyped app MailBox for iOS is currently having issues delivering mail. The company has been fielding individual questions via Twitter, simply stating they know about the issue and are working on it. You are still able to get push notifications about new mail, but when you open your mailbox you are greeted with “Having trouble connecting, Please try again soon”.
We reached out to Mailbox earlier and they stated they are working to have a status page available soon for us to look up any services issues and are aware of the issues.
For now jump on GMail or back to the built in mail client on your iPhone.
We will update this article and sent an alert on our Twitter account when service is restored. If you are currently waiting inline to get into the service, take the day off, head outside and have fun.
Update 2: Current users are back online. They are still holding the line to make sure everything is operating correctly.
Update 1: Official Statement from Mailbox Team
We’re currently seeing intermittent issues with our servers syncing mail. We’ve paused filling reservations so that we can focus on a fix.
If you’re currently using Mailbox, you’re most likely seeing a message that says “Having trouble connecting, please try again soon.” Don’t worry, any messages that you take action on or any new emails you create should not be lost. Once we have resolved the issue your Mailbox will simply update and process all actions you’ve taken inside the app.
The team is working on resolving this now, and we’ll let you know as soon as we’re filling reservations again. We hope to get things moving shortly.
Thank you for your patience,
The Mailbox Team
Developers Orchestra has released their much anticipated iOS app, Mailbox. The app is currently available for download in the App Store. To prevent the service from being overloaded they are staggering the launch. When you sign-up you are given a number that represents your place in line to activate the service. This staggered launch is allowing the developers to address bugs before the app is available to everyone and also make adjustments to their cloud storage while making sure all users have an enjoyable experience. The line is moving pretty fast to get in, I am in the 64,000 range and just watching myself move up in line.
Mailbox was designed for your Gmail inbox to be light, fast and mobile friendly. You are able to easily swipe messages to your archive or the trash, scan your entire conversation at once with chat-like organization and the able to snooze emails until later with just the tapping of a button. The snooze feature is what has us very interested. You read an email you want to address tomorrow, no problem just tap when you want to be reminded and you are all set. No switching apps or flags.
If you haven’t signed up yet, you can follow this link to Mailbox. If you want to get in on the early stages I suggest you get signed up fast. You can also watch the promotional video below that briefly touches on the features build into Mailbox.
What do you get when you take the idea of a push to talk, video chat and an iPhone? You get Glide, the world’s first video walkie talkie type of service that allows you to keep in touch through short video messages.
Glide allows you to broadcast up to 42 seconds and if your family or friends are on-line, they can watch you broadcast in real time and respond quickly. If they aren’t able to watch the video right away they are able to go back through the chat history and watch the video.
Glide messages are saved to Glide’s cloud, which is perfect because you don’t have to worry about space being taken up on your phone or iCloud. You’re even able to create group chats or add friends and family to an existing chat.
You can take a look at the video below for more information on Glide. If you want to check out the app go to Glide.me to sign up for the beta.
There is a new Twitter owned app named Vine that was just recently released in Apple’s App Store that has many raising an eyebrow in the short time the app has been live. Vine is a video-sharing app that allows you to shoot up to six seconds of footage (like an animated GIF) and share it with followers on Twitter and Facebook.
The issue is that Vine allows for pornography clips to be shared and one of the pornography videos was accidentally placed in the Editor’s Picks section of the mobile app.
In a statement to CNN about the porn issue in the Editor’s Pick, Vine said, “A human error resulted in a video with adult content becoming one of the videos in Editor’s Pick, and upon realizing this mistake we removed the video immediately.”
Vine is only available for iOS users and with such content that has been displayed with the app, questions have been asked as to why Apple hasn’t pulled the plug on the app. Just recently Apple banned the app 500px which featured artistic images of nudity, but because it gave users access to sexual content it got canned.
It’s surprising Apple would have double standards in a situation like this because compared to the 500px app I would take art any day over pornography clips. It’s also shocking that the app hasn’t been pulled as Vine is rated 12+ on iTunes for infrequent/ mild sexual content or nudity. I didn’t realize it’s okay for a 12 year old to be exposed to pornography videos when they haven’t even had a talk about the birds and the bees.
Vine is community monitored, a clip isn’t marked as “adult” content until enough people report it. Which means many people must be exposed to the image, including children until enough people flag it.
So Apple, can you please explain this doubt standard? I am with many at a loss as to how Apple makes these decisions.
Update: Vine has banned some hashtag searches to help with the problem but it took us 5 seconds to run across porn with this new filter.
If you are one of Instagrams 90 million users who also owns an iOS device and have been receiving an error message whenever you attempt to upload a picture to both Instagram and Facebook, you are not alone. My editor and I are both avid Instagram users and we have both encountered this error for the past few weeks.
After checking every setting in our iPhones and deleting both the Instagram app as well as the Facebook app the error still occurred. Then after some research we found the solution to the problem.
If you are having the same problem don’t throw your iPhone or reinstall anything.
First you are going to head to your computer and log into your Facebook account and search Instagram in the top Facebook search bar. Click on the option that is listed as Instagram App. You will now be on the below page.
Once you are here all you need to do to fix your error message is click the Send to Mobile button and you will receive a notification on your iOS device from Facebook.
Your Instagram app will now be able to upload to your Facebook account as well without anymore errors.
For the first time ever, Instagram has released their user statistics. The app is currently home to 90 million users and 40 million pictures per day. We assumed that these numbers would be much lower following the apps policy change in December that would allow pictures uploaded to the app to be used in advertising. After an enormous uproar and many of the apps users threatening to drop the app and resort to an alternative one, Instagram returned to their original policy.
Accompained by the 40 million pictures being uploaded daily Instagrams 90 million users are liking those pictures at a rate of 8,500 per second and 1,000 comments per second as well. This disclosure should finally silence the rumors that Instagram usage was falling rapidly.
AllThingsD notes use of the app is actually up ten percent from December to January — Instagram’s Kevin Systrom also tells the site that the company “continues to see very strong growth around the world.”
Instagram is currently available on both iOS and Android devices.
Today when I went out to run I decided to try out a new app that I found in AppsGonefree this morning called TrailMix. TrailMix is a music player combined with a beat analyzer, meaning that the app senses how you are moving and then remixes your song by matching your current rate of pace by speeding up or slowing down the tempo of your music selection. The app is simple to use all you do is choose what you want to listen to and start walking, jogging, exercising or whatever you do and TrailMix will take care of the rest.
The app shows how you are moving through a speedometer gauge when the needle is red the app is sensing how you are moving so just start moving! If you want to control the pace of your music manually simply tap and drag the needle to the desired speed and the needle will turn green to indicate that you are on ‘cruise’ to return to automatic mode just tap the middle of the speedometer.
The TrailMix app is great for working out and is said to help you preform at your bodies maximum potential.
“According to scientific research, synchronizing movements with music enables athletes to perform more efficiently, resulting in greater endurance.”
Karageorghis, C., & Priest, D. (2008). Music in Sport and Exercise: An Update on Research and Application. The Sport Journal.
TrailMix is a great app whether you are a hardcore gym enthusiast or if you are more of a walk around the block kinda person this app will allow you to experience your music in a whole new way. TrailMix is available in the app store for free for 72 hours from January 16th to the 18th.
You can download the app via this link.
TeleNav the makers of Scout continue to impress with their free navigation app Scout for iPhone. Scout has received an update that includes a revamped user interface, bringing a redesigned dashboard, a larger “Where I Am?” map and a button to take you directly to your recent activity.
Also included in this update is the “Things To Do” section, which can be found in the more tab. Things To Do gives you listings for events around your current area. This includes Live Music, Museums and Theater Events. You’re even able to look ahead and see what’s coming up in the near future.
You can take a look at the new optimized Scout for iPhone 5 in video below.
Ford and Glympse have announced the first in-car, voice-activated location sharing app for Ford vehicles with SYNC AppLink. Now, by just using simple voice commands, drivers can share their location with others by saying “Send Glympse”.
This feature is helpful to let friends and family know where you are without having to get distracted and make a phone call or send a text.
To use Glympse, drivers just need to have the app installed on their smartphone, and have it connected via bluetooth or USB connection. Once the driver chooses to “Send Glympse”, it will send their location to a friends email, mobile number, FaceBook, or Twitter. The recipients can then monitor that person via real time on either a smartphone or desktop computer.
Glympse is available on iPhone and Android, and is now compatible with Ford SYNC AppLink vehicles.
Instagram for iOS received an update to version 3.2, which includes improvements to the look and speed of the camera and brings a new filter called Willow.
Improvements made to the camera are instagram-themed shutter and shutter release button, you’re able to preview the most recent photo on your camera roll, improved camera roll image selector (iPhone 5 only) with quick access to your last picture, optional grid guide for live photos and a permanent grid guide for the scale and crop screen.
Other improvements include:
- News Feed redesign
- Larger images
- New welcome screen design
- Infinite scroll on user profiles and other grid views
- Filtered photos are now saved to a separate album called “Instagram” in the iOS camera roll
- Foursquare integration
You can download the upgrade if you haven’t yet through the links below.
Instagram 3.2 – iOS, Apple App Store
Instagram 3.3 – Android, Google Play