Configuring the mail app on iOS7 and Mavericks to use Gmail with custom email addresses

Apple have changed the way the Mail apps on iOS7 and Mavericks works with custom email addresses on Gmail. By custom email addresses I mean non-Gmail addresses. I use a gmail account but my email address is martin@<my domain>.com . This is how I sorted it out.

Firstly, I made sure my gmail account was set up to support this. Logging in to Gmail with a browser I selected Settings -> Accounts and made sure the “Reply to address” was martin@<my domain>.com and that the default “send email as” address was martin@<my domain>.com and that “when replying to a message” was set to “always rely from default address”. The latter setting is optional but I prefer to use my custom email address even when I’m emailing directly from my gmail account at gmail.com . Then I selected Other Google Account Settings -> Security and created an App password.

Secondly, I removed my email account from Mavericks and added a new account using System Settings -> Internet Accounts -> Google (previously you had to select Other). The trick is to use the gmail account name and the App password as the credentials for your accounts.

Thirdly, I set up the iOS7 Mail app using the Settings -> Add account -> Other. Using my custom email address and the app password, then setting the outgoing mailbox as imap.gmail.com using the gmail account name (the password is already filled in on that screen as the app password). Use imap.gmail.com as the outgoing mailbox. I added the outgoing credentials as my gmail account and app password later.

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China Mobile Finally Getting Apple iPhone in January

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The iPhone is officially coming to China Mobile, the world's largest wireless carrier, on Jan. 17, 2014.

Apple announced the news in a press release late Sunday, saying that the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be available for pre-registration on China Mobile beginning Dec. 25.

The 5S and 5C will be available in China Mobile's network of retail stores and at Apple retail stores across mainland China. The phones will work on China Mobile's 4G and 3G networks. Pricing details will be available at a later date.

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Apple Will Require App Submissions to Be Optimized for iOS 7 by Feb. 1

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Apple has sent out an email to iOS developers, announcing it will require all iOS app submissions to be optimized for iOS 7 by Feb. 1.

The company also announced the news on its Developer portal

"Starting February 1, new apps and app updates submitted to the App Store must be built with the latest version of Xcode 5 and must be optimized for iOS 7," says the message on the site, pointing developers to its iOS Human Interface Guidelines for more info

It's no wonder Apple is in a hurry to point developers to optimize their apps for iOS 7, as it's vastly different from previous versions of the company's mobile OS. Apple claims iOS 7 embodies deference (meaning the UI helps users understand the content, but doesn't compete with it), clarity and depth, with legible text at every size, precise icons as well as visual layers and transparencies Read more...

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Apple Employs iBeacon to Offer Personalized Shopping in Retail Stores

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Apple will today launch a new, personalized shopping experience in its 254 U.S. retail stores, the Associated Press reports

According to the report, Apple will use iBeacon technology, which tracks customers' movement inside an Apple Store, to offer info such as order status, price comparison and more

For example, if you walk by an iPhone table, you might get a message asking if you want to upgrade to a newer model, together with pricing info

The technology is opt-in and will require customers to install the official Apple Store app on their iDevices Read more...

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200 Million Downloaded iOS 7 in First 5 Days

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Apple's iOS 7 was on 200 million devices within five days of its public introduction, making it the fastest and biggest software update ever, Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Tuesday.

Cook, who was speaking at an event in San Francisco, also said that 64% of iOS devices are now running iOS 7. "That blows away the other guys," Cook said

Apple first introduced iOS 7 to developers in June, but didn't introduce it to the public until Sept. 18

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Apple Launches iPhone Tips and Tricks Guides

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With all the new features packed into iOS 7 and the iPhone 5S and 5C, it can be difficult to keep track of all the things the device can do. To remedy this, Apple has launched a set of new pages called Tips and Tricks designed to help users get more out the iPhone features that may be hiding in plain sight.

The pages are only dedicated to only the iPhone models currently available: the iPhone 4S, 5S and 5C.

Some of the tips are obvious functions that have been widely covered in the media and demonstrated in Apple’s promotional videos. For those still learning their way around Siri, the guides explain how to teach Siri to correctly pronounce your name as well as identify the people in your contacts list by relationship (mom, dad, etc.). Read more...

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iTunes U Hits 1 Billion Downloads

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The popularity of Apple's online educational catalog, iTunes U, has tripled over the past two-and-a-half years — if the number of downloads is any indication.

Apple announced Thursday that more than 1 billion items have been downloaded from the catalog, up from 300,000 in August 2010. The service was launched in mid-2007 and got a dedicated app at the beginning of last year.

iTunes U allows verified teachers to upload and distribute educational content — in the form of videos, audio and PDF files — privately to their own students, or the Internet at large, for free. They can create courses on their desktops or on their iPads. As with podcasts, users can download materials and subscribe to courses to be notified of future updates.

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Report: iPhone 5 Was the World’s Best-Selling Smartphone in Q4 2012

Apple's iPhone 5 was the best-selling smartphone in the world in Q4 2012, according to the latest data from Strategy Analytics.

The iPhone 5 took the crown from Samsung Galaxy S III, but the iPhone 4S also managed to overtake Samsung's flagship. According to Strategy Analytics' data, Samsung shipped 15.4 million Galaxy S IIIs, while Apple shipped 17.4 million iPhone 4S units and 27.4 million iPhone 5 units in Q4 2012

"Samsung's Galaxy S3 has long proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia. However, global demand for the Galaxy S3 appears to have peaked and Samsung will surely be keen to introduce its rumored Galaxy S4 upgrade in the coming weeks to fight back against Apple's popular iPhone range," said Executive Director at Strategy Analytics Neil Mawston.

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7 Apps You Don’t Want To Miss

It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you're in luck -- we take care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps. This week a new calendar app launched for iOS to help you keep up with your schedule, and a sports stats app launched to help you keep track of your favorite team. Another app brought an interactive version of a popular children's book to Android, and a messenger app brought interactivity to the messages you are able to send to friends. Check out the gallery above for a look at this week's app highlights. If you're still looking for more, check out last week's Apps You Don't Want To Miss. Think we left a great new app off the list? Let us know in the comments below. Photo courtesy iStockphoto, scanrail.
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Apple Has Sold 100 Million iPads

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Apple has sold 100 million iPads since the device was introduced in early 2010 and it now accounts for 91% of tablet traffic, the company announced Tuesday. Apple CEO Tim Cook told a crowd gathered in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday that the company sold its 100 millionth iPad two weeks ago. The previous figure for iPad sales had been 84 million. "Why is the iPad so popular? Well it turns out there's a simple reason: people love their iPads!" Cook said.

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