Yahoo has redesigned its Mail app for iOS, Android and Windows. The new design has transparency and parallax effects similar to those in iOS 7. Users can choose a theme with a solid colour or Flickr image that will be synced between their devices.
All the features of Mail Plus are now available for free to all users. This means every user now has 1TB of mail storage, disposable email addresses, POP email and mail forwarding. The cost to remove ads is now $49.99 a year or $19.99 for existing users.
The sidebar on the left can now be collapsed to icons without text, there are more shortcuts to ‘star’ emails, conversation threads can now be previewed using a downward chevron, the compose window has been redesigned and there are reply links at the bottom of threads. Learn more on the Yahoo Mail website here.
Yahoo has also updated its Flickr app for iOS 7. The updated app automatic uploads full-resolution copies of the camera roll to Yahoo’s servers with sharing set to private by default. Photos can also be automatically straightened using the Flickr Editor. Download the update from the iTunes app store here.
Yahoo has updated its Flickr app for iOS with enhanced filter and more camera tools. The app now uses GhostBird instead of Aviary. With this change, some features such as red-eye and blemish removal have been removed and new features such as light and saturation levels have been added.
The update also adds more camera tools includes grids, pinch to zoom and the ability to lock your focus and exposure points. Some of the previous Pro features have also been made available for free.
Using an iOS device? Download the update from the iTunes app store here.
Yahoo has redesigned its Weather app for Android to match the design of its iOS app. The app features crisp typography and different background photos of locations submitted by Flickr users to the Project Weather group.
The app also adds more detailed weather information including 10-day forecasts, hour-by-hour predictions, chance of precipitation, wind and pressure, moon phases, UV patterns, sunrise and sunset times, and an interactive map. Using an Android device? Download the update from Google Play here.
Yahoo has also redesigned its browser toolbar and improved its performance. It also now works with Google Chrome as well as Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Learn more on the Yahoo Search blog here.
Yahoo is now accepting requests for recycled usernames that haven’t been used for more than a year. After Yahoo finishes accepting requests, it will release eligible usernames on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure to request your usernames quickly.
For security reasons, Yahoo has worked with Facebook to create a Require-Recipient-Valid-Since header to prevent a recycled username being used to reset a password from the previous user. Learn more about this security measure here.
Go to the Yahoo Wishlist website here, enter up to five usernames, enter an email address to be notified if the request is successful and then click the Submit button.
Yahoo has updated its Mail app for iOS and Android. The iOS app now supports multiple accounts. The Android app now has the option to share a file from Dropbox using the Attachment button and the ability to swipe to the next message.
Both apps now have support for Business Mail accounts and have other improvements and bug fixes. Using an iOS device? Download the updated iOS app here. Using an Android device? Download the updated Android app here.
Yahoo has added a new option to the paperclip icon in Yahoo Mail to allow users to select photos from their Flickr account to attach to the email. If the user doesn’t have a Flickr account, they can sign up for one without leave Yahoo Mail. Learn more on the Yahoo blog here.
Yahoo has also announced it is shutting down 12 of its less popular services. Over the following weeks and months, it will shut down Yahoo Axis, Yahoo Browser Plus, Citizen Sports, Yahoo Web Player, FoxyTunes, Yahoo RSS Alerts, Yahoo Neighbours, AltaVista, Yahoo Stars India, Yahoo Downloads Beta, Yahoo Local API, and Yahoo Terms Extraction API. Learn more on the Yahoo blog here.
Yahoo has renamed Sportacular to Yahoo Sports and redesigned the iOS and Android apps. The apps have a simpler interface to make it easier to scan scores and navigate. The iOS app also adds iPad support.
Logging in using a Yahoo account allows favourite sports teams to be synced between devices. There is a Live tab that can be used to track the scores of in-progress games.
The apps provide pitch-by-pitch information for every at-bat and a live stream of tweets from local beat writers and team experts, though the chat feature in the previous version has been removed. Interested in following sports scores and news? Download the app for iOS here and for Android here.
Yahoo has announced it is freeing up usernames of accounts that have been inactive for a year. This will make it easier for users to register simpler email addresses such as email@example.com instead of being forced to use firstname.lastname@example.org.
In mid July, Yahoo will provide a list of email addresses that have been freed and users will be able to stake a claim on the username they want. In mid August, Yahoo will let users know if they successfully claimed a username. Learn more on the Yahoo blog here.
Yahoo will shut down Yahoo Mail Classic today and automatically upgrade users to its new Yahoo Mail. To continue using Yahoo Mail, users must accept an agreement to let Yahoo automatically scan emails to deliver product features, relevant advertising and abuse protection, much like what Google does with Gmail.
Contextual ads can be disabled through Yahoo’s Ad Manager, but it is not possible to disable the email scanning. Users who do not want their email scanned should download their email, transfer it to another service and then close down their Yahoo Mail account. Premium Mail Plus users who cancel their accounts will get a pro rata refund.
See the Yahoo article here for more information.
Yahoo has redesigned Flickr with a modern design and is giving each user 1TB of free storage so they can upload their photos in full resolution without having to worry about running out of space. Users can pay $499.99 a year for an additional 1TB of storage. They can also pay $49.99 a year to hide ads on the website.
After logging in, the user can scroll through their contacts’ newest photos in high resolution with the number of stars and comments in the lower right corner. The right sidebar displays the Groups and Explore categories, a link to the Flickr blog and suggested contacts.
When the user clicks on the Photostream button, they can see a tiled view of their photos. Hovering over a photo displays a semitransparent black bar with the number of comments. Clicking on a photo will display a larger view of the photo with comments at the bottom.
The Flickr app for Android has also been redesigned. The user will see rows of recommended images and can swipe vertically to view more rows or swipe horizontally to explore more photos in a row.
A hidden sidebar on the left side can be used to access contacts, groups and comments activity and there are search and settings options as well. There is a button in the top-right corner that launches the camera app to take a photo and apply one of Flickr’s built-in filters.
Using an Android device? Download the updated Flickr app here.