Newton emailNow that the dust is starting to settle over the acquisition of Newton email has started to settle, I want to update my previous post. The first I want to mention is that I contacted one of the new owners,
Maitrik Kataria, who took the time on two occasions to respond to my emails. Given that his email inbox must have filled up quicker than a beach in a heatwave, I was more than impressed. It bodes well that there is this level of interaction with end-users.

After Newton being bought by Essential, there was a slowdown in the responses from team members; this was probably a sign that not all was well from the moment the new owners took charge. Who knows? The original development team have flown, so we will not discover the truth.

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Google MeetGoogle never ceases to amaze me.  One one hand they can produce world-beating software such as Gmail, Docs, Sheets, etc. One the other they have just come out with a free version of their G-Suite teleconference service called Meet and it is appalling. I have gone through Churchill’s Blood, Sweat and Tears trying to get this to work over two weeks and succeeded just once. And, judging by a Google search I am just one of many having issues.

Somewhere down the line, I managed a solution that got Meet to work, but when I shut it down and attempted to replicate the process it has failed every time since.

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vordvpnPrivacy is riding high on everyone’s cybersecurity menu and the use of VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) is accelerating. One of the drawbacks with VPNs is because by their very nature they travel through numerous routers, there is a speed degradation. For example, without a VPN connection, I am getting just under 30mps but when my VPN NordVPN kicks in that drops to between 23 and 25mps. To me, that is a small price to pay for added security and privacy.

But, just recently, Nord VPN has turbocharged itself using a new technology it calls NordLynx.
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Newton emailJust when I thought that Newton email was finally dead and buried after its parent company Essential crashed and burned, it has risen phoenix-like from the ashes, yet again.  At this rate, being flippant, I think the new owners should rename it Boomerang, but I realise that has already been taken.

I should be jumping for joy as I have championed Newton, and its predecessor CloudMagic, in this and my previous blog over its fledgeling years. Hell, I even championed the $50 a year subscription because the service was, well, just bloody brilliant.
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If you are working from home during the Corvin-19 pandemic, you may be struggling to pick up business emails from your corporate servers.  If your organisation has provided you with Office 365 to work with you may find that Outlook is struggling to cope.  A company I do consultancy work for provided me with Office 365 but I found that Outlook was, like most Microsoft software,  bloatware. Fortunately, for this blog, I had examined alternatives and offer three alternatives for you to consider.

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