New tools and services promise to help you put more love into your love-hate relationship with email. We check out the contenders.
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AwayFind cuts the tether between you and your inbox, so you can stop worrying about missing that important email while you're in an all-day meeting or on vacation. AwayFind is a smartphone app (iOS and Android) and plugin for Gmail and Outlook that can automatically re-route high-priority emails to other devices.
Here's how it works: Say you're expecting a critical email from your boss in the next 24 hours, but you're traveling or tied up in meetings and can't (or don't want to) check email. Instead of having to hit "refresh" on your email account every five minutes or nervously wondering if the message arrived, AwayFind acts as a virtual email watchdog/assistant. Simply configure AwayFind to watch your inbox for a predetermined window of time for a specific sender. When your boss sends the critical email, AwayFind goes into action and either calls your phone, sends a text message, tweets, or messages a colleague that important email has just arrived.
AwayFind costs between $5 (for 100 alerts) to $50 (for unlimited alerts) monthly, and offers a 30-day free trial.
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