Tired of getting e-mails about Android apps? Now you can control what articles you are e-mailed about

As I am sure many of you noticed, dotTech has had a flurry of Android articles lately. I know many e-mail subscribers may not have Android phones and may not be interested in Android articles; I understand that some of you may be sick of being “spammed” with e-mails you are not interested in. Therefore, I am writing this post to inform you that you no longer have to receive e-mails about Android if you no longer want them.

If you no longer want to receive e-mails about Android articles, you can do one of two things:

  • You can switch from the inhouse managed dotTech e-mail notification system to the Feedburner managed dotTech e-mail notification system. The difference is with the Feedburner managed e-mail notification system you will get one and only one e-mail a day. That e-mail will contain a list of all articles posted in the past 24-hours. The e-mail will still contain notifications about Android articles, but it will also contain information about all other types of articles, too. See the e-mail notifications page for more detail. If you make the switch, be sure to unsubcribe from the inhouse dotTech e-mail notification system.
  • If you want to stick with the inhouse dotTech e-mail notification system (the one that sends one e-mail for every new article) but you don’t want to receive e-mails about Android, you can deselect Android from the categories list. To do this follow these simple steps:
    • Find the last e-mail you received from dotTech about a new article. Click on the unsubscribe link at the very bottom (don’t worry, you won’t directly unsubscribe yourself by clicking it):

  • The next page that loads will give you to the option to modify the categories you are emailed about:

That is it. I sincerely do apologize for anyone I have inconvenienced by sending e-mail notifications for Android articles when you don’t want to read Android articles.

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  1. jayesstee

    @Old Prop: Me too!
    @Ashraf: I thought unsubscribing from Android was simple and logical.
    If, and when I am tempted into the Android tribe, I will be glad of the dotTech archive, but you will be on “Son of Android” or the next super gadget by then!!

  2. patchouli

    Just ’cause I don’t have an android phone, doesn’t mean I am not amenable to being educated.
    IOW, it never occurred to me to stop my individual emails. Sure, some topics may seem irrelevant, or ‘over my head,’ now. But, one never knows what needs the future may bring.
    I so very much enjoy the knowledge and expertise you willingly share, Ashraf.
    Thanks for working to please those who prefer the filters.
    Me, I’m grateful that you expand my knowledge base!

  3. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @david roper: Unfortunately I don’t code the e-mail notification system so I can’t control that. The best I can offer is what you see in front of you. Oh and you are welcome. :-)

    @Old Prop: You are welcome!

    @Rob (Down Under): I am on the Nexus S now, running Android 2.3.4. If I were to write an article on which Android phones are the best, it would be more USA-centric… :-(

  4. Rob (Down Under)

    I don’t have an Android phone yet.
    For others in my boat who do not yet have a phone, but may be tempted in the future, I would not mind an article regarding which version of the OS is best, and which phones are good (and which version they are running).
    I believe I asked you (some time ago) which phone (and OS) you had, but you were coy about giving up that info.

  5. Old Prop

    Count me as one of those who was, mildly, annoyed with the ranks of marching Android messages. But, not for the first time, Ashraf supplied the solution before I even got around to mentioning the problem. The process for unsubscribing from the Android stuff worked fine for me. Thanks.

  6. david roper

    I will reserve my vote until it is a clear vote such would be described by a “toggle” for the question you posed:

    “Tired of getting e-mails about Android apps?”

    A Yes or No line is all I need. I do not want to risk unsubscribing.

    Thanks Ashraf

  7. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @SilenceIsGolden: I don’t know of a way to exclude Android articles from the RSS feed and show all other articles, but there is a way for you to subscribe to an RSS feed for every category you are interested in. In other words, you can unsubscribe to the main RSS feed and subscribe to the RSS feeds for all the categories you want. Just add a rss to the end of a category URL, i.e. for freebies it would be http://dottech.org/category/freebies/rss.

    Hope that helps.

  8. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Jerry: True, but I can try. xD

    When you say you are trying to decide on which tablet to buy, are you talking about iPad/iPad 2 vs Android? Or are you talking about Android vs Android? I can tell you right now the best Android tablets available are Viewsonic gTablet, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

    Regardless of what people say, iPad/iPad 2 are great tablets. If you decide to go with them, I don’t blame you.

    gTablet is the cheapest you will find an Android tablet that has dual core (Tegra 2); it can be had for around $275 for a brand new one. It comes with Android 2.2 but it can be heavily modded to improve where it lacks in software.

    ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is the best bang for the buck. It retails for $399 with IPS display, Tegra 2, 16 GB internals, and Android 3.0. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is such a good value, ASUS cannot meet demand with supply. There are shortages everywhere. You will be lucky to find one.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the best Android tablet available right now, period. Great specs, great software, great build. It is the exact same price as the iPad 2 and if you believe Engadget, it is better than the iPad 2.

    Hope that helps.

  9. Jerry

    Ah Ashraf you cant please everyone..you are doing ok fine with your newsletter..i am hopeing that your android articles will help me when i finnally decide on what tablet to buy and what apps i can get it to make it a super device for my needs..keep up the good work…

  10. alan

    You have lost me.

    I could not cancel Android until I cancelled ALL, and that obviously cancelled everything.

    I then checked Android and hoped that UNSUBSCRIBE would permanently kill Android.

    Then I checked ALL and wretched Android also got checked.

    Life is too short so I gave up at the thought of checking dozens of boxes,
    and saved but now I am told that I am unsubscribed.

    I guess you lost me.

    If only you had permitted a simple TOGGLE ACTION for the single box that I wanted to change,
    instead of starting me from scratch.

    Well, it was nice being here whilst it lasted.

  11. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Jaap: I appreciate your flexibility; however some people have already complained about it, which is why I have opened up category selection again.

    Who makes phone calls anymore :-P

  12. Jaap

    I don’t mind getting e-mails about Android articles. I suppose you are very enthousiast about your phones: a Samsung Galaxy S and a Nexus S, if I remember well.
    Your e-mails are small, only 2 KB. And they are easy to delete when I don’t like the subject of the article. But it is nice to have a choice now.
    My phone is a Nokia 3410. Perfect for making phone calls….;-)