Can’t Download Gmail after an OS Update or Upgrade? This May be the Problem

Lots of people put off updating or upgrading their operating system (OS) because every update or upgrade to an OS seems to come with a raft of problems and issues. Whether you use a Mac or a Windows machine, an update or upgrade can cause problems with retrieving email in general, and Gmail in particular. In the Mac world these come from updates to OS X (now on version 10.13, known as High Sierra). If you are using Windows, the current version is Windows 10.

How to Change or Get Rid of the Quote Attribution Line in the Mac’s Mail.app Mail Program – Updated for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Too!

If you are anything like me, you quickly got tired of having to delete the “On such-and-such a date, so-and-so wrote:” attribution quote line every ..single ..time ..you replied to an email in Mac’s native mail program, Mail.app. Oddly, given how friendly the Mac generally is, there is no way to alter, customize, edit, or remove that infernal line through preferences. Or, really, through any other obvious way. Here’s how to change it. Here is how to fix it for all versions, including the change for 10.8 Mountain Lion!

You Can’t Change the Color of Mailbox Folders in Mac Mail but You CAN Add Emoji as Icons to the Mailbox Names!

Lots of people want to change the color of individual mailbox folders on their Mac in the Mail app, in order to quickly and visually distinguish one mail folder from another. Despite dozens, if not hundreds, of threads looking for this option on the Mac forums, it has never been added as a feature. But there is a way that you can do something just as good – in fact we think better! – to visually distinguish mailbox folders in your Mac mail app program! You can use emoji as icons in your mailbox names!

Warning: iTunes Gift Cards Can Only be Used in the Country in Which They Were Purchased

If you purchase an iTunes gift card in one country, can it be used in a different country? We recently had email from a reader explaining that she has a friend working in the UK, and that he told her that the iTunes card he purchased in the UK will not work to purchase Apple music on his U.S. phone. So, can you use an iTunes gift card purchased in one country in another country? The answer may surprise you.

Wondering What are FANG Stocks? We Explain (Hint: They Should Now Be Called FANA Stocks)

In recent months you may have heard the term “FANG stocks” to refer to a particular group of stocks. More specifically, a particular group of high tech, high performing stocks. Those stocks are Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google (hence F-A-N-G). Of course, the parent company for Google is now Alphabet, so these really should be called FANA stocks.

How to Change or Cancel Recurring Charge Automatic Payment Subscriptions with Apple Such as for Tinder or Bumble

If you are like so many other people, you may have agreed to a recurring charge (‘subscription’) from within an app such as Bumble, Tinder, Nomorobo, or other app, and then completely forgot about it (that would be the ‘set it and forget it’ that these apps count on), only to be reminded of it when you get an email reminder like the below. And now you want to know how to change or cancel that subscription, but the ‘helpful’ reminder is silent on that point.

Insiders Urge Facebook and Apple to Fix Toxic, Intentionally Addictive Nature of Social Media and Devices

Investors and influencers of Facebook and Apple have openly challenged and beseeched the tech giants to acknowledge and address the damage being done to children, adults, and even the very social fabric of society by these companies ignoring, and even intentionally taking advantage of, the addictive nature of Facebook and other social media platforms, and how open to tampering they are, as well as the addictive nature of the iPhone and other electronic devices.

HEIC is Apple’s New Image Format – Here’s How to Deal with It

If you’ve started receiving files with the .heic extension you may be wondering just what the heck HEIC files are. HEIC stands for
High Efficiency Image File. Wait, you may be saying, what does the ‘C’ stand for? Yeah, we don’t know either. The reality is that they are HEIF files, but can have a file name (extension) of either .heif or heic. And with iOS 11 Apple’s new image format uses the .heic file format (videos have an .hevc extension). Either way, here’s how to deal with those HEIC files you may be receiving.