A mysterious Gmail bug is putting a skull and crossbones emoji inside users’ inboxes. Hovering over the icon displays creepy messages like “Component Spy,” “Chat Spy,” and “Data Spy” — but it’s actually totally harmless, and Google is already working to fix it.
But if you went ahead and did it anyway, and now you’re looking for a way back, look no further. Despite what Apple says, iOS 7 can be downgraded to iOS 6 — and it’s pretty simple. Here’s how to do it in just two steps.
When I woke up this morning, I had a handful of emails waiting for me in my iCloud inbox, and alongside those was a series of delivery error notifications. There was one for every new email I had, and among all the mumbo-jumbo, they all said the same thing: “recipient is not a valid address.”
It’s the error you usually receive when you try to send an email to an address that doesn’t exist, and I know I’m not the only one who’s receiving them; over the course of the morning we’ve had a number of emails from readers who are seeing the same thing, and there are plenty of forum posts detailing the issue all over the web.
Several iOS device users are reporting an error message that reads, “mail service imap.gmail.com is not responding” today. They’re posting in Google’s Gmail product forum, and user SonaD, marked as a Google employee, has posted the following:
“We are aware of an issue where users are receiving an error that ‘”imap.gmail.com” is not responding’ when using IMAP on their computers, mobile devices, or tablets. We are currently working on resolving this issue.
Not all accounts are affected, so if you have multiple Gmail accounts, you may notice one works fine, while the other returns this error.
In the meantime, you can login to Gmail through your web browser (http://mail.google.com). On your phone or tablet, you can also use your device’s browser or if you’re on Android or iOS, you can download the Gmail application. I realize it’s not the way most of you want to get to your mail, but it will still allow you to get to your mail on both your computer or mobile devices.
Thank you again for your patience as we work on resolving this. We will update this post once I know all users are fixed.”
The advice above is echoed on the official Gmail support page, as well. Until it gets cleared up, use a web browser, mobile or otherwise.
Before every iOS app in the App Store began sending you push notifications — whether you want them or not — the best way to stay on top of your alerts was with Boxcar, a free app that delivers push notifications on behalf of a huge catalog of apps. In its App Store description, Boxcar boasts about delivering over 1 billion notifications since its debut in July 2009. But it seems the service may have finally ended.