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Unsend email, TV fire hazards, scouring Apple TV+ and more: Tech Q&A

Each week, I receive tons of questions from my listeners about tech concerns, new products and all things digital.

Sometimes, choosing the most interesting questions to highlight is the best part of my job.

This week, I received questions about how to unsend emails, TV fire hazards, scouring Apple TV+ and more.

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Unsend email

Q: I emailed my husband that I wanted his very annoying mother to stay in a hotel and not with us over the holidays. But, I sent that email to my mother-in-law on accident! What a nightmare! Is there a way to unsend email using Gmail?

A: You may be able to prevent this kind of blunder in the future. Gmail offers “Undo Send,” a feature that lets you stop an email after you hit “send.” In theory, this is a convenient tool, except “Undo Send” only gives you five seconds to reconsider before your time is up and the email is fully transmitted.

So what happens if you’re prone to sending provocative emails before you’ve thought them through? Change the settings so “Undo Send” gives you more time to amend your mistake. You can give yourself up to 30 seconds to waffle, then terminate the message. Tap or click here to learn exactly how to unsend email using Gmail.

How to Enjoy AppleTV+

Q: I signed up for AppleTV+. I don’t see anything worth watching other than “The Morning Show” with Jennifer Aniston. What am I missing? It’s nothing compared to Disney+.

A: What a season for streaming TV! First, Disney+ sent shockwaves through the entertainment world, releasing hundreds of movies and TV series, much of it hard-to-find classics and original material. Then there was Apple TV+, which, well, didn’t quite make the same impression.

But Apple TV+ has some real merits, starting with its price point. It’s the cheapest major streaming service on the market right now, at $4.99 per month. The Apple library is nothing to sneeze at, and they hit the ground running with several original series featuring big names, including documentaries by Oprah Winfrey.

Apple TV+ may not have the same immediate, earth-shattering impact as Disney+, but remember how many people were skeptical about the iPad when it first came out. Tap or click here for AppleTV+ tips and tricks.

Read My Newsletter

Q: I love your straightforward answers and advice! Rather than checking Komando.com for new tips, and I’m not a big social media news junkie, do you send out links in free newsletters?

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TVs and Hearths

Q: My wife and I are arguing about a topic that we trust you have the right answer for. Is it OK to mount a new TV over a fireplace? A month’s worth of back rubs is riding on your answer.

A: I’m so glad you asked this question because NO, DO NOT MOUNT YOUR TV OVER A FIREPLACE. I don’t mean to shout, but this is a perilous mistake, and people make it all the time. First off, heat rises, which means the heat from your hearth may melt the hardware inside your TV.

Worse, there’s a remote possibility the TV can catch fire, and once there’s a flame shooting up the wall, you could very well burn down your entire house. I understand the temptation, of course; the fireplace is a timeless center of attention, and the TV serves much the same purpose. Why not put these things together?

As it happens, there are many other considerations – perhaps not as destructive – that TV owners often overlook, such as the height of the TV’s placement and the effects of ambient light. Tap or click here to find out where to mount your TV.

Find Coupons Online

Q: Is there a trick to finding coupons and promo codes online? Sometimes I find them. Other times, it’s a waste of time. Help me save money!

A: Today’s coupons are so much easier than they were back in the days of paper circulars and pairs of scissors. At the same time, though, digital coupons can be hard to track down; unlike picking up a newspaper and scanning the page for a dotted line, you may spend hours browsing websites for a relevant deal.

Luckily, there’s Honey, a browser extension that helps you quickly search for discounts and BOGOS that might interest you, and it works for multiple browsers. More interesting still, Honey is designed to keep track of fluctuating prices, much the way that, say, Google Flights will alert you to changing fares.

This way, you don’t have to continually refresh a given website in the hopes the price will drop; you can wait for Honey to let you know. The service has become even more powerful since Paypal acquired it. Tap or click here to learn more about the Honey browser extension.

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