Posted in Mobile App, Photography, Tutorials

Uploading Photos and Videos From iPhone To Microsoft OneDrive

 

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I have upgraded accounts in both iCloud (50gb) and Microsoft OneDrive (ITB). The ITB from Microsoft OneDrive comes with the Office 365 monthly subscription so upgrading to a higher cloud storage for iCloud seems unnecessary for me if I could upload photos and videos from my iPhone to Microsoft OneDrive’s mobile app.

The basic way to upload from your iPhone to Microsoft OneDrive is, of course, to enable Camera Upload in your OneDrive mobile app. This feauture allows your photos and videos taken on your iPhone to be uploaded automatically to your OneDrive without having to open the OneDrive app.

I didn’t have technical issues with this Camera Upload feature before but lately bugs in Microsoft OneDrive are becoming frequent. No matter how many times I keep refreshing the Camera Upload page, I would still see the “up to date” message and it wouldn’t sync properly. Manually uploading the files by tapping on the + icon on my OneDrive doesn’t seem to do the trick some of the time. At one point, it would say I was uploading 3 videos and then in 3 seconds it would say I was uploading 1 video.

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A successful upload done within OneDrive should appear like this. 
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If the number of uploads correspond to what you see under the Progress tab,  you can tap on Home from Asssistive Touch and leave OneDrive open without affecting upload progress. 

A better way to upload photos and videos from your iPhone to your Microsoft OneDrive account is to do it via the iPhone’s Photos app options. I am using Videos as an example because I encounter more upload glitches in Microsoft OneDrive.

1 – Go to the Videos album in your iPhone’s Photos and select the videos you want to upload to OneDrive.

 

2 – Tap on the Share icon on the lower left corner.

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3 – Tap on More and enable OneDrive. I could only upload 10 videos at a time and if I exceed that number, the OneDrive icon would not appear even if I enabled it.

 

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4 – Select the folder you wish to upload your videos to.

 

5 – Wait for the files to complete uploading. If you go to Home without the completed uploads, you will lose your progress.

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Posted in Finance, Mobile App, Telco, Tutorials

GCash MasterCard Refund

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I have read some posts in the Globe Community forum about user complaints not getting their Lazada refunds or any other chargeback promptly and by promptly these dissatisfied GCash users mean months. Trying to contact 2882 or constantly badgering their customer support via their Facebook Messenger account sometimes can be a waste of time.

I, too, had purchased an item on Lazada Thailand’s website which the merchant eventually cancelled and I waited for 3 months because I had placed so much trust in the system to automate the refund itself.

What you need to know is on Lazada’s end, it would only take less time for them to process the refund. The tricky part is on GCash’s part. This GCash refund problem seems to happen more to GCash MasterCard accounts. This is just my observation as  I also own a GCash AmEx and with the latter it’s never taken months for refunds to arrive to my GCash AmEx balance.

How did I get my Lazada refund to my GCash MasterCard resolved? I filled up the Dispute Form and e-mailed it to gcashinquiries@globe.com.ph. It’s very important to remember that sending them an e-mail with a description of your problem won’t do it – always always always fill up the dispute form, tick the correct concern and send them additional proof like receipts or a screenshot or communication exchange with Lazada or some other company you are awaiting refund from.

My Lazada Thailand purchase was made in April this year but I did not file the dispute until early August. However, once I filed the dispute with GCash, I was able to get my Lazada refund in less than a week. You will know when the refund because you will receive a text notification which usually looks like this:

Upon review of a previous transaction, we have now credited PXXX.XX to your account. Your new balance is PXXXX.XX. Ref. No. XXXXXXXXXX. 

In order to completely fill up the dispute form with the correct details, you might want to have your transaction history e-mailed to you. You can do this right within the GCash mobile app. You can even select the specific month when you made the online purchase. The transaction history will contain the 10-digit Transaction Reference number. If you know the date but don’t remember the exact time you made the purchase, you can look for the e-mail confirmation of the online purchase sent to you by Lazada or some other merchant. The time on the e-mail and the time on the GCash transaction history should match. The 10-digit Transaction Reference number is the one that GCash support will refer to in their records for their review.

As of this writing, I still have 3 more pending refunds in this order: from Booking.com’s promotion, from Google AdWords, and from iHerb. The last two were July purchases so they should come in within this month.

What if you are expecting a reward for an online promotion and you entered your GCash MasterCard for it? That’s what happened with my Booking.com’s 30% reward from a  hotel stay promotion Booking.com had back in June. The e-mail confirmation stated that $12.70 was on its way to the card listed on my account. July came and went but there was no ingress of $12.70 on my GCash MasterCard. Of course, this was a hotel stay paid for in cash so there was no 10-digit GCash transaction reference number to look in the transaction history for. In this kind of scenario, you would need to contact the merchant to follow up with them regarding the reference number on their end and forward it to GCash.

I will post an update for the 3 remaining refunds I am expecting.

 

Update September 3, 2018:

The iHERB refund has been processed.

Processed with MOLDIV

 

Update September 25, 2018:

The Booking.com reward has been processed.

Processed with MOLDIV

Posted in Mobile App, Music, Social Media, Tutorials

How To Add Music To Instagram Stories

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There are several ways to add music to Instagram stories. You may even have seen one of them involves playing a song of your choice on the Apple Music or Spotify app, pausing it to go to Instagram story and resume playing it via the Control Center. There are also mobile apps out there that will allow you to add music to your Instagram stories by picking from a song list within the app itself.

Once when I had too much time on my hands, I used to populate my 15-second Instagram stories with snippets of songs to emphasize the specific lyrics that came to me subconsciously. Of course the feature to add music to Instagram stories is already available but only for select countries for the meantime.

I would usually add music to Instagram stories in the following manner:

1 – Play the song on my Apple Music app and screen record the part of the song where the specific lyrics are. iOS 11.4, however, has blocked screen recording of songs being played on Apple Music and if you attempt to screen record it, you’ll get a screen recording with the sound turned off.

The reason why I do not play it on the Apple Music or Spotify app, pause it to go to Instagram story and resume playing it via the Control Center is the quality of the audio/sound. If you’ve tried this you can hear the big difference. So I go for the other option, which is playing the video of the song on YouTube and screen recording it from there.

2 – I go to the screen recorded video on my Camera Roll and, click on Edit and at the bottom of the screen would tap on the circle with 3 dots inside, which would lead me to CropVS and iMovie options for editing. I would select iMovie for trimming the recorded part to 15 seconds only.

3 – I would then open CropVS and import the trimmed screen recording. CropVS would compress it and the compressed version always makes for a quick Instagram story upload.

4 – Upon opening my Instagram story, I would select the screen recorded video. I would then tap on the pencil icon and colour selection that comes up. If my mood tells me to pick blue, I would tap on blue and press on the screen for a while until the colour blue fills the screen to cover the video. Sometimes I would add emojis or GIFs or edit it with  another mobile app called Vimo for more animated emojis.

Here are a few samples:

In A Big Country by Big Country, © Mercury 

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Intro to I Don’t Want To Live Without You by Foreigner, ©Atlantic (I edited this with Vimo mobile app)

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Intro to Lucky Star by Madonna, ©Sire Warner Bros. (Edited with Vimo)

Posted in Finance, Mobile App, Telco, Tutorials

How To Use PayMaya Abroad

PayMaya offers a virtual card by simply registering via their PayMaya mobile app. If you want a GCash debit card alternative, you can definitely use PayMaya abroad and withdraw your funds using a physical PayMaya card.

Since the premise of PayMaya is principally for the purposes of a virtual card, no physical card is provided for the virtual card number you enrolled to by default on the PayMaya mobile app. It is important to note that you can have 2 or more PayMaya physical cards which you can order on the PayMaya website online or in PayMaya booths in malls. Once you have the PayMaya physical cards on hand, you can proceed to link them to your PayMaya virtual card. The mobile app is pretty straightforward when it comes to linking the physical cards. Once your physical cards are confirmed linked, the balance is shared among your physical cards and the virtual card number.

But how do you use your PayMaya abroad? First, you need to ask yourself if you used your postpaid or a prepaid number as your PayMaya login credential. Although you can use your TM or Globe mobile number to initially register with PayMaya, the critical distinction to make is the postpaid or prepaid number.

With a prepaid number, all you need to make sure is top it up with PhP100 for international roaming. With a postpaid number, you will be charged a PhP500 or so per day which is not ideal when you are staying overseas for long.

Second, you need to make sure you have logged in to your PayMaya mobile app before traveling out of the country. Some time ago PayMaya added a security feature for its users via a verification code that can only be sent to your registered mobile number.

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If you registered with your postpaid number as your PayMaya login credential, it means you will need to keep your sim inserted to get the verification code.

The good news is you can still view your PayMaya funds but it will have to be on an ATM machine overseas and not on your smartphone’s screen. Using the PayMaya physical card, you can inquire about your balance by doing a balance inquiry.

 

 

Posted in Games, Mobile App, Tutorials

Cooking Dash Hack

There are a number of sites I found online which promise unlimited gold in Cooking Dash but will only lead to more spam mail. The Cooking Dash hacks these sites promote are designed to look legit but fail to deliver on their promise of giving you unlimited gold in your Cooking Dash account. The steps usually involve surveys and offers and other times they require you to download specific mobile apps. It would probably work if you’re using Cooking Dash on Android but the comments on the online sites offering unlimited gold in Cooking Dash have all the characteristics of spam.

I’ve never spent my gold bars for preparing Auto Chef recipes and I do not have the patience to wait for 2 days to complete a recipe. I only spend them on a season’s ingredients and cooking wares. There are a few ways that I can still hold on to my Cooking Dash gold bars for later.

MOVING DATE AND TIME FORWARD. This is an old familiar trick which a lot of Candy Crush players have used to extend their lives without having to wait for one’s Candy Crush lives to reset every 15-20 minutes. Its use in Cooking Dash is mainly on cooking VIP recipes. Doing it in Cooking Dash is not a quick process as it is in Candy Crush because of the various recipes and one might encounter a little hiccup especially when one thinks the recipes are already cooked only to find out that the recipes have not been completed once you switch back your phone’s date and time to the present.

Let’s start with Auto Chef which takes 1 day and 9 hours to prepare:

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Close the Cooking Dash mobile app. Go to Settings, make sure to turn off WiFi first before you enable Airplane Mode. Tap on General > Date & Time > Disable Set Automatically. Round off 1 day and 9 hours to 2 days, in this example, I moved June 14 to June 16.

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Open the Cooking Dash app again and claim the completed recipes:

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Once the slots are empty again, do not go back to Settings yet to reset the date & time to normal. Instead, prepare more VIP recipes.

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Close the Cooking Dash app again and go back to Settings > General > Date & Time to move date & time forward to 3 days. Open the Cooking Dash app, collect the prepared recipes and close the Cooking Dash app.

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Once you’re in Settings > Date & Time, enable Set Automatically first before disabling Airplane Mode. In my case I usually keep the WiFi off before I go back to Cooking Dash to play because the WiFi where I stay in can be sometimes unstable and it renders the completed recipes useless.
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PURCHASE A SECOND RECIPE SLOT FOR ADDITIONAL ACTIVE BOOST. This is a good alternative for when I don’t have enough gold to purchase the default Auto Chef for a particular season. A second slot usually costs 40 gold bars and 75 gold bars in some seasons. I find the additional active boost is really useful for getting 5 stars every episode. I noticed that even if I only completed 58% of the Shop’s purchase, I still was able to get 5 stars even up to Season 4 when the required goal points are higher.
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As for Auto Chef, there is usually the Deal Wheel or Premium Wheel. The more milestones I reach in Trial of Style, the more chances I get of spinning the Premium Wheel for accumulating Auto Chef tokens and other stuff.

PLAY SERIES FINALE SMARTLY. If you’ve played enough Series Finale in Cooking Dash, you will learn that the coins required go higher for succeeding levels. Some series require 3000 coins upward once you reach level 5, the last level. To play it smart, always aim for the lowest required number of coins on the first level.

As you can see in the video below the goal varies when you tap close and then tap next.

 

 

You can alternate between tapping close and next within the Series Finale window or tapping close on the entire series window and going back to the Series Finale window until you see the coin requirement you are comfortable working with.

 

 

SERVE VIPs DURING SUPER FLO ACTIVATIONS. KB commented on this post that waiting to serve VIPs for a brief period when Super Flo is activated in Trial of Style doubles your coins from 200. Case in point as shown in the following videos. In the first video, I missed the 400-point reward by a few seconds because I served a VIP right before the Super Flo activation.

 

The second video is when I got the Super Flo activation timing right.

 

ONLY PLAY SERIES FINALE ON ITS LAST HOUR. The earlier you play a venue’s series finale, the more likely you’re going to replay the whole thing all over again. I learned this the hard way a while ago when the Bavaria Fest series finale was unlocked and to my excitement, jumped in and completed it only to be dismayed a day after when I saw the Bavaria Fest series finale had reset. My stats were not saved and it’s as if I never played it at all. I did claim the premium prize wheel for it post-game but I still feel I wasted my time replaying it.

Posted in Internet, Technology, Tutorials

How I Fixed My Laptop’s Static Screen and Flickering Lines Problem

You’re working on a document or streaming a video on your laptop when flickering lines suddenly appear on the side of the screen until it rapidly takes up the whole space. The screen finally goes static and when you turn it off and turn it back on it exhibits the same problem. It’s a pain in the ass and it’s worse if you didn’t plan for any contingency, i.e., a spare laptop you can continue your work with.

 

 

I still keep my ASUS tablet PC with me in rare times like one of those I described. My Windows 8.1 tablet PC did not ever have that kind of problem but my Lenovo Ideapad 100S on Windows 10 did. When the flickering lines appeared and the entire screen immediately went static, I panicked because it was too soon to replace my 6-month-old Lenovo Ideapad.  I searched for troubleshooting solutions in Google and pored over few articles in the top results. Of course, it involved tinkering with my laptop in ways that only an expert technician can be trusted with. I had to find another way and before I could even waste my money and the technician’s time. Although the troubleshooting solutions I found online were sound ones, I also realised that my laptop’s flickering lines and static screen were clearly LCD-related –  the technician could have probably advised me to have the LCD screen replaced with a newer one or he could either render my Lenovo Ideapad 100S totally unusable from then on.

By some stroke of luck (which I do not really believe in), I was able to accidentally find a solution that removed the flickering lines and static screen problem of my laptop. I have to admit I did not know what I was thinking as I had not obviously followed the troubleshooting tips I found online. I just followed my gut and hoped that maybe it would work. I took out my HDMI cable and connected my laptop with it to an HDTV screen. It did not seem to appear as a solution at first because I still could not use my laptop. Upon turning it on I would still see the login screen was spotless, but only for a minute because the flickering lines would again materialise on the screen and take over like a virus. I did not disconnect the HDMI cable for hours unless it was to charge the laptop.

I tried connecting my Lenovo Ideapad 100S again to the HDTV screen using the HDMI cable the next day and the day after that. I think it took two or three days of connecting the laptop to the HDTV via the HDMI cable continuously when I finally saw that the flickering lines and static screen problem did not occur anymore. I believe I had to continuously do it for a week before I could use my laptop again without needing an HDMI cable. This solution confirms my hunch that the problem was screen-related and not some other bigger issue.

This is probably trivial but I bought my Lenovo Ideapad 100S online from Lazada. My cousin told me of a similar instance regarding his brother’s laptop which he also bought from an online store. He conjectured some laptops bought online may experience flickering lines and static screen at some point because of shipping circumstances. A part of me would concur as I had been traveling constantly (probably every two to three weeks) right before my laptop experienced that issue.

If you bought your laptop from an online store and it’s exhibiting the problems I described above, you can maybe try the simple solution I did first before taking it to the technician.

Posted in health, Tutorials

What You Need To Know Before Purchasing Supplements on iHerb | A Review

Prior to hearing about iHerb, I only ever searched for Burdock Root capsules on Amazon. Back in the Philippines, I had purchased from Amazon before using My Shopping Box as a forwarding service. Since I am in Vietnam as of the moment, I thought I could also shop on Amazon using a forwarding service that would ship to Vietnam. It was easy searching for forwarding services that supports Amazon and that ships from the USA to Vietnam but I found myself signing up from one forwarding service to another until another became 3 or 4 futile signups. Why? Because the forwarding services charge membership fees unlike My Shopping Box. I finally found the solution by simply entering “Burdock root capsules” on Google search. An ad for Burdock root capsules on iHerb is at the top of the results which I clicked right through.

It was a breeze signing up and I even had a $0.70 discount. I placed an order for 2 bottles of Burdock Root capsules on the day I signed up, June 7th, and I got the notification that my order would arrive in my Hanoi address via DHL on June 10th.

On June 10th, I was contacted by DHL via email that my shipment has arrived but that they would need more information regarding the contents.

1 – Here is the information you would need to supply DHL for customs clearance:

•       Description of goods (clear and specific: model, brand name, part number)
•       Origin of goods: Erlanger, USA
•       Material (Made Of): Vegetarian capsules
•       Equipment/Machine part (if applicable):
•       Use (applicable for equipment, chemicals): Supplements
•       Harmonized System (HS) code: 121190
•       100% New or Secondhand: 100% new
•       Company name, full address and registered VAT number for receipts printing: (not applicable for me)
Whatever product you order on iHerb, you may look for the harmonized system here.
2 – After determining that the Burdock root capsules I ordered was categorised under Health and Beauty supplements, I was informed about this:

According to Decree No.15/ND-CP, your shipment need provide import license from Ministry of Health:

  • The following import cases shall be exempted from state inspection on food safety;
  • Foods in certain quantity passed through immigration for personal consumption within the limit of duty free paid;
  • Foods in diplomatic bags, consular bags;
  • Transited food and re-exported foods;
  • Foods kept in bonded warehouses;
  • Foods served as samples or for testing or research purposes;
  • Foods served as samples for displaying at fairs and exhibitions.

However, with small quantity, please send me the photo of your passport and brand name of each item, and do the letter as attached, so that we can help you to submit to customs and wait for their approval.

In case customs officers still ask to provide import license, we will keep you updated.

3 – This is the template of the letter required:

To whom it may concern:

I am (Name).

Passport Number: xxxxxxx

Address: xxxxxxxx

I have a shipment sent by DHL Express AWB xxxxxxxxxx  from iHerb US which contains:

  1. Nature’s Way Burdock Root Vegetarian Capsules (supplement) ; Nature’s Way, Burdock Root capsules, 2 plastic bottles, $13.38

They are totally for my personal use, not for sale.

I confirm that all above information is truly right and I commit to pay all taxes arising from this shipment.

I look forward to receiving your help to release my shipment soon.

Thanks.

(Name)

4 – I replied with a passport of my photo and that template letter and the next day, June 12th, my Burdock Root capsules were delivered without any additional charges.

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Update: November 27, 2018

For iHerb orders shipped to Thailand, it’s less inconvenient. I tried ordering Burdock Root and Hemp Oil on separate occasions to my address here in Nonthaburi and although the delivery waiting period is a bit longer compared to what I experienced back in Hanoi, I did not need to present certain documents on my part. My iHerb orders would usually arrive 2-3 days before the expected delivery time.

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Posted in Mobile App, Tutorials

Using Markup From Camera Roll

After capturing a screenshot on an iPhone, there is immediately an option for you to write texts on it or add some markups on it before it goes to your Camera Roll. You would see a prompt to Save it to Photos or Delete Screenshot after editing it. In cases where you already made the screenshot but weren’t able to tap on Edit, you can still do so later by selecting the particular screenshot and tapping on Edit.

I didn’t know this simple tip before and just thought I would share it for others to save time in editing photos and screenshots. I used to retrieve my photo or screenshot to be edited via iCloud.com’s Camera Roll and open Paint on my Windows laptop to add markups on my photos or screenshots.

Here’s how:

Posted in Mobile App, Social Network, Tutorials

Viewing Instagram Stories

Instagram already has new fonts available for Instagram stories but for now the update for this feature has not been rolled out yet for some locations. My friend in the Philippines has already started using the new fonts for Instagram stories and they look really awesome it makes me jealous for not having this update yet.

Some may not know this so I will mention it anyway. When viewing Instagram stories, you can go back to the previous story by tapping on the lower left part of the screen and forward to the next story by tapping on the lower right or upper right part of the screen. So if you want to fast forward a story (I do not know if this affects the viewing numbers), you can do so by tapping on the lower right or upper right part of the screen. Continually tapping on the upper left part of the screen would enable you to repeat a particular story from its very beginning – useful in case you didn’t catch the first part of the message of the story during the first viewing. If you want to pause to be able to read everything in the story, of course, you’ll simply hold tap on the screen and release if you’re ready to move on to the next story. These gestures, of course, work with past live stories – stories from users who recently went live which sometimes show up as a blinking play button for a while after the live session has ended.

When viewing Instagram stories, your name would be registered as a viewer on an IG public user’s story even if you do not follow each other. Even if you only had few comment exchanges in either one of your or his/her post, your name will still be registered as a viewer.

I sent a Feedback to Instagram regarding the story viewers feature and requested an option where a user can have the option to toggle between seeing all viewers’ thumbnail display pictures and simply numbers of viewers at the bottom of each story.

Posted in Mobile App, Tutorials

How To Cancel or Renew Office 365 Subscription on iPhone

iTunes had undergone many revisions and with each update comes the elimination of the familiar. In Google searches on how to cancel subscription or auto renewal in iTunes, I would still come across tutorials for old versions of iTunes on the top results where iTunes still had an option for Delete Subscription.

I had subscribed to Office 365 via iTunes for some time in the past and when the time came when I no longer needed to use it on my mobile because I bought a new laptop which came with a 1-year free subscription of Office 365 Personal, I found cancelling my subscription auto renewal to be a more stubborn idea than I had thought – stubborn in the sense that I did not want the Office 365 to appear under my iTunes subscription. I could not cancel it on my Office 365 dashboard because the subscription was done on iTunes.

To prevent my iTunes account from automatically charging my card for my Office 365 Home subscription, I went to the App Store on my iPhone and tapped on my Account name and email. I selected Country/Region.

In my case, I changed it to the US store and it solved the auto renewal charge problem for me. I did not change stores for a month. The advantage of changing stores is to get rid of the auto-renewal charge. If you let it auto-renew, you can still cancel but even cancelling the subscription will extend the period you are still subscribed to Office 365 Home via iTunes. Changing stores eliminates this problem as the Office 365 subscription will no longer appear under your Subscription list.

You have to make sure you have no other existing iTunes subscriptions other than your Office 365. There is no clear cut workaround about completely deleting the Office 365 subscription on your iTunes account and not see it listed there anymore.

If you decide to change your store back again (because some local apps are exclusively available for download only in your country), the Office 365 subscription will still appear but it will now be listed under Expired.

The Expired list does come in handy for when you change your mind and want to renew your Office 365 on your iPhone. Simply follow these steps:

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Another option would be to delete the e-mail account associated with the Office 365 subscription. Just make sure to back up any data in your OneDrive and/or Outlook e-mails.