In a recent attempt to intrude our private lives, WhatsApp added another layer of unnecessary information in the form of blue check marks, indicating that the recipient has indeed read the message.
The addition of the blue check marks is utterly unwanted in our opinion, given that this brings back the social pressure to reply – what most users consider an interruption of privacy. In the interest of privacy, WhatsApp earlier added the choice to conceal the ‘last seen’ notification that informs the other party when that person was last available on the messaging platform.
Well, there is a way around to avoid this new feature. Rahul Banker, a blogger and head of India’s Google Developers Group, has revealed the method to avoid this feature in a blogpost.
Basically, when you read the message you received on WhatsApp, the app uses your Wi-Fi or Data connection to notify the sender that the message has been read via blue tick marks. So, if you read the message offline, the app won’t be able to send the information to the sender.
So, if you don’t want the sender to know whether you have read the message or not, you just need to switch off your internet and Wi-Fi connections, then open WhatsApp and read the message. Close the app, reconnect to your data or Wi-Fi, and the check marks remain grey.
Here are 60 tips to help you get more from Windows XP taken from the Windows XP official magazine website:
1: Use stable drivers
Drivers are the cause of most system crashes, so open System Properties and click the Hardware tab. Click on Driver Signing and set Windows XP to block the installation of unsigned drivers.
2: Replace your missing Windows XP files
Error messages warning you of missing .dll files or flaky programs indicate that some core parts of Windows XP are missing, so open the Run dialogue box and type ?sfc /scannow?. A utility scans your system for missing system files and replaces them. You may be prompted to insert your original Windows XP installation CD, so keep it close to hand.
3: Check for unsigned system files
Open the Run dialogue box and type ?sigverif?. Then click on Start in the utility that opens and your hard drive is scanned for questionable system files. Now check the files the scan brings up.
4. Clean out unwanted .dll files
Open RegEdit and nav…
As modern netizens, getting online is probably a vital part of your day. Olive's Nexus VR-9 is a portable Wi-Fi router that makes it possible to share a single connection with all your Wi-Fi enabled gadgets. All you need is a high-speed USB data card.
The idea is simple: plug in a data card into the router's USB port and it instantly creates a Wi-Fi hotspot wherever you are. At home or in office, multiple laptops can share the same data connection. You could provide wireless internet for Wi-Fi phones, iPods and tablets. On the move, your laptop and portable gadget continue to have internet access as long as your battery lasts.
It comes with a wall charger to keep plugged in at home/office. On the move, the battery is good enough to power it for a respectable 3 hours and 50 minutes (at least two devices were connected throughout this time in our testing). Aside from the portability, the biggest advantage is the savings it can offer.
Priced at 3,500, the Olive Nexus VR-9 could e…