WhatsApp is testing a ‘message read’ with blue double tick

WhatsApp FAQs

WhatsApp finally tells you when your messages have been read

WhatsApp will now finally tell you when your messages have been read. WhatsApp messages have always been accompanied by ticks to show sent and delivered messages, but they have also been the source of some confusion.

Now the company is experimenting with a third version: the blue double-check that represents a message has been read, listened to or viewed. The confusion around the ticks is long standing. People often believe one tick means ‘delivered‘, and two ticks means ‘read‘. However, one tick actually means ‘sent‘, and two means ‘delivered‘, not read. The double blue ticks would mean ‘read‘.

You can already see on Facebook Messenger when a message has been seen, and this is WhatsApp’s version. However, it may upset some users that don’t want to mark messages as read. You have the option of turning off the ‘last seen’ timestamp on WhatsApp, giving you some privacy.

The social pressure to reply to a message might be greater if someone knows if you have actually read a message or not, making some people uncomfortable. It remains to be seen what will happen with the blue double tick – perhaps it will be optional, or maybe tests won’t lead WhatsApp to roll out the feature.

The double blue check marks have been rolled out to WhatsApp without the need to update the app. WhatsApp has added information about them to its FAQ section, confirming that two blue ticks does mean your message has been read. In a group message, you’ll see the blue ticks when all members have read the message.

You cannot turn this feature off.

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PS4 Update 2.0 – Available Tomorrow

Sony has confirmed via Twitter that the PlayStation 4’s next significant firmware update – version 2.0, will be made available tomorrow on October 28.


The update, which Sony has codenamed ‘Masamune’, will contain a host of new features, including theme support, enhancements to live broadcasting (which includes dedicated app support for YouTube and the ability to upload your gameplay footage directly to it), improved voice commands, and a USB music player that will allow us to insert a USB stick loaded with music into our PS4 and play our own music in the background while playing a game.

Masamune will also bring with it the long-awaited Share Play feature. Share Play “will create an online local co-op experience by allowing you to invite a friend to join your game—even when they don’t own a copy of it.” You’ll be able to play alongside a friend, or even invite them to temporarily take over the controls of the game you’re currently playing, “as if you were together in the same room.”

Sony first outlined PS4’s 2.0 firmware at Gamescom in August but, until now, Sony had not confirmed when it would be made available.

“Timing will be confirmed when there’s no chance of it changing,” responded SCEA director of product planning & software innovation Scott McCarthy in a comment to a reader on the PlayStation Blog last week.

Are you looking forward to the v2.0 update? Let us know in the comments below.

Have you got what it takes to Go Sober for October?

Going Sober for October

Going Sober for October

Britons spend a year of their lives hungover. Time for a sober October? Taking a month off the booze can have many potential benefits. Just imagine what you could achieve without a hangover. Do something amazing for people with cancer – Go 31 days with no lager, no wine… not even a shandy, all to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support’s vital work.

By having 31 gloriously hangover-free days you’ll not only be raising lots of money to help people with cancer, you’ll also be doing oodles of good for your own health. Together with a few small improvements to your diet and exercise routine you could expect to experience a range of the following:

  • Increased energy levels, higher productivity
  • Clearer head
  • No more hangovers
  • Sleeping better / snoring less
  • Weight loss
  • Clearer skin
  • Healthier bank balance / Save money
  • Sense of achievement
  • Fresh approach to alcohol consumption
  • Generally feel healthier
  • Doing something positive for a good cause

How can someone get involved?
Everything is managed through the Go Sober website. From here you can Sign Up, make and receive donations, run your own profile page, create a team, go ‘Head-to–Head’ with a mate or colleague, create a Designated Dryver event, see your national ranking, update your status and much more.

Although some people have quizzed the campaign saying “suggesting drinkers go cold turkey for a month could actually do more harm than good” – let us know what you think down in the comments.

Google Glass Explorer Programme now open in the UK – £1000

Google Glass launches in the UK

Google Glass launches in the UK

More than two years after Google launched its Glass Explorer scheme in the U.S, it has finally made it available in the UK – but will set you back £1,000.

From today, any British resident aged over 18 can buy a Glass prototype from the official website for £1,000 – as long as they have a valid credit card. Google Glass was developed by Google X – the facility within Google devoted to technological advancements, such as driverless cars.

The wearable headset has also launched with partner apps including Zombies Run and Goal.com. It was initially designed in 2011 to resemble standard eyeglasses, but with the lens replaced by a heads-up display (HUD). Google later engineered a prototype that weighed 8lb (3.6kg), and the current version is now lighter than the average pair of sunglasses at 1.6oz (50g).

In April 2013, the Explorer Edition was made available to Google I/O developers in the U.S for $1,500.

The email from Google:

Hi there

The UK is known as a centre of innovation, where people like you are excited to explore new products and ideas. After many months of development, we’re expanding the Glass Explorer Programme to the UK, to bring together bold, creative individuals who want to help shape the future of Glass.

We wanted you to be among the first to know, as places on the Explorer Programme are limited, so join us soon.

Purchase Glass

Want to learn more about Glass, or try it with different frames and accessories? Schedule an appointment at our new London Basecamp. You’ll meet with a Glass Guide and learn how to make Glass your own.

Schedule an appointment

Until next time,
The Glass Team

We’ve had Google Glass for over a year now (shipped from the U.S) what do you think about this eyewear technology? Let us know down in the comments.

BGT: 2014 voting results revealed!

BGT 2014 ITV Promo

BGT 2014 Promo © ITV

Collabro have won this year’s Britain’s Got Talent.

The musical theatre group take home the £250,000 prize and will be performing for the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance. The boys who wowed tonight with their version of Stars from Les Miserables thanked their fans.

Lucy Kay came second with Bars and Melody taking third place.

Now that we finally know who this year’s winner is, let’s have a look at the percentage of votes from each day of the live shows! You can see last years voting results – which saw Attraction win by clicking here.

Semi Final 1

Collabro 62.3%
Darcy Oake 15.5%
Jon Clegg 9.4%
CountryVive 4.0%
Micky Dumoulin 3.0%
Lauren & Terrell 2.8%
Patsy May 1.3%
Christian Spridon 0.9%
Henrietta Adewole 0.8%

Semi Final 2

James Smith 41.3%
Jodi Bird 16.5%
The Addict Initiative 11.4%
Mini Moves 7.3%
Ed Drewett 7.0%
BoldDog FMX Team 6.4%
SweetChix 5.5%
Ricky K 4.1%
Kony Puppets 0.5%

Semi Final 3

Lucy Kay 45.8%
Yanis, Arnaud & Mehdi 21.5%
Cartel 11.5%
Ellis Chick 9.7%
Reaformed 5.2%
Sam Jones 2.4%
Crazy Rouge 1.9%
Kitty & Rosie 1.5%
Brian Chan 0.5%

Semi Final 4

Bars & Melody 47.5%
Lettice Rowbotham 16.8%
Innova Irish Dance Co 13.8%
Light Balance 11.7%
Eva Iglesias 5.6%
Toju 1.9%
Kieran & Sarah 1.5%
Pyroterra 0.7%
Allan Turner-Ward 0.5%

Semi Final 5

Jack Pack 57.0%
Paddy & Nico 13.9%
Bailey McConnell 12.4%
Jenson Zhu 4.1%
Kings & Queens 3.5%
La Voix & LGBB 3.3%
Andrew Derbyshire 2.3%
Kieran Lai 2.0
Peat Loaf & Elaine 1.5%

Live Final

Collabro 26.5%
Lucy Kay 17.0%
Bars & Melody 14.3%
Jack Pack 10.6%
Darcy Oake 8.5%
James Smith 6.9%
Jon Clegg 5.2%
Lettice Rowbotham 4.0%
Paddy & Nico 3.6%
The Addict Initiative 2.4%
Yanis, Arnaud & Mehdi 1.0%

Are you super-thrilled that Collabro took the title of Britain’s Got Talent 2014 series 8? Let us know down in the comments below!

That’s it from this year, we will see you in two-thousand-and-fifteen!

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