Newsletter: Skype Gets Read Receipts & Apple May Launch 5G Phones

Newsletter: Skype Gets Read Receipts & Apple May Launch 5G Phones

QUOTE OF THE DAY: In the 20th century, we had a century where at the beginning of the century, most of the world was agricultural and industry was very primitive. At the end of that century, we had men in orbit, we had been to the moon, we had people with cell phones and color televisions and the Internet and amazing medical technology of all kinds. – “David Gerrold“


THE STORY: After many web messaging companies, Microsoft Skype also has introduced the blue tick on the sent message that would help you know if the recipient has seen the message. The read receipts version of the application is going to be for all the platforms.


‘Read Receipts’ is a feature first popularized by web messaging giant WhatsApp. The blue tick on a message sent by you indicates that the recipient has seen the sent message. The blue tick on a message clears all the doubts and resolves the issue associated with a message. In WhatsApp, the blue tick tells you the exact time when the message was read by the recipient. You just need to press and hold the blue tick and tap the information button (‘i’ in a circle) to get the details. With blue tick enabled, you can ensure that the message sent by you has been successfully read by the recipient. Skype has been a pioneer in messaging services but only lacked in read receipts, now with this feature enabled, it can expect more user base.


Microsoft has been working to upscale Skype for a long time. Apart from the read receipts, it has worked over introducing the emojis, GIFs and many more feature to make it look alluring for the users. However, there is a huge user base who don’t really want the Blue Tick feature on their Skype. Also, it may be taken as a breach in their privacy and confidentiality. But, if you’re among those who don’t praise the blue ticks that much, you have all the liberty to not use it.

There are two ways you can avoid the blue tick read receipts on your device. First, Microsoft Skype is going to let you use the option to enable or disable the blue tick on your sent messages. You just have to play a little with its settings and have it disabled. However, if you disable the blue tick to be shown to your contacts, it may not allow you to see the same on your sent messages too. Another option to avoid getting this feature is to not update your current Skype app. The blue tick feature is going to be the part of a new update. If you choose not to update it, you can keep working on the older one. However, it may discontinue supporting the current version of the app after a few days or months. So, not updating is just temporary option to not want it.


THE STORY: For its 2018 brand, Apple may consider launching its mid-range phone in new colors. Also, Apple is reportedly going to dump Intel for the creation of 5G enabled modems for the new devices.


Apple is reportedly launching its 2018 iPhone with new colors. According to TF International Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the company is planning to launch its iPhone 9 in gray, blue, orange, red and white colors. Apple is planning to provide this new device with the same bezel-free screen and Face ID detection technology. However, the quality of LCD this time would be a bit lighter than its now in iPhone X. Although, this is not the first time that Apple has announced new colors. Last time it has introduced the Red iPhone too. However, Apple may be considering “orange is the new black” as this color is being used for the first time by Apple.


A report from CTech, suggests that Apple has officially notified Intel that it is not going to deploy the Sunny Peak chip in its upcoming 5G phones. Sunny Peak would have integrated Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 5G modem on the same chip to be used in smartphones. Although, Apple was supposed to be its biggest buyer, but it doesn’t seem to be happening according to the report. It indeed shifts the Intel engineers to move from this project and focus somewhere else, but they’ve blamed Apple’s decision specifically on the integration of 802.11 ad (WiGig) Wi-Fi standard.

Rishi Sharma is a technical writer at Systweak Software. Being a software developer, he inclines to write about modern technology and progressive security for computers. One staunch admirer of Cricket, Rishi is also an active social worker and a gourmand.

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