How To Turn Off Read Receipts On Skype

Read notifications have become a staple on all messaging apps and even apps that are meant for professional networking. The average messaging app not only tells you when a message was read but also when it was delivered. Skype, which has long forgotten what people loved and used it for, has added a read notifications feature. As of this writing, the feature is live on macOS, iOS, and Android. Windows 10 users on the insider builds will also be able to use it and those on the stable version will get access to it pretty soon.  If you aren’t a fan of read receipts on Skype, you can turn them off. Here’s how.

Read Receipts On Skype

Open the Skype app on your phone and tap your name at the top. This will take you to your profile screen. On you profile screen, tap the cog wheel button at the top right to go to the app’s settings.

On the Skype settings screen, you will see different groups of settings you can manage. Go to the Messaging settings, and turn the Send read receipts switch off.

As with all chat and messaging apps, if you turn off read receipts on Skype, you will likewise not be able to see if someone has read your message or not.

Skype already tells you if your message has been sent and delivered or not. It also tells you when a contact was last online, if a contact is currently active, as well as when someone is typing.

As per the brief tests we’ve done it seems that for now this feature depends on the app version that the other person is running. If the person you’re talking to isn’t running a version of Skype that supports read receipts yet, you will not be able to get read receipts for them and they obviously will not be able to get read receipts for messages they send to you.

If you don’t see the option to enable or disable read receipts on Skype, make sure you’re running the latest version of the app. For Windows 10 users, it’s guessed that the feature will be available with the next Windows 10 feature update expected in Fall this year. It isn’t more than one month away. What’s unclear is that if users opt to skip or postpone the update until its maiden bugs have been identified and somewhat sorted out, will they be able to get this feature through an app update.

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How To Resume Recording A Voice Memo On iOS

iOS has a dedicated Voice Memo app. This app is great and coupled with the excellent hardware that an iPhone has, it makes for a good recording tool. On the surface of it, it seems that you can only record a voice memo in one go. If you want to add something to a memo after you’re done recording, there does’t seem to be a way to do that. That’s not the case, at least not on iOS 12. If you want, you can resume recording a voice memo on iOS even days after you’ve made it. Here’s how.

Resume Recording A Voice Memo

Open the Voice Memo app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap the voice memo that you want to continue recording. When you tap a voice memo, it expands to reveal a delete button, and a more options button. Tap the more options button and from the menu that opens, select Edit Recording.

This will open the memo for editing. On this screen, you can clip parts of the memo out, shorten it, change the name, and replace parts of it if you want. Since you can trim a voice memo, it stands to reason that you can play through it on the editing screen. What you need to do is drag your finger across the voice memo’s timeline and take it to the very end. Once you’re positioned at the very end, you will see that the Replace button is replaced with a Resume button.

Tap this button and you can continue recording a voice memo. When you’re done, the new audio that you recorded will be added to the end of the original one. It will be seamless and you won’t be able to tell where the addition was made.

When you sync voice memos to iTunes, or share the one you added more voice to, it will be shared as a single file. The new addition is appended to it much like a new page is added to an existing document.

You can do this with any number of voice memos on your phone. It doesn’t matter how old they are. The option to replace a part of the memo, or to add more to it will always be there. The size and the length of an edited memo will obviously change after you’ve made your edits but apart from that, it will be a seamless audio file.

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How To Upload HD Photos To Facebook From Your Phone

Smartphones have excellent cameras and every year, they get better. The amount of detail you can capture in an image taken on a high-end phone can rival a DSLR camera. These photos are often shared online to apps like Instagram or social networks like Facebook. Users share them on the go and that means they use their mobile network. To make the upload faster, and to tax your data plan less, Facebook doesn’t upload the best version of the photo i.e. it uploads a compressed photo. Here’s how you can upload HD photos to Facebook from your phone.

Upload HD Photos To Facebook – iPhone

Open the Settings app and tap the Facebook app. On the app’s details screen you will see a complete list of all the permissions that the app has. You can change any of the permissions that the app has from this screen. Scroll down and you will see two switches for uploading videos and photos to HD.

If you only want to upload HD photos to Facebook, you can enable the option for the photos alone and leave the video one off.

Upload HD Photos To Facebook – Android

On Android, open the Facebook app and go to the hamburger tab. Scroll down to the very bottom and tap Settings & Privacy. This will reveal additional settings. Tap App Settings. On the App Settings screen, you will see switches for HD image and video upload. You can enable both, or either one on your phone.

There’s no similar option for the desktop version of the Facebook website but the images you share from your desktop are, by default, compressed and thus their quality is reduced. The same goes for videos that you post to your timeline. To work around this, you should first create an album and then upload photos and/or videos to it. When you do, you see the uploader that will upload the HD version of your media.

We should mention that if you decide to start uploading photos in HD to Facebook from your phone, it will take longer for them to upload, the images will take longer to load for others on their timeline, and your data plan will be consumed more than usual. It’s also worth mentioning that the Facebook apps which are notorious for how much they drain your phone’s battery, will probably consume more power when uploading HD photos or videos. It might be a better idea to upload them when you get home and have a desktop to work from.

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How To Get An RSS Link To A Podcast On iTunes

iTunes isn’t just great for buying high quality music, it’s also a good place to find podcasts on all sorts of topics. You can subscribe to most popular podcasts on iTunes however you may not like listening to them on the app itseld. A lot of people have their own preferred apps for listening to podcasts and these apps allow you to add any podcast to it with an RSS link. Here’s how you can get an RSS link to a podcast on iTunes.

RSS Link To iTunes Podcast

Open iTunes on your desktop. Make sure you’re already subscribed to the podcast that you want to get the RSS link to. Go to your Library and select Podcasts. From the list of podcasts in your library, right-click the one you want to get the RSS link for. From the context menu, select ‘Copy Podcast URL’. This will copy the RSS link to your clipboard. Save it somewhere or add it to your preferred podcast app.

This allows you to listen to the complete podcast series. If you want, you can also get the link to a specific episode from a podcast. To do that, again go to your iTunes library and select Podcasts. Select the podcast that contains the episode you want to get the link to. Find the episode from the list of episodes and right-click it. From the context menu, select Podcast Info.

Another window will open. This window will have multiple tabs. Go to the Description tab and check the description given for it. It will contain a direct link to the episode. You can use this link to listen to a particular episode instead of the entire podcast. To listen to the episode, add the link the same way you add a podcast to your preferred app.

If you don’t have a podcast app that you prefer, you can always use VLC player but we should warn you that while it can play entire podcast series as well as individual episodes, it’s not the greatest podcast player.

If you’re looking for a new podcast app and you don’t mind spending money on one, make sure that it allows you to add podcasts with a link. It’s a fairly staple feature but some apps prefer to offer their own selection of podcasts and bar all others from being streamed. That’s not the kind of app you want to spend money on so do your research before you buy an app. There are of course a lot of free ones that are good.

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How To Create Multiple Profiles In Firefox

You can create multiple profiles in Firefox, much like you can in Chrome. The profile lets you run somewhat separate instances of the browser but it’s not quite like Chrome’s profiles that can run multiple instances of the browser. With Firefox, all profiles that you create still sync with the same Firefox account that you’ve connected, and you get the same add-ons installed across all of them. That said, Firefox’s profiles can still be useful to keep work and personal browsing separate. Here’s how you can create multiple profiles in Firefox.

Multiple Profiles In Firefox

Open Firefox, paste the following in the location bar, and tap Enter.

about:profiles

On the page that opens, click the Create a New Profile button at the top.

Another window will open. Click Next on it, and then enter a name for the profile. This name isn’t going to be displayed anywhere inside the browser however, it will create a dedicated folder where your profile’s settings will be saved. You can change where this folder is created but it’s a good idea to stick to the default location.

Click Finish and the profile will appear on the Profile page. As mentioned before, Firefox’s multiple profile support isn’t as good as Chrome’s. This means that switching between different profiles isn’t as easy. You have to do it from the Profiles page. You can change which profile Firefox opens by default by setting a different one as the default profile.

You can use an add-on called Profile Indicator and it will indicate in the Title Bar which profile you’re currently running. It’s easy enough to set up though it too doesn’t offer up a simpler way to switch between profiles.

It goes without saying that multiple profiles in Firefox are beyond underwhelming. There isn’t much that’s kept separate between profiles except, perhaps your browsing history and cookies.

There aren’t too many add-ons that make managing these profiles easier. In fact, there are probably add-ons that can create and allow you to run different instances of Firefox. You might have to search around for the right add-on and it too might not do everything you need it to. There’s little that can bring Firefox up to par with Chrome in this regard and it doesn’t seem like Mozilla is going to be adding it any time soon.

Firefox has just undergone a major design overhaul and there is nothing to indicate that any attempt whatsoever was made to improve this particular aspect of the browser.

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