IRCTC have great news for Indian smartphone users. Now they can check Indian Railway PNR status right from their smartphone and that’s too from their favorite messaging app WhatsApp. If you ever got a waitlisted or RAC ticket from Indian Railway, you may have experience on how tedious was to check the PNR status of your ticket. Previously, passengers were required to call the Indian Railway’s reservation enquiry number ‘139’ or had to check through IRCTC website. Both the processes were not that easy.
You might already have experience of the busy IRCTC server when you really need an urgent Tatkal ticket by using IRCTC website. So in order to decrease the server load on IRCTC for PNR enquiry and further simplify the process, IRCTC made a tie-up with travel website Make My Trip. This tie-up now brings information such as PNR Status, live train status and many more right on the fingerprints of the passengers.
Follow the below steps to check the PNR status:
Add ‘7349389104’ to your contact number. This is the official WhatsApp number of MakeMyTrip.
Once you save the number, open your WhatsApp and refresh the contact list. Tap on the ‘New Message’ icon from the bottom right corner and then tap on the three horizontal dots and select refresh option.
Search the contact number you just saved and tap on it to open chat screen.
If you would like to check the live train status, send the train number. To check PNR status, send the PNR number.
For instance, if your PNR number is 0123456789, then type ‘PNR 0123456789’ and press send.
In case you would like to know the train status then if the train number is 12425, just type in ‘12425’ without any additional text and send it to MakeMyTrip contact.
MakeMyTrip will respond to your query and provide you the details like your PNR status, train departure time, running status and expected time of arrival etc. You may have to wait for a little bit as you are not alone querying the MakeMyTrip server. Also, remember to check for the blue ticks of delivery status of the message.
The service is absolutely free of cost and you can check the PNR status for anyone. You do not need to be the owner of the Ticket in order to check for the PNR status.
Feel free to comment on your experience and let others know about it.
If you are a WhatsApp user, WhatsApp has a message for you.
As you most probably know that there is a shuffle going on between Indian Govt. and Whatsapp for the traceability of the messages. WhatsApp has a message for its users.
Recently Whatsapp notified its users that the end-to-end encryption service it provides for messaging between users may no longer work if they choose to store the message backup in Google Drive.
Pact With Google
If you think that there is any kind of shuffle is going on between Whatsapp and Google, you are wrong. On August 16, Whatsapp signed a pact with Google to allow its users to save their backup messages on its cloud server. Now message backup will not impact users allowed a quota of 15GB google drive space. Till now, Whatsapp uses users allowed a quota of 15GB for backup storage.
Messages are decrypted before save
Then what happened between Google and Whatsapp which led to the messaging platform to says this. Well, this is not the first time. Even in 2017, Whatsapp explained to its users that data stored in Google Drive is not encrypted. This is because, Whatsapp serve the end to end encryption messages between two users but if you choose to store your data somewhere else, the data need to be decrypted.
Recently Indian government called to the messaging platform to offer traceability of the message to fight against the fake news. But it reiterated that its messages are encrypted and it cannot offer traceability. End to end encryption means the messages a user sends can only be read by the recipient and vice versa. No one can read the message by any means. For the users who choose to back up, the messages are decrypted on the phone and sent to the drive for backup. If law enforcement agencies request Google for specific user data, then they have to comply.
With the rise of smartphones, the way of communication has been changed forever and many of us live in a world
which is always connected. Now a day, Whatsapp messenger became one of the faces of communication between many young people. Almost everyone knows about Whatsapp and use it on their smartphone. But do you know that you can pin your important chats at the top of Whatsapp? Or you can share your live location with your friends or family? Like these there are many other tricks out there you can do with Whatsapp. We will be discussing 9 such Whatsapp tips and tricks in detail.
1. Send message without typing
Yes, you read it right; you can send messages in Whatsapp without even typing. Thanks for Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri to make this possible. Android users can send messages through Google Assistant while iPhone users can do the same using Siri. You just need to ask Google Assistant or Siri to send Whatsapp and follow their instruction. Google Assistant and Siri can also read out the messages for you if you like.
2. Share your live location
Now you can share your live location with your family and friends using Whatsapp. This is real-time location tracking service. Once you share your live location with someone, they would be able to locate your current location wherever you go for a period you select while sharing. There are 3 time-frames which you can select while sharing your location and these are 15 Minutes, 1 Hour and 8 Hours.
This is very easy to share your live location. Just open WhatsApp, select the contact with whom you would like to share your location, tap on the “Attachment” icon from the typing space and select “Location”. Once you do this, Whatsapp will ask you to choose between two options – “Share live location” and “Send your current location”. Tap on the first option, select Continue on the infobox, then select the time frame and tap on the send button. This is it and your friend will live track your location.
3. Unsend a message
Unlike other Whatsapp tips and tricks, this trick is very useful when you send a wrong message to a wrong person. If you sent a message mistakenly to someone, don’t worry you can still delete it. Select the message by pressing it for a while, tap on the “Delete” option on the top bar of Whatsapp. Now you will get three options – “Delete for me”, “Cancel” & “Delete for everyone”. Tap or select the “Delete for everyone” option to delete the message forever and the recipient wouldn’t be able to read it.
Remember you can only get 7 minutes after sending the message to delete. If you lose this time, you can’t delete it afterward.
4. Pin a chat
Sometimes you want your most important chats to be on the top of the list. By default, Whatsapp brings the last conversation to the top of the list. Searching for a particular chat sometime became tedious. Now Whatsapp added a new feature called Pin. With this feature, you can pin a contact to the top of the list. To pin a chat, select the contact and long press on it which you would like to pin and after a few seconds, you will see a Pin icon at the top bar of Whatsapp along with other icons like delete etc. Now tap on the Pin icon and you will see the chat instantly goes up to the top in the list. The pinned chat will be at the top of the list until you unpin it by following the same way.
5. Edit an image before send
Yes, you can edit an image on Whatsapp before sending them to anyone. But as of now, the Whatsapp editor is only limited few options like cropping, adding text and or adding emotions on pictures. But still, this is a nice feature addition by Whatsapp.
You can edit the images after loading them into Whatsapp before sending. Select the contact to which you would like to send the image, tap on the attachment icon from the typing space and select the appropriate image you would like. Once you select the image, it will be opened inside Whatsapp image editor, now you can add text caption, emotions or crop the image and send it.
6. Chat in your mother tongue
English is the default language of Whatsapp and but the only one supported by it. There is a large number of regional languages are now supported by Whatsapp and it might be your mother tongue. In order to check or change the Whatsapp language, open Whatsapp, then go to settings, select chat, and tap on your desired language. That’s it, you are done.
7. Create conversation shortcut on the home screen
We all have at least one person with whom we constantly chatting in Whatsapp. In order to chat with them, we always need to open Whatsapp and open their chat to start. What if you get a shortcut on your home screen and just tap on it to start the chat. Yes now, this is possible with Whatsapp. You can create a chat shortcut too. Open the Whatsapp, select the chat for which you would like to create the shortcut by long pressing on it, tap on the three-dot on the top right of Whatsapp screen and select “Add chat shortcut”.
8. Turn off last seen
If you are concerned about your privacy and do not want other people to know when you last checked Whatsapp time, you can do so now. Just go to Settings -> Select Account -> Tap on Privacy -> Choose Last Seen and then select the most appropriate option.
9. Turn off auto download
Almost on a daily basis, we receive lots of photos and videos from our contacts which we do not want. And if you are a part of some pesky groups then it is needless to say anything as you would have been receiving lots of “Good Morning” kind of messages. These photos and videos take up the memory space on our phones and sometimes let us struggle to save our precious data also. If you would like to manage what gets downloaded automatically and what don’t, you can do so now with Whatsapp. Go to Settings -> tap on “Data and storage usage” option -> tap on “When using mobile data” option under Media auto-download category and select appropriate options.
If you have any other Whatsapp tips and tricks, please don’t hesitate to share with us in the comment section.
Gmail recently launched “Confidential Mode” feature for Gmail users of smartphones. Here we will discuss this feature and how to use it.
Many of you already aware of the conversational thread enabling /disabling feature by Gmail. For those who are unaware, this feature let emails with the same subject groups together. You can turn off/on this feature by visiting the setting page. Now Google bought another great feature named “Confidential mode” for Gmail users for Android and iOS. Google launched this feature earlier this year for Desktop users but was unavailable for Android and iOS till now.
This “Confidential mode” will prevent a mail from being forwarded, copied and downloaded on the desktop or a smartphone. You can set expiry date for self-destructive email and if it contains highly sensitive content, you can even set an SMS passcode lock for it. This feature also allows you to prevent the recipient from opening the message before the expiry date. You will be able to set these options while composing the email.
According to Google, although the “Confidential Mode” brings all the security feature required to prevent misuse of the message, it can’t prevent one from taking a screenshot of the content and sharing with others.
Let’s see how you can set “Confidential mode”
For those using Desktop
Open Gmail on your browser and click on “Compose” button.
On the bottom of the message window, you can see the “Confidential mode” icon which resembles a lock with a clock.
Now you can set message expiration date and passcode here. It will protect both the text and its attachments.
Once you are done, click on save and it will close the “Confidential Mode” box.
For Android / iOS (iPhones/iPad) users
Open Gmail app and tap on “Compose” option.
On the top right, tap on the three dots “More” option and select “Confidential Mode”.
Set up the expiry date and passcode and click on Save.
Now compose the message or if already composed then send it.
If you would like to prevent the recipient from opening the email before the expiry date, follow the below steps
For both Desktop and Smartphone users
Open Gmail app, tap on “Sent” option to open sent messages.
Click / Tap on the confidential email (the email which is set as confidential email) to open it.
Click / Tap on “Remove access” option. This will prevent the recipient to view the message before the expiry date.
Here in this article, I will cover the topic on how you can delete WhatsApp data from Google Drive.
Everyone who re-installed WhatsApp after removing from their devices or changed the device with the same number must have known till now that, it can restore back our old chats and multimedia contents we had previously on WhatsApp. WhatsApp stores its data in Google Drive cloud so that it can retrieve old data if a user wants it. Previously it was storing these data on your Google Drive space which was reducing our capacity to store our own data there as Google provides only 15GB space for it. But with the recent changes WhatsApp will not use this 15GB space from now on; instead, it will use hidden space which is provided by Google for Whatsapp only.
With the new change, we can use our 15GB data in Google Drive freely as we wish but this also means that it’s harder now to find and delete Whatsapp data inside Google Drive.
Recently Google has been severely criticized for locating people’s location even without their consent and this raises an alarm bell for those users who are concerned for their privacy. Apart from this, data stored in the cloud will never be completely safe from data theft or privacy infringement. Likewise, If you are concerned about your privacy and would like to delete WhatsApp data from Google Drive, follow the below steps.
If you are using Smartphone to access Google Drive account, click/tap on options button (usually appear as three small dots and available on the top left or right side), then choose “Desktop Version”.
Now you can see a Gear button inside the Google Drive page, click/tap on it and choose “Setting” to open Google Drive setting page as shown below:
Click/tap on Manage Apps option located on the top left side as shown below:
Now scroll down to find “WhatsApp Messanger” and wait for the “Hidden app data” with size appear below it.
Now click/tap on the “Option” menu from the right side and select “Delete hidden app data”.
In the next moment, it will bring a confirmation box asking you like “X MB or X GB of hidden app data from WhatsApp Messenger will be deleted from Drive.”, click/tap on “Delete” button to confirm and you are done.
In this article, I am going to cover the subject on signs of dying hard disk.
In this 21st century, almost everyone has a computer whether it is a desktop or laptop. These devices became an integral part of our lives. As the use of our devices increases the need to store data also increases. Nowadays we stash our digital data like photos, videos, TV shows, games and other software on these devices. In most cases the data size keeps increasing until hard disk space on our PC runs out to accommodate them, afterward, we procure extra hard disk drives whether internal or external.
Every electronic device comes with a lifespan and a hard disk whether it’s an internal or external also among them. Usually, the average lifespan of a PC internal hard disk is 5-10 years while an external one is around 3-5 years. The lifespan of these devices drastically decreases when exposed to temperature variations, humidity etc.
Since external hard disk drives are quite commonly used these days and given the fact that they are highly portable, they may encounter some rough use from time to time, which can decrease their lifespan even more. In this article, we are going to cover the subject on how to detect if your hard disk is dying, signs of dying hard disk and steps you need to take in order to save your precious data.
1. Slow Processing or Blue Screen of Death
In most of the cases, these are not related to the health of your hard drive but certainly among one of the possible symptom or signs of dying hard disk. If your system is too slow or you are frequently getting Blue Screen of Death error, back up your data and go with the clean installation of OS after formatting the hard drive. If you still face the slow processing or Blue Screen of Death on newly installed OS, then certainly you need to worry about your hard disk.
2. Files get corrupted or vanish without any reason
If your files get corrupted without any reason or you copy a file without error and can’t open afterward or suddenly you find out that your file is missing, then certainly your hard disk has an issue and this is one of the signs of dying hard disk. Most of the time, these are related to bad sectors on the hard drive. Too many bad sectors are an indication of the bad health of the hard disk drive.
In Windows, you can check the bad sector by visiting the drive partition through “My PC”. Right click on “My PC” and click on the “Properties” option, then go to tools and click on “Error Checking.” If you would like to optimize your hard disk drive, click on “Optimize and defragment drive” option there.
You can also use “chkdsk /f /r” command inside command prompt window to fix bad sectors and recover readable information. Click on start and type “cmd” inside run. Right click on cmd icon at the top and click on “Run as administrator”. Type “chkdsk /f /r” and when it asks for “Y/N”, type “Y” and press enter. Chkdsk may run next time when you start windows.
3. Receiving a warning in windows “Windows Detected Hard Disk Problem”
4. Grinding/Screeching sound coming out from hard disk
If a peculiar repetitive sound or grinding/screen sound coming out from your hard disk drive, then the drive may be quite close to dying. This repetitive sound is called as “click of death” which is produced by the head when attempting to write and recovering from the error. Grinding sounds also suggests about the dying hardware parts like the spindle motor, bearing etc.
We cannot always be prepared for hard disk failures. Therefore to avoid loss of your most precious data, it is always advisable to backup them on another hard drive as chances of both the drives failing simultaneously are very thin. Otherwise, you can also choose cloud backup services like Google Drive, OneDrive etc.
High speed internet can harm your health, yes that’s right and you might be thinking that, what is the relation between your health and internet speed? Yes that’s right, everyone at first think that these are completely unrelated but a recent study published in London based Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization found that the internet speed affects individuals sleep time.
According to the Journal, individuals using Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) tend to sleep 25 minutes less than their others who don’t have DSL internet. DSL is a technology which bought high-bandwidth internet to home and small offices over ordinary copper telephone lines.
Researchers from Bocconi University, Italy and University of Pittsburg in the US also conclude that access to high speed internet affects sleep duration. The study shows People using high speed internet access sleep less than those who does not have access to high speed internet access. This also leads to dissatisfaction in sleep in the individuals that face time constraints in the morning for work or family reasons.
Francesco Billari, a professor at Bacconi University quotes as
“Individuals with DSL access tend to sleep 25 minutes less than their counterparts without DSL internet. They are significantly less likely to sleep between seven and nine hours, the amount recommended by the scientific community, and are less likely to be satisfied with their sleep”.
The study is conducted on the individuals facing time constraints in the morning and using electronic device in the evening.
Billari also mentioned that
“Digital temptation may lead to a delay in bedtime, which ultimately decreases sleep duration for individuals who are not able to compensate for later bedtime by waking up later in the morning.”
According to researchers, there is a significant association between insufficient sleep and time spent on computer games or watching TV or videos in the evening among the teenagers and young adults mostly aged between 13 and 30.