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WhatsApp adds new Vacation Mode to finally give you some peace and quiet

WHATSAPP is working on a new ‘Vacation Mode’ but it’s not your standard ‘out of office’ feature.

It will be very useful for people who have archived chats but haven’t deleted them.

Vacation Mode will be great if you're someone who often archives chats


Vacation Mode will be great if you’re someone who often archives chatsCredit: Alamy

Archiving people can make your chat list look more organised but as soon as they message again they will appear back in your chats section.

According to Gadgets360: “Currently, WhatsApp offers users the ability to archive chats, but when a new message arrives, a notification does pop up for users.

“Vacation Mode looks to disable this ability and work on this feature was reported a year ago, but WhatsApp seem to have abandoned it later.”

WhatsApp appears to be working on this again in the beta version of its app, much to relief of users who don’t want to delete a chat but don’t want to be in it either.

You'll need to download the beta version of WhatsApp if you want to try out Vacation Mode before other people


You’ll need to download the beta version of WhatsApp if you want to try out Vacation Mode before other peopleCredit: Alamy

This is different from muting a chat because a muted chat can still appear visible in your chats section and remind you of the people you’d rather not talk to.

WhatsApp beta for Android is said to show references to Vacation Mode in its code.

However, it isn’t yet useable.

The feature will be tested in the beta app first before being rolled out in the mainstream.

Some WhatsApp fans have argued Vacation Mode isn’t really a feature in its own right and could just be considered an extension of chat archiving.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp beta for your smartphone you need to go to Google Play on your Android and search for WhatsApp.

Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.

Tap the “I’m In” button and then click “Join” to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

Downloading WhatsApp beta on iOS is a much trickier and riskier process so this is not recommended.

However, WhatsApp beta can be downloaded on a computer via the Google Play site.

WhatsApp – a quick history

Here’s what you need to know…

  • WhatsApp was created in 2009 by computer programmers Brian Acton and Jan Koum – former employees of Yahoo
  • It’s one of the most popular messaging services in the world
  • Koum came up with the name WhatsApp because it sounded like “what’s up”
  • After a number of tweaks the app was released with a messaging component in June 2009, with 250,000 active users
  • It was originally free but switched to a paid service to avoid growing too fast. Then in 2016, it became free again for all users
  • Facebook bought WhatsApp Inc in February 2014 for $19.3billion (£14.64bn)
  • The app is particularly popular because all messages are encrypted during transit, shutting out snoopers
  • As of 2020, WhatsApp has over 2billion
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Would you like added peace of mind with your hotel room? That will be $30 please

“It doesn’t seem like a good idea to me,” said Jan Jones, coordinator for hospitality and tourism management at the University of New Haven. “I understand that hotels are going to have to recoup some of the extra costs involved in cleaning. To me, it’s sort of like saying, ‘Yes, it’s pretty clean, but if you want it really clean it’s going to cost you more.’”

Currently, the Yotel Boston, which is located in the Seaport neighborhood and where rooms start at around $100, is the only hotel in the chain using this particular robot. These robots, produced by a Danish company called UVD Robots, also roam the terminals at Heathrow in London to clean surfaces and the air. For a Yotel stay, the robot must be booked prior to arrival, and yes, it costs $25 or $30 to have the robot come into your room for the extra layer of clean.

Anthony Melchiorri, creator of the television show “Hotel Impossible” and founder of the hotel management and consultancy group Argeo Hospitality, said the add-on robot layer of protection almost gives the appearance of a hotel asking “Would you like a fire extinguisher in your room?” or “Would you like a room with a sprinkler system?” for an up-charge.

“It feels like a counterintuitive move,” Melchiorri said. “This is a time when hotels need to be drawing customers back, and no one likes an extra charge.”

To be clear, the rooms at the Yotel are subject to the same upgraded cleaning protocols that major hotels around the world have adopted to keep patrons safe from COVID-19. Within the hotel, high-touch surfaces are frequently wiped down, hand sanitizers are abundant, and masks and social distancing are required when guests are not in their rooms.

Trish Berry, general manager of Yotel Boston, said in a release that it’s important that the hospitality industry do everything it can to reassure travelers. When not cleaning rooms for an additional charge, Vi-Yo-Let whirls through and cleans common spaces in the hotel.

The Vi-Yo-Let UV robot at the Yotel in Boston. For an additional charge, guests can have the robot blast their room with UV light before arrival to kill germs.
The Vi-Yo-Let UV robot at the Yotel in Boston. For an additional charge, guests can have the robot blast their room with UV light before arrival to kill germs.Brian Samuels

UVD Robots, which is renting the robots to Yotel, claims its robots are able to disinfect pretty much anything you point them at — each robot has a mobile array of powerful short wavelength ultraviolet-C (UVC) lights that emit enough energy to literally shred the DNA or RNA of any microorganisms that have the misfortune of being exposed to them.

The company’s robots, which are a bit like bright, disinfecting Roombas, first found popularity in hospitals, but they jumped to the hospitality sector after the pandemic arrived earlier this year. Yotel is one of many hotel chains trying new technologies to win back guests who abandoned travel in record numbers since the start of the pandemic.

The Westin Houston Medical Center, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, and the Beverly Hilton are using similar UV

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