Vorwerk Kobold VR200 review

You may not have heard of Vorwerk, but the German company has big plans for the robot vacuum market – both through its own line of Kobold cleaning devices, and the 2017 acquisition of robot vacuum manufacturer Neato. It certainly doesn’t need Neato to succeed though, as its own Kobold VR200 is a very impressive robot indeed.

With app support, Alexa integration, and some serious suction, the VR200 is one of the best robot vacuums around, missing out only on some of the more advanced smart features included in a few of its rivals – and the fact that it’s burdened by a fairly hefty price point.

Vorwerk Kobold VR200 price and availability

Annoyingly, the VR200 is only available to buy direct from Kobold itself. It’s currently not available in the US, but if you’re in the UK it’ll set you back £749.

That’s a lot of money, and puts the VR200 squarely up against the top end of the robot vacuum market: the £799.99 Dyson 360 Eye, the £799 iRobot Roomba 960, and the £799.99 Neato Botvac D7. It’s not an outrageous price then, but with others available for hundreds of pounds less, Vorwerk still has to do a lot to prove the VR200 is worth the extra expenditure.

Vorwerk Kobold VR200 review

The Kobold VR200 has the same D-shaped design as the Neato vacuums, which gives it the distinct advantage of being able to get into corners – useful for, say, anyone who doesn’t live in a house perfectly round with perfectly round rooms.

The white design with black and green accents is simple, and while it might not win any awards for aesthetics, it is fairly attractive for a market otherwise almost exclusively dominated by very, very ugly devices. At just 9cm high it’s also short enough to fit under most chairs and sofas, helping it get around the place and clean under furniture, as well as around it.

And get around it does – when the VR200 is off it’s got a great rate of movement, smoothly motoring around the place and cleaning as it goes. It navigates around in lanes – doing its best to map out the edges of each room before cleaning the middle lane by lane, then moving on to the next space.

It uses a laser to detect obstacles and map out its surroundings – which is also how it remembers how to get back to its base station – and does an impressive job of avoiding collisions. Even attempting to navigate a dining room table surround by chairs, the VR200 deftly managed to get close enough to clean thoroughly without ever whacking into anything.

The Kobold is also impressively capable of handling minor vertical obstacles. Vorwerk claims it can climb up to 2cm – obviously not enough to climb stairs any time soon, but it’s very comfortable crossing room boundaries and climbing onto carpets. It repeatedly surprised us by making it over obstacles we were sure would get in its way and, even better, is also smart enough to reverse whenever it realises it’s climbed too high, so it never got stuck.

Vorwerk promises up to 90 minutes of battery life, though that’s only on the low-power eco mode (though since that mode is quieter and still packs enough punch to keep your carpets clean, you might find you keep it on eco all the time). In practice, the battery life doesn’t matter all too much anyway though – the VR200 will automatically return to its base station when the battery gets low, and head back out again to finish the cleaning route if necessary.

If you don’t want the vacuum to clean the entire house there’s also a spot cleaning mode, which sets it to clean a specific 1.5×1.2m area – ideal for a sudden crisp spill you need to clean up – and you also get magnetic strips that you can lay out on the floor to mark areas you don’t want the VR200 to clean – ideal to mark off wherever you leave your shoes so that it doesn’t get caught in the laces.

As for the actual cleaning power, it’s undeniably impressive. As we’ve already said, even the eco mode is capable of keeping up with most cleaning needs, and the main mode will tackle anything else, even fluff and hair – which can cause problems for less powerful robot vacuums. It also helps that the lane system leaves unexpectedly satisfying lane pattern on the carpet – think the stripes on a freshly mown lawn – which helps reinforce how clean the Kobold has gotten the place.

The downside of all that power is that it does in turn produce a fair amount of noise. It’s hardly deafening, but it’s louder than some rivals and definitely enough to get on your nerves when you’re trying to watch TV and the robot trundles in, blasting air around as it goes.

Emptying is mostly painless too. The robot will alert you when it’s nearly full, and stop cleaning once it’s at capacity. You can either take the whole dust tray out to empty it over a bin, or use your regular vacuum to hoover the dust directly out of the robot, saving you the bother. Well, until you then have to empty your regular vacuum too, but that’s a problem for future you.

The VR200 ships with both a remote control and a few simple buttons on the device itself, with a small display to help you navigate the menu. You can use all of these to change settings, set a schedule, or just start it up cleaning on your mode of choice. You can also use the remote to control it more directly if there’s a specific spot you want to get, but understandably that gets a little fiddly.

More usefully, there’s also an accompanying Kobold Robot app – for either iOS or Android – which lets you do all the same stuff from the comfort of your smartphone. It’s a simple but slick experience, letting you use your robot remotely (even when you’re not on the same Wi-Fi network), set a cleaning schedule for it, and get notifications when it’s done cleaning or runs into problems. Just be warned that you might need to install a firmware update before you can connect it to the app, but there’s an included Micro USB cable to make that relatively simple.

There are two big downsides to the smart support compared to rival devices. The first is that while the VR200 is supposedly mapping out your floorplan, there’s nothing in the app to indicate that. Similar top-spec robot vacuums are beginning to include interactive floor plans in their apps, which you can then use to mark off areas you don’t want cleaned or even just monitor your robot’s progress, and given the price it’s a shame that the VR200 isn’t packing that feature.

There’s also currently no UK support for Amazon Alexa or Google Home – though there is a German-language Alexa skill, so there’s at least hope that more smart home features might be on the way. But with much cheaper robot vacuums already packing support for voice controls, it leaves Vorwerk’s option looking a little behind-the-times.

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HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop and desktops double down on accessible PC gaming

As it turns out, PC gaming has grown to be mighty profitable for PC makers, the latest of which to double down on widening that audience being none other than HP. The firm has announced three new Pavilion Gaming products aimed toward more mainstream or first-time PC gamers.

These three new devices consist of a gaming laptop, two variants of a gaming PC and an HDR gaming monitor. First up is the HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15, an obviously 15-inch gaming notebook decked out in perhaps a bit more gamer-centric design than we’d expect, with either ‘Acid Green,’ ‘Ghost White’ or ‘Ultraviolet’ accents atop a matte black chassis.

Beyond that, this laptop will house Intel’s latest, Coffee Lake H-series hexa-core processors – starting with i5 and up to i7 – backed by Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics chip. From there, you have a choice between 8GB of DDR4 (2,666Hz) memory or 16GB of Intel’s latest Optane Memory, as well as either 1TB of spinning storage (with the Optane model) or a 128GB SSD-plus-1TB hard drive combo.

All of this sits behind a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display with tiny bezels and in-plane switching (IPS) for wider viewing angles. HP promises up to 8 hours and 45 minutes of mixed usage on a charge from this laptop, which will start at $799 (about £TK, AU$TK) when it launches on May 27.

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop 790

The HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop 790

Desktop PC gaming on the cheap – well, almost

In the same announcement, HP also unveiled the simply named HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop 690 and 790. Both of these computers come in largely identical, green-on-black cases, but are awfully different on the inside.

For instance, the 690 model is an all-AMD device, sporting an AMD Ryzen 3 2200G processor and AMD Radeon RX 550 graphics card. Meanwhile, the 790 version is an Intel-and-Nvidia affair, with an 8th-generation Intel Core i5-8400 processor and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card.

From there, both models sport 8GB of DDR4 (2,666Hz) memory and gobs of USB ports (including one USB-C each), though storage options differ. The 690 model comes with a 7,200 rpm 1TB hard drive, while the 790 simply has a 256GB SSD to start. However, we’re told that several storage and memory configurations will be available.

The HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop 690 will be available for $549 (about £TK, AU$TK) to start on April 15, while the 790 model will launch on April 30 for $649 (about £TK, AU$TK) to start.

Finally, and where HP’s push for affordable PC gaming begins to fall apart, the firm has announced a massive, 32-inch gaming monitor with HDR for better color reproduction. It’s called simply (again) the HP Pavilion Gaming 32 HDR Display, and shines at 600 nits brightness as well as supports AMD Radeon FreeSync technology for reducing screen tearing.

The monitor pumps out a QHD (2,560 x 1,440) resolution that, frankly, the other products HP has announced will have trouble fulfilling with their low-end graphics cards. Here’s the kicker: the Pavilion Gaming 32 HDR Display will call for $449 (about £TK, AU$TK) when it lands on May 11. 

Frankly, this monitor costs just 100 bucks less than HP’s most affordable gaming desktop – whereas you can find just-fine 1080p gaming monitors for hundreds less. By this logic, this product should drop the ‘Pavilion’ name and adopt HP’s high-end gaming ‘Omen’ moniker.

At any rate, the booming popularity of PC gaming all the more apparent now that HP has followed Dell and other brands in doubling down on efforts to widen that audience. In the end, that can only be good for all of us – i.e. more newbies to mop the floor with.

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg faces second day of questions

Facebook’s chief is answering US politicians’ questions about the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal for a second day in Washington.

Mark Zuckerberg began by apologising again for having failed to take a “broad enough view of our responsibility”, and by promising to make sure Facebook’s “tools are used for good” in the future.

Tuesday’s session lasted five hours.

However, some of the questions that Mr Zuckerberg had expected were not asked.

Photographs of his notes captured by Associated Press revealed that he had prepared a fresh defence to Apple’s criticism of his company’s ad-driven business model.

“On data, we’re similar. When you install an app on your iPhone, you give it access to some information, just like when you login with Facebook,” the notes said.

“[There are] lots of stories about apps misusing Apple data, [but I have] never seen Apple notify people,” his prepared notes added.

Other developments over the past day include:

  • The European Commissioner for consumers and justice has told the Guardian she may propose new regulations to tackle a “loss of trust” in Facebook, and would raise the matter with the tech firm’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg later this week
  • The political consultancy Cambridge Analytica has sent letters to publishers including the BBC warning that it will treat any misleading or inaccurate reports about itself with the “utmost seriousness”
  • The UK Culture Secretary Matt Hancock was scheduled to meet with Facebook officials in London.

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Piriform CCleaner Professional

Piriform CCleaner Professional is the premium version of an enormously popular free PC optimization suite. As with its free counterpart, CCleaner Professional’s basic scan checks for cookies, cached files, downloaded files and history in all the major browsers, including Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Opera (though bear in mind that deleting cached pages and images means sites you visit frequently will load more slowly next time you open them).

Your saved passwords and browsing sessions are kept by default, but checkboxes are provided if you’d prefer to clear them. You can do this through each browser’s security settings, but CCleaner makes the process much more convenient.

This scan also looks for non-essential system files, including logs, clipboard contents, and thumbnails. Again, it’s worth noting that although they take up a small amount of drive space, some of these files exist to speed up common tasks by avoiding the need to reload files. Files that could have a significant effect on your system are unchecked by default, and selecting one will present you with an explanation of its purpose – something many system optimization tools don’t offer.

Piriform CCleaner Professional registry cleaner

Piriform CCleaner Professional includes a well-designed registry cleaner. It might not have much impact on actual performance, but can help resolve a lot of common errors

This flexibility is one of CCleaner’s most impressive features: the default settings will cleam up your PC as thoroughly as any other optimization tool, but more advanced options are available for more confident users.

Clicking the Applications tab reveals the other applications that will be cleaned up during a basic scan. CCleaner Professional supports an impressive collection of programs, and will clear logs and temporary files you might not even be aware of (such as antivirus scan logs).

The scan itself is quick, and once you’ve run the cleaner you’ll be able to see how many tracking cookies and junk files CCleaner Professional has erased. There’s an optional ‘advanced’ report, but it’s not much more detailed.

Registry cleanup

CCleaner also includes a comprehensive registry cleaner. This is likely to have limited effect on overall system performance, but is handy if you’re experiencing registry-specific problems such as a new version of a program refusing to install, despite the older one being uninstalled. Helpfully, CCleaner Professional doesn’t simply delete all the ‘problem’ registry entries it finds automatically.

Unlike most registry cleaners, it informs you why you should consider removing an entry, and gives you the opportunity to deselect it. The software can also make a backup of the registry, so you can restore it in the unlikely event that cleaning it up causes problems further down the line.

Software management

CCleaner Professional also includes a software uninstaller. It’s a shame that it doesn’t let you remove multiple programs at once (for that, you’ll need a dedicated tool like IObit Uninstaller), but it displays many more applications than Windows’ built in program manager – including pre-installed Windows 10 apps, which are otherwise difficult to purge. Not a fan of Solitaire? It’s gone. Don’t care for Skype? Wave goodbye. 

CCleaner Professional doesn’t automatically check for leftover files and registry entries after programs are uninstalled, which is a pity, but a quick sweep with its cleanup tools will do the job just as well.

Piriform CCleaner Professional software uninstaller

CCleaner Professional’s software uninstaller can only remove one program at a time, but it’s an easy way to get rid of those pre-installed Windows 10 apps you never use

There’s also a solid startup manager, which includes options for pruning the Windows context menu. This is extremely useful if you’re sick of being offered options for programs you rarely use (such as a software uninstaller or malware scan) whenever you right-click a file.

The plugin manager is very convenient if you’ve noticed any of your web browsers behaving strangely recently, and suspect an unwanted plugin might be the culprit. CCleaner Professional also gives you quick acccess to System Restore, plus a duplicate file finder, though it might make sense if this was an option when performing the standard scan, rather than a separate tool tucked away in a sub-menu. 

CCleaner’s drive wiper is useful if you’re planning to recycle or sell a drive, and you can use it to clear ‘empty’ space to remove traces of deleted files that might still be recoverable. Delve into CCleaner’s options, and you’ll see that you can set the software to overwrite files several times whenever it deletes them.

Scheduled scans

You can also choose to have CCleaner run its standard scan on a regular schedule – daily, weekly, monthly, or whenever you log into Windows. This is one of the features that sets CCleaner Professional apart from its free counterpart, and is extremely convenient – just set it and forget it. If you share your PC, you can restrict CCleaner to certain accounts (so files aren’t purged whenever your kids log in, for example).

The software can be totally unobtrusive, closing itself automatically after cleaning, hiding warning messages (including those irritating user account control alerts), and even shutting down the PC after cleaning if you set it clean last thing at night.

Unlike the free edition of the software, CCleaner Professional also offers automatic updates, which it can download silently in the background.

All in all, CCleaner Professional is one of the best premium PC maintenance tools available today. A few of its supplementary tools are a little disappointing (the software uninstaller’s inability to remove more than one program at a time being the main letdown), but the scanning and cleanup tools are excellent – whatever your level of experience.

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Zuckerberg Didn’t Think It Was Necessary To Inform FTC, Users Of CA Data Leak

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, at Senate hearingMark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, at Senate hearingIn the joint Senate hearing, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rejected the idea that his company violated the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlement from 2011, when the agency found that Facebook deceived consumers with its privacy policies. He also said that he didn’t think it was necessary to disclose the Cambridge Analytica data leak in 2015 to either the millions of impacted Facebook users nor to the FTC.

FTC’s 2011 Settlement With Facebook

After many complaints from users and civil rights groups about Facebook’s misleading privacy policies and the fact that the company seemed to keep converting users’ own settings from private to public, the FTC started an investigation against the company in 2010. A year later, the agency concluded that Facebook had “deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public.”

FTC’s list of complaints against Facebook also included the following:

  • In December 2009, Facebook changed its website so certain information that users may have designated as private – such as their Friends List – was made public. They didn’t warn users that this change was coming, or get their approval in advance.
  • Facebook represented that third-party apps that users’ installed would have access only to user information that they needed to operate. In fact, the apps could access nearly all of users’ personal data – data the apps didn’t need.
  • Facebook told users they could restrict sharing of data to limited audiences – for example with “Friends Only.” In fact, selecting “Friends Only” did not prevent their information from being shared with third-party applications their friends used.
  • Facebook had a “Verified Apps” program & claimed it certified the security of participating apps. It didn’t.
  • Facebook promised users that it would not share their personal information with advertisers. It did.
  • Facebook claimed that when users deactivated or deleted their accounts, their photos and videos would be inaccessible. But Facebook allowed access to the content, even after users had deactivated or deleted their accounts.
  • Facebook claimed that it complied with the U.S.- EU Safe Harbor Framework that governs data transfer between the U.S. and the European Union. It didn’t.

The settlement with the FTC bars Facebook from making anymore deceptive privacy claims such as the ones above and requires the company to get consumers’ approval before changing how it shares their data.

“Closed Case”

Zuckerberg said in the hearing that when the company learned about Cambridge Analytica and Professor Aleksandr Kogan’s actions to harvest user data, it demanded that both delete any Facebook data they had. Then Facebook relied on Cambridge Analytica and Kogan’s verbal assurances that they deleted the data to consider this a “closed case.”

Senator Bill Nelson from Florida then asked Zuckerberg if he believes the company had an ethical obligation to notify the 87 million users whose data was harvested or the FTC that this happened. Zuckerberg reiterated that the company considered this to be a closed case.

It’s not yet clear if Facebook violated the full agreement with the FTC, which is why the FTC is also investigating the company right now. However, the fact that Facebook didn’t consider it necessary to report a leak or breach affecting tens of millions of Americans, is why the European Union adopted regulations to make it mandatory for companies to report such incidents within three days of discovering them.

When asked whether or not he would agree with similar legislation in the U.S., Zuckerberg answered affirmatively. 

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Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Review: A Low-Cost VR On-Ramp

The Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality headset is a portable VR headset that’s affordable and lightweight, and will fit on a small head. If you’re looking for a headset to share with your kids, this is among your best bets right now.

Microsoft launched the Windows Mixed Reality platform in October, which added virtual reality and augmented reality to the Windows 10 operating system. Rather than build its own hardware, Microsoft focused on the software side of the platform and turned to a handful of hardware partners to take care of the headset manufacturing. The company partnered with well-established PC hardware designers such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung to bring a variety of Windows Mixed Reality headsets to the market. Microsoft set the minimum specifications for the headsets, and it developed a reference controller design for the motion controllers, and it gave the headset partners the freedom to customize and improve the designs as they saw fit.

We recently took a good hard look at the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset, and it left us with mixed impressions. The Acer headset features a crisp display, is lightweight, and is easy to set up. However, the build quality feels somewhat cheap, and we weren’t impressed with the reference-design controllers that Acer includes with the headset.

Lenovo’s Explorer Windows Mixed Reality Headset is in the same price range as the Acer headset, and it offers comparable features. And it happens to be the second Windows MR headset that we received for evaluation. Hopefully, Lenovo’s headset doesn’t fall short in the same ways that the Acer headset did. Let’s see.

The Windows Mixed Reality Platform

Windows Mixed Reality is Microsoft’s immersive technology platform. It piggybacks on the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and supports augmented-reality devices such as the HoloLens headset. But Microsoft’s partners are betting that most people will access Windows MR with one of the Windows MR VR HMDs.

The Windows MR platform provides a virtual environment from which to access your digital content in 3D. When you put the headset on, you’ll find yourself in virtual space that you can customize for your preferences. The default environment is called the Beach House, and it offers several rooms and workspaces. (For an in-depth look at the Windows MR platform and its Beach House environment, see our Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset review.)

The Windows Mixed Reality platform is still in its infancy, and as such, there isn’t much to do with it yet. Microsoft boasts that more than 20,000 applications support Windows MR, but we’d argue that you won’t find much to do that’s practical in VR. Sure, you can open almost any UWP app in Windows MR, but most apps weren’t created with a 3D environment in mind, and they don’t offer much that you can’t do with a standard PC display.

When we received our Acer headset, we attempted to use it for productivity, but that was easier said than done. Ideally, we would have used Microsoft’s Office suite to write the review while wearing the headset. Unfortunately, there was a bug in Microsoft’s UWP Office applications that prevented us from opening them in the VR environment. Fortunately, by the time we started to evaluate the Lenovo headset, Microsoft had corrected the problem. Much of the review you’re reading right now was written in Word Mobile while wearing the Lenovo Explorer headset.

Working in Windows Mixed Reality has gotten better since we first looked at the platform, but it’s still not up to par with a traditional computing environment. We’re now able to work with Word Mobile and other Office apps, which is a great improvement from the initial launch. However, we’re still not convinced that Microsoft’s approach to productivity in VR works—especially now that Oculus’ Core 2.0 software supports virtual workspaces, too. It’s nice to see Microsoft’s native applications working in Windows Mixed Reality, but we don’t expect to spend much time working with our headset on. In fact, we couldn’t even compel ourselves to write this entire article in VR. We could see using Word Mobile in Windows MR to write short documents, or for quick edits. However, Windows MR doesn’t improve our productivity. If anything, it hinders our ability to work efficiently, and therefore we don’t see ourselves giving up traditional displays just yet.

We found that we had to lift the visor regularly to see the real world. Be it reaching for our mouse or searching for the right key on the keyboard—we found it more challenging than you might expect to reach for peripherals blindly. You may not think that visual cues play a big role in reaching for your mouse. We learned the hard way just how much our peripheral vision plays a role in our day-to-day computer use.

When we tested the Acer Windows Mixed Reality headset, we found that using the motion controllers to navigate applications was cumbersome. We attempted to use the mouse in VR, but that didn’t appear to work in our early tests. We’re not sure if Microsoft changed something, or if we somehow missed this feature, but we’ve since discovered that you could use your traditional mouse in Microsoft’s Mixed Reality environment. The mouse isn’t the ideal peripheral for 3D navigation, but it is still superior for 2D navigation. We much prefer using the mouse to access the menus in Word Mobile and other 2D applications.

When you use the mouse in VR, you can move it from window to window through 3D space. The mouse cursor remains at a static distance when hovering over an application. When you move beyond the app window’s barriers, the cursor jumps to the nearest flat plane—be that another window, a wall, the background in the distance, or even the floor. You wouldn’t think that moving a mouse in a 3D space would work, but Microsoft’s implementation works well.

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Have you been blocked on iPhone?

If you can’t phone someone or they don’t reply to your messages, they either don’t want to talk to you, can’t talk to you, or they’ve blocked you. Hopefully you’ve not been blocked, but our tips will help you verify whether that’s the case.

(If your problem is the opposite and you have an iPhone and want to stop an annoying caller ringing or texting you, here’s how to block a number.)

The most common scenario in such a case is that you’re being paranoid, and they just haven’t got around to replying. But if it’s not all in your mind then here are some giveaway signs that you’ve been blocked. Though our tips won’t give you a definitive answer, they do make it pretty obvious one way or the other. If you need to be 100 percent sure, you could try asking them in person.

What happens to a blocked call?

To test what happens to a blocked call, we blocked a number and monitored the experience on both phones. When calling from the blocked number, the caller hears one ring, but the other phone remains silent. The caller is then informed that the recipient isn’t available, and is diverted to voicemail (if that service is set up by the person you’re calling).

You can leave a message even if someone has blocked you. The blocker will never be notified of the message, but it does appear at the very bottom of their voicemail list in the Blocked Messenger section (but only if they’re on a carrier that supports visual voicemail such as O2 or EE), but most people probably won’t check there.

What happens to a blocked text message?

Texting someone who’s blocked you works as you would expect. The message sends as normal, and you don’t get an error message. This is no help at all for clues.

If you’re using an iPhone yourself, you used to be able to get a clue as to whether someone has blocked you by sending an iMessage. The iMessage would attempt to send, but after a couple of minutes it would resend as a text message that would never be received by the person who blocked you.

Now, though, Apple has updated iOS so that (in iOS 9 or later), if you try to send an iMessage to someone who blocked you, it’ll immediately say ‘Delivered’ and remain blue (which means it’s still an iMessage). However, the person you’ve been blocked by will never receive that message.

Have I been I been blocked?

The call is the best source of evidence. The key here is that you will always be diverted to voicemail after exactly one ring – if they were declining your call the number of rings would vary each time and if the phone was switched off, it wouldn’t ring at all.

(If they were using Do Not Disturb, it would ring as normal, only silently – and of course bear in mind that one Do Not Disturb setting allows the user to specify that repeated calls are allowed through – so you could always try again right away. Just make sure your call is urgent, or they may block you for real this time!)

Finally, though, we would like to repeat that this isn’t an exact science, so don’t make any angry scenes without knowing for sure. Also: chill out, relax, and try not to worry about it. If they’ve blocked your number, hey, who needs them?

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