Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Sarah Shemkus Globe Correspondent July 03, 2018 With much of Massachusetts wilting under heat-wave conditions this week, a new initiative is aimed at getting people to reduce pollution and energy costs by paying attention to when they use electricity, not just how much they consume. The Shave the Peak program was launched last week by Mass Energy Consumers Alliance and its Rhode Island-based partner organization, People’s Power and Light. Consumers who sign up for the free program receive text alerts when a particularly hot day is expected to send people running for their air conditioners, putting pressure on the electric grid. The text messages encourage consumers to scale back their own power usage during these predicted hours of high demand, and it offers tips on how to do that. “It’s not just about lowering energy consumption in a day … [Read more...] about Can a text message help cool energy use on hot days?
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For this US lawmaker, the key to dropping Facebook might come from technology invented in 1992.Rep. Rick Crawford, a Republican from Arkansas, believes he's found something better than Facebook. The Congress member, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, deleted his Facebook page on April 23, and wants his constituents to contact him by text messages instead at (870)-292-6747. Crawford's called it a "clean breakup," and in his new relationship the messages are much nicer, the lawmaker said. So far, he said, quitting cold turkey has been successful."What Facebook has done is altered social interactions to such a degree that we don't have that personal connection anymore," Crawford said in a phone interview. "There's a lack of respect in the way that people address others in this public space on social media." At first blush the strategy seems insane. It runs counter to what happened in the last three elections for president, when Barack Obama and Donald Trump effectively used … [Read more...] about This Congress member wants to replace Facebook with text messages
It goes without saying that the more sophisticated a piece of software is, the higher the chance of something going wrong with it. That's why a bug-free operating system does not exist – even Apple's iOS can be glitchy despite the company's rigorous testing methodologies. The recently discovered Effective Power bug in iOS' Messages app is a perfect example of this. As we reported on Wednesday, receiving a specific string of text may crash an iPhone and render its Messages app useless after the reboot. Thankfully, Apple was quick to post a workaround to the bug and confirm that a fix was in the works. But it never revealed what was actually causing iPhones to crash upon receiving the obscure string of text. This allowed for several theories as to what's to blame for the glitch to arise, and the one we'd like to share could really be onto something. It is speculated that the root cause of the Effective Power bug could be the way iOS displays incoming message … [Read more...] about The Effective Power bug in iOS explained, or why an obscure message may be causing iPhones to crash
posted on 30 May 2015, 07:33 31 1. imnotascammer (Posts: 160; Member since: 22 Aug 2012) but..but..I thought iPhone's perfectly without any lags or glitches at all? posted on 30 May 2015, 07:41 18 2. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013) yeah yeah, iphone and iOS are perfect and out of this world. How can be it so much buggy? We only associat the term buggy with android then how come ios is full of bugs? No No, it cant be true... this report is totally fake and a conspiracy from some android or samsung's fan :I posted on 30 May 2015, 09:02 1 22. eduardogallegos0445 (Posts: 18; Member since: 07 Apr 2015) Hahahaha shut up and get it through. posted on 30 May 2015, 07:44 26 3. ARTE.8800. (banned) (Posts: 192; Member since: 27 May 2015) iBugs posted on 30 May 2015, 10:21 2 43. power_x (Posts: 264; Member since: 28 Aug 2013) Attaching an i to any word is really lame now, wake up. 51. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013) … [Read more...] about Comments for : The Effective Power bug in iOS explained, or why an obscure message may be causing iPhones to crash
Are you an Android power user? If yes, then you probably have a large selection of apps that allow you to make full use of Android's features and functionalities. Pushing the limits of the OS with an app might sound like something "too good to be true" to the regular and uninitiated Android user, but with Android, anything is possible. On the other hand, if you're not that familiar with the apps for power users, but you're entertaining the idea of becoming a tad more advanced in terms of their relationship with Android. Whether you're already comfortably sailing in the deep waters of the Android apps for power user or you're merely taking your baby steps there, there's always convenient to have the more notable apps summarized for you. Needless to say, many of the apps below require root, so if you can't or don't want to root device , then most of them will hardly do you any good. Without further ado, here follow some of the essential apps each Android power user should probably be … [Read more...] about Apps and tools every Android power user should have on their device