If you needed further proof that smartphone messaging programs are the future, here it is: Facebook just boughtWhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion. The free app allows users to connect with their contacts using cellphone numbers and send and receive text messages over mobile broadband. This means no pricey texting fees, making it especially convenient for overseas communication. While the sum Facebook paid for WhatsApp may seem astronomical, the app is in fact hugely popular worldwide, with more than 450 million users and counting. Remember the good old days (i.e. 2012) when Facebook bought Instagram for a measly $1 billion…?
6:45- MOVIEFONE HANGS UP
Time has officially run out forMoviefone. The automated movie listing/ticket-buying service is hanging up for good. But while you’ll no longer be able to dial 777-FILM to find out what time the latest blockbusters are playing in your city, you can still get listings and purchase tickets by using the free Moviefone app.
5 reasons to lower your thrermostat (besides saving money)
Here are five ways that lowering your thermostat can improve your life:
Below 75 Degrees: Prolong the Life of Plants
Give houseplants a longer lease on life by dropping below 75 degrees. We’ll spare you the science as, but basically, plants need less water when they’re cool
Below 70 Degrees: Lose Weight (Without Hitting the Gym)
Move over “diet and exercise,” there’s a new weight loss secret in town! To shed a few pounds, drop your thermostat below 70 degrees. You don’t want the room to be so cold that you’re shivering and uncomfortable, but cool enough so that a light sweater feels perfect.
Here’s how it works: When the temperature drops, your energy expenditure increases, so you burn more calories (roughly 100 more a day). Over a period of several weeks, that increased energy can translate into an extra 3,500 calories burned, which means one lost pound.
Below 65 Degrees: Extend the Life of Your Fridge
Your refrigerator and freezer work really hard to keep your food safe and fresh, so cut them some slack. When your home is cooler, these large appliances don’t have to work as hard to keep your food cool.
If you want a better night’s sleep, lower your home’s temperature by about five degrees. This works because when you go to sleep, your “set point” – the temperature your brain needs to reach before going to sleep – is lowered. If your room is too hot, you’ll have a harder time reaching this point and falling asleep.
One Degree at a Time: Save Cash on Energy Bills
If the ‘ole energy bill is sucking up more cash then you’d like, look to your thermostat! Each one-degree drop can reduce your energy bill by 1-3 percent. Tip: To save even more money, drop your thermostat by five to ten degrees while you sleep. Not only will you get a better night’s sleep, you’ll lower your energy bill by 10-15 percent!