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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World Russia Mass Surveillance Controversial new anti-terror laws have come into force in Russia, which will force telecoms companies to store all communications made by users for six months. Opponents of the new legislation warn it will give the Kremlin unprecedented scope to spy on its opponents and create an enormous data security risk. The new law came into force on Sunday, The Moscow Times reported, and forces mobile and internet companies to retain the text messages, phone conversations and chat activity of all customers for six months and metadata for three years. Companies will also be required to help the security services decode any encrypted messages. A man is pictured protesting against the intensification of surveillance and restrictions on the internet in Moscow on August 26, 2017. MAXIM ZMEYEV/AFP/Getty Images Recommended Slideshows 76 In Pictures: The 75 Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 61 Every World Press Photo Winner Ever: 60 … [Read more...] about Russia Implements ‘Big Brother Laws’ Forcing Retention of All Calls, Text Messages, Chat Logs
Nora Nissenbaum thought the boy in her sixth-grade class was cute, so they casually texted for about a month. But she didn’t like it when the boy insulted her friends at a school dance — and told him so. The relationship soured. The boy sent anti-Semitic memes and text messages. A caption for one meme reads, “Orange Jews: 100% Concentrated,” under an orange-tinted photo of concentration camp prisoners standing behind barbed wire. As he faced discipline for those messages, he allegedly made a verbal threat to go after Nora and other classmates in a school shooting. The boy, whose lawyer did not return calls for comment, now faces harassment and terroristic threat charges in Juvenile Court. And 12-year-old Nora has left Tredyffrin/Easttown Middle School. All the while, parents say, school officials kept the trouble quiet and didn’t alert families in the district to a threat that many consider a public safety issue that should have been dealt with … [Read more...] about Anti-Semitic text messages and an alleged threat of school violence. Did a Chester County school district handle the situation correctly?
/EIN News/ -- ANN ARBOR, Michigan, April 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CampDoc.com, the leading electronic health record system for camps, announced the release of its text message alert tool that allows camps to easily send mass notifications and emergency communications to their families and staff. “When a disaster or emergency hits your camp, you need technology that facilitates rapid notification,” said Dr. Michael Ambrose, Owner and Director of CampDoc.com. “We’re continuing our mission to improve the health and safety of camp by expanding the communication tools for our camps to include text messaging.” While delivering critical emergency notifications is essential in a crisis, many families and staff now prefer text messages over email communication for important camp announcements as well. This new service from CampDoc.com uses the latest technology and broadcast network to send large volumes of text messages reliably and quickly. … [Read more...] about CampDoc.com Releases Text Message Alert Tool
A quirky messaging app called Somebody by performer/filmmaker Miranda July aims for the opposite. On Somebody, users post a message and bank on the kindness and courage of strangers to have it delivered in person. Picture users performing your text messages as a monologue, complete with emotions and actions as indicated in the note. Odd and inefficient, but also an interesting concept. Of course, July, who will be performing this month at the Walker Art Center — a Somebody “hotspot” — made a short film about it. (See below.) “I hoped it would simply be a way out, a portal that leads from ones phone to the real world,” she said. “You can’t use the app to deliver a message without looking up, looking around, seeing who is out there right around you.” What’s with the “hotspot” at the Walker? Well, the app only works when you’ve got a critical mass of users in the same area. The idea is that museum-goers use it … [Read more...] about Somebody app delivers text messages in person