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Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 3:54 PM
— If you are near the forecasted path of a hurricane and you fear the loss of communications that will come when power and internet service is disrupted, don’t worry.
While there’s not an app for that, there is a workaround, as long as you have cellular service.
During and after the storm, you may find that making phone calls becomes impossible, and that 3G and 4G internet service isn’t working, or at least not working well. The good news is that you may still be receiving text messages.
A story from The Washington Post offers some tips on how to use Twitter in a situation where internet service is spotty. Twitter was originally a text-based service, so it lends itself well to such a use.
Here are a few other ways to keep in touch with the outside world:
Every phone has an email address, and every provider offers something called an email “gateway.” The gateway allows you to send and receive emails via the text message function on your phone.
Here, courtesy of HumanInet, is how to find your phone’s email address:
If you’re on Sprint, it’s firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re on T-Mobile, it’s email@example.com
Once you have your gateway address, you’ll need to forward your email via SMS to that address.
To do that, go into “settings” in your phone and look for something like “add a forwarding address.” When you find that, type in your phone’s email address.
According to HumanInet, that method may not work on some phones. If you have a problem with your phone, you can use an automated forwarding service like TXTJet, they suggest.
If you want to send an email via text, you can enter you email address instead of a phone number.
If you want to get updates from Twitter accounts when the internet gets spotty, you can set up a SMS “Fast Follow.” You don’t even have to have a Twitter account to get updates from those you choose to follow.
You do this by texting “Follow (username)” to 40404. (Follow@nhc_atlantic to follow the National Hurricane Center, for instance).
You cannot use this function to post on Twitter, only to receive notices.
To post something on Twitter, the social media company says to do this:
Send a text to Twitter code  with the word START.
Twitter will reply and ask you to text YES to the Twitter short code.
Text your username to the same number. Do not use the @ symbol or quotation marks. Send your username only. For example: larrybird
Next, text your password. This is case sensitive, so be sure you are sending your password correctly.
Then you can text messages to go out on your Twitter account.
If you can’t go without Facebook, even during a storm, activate Facebook via SMS by going to Facebook account settings and clicking “Mobile,” it’s on the left side of the page.
Turn on Facebook Message Forwarding and Notifications. After it’s set up, post by texting to 32665 or FBOOK.
You can even search Google by adding 466453 (GOOGLE) to your phonebook, then text to it to search.
Sources: Twitter, The Washington Post; HumanInet; Facebook; Google
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:13 PM
The quake struck around 8 p.m., the US.GS reported, and was centered in Amherstburg, Canada, directly across the Detroit River south of the city.
“They happen from time to time, right in that magnitude" in southeast Michigan, David Gurney, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in White Lake, told the Detroit Free Press. "They are rare, but not unheard of."
There were no reports of damage or injuries.
The earthquake was the strongest tremor to strike the region since 2015, when a 4.2 magnitude quake struck near Kalamazoo.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:31 PM
BOSTON — A new report says Boston is one of the top two finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters.
Twenty cities have been competing to become the location for the company’s second headquarters, and one study predicts two cities are better suited than the rest – and Boston is one of them.
The new study was conducted by an organization called The Conference Board.
It believes Washington, D.C., and Boston are most likely to beat out the competition.
The company analyzed the 20 cities vying to land HQ2.
The group studied the four job types most common in Amazon’s existing headquarters in Seattle, then looked at “real-time labor demand” and “online job vacancies” in all 20 cities vying for the headquarters.
It found Boston and Washington, D.C. were most compatible.
Something else that was in the report but needs to be considered – Amazon already likes Boston.
The company is seeking up to 1 million square feet of office space in the Seaport. Amazon could hire up to 4,000 workers for two future offices separate from the second headquarters.
Landing HQ2 could mean 50,000 jobs and a $5 billion investment in the city, but that doesn’t appear to have people in Boston too excited.
According to a recent poll by Elon University, only 34 percent of Bostonians strongly support the bid for the new headquarters. That’s the lowest among the finalist cities.
Amazon expects to make a decision sometime this year.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 4:10 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. — A 7-year-old cat given away by his family walked 12 miles back home -- only to be given away again.
“When he arrived, he was met with heartbreak,” the post said. “The family he thought had loved him took him to a shelter and asked staff to euthanize him. The shelter called us at the SPCA to ask if we could take him in and help him find a new family. Of course we said YES!”
The animal shelter said it took Toby in from a county shelter at the end of February.
Toby was adopted by his new mom, Michele, on Friday the 13, SPCA of Wake County communications manager Tara Lynn said in a blog post.
“It’s funny. He’s very sweet, but he didn’t get along with his (feline) roommate,” Lynn told People Pets. “We thought he’d need to be adopted out as the only cat in a home, but his new family has two other cats and he’s fine with them. He’s just been through a lot and wasn’t settled yet.”
Lynn told People that she wasn’t sure if Toby, who is FIV-positive, was given up by his family because of his disease, but it didn’t seem to impact interest from potential adopters.
“It’s cool, people were interested in him despite his FIV,” Lynn said.
Toby’s life with his forever family is captured on his own Instagram page, a.cat.named.toby. The page has more than 15,000 followers and includes a post supporting the SPCA of Wake County’s annual Dog Walk, which benefits all animals in the shelter.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 8:27 PM
ATLANTA — An Atlanta rapper was busted flying into Atlanta on a private plane with more than 440 pounds of marijuana valued at $840,000, according to federal investigators.
Terrell “Ralo” Davis is facing two counts of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, WSB-TV reported.
According to documents obtained by WSB, Davis was arrested at Peachtree DeKalb Airport, just north of the city, on Sunday. Then, on Wednesday, law enforcement swarmed a Southwest Atlanta apartment complex in connection with the investigation.
An affidavit from an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms alleges Ralo is the leader of a criminal street gang called “Famerica,” and the raid was connected to their investigation into Ralo and the gang.