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In The News 3-20-15

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 by | Filed Under: In The News

Smart Homes Sell Faster

Real Estate Company Coldwell Banker says that more and more buyers are looking for “smart” features when it comes to buying a home.¬† A survey of sales associates also shows that buyers are asking for features they can control through apps on their smartphones and that buyers 35-49 are the most interested in smart technology.


The features buyers want include security systems, temperature control, lighting and entertainment features. Smart appliances are low on list with only 23% of buyers interested that technology.

 Facebook Bans Feeling Fat

You’re no longer allowed to feel fat – at least on Facebook.¬† The company is dropping that particular emoticon after 16,7000 people took the time to sign a petition through asking that the icon be removed.


In a statement, the company said, “We’ve heard from our community that listing ‘feeling fat’ as an option for status updates could reinforce negative body image, particularly for people struggling with eating disorders.”

There are still a wide range of other emotional emoticons available.

Sony Closing Down PlayStation Mobile

Sony announced that it will close down PlayStation Mobile after July 15. The games will still work on your phone, for now. But there will be no more in-app purchases and you will not be able to re-download any games after September 10. PlayStation Mobile provided games for the PlayStation Vita and offered Android games.

The PlayStation Mobile app for Android will no longer be available for download after that date.

To use previously downloaded content, users will need to authenticate their device. Instructions for that process can be found by clicking here.

~ Cynthia



27 Responses to “In The News 3-20-15”

  1. janice Arrington says:

    FB get off the PC train. It is getting worse every time some one is offended about something. America has raised a bunch of whiny babies from the “gimme generation”. I’m glad my kids aren’t whiners.

  2. Lola E says:

    Where is all this sillyness going to end? What about my freedom of expression? Its a thing to state how you are feeling about yourself NOT anyone else. I have a right to how I feel dont I? Rolls eyes…oh that might be a bad thing for someone with lazy eye…sorry.

  3. Daniel says:

    I rarely use these, but I see no sane reason to remove one or an other of any of them. If someone chooses to express their feelings with an emoticon, so what? It has no effect on me unless I want it to.

  4. Mary says:

    I agree; this reinforces a negative body image.

  5. Carle says:

    Idiotic. Why not also remove the “sad” and “happy” so we don’t intimidate the bipolar folks? And “sleepy” so we don’t offend the narcoleptic? Duh.

  6. tina says:

    Stupid,another political correct?people should stop faking and face reality.If you don’t like it,go to the next page and stop pretending that hurt,go on a diet or be happy with Yourself

  7. Kevin says:

    We do not have the “right” to not being offended. We do have the right to freedom of speech. FB has the right to decide what they will or will not allow. We have the right of association and the choice is then ours. I would agree that you can leave, tell others that you believe that they are wrong, or argue with FB to let them know who you think/feel about their choices. It is up to them to make their own choices and up to us to choose where we will stand. We should always do this will respect for others.

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