WhatsApp is one of a few messaging platforms that lets you delete a message after you’ve sent it. Skype is another one worth mentioning, though we’re sure that far more people actually use WhatsApp. The messenger platform introduced the feature back in October of last year and allows someone to delete a message “.for everyone” within 7 minutes of the message being sent. Of course, the recipient(s) would not see the message, but would see a message deleted’ placeholder replace the deleted message. WhatsApp has quietly updated this time window of which you may delete a message after…
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Legendary investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway continued to bet big on Apple over the fourth quarter 2017, raising its stake in the tech giant by 23.3 percent to hit 165.3 million shares, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
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Heart Attack Risk
The flu vaccine could also double as a heart attack deterrent according to a recent study published to The New England Journal of Medicine.
According to the study, people are more susceptible to a heart attack, or acute myocardial infarction, when they’re suffering from the effects of the influenza virus. The researchers analyzed 20,000 cases in Ontario, Canada involving adults diagnosed with influenza between 2009 and 2014. Surprisingly, they discovered 332 patients had been hospitalized for a heart attack in the year before or after their influenza diagnosis.
“We found that you’re six times more likely to have a heart attack during the week after being diagnosed with influenza, compared to the year before or after the infection,” Dr. Jeff Kwong, lead author on the study and a scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Toronto, told NPR. Kwong elaborated that when someone has the flu: “There’s inflammation going on, and your body is under a lot of stress.” Dropping oxygen levels and bloods pressure increase the risk of clots forming in bloods vessels serving the heart.
According to the LA Times, Kwong and his team observed that the risk of a heart attack was 6.3 times greater during the first three days following a flu diagnosis, and 5.8 times greater during the four days after that.
Deadly Flu Season
While everyone is potentially at risk of having a heart attack when afflicted with the flu, Kwong told NPR that it’s very unlikely that it would happen to a younger person. The risk may be higher for adults 65 and older.
“People at risk of heart disease should take precautions to prevent respiratory infections, and especially influenza, through measures including vaccinations and handwashing,” said Kwong in a post on ICES. The increased risk is also not specific to people with the flu, but rather anyone affected by a virus that impacts the respiratory system.
Further clarification on the link between influenza and heart attacks comes at an apt time, as the 2017-2018 flu season is the most widespread on record. According to The Washington Post, the virus has already spread across the entire continental U.S. and caused more child deaths than expected for this time of year.
“I think the simplest way to describe it is that flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now,” said Daniel Jernigan, director of the Influenza Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a press release. Jernigan’s team has been keeping tabs on the flu for 13 years, and this is the first year they’ve observed widespread activity in all of the continental U.S.
The rapid spread of influenza this early in the year could see more doctors pushing the idea of community immunity. Community immunity, also called herd immunity, suggests that when enough people are vaccinated against a disease, the harder it will be for the germs to spread. This protects the people who cannot, or will not, receive vaccinations from getting sick.
Eventually the disease could become rarer, or be wiped out entirely, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Reaching the threshold for herd immunity against the flu could mitigate the severity of next year’s flu season.
But for now, doctors are continuing to recommend that everyone get a flu shot — not only for the collective good of achieving herd immunity, but for the personal benefit of decreasing one’s heart attack risk.
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Apple on Monday updated its TestFlight beta testing app with a few new features including the ability to download app versions up 150MB in size over cellular connections.
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Amazon is quietly raising the price of Prime.
Amazon today confirmed that it’s raising the price of a monthly Amazon Prime subscription. Previously a monthly Prime sub cost $ 10.99 per month, but it’s now priced at $ 12.99 per month.
The price for one year of Amazon Prime will remain at $ 99, while an annual Amazon Prime Student membership will remain at $ 49.
Amazon hasn’t said why it’s increasing the price of a monthly Amazon Prime membership. Paying for a year of Prime at the monthly rate is even more expensive than ponying up for an annual membership, though, at $ 155.88 vs $ 99. Some people may like the flexibility that a monthly Prime membership offers, but if you think that an Amazon Prime membership is something that you’ll get a lot of use out of, then shelling out for an annual membership seems like the smart thing to do.
Apple could potentially acquire the major video streaming service Netflix, analysts from Citi suggest, highlighting one of a number of ways Apple could use its $ 252 billion warchest in cash held overseas that it could repatriate to the U.S., following a cut in corporate taxes and changes to tax rules.
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