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Livetext app is silly fun, but no Snapchat

JP Mangalindan
Chances are your phone is chock-full of messaging apps already, whether it's Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Yik Yak or something else. Even so, Yahoo is hoping you’ll give its latest app, Livetext for iOS and Android, a shot Think of Livetext as text-messaging that marries some of Snapchat’s ephemerality with some elements of Periscope and Meerkat live video. But Livetext's live video sports text without sound: You can see the other person, but communication mostly happens by text. Once the session ends, the entire conversation disappears. See also: Snapchat reportedly working on 'special' ecommerce product with Hearst Read more...More about Yahoo, Social, Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram

Tourism-focused farms give Chinese city dwellers a break from urban life

Lili Sams
"Rural tourism" is big business in China. In 2014, Chinese farms had more than 1.2 billion visitors, according to the China Tourism Association. That's up from more than 900 million visitors in 2013, which generated $4.7 billion in revenue. To put the popularity of farm tourism in perspective, that accounts for about a third of all holidays in the country. See also: 12 tiny settlements for getting away from the big city Farms offer residents of China's biggest metropolises a refreshing break from urban life, while giving rural populations the chance to earn a decent living. "The ultimate goal is to help farmers increase income, ensure agricultural products' quality and safety, and increase urban resident's happiness," Jiang Hongfang, chairman of the Beijing Entertainment Farming and Agri-Tourism Association, told China Daily. Read more...More about China, Tourism, Farming, Pics, and Lifestyle

Firefighter killed in California wildfire remembered as great husband and father

The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — A firefighter killed by a wildfire in Northern California became trapped by the erratic, wind-stoked blaze while he was scouting an area to decide how best to attack the flames, a U.S. Forest Service official said Saturday. Forest Service firefighter David Ruhl, 38, was driving down a road in the Modoc National Forest on Thursday when the fire grew suddenly and trapped him, Forest Service spokesman Ken Sandusky said. "He was trying to develop a plan of attack," Sandusky said. Officials said they couldn't immediately say whether Ruhl had time to let others know by radio that he was in trouble, or whether the flames overtook him too fast for him to call for help. Crews fighting the blaze lost communication with Ruhl on Thursday evening, and his body was recovered Friday. Read more...More about Us World, Us, and California Wildfires