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Friday, February 7, 2014

How to Save a Wet Cell Phone

Despite your best efforts, mishaps happen, cell phones get wet. Whether you’ve dropped it in a sink full of water, spilled your tall glass of lemonade all over it, or have been pushed in a pool (very funny, guys), your first instinct may be to panic. Resist that urge and immediately follow these tips instead, they could potentially save your phone from no return. By knowing what to do, you may be able to avoid the worst kinds of cell phone water damage and salvage your phone completely.

Act Quickly

No matter what you try to do to save your cell phone, do it quickly. The longer it stays wet, the likelier it is to be damaged beyond repair. This is precisely why it pays to know what to do before you encounter this problem. If you have to research tips when it’s already wet, you won’t be able to act very quickly, so pay attention!

Remove Battery

Immediately begin drying the phone with a cloth or paper towel. Take additional cloths or paper towels and lay the phone on them. Don’t move the cell phone around too much because doing so could make the water get in even more deeply. In an effort to avoid cell phone water damage, you may be tempted to take apart your device. This is a good way to destroy it completely. Remove the cover and any peripherals, and make sure to remove the battery as many circuits inside the phone can survive water damage as long as they are not attached to a power source. Be sure to also remove the SIM card if your phone has one. This card is where most of your valuable data, such as contacts and pictures, are stored, in which case may be more worthy of saving than the phone. Beyond that, though, don’t try to open up the phone or otherwise take it apart.

Use a Vacuum Cleaner

Removing moisture from the exterior of a cell phone is simple enough. What you really need to worry about is the moisture that’s trapped inside it. A great way to remove a lot of it is by using a vacuum cleaner. You should try to vacuum your phone for about 20 minutes. A wet/dry vacuum cleaner or shop vac is preferable, but a standard one will do in a pinch. It is vital that you do not use a hair dryer to try and dry out your phone, a mistake made all too frequently. Because blow dryers blow out air, instead of sucking it in like a vacuum cleaner, it could potentially force moisture further into your phone. The heat from the hot air of the blow dryer could also pose damaging effects to your phones electrical components

Try Desiccants

A desiccant is a material that absorbs water readily. The easiest one to come by at the drop of a hat is rice. Fill a bowl or bag with rice and bury your cell phone into it. The silica gel packets that often come in shoe boxes and other items may be used too. Craft stores sell desiccants for drying out flowers that can be used to absorb the moisture from your phone. As a common rule of thumb, you should leave your phone submerged in these items for at least overnight.

Don’t Assume You can Use the Warranty

Many people don’t realize that water damage is not covered in their warranty and won’t actively try and recover their phone after it has become wet. Unless you are positive you have purchased extra warranty to cover this situation, be prepared to take all steps necessary to save your phone after getting wet.
As a preemptive measure, you might consider keeping a wet cell phone emergency kit handy. There are also waterproof cases for those of you prone to accidents. In any event, cell phone water damage doesn’t have to mean the death of your device, so next time your phone takes that frightful plunge into the water, keep these tips in mind.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

5 Must-Have Speakers

Speakers can have a huge impact in the enjoyment of listening to music or watching TV. Purchasing the right speaker system is a task that is often overlooked and not properly considered. With careful thought and research, buying the perfect speaker can be a great investment as it will allow you to enjoy the audio aspects of your entertainment to its full extent. Here are a five speakers we recommend for different uses:

Shower Waterproof Stereo Bluetooth Speaker (View of Color Options)H2O Vibe™ 
The H2O Vibe™  Shower Waterproof Stereo Bluetooth speaker will change the way you bathe or shower forever! You can now listen to crystal clear audio streaming from any Bluetooth enabled device to this wireless speaker. In addition to enjoying your music and streaming audio, phone calls can also be answered from your speaker. The speaker will ring upon receiving an incoming phone call, if the call is answered the audio will fade out and when the call has ended the audio will resume playing where it left off. You can also stream media from your Android via any audio APP like Pandora, Google Music and Music Hub. You can also charge most USB-enabled devices. H2O Vibe™ also features a full control panel that lets you remotely Play / Pause, press Next / Back, and receive phone calls.
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Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox Portable Wireless Speaker - Black (Main View)Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox
The Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox Portable Wireless Speaker is in a class of its own – producing quality bass and style in legendary Beats by Dr. Dre. With professional-grade technologies like Apt-X, ACC, and SBC the Beats Beatbox Portable Wireless Speaker blasts amazing HD sound without wires and knots (6 “D” batteries required, not included). This one-of-a-kind Bluetooth speaker features a dock so you can easily place your iPhone or iPod on the top. Pair it with your smartphone, MP3 player, tablet, laptop and any other Bluetooth compatible devices as well. Get ready to be blown away with the Beats Wireless by Dr. Dre Stereo Bluetooth Speaker!
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iHome iHM61 Rechargeable GlowTunes Color Changing Speaker (Main View)

iHome iHM61

With high quality audio and a sleek compact design, the iHome iHM61 Rechargeable GlowTunes Color Changing Speaker is perfect for wherever you go. Just plug any device with a 3.5mm audio jack into the speakers and you will be amazed by the great sound coming from these small speakers. The iHome iHM61 Portable Speaker features a built-in rechargeable battery and a cable to charge it with. A carrying case is included for your convenience. Best of all, this cool speaker features a color changing LCD with 4 different colors. 
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Aliph Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (View of Color Options 1)Aliph Jawbone JAMBOX

The Aliph Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is a portable speaker that produces high-quality sound, yet light enough to hold in a single hand. Pair it with all your Bluetooth-enabled audio devices (i.e. smartphone, MP3 Player, laptop, etc.) for wireless connection, and never worry about tangled cables - ever. The JAWBOX is comprised of stainless steel, making it strong and durable; it'll withstand unintentional bumps and drops. 
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Portable Bluetooth Speaker w/ LED Flashlight (Main View)Bike Flashlight Speaker
The Portable Bluetooth Speaker with LED Flashlight is an innovative device - and very necessary accessory - for your bicycle or car. This all-purpose device is a Bluetooth speaker, flashlight, speakerphone and cell phone charger (compatible with most USB-enabled phones) all in one. Plug in your iPhone or iPod to the speaker using the included USB cable, then clip it onto your car's sun-shield and crank up your favorite tunes from Pandora and iHeartRadio. Or simply mount it onto your bicycle's handle when heading out on your daily ride, and use the handy flashlight to help keep your path nice and clear. It's also easy to pair with most smartphones, so staying in touch with family and friends is only a click away!
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Facebook's 10th Birthday: The Evolution

Today is Facebook's tenth birthday. Within the decade, the social network has gone through many face lifts. Below are photos of the evolution:

Initially called ‘thefacebook’ the site was very simple. There weren’t many features, apps or tabs on the pages. 

Facebook launched personal feed on the profile page. This change attracted many visitors to the social networking site.

User-friendly tabs were added to make it easy for users to access widgets that were part of Facebook’s new apps. Facebook also became a lot more personal.

Photo tagging and sharing was introduced. These new features got a very good user response.

The new profile now features a timeline that compiles Facebook participation history like a scrapbook. As well as a large cool looking Timeline cover photos on the top of the page.

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