In the wake of Samsung recalling roughly 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after numerous reports of their lithium batteries overheating, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has asked passengers who own this model of phone to turn it off while they flew due to a potential fire hazard. Continue Reading
If you’ve been in the market for a charging cable for your mobile device, you’ve most likely encountered “quick charging” or “rapid charging” cables. Between the off-brand companies promising a faster charge and the oversaturation of cheap USB charging options, the lure of a fast recharge tempts many consumers into purchasing the “faster” and often times more expensive option.
While quick charging is in fact a reality and there are a handful of options that could charge your device faster than the charger than came with your device, there are a few caveats you should be aware of before charging exclusively with rapid chargers.
How does Rapid Charging Work?
As most major retailers will tell you, the holidays are right around the corner. While some of us get to stay close to home for our holiday plans, about 30% of the US population will be traveling during this upcoming holiday season. With a high volume of fully booked flights, busses, trains, and hotel rooms (as well as the chance for an ill-timed winter storm), the holiday season is widely known as the most congested and difficult time to travel. If you’re planning on traveling at any point this holiday season, you’ll want to make sure you’re equipped with the best travel apps to make your trip easier to navigate. Continue Reading
We’ve all seen the advertisements wireless carriers run for unlimited data cell phone plans. In some shape or form, most major wireless carriers have offered an unlimited data plan to their customers, but there may be hidden limitations or restrictions that redefine the word “unlimited.” Continue Reading
When it comes to an emergency, you never know if you’re going to be the one calling it in. You may find yourself in a situation where you’re hurt, unable to make a phone call, or simply lose your phone. While most phones have a built in feature that lets you make an emergency call without unlocking it, some go a step further by making your In Case of Emergency (ICE) information accessible without unlocking your phone. This way, anyone that finds you or your phone in harms way has all of your important medical and contact information including emergency contacts without having access to the rest of your phone. It only takes a moment to set this feature up, and may be your saving grace in an emergency. Continue Reading
In an emergency, it’s important to make sure you have access to clean water, food, heat – and communication. FEMA recently published a set of tips to ensure you are prepared for the worst, including the information to keep easily accessible and ways to best use your cell phone to stay safe. Continue Reading
Have you ever fully charged your cell phone only to realize that a few minutes later, the battery dropped 5 or 10 percent before you even used it? No matter how much of an effort you make to treat your phone well and conserve your battery, it doesn’t always make a difference – have you ever wondered why?
When you lose power for hours, days, or even weeks, how do you stay connected with your loved ones who live far away? Your cell phone may work for a little while, but smartphones are not known for their long battery life – yours could be dead within hours. Here are some ways you can recharge yours until the electricity kicks back on.