Three Ways to Make Your Phone Battery Last Longer

Three Ways to Make Your Phone Battery Last Longer

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There was a survey last week that found a longer battery life is the number one feature people want in their phone. So here are three ways to help your battery stay charged longer. And they’re all backed by science . . .

1. Don’t let it get too hot. Heat speeds up the chemical reaction inside the battery and drains it faster. So don’t leave it next to a heater, or let it sit out in the sun.

2. Never let the battery die. Lithium ion batteries degrade over time, so eventually they can’t hold as much juice on a single charge. And they degrade faster if you always let the battery die before you charge it. So if your phone’s about to die, you should just turn it off.

3. If you won’t be using it for a while, store it half-charged. Right around 50% is good, and keep it in a cool, dry place.

It’s only worth doing if you’re turning it off for at least a few days though. Like if you’ll be out of cell range all weekend, or flying overseas where you can’t use it. If it’s only for a few hours, don’t worry about it.

(Lifehacker)

Why are Fifth Harmony Dancing in a Bombed-Out City in Their New Video?

Why are Fifth Harmony Dancing in a Bombed-Out City in Their New Video?

The way things are in the world right now, it might not be such a good idea to make a music video that looks like it’s set in a city that just got BOMBED. Especially if it’s gonna be a BOOTY-SHAKING video.

But that’s kind of what FIFTH HARMONY did with their video for “That’s My Girl”. It takes place in a city where SOMETHING just happened. They don’t tell us WHAT, but it could easily be a war-torn area like Aleppo. (Or, as Gary Johnson calls it . . . What?!)

The ladies show up to help, but they also DANCE. In fact, they mostly dance. If they were going for some kind of fantastical, Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic thing, they failed. There’s nothing here to indicate it’s not 2016.

The clothing, the bombed out cars, the ruined city . . . they’re all very much of the present. The girls even have a not-remotely-futuristic Jeep.

It’s just weird . . . and an odd choice, given that there are a lot of cities in the world that look like this right now.

Are Facebook Posts About the Election Pointless?

Are Facebook Posts About the Election Pointless?

Political discord tends to lead to disharmony in relationships.

Does posting about the election on Facebook actually do anything? Or are you just wasting everyone’s time? Well, a website recently polled 10,000 users, and about 90% said they’ve NEVER changed their opinion because of something a friend posted.

That includes 94% of Republicans, 92% of Democrats, and 85% of Independents. But apparently that means about 10% of people HAVE. So you can keep fighting the good fight I guess?

Here are four more stats from the survey that are kind of interesting . . .

  1.  Republicans are slightly more likely to post about politics than Democrats. 39% compared to 34%. And 26% of Independents said they’ve done it.
  2.  Republicans are also slightly more likely to JUDGE someone for it. 61% said they judge people based on the political stuff they post, compared to 54% of Democrats, and 34% of Independents.
  3.  Democrats are more likely to UNFRIEND you for something you post. 18% said they’ve done it, compared to 12% of Republicans, and 9% of Independents.
  4.  Most of us agree Facebook isn’t the best place to discuss the election. Only 36% of Republicans said it’s “appropriate” to post about politics, compared to 31% of Democrats, and just 21% of Independents.

(Wired)

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Five Ways to Get Out of a Ticket, According to Actual Cops

Five Ways to Get Out of a Ticket, According to Actual Cops

Photo credit: Flickr | Chris Yarzab

Photo credit: Flickr | Chris Yarzab

Two cops recently came up with a list of ways to get out of a ticket if you’re pulled over. And some we’d seen some before, like don’t argue, and know where your registration is. But here are a few you might not think about . . .

  1.  Put your turn signal on as soon as possible, even if there’s nowhere to pull over. That way they know you’re at least trying to. But if they turn their lights AND their siren on, it means they think it’s a good place to stop, so pull over right away.
  2.  Kiss up to them BEFORE they go to their car to run your info. That’s usually when they decide whether or not to give you a ticket. And once they write one, they can’t take it back. Writing a ticket and then ripping it up only happens in movies.
  3.  Don’t be short with them, but don’t talk too much either. They might get suspicious if you give a one-word answer to every question. But they might just get annoying if you start rambling too much.
  4.  Try to make them laugh. Which sounds a little risky, but apparently it works. We’re assuming a bad joke has the opposite effect though. So don’t force it.
  5.  Mentioning that you know a cop DOES work sometimes. So if you can work it into the conversation, go for it. Or if you were in the military or someone in your family is, that might work too.

(Thrillist)

5 Tips to Help You Adjust to Daylight Savings

5 Tips to Help You Adjust to Daylight Savings

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Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday . . . 2:00 A.M to be exact.

Which means we lose an hour of sleep Saturday night.

Here are five tips to help you deal with the transition.

  1. Cut out caffeine. Make sure you don’t have any caffeine at least six hours before bed. It’s a good rule of thumb in general, but especially important this weekend.
  2. No alcohol either. Even just one drink can disturb your sleep. So skip the alcohol tomorrow night if you can.
  3. Eat light. Don’t eat anything for at least two or three hours before you plan to go to bed. Otherwise it can interfere with the quality of your sleep.
  4. Make your bed a place you want to sleep in. Meaning, fresh clean sheets . . . and no phones or iPads.
  5. Go to bed earlier. To minimize the impact of the time change, make a few gradual adjustments rather than one big one.

Go to bed 15 to 30 minutes earlier than usual TONIGHT, and again tomorrow.

You should be fully adjusted by Monday.

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(Huffington Post / BetterSleep.org)