6:15 The other day, I was driving and I noticed that my cellphone was really hot. I pulled over and noticed an icon on the phone telling me that it was cooling itself down. Then I came across this story. Excellent tips to keep your phone cool during the summer.
The summer heat is great for tans, swimming and margaritas, but it's not so good for your iPhone, Android or other smartphone as well as any other portable electronics. Overheating is a serious risk when it's hot outside and can permanently damage or destroy your tech. Luckily, there are some ways you can lower the risk and at least limit the likelihood of having to spend your sunscreen budget on a replacement phone or other electronics. Here are eight cool tips to keeping your phone or other gear...cool.
1. Don't put it in the sun. That may seem obvious, but it's an important point. Even when it's hot out, it's less hot in the shade. Even better is putting it in a bag that is also in the shade. It can really make a difference.
2. Take it out of the case if its in one. The case can act as a sort of insulation, retaining heat and not giving the phone a chance to radiate some of it off. Think of it like wearing a wool glove on your hand in the heat versus letting your hand out to cool off.
3. Turn off extra background features. Bluetooth, location services and Wi-Fi, even if they aren't in active use, will lead to your phone heating up a bit more. That bit can make a difference, so leave them off.
4. Even better is if you put it in airplane mode, which turns off all data and phone access. If you don't need or anticipate using them, this will help keep it cooler.
5. Best of all is if you turn it off entirely. If it's already started to feel a little warm, or if you're concerned enough about the heat damaging the phone, leaving it off is the best way to avoid overheating. It won't save the phone from really extreme situations, but it can make a difference by eliminating internal heat as a possible problem source.
6. Don't play games or use it for directions. Both games and navigation use a lot of processor power, and that means heat. It's a bad idea to tax the processor when it's hot out, so minimal intensity use is a good way to keep the phone cool.
7. Don't leave your electronics in a car. Even if out of the sun, cars can heat up fast, so when you park your car, take your electronics with you.
8. Don't charge your electronics if it's hot. Even when it's in airplane mode or off, the basic nature of battery charging heats up your phone. If it's already hot out, it can be quite dangerous so wait until you're somewhere cooler before plugging in.
6:45 What's up halitosis?
An apple a day keeps garlic breath away.
Or at the very least, it will help to neutralize the odor that comes from eating garlicky foods, according to Ohio State University researchers.
They sought to determine what works best at tamping down dreaded garlic breath, which is created by sulfides contained in garlic.
Participants were first fed raw garlic and then given various foods and liquids. Apples worked well because of oxidating enzymes that cover up the smell of sulfides.
Meanwhile, lemon juice, milk and green tea also proved effective in reducing garlic breath. The researchers added that the best way to reduce the odor is to consume the various neutralizers while eating a dish with garlic.
7:15 I recently met someone who lost everything she owned in a fire. She was very grateful that no one in her family was hurt. She was saying that doing an inventory of her belongings was proving challenging for her. It got me to thinking how difficult that would be in my case. Well, I decided to call my friend State Farm Agent Pam Neely, and she gave me some really good advice on what to do IN ADVANCE of a tragedy.
Pam had some helpful tips:
--keep a list of items that have serial numbers and/or model numbers, ( i.e., electronics, firearms, etc). It will be easier to replace those types of items with something of similar brand or quality with that info on hand.
--She also suggests to photograph or video your stuff. Keep in mind you should separate the house into rooms and make sure to open drawers, cabinets, closets, etc. This serves 2 purposes: provides proof of ownership and will help in making the required list.
--She also says to save the pictures or videos it to the cloud. Or if it's a hard copy give it to someone else (so it doesn't burn with all your possessions), keep it at work, or in a fireproof safe at home.
Finally she says that recovering from a total loss takes a very long time. In order to replace what you had, you need to provide the inventory and proof of ownership. Good stuff to know! Thanks Pam!
8:15 The Trapper-Keeper Is Back... This Time For Tablets! Tell me you don't want this baby? Cool isn't it? http://www.kensington.com/us/us/5798/K97326WW/trapper-keeper%E2%84%A2-universal-case-for-10%E2%80%9D-tablets-%E2%80%94-blue#.U767qUDLtCl