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Protecting Your Phone at the Beach or Pool

Protecting Your Phone at the Beach or Pool

In today’s world of rapidly evolving technology, it’s no wonder many of us are so consumed in it. We tend to bring our cell phones almost everywhere, including places where damage can easily occur. For this time of year, two of the most dangerous places for your cell phone is the beach and the pool. Luckily, there are plenty of easy tips and tricks to keep your cell phone safe. We all know the obvious waterproof options, but what about those of us who prefer our traditional cases without spending the extra buck? After all, you don’t want to miss out on the chance to document your summery experiences on Instagram!

Plastic Zip Lock Bag

The great thing about this trick is that you already have the bags out for your sandwiches. There’s no need to buy an expensive product if you only plan on checking it every once in a while. Another benefit is the fact that it’s clear because you can see right through it. While in the plastic bag, your phone will remain dry and free of sand grains and sunscreen smudges. Avoiding contact with liquid is one of the many ways to preserve the value of your phone. If you plan on opening the bag for a quick text or a photo, wipe your hands on a fresh towel or napkin. The goal is to keep your cell phone clean, but this cannot be done without a clean bag as well. Remember, it’s even possible for sand to find its way into those heavy-duty cases. You can never be too prepared.

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Handheld Fan

A handheld fan is easy to travel with and it’s the perfect helper if your phone overheats. Electronic devices can only take so much heat, making the sun at the beach or the pool a threat to your phone. It’s advised to keep it out of direct sunlight, either by keeping it in a closed bag or underneath an item of clothing. When the phone is in proper shade, its temperature stays regulated. If your phone does overheat, you may see a message on the screen or it may just shut down. A handheld fan can help to cool it down again before putting it somewhere safe.

Dust Plug

Whether you go for a stylish option or one that is strictly for function, a dust plug is helpful, especially at the beach. A dust plug is for protecting the earphone jack from not only dust and dirt, but sand as well. Head to the beach or pool with the peace of knowing your phone isn’t at risk of being clogged. This affordable option fits tight inside the phone, ensuring the plug will not fall out or get lost.

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Hiding Spot

This doesn’t necessarily fall under the same umbrella of safety as the other tips and tricks, but it doesn’t make it less important. If you plan on leaving your cell phone while you go for a dip in the water, it’s best to have someone stand by. If this isn’t an option, it’s a good idea to have a hiding spot. Avoid leaving your phone in an obvious compartment in your bag and go for something unique. Ideas include washing out an old sunscreen bottle and sliding your phone inside or an empty snack container. The same can be done for your money and car keys.

With all of these tips and tricks in mind, you should also remember to take a break from your phone every now and then. If it’s a safety concern, switch off with a friend or family member – one day you can bring and they can bring the next. Also, just because you’re by the pool, it doesn’t mean you have to float around with your phone. Leave it on a nearby table and enjoy swimming!

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Since this is easier said than done for many people, it’s good to know the mentioned tips and tricks. You probably already have some of these items at home. Therefore, you’re saving money by utilizing items you already have, as well as saving money by keeping your phone unharmed.

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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