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If you've used your smartphone for a while, you've most likely experienced the frustration of a long load time. Who has time for that? While it isn't always feasible to trade in your phone for the latest model, there are a few things you can do to speed it up ... without causing harm to your device's security or operating system. We turned to a panel of tech pros and gadget bloggers to find out what the best tricks are for speeding up slow smartphones. We asked all of them:

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Want to know how you’ll save your phone from the next water splash or other liquid spill? The machine that dries your phone from certain doom is Redux. Tech news website Mashable got a great interview with Redux co-owner Rubin Zielinski, who described Redux’s drying powers.

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A definition of CDMA

The Allies in World War II developed Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) to prevent Nazis from jamming radio transmissions. With CDMA, the Allies transmitted information over several frequencies, making it difficult for the Germans to get the figure out the signal. Over the decades, CDMA has grown to be one of the two major radio systems used in cell phones; the other is Global System for Mobiles, or GSM. Both CDMA and GSM signals keep networks and carriers divided. For example, in the United States, Sprint, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular use CDMA, but AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM.

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Overhear a random conversation nowadays? You’ll most likely hear some reference to a hashtag. Even my grandma used a hashtag the other day. #youknowyouhaveacoolgrandmawhen But really, where did the hashtag thing come from? To you and me, it seemed to appear out of nowhere. Or maybe about the time when Twitter hitched a ride on the pop-culture choo-choo train. Since then, the hashtag shortened even the broadest subjects to ... hashtags. #seriousphilosophyhere

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When you save cash on a shopping trip, I'm willing to bet that you feel like you somehow won the lottery. Everyone wants to save a little cash, particularly on items they have to purchase. The very best shopping websites offer a range of cost savings, whether they be weekly circulars, coupons, discounts, special offers, or even price tracking. In this blog, we've identified 50 of the most comprehensive savings apps for your smartphone. Many of these sites offer apps on iOS and Android, however there are a handful Android-specific apps.

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A decade ago, the idea of walking into an entirely different world to play a game sounded like a myth. In 2016, that concept was made real -- with virtual and augmented reality. With the help of virtual reality, you’ve seen hundreds of people playing Pokémon Go around our communities. With the help of virtual reality, you’ve also seen Facebook and YouTube users embrace the 360-degree video. Augmented and virtual reality technology is paving the way for more integrated technology.

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Apple's newest Operating System has dropped, and we haven't seen an involved update such as this in over four years. The iOS 10 update is made specifically for iPhone 5, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini 2, iPad Pro range, iPod touch (6th generation), and anything more recent. Not only does Messages receive a complete overhaul, but Apple Maps gets some badly needed changes, and Photos even gets an organizational revamp. Let’s review all the changes to determine if it’s worth your time to download.

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Podcasts are gaining more popularity every day. They're simultaneously entertaining and educational. Listening to a podcast while doing various chores is the epitome of multi-tasking, really. This makes podcasts a favorite tool of productivity and personal development fanatics. Catching the latest podcasts is as simple as downloading a podcast app, known as a podcatcher. But not all podcatchers are created equal. Some podcatchers offer a greater variety of podcasts, while others feature options to enhance the experience.

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The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are celebrating their first anniversary this September. They have so much to offer – but at a lower cost than the newest devices. So when you’re shopping for your next upgrade, consider saving some money and getting a device that offers an abundance of time-saving features and organization that will put a personal assistant to shame.

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Our Culture of Good recently partnered with the Riley Children’s Foundation to sponsor and celebrate the creativity of the children at the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. The resulting microfiber cloths spotlight the inspirational artwork of nine child artists with ties to Riley. In this Riley blog series, we’ll delve deeper into each artist’s story and how that might inspire their artwork.

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What's Wi-Fi networking?

Wi-Fi uses radio waves to deliver network connectivity. Wireless adapters establish wireless networks, which are called hotspots. Hotspots allow users to connect to the internet. Wi-Fi provides wireless connectivity by emitting radio frequencies between 2.4GHz and 5GHz. This frequency depends on the network capacity.

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So by now you've probably heard about a big recall in the smartphone world. Did you happen to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note7? Don't worry. Here’s a how-to guide on returning your Note7.

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You just love your cell phone so much you want to accessorize it to maximize its functionality and aesthetic appeal. And nowadays, there are countless opportunities to bling out your device. Of course, your budget may not allow you to go all-out and purchase every conceivable accessory in one fell swoop. Thus, some prioritization might be in order. We asked the most knowledgeable gadget gurus what accessories will offer the biggest bang for your buck. Learn more about the best accessories below.

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During your phone’s lifetime, you’ll inevitably shake, drop, crash, dash, plunge, dump, and slide the device. Luckily, smartphone manufacturers have created a hardy device that is meant to last. Needless to say, it’s smart to invest in a reliable protective phone case or screen protector for your smartphone. That’s why we’ve put together a list of solid protective options below.

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We look forward to September each year. Not because the leaves start changing colors and the weather starts to cool down. No. But because in September, Apple holds its annual press meeting to announce their newest devices.

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Smartphone buying can be intimidating, especially since there are aspects to consider. Like if you're the type who needs the latest, most advanced, flashiest smartphone on the market, you have quite a selection of devices that offer the best technology. Or you might be considering whether to switch from your current operating system for Android or iOS. You might even be the type to hang on to your current device until it can't go on any longer, and then get overwhelmed with the functionality of the currently available smartphones.

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One of the most popular trends of the past ten years is to take a selfie, or a picture of yourself on your phone’s camera. Your Android’s camera offers a great, quality photo-taking application. Whether you use your camera on a daily basis or you’re just learning how to use the Camera app, this is the perfect opportunity to review the Android camera app and all of its capabilities.

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Smartphones are more advanced than ever. They're packed with tons of features, like front- and rear-facing cameras, heart rate monitors, fingerprint screen lock, and access to apps galore. For some, there's a strong learning curve that accompanies the highly sophisticated smartphones of today. Although, most devices are user-friendly enough to warrant ample praise for usability.

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You might be surprised to find Android apps in every category under the sun. Wading through reviews and updates can be overwhelming. Especially if you just want to find an app quickly and easily. But you might not be aware of the variety of apps available until you start browsing through Google Play. Then, it might feel as though it's impossible to choose the right app.

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A definition of Wi-Fi calling

Wi-Fi calling gives Android and iPhone users the ability to make and receive calls using a Wi-Fi connection. Wi-Fi calling is also possible on iOS devices that support iCloud accounts. This feature doesn't require a separate application or log-in. Rather, it is a free service for calling a number in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico. It’s important to note that if you're Wi-Fi calling an international phone number, international rates will apply.

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Dirty hands, dirty tech

Our hands are magnets for microbes because we are always touching dirty objects: door knobs, faucets, keyboards, phones, you name it. Those nasty germs easily transfer from our dirty hands to the smartphones we interact with every day, no matter how conscious or clean we try to be.

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How much do you rely on your smartphone throughout the day? How would you react if you lost your smartphone? Or worse, what would happen if your smartphone suddenly died or failed? If you’re like us, you use your smartphones for practically everything. We thought it would be interesting to hold an experiment to find out how hard it would be to go an entire day without a smartphone. We asked three [unnamed] people to go a full 24 hours without their phones, and to keep a diary of their day sans technology. Read their stories:

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Many mobile users have had the unfortunate experience of retrieving their phone from a watery grave. Whether the toilet, sink, lake, river, ocean, swimming pool, or simply a giant mud puddle - there are ample opportunities for cell phones to meet an unfortunate demise.

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A couple of years ago, my school district decided to implement iPads into the curriculum. More and more districts are joining this growing trend of tech in the class room, so it’s key for students to have the right tech knowledge to go with their new tech tools. As a graduating senior, I’ve tried hundreds of apps on my iPad in an attempt to find something I couldn’t “school” without. Here is a list of my favorite tablet apps that are essential for students.

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Unlocked phones defined

An unlocked phone is a smartphone without a carrier lock. Carrier locks are software codes placed inside smartphones by manufacturers which follow the requirements of the carriers. The lock is a preventative measure to ensure the phone isn't used on a different network. Typically, devices that don't feature carrier locks are considered to be unlocked. These phones include Google Android Nexus, Samsung, Motorola, Sony, LG phones, and a few developer edition devices. Unlocked iPhones are also available on the Apple store.

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