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You'd be lost without your smartphone, since you probably use it for keeping track of daily tasks, keeping on top of social media, and even hours of entertainment daily. If your phone was water damaged, your photos, videos, music, calendar, to-do lists, contacts, and games would be gone in an instant. That’s why it's so important to know exactly what to do – and exactly what not to do – if your phone gets wet. There are several myths surrounding do-it-yourself phone-drying methods, but there's really only one way to fix a wet cell phone. The key is to avoid the DIY phone-drying hacks and get it to a Redux machine.

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Technology is more pervasive than ever before. So it’s no surprise that teachers are starting to incorporate apps and other devices into their curriculum. We asked a group of teachers, all located in Indiana, what kinds of apps and devices they like to use in the classroom. Here are their answers:

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I’ve been following Pokémon Go for about a year, and I was always very skeptical. Originally I was skeptical about the lack of any actual footage of what the game would look like, and later I was skeptical about a lack of concrete information regarding the game.

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There are any number of ways that your phone can get wet. Drop it in the sink while you were washing dishes while listening to your favorite tunes? Spilled your glass of wine on it? In your pocket when your kid pushed you into the swimming pool? Boating with friends and it fell into the river? The possibilities are nearly limitless. No

matter how your phone gets wet, the truth is that you need to know how to fix it.

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This week in tech keeps you informed by bringing you the most important news in the industry. Here’s what you need to know this week.

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Maybe you're a parent and the bathroom is the only place you can go to check your updates in peace. Maybe your employer does not allow you to have your phone while working, so you sneak it into the bathroom with you. Maybe you just need an excuse to stay in the bathroom a little bit longer, and scrolling through Facebook is your answer. No matter the reason, and even if you may not readily admit it, there is a very good chance that you use your phone while you're in the bathroom.

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Planning on watching fireworks, hanging at the lake, or even learning more about our American history this Fourth of July weekend? We want you to fully celebrate your freedom, so we’ve compiled a list of the best grilling and chilling apps around for your Independence Day celebration.

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Now that summer is official, many of you will be spending more time lounging around the pool, floating down the river, fishing, or enjoying a beautiful summer afternoon on a boat. But summer can spell trouble for your nice, sleek iPhone, bringing a multitude of opportunities for your smartphone to take a swim. If you drop your iPhone in water, there are a few things you can do to try to minimize the damage – and a few things you shouldn't do.

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This week in tech keeps you informed by bringing you the most important news in the industry. Here’s what you need to know this week.

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A definition of data roaming

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If you own a smartphone, there's a good chance you have nightmares just thinking about it getting wet. Now that summer's arrived, you run a higher risk of your phone getting waterlogged at the beach, pool, lake, or even by a refreshing summer drink. If you're one of the millions of people who've lived this nightmare of getting your smartphone wet, you may be looking for a quick-fix for your water-damaged phone. Some people claim that heat will save a wet phone. It makes sense - heat dries water. But will you end up with a fried phone instead?

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If you’re like me, you don’t have the time or patience to consume every new announcement coming out of Silicon Valley. Although, you might have recently heard some news that Google will launch a sweet new smartphone operating system Android Nougat. Google claims the software refresh comes with over 200 updates. Of those updates, I’ve personally identified three that could save you up to 12 minutes a day.

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Now that you're looking forward to beach and swimming weather, the one thing you don't want to worry about is a wet cell phone. In an effort to save your wet phone, you can always scramble to find a way to try to dry the phone and save it from total destruction. You probably have heard of some different DIY methods of drying your wet phone - and one of the most common methods is to put the wet phone in rice.

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Lenovo made some big announcements at the Lenovo Tech World 2016 conference on June 9th. The two hour-long live-stream event highlighted several cutting-edge innovations, like foldable phones, new augmented reality (AR) technology built into a smartphone, and a line of mods that completely transform your phone.

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Just a few years ago, cell phone security was the last thing on most users' minds. But today, keeping your data secure on your smartphones is just as critical as securing your desktop and laptop computers. Perhaps even more so, given the many tasks people carry out on their mobile devices - often on public, unsecured Wi-Fi networks. For instance, handling banking via your smartphone on a public Wi-Fi network can leave your personal data vulnerable to attack, leading to identity theft, stolen credit card numbers, and more.

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Your iPhone is packed with tons of useful features and access to millions of innovative apps that can make just about any aspect of your life easier (or more fun). Beyond standard features, tech aficionados often come up with genius hacks that extend the capabilities of your iPhone even further. These shortcuts include tips and tricks like taking photos of memos or lists, so the info is available wherever you go – without having to type it into a note or carry a piece of paper in your pocket – have become almost mainstream.

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Otterbox has launched a new line of cases, calling it their toughest Defender Series to hit stores. As all Otterbox cases are already drop-proof, how is it possible to create cases that are stronger than the ones released in previous years?

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Podcasts, or digital broadcasts, cover a wide variety of subject matter – ranging from comedy, horror, fantasy, news shows, reviews, and more. Because there are literally millions of narrative and engaging shows, we’ll explore a variety of listener favorite podcasts to make it easier for you to find something you’ll enjoy. You can read more about our favorite podcasts here.

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Cell phone safety is a top priority for people all over the world—especially those with children. There are many tips for ensuring that both you and your kids are using your cell phone or smartphone safely—from being careful when you cross the road, to learning the driving laws in your area, which way to carry your phone for radiation reduction, and monitoring and limiting the amount of time your child or teen spends using their device.

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Choosing a mobile phone

There are many phones available today – from basic cell phones to full-featured smartphones. And for first-time mobile consumers, it's often difficult to know what features you'll utilize most. Ask friends or family members for advice, you're likely to get answers to vary. (In other words, not very helpful.) 

While it takes time to evaluate devices and compare features, exploring your choices is the best way to find the smartphone best-suited for you. A wide array of mobile devices are compatible with the Verizon Wireless network. These phones feature options suitable anyone's unique preferences.

Some users have particular wants and needs when it comes to their smartphones, particularly if they're experienced users who have owned sophisticated devices in the past. Fortunately, there are also numerous phone choices that offer a variety of perks for the most tech-savvy mobile consumers.

Challenges of finding your phone

There are many challenges when choosing a new phone. One of the most challenging aspects is exploring all of the different phones and offers available. Knowing exactly what you need and want in a phone, carrier, and plan is essential in the research phase. Another challenging aspect of choosing a mobile device is the price. While today's smartphones and cell phones come in enough variety to provide multiple choices for consumers at either end of the price spectrum, your budget could narrow the options for you from the start.

You can usually find a basic phone for around $50 - $100 retail. Or, instead of paying full retail, you can opt to sign up for a wireless contract, a two-year contract for wireless service with a particular carrier that offers a discount on your chosen device in exchange for your commitment. You can sometimes even get certain devices for free using the contract option. If you are looking at a smartphone, you can expect to spend anywhere from a few hundred dollars up to $800 or even $1,000 retail price. Or you can choose to pay around $33 a month with a two-year plan and get your chosen smartphone at a reduced cost.

Considerations in buying a smartphone

Most of the research can be done on the Internet. Researching expert recommendations and user reviews is wise if you have time to do so, as consumer reviews can reveal specific shortcomings with a particular device's design that would hinder your daily habits. Additionally, you may want to visit your carrier’s retail location so you can see, touch, and use the devices you're considering. You might discover that one of your preferred devices is too heavy or doesn't fit in the pocket that you typically carry your smartphone in, or you might find that you're not fond of the feel of a device's keyboard. 

There are numerous other factors to think about when looking for a new smartphone or mobile device, such as:

  • Is the phone for personal use, business use, or both? Think about this as you are exploring smartphone choices.
  • Are you looking for a basic phone or a smartphone?
  • Determine your budget before beginning your search. This will cut down your research time immensely, narrowing your choices to only the devices within your budget. However, if you're already aware of a device that you'd purchase if not for budget constraints, talk with a representative from your preferred Verizon premium wireless retailer to find out about deals and special offers that might allow you to purchase the device you want without going over-budget.
  • Choosing a carrier and plan is just as important as finding the right phone. Does your plan offer call, text, and/or data? Does the carrier offer 3G, 4G or 4G LTE?
  • What features are most important to you? Are you looking for a great quality camera, a large display, long battery life, does the phone support 3G, 4G, or 4G LTE?
  • Do you care about the size, color, or overall appearance of your prospective phone?

Choose the right smartphone

Choosing the right mobile device really depends upon what features you need. Research is the number one thing to do when choosing a phone. Read about smartphones or other devices you're considering online, evaluating both expert reviews and consumer-written reviews, and check out professional ratings and recommendations. You can find out most of what you need to know about the phones, cell phone carriers, and plans available. Narrow down your choices based upon what will fit best with your lifestyle. For more information on selecting the right smartphone, check out our comprehensive Smartphone Buying Guide

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Finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift is something that can stump many of us. For me, the last several years I’ve spent just a few bucks and a few minutes grabbing a last-minute gift for my mom that ends up collecting dust on a shelf somewhere.

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Did you know that every charger works differently in conjunction with every phone? Different devices require more or less amperage than others, and chargers are made with differences in power to match needed device amperage. For example, an iPhone only needs 1.0 amps of input to charge efficiently, while an iPad Air needs 2.4 amps. Amperage is the strength of an electric current, or simply the charging power.

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Have you watched a commercial for the newest cellphone technology and thought, “there is no way I would ever understand how to work a contraption like that”? Or have you wondered, “which cellphone should I get?” or “which phone is best for me?”

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Buying a new smartphone is a big purchase decision. Your smartphone is your constant companion and your instant connection to the world. Whether you use your device for personal or work purposes, having access to a web browser at your fingertips, instant messaging to communicate with anyone, and dozens of apps that help you manage your life is the way of modern life. Because your smartphone plays an integral role in your everyday routine, choosing a new device isn’t a decision you should take lightly.

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