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Why Do Phone Batteries Still Only Last a Day?

Smartphones have been in our lives for nearly two decades, and we’ve seen huge improvements in that time. However, one thing has mostly remained the same—charging your phone every day. Why hasn’t battery life gotten better …

Will 5G Make Me Use More Cellular Data?

5G is the latest and (supposedly) greatest wireless standard. With speeds that can sometimes rival home internet, you may be wondering if using 5G means you’ll burn through even more data. But is that actually true? Let’s fin…

How Do “Self-Charging” Remotes Work?

What if you had a TV remote that you never needed to charge or replace the batteries? That may sound like a futuristic dream, but it’s actually been a reality for a little while already. The technology is pretty cool….

What Is “Abandonware” and Is it Legal?

There are lots of “wares” when it comes to software: freeware, shareware, donationware, and more! You may have come across “abandonware” that just needs a simple click to download, but what does it mean for software to be aba…

Do LED Bulbs Burn Out?

It might seem like a question with an obvious answer, but LED bulbs don’t burn out the same way traditional incandescent bulbs do. Here’s what happens instead.

Is It Bad to Sleep Next to Your Phone?

Many people use their phone until the moment of falling asleep, then it’s literally in bed with them—or charging nearby—all night. Using your phone before bed is already not great, but is the close proximity bad too?…

Why Do Airlines Limit Battery Sizes?

When you next get on a plane, you’ll probably have to declare devices like power banks if they are over a certain size, and may have to leave some behind, but do airlines care how big your batteries are?…

Does Charging Your Phone Impact Gas Mileage?

Charging your phone in your car while driving is a pretty common thing to do, especially if you’re using it for GPS navigation on a long road trip. Is that charging having an impact on your gas mileage?…

Marques Brownlee Is Right: 5G Sucks Right Now

5G was going to be amazing. Do you remember the hype? 5G was supposed to be faster than many home internet connections and available basically everywhere. The reality is that 5G often seems to be worse than 4G LTE….

Why Are People Scared of Phone Calls These Days?

The telephone has been a staple of Western civilization for over 100 years, enabling people to remotely hear others chewing and breathing too heavily for as long as we can remember. It lets us treat our friends like marginall…

What is File Versioning, and Do You Need It?

File versioning can be a lifesaver if you make a change to an important file that you later come to regret. The feature isn’t supported in every application or service out of the box, but there are a few steps you can take on…

Are Christmas Lights Really a Fire Hazard?

People talk about how Christmas lights are a fire hazard. But is it mostly an urban legend up there with razor blades in Halloween candy or something to take seriously? Here’s what you need to know to live your best Christmas…

What Is KaiOS, and Can It Replace iPhone and Android?

There are two big names in mobile operating systems—Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. These two dominate the market, but they’re not alone. KaiOS is an alternative mobile OS that has some intriguing benefits. Maybe it’s rig…

What Are Gravity Batteries, and How Do They Work?

The biggest problem with renewable energy is that when the sunlight or wind goes away, so does the power. You need batteries to store excess power for those times, but not all “batteries” have to be chemical: just use gravity…

Why Is It Called “Black Friday”?

The day after Thanksgiving in the U.S. has become known as “Black Friday.” Retailers across the country drop prices to kick off the Holiday shopping season. Where did the name for this wild day of consumerism come from?…

You’re Tracking Your Sleep Wrong

Whether it’s a smartwatch, fitness tracker, or smart display, a growing number of people have devices that can track sleep. It’s great to have that information, but knowing your sleep cycles isn’t actually going to improve yo…
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