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Tip of the Day

Make gadget batteries last and last and last

  • My iPhone 6 battery is the worst. It seems my older phone’s battery lasted much longer. Help. It’s driving me nuts!
  • The iPhone 6 battery lasts for about two and a half hours of continuous use. The Plus gets an extra hour, but that's still not all that much time before you'll need to recharge. If you know that you're going to be out and about for an extended period of time, then your only solution is to upgrade your gadget's battery life the easy way: Get an external battery, and remember: bigger is better. Don’t want a buy a better? Click here to check your settings and turn off background apps. They’re a huge battery drain. By the way, here are 4 ways to seriously extend your Android’s battery.




Cool Site of the Day

Find out if your car is being tracked

Chances are good that if you've bought a car recently, then it has a secret "black box," known as an Event Data Recorder, installed in it. This black box automatically activates whenever you slam on the brakes, swerve uncontrollably or activate a vehicle's airbags.

The practice started in 1994 when Cadillac, Buick, Chevrolet and Pontiac released cars with Event Data Recorders packed in. Today, 96% of new cars sold in the United States come with a black box meant to record the events leading up to dangerous crashes.

If you didn't know about any of this, don't worry. You're in good company, because car companies haven't been very forthcoming with consumers about their black box technology.

The worry is who has access to the data. Car manufacturers, insurance companies and even state governments may claim that they need it in the event of an accident. So, it helps to know if your car has an EDR, but how can you tell?

Find out if your car is being tracked.




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