20 things we don’t do anymore because of technology

20 things we don’t do anymore because of technology

20 things we don’t do anymore because of technology

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See if this sounds familiar: You’re not sure where your U.S. road atlas is or if you even own one. It’s been so long since you licked a stamp, you’ve forgotten what it tastes like. You’ve seen more scrumptious two-minute videos in the past week than you’ve consulted a cookbook in the past year.

We all know technology is making things easier and less time-consuming, but it’s hard to believe how much our devices have transformed the way we live. Tasks and tools that once seemed routine now seem hopelessly out of date, and in only a few short years. Example: Who would post an ad on the personals page of a local newspaper? Sounds so Victorian!

Here are some of those rituals that are no longer necessary in high-tech households. Teenagers may shrug, but if you’re 20 years or older, you’ll probably smile with nostalgia.

1. Memorize a phone number

Pop quiz: How many phone numbers do you know by heart? Some people don’t even know their spouse’s numbers. Before our smartphones automatically stored our friends’ contact information, we resorted to cocktail napkins to scrawl down numbers, for fear we wouldn’t find that listing in the phone book. How times have changed.

2. Use a phone book to find a company to do work around your house

Once upon a time, we felt perfectly comfortable flipping through the Yellow Pages and randomly calling a plumbing company to fix our pipes. Maybe we’d consult friends for a recommendation, but we often relied on trial-and-error. But consumer services like Angie’s List and Yelp have changed this game entirely. You can quickly read reviews of a local business, and if you like what you read, you can tap their number and automatically dial.

3. Park your used car on the street with a sign that says it’s for sale

Selling your car on your own is a pretty risky business. True, you stand to profit more, because you’ll avoid a dealership’s fees. But unless you’re selling your vehicle to someone you know and trust, these transactions can get sticky and dangerous without someone to oversee it. Craigslist started up more than 20 years ago, and it’s still going strong. But if you want to sell your car, here are three sites that are better than Craigslist.

4. Figure out math in your head

Calculators have been around for a long time now, but few of us ever carried calculators with us to the grocery store. In contrast, pretty much everyone with a smartphone has it available to do double-digit multiplication, no matter where or when we need it. In fact, there’s even an app called PhotoMath that can solve any equation just by taking a picture with your smartphone’s camera.

5. Call a family member to ask where they are

Find My Friends is a radical app that helps family members and close friends pinpoint each other’s precise location. Note that these people have to sign up for the service, but customers can decide who can know where they are located. Click here for ways to really take advantage of your smartphone’s GPS capabilities.

6. Telling time by hands on a clock

Like cursive writing, analog clocks are teetering on extinction. Few people with smartphones bother with watches anymore, unless they’re fashion statements or fitness trackers. With digital clocks dominating our computers and hardware, those 12-numeral timepieces may become pure novelties. Even your trusted alarm clock has received a tech makeover. Click here for three apps that monitor your sleep cycle and wake you up when you’ll feel the most rested.

7. Make photo albums

Purists still love their dark rooms, because chemicals and photo paper can be so rewarding for the patient photographer. But few people pine for the days of dropping off rolls of film at a one-hour photo shop. Instead of pasting five-by-seven snapshots into your faux-leather album, most people will prefer the ease of photo-sharing services like Flickr and Amazon Cloud.

8. Have a CD or record collection

Wasn’t it cool back in the day to walk into a shabby apartment and see those shelves of CDs? Wasn’t it a joy to flip through boxes of vinyl records? Well, the MP3 generation has transferred all those songs to a digital index. Turntables have seen a resurgence in popularity, but it’s hard to imagine CDs making a comeback.

9. Make mix tapes

There was something so personal about a mix tape. We spent hours finding the right song, then lining up two cassettes in order to copy a song. So many lovers cemented their relationships using a blank tape and a few dozen favorite albums. Now, you can throw together a digital playlist in seconds.

10. Call a theater to get movie times

Millions of people would rather buy a hit new movie on iTunes before it’s even finished in theaters. But if we do decide to drive all the way to the cinema and fork over $40 for two tickets and popcorn, there’s no need to call ahead and find out what time a movie is playing. The internet has everything we need. In Google, you can often just type “movie times” and the search engine will list films based on your location.

11. Record your favorite programs on tape

All year, we’d wait for “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “The Wizard of Oz” to pop up on TV. When they did, we’d push a VHS tape into the machine and wait until the proper moment to press “record.” When TiVo emerged, it streamlined this process by making scheduled recordings even simpler. Now, with streaming services, web archives, and easy-to-purchase downloads, the timing of a broadcast barely matters anymore.

12. Watch shows when they are broadcast live

In the same vein, we rarely have to sit in front of the television, eagerly waiting for a “major network event.” Services like Hulu and YouTube convert a huge amount of national television into a digital format, and local news stations log most of their important segments onto their websites.

13. Run to the store for a last minute gift

Curses! You forgot a Mother’s Day gift! Should you change your whole schedule so you can rush to the store and hurriedly pick something out? If you have Amazon Prime and live in an Amazon hub, there’s no need. You can order same-day delivery and have that gift curried to your front door. It’s just one of the many benefits you probably didn’t know Amazon offers. Click here for more than 20 lesser-known perks that come with your Amazon Prime membership.

14. Cut things out of the newspaper

Many grandparents still love to buy newspapers, and when they find an article they like, they snip it out, put it in an envelope, and send that little slip of newsprint to a relative. “Thought you might find this interesting!” reads an accompanying note. But most of us don’t waste our time. Nearly every article in every major newspaper is archived online and can be instantly shared by email, social media, and even text message.

15. Send a handwritten letter

Don’t get me wrong: It’s still wonderful to receive a postcard from far away places. You might say that email, texting and Skype conversations have made handwritten letters even more special. But no one is forced to transcribe their thoughts by hand and drop those letters in a mailbox.

16. Looking up the spelling of words in the dictionary

Spellcheck is nearly as old as word processors, and many of us have grown up expecting Microsoft Word to underline our mistakes in red squiggles. But autocorrect takes this concept a step further, guessing what we actually intended to write and correcting our mistakes. This can be handy for clumsy thumbs, but it can be embarrassing when autocorrect guesses wrong. Click here for five ways to take control of autocorrect.

17. Use a phone booth

Phone booths are so rare nowadays that you’d probably have an easier time just buying and activating a cheap cellphone. The last holdout may be your local airport, but even international travelers can usually nab a SIM card the moment they step off the plane.

18. Carry enough change to make a phone call

I remember my dad telling me, “Always carry a quarter because you never know when you’ll need it.” In a world of debit cards and Apple Pay, shoppers rarely have to carry cash anymore. So what happens when your phone is dead, there’s no one around and all you have is a phone booth? Luckily, most public phones in the U.S. are outfitted with credit card strips.

19. Use a travel agent

Travel agents can be essential for elaborate vacations, but for generic flights, services like Kayak and CheapFlights have completely transformed how we book our passage. You can compare hundreds of airlines and agencies in seconds for the best deal. If you’d like to save even more, use Google Flights to find the cheapest airfare. Here are five ways Google Flights can really help you save as long as you’re flexible with your travel schedule.

20. Getting your old checks back from the bank every month

Oh, people still write checks, and physical paychecks are still routine methods of payment, but I doubt this antiquated practice will last much longer. Even depositing checks has become digitized, thanks to ATMs that scan the piece of paper and print a facsimile on your receipt. Gone are the days of banks sending you old checks to jam into a filing cabinet. Thank goodness for that!

Neal Schon Has a Theory on Why Steve Perry Didn’t Sing at Journey’s Hall of Fame Induction

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Neal Schon didn’t get to perform with Steve Perry during Journey‘s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction last week, but he still came away with a treasured memory.

Time spent with Perry before the induction, visiting in a back-stage room at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., provided a moment of closure after so long apart. “I looked at him and said, ‘Hey man, I really miss you,’” Schon tells Rolling Stone. “There was very good eye contact. It was real. It wasn’t just things being said because of the ceremony and to keep things cool.”

Later, when he reached the stage, Schon admits he was nearly overcome. “I had a whole speech written out,” he said. “It wasn’t on the long side, but definitely from the heart,” he said. “When I walked up to the mic and Steve met me and he gave me this big hug I just couldn’t get it together to read, so I didn’t read.”

Schon says that swirling emotion likely kept Perry from joining his old band during the musical portion of their induction. “Knowing everything else and how he was feeling – he was very emotional too – it’s understandable to me that he wouldn’t want to sing. It was just highly emotional,” Schon said.

Instead, Schon and fellow inductees Jonathan Cain, Steve Smith and Ross Valory performed with their singer of 10 years, Arnel Pineda. Fans may have been disappointed that a more complete reunion of their best-known lineup didn’t occur, but Schon remains happy to have reconnected with Perry on a personal level.

“He was tearing up. I was definitely tearing up; I had tears running down my eyes,” Schon added. “I was trying to keep my composure on the stage for that event, but it was something that was too strong.”

As for what’s next? That’s still up in the air, but Schon sounds guardedly optimistic. “We have some talking to do,” Schon said, “but I’d love to work with him on something on the side – not necessarily Journey, something more bluesy more R&B-ish, soul.”

Tune in later this month when the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony airs on HBO. The show premieres on April 29.

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Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019 with Harrison Ford in starring role and Steven Spielberg as director

Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019 with Harrison Ford in starring role and Steven Spielberg as director

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Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019.

The fifth installment of the adventure franchise – which stars Harrison Ford in the titular role – will be released on July 19, 2019, 11 years after the fourth movie Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull was released.

Disney chairman Alan Horn confirmed in a statement: ‘Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019.’

He's back in two years! Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019, it was revealed on Tuesday. Here Harrison Ford is seen in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade in 1989

He’s back in two years! Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019, it was revealed on Tuesday. Here Harrison Ford is seen in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade in 1989

Still going: The actor seen in November at the 10th Annual California Hall Of Fame Ceremony at The California Museum in Sacramento, California

Still going: The actor seen in November at the 10th Annual California Hall Of Fame Ceremony at The California Museum in Sacramento, California

It was added: ‘It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.’

It also marks the first time the film franchise has been under the Disney studio label after Lucasfilm – who owns the franchise’s rights – was sold to Disney in 2012.

Ford will reprise his role as the iconic character while Steven Spielberg will direct.

On the go: Ford is seen here in his Indy character. He also is linked to the Blade Runner

On the go: Ford is seen here in his Indy character. He also is linked to the Blade Runner

Husband and wife duo Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy will produce and John Williams is set to score the film’s theme tune.

Spielberg has also confirmed that George Lucas – who created the character to pay homage to the action heroes of 1930s – will serve as executive producer.

Meanwhile, David Koepp previously revealed he has begun writing the script for the hotly-anticipated movie.

Another one: Ford in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom in 1984

Another one: Ford in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom in 1984

He said: ‘I’m deeply immersed as we speak. All I can say is that there’s lots of aliens and Indy dies at the end.

‘Lots of hiding in lead-lined refrigerators, aliens, and he dies. Should go over very well.

‘I really like our idea; I think it’s clean and simple and makes a lot of sense, and I feel like the writing is going really well.’

From the Eighties: Ford and Sean Connery as Professor Henry Jones from Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade in 1989

From the Eighties: Ford and Sean Connery as Professor Henry Jones from Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade in 1989

And Koepp doesn’t feel the last Indiana Jones was as successful as the previous movies in the franchise.

He added: ‘It’s hard because you can learn like if something maybe didn’t work as well as you think it would well we certainly wouldn’t do that again, but you wouldn’t have done that again anyway, you already did it, so it’s hard to say.

‘For me it was the MacGuffin dictates everything, and so we tried to make the best possible choice we could. Not that nobody didn’t try to make the best choice that they could in the past, but we tried to give us the one that gave us the Indiana Jones movie we most wanted to see.’

Ford’s last big film was Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens from 2015.

He likes big film franchises: Ford's last big film was Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens from 2015. Pictured with Chewbacca

He likes big film franchises: Ford’s last big film was Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens from 2015. Pictured with Chewbacca

Angus Young Planning a New AC/DC Album With Axl Rose for 2018

Angus Young Planning a New AC/DC Album With Axl Rose for 2018ACDC With Rose
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With Gun N’ Roses dates running through until September, it is expected that the next AC/DC album with Axl Rose won’t be ready until 2018.

AC/DC fans in Sydney and Melbourne were treated to the Rose/Young sampler last week when Angus Young joined Gun N’ Roses to play the AC/DC Bon Scott songs Whole Lotta Rosie and Riff Raff.


Axl Rose became the fourth lead singer of AC/DC after the sudden removal of Brian Johnson from the band after 36 years. Johnson replaced the late Bon Scott in 1980 who replaced the fired Dave Evans in 1974.

The chemistry between Axl Rose and Angus Young has inspired Angus to start planning another AC/DC record but Guns N’ Roses touring commitments throughout 2017 will make it difficult to finalise the project.

As all of the AC/DC shows were filmed it is possible fans may be treated to a live album with Rose from the Rock Or Bust tour prior to the new studio album.

Despite the departure of Johnson and the retirement (at age 66) of bass player Cliff Williams after 40 years with the band, Angus has vowed that AC/DC will continue.

Williams has retired to Fort Myers, Florida. Johnson lives in Sarasota, Florida, just over a one-hour drive away.

Former drummer Phil Rudd, who was banished from the band after his recent legal problems, initially said that he would not play in AC/DC with Axl Rose but has now changed his tune, recently saying that the decision would be up to Angus.

Jimmy Buffett community coming to Daytona

Jimmy Buffett community coming to Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH — Jimmy Buffett fans in search of a real-life “Margaritaville” will soon be able to find it, just not in Key West.

It will be right here in Daytona Beach.

Canadian developer Minto Communities announced that Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings company has agreed to become a strategic partner in developing its planned 6,900-home community for residents 55-and-older on the north side of LPGA Boulevard, just west of Interstate 95.

The first homes are expected to be ready for move in by fall 2018, said William Bullock, a senior vice president with Minto.

The new deal is a “game changer for this area,” said John Albright, the CEO of Daytona Beach-based Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co., which recently sold the land where the first phase of the Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach is planned. “It will make the Minto development something that people identify with nationally.”

The community, which originally was to be named Oasis Daytona, will now be called Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach, and will be designed to reflect the lifestyle espoused in Buffett’s songs throughout the development.

“Featuring world-class amenities and design, Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach, will reflect Margaritaville’s authentic ‘no worries’ tropical vibe, offering an immersive brand experience,” according to a news release issued by Minto.

“With Minto’s expertise in creating master-planned developments and Margaritaville’s inherent ability to deliver fun and escapism, Latitude Margaritaville has the exact coordinates for those looking to live the Margaritaville lifestyle as they grow older, but not up,” stated John Cohlan, the CEO of Palm Beach-based Margaritaville Holdings, in the news release.

Buffett and Cohlan are the majority owners of Margaritaville Holdings, whose operations include destination resorts/hotels across the Southeastern United States and Caribbean, four gaming locations, and more than 60 food-and-beverage locations.

“Daytona will be the first of several communities we’ll be developing in partnership with Margaritaville Holdings,” said William Bullock, a senior vice president with Minto, in a phone interview.

“Music, food and beverages will be a big part of the community,” Bullock said, adding that the community’s town center will include a music bandshell and “Margaritaville-inspired food and beverage offerings” among its amenities, which also will include a fitness center, indoor lap pool and spa, and an outdoor resort-style pool. “We’re definitely going to do some live broadcasts from there (Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach) on their SiriusXM Channel,” he added, although he did not know who those performers might be.

Bullock said he was told by Margaritaville Holdings officials, “You never know when or where Jimmy Buffett may show up to do a concert.”

The community will also operate for its residents a private oceanfront beach club in Ormond-by-the-Sea that will be accessed via a loop shuttle bus.

Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach is expected to be the biggest master-planned community ever built in the Volusia-Flagler area.

Bullock said while his company is initially looking to develop between 6,000 and 7,000 homes, “there’s still an opportunity grow the community” even further by acquiring additional adjacent land from Consolidated-Tomoka, which recently completed its sale of nearly 1,600 acres to Minto for $27.2 million. That land, on the south half of the planned community, is where Minto will be developing the project’s first phase of up to 3,400 homes, as well as a neighborhood retail center along the north side of LPGA Boulevard, just west of the Tomoka River.

Margaritaville Holdings is currently in talks about the possibility of becoming involved in the neighborhood retail center, Bullock said. The 200,000-square-foot retail center is expected to include a grocery store as well as restaurants and shops and would be next to the south entrance of the gated “golf cart-friendly” community, he said.

The town center would be centrally located within the community’s first phase and is intended to be used exclusively by its residents, although it could potentially be open to the general public for special events, Bullock said.

The community is being designed to reflect the Margaritaville lifestyle, including the look and feel of its homes, which will feature an Old Florida/Key West architectural style, Bullock said.

The company expects to sell and build an average of more than 300 homes a year at Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach, Bullock said, adding that the pace of sales could be even faster thanks to the “national exposure” its connection to Buffett is expected to provide.

Prices for homes are expected to range from the “low $200,000s to the mid-$300,000s,” Bullock said. “We want this to be accessible to as many people as possible.”

“The concept for the community is Margaritaville equals fun,” Bullock said. “Having fun, socializing, enjoying the lifestyle because you’ve earned it, you’ve been waiting your whole life for it and now you’ll be able to celebrate it with food, fun and music.”

Bullock said the community will be the site of concerts, special events and parties “throughout the year, all targeted to an active 55 and better lifestyle.”

It could also potentially host pickleball tournaments. Bullock said Minto is the title sponsor of the annual U.S. Pickleball Open event held in Naples, that last year was broadcast by CBS Sports, and is in talks with the event’s organizers about holding competitions at Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach, as well.

Construction of the sales center for the community is on track to open this fall, along LPGA Boulevard, next to the Halifax Humane Society. “We expect to open our models in the beginning of 2018 with early fall 2018 for the first occupancies,” Bullock said.

In addition to being the project’s developer, Minto will also be the builder of the homes at Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach. Bullock said his company intends to extensively employ local firms as subcontractors. The company recently held a “trade partner introduction luncheon” at the clubhouse at LPGA International where more than 130 people representing firms interested in becoming subcontractors attended.

“The response exceeded our expectations,” he said.

DID YOU KNOW?

Long before he was a brand, Jimmy Buffett launched his career in the 1970s as a free-spirited troubadour who had migrated to Key West after a failed attempt to become a country songwriter in Nashville, Tenn.

“Margaritaville,” the song that defines his musical career and product spin-offs from restaurants to TV dinners, was released on the 1977 album “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” and reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

By the 1980s, Buffett’s hits faded and he expanded into other business tie-ins, launching his Margaritaville line of clothes and opening the first of his Margaritaville clubs in Key West. He also published best-selling fiction books.

Buffett has said in past interviews and concert performances that he was inspired to write his hit song “Fins” after visiting a bar in Daytona Beach. The song is about males circling like sharks around an attractive woman.

 

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Kid Rock being considered as candidate for US senate

Kid Rock being considered as candidate for US senate

Kid Rock’s name was mentioned during a Michigan Republican Party convention last weekend

 

Kid Rock is being considered for the US senate, according to reports.

Roll Call report that the 46-year-old’s name came up during a Michigan Republican Party convention last weekend in relation to the state’s senatorial race. No official decision has so far been made.

If Rock, real name Robert Ritchie, is selected, he would run against the Democrat incumbent Debbie Stabenow.

Rock has previously supported Republican presidential candidates, backing Mitt Romney in 2012 and Ben Carson last year, before switching to Donald Trump when the business tycoon became the party’s nominee for the White House in 2016.

Rock currently sells Trump merchandise on his website, including God, Guns & Trump t-shirts.

During last year’s presidential campaign, Rock told Rolling Stone: “I’m digging Trump. I feel like a lot of people, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, feel like if you get Hillary or Bernie, or you get Rubio or Cruz or whoever, there’s going to be the same shit.

“Has that much fucking changed when anyone’s in office, whether it’s been a Republican or a Democrat in office, in our lifetime, anyway?

“I haven’t really seen this big, like, fucking change. Obviously some people fucked up. That’s a long debate. My feeling – let the motherfucking business guy run it like a fucking business. And his campaign has been entertaining as shit.”

Rock’s last album was 2015’s First Kiss. He has several tour dates lined up throughout 2017.

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9 Ways You’re Accidentally Damaging Your Smartphone

9 Ways You’re Accidentally Damaging Your Smartphone

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Whether you splurged on your smartphone or opted for a budget-friendly device, a phone is a big investment. That means that you’re probably doing your best to keep your smartphone looking and running like new. But no matter how much time you spend clearing out old apps or ensuring that your software is updated, there are still plenty of ways that you can inadvertently damage your phone. (Dropping your phone in the toilet or shattering the screen on the sidewalk aren’t the only ways to do some serious damage to your device.)Whether you’re planning on upgrading to a new smartphone within a few months or hoping that your current phone will last you for a couple more years, it’s probably in your best interest to make sure you aren’t inadvertently sabotaging your phone’s chances at a long, Facebook-and-Minecraft-filled life. Ahead, check out nine ways that you may be accidentally damaging your smartphone — and figure out a few ways to stop the bumps and bruises before they result in a broken phone.

1. Installing malware

Using smartphones while walking

One of the biggest misconceptions about smartphones is that you don’t have to worry about security with them nearly as much as you do with your computer. But that’s a myth, and downloading apps at random without doing your research is a great way to end up with malware on your device. Malware ends up on your phone via an app, so it’s in your best interest to avoid downloading apps from third-party stores or clicking download links on suspicious websites, even if they show the icon and name of an app you think you can trust. Downloading an infected app is a great way to damage or even permanently ruin your phone, so your best bet is to only download apps from trusted sources, always be vigilant about what you’re downloading, and be careful about which apps you’re granting permissions, especially if you’ve rooted or jailbroken your phone.

2. Leaving your phone plugged in

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Leaving your smartphone plugged in and charging all night isn’t great for the longevity of the device. It may not really be a problem to leave your phone plugged in for a couple of hours once it’s charged completely, since devices can limit the power being transferred to the battery once that battery is fully charged. But there’s no benefit to continuing to charge your phone after the battery reaches 100%, and leaving the device plugged in for long periods of time can generate excess heat and damage your phone. Another great way to damage your phone as you charge it? Leaving the device plugged in when it’s tucked under your pillow or even just sitting on top of your mattress. A smartphone heats up as it’s charging, and if you don’t place it somewhere where that heat can dissipate, it can overheat.

3. Allowing your phone to overheat

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Speaking of overheating, your phone doesn’t have to be plugged in for the device to get too hot. Whether you’re reading the news on the beach or playing a game at your neighbor’s barbecue, it’s relatively easy for your phone to overheat in strong sunlight. Even leaving your phone on the table while you jump in the lake can be enough to make your phone overheat, and in some cases, a phone can get hot enough to shut down when left in direct sunlight, even in an air-conditioned room. The problem there is that excessive heat can damage the battery. That’s never a good thing, particularly because most people want longer battery life out of their smartphones, not shorter times between charges. Typically, a phone that overheats will shut itself off to prevent damage. But repeatedly pushing your phone to that point will likely do more harm than good, so shielding your phone from the sun, turning it off if you have to leave it in a hot car, and otherwise keeping your device at a comfortable temperature is a good idea to prevent accidental damage.

4. Dropping your phone, even if it’s in a case

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You can choose from a practically endless array of cases to protect your phone, whether you want something sleek and minimal to protect against scratches or are more inclined to opt for a robust, reinforced case to prevent major damage in the event of a drop. But even the priciest case won’t prevent you from dropping your phone (or knocking it off your desk or counter), and a drop can still damage your phone. Even if you don’t immediately see a shattered screen or a dented corner, it’s still possible that a fall has weakened your phone’s casing or damaged something inside the device. If you routinely drop your phone when you get out of your car or when you’re lounging on the couch at night, consider whether or not there’s a way that you can keep your phone more secure, or a change you can make to your routine to stop the repeated impacts that may be doing more damage than you think.

5. Exposing your phone to liquids

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Most people know that dropping their phone in a sink full of soapy dishes is a situation they want to avoid (just like throwing a phone in the pool or even dropping it into the toilet). But it’s not as immediately obvious that any exposure to liquids can do real damage to a phone, even when a large vessel of water isn’t involved. Plenty of smartphones aren’t made to stand up to use in a rainstorm, and you should probably prevent yours from getting splashed at the pool. But even encounters that seem innocuous can do damage to your phone, like dropping it into a car cupholder that’s still dripping with condensation from your morning caffeine fix or setting it down on top of a wet bath towel. And the damage your phone might incur when you use it with wet hands in the bathtub — even if you manage to avoid dropping it into the water — probably isn’t worth delaying your response to a text message by 20 minutes. Unless you’ve purchased a phone that’s specifically certified for water resistance, it’s better to be safe than sorry and assume that water needs to stay away from your phone in all settings.

6. Keeping your phone on 24/7

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Just like you turn your computer off when you aren’t using it, it’s a good idea to shut your phone down at least occasionally to give it a rest. Leaving your phone on all the time burns through the life expectancy of its components more quickly than you would by shutting it off every once in a while. Headed to a movie? Hanging out at a concert? Planning to sleep in Saturday morning? Shut you phone off for at least a few hours, and you’ll not only give it a well-deserved break, but it may even run faster or more efficiently when you turn it back on. Regularly shutting down your device, or even simply rebooting it, will help ensure that caches are cleared and that everything is running smoothly. Think of it as a well-deserved power nap for what may be the hardest-working device you use on a daily basis.

7. Leaving your phone on the couch (or keeping it in your pocket)

Using a smartphone

It doesn’t sound like the easiest way to accidentally break a phone, but leaving your smartphone on the couch can be a bad idea. When you’re watching a game or just engrossed in a movie, it’s easy to forget that your phone is sitting right next to you, just waiting to be dropped on the floor when you jump up (either for a popcorn break or to celebrate a goal). Even accidentally sitting on your phone can damage it, so if you want to avoid the bumps and bruises that can add up to significant damage, it’s a good idea to put your phone on the coffee table or an end table instead. The same argument could be made to advocate against keeping your phone in your pocket. If you repeatedly sit on your phone or routinely find it falling out of your pocket and clattering to the ground, then you should probably reconsider your habits.

8. Filling up your phone’s storage

Using a smartphone

Many smartphones have a lot less storage space than would be ideal. That’s an easy problem to fix if you have an Android phone with a microSD card slot, but a little less so for an iPhone. In either case, filling up your phone’s storage capacity isn’t going to make the device explode or spontaneously combust, but it will hurt your phone’s performance. Keeping your phone packed full of apps and data will slow it down. And of course, if the memory is full, you won’t have any room to download a new app or store a new video. Deleting apps, browser data, and unused media can all help keep your phone performing well, and avoiding the temptation to overload the memory will save you the frustration of the constant struggle for space.

9. Being careless about plugging your phone in to the charger

Smartphone charging

Whether it’s just been a long day or if you’ve had a few too many to drinks, you’ve probably had nights when you made it to your bedroom and just didn’t want to bother with a finicky phone charger. But being rough or careless when you’re plugging your phone in is always a bad idea, since tiny ports are easy to ruin and major force is never necessary. From a scratched phone to a broken port, the outcome when you force the cable is never good. The moral of the story is that getting the cable situated correctly is worth the trouble.

Phil Collins Announces He And Genesis Members Will Reunite For Epic Comeback Tour!

Phil Collins Announces He And Genesis Members Will Reunite For Epic Comeback Tour!

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A New Beginning

The past year, Phil Collins has been steadily making his comeback from his temporary retirement. It began with him performing at the 2016 US Open of Tennis, then he made an appearance to perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and now he has announced some major news for 2017!

According to reports, Phil will in fact reunite with some of the members of his old band Genesis for an epic reunion tour! He is planning the tour for next year, and reports are saying that rehearsals have already gotten under way! Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford will be going Phil for the tour, but former frontman Peter Gabriel will not.

“Tony, Mike and Phil are rehearsing now. I’m not involved in this round or this year. I haven’t ruled out the possibility of doing something in the future, but right now I’m going to focus on my own work.”Peter Gabriel revealed.

This is great news! Hopefully this tour does well and inspires Peter to want to work with them again in the future! Hopefully we hear soon on what cities they will be visiting! Let’s keep an eye out!

John Wetton, Asia singer, dead at 67

John Wetton, Asia singer, dead at 67. Spoke of the band’s troubled history, reunion in Morning Call interview

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By John J. MoserContact Reporter Of The Morning Call

John Wetton, the bassist and front man for Asia and a former member of King Crimson and U.K., died this morning at the age of 67 after a battle with cancer, the band Asia said on its Facebook page.

“We regret to announce that iconic singer, John Wetton, passed away in his sleep this morning,” a statement on the page said. “Rest in Peace, John. 12th June 1949 – 31st January 2017.”

Wetton had played the Lehigh Valley area in several bands in recent years.

Lehigh Valley Music had the pleasure of being Wetton’s first interview when The Original Asia re-formed and went back out on tour in 2006, playing Penn’s Peak near Jim Thorpe and Keswick Theater in Glenside.

Wetton, who was a consummate gentlemen and great interview during our phone call, was very open about the division of the band’s members and how it came back together.

Here’s the story I wrote that appeared in The Morning Call on Aug. 26, 2006:

 

Long way around proving best route for Asia’s 25th anniversary tour

Synthesizer-based disco and new wave music ruled the airwaves when arena rock super group Asia rose from the ashes of progressive rock heavyweights Yes and Emerson, Lake and Palmer in 1981.

“Everyone said about the music we recorded, “Oh, that’s not going to fly,’ because it was, I suppose, a hark back to prog-rock with one step in pop,” recalls vocalist-bassist John Wetton. ” And people said, “No, that’s not going to work. It’s all keyboards now. It’s all synthesizers.’ I think A Flock of Seagulls was No. 1.”

Against the odds, as well as critics’ brickbats, Asia’s self-titled debut, released in the spring of 1982, zoomed to No. 1 and stayed there nine weeks, selling seven million copies with the hit “Heat of The Moment” and three other singles, “Only Time Will Tell,” “Sole Survivor” and “Wildest Dreams.”

“Actually, what we did was make a sound that blew synthesizers out of the water,” Wetton says. “Everyone said, “Oh, no, no, no. A prog-guitar band ain’t gonna work.’ But it did.”

A quarter-century later, Wetton figures the musical climate is much the same, with genres fractured.

And so the four original members of Asia — Wetton, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Carl Palmer and keyboardist Geoff Downes — are back together for the first time in 23 years, ready to give it another go with a 25th anniversary tour that starts Tuesday in Rochester, N.Y., and stops at Penn’s Peak near Jim Thorpe and at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.

“At the moment, I don’t think anybody knows which direction music’s going, so we just do what we do and see what happens again,” Wetton says over the telephone from England, where the band had just finished rehearsals for the tour.

Whether Asia — whose members together, in the earlier bands and in other groups such as King Crimson and The Buggles have sold 200 million records — can work another miracle remains to be seen.

But Wetton says just for the four original members of Asia to even be in the same studio is a miracle, so acrimonious was the band’s breakup.

The multiple platinum success of the first album — Billboard named it Album of the Year — was followed by a second disc, “Alpha,” that also went platinum and had hits with the power ballads “Don’t Cry” and “The Smile Has Left Your Eyes.” But egos and slower sales led to cracks in the band even as they sold out 1982 and 1983 tours.

Wetton says he was replaced by former ELP bassist Greg Lake before a huge MTV satellite concert in Japan in 1983 without even being told. “I wasn’t even consulted about it,” he says, laughing.

And when other band members asked him to return in 1984, Howe quit. “It all got — it got incredibly immature,” Wetton says. “We were all in our 30s — we weren’t spring chickens even then, you know? — but still behaved like teenagers. … You’d think that we would have been used to it and could have taken the blows, the slings and arrows.

“But, in fact, the trajection of the first band was so phenomenal that it caught everyone off guard, including managers and the record company, and nobody was prepared for quite that level of success. And yes, I am one of the first to stick my hand up and say, “Yeah, I spiraled out of control.’

“So hopefully we’re a little bit more grown up now.”

Howe was replaced and the band released a disappointing third album, “Astra,” but the four never played together again, and Wetton and Palmer also eventually left.

As the last original member, Downes continued on as Asia with other players through 2005 — they played Allentown’s Crocodile Rock Cafe in 2001 — although none of the albums or singles charted in the United States after 1990. Downes even kept the name when Wetton and Palmer, in a band called Qango, had more original Asia members.

Wetton says he thinks the later work detracted from Asia’s reputation, but says, “For most people, they would still think of the original band as being Asia. … It’s got to be those four or none at all.”

Wetton says the reunion came about after he and Downes, who remained friends and to whose daughter he is godfather, finished the second album of a new band, Icon, as Asia’s 25th anniversary loomed.

In addition, “Heat of the Moment” was used in the 2005 movie, “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” and in the Canadian version of the “American Idol” television show.

“[People] would say, “Well, you know, what are you going to do — the 25th anniversary would be a perfect opportunity for everyone to get back together again,”‘ he says. “We thought, “Oh, my god, you know, maybe it’s worth asking the other two.’ But we didn’t really expect anyone to say yes. It was a longshot.”

The band met Jan. 9 “with a view to sit the four of us down in the same room again,” Wetton says.

“I mean, um, a lot of people wouldn’t have even put money on that, you know?” he laughs. “So we stood in the same room and we just talked for a couple of hours and decided there weren’t any sort of insurmountable personal problems and we all got a genuine desire to do this.

Wetton says the reunion was planned as a four-week jaunt to simply acknowledge the anniversary, “but as we’ve been kind of solidifying as an entity again, things have started moving on. People want us to do a bit more.”

The U.S. tour has been extended through November, followed by a UK tour, and one in Japan in March.

Wetton says he also expects the reunion to result in new music from Asia. Universal Records is releasing greatest hits and video compilations, and a DVD of the tour is planned.

“And then we’ll move it along from there,” Wetton says. “I’m sure there’ll be a move to record at some stage. … I think the vast majority of the people … want to see us go on and do some more stuff and make a record.

Wetton says the show will be nearly two hours, with a set list of the entire first album, two songs from the second album and “an obscure track that the diehard fans will absolutely adore.”

But he says no songs will be played from any of the subsequent 10 albums released as works of Asia.

But Wetton says Asia also will play a few songs from the members’ other bands, such as “Roundabout” by Yes, “Fanfare For The Common Man” by ELP and The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” — ironically, a synthesizer-based song like those Asia swept to the wayside when it first emerged.

Asked how that song sounds played by Asia, Wetton says, “Come and see.”