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Apple Reportedly Keeping Lightning Port for Next iPhone Iteration

May 25, 17 Apple Reportedly Keeping Lightning Port for Next iPhone Iteration

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As with any product Apple releases, there have been plenty of rumors floating around about the much-anticipated iPhone 8. Specifically, the phone’s charging port has been a hot topic for conversation. Many people have speculated as to whether or not the next iteration of the iPhone will keep its Lighting port or make the switch to USB-C, but most experts believe that the Lightning port will remain for at least one more iPhone generation. USB-C technology is available and efficient, but the Lightning port still holds its own. Of course, the USB-C and lightning port debate will be irrelevant if or when Apple unveils wireless charging technology, but as of right now that technology is still in development. And as previously stated, Lightning can hold its own. In fact, Lightning is capable of USB 3 speeds under the right circumstances. Unlike USB 3 cables, which, while compatible with USB 2 devices, will only perform at USB 2 speeds when connected, Lighting consistently provides high speeds for users. That being said, the transition from Lighting to USB-C may be inevitable. The majority of devices now use this port for charging, and sticking with Lightning for too long could irritate customers. According to Apple Insider, Apple “antagonizes the crowd that wants to see universality.” But the publication also argues that the switch to USB-C could irritate peripheral owners. Not only that, but multiple devices have now surfaced to cater specifically to the Lighting port. Accessory company Kanex recently launched such a product: a charging/display port for the Apple watch with an additional port for iPhone charging. The dock can charge any other USB compatible device, but right now the technology is geared toward iPhone owners. A charging port switch on such short notice could not only ruffle customer feathers, it could disrupt adjacent companies’ products as well. Time is another factor weighing heavily on Apple’s decision not to move forward with USB-C. Delaying the iPhone 8 could further antagonize customers who have been waiting to make...

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Philadelphia Chef Gets Hand Crushed By Pasta Machine, Undergoes Emergency Surgery

May 22, 17 Philadelphia Chef Gets Hand Crushed By Pasta Machine, Undergoes Emergency Surgery

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Approximately 35% of on-the-job injuries are caused by machine accidents each year, but this was no ordinary machine accident — Joe Cicala, popular Philadephia-based chef, caught his hand in a pasta sheeter while making Mother’s Day dinner at Le Virtu, the Philadelphia Italian restaurant where he works. Cicala had been experimenting with a new pasta recipe. but the dough turned out a bit too sticky to be fed easily into the pasta machine. He then put his hand into the machine, attempting to force the dough through the sheeter, but the machine ended up crushing his fingers. “So, like an idiot, I reached in and tried to force it through the machine,” Cicala told Billy Penn. “And then I just heard a crunch. Like a handful of popcorn exploded. It was so gross.” Luckily, Cicala managed to shut the machine off. He tried to remove his fingers, but to no avail — they were completely stuck in between the rollers. And since he was in the basement of the restaurant, nobody heard his pleas for help. Cicala says he was eventually able to nudge his iPhone off table near him. An estimated 50% of mobile phone owners use their phone as their primary internet source, but Cicala used his to activate Siri to call for help. About 30 agonizing minutes later, the paramedics arrived, but none of their equipment — not even their hydraulic separator — could free Cicala from the unrelenting machine. Emergency room visits now number approximately 110 million annually, and Cicala had to make one himself so that surgeons could reattach the nerves and tendons of his fingers. He had broken every single bone in his hand. Cicala posted a picture of his pain killers on Facebook, expressing gratitude for the emergency services. “I almost lost my hand last night in the pasta sheeter at Le Virtu. Thanks the the first responders and the outstanding trauma hand surgeons at Jefferson Hospital everything is reattached with minimal nerve damage,” he wrote. “Follow...

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iPhone Technicians Can Tear Apart Your Phone In 10 Minutes

Screws may not be something of great interest to many people, but there is a multitude of options that make them a pretty fascinating topic. Screws that are on such a small scale that you can’t use conventional tools to work on them, screws that have washers and other components built in, and much more. If you’ve ever taken apart an old smartphone, whether that be because it’s broken and you’re curious, or simply because you’re technically minded, you know that they’re full of tiny screws. In fact, there are 21 tiny screws inside of the Apple iPhone 6S which hold it together. These little micro screws were designed specifically to work with small and fragile products like the internals of your phone. Cell phone repair technicians have special tools that allow them to work with these small products, and allow them to take them apart with relative ease. Obviously, your standard screwdriver would not be enough to do it. Thankfully, unless you’re a technician yourself, you won’t have to try and tinker with these tools. But what about other small-scale projects that you might be working on? What can you do about those? What options do you have that you can work with? There are a lot of options that you can pick from. If you need a washer, get an SEMS screw. They are small screws that can come with those annoying little components. No frustration included. Micro screws are the obvious choice for small electronics, but a SEMS screw, which comes in many sizes, is also a viable choice. And if you end up getting your screw stuck, or stripping it, there are ways to handle that too. Most technicians are probably familiar with many of the ways to handle stripped screws without damaging anything inside, and can probably do it in minutes, like the repair technician in the video linked far above. For the rest of us? These tips can help. So the next time you’re looking at your phone,...

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Studies Suggest Ride-Sharing Reduces Drunk Driving, But Causation is Hard to Prove

Apr 14, 17 Studies Suggest Ride-Sharing Reduces Drunk Driving, But Causation is Hard to Prove

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Despite a recent wave of bad press, ride-hailing platform Uber has managed to retain its good reputation, especially in terms of reducing drunk driving accidents. But while a number of studies have suggested cities that have Uber have decreased alcohol-related crashes, researchers may need to be more careful when determining causation from correlation. While many Americans are staunchly against drunk driving, every two minutes, someone is injured in a drunk driving crash. It would only make sense that if intoxicated individuals have easier access to a safe ride home, they’d be more inclined to take it instead of getting behind the wheel. One recent independent study found that in four of New York City’s boroughs, alcohol-related car crashes reduced by 25 to 35% since Uber became available for residents in 2011. That amounts to around 40 fewer collisions in those boroughs every month. Another report from Temple University in 2015 found that Uber’s presence correlated with a reduction of motor vehicle-related homicides in the state of California. A study found that in California locations where Uber was made available, the number of alcohol-related accidents decreased by 6.5% every month among younger drivers. And a separate report from West Carolina University suggests that Uber’s availability led to fatal accident rate reductions nationwide. Uber’s own 2015 report stated that Uber ridership spiked during times when drunk driving accidents are most likely to happen. For instance, Independence Day weekend is considered to be the deadliest time of year: on average, 400 accident fatalities occur during that period, and 41% of all accident fatalities are caused by drivers with BAC levels above .08. However, that doesn’t mean that Uber is responsible for reducing drunk driving accidents. After studying 100 highly populated counties across the U.S., one report found no definitive correlation between Uber’s rollouts in those areas and the number of fatal traffic accidents. Experts stress that there are additional variables to consider, and while Uber’s availability may be a contributing factor, correlation does not equate to causation....

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