Do You Charge Your Phone in Your Vehicle?

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Whether you are stuck in the traffic or you are taking a long road trip, the odds are you have charged your phone in the car at least once. It is understandable to do so since it is necessary to keep your phone alive for the whole day that’s filled with business calls and personal texts.

However, there have been many rumors about it causing disasters, so we have asked experts and professionals in order to be enlightened about this topic because, honestly, it seems like there is no harm to charge your phone in the car while you are driving into your destination, right?

Do you consider yourself as the person who constantly charges his/her phone in the car? Well, this article is for you. Here is why you are probably making one of the biggest mistakes.

For starters, your phone needs a specific amount of power to be charged well, and your car’s USB port doesn’t provide that, which means your phone will be stalling while charging, or worse, it will barely charge and that will ruin your battery.

According to Brad Nichols, a professional technician, during the 30-60 minutes road from work to home, people will notice that their phones have barely charged, if at all, and that’s because the device needs more power than the car is providing.

On the other hand, Nichols mentions that your phone might receive way too much power, especially if you used the Cigarette Lighter port for charging. The latter provides up to 10 amps, while other charges provide from 1 to 3 amps only.

A damaged or malfunctioning charge will supply inconsistent power to your phone, therefore, sudden surges or spikes that will lead it to overheat, damage its internal components, and eventually, destroy the device.

When you are charging your device on the road, you will not only be ruining your phone’s battery but also draining the battery of your car. When the engine is off but you are still using the radio, your phone will be draining power from your vehicle’s battery.

However, this will not be a big deal if your car is still brand new with healthy batteries, but if your car is old, you might want to avoid charging your device there.

Most importantly, charging your phone while driving will definitely make you take a peak on the screen every once in a while, which is extremely dangerous, and we all know why. Every second you lift your eyes from the road and your hands from the wheel, you and the people around you become in a seriously dangerous situation.

Unless it is very necessary, wait till you get home or work to charge your device. You will be saving your life, your passengers, the people around the vehicle, your phone’s battery, and the car’s battery.

Scientists Heading to One of the Last ‘Unexplored Frontiers’

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Scientists prepared Thursday to embark on an unprecedented, years-long mission to explore the Indian Ocean and document changes taking place beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades. The ambitious expedition will delve into one of the last major unexplored frontiers on the planet, a vast body of water that’s already feeling the effects of global warming. Understanding the Indian Ocean’s ecosystem is important not just for the species that live in it, but also for an estimated 2.5 billion people at home in the region—from East Africa to the Arabian peninsula to South and Southeast Asia, the AP reports.

The Ocean Zephyr is preparing to leave Bremerhaven, Germany, on the first leg of trip. Researchers will spend seven weeks surveying underwater life, map the sea floor, and drop sensors to depths of up to 6,560 feet in the seas around the Seychelles. The Nekton Mission, supported by over 40 organizations, will conduct further dives in other parts of the Indian Ocean over three years. The research will contribute to a summit on the state of the Indian Ocean planned for late 2021. Little is known about the watery world below depths of 100 feet, which scientists from Britain and the Seychelles will be exploring with two crewed submarines and a remotely operated submersible in March and April. Researchers expect to discover dozens of new species, from corals and sponges to larger creatures like types of dog-sharks.

Your Amazon Order May Soon Arrive in This

With drone delivery still a ways off, enter Amazon’s self-driving delivery robot. Amazon Scout is a “cooler-sized” electric vehicle on six wheels, intended to deliver Amazon packages along a delivery route, reports the Seattle Times. A promotional video shows Scout cruising down a sidewalk, stopping in front of a home, and lifting its top to reveal a package as a woman retrieves it. Until kinks can be ironed out, however, just six Scout vehicles are roaming Washington’s Snohomish County in daylight hours from Monday to Friday, each accompanied by an Amazon employee who can remove a package if the addressee isn’t home. Though it’s unclear how such a situation would be handled later, the robots can at least “safely and efficiently navigate around pets, pedestrians and anything else,“ executive Sean Scout writes in a blog post.

Much about the system remains secret—it’s unknown where exactly the robots are running, for one thing—but it “will transform our customers’ experiences in ways we can’t even imagine yet,“ the Times quotes from one of 21 Seattle job postings related to Scout. Per Wired, dodging foot traffic and crossing streets is “an incredible challenge in these early days of advanced robots,“ particularly for Amazon. It reports the company is “very late to this ground-based delivery robot game, which is crowded with players that already have years of real-world experience.“ Per the AP, Starship Technologies’ six-wheeled robots already deliver hundreds of food orders across the George Mason University campus in Fairfax, Va., every day. Though delivery is “not the fastest thing in the world,“ as one student puts it, the robots do stop for pedestrians.

Pope Who Says He’s a Tech ‘Disaster’ Has a New App

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First we had a drive-thru for Ash Wednesday; now there’s a Pope Francis-sponsored app for praying. The pontiff who once called himself a techie “disaster” launched “Click to Pray” on Sunday, a six-language app for both Android and iPhone that he hopes will keep Catholic constituents around the world in the loop on what he’s currently praying about so they can add their own support, the BBC reports. Besides being able to see Francis’ daily prayers three times a day, as well as his monthly intentions, users can offer their own and check a box showing they’ve prayed along, the Catholic News Agency reports.

“Click to Pray” also lets pious smartphone users see how many other people on Earth also offered a prayer. Francis debuted the app Sunday from St. Peter’s Square in Rome, asking an aide, “Did I do it?“ as he swiped to show the app on a tablet. Vatican News notes the app, which was unveiled ahead of the kickoff of World Youth Day in Panama on Tuesday, will be available in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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