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Of all the days of the year…all 365 of them, the 185th day of each year is a deadly one for smartphones. This new study by the device insurance company Asurion, says there is typically a 60% increase in damaged and lost phones on the 4th of July.

Lots of people on the water, in the pool, the lake, the beach and most will take their phones along with them. As a result, water damaged phones skyrockets 250-percent compared to any of the other day of the year. The study also shows that phones that are lost forever triples on the 4th of July.

Asurion blames an increase in water activities for people dropping their phones in a lake or river where they’re unrecoverable. Reports of lost or misplaced phones also increases by 75% and cracked screens bump up about 40%.

Independence Day is like a horror movie for smartphones.

If you can’t leave it behind when you’re going to the beach, pool or a boat, use a waterproof case that floats. or at the very least, put it in a plastic ziplock bag. Keep it out of direct sunlight.

If it gets wet act fast. Turn it off. Start shaking it…try to get as much water out of the charging port and headphone jack. Try blowing the water out. If it got really wet don’t turn it back on for

Remove the back of the phone (if possible) and the battery. Then place the phone somewhere safe and let it air-dry. Do not put it anywhere in direct sunlight.

If, when you turn it on it doesn’t work, get a dry ziplock bag. Asurion suggests using the silica gel packets that come packed inside things you buy. Open the packages, pour them into the zip-lock bag and bury the phone in it for 24-48 hours.

It’s far more effective than using rice. Oh, and keep your fingers crossed.

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GameStop Lays Off Over 100 People, Including Nearly Half Of Game Informer’s Staff




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The struggling retail chain GameStop laid off over a hundred employees today, both at its corporate headquarters in Grapevine, Texas and at other offices including its subsidiary Game Informer magazine in Minnesota, where nearly half of the editorial staff lost their jobs in a surprise cut.

“As part of the previously announced GameStop Reboot initiative to transform our business for the future and improve our financial performance, we can confirm a workforce reduction was implemented impacting more than 120 corporate staff positions, representing approximately 14% of our total associate base at our company headquarters as well as at some other offices,” a GameStop spokesperson told Kotaku in a statement.

“While these changes are difficult, they were necessary to reduce costs and better align the organization with our efforts to optimize the business to meet our future objectives and success factors. We recognize that this is a difficult day for our company and particularly for those associates impacted. We appreciate their dedication and service to GameStop and are committed to supporting them during this time of transition.”

This news comes just a few weeks after GameStop laid off dozens of regional managers, following a brutal year that saw the company try (and then stop trying) to sell itself. GameStop’s stock has plummeted over the past few years as the retailer continues to struggle to stay afloat in a world where digital distribution has grown to dominate gaming.

The layoffs blindsided staff at Game Informer today. Seven of the popular magazine’s editors announced on Twitter this afternoon that they had been laid off, including one who said he was on vacation. (Per Game Informer’s masthead, the magazine has 19 full-time editorial staff.) 

“I am trying to get things right with my people,” editor-in-chief Andy McNamara wrote on Twitter. “I love Game Informer, its people and its readers more than any corporation could, and I will address all the issues when I can, but for now I need to focus on my GI family.”

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