How Does Rice Remove Moisture From Cell Phones? | TMOT December 10, 2017

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How does rice remove moisture from a cellphone?

No. No no no, can we just please stop with the rice fixes wet phones thing already? It doesn’t and you are wasting perfectly good rice. Beside that you will probably introduce smaller particles of broken rice grains into your phone causing a whole different set of problems. These articles keep getting into my feed somehow and I feel obligated to point out that this is how superstition perpetuates itself. Someone gives you bad advice, you follow it and get lucky somehow therefore that advice now makes sense. Causation does not equal correlation. If some people want to believe that rice fixes their phone, their lucky shirt helped win the game, or that breaking a mirror means 7 years bad luck, okay I know that nothing I say will help but for everyone else think about this. It’s not just water that harms your phone it’s the other things in the water like minerals, chlorine, salt, sugar, depending on where the moisture came from any number of chemical compounds. Tap water has all sorts of stuff in it besides H20. Even if the water inside evaporates it leaves behind other things that cause corrosion sometimes over a long period of time. There’s no amount of rice that will help remove these as they need to be physically cleaned. If not, you are really hoping to get lucky in that the water didn’t make it far inside of your phone. This is an actual quote from the article:

“Rice is carbohydrates, it’s starch and the starch molecules can soak up a huge amount of water so I suspect by putting your phone in a jar of dry rice, the rice carbs pull the water out of the air around each rice particle.

    — Chris Smith, The Naked Scientist

Hmm… no credentials after that name though so I’m not sure what kind of scientist he is other than a naked one I guess.

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Apple is reportedly buying Shazam

For $400 million according to Recode. Not a huge surprise since that’s what corporations do. Find something that they want to use now or in the future and buy the company that owns it. So what will Apple do with Shazam and its technology? There seems to be a lot of speculation about using it for Augmented Reality possibly even creating its own version of Google Lens. Also of importance is the fact that Apple owning Shazam could have a big impact on music services like Spotify where Shazam has at least up until now sent over a million clicks per day. All to be directed to iTunes once the deal is finalized at least one would think.

If you’ve ever wished that there was a Shazam for singing, humming, or whistling a tune… there is. Or there are. Midomi and Musipedia are a couple of the options available for anyone who remembers what a song sounded like but didn’t have Shazam on them at the time. I didn’t know that until I looked it up today. Really thought that I had the perfect Million dollar app idea but nope. Already been done.

Will Samsung still accept Galaxy Note 7s as part of its recall program? Without a receipt? The page is still there and we are going to find out for sure tomorrow when I call them during the weekly Monday afternoon Tech Talk livestream. Back in December of last year I recorded a video with Samsung support on the phone and while the conversation was simple enough we didn’t find out until a couple months later that you do have to call them afterward to follow up if you want you refund check processed faster… or at all maybe. So if you’ve been waiting for the Note 8’s release and want to turn in your old device now you should be able to do so by calling this number. I’ll confirm that tomorrow.

Jailbreaking might be making a comeback thanks to Google? If you don’t know what jailbreaking is let me put it this way. Your iPhone can do 1,000,001 things but if Apple gave you everything out of the box then they wouldn’t have a whole lot to sell you in the future. Jailbreaking got around many of the barriers built into iOS allowing at different points in time things like switching carriers, installing game emulators, avoiding tethering fees, and yes even pirating software. Which you should not do but I’m only here to say what’s possible and not make decisions for anyone. Yes some of the restrictions placed on iOS are for your security. Certainly not all of them and probably not the majority. If you really want freedom though you’re probably using Android anyways. It’s a trade off like many things these days. More freedom… or more security? At least you have some choices when it comes to your phone. Google researcher Ian Beer tweeted on Tuesday “If you are interested in bootstrapping IOS 11 kernel security research keep a research-only device on 11.1.2  or below. Part 1 (tfp0) release soon. If you already have a jailbroken device keep in mind that upgrading may mean that you will lose that option and theres a good chance that the jailbreak for iOS 11 if and when it becomes available might be tethered which is no fun when you reboot your phone but I’m really starting to think that is not something that most people ever do. At least not intentionally. 

How to Rip the Mics Out of Your MacBook and iPhone?!!

Well why the heck would anyone want to do that? It seems that more and more people are becoming aware of the potential misuse of their phones and computers cameras. Even Mark Zuckerberg seems to be concerned about being caught on face time unexpectedly. In an article for the subject of skilled hackers being able to turn on your phones microphone and listen in on conversations taking place in whatever room your phone happens to be in came up. When you think about it, the chances of your phones camera being pointed directly at anything important seems less likely than your phone being present during a private conversation.If you are concerned about it there are a few different options. You could take your phone to a professional and have the mics removed. By the way there are three or four microphones in modern smartphones depending on which model you have. You might try a do it yourself modification using oh I don’t know… maybe one of the tutorials on my channel. (Wink) Or you can try another technique described in the article which is cutting the wires on an old set of headphones and then plugging the jack into your phone which can trick it into shutting off the microphones because it thinks that you are using headphones. If you try something like this make sure that the exposed wires are safely separated because if they touch you can end up damaging your phone. The truth is that if someone really wants to hear what you are saying that last one can be circumvented but most of us don’t need to be concerned as hackers usually stick to easy targets. Of course if you are being singled out then you might want to find a more secure way to communicate. As far as disabling the mic on your MacBook, well that’s an easier one that requires removing some screws from the bottom, removing the panel and unplugging a cable. As always perform these kind of procedures at your own risk. Or better yet find a professional. And yes this will almost definitely void your warranty.

How to Track a Cellphone Without GPS—or Consent

Using data that can be collected by an app developer without your consent researchers have figured out a way to pinpoint your location without accessing your GPS information. So last week I talked about how Google was collecting information that could determine your location even when location services were turned off, until someone pointed that out and they agreed to stop. Now code can be built into any innocent looking app and figure out where you are without even accessing your location services? I don’t know what comes next but its getting pretty creepy.  Apparently using your phones compass, air pressure readings, a weather report, and some maps they were able to determine the location of a device that was loaded with a test app called “PinMe.” If any of this concerns or interests you feel free to read the article for yourself. Links are in the video description. 

Apple Inc.’s Upcoming 6.1-Inch iPhone Might Not Support This Big Feature

It’s wireless charging. You really didn’t need a clickbait title there guys. This is unfortunate. It took so long to finally get here and with plans for a metal housing coming back to at least one iPhone model next year, so we’ve been told, it looks like at least some of Apple’s customers might not have that option anymore. Well we kind of assumed that the SE2 would still have a metal back but which other iPhone might go back to the older style? Rumor has it that the 6.1-inch iPhone planned for next year will have an aluminum housing instead of a glass back which would of course make wireless charging difficult if not impossible. Since glass breaks so easily the metal design might be a good move to prevent customers from needing a ridiculously difficult and expensive rear glass replacement. Or they could just attach it with something that isn’t such a pain to remove. I still think that putting the receiver under a bigger Apple logo would make sense but why would they listen to me? The real question though is whether loyal Apple customers will be put off by Apple removing a feature from one of it’s products. Oh, never mind. 

I’m Mike from Go Cell Phone Repair and that’s ten minutes of tech. I’ll be back Monday at 2PM PST for the weekly livestream and again in Thursday at 6PM for another right here on YouTube. Until then thanks for watching and see you next time.

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