Anyone who has stepped out of their house for more than 3 seconds knows it's pretty darn cold out there. If you step outside and notice your cellphone acting a little weird; it's because your phone is cold too. Apple says it's iPhone's are made to operate in temperatures above 32 degrees and when it's below that temperature you may start experiencing problems like the device shutting off on its own, shortened battery life, display problems, or even the screen shattering. But we all know that, while your best friend slipping on the ice and falling on their butt is hilarious, it didn't really happen unless you got video to post on Instgram and Facebook so here are some tips on how to use your phone in the cold. TOUCHSCREEN TIPS Obviously, our number 1 priority in the cold is to keep ourselves warm. But a close second is being able to send that text. If you have ever tried to send a text or use your phone at all while wearing gloves, you know it doesn't work. These screens depend on your body's ability to conduct electricity to work, and a thick insulating layer of wool prevents the screen from registering your taps and pokes. Luckily, there are pretty inexpensive gloves that you can purchase that have a special material at the fingertips to allow you to use your phone. If you're handy, you can actually make your own gloves. Follow the tutorial HERE. Using a stylus is always an option as well. When all else fails, you can use your nose. But that requires a bit of coordination. WHEN YOUR PHONE GETS COLD Some smartphones list the optimum range of temperatures in their technical specs. For example, when it's turned off, the iPhone 5S can withstand temperatures between -4° and 113° Fahrenheit. When it's turned on, the range is much more narrow. Apple suggests 32° Fahrenheit as the lowest operating ambient temperature. Other phones are rated for much lower temperatures, and some can go as low as -4° Fahrenheit while in operation. When lithium-ion batteries are exposed to cold temperatures, their performance suffers. When cold, a phone battery can drain faster than normal, or it might say it has ample power remaining and then suddenly go dead. The problems are only temporary and the battery should behave normally when the device is brought back up to warmer temperatures. If your phone does shut down in the cold, do not restart it until you're inside and it's had a chance to warm up. Restarting when it's cold could be harmful to your phone and your battery life. And it's not just the battery. Smartphones are made up of other delicate electronic parts, like their LCD screens, that can malfunction in extreme temperatures. Freezing temperatures can also make a phone's glass surfaces more sensitive to cracks and breaks, especially if there's already a flaw or nick in any of the glass. There have been reports of the glass on the back of the iPhone shattering in extreme cold temperatures. The best advice for keeping your phone safe when it's cold is to not let it get cold. Don't leave it in a cold car for extended periods of time. Keep it in a pocket close to you.
Members and followers of local landmark The Art Mission Theatre received a disappointing newsletter today informing them of the upcoming closing. The message read: It is with great sadness that we must inform our patrons that the Art Mission and Theater will be closing as of Friday 12/29/2017. After much thought regarding the organization's financial position and the current film viewing climate the board of directors has voted to proceed with dissolution. The Art Mission and Theater has always been an organization that purely ran on love. We are truly grateful to the movie lovers of the Binghamton area for the support of independent film. There will be a final screenings of National Theatre Live's Follies, a Stephen Sondheim musical on Thursday 12/28 and Friday 12/29 at 7PM. Pricing is $15, $10 Members and Students. According the their website, The Art Mission Theatre has a long and storied history here in the Southern Tier. The original Art Mission Gallery was located 128 Washington St. in the heart of downtown Binghamton. The Art Mission was founded by Maggie Martin and opened as a 501 (c) non-profit gallery on NewYear’s Eve, 1998, with an exhibition in cooperation with First Night Binghamton. The Art Theatre was located on the Southside on Vestal Avenue. Always a movie house, it underwent an unseemly “adult” period until it was purchased in the 1980’s by a Binghamton University cinema graduate, Richard Kruce, and became mainly an independent theater. In 2004, the Art Theatre was destroyed by a devastating fire. Shortly thereafter, it was decided to combine the Art Mission Gallery and Art Theatre into one building, and in 2007, they moved to their current location at 61 Prospect St. Reaction on social media has already begun with many expressing great disappointment. Do you have any stories to share of the Art Theare of the past or the current Art Mission Theatre? Share them below.
Starting at 6pm on New Years Eve and going throughout New Years Day, we will be counting down the 100 Greatest Hits of All Time as determined by....well US! While you may disagree with the order in which they are in, we can guarantee you'll love the music just the same. You'll hear all of your favorite artists, like The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and more! Who do youu think should be included in the countdown? Leave us a comment below. Many thanks to our sponsors:
The horrendous fires continue to rage in Southern Califonia. And one can only imagine the impact on the local wildlife. It's a thought that just makes you shudder. But how far would you be willing to go to help save the animals? One man braved the flames to rescue a wild rabbitt and instant became an internet hero. The video shows the fire engulfing a highway in Ventura County when suddenly a wild rabbitt darts across the road. A man wearing nothing but shorts and a hoodie raced after him and, well, check out the video below...