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Tech Talk-Beach-Ready Gadgets

Guard those gadgets
        Thanks to their portability, a lot of smartphones and tablets will log time near the sun and sand this summer. A day at the beach or pool can pose some hazards for gadgets.
        There are a number of waterproof cases on the market, but Consumer Reports says you can make do. In a pinch a plastic bag will protect a device from sand and water, allowing you to use touch-screen functionality.
        Also keep devices out of direct sunlight. They can easily overheat. Don't leave them in the car either. Its best to keep that device with you, and in the shade.
With so much personal data now stored in smartphones and tablets, make sure you don't leave them unattended.
        In the event of a beach or pool mishap --
        A device that's taken a dip in the water can sometimes be salvaged by sticking it in dry rice, A-S-A-P. Take the battery out first, if possible.
        A gadget clogged with sand can benefit from cleaning with a can of compressed air.
        If you're really nervous about your gadget weathering summer fun, just leave it at home. Old-fashioned books and magazines still work just as well, if you can stay away from talking, and texting.


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