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We don’t go anywhere without our phones these days, but we do frequently leave home without a charger. This can lead to the inevitable “Oh shit” moment.Later in the day, when you’re enjoying your sixth happy hour beverage, or your crew has decided to make an impromptu weeknight camping escapade, you check your phone: 30 percent battery life. Oh shit.

When you need your phone to last a few (or a few dozen) more hours, it can send you into panic mode. Luckily, today there are a number of ways you can avoid that momentor squeeze the most out of your phone’s diminishing battery level.

How to save battery power

Before you’re in battery trouble

If your phone is dying on a regular basis, it’s time for a lifestyle change. You need to stick your phonein acharging caseor stow a battery pack in your purse. Jackery’s pocket-size portable charger can charge your iPhone 7 four times before needing a recharge itself (and costs under $30). Mophie also offers a variety of charging packs and cases for iPhone and Samsung phone owners. There are also purses and bags with chargers built-in. If you have a tendency to go on impromptu overnight or weekend trips, grabbing one of these optionsin the long runwill be far more convenient and less stressful than digging around for your charging cable.

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Jackery phone charger

When you need your battery to lastnow

OK, that’s well and good, butyou’ve got less than 50 percent battery and zero ways to charge it in the foreseeable future. Here’s what you should do when you’re in a pinch.

1) Switch on Low Power Mode (iOS) or Battery Saver (Android)

As soon as you’re able,head to your smartphone’s settings and switch on Battery Saverif you’re on an Android device or Low Power Modeif you’re on iOS. What these settings do is switch off featuresthat slowly sip away at your phone’s battery in the background. This includes email fetching, automatic app downloads, location services, and some screeneffects. Alternatively, you can head into your phone’s settings and disable these things on your own or only for select apps you won’t be needing for the next few hours.

2) Turn down your phone’s brightness

Your phone’s beautiful, pixel-packed display is also one of its most notorious battery hogs. When my battery life is low, I prefer to switch off Auto Brightness and instead manually adjust the brightness as low as possible. Avoid using your phone in bright sunlight or other situations where you need screen brightness at full blast to see what’s on the display. (So if you’reoutdoors, stick to operating your phone in the shade.)


3) Avoid using battery hogging apps

You’ll seriously extend your phone’s battery life if you can resist the urge to use social media. According to AVG Technologies’ last report on performance draining apps, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram were three of the top five biggest offenders on Android in 2016. (Google Maps and BBM rounded out the top five.)If you need to get in touch with friends, regular old text messaging may be your best bet, as well. (WhatsApp also made the top 10 in this list.)

4) Don’t stream music or video

If you need your phone to last until tomorrow, avoid playing DJ. Streaming Spotify, Netflix, or YouTube on your phone is one of the quickest ways to sap its battery. If you want toplay music, make sure it’s stored locally so you don’t need to beam it down overa cellular or Wi-Fi connection.

5) Switch to Airplane Mode

Especially if you’re having a hard time establishing a good cellular connection, switching to Airplane Mode could help you out. In tests by the Wirecutter over a four-hour time period with little use,a phone lost roughly 8 percent more battery life without Airplane Mode switched on.For some of Airplane Mode’s battery saving benefits without going off the grid, you can also manually switch off either your cellular or Wi-Fi connection if you notice one has apoor connection (or you just don’t need it). Using either connection uses roughly the same amount of battery power.

6) Keep your phone around room temperature

If you’re outside in Arctic temperatures, your phone battery life could temporarily decrease, according to Apple. Extremely high temperatures (above 95 degrees Fahrenheit) can also damage your phone’s battery or battery performance. It’s something worth keeping in mind if you’re traveling or camping.

7) Consider turning your phone off altogether

Powering your phone off is often recommended as a battery-saving tip, but personally, I’ve had mixed results here. On a weekend trip with one day switching my phone off and on entirely, and the second day spent toggling onAirplane Mode, I found that my phonewastedfar lessbattery with Airplane Mode. I believe that the process of establishing cellular and Wi-Fi connections and restoring phone settings from scratch wasted more power than just keeping the screen off and other battery-hungry settings optimized. If you don’t need an alarm in the morning, though, keeping your phone powered off overnightlikely won’t hurt.

Photo by Vernon Chan

Things that don’t matter

Switching off Bluetooth, only using Wi-Fi, and force quitting apps running in the background are three suggestions you may have heard before. Doing any of these likely won’t make any impact on your battery life (and in the case of quitting unused apps, could actually make things worsewhen you re-open any apps you closed out).

If all else fails, make friend with your local bartenders and baristas. They’ve probably got a phone charger hiding behind the counter you can use in a pinch.

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Ever wanted to watch rich people have the worst time of their lives after spending thousands upon thousands of dollars? Look no further than the first weekend of Fyre Festival, a three-day long luxury music fest ran by Ja Rule that has been “permanently postponed” after its first wave of attendees arrived to unfinished accommodations, cheese sandwiches, and acancellation from headliner Blink-182.

FyreFestival was a creation of the rapper and entrepreneur Billy McFarland, and was billed as a “luxury” event with Instagram promos from models and influencers Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski.

For the reasonable price of $4,000 to $250,000 for a 12-person VIP package, attendees could visit aprivate beach and enjoy their luxury rooms and fine dining while listening to Migos, Tyga, Pusha-T, Disclosure, Blink-182, and more.

But when attendees arrived on April 27, one day before the initial start of the festival, Fyre Fest was far from stoked. The luxury accommodations appeared to be disaster relief tents from FEMA, and were reportedly poorly-built and unfinished. The island of Exumas wasn’t private, but was shared with locals, as well as a Sandals resort.

The promised catering from STARR Events had been replaced with cheese sandwiches and dressing-less salad in Styrofoam to-go boxes. Attendees were reporting lost luggage and even stolen propertysome attendees and one rogue Twitter accountallegedthe U.S. Embassy was getting involved, and that lawsuits against the festival are anticipated. By Thursday night, Blink-182 had cancelledthough theWall Street Journal hadreported that the festival had yet to fully pay some artists by late March.

Festival attendees also somehow, though almost unsurprisingly, found a planner from one of the Fyre organizers, just proving how horrendously unplanned this whole fiasco of a festival had been.

Even people who weren’t at the festival were having a ball making fun of rich people who had been seemingly bamboozled by Ja. Jokes populated a Fyre Festival subreddit and Twitter, one even comparing Fyre Festival to the ball pit meme from Dashcon, the epically-failed Tumblr convention from 2014.

After getting dragged on Twitter and Instagram by attendees who posted about the situation, Fyre Festival canceled all other inbound flights from Miami for the festival, citing “overcapacity” and safety concerns. Meanwhile, it appears that attendees who chose to leave the festival are having difficulties leaving Exumas. They supposedly boarded and deplaned several times, and had doors literally shackled to shut them in at an airport terminal. But now it appears that attendees might finally beon their way out.

Later this morning, Fyre Festival tweeted that the event was “fully postponed” because of “unforeseen and extenuating circumstances,” thoughMixmag reported that sources close to the festival say that organizers knew essential festival production wasn’t close to being completed as soon as four weeks out from the first weekend.

While the Fyre Festival website states that tickets are nonrefundable, they’ve said that attendees whose flights to Exumas were canceled will be refunded tickets.

The Fyre Fest website has also been removed in place of a statement from the festival team.

“Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests,” the statement reads. “We ask for everyone’s patience and cooperation during this difficult time as we work as quickly and safely as we can to remedy this unforeseeable situation.”

Update 2:00pm CT, April 28:Ja Rule, a co-founder of the festival, posted a short statement to his Twitter account shortly before 1:30pm CT. In the statement, the artist said the Fyre Festival team is working on getting all attendees off the island, and took responsibility for the festival’s failures, though he wrote he wasn’t sure how “everything went so left.”

“I will make a statement soon I’m heartbroken at this moment my partners and I wanted this to be an amazing event it was NOT A SCAM as everyone is reporting,” Ja Rule wrote. “I’m working to make it right by making sure everyone is refunded.”

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It’s been nearly four years since HAIM released new music, but the wait is finally over.

The sister-rockers dropped a new video for their single, “Right Now” on Thursday, and as an added bonus, it’s directed by Paul Thomas Anderson(There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights). The super-simple clipfollows the bandperforming together, and it’s all done in one shot.

“This is where we start, live in the studio,” theysaid in a Facebook post Thursday. “One take, live, at Valentine Studios during the recording of our second album.”

The group told Apple MusicThursday that Anderson shot the video in one day “before he was going to work.” Very casual.

“You can really hear the room mics are really loud and us stomping around,” Danielle Haim said. “Paul was adamant about wanting to hear Alana click on her pedal. You can hear that click when she does it and you can hear our heels and we were like, ‘Wow, this Is crazy I can’t believe we pulled this off in a day.’”

Their new album,Something to Tell You, will be releasedJuly 7.

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After recently postponing a slew of concert dates, it’s been revealed

His manager Pat Gallo and ex-wife Tashera Simmons did encourage him to take this step too.

In a statement to his client’s fans, Pat explained:

“It is important right now that he take some time off to focus on his health so that he can be a better father, friend and entertainer. We are eternally grateful for the outpouring of concern and support that has poured in. We ask that you please keep X in your prayers as he embraces your support.”

We’re wishing DMX the best.

[Image via WENN.]

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That’s A LOT of shifts at SUR

As we reported, in November, Vanderpump Rules star Scheana Marie filed for divorce from husband Mike Shay after two years of marriage.

Related: Vanderpump Rules Is Going Country!

As viewers saw on this past season of the hit Bravo show, the reality TV diva accused her man of cleaning out their bank account, texting other women, and abusing prescription pills.

On Friday, the two finalized their split, and the brunette has to pay the music producer $50K. That’s some serious dough!

While he also walks away with a ’05 GMC Sierra, the waitress gets to keep a 2016 Ford Explorer, a ’09 Nissan, their bank account worth $1000, and her retirement fund worth $31K.

Divorce is draining both emotionally AND financially!

[Image via WENN.]

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For “boring” news, this is pretty exciting!

In case you didn’t know, Tesla and SpaceX CEO (and

If you’re having a hard time wrapping your brain around the venture, which Elon has given the tongue-in-cheek name The Boring Company, you aren’t alone.

That’s why the innovator explained some of the details behind his project during a Ted Talk on Friday, even showing a video of the sci-fi world of tomorrow he envisioned as the final product (below)!

The idea is that cars could pull onto elevators that would descend into the tunnels, where an skate on electric rails would whisk the vehicle along at over 130 mph in a mostly straight path to its destination, shaving hour-long commutes down to just five or ten minutes.

In addition to dozens of tunnels for cars, they would ideally also build an underground hyperloop mass transit system.

Video: Meanwhile, Johnny Depp Is Working At Disneyland

The problem right now is boring the holes, which is an incredibly slow, expensive process. Currently, Musk says he and his engineers are working on developing a singular machine that can tunnel and place supports simultaneously. But Musk says this is just a side project at the moment, taking up just “two or three percent” of his time.

It may be years away, but if it works, it could change transportation forever.

For now though, it’s still in the boring phase.

[Image via Ted Talks/Twitter/FayesVision/WENN.]

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Thank God it’s Friday! And thank God for the Fyre Festival!

The luxury music festival was an epic and utter FAIL, and social media still hasn’t gotten enough of the complete disaster that unfolded in the Bahamas Thursday night.

With acts cancelling their performances, people scrounging around for food, and feral dogs eyeing their prey from the distance, concertgoers were left with nothing more than a raging desire to return to their homes ASAP.

The rest of us, from behind the safety of our computer screens, gleefully watched a bunch of millennial trust fund babies get mildly inconvenienced for 24 hours. And. It. Was. HILARIOUS.

Take another look at some of the best reactions to the mess (below)!

Can’t stop laughing. Thank you #fyrefestival. #luxurydisasterA post shared by Sofia windsor (@sofiawindsor) on Apr 28, 2017 at 2:01pm PDT

#FYREFESTIVALA post shared by Scissors Music (@scissorsmusic) on Apr 28, 2017 at 1:58pm PDT

Wow…just WOW! . #stefon #snl #billhader #fyre #fyrefestival #dumpsterfyre #dumpsterfyrefestivalA post shared by Paula Dee (@allthingspaula) on Apr 28, 2017 at 1:49pm PDT

#fyrefestivalA post shared by drew kramer (@drew_ish) on Apr 28, 2017 at 1:41pm PDT

Ja it ruledA post shared by Hail (@deadly_spell) on Apr 28, 2017 at 1:15pm PDT

Have a great weekend!

[Image via Instagram/WENN.]

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The Fyre Festival is facing even more heat!

As we’ve reported, the failed “luxury” music festival organized by Ja Rule and tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland was “fully postponed” after concertgoers arrived to embarrassingly horrendous conditions on the Exuma island of the Bahamas on Friday.

For many of the attendees, the Fyre experience was sold to them via the likes of Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, Hailey Baldwin, and other high-profile influencers (AKA Instagram models) who promoted it on social media.

Related: Delta Airlines Removes Passenger For Using The Restroom

For instance, take a look at this now-laughable marketing video for the “transformative weekend” (below):

And then there’s this ~now-deleted~ post from the KUWTK star’s page:

First Pepsi, now this!! You should probably fyre whoever is putting you up for these gigs, bb!

Here’s what people had to say on Twitter about the shit show (hint: it’s not pretty):


Wait, so should we buy those hair gummy bears or nah?? LOLz!

[Image via Instagram.]

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