LAKEPORT, CA - JULY 31: A West Covina firefighter pulls hose away from a horse barn that burns as the River Fire moves through the area on July 31, 2018 in Lakeport, California. The River Fire has burned over 27,000 acres, destroyed seven homes and stands at only eight percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Many individual cell-phone consumers are unfortunately familiar with providers’ practice of “throttling,” or intentionally slowing down internet speed and data transfer rates.

However, some say Verizon, one of the world’s largest telecommunication companies, took things too far when it throttled data usage of the Santa Clara County Fire Department while firefighters were battling the Mendocino Complex Fire in July, the largest wildfire the state has seen to date.

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[DIGEST: ZME Science, Wired, IFLS, Science Times, ABC]

Life with a smartphone means a never-ending search for more power. Recharging our phones is a constant concern, especially for people who travel or work away from an outlet. We cross our fingers we will make it to the end of the day, or at least till our next charging opportunity. Also, the older the phone or battery, the more frequently it needs a top off. Now, researchers have developed a cell phone that recharges itself by harvesting ambient radio signals and light — no battery needed. In other words, this phone will never run out of power.

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[DIGEST: BBC, Forbes, Mirror, LA Times, Psychology Today]

It’s a familiar sight all over the world: Families at home together, but everyone engrossed in their cell phones instead of interacting.

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