What are iPhones’ peak temperature before overheating?

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What are iPhones’ peak temperature before overheating?

According to Apple, a range of 0°C to 35°C is the best temperature for iPhones, with the devices changing ‘behaviour’ to regulate themselves when the parameters are pushed too far. Smartphones aren’t designed to whit stand particularly high temperatures, making our technological buddies even more relatable as we endure scorching heat waves. Apple also warns that very hot temperatures may permanently shorten battery life. 

Apple’s website explains how using an iOS device in very cold conditions outside its operating range might temporarily shorten battery life. Possibly even turning the device off, the battery life will supposedly return to normal when the device is brought to higher ambient temperature. In the heat however, battery life may be permanently shortened. To avoid this, one can, obviously, avoid leaving phones in direct sunlight. Unfortunately, going for a swim just won’t cut it for the device. 


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Man accused of sexually abusing nine-year-old step-granddaughter

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Man accused of sexually abusing nine-year-old step-granddaughter

A 42-year-old from Zurrieq has been charged with sexually molesting his nine-year-old step-granddaughter. The court heard how the girl suffered severe psychological trauma from three alleged incidents, after the man committed non-consensual sexual acts whilst he had duty to care for her. The accused faces over seven years in prison if found guilty, but he and his lawyer plead ‘definitely not guilty.’ 

Lawyers Michael Sciriha and Matthew Xuereb requested to ban the publication of the accused’s name as well as his victim. Sciriha, requesting bail, asked for the accused’s wife to testify solely for bail purpose. The wife stated that the child never shown fear of being with the accused in the past two years. The court has denied bail at this stage, as they consider the risk of possible evidence tampering by the accused. The child’s reports to a child psychologist were reported consistent. 


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Vaccinated secondary contacts of positive COVID cases shouldn’t quarantine – Malta Chamber

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Secondary contacts of positive COVID cases shouldn’t quarantine if vaccinated - Malta Chamber

The Malta Chamber urged on Friday to not put secondary contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases under mandatory 14-day quarantine should they be vaccinated. Health authorities were called upon through a statement to rethink the quarantine measures. With 81% of the adult population vaccinated and therefore less likely to carry symptomatic infection or transmit the virus, the Malta Chamber believes it is totally unreasonable to enforce mandatory quarantine should they be secondary contacts of confirmed cases. 

Employers are, as the statement pointed out, receiving the biggest burden out of all this situation, especially when work from home is impossible. Chamber president Marisa Xuereb stated that if ‘we really believe that vaccines break the chain of contagion, we need to be pragmatic and shouldn’t be placing fully vaccinated secondary contacts in quarantine.’ 


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172 COVID-19 cases registered with 65 recoveries

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Malta has registered 172 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 3,640 swab tests, while 65 patients have recovered. No deaths were registered in the past 24 hours. This information was announced by the official Facebook page of Malta’s Ministry for Health.

As of Thursday 13th March 2021, 736,727 vaccine doses were administered of which 389,263 were 1st doses. 364,899 people are currently fully vaccinated. 

To date, Malta has registered 33,370 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 30,356 have recovered, 420 died and 2497 are still active. 97 cases have been repatriated.

Mater Dei Hospital is currently treating a total of 19 COVID-19 positive patients, one of which is in the ITU. Of yesterday’s 166 reported cases, 126 were between ages of 10 and 39. The average age of yesterday’s cases was 26.


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