Reminder: Apple's $29 Battery Replacement Program Ends December 31

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If your iPhone’s battery is on the fritz or doesn't hold a charge as long as it should, it would typically cost about $79 to get it replaced at an Apple store. As Geek.com helpfully points out, though, an ongoing Apple deal lets you snag a new battery for just $29.

The battery replacement program applies to the iPhone 6 and later models. This includes out-of-warranty iPhones like the SE, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and X.

The offer expires on December 31, 2018, so if you’re having battery issues, you’ll want to make an appointment at your local Apple Store’s Genius Bar as soon as possible. December 31 is also the deadline to contact Apple for a $50 credit if you bought an out-of-warranty battery for the iPhone 6 or a later model between January 1, 2017 and December 28, 2017.

If you aren’t sure whether your iPhone’s battery is still viable, go to your phone’s Settings and select Battery, then Battery Health. This will tell you whether your phone is working at maximum capacity. Brand new phones should function at 100 percent capacity, while lower percentages indicate it’s not holding a charge as long as it once did. Anything below 80 percent is cause for concern.

“A normal battery is designed to retain up to 80 percent of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles when operating under normal conditions,” Apple states. “The one-year warranty includes service coverage for a defective battery. If it is out of warranty, Apple offers battery service for a charge.”

If you plan on keeping your current phone for a while, it might not be a bad idea to take advantage of the battery replacement deal. Doing so would prolong your phone’s usefulness and may prevent future problems, Geek.com points out.

[h/t Geek.com]

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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The Worst Drivers In America Live in These 15 States

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No matter how many times you've been cut off on a road trip, anecdotal evidence alone can't prove that a certain state's drivers are worse than yours. For that, you need statistics. The personal finance company SmartAsset compiled data related to bad driving behaviors to create this list of the 15 states in America with the worst drivers.

This ranking is based on four metrics: the number of fatalities per 100 million miles driven in each state, DUI arrests per 1000 drivers, the percentage of uninsured drivers, and how often residents Google the terms “speeding ticket” or “traffic ticket.”

Mississippi ranks worst overall, with the second-highest number of fatalities and the second lowest percentage of insured drivers. This marked the third year in a row Mississippi claimed the bottom slot in SmartAsset's worst driver's list. This year, it's followed by Nevada in second place and Tennessee in third. You can check out the worst offenders in the country in the list below.

Some motorists may be more interested in avoiding the cities plagued by bad driving than the states. These two categories don't always align: Oregon, which didn't crack the top 10 states with the worst drivers, is home to Portland, the city with the worst drivers according to one quote comparison site. After reading through the list of states, compare it to the cities with the worst drivers in America here.

  1. Mississippi
  1. Nevada
  1. Tennessee
  1. Florida
  1. California
  1. Arizona
  1. South Carolina (Tie)
  1. Texas (Tie)
  1. New Mexico
  1. Alaska
  1. Louisiana
  1. Alabama
  1. Oregon
  1. Arkansas
  1. Colorado