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Will all mobile devices be waterproof in the near future?

Author's Note

Everyone has a story like mine. I took the kids to a friend's house to swim in their pool. I slipped my cell phone into my swimsuit pocket in case my wife or work needed to reach me. And that's exactly where it was — in my pocket — when I cannonballed into the pool. I tried the "bag of rice" method for reviving the drowned phone, but ended up with a dead gadget that resembled a robotic California roll. Like millions of fellow morons who have dropped their phone in the pool, a puddle or — yes — the toilet, I would gladly pay an extra few bucks for a waterproof phone. Now when are they coming out with the idiot-proof model?

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