Monthly Archives: November 2016

Holiday Weekend Musings and TechRestore Weekly FaceBook Recap

As we pause midway through the long holiday weekend, we are again faced with the realization that saying “Thank you” to our many customers, friends and business partners does not properly convey the sentiment we feel.  We sleep well each night, knowing we have provided honest repairs and excellent customer care.  Each day we come in looking for opportunities to thrill our customers! All feedback is valued (and welcome!) and we know that every problem is actually an opportunity.  This is all  possible because of you and it is our living “thank you” each day.

Ok, now the mushy stuff is out of the way! 🙂

Here is what was offered on our FaceBook page this week.  If you have not already, please join us!  We love finding interesting and informative articles around the web and sharing them with you.all-american-iphone

Monday: There has been a lot of talk in recent times about bringing more traditionally outsourced jobs back into the US. Is it realistic to make iPhone in the USA? This article from June of this year offers 3 scenarios where it might be possible.

Tuesday:  Amid the underwhelming reception the new MacBook Pros seem to be getting, there is a lot of technology that is being overlooked (or not fully understood).  Here’s an example.  And speaking of perspective ..

Wednesday:  Apple is cleaning house big time in the App store! With removals up over 200% this month, they’re making way for just the several million you really need.  While you’re thinking of what App you might write, be sure to reserve your free Hour of Code workshop at your local Apple store the week of December 5 – December 11.

Thursday:  We hope you were able to enjoy some mind blowing Thankfulness, no matter who you spent the day with or how you spent it.

Friday: Do you think this ultra fast, ultra electric car would make the holiday crowds any more nio-ep9bearable? At $1M a pop, where would you even park it at the mall?? It is a great advance in electric powered car potential, and NIO’s Chinese name is Weilai, which translates as “Blue Sky Coming”, which we think is a pretty cool company name.

If you didn’t see our fantastic Small Business Saturday offer already, here it is again!  Bring your perfectly good (just broken) iPhone, iPad, MacBook or iMac in for a discounted repair all next week.  $5, $10 and $20 off (respectively) any repair service (not applicable to diagnosis only fees).

Once again, thank you for being a valuable part of our TechRestore “family”.  We look forward to seeing and hearing from you soon!

What to do after Thanksgiving day

We hope you’ll all be happily stuffed and rested on Thanksgiving day.  For many people, the weekend following Thanksgiving is a reason to get out and take advantage of major discounts at retail outlets (“Black Friday”), small local businesses (“Small Business Saturday”) and online (“Cyber Monday”).  It seems that none of these days ever remain confined to its designated day, which is a win as far as shopping goes, but it can be tiring to be bombarded with ads. discount cialis get viagra prescription uk

Apple is jumping back in to the Black Friday fracas.  Last year they remained closed to allow employees to spend the extra holiday time with their families (or shop for themselves, who knows?).  Although there is no word on what exactly will be on sale Friday, there are some interesting categories on the Apple website. compra cialis generico italia

playdoh-touch-shape-to-life-studioHere is one we didn’t know about:  Play-Doy TOUCH Shape to Life Studio. It brings Play-Doh to the digital world, but in the best way! Kids play with and shape the Doh, then put it on the Studio platform and scan it with an iOS device (iPhone or iPad).  The shape then springs to life in the App and away they go.  I think a lot of adults will remember playing with Play-Doh and wishing they had something like this.  You know, the kids are going to need some *ahem* guidance to play with this correctly, so be sure to practice a lot before wrapping it!

thanksgivingcardAs for TechRestore, we will be closing early on Wednesday, November 23rd and returning on Monday the 28th at 8 a.m.  Since we will be closed for Small Business Saturday, we have an offer that’s good all next week! cialis pills for sale

Most of you will be buying new products to give as holiday gifts, but what about that perfectly good Apple device that just needs a repair to be like new again?  Bring it in next week (November 28 to December 2).  When you mention this offer, iPhone repairs will be $5 off, iPad repairs will be $10 off and MacBook, MacBook Pro and iMac repairs will be $20 off!  This is for repairs only, of course.  Our fast and trusted diagnosis fees are not available for discount.

Here’s wishing you a safe, happy and savings savvy Holiday kickoff weekend, however you wish to spend it! get viagra uk nhs

This week on FaceBook – TechRestore Weekly Recap

We certainly hope you’ve enjoyed this last week before the official launch of holiday season.  Here are the posts we shared on FaceBook this past week, in case you missed them.  Be sure to “Like” us on FaceBook for lots of good information and exclusive specials. cialis 20 mg italia

Monday: Apple’s new campus and the awesome science behind it.  This article was actually written in June, but since it will be a few more months before we start seeing video tours, it’s cool to know Apple applies the latest and greatest technology to all aspects of their business. cialis cheap

Tuesday: We shared a wonderful Yelp review.  We LOVE hearing from our customers when we do a good job (even if we could improve!).  Our goal is to have every customer walk out the door knowing we’re here with outstanding service if they ever need us again.  We also shared the cutest little iPad destroyerWatch for a repair special coming up the week after Thanksgiving, in case this happens to you!

Wednesday: You know your Apple devices are secure, but if you like to be extra, EXTRA sure, we shared 8 iOS security options you can implement easily.  These are for your iPhone or iPad and mostly they keep you safe from Apple’s own prying “eyes”.

Thursday: In case you’ve ever updated and you didn’t mean to .. we shared how to prevent automatic updates in the future.  Some of us want to be asked first before we update!  Our blog post about scam virus alerts was posted Thursday too. can i buy viagra over the counter in canada

Friday: The “must-have” holiday hot item the iBook (haha) and find out what Apple is doing about “touch disease”.  They call it multi-touch repair program, but we know what they mean.

As always, we love to see your comments and perspectives!  We, at TechRestore, aim to learn something new everyday, whether it’s tech related, business related or personally enriching, we believe that life is about stretching and sharing.

See you next Friday with the week’s “leftovers”.

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What You Need to Know About Virus Pop-ups

fake-virus-popupscam    /skam/

noun        1. a dishonest scheme; a fraud      synonyms: fraud, swindle, fraudulent scheme, racket, trick

verb: scam    1. swindle: “a guy that scams the elderly  of their savings”  synonyms: cheat, deceive, trick, dupe

OH NO! The dreaded “virus warning”!  

Holiday season is prime time for threatening adware like this to pop up on your otherwise normal laptop or desktop screen.  Here are our Top Tips, as well as a link to an excellent article on Apple’s website, to keep your computer feeling (and being) safe.

  1. A pop-up window with a phone number will always be a scam (they call it an ad, but let’s be real).   No legitimate source is going to ask you to call.  These scammers will first tell you about a dangerous threat to your passwords, banking and credit card information, social security number, etc., hoping that fear will motivate you to fork over your payment information and computer passwords.  If there is a URL at the top of the pop-up it will likely be for “virus-scanner.info” or something similar, even if it has official looking graphics (Bank, Apple, Microsoft, Homeland Security, etc). what is generic viagra called
  2. A phone call telling you your computer has been hacked or has a virus is always a scam.  Again, they will try to scare you by telling you that your computer is infected and your information is at risk.  Ask them how they got your phone number, or when you signed up for this service and expect a quick hang up or, worse, more threats.
  3. An agent who asks for your password or payment information is a scammer. A trusted source will NEVER ask you for your password (check the support section on their website and they’ll usually specifically mention that!).  Any support agent from a trusted source will not likely ask you for payment either.  If they do, ask for an email with more information before you pay. erfahrungen mit cialis 20mg
  4. A caller (or someone you called from a pop-up) or a chat window pop-up asks for access to your computer. Again, only a trusted source (and there are few, if any) will need legitimate access to your computer. Err on the side of caution.  If you feel uncomfortable, find a local repair source that can handle complex operations for you.

There are also settings available in the Privacy setting on a Mac that will prevent downloads from anywhere but the App Store or a trusted source (like Adobe, etc).  On a PC, you can enable Windows Defender (included in the Windows operating platform) and download Malwarebytes to help protect your system from real and fake viruses and adware (both programs are free).

Here is a great article from the forums on Apple’s website that has more detailed information about scams and some solutions specific to OS and iOS.

If you do or have been a victim of these types of fraud, don’t feel bad! You’re not alone and the people who are putting these out there can be very sophisticated.  We want to encourage you to be aware and diligent about protecting your computer.

At TechRestore, we do offer virus scans and cleanup for Mac’s and PC’s alike.  If you are in need of a service like this, please contact us.  We’re here to help!

 

TechRestore Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

thanksgivingcard‘Tis the season! We at TechRestore understand how quickly the holidays come upon us (wasn’t it 4th of July last week?!).  Don’t forget you need to repair that broken device to keep the kids occupied on long drives to family functions! Sanity conservation becomes very important this time of year.

In order to help you prepare, please note our Thanksgiving week hours:

Mon – Wed – 8am to 5pm
Thursday – Friday – Closed

Spotlight on – TechRestore Apple Mac and iPhone Information Posts on Facebook

At TechRestore, we like to stay up to date on Apple, Mac and iPhone information. Each day, we share something new we have learned – or something interesting we already knew about – on our FaceBook Page.

This week, we included news about innovations, the halo effect of smartphone technology, iOS 10 feature highlights and fixes, and a new discount program in honor of Veteran’s Day.

There is no shortage of opinion about the new MacBook Pro’s released a couple of weeks ago. There is also the expected speculation about what the new features will mean to future renditions. At the end of the day, no one can deny that Apple has been years ahead of our imaginations since the beginning. Often, changes are perceived as “underwhelming” when announced and upgrades are appreciated more in hindsight, as the software changes to take advantage of the hardware.

Here are the links to the articles shared this week.

Saturday 11/5: What the touch bar says about Apple’s approach to innovation and how others may follow suit.

Monday 11/7: Halo effect of smartphone technology in a specific region of China and in consumer electronics as a whole.

Tuesday 11/8: Some features worth mentioning in the upcoming iOS 10.2

Wednesday 11/9: How to unlock your Touch ID enabled device without pressing the home button OR Damn, I miss the SWIPE!

Thursday 11/10: The new technology in MacBook Pro drastically improves speed.

Friday 11/11: See our post in honor of Veteran’s Day.

We hope you’ll join us on FaceBook, and comment or share your own insights and experience. You can also check back here for a weekly roundup of our posts and see what might interest you. As always, we love to hear from you! Your feedback makes all the information more reliable and relevant.

Enjoy! We hope your Veteran’s day weekend is filled with gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy.