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This Week on the TechRestore FaceBook Page

Hello! It’s been a minute since our last blog post, but we have been busy, busy on the FaceBook page.  If you have not already, please “Like” and follow us.  You will find lots of useful tips, interesting articles and history in our posts.  Here are the highlights from last week.

On Monday, we shared 10 iPhone tips you’ll use everyday (not that we need another excuse to touch our phones each day).  We also tipped our hats to companies who are doing right by our planet and pledging to continue their green policies, even though some regulations have been rolled back.

#HowToTuesday is one of our favorite FaceBook days! This week we shared a video about making ringtones from music on your iPhone using Garage Band (warning, this is so fun it may cost you an entire weekend day!).  A second article we shared was about the free space that Apple’s new file system magically creates on your iOS device in the latest update.  One of our techs updated and gained over 2 GB of free space! That is a huge difference!

Wednesday, we were excited to share some interesting take-aways from the small Tuesday press meeting Apple held.  They talked a lot about the future of the Mac Pro and where they might be going with ARM chips as companion processors in their desktop and laptop units (and no touch screen for the MacBook, at least, not soon). 

#TBT (Throw Back Thursday) is another favorite day!  We love looking back on Apple and tech history.  This week we talked about Apple vs the Beatles, the first cell phone call and John Sculley’s birthday (though not everyone agrees on his legacy, he was a key player in Apple’s success).

Friday, the best comprehensive review we’ve read so far about the new iPad.  This article goes deep into the specs and practical analysis of the mid range offering and what it means to us and to Apple.  Speaking of new things – iOS 10.3 is officially launched and Apple has a fun new app called “Clips” to add to your iOS device right away! If you love making movies and compilations, this takes it to the next level.

Saturday rhymes with shortcuts! (Well, not technically, but they do seem to go hand in hand, don’t they?) We found a cheat sheet of Mac keyboard shortcuts to make your life simpler and practically mouse-free.

We hope you find these articles helpful and even thought provoking.  TechRestore is all about Apple and the people who love them like we do (even if you love them a little less, we still welcome you!).  We’d love to hear your thoughts and if you come across something interesting, please, share with us!

Enjoy your week!  If you’re not on Spring Break yourself, you are probably enjoying the traffic benefits of all those people who are.  We’ll be on the job, so be sure to stop by our FaceBook page and see what’s circulating out there this week.

 

Time to upgrade the storage on your Mac?

Spring cleaning is in the air!  We have been reading a lot lately about increasing storage space by deleting files or changing settings on Macs.  Some articles are posted on our FaceBook page (please come follow us if you haven’t already!).  It’s a question we get a lot from customers, “How can I increase the speed of my computer?  Or what can I do to ‘clean it up’ so I have more storage?”.

There are lots and lots of great, helpful tutorials on this subject.  Do a Google search (not right now, in a minute) and you’ll likely get thousands of results.  We think it’s great to make the most of the storage you have and it’s important to know how to maximize performance by managing files efficiently.

It has been our experience that getting too close to full capacity on your drive (SATA or SSD) will also cause performance issues and even system crashes.  In some cases, the data may not be readable (by traditional means) and could require data recovery services to get it back (which are very expensive).  If your storage is 10% or less of full capacity (for example, if you have 20GB left on a 500GB drive), it may be time to upgrade to a larger drive.

The great thing is, if you have an older SATA (disc type) drive and you upgrade to an SSD, you are going to feel like you have a whole new computer!  The speed difference is that noticeable.  You also don’t need as much space on a SSD, because the storage is more efficient than SATA. To see this speed upgrade in action, check out the video below:

MacBook SSD Solid State Drive Upgrade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have plenty of space, but you’d like to have more or get rid of files you no longer use, check out some articles online, like this one from MacWorld.  If you think it may be time for a larger drive or a speedy SSD, let us help!  You can check out the services we offer here, or call us if you’re not sure.  Heck, we’ll even install a drive you purchase yourself if you prefer!  All these include data transfer, as long as the existing drive is readable.  If it’s not, we’ll install a fresh OS, and we always return your old drive to you.

 

Remember to set your clocks ahead next weekend, and “Happy Spring” from your friends at TechRestore.  We’re here to help!

TechRestore Education Repair Program

core-valuesAs we wrap up 2016, our repair labs are stuffed full of iPads and Macs from schools all over the country. We love being the heroes that keep these products working for school IT departments everywhere! Reflecting on 2016 got us thinking about what you do must reflect what you believe.

We believe that every transaction – from the first phone call or email to the after repair support – reflects who we are as a company.  The front office, technicians, parts, shipping, and accounting departments here at TechRestore work well together.  We are a cohesive and effective team that has fun working hard! The support we offer to all our valued  customers – individuals, corporations and schools – is heartfelt.

Whether it’s 15,000 or 15, managing the demands of school iPad and Mac users on a daily basis can be a real headache!  Our Service Team takes the pain out of it by customizing a program to best fit your needs.  TechRestore’s EDU program offers affordable, reliable, experienced service to schools around the country.

To make your job easier, our repairs are fast, shipping is free and we offer a one year functional warranty.  We stand behind our work and we stand with educators.  eduOur focus is to make your side of every repair as easy and seamless as possible.

Contact us today.  Talk to (or email with) one of our friendly humans and find out why we have been thrilling customers for over 12 years.

 

 

 

 

To Cloud or Not to Cloud?

Do you use the cloud to backup your personal photos, documents, contacts, music and video? Is your data safe?  How does it work?  Is it worth it?

If you’ve ever lost a hard drive, or a phone you know – the pain is real.  Even worse, if you do have a physical backup you count on to restore your data, only to find out it’s been corrupted and you didn’t even know it.  Your precious data is gone and unless you have a small fortune to invest in getting it back, all you have are your memories.

So what is the cloud, exactly? Cloud storage refers to services that question-mark-cloudoperate large physical facilities full of servers.  The data you send to them is encrypted and only accessible by you (they cannot get it) using a password that you set.  You can sync automatically from nearly any electronic device (phone, desktop, etc). Most providers have multiple locations around the world and backup data in more than one physical place.  You can access your stored data from anywhere, by logging in to your cloud account.

You may feel like putting your data backup in someone else’s hands is just a way to have someone to blame if it gets lost.  That really couldn’t be further from the truth.  So what keeps some of us from getting on board with cloud storage?  With a cloud service, you can set up automatic backups of your data.  On your phone, you can even set it to back up every time you take a picture.  So what’s the hold up?

Here are a few common objections:

“I don’t have time.”  A lot of people feel this way.  The bad news is, if you have a TON of data, it will take a long time for that initial back up.  The good news, though, is that subsequent back ups will be very quick, mostly seamless.  You may also take into account how much time would be saved in the event of total data loss.

“I don’t know how to do it.”  Cloud computing has been around for a very long time now.  Before it became mainstream to offer it to the general public, large corporations and even governments were using cloud storage for their data (usually as a back up to a physical copy). Now that Amazon, Apple,Google, Dropbox, Box and many others are offering – even aggressively marketing – their storage services for free and for subscription, the interfaces are incredibly easy to use and setting up your backup schedule is easier than setting your DVR.

“It’s too expensive for the amount of space I need.”  Realistically, most of us need more than what the top companies are offering for free. Most services start off with 5GB for free and go up to 1TB, 2TB or even unlimited for a monthly or yearly subscription.  Depending on what you’re backing up (movies, for example, need a lot more space) you may be able to get by on 5GB.  Prices for subscription range from .99 per month (Apple for 50GB) up to $60 per year (Amazon unlimited).

“It’s not safe.”  Actually, it is safer than locally stored data.  The service where your data is stored cloud-storage-lockdoesn’t have access to your data, they only provide the space (be sure to read the privacy policy no matter what).  The real vulnerability to your data is the security you provide.  Use a rock solid password and change it regularly.  Use physical back up in addition to the cloud and use several cloud services (OneDrive for your documents, iCloud for contacts and photos, for example). The most valuable benefit is that your data is safe from malware and ransomware in the cloud. As the use of cloud storage rises in popularity, you can expect that optimization and security will also improve.

At the end of the day, each person has to decide how important their data is and what’s the best way to protect and preserve it.  The best advice you can take is your own!  Make a list of what’s important to you, what your concerns are and shop for a cloud service that fits the bill.

 

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.

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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.