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TechRestore Offers One on One and Group Training for Apple Devices

Yay! I got a Mac! …. Now what??

Have you ever wished you could sit down with someone and have them just show you how to use your iPhone, iPad or Mac?  Are you confused by the newest updates? Do you just know there are features you’re not taking full advantage of?

TechRestore answers the call!  We not only repair, refurbish and sell Apple products, we use them and we love them!  Now, we’re happy to offer 45 minute one-on-one instructional courses in our store.  These sessions cover basic applications and help you fully understand and efficiently use your Apple devices.

Currently we offer training for iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.  Topics range from using Touch ID to understanding iCloud to just getting started!  If you have a specific topic you want to cover that’s not on our listing, just call the store after you book your appointment.

Our trainings are available for $39.99 for one session OR you can save some and learn more with three sessions for $99.99.  We’re all about adding value, so rest assured, you won’t be left hanging.  We allow extra time for questions. Sessions can be booked here ,directly from our FaceBook page or just call or come by our store.

Groups can also take advantage of this great service!

Maybe you want to collaborate on a project, or share files and photos or get the most out of FaceTime!  Whatever your needs, you can trust TechRestore to be there with knowledge, experience and understanding. Team TechRestore has over 30 years of combined hands on Apple expertise and extensive experience in corporate and school site training.  Groups of THREE or more qualify for special discounts on in store training and larger group trainings can also be accommodated.

Recently, we added some short, focused training videos to our YouTube channel.  Head on over (and subscribe, because there are more coming soon) and check them out!  These are done right in the store (so you can hear all the life going on in the background) by our very own Daniel B. (the Bob Ross of all things Mac).  The first is a quick tutorial for Photos, the second is part 1 of understanding “Settings” in iOS 11.

We’re here to help!  Let us know what topics YOU would like to see, in person or in a video.  After all, who would we be without our awesome customers?

Don’t have an iPhone, iPad or Mac? We can help with that too!

TechRestore is a TRUE Mac specialist – we buy, sell, repair, use and LOVE Apple products. Come see our selection of Grade A devices, laptops and desktops for sale.  Of course, we don’t stop there!  We back up all our products with a full 90 day functional warranty AND we offer extended warranties that include accidental damage coverage.  See store for details.

We look forward to meeting you!

TechRestore Grand Opening Event in Louisville!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends and Family!

We are SO excited to announce that our new store is open and ready for an official celebration!

If you are in the Louisville area, you simply must come visit us on Saturday, September 23rd from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  We invite you to spend some time in our newly remodeled lounge area and preview our retail offerings, which will include:

  • TechRestore Certified Apple products
  • Matias keyboards
  • Griffin Survivor Series protective cases
  • and much more!

We will also give away some of these great products!  You don’t have to be present to win, but you DO have to come in to enter.

Guests who “check in” on FaceBook while visiting will receive a special free gift!  Our Service Department will not be open on Saturday, but you will have the chance to meet our Apple Certified Staff, with a combined experience of over 70 years!

Come see the official Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 11:00 am, with Senior Economic Development Manager of Louisville, Christy Jarboe in attendance.

techrestore logoTechRestore is an award winning Independent Repair shop that has  served customers around the country since 2004.  We were recently acquired by local Louisville businessman, Jeffrey Jewell.  Jeff has the vision to bring together the best and most experienced Mac Loving techs he’s had the pleasure to work with over the last decade and a half.

TechRestore carries on epic customer experiences in Louisville with:

  • Fast turn-around, up front repairs. Most repairs are completed on-site in one business day or sooner! We like sleeping at night! So you can trust us to be honest and upfront with you and back it up with a ONE YEAR functional warranty on all our repairs.
  • We don’t just fix Macs, we use them!  We keep up with the latest changes and we’re happy to help you get the most from your Apple product.
  • Matias keyboards and Griffin protective cases are some of the best you can buy.  Through years long partnerships, we’re able to offer these to our customers at terrific prices.  We’ll also have TechRestore Certified Apple products for sale, in the store and online.  If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask!

Check out our Yelp page as well as our FaceBook page, where we’ll be offering Grand Opening special deals all week long.  If you’re not fortunate enough to live near Louisville, you won’t miss out! We’ll have great discounts for you too!  We owe a lot to the customers and business partners who helped make it possible for TechRestore to grow into this new vision in Kentucky.

Won’t you join us?  And please, share this blog post with anyone you know who is close by! The free product giveaways are for anyone – no “Mac Lover ID” required (we may try to convert you though, fair warning!).

  

Cool and Interesting on FaceBook This Week

Ok, so we’re going to go a little further back than “this week” because we have been posting some weird and wonderful things  on FaceBook! Here are the highlights, in case you don’t follow us on FB.  If you don’t, you really should – we don’t always do a recap of postings on our blog, but we post fun facts, useful tips, new and weird tech from all over the web on our page everyday.

Leading the top 5 weirdest things we’ve ever posted: The Third Thumb.  Please, please watch the video and see if you can stop thinking about how helpful this could be!  I mean, some of those people don’t look too coordinated and they were doing just fine.  Coming in at honorable mention in the weird things category, the “10 Weirdest Emoji”, unraveling the mystery of the enigmatic emoji. (Que dramatic music.)

If you are looking for cool things to do with the incredible camera in your pocket, you may get some inspiration from Burton Rast. His 100 photos in 100 days were taken on his iPhone 6s.  He used an app to edit them to draw your eye to what he wants you to see – with incredible results.  If you have your own gang of photographers, put together an amazing project without a third party app, using Photos’ Shared Albums feature.  It’s the best reason yet to scatter and reassemble (and you may learn some things about your friends, families or co-workers, too).

Apple’s HomeKit is now available to try at select Apple stores in an unexpected way.  It goes way beyond “Why can’t you just get up and switch off the lights?”.  With the advances in Augmented Reality, we imagine it won’t be long before you can see it “work” in your home using just your phone.

With all this talk of photo taking and editing, the possibilities of AR, your iPhone battery may be feeling faint! Fear not, here are 10 in depth, pro-level tips to fix battery drain (some you may not know about, we didn’t!).

Speaking of Pro-Level .. Bill Nye the Science Guy.  The coolest things he’s ever done, well, only a few people really know that.  But for the vast majority, who have kindled or rekindled a curiosity of the sciences, engineering, life on earth – these are 11 OF the coolest things.  We feel like any one of us could increase this list to infinity (and BeYOND .. c’mon, you know you said it too).

If you’ve enjoyed the drone footage of Apple Park coming together like we have, well, it will soon be over.  For good reason, of course.  If you do a search for “drone footage of Apple Park”, there are approximately a gajillion. A nuisance at best and a real security risk at worst, especially as employees begin moving in to the massive new digs.

There were more tips and a “Happy Birthday App Store”!

If you have ideas or fun, weird, interesting facts to share, please comment!  If you dig what we’re doing and want the undying thanks of all your closest family and friends, please share us!  And be sure to follow along on FaceBook.

Have a great weekend!

Your friends at TechRestore

 

 

A Big Award and a Big Announcement

A few weekends ago, in the East Bay Times here in California, TechRestore received an East Bay Times Reader’s Choice Award for the Best Computer Repair & Service in the San Francisco East Bay.  Wow!  We have always felt that a referral is the highest compliment we can receive.  These past 13+ years have really been an incredible journey.  Award or not, we feel blessed by the incredible support of our customers, many of whom have been coming back and referring us for a long time.  If there was an award for awesome customers, we would be handing them out left and right!

Not every journey has a final destination, and in the analysis we often find that the journey itself is the point.  That being said, there are many forks in the road and we have come to one now.

TechRestore is proud to announce we are moving our repair facilities to Louisville, Kentucky in July.  Our last day in Concord, California will be July 7th.  This is extremely exciting for us!   With Louisville’s central location and being the home of UPS, our move will allow us to better serve our growing national customer base and continue to deliver exceptional service. Now, if you’re not a local customer, you shouldn’t even notice the change (except where you ship your repair and where it comes from).

The TechRestore philosophy of honesty,  fairness, integrity and promptness will not change.  We will still put our customers first, be up front with repair costs, turn around times and recommendations, and we’ll still be here to answer your call or email in a timely manner.

For our local customers, we’ve got your existing TechRestore warranty covered! (You didn’t think we’d leave you hanging on that, did you? C’mon!)  In the unlikely event that your handheld device repair needs a warranty service, please contact us in the usual way and we’ll get you all set up with a trusted local business partner.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We’re here to help!

As bittersweet as this award is, coming just as we are moving locations, we think it’s the perfect end to this chapter and the perfect way to start the next leg of the journey.  We sincerely hope you will join us and again, we thank you!

There will be a special blog post soon with pictures and more information about the new digs.

 

iPhone 6, 6s and 7 Screen Repair Price Drops

techrestore repair price dropsHappy Friday!  As summer approaches, we always see an uptake in iPhone screen repairs.  Is it because the kids are coming home from college with their broken devices?  Maybe it’s the upcoming vacation that makes the broken screen more noticeable.  Whatever the case, TechRestore is here to help!  Our normal turn around for an iPhone screen repair is 1.5 hours, no appointment needed!

If you’re not local, most repairs are completed and shipped same or next business day.

Because we build value into our repair prices, a good percentage of our business includes repeat customers and referrals.  We wouldn’t have it any other way!  We would never wish a broken device on anyone, but we’re so happy to be the “go-to” repair center when these things happen. 

All our repairs come with a 1 year functional warranty.  We stand behind our work and we want you to feel good about referring your friends to us.

Besides the value we offer in customer care and warranty, when our part price goes down, we adjust our repair prices accordingly.  This is great news for you!  Especially if you own an iPhone 7 or 7 plus that has been broken, as those have come down dramatically in recent weeks.

Here are the latest flat rate repair prices on the newer model iPhones, as well as some other flat rates you may not know about AND a special offer for our blog reading customers.  For a complete list of our flat rate repair prices, visit our website.

  • iPhone 6 or 6 Plus screen repair is now $99  (down $10 for 6 Plus).
  • iPhone 6s screen repair is now $119 (down $20).
  • iPhone 6s Plus screen repair is now $129 (down $50!)
  • iPhone 7 screen repair is now $139 (down $160!)
  • iPhone 7 Plus screen repair is now $149 (down $200 since January!)

Start your iPhone repair order here

We also offer battery replacement service for iPhones and Mac laptops.  For iPhones, it’s $79 for all models up the the 6s Plus.  If we’re doing a screen repair already, we can replace the battery for $49. We replace MacBook Air, Pro and Pro retina batteries for $199, call for details on that service.

Mention this blog post and we’ll put a tempered glass screen protector on your iPhone 6 series or iPhone 7 at no additional charge (a $20 value!).


If you haven’t already, be sure to follow us on FaceBook, Twitter, and Google+ .   We share Apple news, history and updates and we feature helpful tutorials on #HowToTuesday.  It’s a lot of fun and we love sharing with everyone there!

Here’s to a happy and safe Summer season, from your friends at TechRestore.

TechRestore FaceBook Fun Weekly Roundup

Greetings from your friends at TechRestore!  We hope you are enjoying this Spring season and all the wonders that it brings (baseball, tulips, Spring break, to name a few, if you need a list).  If you missed our FaceBook posts this week (let’s face it, FaceBook is a bit overwhelming sometimes, we don’t expect you to see everything we post!), here is a brief recap.  We really enjoy staying up to speed on Apple and tech news and we hope you enjoy what we share.

On Monday, we shared about the new Apple app “Clips”.  Clearly, you already know about it!  It’s been breaking records for downloads numbers all week long.  We also shared a tip about organizing your email like a BOSS.  After you read that, you may want to join those of us here who have taken on the massive task of putting this to practice in our own lives.

#HowToTuesday covered having “the talk” with the significant senior in your life and an early Throw Back Thursday post about the Apple I that was so good, we couldn’t wait two more days to share!   We also published a blog (which you obviously saw or you wouldn’t be reading this either!).

Wednesday, we shared a parents’ nightmare and how Apple stepped in to help out.  This story about the Apple I in the Living Computers: Museum + Lab revealed not only a fascinating exhibit and perspective on Apple’s place in computer history, but a look into the mindset of the man many credit with its success.

#TBT again visited 1976 and the 3rd Apple founder’s early exit, leaving us to wonder what the shape of Apple would be if he had stayed on.  Surely, he’s tired of hearing it, but we couldn’t help wonder if he might be related to Batman.  If you have an older iPhone, don’t worry about the newest iOS update, you’re still covered.

Finally Friday!  If you have upgraded, you’re likely to have lots more room on your iPhone or iPad now.  Well, fill it up with pictures!  Here we shared some great tips for photos.

Are you looking for some common ground with your teen?  This “Taking Stock with Teens” report may give you an idea, at least in terms of what the stock market can measure. (Hint: they want a new iPhone.)

If you haven’t already, please “Like” and “Follow” us on FaceBook. Yes, it’s a big playground, but we’d love to see you there and if you have some comments or ideas or news you’d like to hear, please share!

We’ll be publishing another blog soon with our thoughts and musings on the Apple ecosystem and why it’s not new.

Spending Less Time with Your Phone and Why It Matters

These days, our phones tell us everything.  We can see what everyone’s having for lunch via Instagram, check the news and the weather, map our bike rides, reserve parking, order coffee, transfer money, lock the door, turn on the lights, turn off the coffeepot .. you get the idea.  Hey, we can even make a phone call!

Mobile phone addiction is practically built in.  You may have an idea sometimes that you are spending too much time on your device.  Maybe the third time you have to charge it each day is a clue.  So what?  Is a digital detox the answer?  Sweat it out and break the cycle?  Sure, that’s one way – likely to lead to a social media binge trying to catch up on everything.  There has to be some comfortable middle ground, right?

They say knowledge is power. A good place to start to see where you’re spending your time is right in the settings on your iPhone.  Go to Settings >Battery and scroll down to where it displays the usage.  Right at the top you’ll see what your phone is working hardest at.  Sometimes that’s all you need – knowledge.  If you’re a will-powered person, you can apply it simply by consciously decreasing the time you spend on those top activities.

What if there’s no clear leader? What if your display uses the most battery?  Well, that means your phone is on, it’s just not powering a specific app most of the time.  In this case, try adjusting your notifications settings.  You can adjust each app individually by going to Settings >Notifications and clicking on each one to customize the type and frequency of notifications.  An easy tweak to your Do Not Disturb configuration.  You can schedule times where your phone is quiet or customize the behavior whenever you choose the feature (the crescent moon shaped icon in your control center – a swipe up from the bottom on iPhones – is your Do Not Disturb switch).

One super fix is to turn off your Background App Refresh.  This will not only save your battery, but will reduce your notifications as well.  Disabling the background refresh will also help you set aside a clear time to check important apps, like mail.  (If you’re into serious organizing of your mail, check out this boss tip.)  You can also make adjustments in other apps.  FaceBook allows you to put your friends in “lists” so you can see just the updates of people in that category.  Read this helpful tutorial to find out how to set that up.

There is also the issue of perception.  How many times do you open your phone each day?  60 – 100?  More?  What’s measured, improves, as they say.  There aren’t a lot of apps for iOS that track usage.  We found one that seems hopeful called RealizD.  It tracks: screen time, pickups, time between pickups, times of day pickups occur, tells you your busiest day of the week and allows you to set goals for yourself (then reminds you when you’re getting close).  It’s a free app, with options to pay for “family tracking” and some other advanced features.  For getting a reality check, the free version works just fine.

So, why is it important to have this information?  If everyone else is hunched over their phones, who cares if you are too?  Well, it matters.  As my gramma used to say “Because. That’s why.”  Even if you haven’t walked into a lamp post yet, you’re still missing out.  You can’t smell a cool spring breeze, pet your dog or feel the sun on your face through your phone.  Even though Siri can tell you a joke, or get you directions or remember your mom’s birthday, she is not your friend.

Spending less time on your phone hopefully translates to spending more time doing the things you used to just monitor.  Meet up with friends (or at least talk instead of read updates).  Your phone is a tool.  An amazing, useful, helpful tool and that’s all.  Learn how to use it to make your life more full by making it work for you.  And every so often, turn it off (or at least, let it rest).

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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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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.

Apple Announces New MacBook Pros!

Apple held their much anticipated press conference yesterday, finally announcing the arrival of a new design to their dated MacBook Pro line. While some of these new features we saw coming thanks to leaks, there were a couple that surprised us! The most famous feature that was leaked is the Touch Bar, a touchscreen at the top of the keyboard that replaces the function keys. Something I did not see coming was the dramatic increase in SSD speeds. The last generation of MacBook Pro’s were no slouch in that department, clocking in at around 1400MB/s read and 1300MB/s write speeds. Apple advertised the speed boost as a 100% INCREASE over the 2015 models, that is insane! Among those, here is a list of all of the new features/improvements!

  • The “Touch Bar”. A touchscreen display that replaces the function keys
  • Thinner and lighter design
  • New “Space Grey” color option
  • TouchID
  • 4 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports. (Besides the headphone jack, these are the only ports now. Goodbye MagSafe and SD card slot!)
  • Wider color gamut retina displays
  • 10 hour battery life
  • New 6th generation Intel Skylake processors
  • Larger trackpads and new keyboards
  • Updated AMD Polaris graphics chips on the 15-inch models

Along with the new MacBook Pros with the Touch Bar, Apple also announced a more budget friendly option. For $300 less, you can get a Pro that is missing the Touch Bar, 2 of the 4 Thunderbolt ports, and has a slightly slower processor. We’re really excited about these new notebooks and can not wait to get our hands on them!


What do you think of them?

New Macs are about to say Hello

hello2New Macs are coming!

Woo Hoo!

It’s about time that Apple updated the MacBook Pro line that hasn’t seen a significant update in about 3-years.

Apple sent out the cryptic “Hello Again” announcement yesterday and we couldn’t help but dig up some previous uses of “Hello” from the Mac. Will the 2016 announcements be as exciting?

We can only hope! Join us as we watch the Keynote announcements on Oct 27.

 

In the meantime, you can follow all the rumors about what we “should” be seeing at the announcements: 9to5Mac, MacRumors, MacObserver

TechRestore brings their team of Customer Service Rock Stars and Certified Technicians to the world of Windows!

TechRestore Windows PC repairAbout 12 years ago, I wrote a little post about TechRestore. I talked about being frustrated with a dismal service experience and taking that frustration and turning it into a thriving business with the help of a great team of people. Well, I just had another one of those life-changing experiences and I’m back to talk to you again.

In the course of managing several different businesses, I was surprised to learn that some essential software just doesn’t work on a Mac! I know, right? Despite the massive success of Apple and Macintosh, some software developers still focus solely on Windows. This is how I became a Windows PC owner. I mean, how bad could it be, right? After being a stalwart Mac supporter for decades, it was time to peak over to the other side.

Well, I’m not going to talk about the Windows experience vs. Mac, but I am going to talk about bad service and how it’s still causing headaches and frustrating people that want a simple solution and to be treated well when getting it vente generic viagra. When I needed some help with a Windows PC, this is what I wanted, too.

But that didn’t happen.

I visited several repair companies to get some help with a tricky problem that could have been software or hardware. I was looking for this:

Up front pricing
A firm repair quote
Speedy turnaround
Great customer service
A long warranty

What I found was vague pricing, no firm repair quotes (more like repair guesses), turnaround time of a week or more, customer service that just wanted to sell me more and move to the next customer and a very limited warranty period of just 30-90 days.

That’s bad. But, that’s also an opportunity!

I met with our Apple Certified Technicians and we discussed my poor experience. They quickly began to get excited about bringing our awesome customer service credo, our up front pricing, our typical 24-hour turnaround time and our 1-year warranty to other long-suffering Windows PC owners. Technicians unite!

I am thrilled to announce that we are now employing A+ Certified Technicians that are excited to help you solve your Windows PC problems!

Have a nasty virus, spyware or adware running on your PC? TechRestore can help!

Running out of storage space or want to install a speedy SSD drive? TechRestore can help!

Have a broken screen on your Windows laptop? Yes, you guessed it: TechRestore can help!

We are performing both local and mail-in repairs. You can schedule a repair and find out more by visiting our website or by calling 925-689-9488.

Thanks for your support!

Shannon Jean
Founder

Samsung Galaxy Smartphone Repair at TechRestore

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Great news for Samsung users! You can now experience the same awesome customer service and speedy turnaround time that iPhone users have experienced for years at TechRestore. Our certified technicians are now performing screen repairs on Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, S7 and Galaxy Note phones. You can learn more and view pricing on our Galaxy repair page here, or contact us for more information and questions.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

-Team TechRestore

Quick One Page Price List

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In a hurry to see some quick pricing for repairs and upgrades? Don’t feel like clicking around our website or calling in at 925-689-9488?

Great news! Visit our super-duper One Page Price List to see quick pricing, in a no-frills layout for most of our flat-rate repair services. Go ahead, check it out here.