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Summer Savings

Summer is in full effect right now but before you know it the kids will be headed back to school. Check one thing off your back-to-school list by getting your device fixed now.

We typically see a rush around August and September with everyone trying to get their child’s iPad or iPhone fixed. Beat the rush and save some money by coming in or sending your repair in today. From now until  July 31 customers can use coupon code SUM10 to save $10 on their iPad and iPhone screen repairs here at TechRestore. To schedule an iPad repair online head here, and for iPhone head here.

How to Disable Apple Music Auto Renewal

If you’re like me and you want to try out Apple’s new music streaming service but aren’t sure if you want to keep it or don’t want to forget to opt of the automatic payments, then this tip is for you. I found this over at The Mac Observer and I found it helpful so I wanted to post it here.

Follow these steps to disable automatic payments:

 

  1. Launch the Music app on your device.
  2. Tap the Account Profile icon in the upper left corner.

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  • Tap View Apple ID.

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  • Scroll down to Subscriptions and tap Manage2015-07-01 18.26.47
  • From there, tap the Automatic Renewal switch to turn off auto payments and then tap done.2015-07-01 18.29.14

You’ll still have access to all of Apple Music’s features during the 90 day trial period. If you decide that you like using Apple Music and want to pay for it, you can head back into your settings and turn Auto Renewal back on.

 

 

Need A Fix For Your iPhone 6?

Starting Monday June15, we will begin offering iPhone 6 screen repairs for $129. We’ve waited so long to offer this repair because until now the parts have simply been too expensive for us to be able to offer this service for a reasonable price and the quality of the parts available did not meet our stringent standards. We’re happy to report that both of these issues have resolved themselves. iPhone 6+ plus repairs are coming soon, too, but not yet.

Our price is still $20 more than Apple’s advertised $109. We still believe our price is reasonable considering the experience you will have when you come to us versus the experience of visiting the Apple store or somewhere else. We love our Apple devices but the process of getting your device repaired in store leaves something to be desired. Having to set up an appointment with a Genius, wait in long lines, stand in crowded lobbies, and slow turn around times can make this experience a hassle. You can expect a totally  different interaction when you step into our shop and are greeted by smiling faces that are eager to help you set up your same day repair.

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The friendly face of our awesome receptionist, Dawn

I’ll leave you with this, some fantastic feedback left by one of our many satisfied customers.

I am so impressed with TechRestore. We are a full family of MAC products, including 3 iPods, 1 iPad and a MacPro. We’ve tried going to Best Buy to get these items fixed, not only did it take weeks to fix, but very costly. TechRestore, is reasonably priced and is able to get your product back to you within a day or two. They also fixed my ipod a second time for free.

This is customer service…. they deserve recognition.

Monica DeMasi

Fairfield, CA

 

Last Week in Apple

Here are some of the stories that caught our eye in the world of Apple and consumer electronics last week.

 

 

For daily updates on everything interesting and new in the world of Apple, visit and like our Facebook page at Facebook.com/TechRestore.

Refurbished Vs. Used

We don’t sell used products. We sell refurbished products. What’s the difference exactly? Well all refurbished electronics are used. What sets them apart is the care we take to make sure they’re in good condition  before we sell them.

ipad-iphone.jpgWhen we buy products to resell they arrive to us in varying conditions. Some products have broken screens or cosmetic damage, others seem to be totally fine or barely used. Regardless of the condition, our Apple Certified Macintosh Technicians thoroughly inspect and repair (if needed) every device before we decide it’s ready to resell.

We believe it’s the care we take, the services we offer, and the wealth of experience that we have dealing with these products thats adds value. Anyone can purchase from us with confidence knowing we stand behind the products we sell. We also offer a 6 month warranty, because some issues will not come up during our initial testing, only with regular use. We’re easy to contact, friendly, helpful and committed to resolving any issues.

Our aim is to make sure that customers have the most satisfactory experience possible when dealing with us. Customer feedback seems to support the belief that we are accomplishing our goal.

iPads In The Classroom

The tablet is a device that many of us have come to love and have integrated into our daily lives and activities. We use it to surf the web, check our email, or maybe kick back and watch a movie. In recent years tablets have been used increasingly for other applications such as education.

We live in a world dominated by technology. Many children manage to get their hands (and mouths) on their parents phone or tablet before they can fully walk. So incorporating the technology that students have been inundated with all their lives into the classroom environment seems to make sense.

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There’s not a lot of conclusive evidence about the benefit or detriment of using iPads for education since the device’s release in 2010. While some are skeptical that iPads are a distraction from learning in the classroom, early studies from small sample groups seem to be positive. Schools where students use iPads in the classroom seem to show an increase in literacy and competency in mathematics.

I recently spoke with Dr. Gary Jung, one of the customers we support through our EDU program. Dr. Jung is the Head of Technology at Berean Christian High School in Walnut Creek, CA, a small school with a little over 400 students.They manage and maintain about 500 iPads for their program. I asked him if he had noticed a change in the way students learn since iPads were integrated into the classroom. His response was not only positive, but offered some additional insight as well.

Yes, I’ve noticed a change in the way students interact in the classroom. I believe it’s been a success for us, we’ve seen an increase in students test scores coinciding with the implementation of iPads. Technology is the way of the future and I believe it’s a good idea to educate them using the technology that they will go on to use throughout their lives.

While not every school or situation is ready for this shift away from traditional modes of learning, iPads and tablets may have a place in the classroom environment. It’s food for thought when considering the future of public, private and home school scenarios. Will we one day see an educational culture where all students are connected this way? It’s something that you wonder about when you think of the future of iPads in the classroom. What difference do you think it could have made for you as a student? What additional things could our kids learn not just from using an iPad but from breaking and fixing one?

 

 

Apple Watch Unboxing

 

Our 38mm Sports edition Apple Watch arrived today ahead of schedule. We could hardly contain our excitement long enough to take pictures as we eagerly moved it from the box and onto our wrist.

First impressions of the device are that it looks great and feels sleek, but aside from that it’s hard to have an opinion on such a new gadget. So I’m going to wear it out this weekend, test it out, and report back Monday.

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Your Rights Are Under Attack

Back in February we published a post to help promote awareness about the encroaching restrictions that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) could place on people and their property. Thanks to organizations like the EFF and iFixit helping to raise awareness and people like you doing their part, consumers sent over 40,000 comments to the Copyright Office urging the restoration of ownership rights.

Companies like John Deere and General Motors are lobbying to decrease the rights that consumers have to use the products that they buy. In essence , changing what it means to be an owner.

Below is a slide show that will briefly get you up to speed on the issue. I’ve also included a link to a great article that explains and relates how  these laws  affect real world people. In the case of the mentioned article, the people affected are farmers that are greatly inconvenienced  by not being able to repair their tractors due to digital locks placed on them.

You may be saying to yourself, “Im not a farmer, how does this affect me?” Restrictions due to the DMCA have been stretched to affect all types technology today commande viagra. These technologies include the car you drive, the cell phone in your pocket, and the computer you may be reading this on.

 

 

Now is the time to act. It’s much easier to prevent legislation from being enacted  by being vocal now than it is to reform legislation once it has been passed into law. If your interested in helping then visit this page provided by iFixit to see how you can help and make yourself heard.

 

Adware Removal

os x finder security logoIf you’ve used the internet long enough, chances are you’ve encountered ad-injection software or adware. Adware presents itself in many annoying forms such as pop-up windows, ads, changing your homepage, and extra banners or toolbars when using your browser.

Adware is usually picked up when installing third-party software, it is disguised or bundled with other software that you intend to install. If you think your Mac has been infected with adware then use these steps to rid yourself of this issue.

Check Safari settings and extensions

  1. Open Safari
  2. From the menu bar select Safari > Preferences
  3. Select the General icon and make sure that the Homepage field contains the website you want.
  4. Select the Search icon and make sure that the search engine setting shows your preferred search engine. Some versions of Safari have this setting in the General pane instead.
  5. Click the Extensions icon. If you don’t want an extension or don’t recognize it, select the extension from the list and click Uninstall.

 Removing Adware

Downlite, VSearch, Conduit, Trovi, MyBrand, and Search Protect are all common adware that are found on Macs. You can use this “Go to Folder” method to find and remove each item listed in the sections below, one item at a time:

  1. Drag to select an entire line in the lists below, starting with /System/Library/Frameworks/v.framework, for example.
  2. Choose Edit > Copy.
  3. Open a Finder window, then choose View > As Columns.
  4. Choose Go > Go to Folder.
  5. Choose Edit > Paste to paste the line you copied into the text field.
  6. Press Return.
  • If the item is on your Mac, a window opens with the item you searched for already selected. Drag only that item to the Trash. If you’re asked to enter a password, enter your administrator password.
  • If the item is not on your Mac, you’ll see a message that the folder can’t be found. Continue to the next item in the list.

Repeat the steps above using the files listed below:

/System/Library/Frameworks/v.framework
/System/Library/Frameworks/VSearch.framework
/Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/Jack
/Library/InputManagers/CTLoader/
/Library/Application Support/Conduit/
~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ConduitNPAPIPlugin.plugin
~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/TroviNPAPIPlugin.plugin
/Applications/SearchProtect.app

After you remove the items above, restart your Mac. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash to permanently remove them.

If you found the above steps to be difficult, then you should try this adware removal tool called AdwareMedic that will do the leg work for you. AdwareMedic was created by Thomas Reed, a computer enthusiast and Mac fanatic. Thomas has a blog, thesafemac.com, dedicated to  malware and adware prevention and removal. His website is a valuable resource and worth checking out, as well as his comprehensive adware removal guide.

 

iPhone 6 Repairs

We can’t always be the ones to help you directly, but we can lead you in the right direction. You may have noticed that we don’t offer an iPhone 6 repair yet. Well, Apple does. Apple offers iPhone 6 screen repairs for $109 and iPhone 6 Plus for $129. If your iPhone 6 is in need of a fix you can visit Apple’s website here. You have the option to mail your device in or schedule an appointment to meet with a Genius at an Apple Retail Store.

iphone6-select-2014The fact of the matter is the cost on our end doesn’t allow us to offer this repair for a reasonable price. Being that Apple makes the parts that they use for their repairs, their cost is less. Currently we are working to come up with a solution to offer this repair soon at an affordable price. Our goal is to be a resource for all of our customers, even if that means sending you somewhere else in the short term for a service we do not currently offer.