Many of you started your computer repair business as a home based company. You don’t pay extra rent and you aren’t committed to a lease. At some point, you might consider moving out of the house and into another location. Although many owners think that means a retail shop, you …
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We all have our slow times in the computer repair business. This phenomenon affects both break-fix and managed service business models. Create a strong plan in advance of your slow period so you can grow your business during this down time. Here’s a top 10 list of things I and …
A long time ago I asked a fellow technician how he kept up with Tech developments. He always had the news on the latest and best utilities, useful apps, and tweaks and tricks for tuning operating systems. His answer? Actually, he mentioned the articles here at Technibble as his primary …
I got a chance to interview Lisa Hendrickson from “Call That Girl”. I find Lisas story incredibly interesting because she has been through most phases a computer repair business can go through. She started out working for someone else and doing computer repair on the side before eventually making …
Many of us are looking for inexpensive ways to get word of mouth advertising for our businesses. Computer repair business owners like myself have had lots of success giving free talks to community organizations. Here’s how to take advantage of this easy method getting your name in front of more …
There is no doubt about it, the amount of threats facing technology users today is higher than ever before, and it keeps increasing. After looking over some recent reports about some of the ‘free’ security suites available and how they scored in ‘real world’ tests, I’m no longer recommending free …
Three months ago you performed some maintenance on a client’s computer, and they haven’t used it since you worked on it. They turn it on, and something unexpected happens. A piece of hardware failed, or a certain program isn’t working right, or a virus seems to have infected the machine. …
When Windows 8 machines started hitting shelves without the previously common license key label on the side, it removed the possibility of using those stickers to activate installations on the same computer after recovery or repair. If you’ve been handed a Windows 8 machine and you need to replace the …
When Microsoft released a critical update for multiple versions of Windows Server this month, it also pushed out a fix for several releases of the Windows client OS, including even the technical preview for Windows 10.
It was critical to get the patch out for Windows Server: An exploit affecting Windows Server 2008 R2 and earlier versions has already been detected, and Windows Server 2012 and later releases are vulnerable to a related but more difficult attack.
But the vulnerability isnt present in the desktop versions of Windows. In Windows Server, the flaw allows attackers to employ the username and password of anyone in an Active Directory domain to get the same system privileges as a domain administrator, using a forged Privilege Attribute Certificate to fool the Kerberos Domain Controller that manages remote access.
Members of the European Parliament are readying a motion calling for the break-up of Google, by separating its search engine functionality from other commercial services, according to news reports.
A draft resolution calling for the break-up should be finalized early next week, with a vote potentially on Thursday, according to a report from The Financial Times. While the European Parliament has no formal power to break up the company, a vote to split Google could put pressure on the European Commission, the EUs executive body.
The motion is backed by several German politicians and by the Parliaments two largest political blocs, the European Peoples Party and the Socialists, according to the newspaper. The Reuters news agency also reported on the plan.
The screen goes black and renders the device useless on affected phones. Motorola has identified a fix, and is shipping working devices out and repairing the problem phones. If youre seeing this problem, best to contact AT&T or Motorola directly so they can send you a working device.
A former Subway franchise owner will spend time in prison for hacking into computerized cash registers he sold to the sandwich restaurant chain and obtaining more than US$40,000 in gift cards.
U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns sentenced Shahin Abdollahi, also known as Sean Holdt, 46, of Lake Elsinore, California, to 18 months in prison. The judge also ordered him to pay more than $34,700 in restitution. Sentencing was Friday in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Abdollahi pleaded guilty in May to one count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and wire fraud and one count of wire fraud.
Abdollahi owned Subway franchises in Southern California, and later operated a California company called POS Doctor, which sold and installed point-of-sale computer systems to Subway franchises around the country, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release.
The Nexus 9 is a pretty solid tablet. As part of Googles Nexus program, you can grab the factory images and download them directly, freeing you to tinker away with your device and restore it to its original state if things go haywire.
Google uploaded a new image for its flagship tablet, solving an issue some were having with updating and squashing a few bugs along the way.
Each week we gather up all the major software updates for the biggest devices; phones and tablets on U.S. carriers (and unlocked phones, of course), wearables, and round them all up so you dont miss a thing.
I played so much Far Cry 4 this week, it's hard to remember there's a real world out here with real people and real news stories.
But there is a real world, and it's utterly insane. This week an artist announced he wants to spend a whole month living in virtual reality, there's a game where you can play as a sentient tree, another game sucks your blood, Telltale's Game of Thrones gets a trailer, and Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick team up for a spiritual successor to the old LucasArts games that made them famous.
Heavy hangs the head
There's a teaser trailer for Telltale's Game of Thrones game and it looks a little something like this:
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has no public timeline for voting on proposed net neutrality rules, despite pressure from President Barack Obama and some net neutrality advocates.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler declined to give a target date for a net neutrality vote when asked Friday by reporters, saying instead that the agency is working to make sure that any rules would hold up to an almost inevitable court challenge.
The big dogs are going to sue, regardless of what comes out, Wheeler said. We need to make sure that we have sustainable rules. That starts with making sure that we have addressed the multiplicity of issues that have come along.
Google said Friday that it will offer new Chromebook buyers a free terabyte of Google Drive storage for two years, which at present rates would be worth almost $240.
On the surface, theres really nothing more to it, other than the offer's expiration on Jan. 1, 2015.The 1TB deal also matches that of Microsoft, which is bundling one year of Office 365 Personal on laptops like the $199 HP Stream 11. Office 365 Personal originally shipped withyou guessed it1TB of free OneDrive storage, though the company recently sweetened that deal even further.
What this means to you: With freebies like Office 365 subscriptions and additional cloud storage, Microsoft and Google have been providing subsidies of a sort to their hardware partners. The ultimate goal, of course, is to lock in customers to a particular ecosystem.
In the dream home of the Internet of Things, all your appliances would talk to each other. A fragmented IoT industry makes that pretty hard today, but Yonomi says its smartphone app can make it easy.
The free app ties together smart-home devices that cant communicate directly with each other and lets them work in concert. In the Yonomi app, users can set up routines involving several devices, such as having the lights go off if your fitness band detects that youve fallen asleep. Instead of making users buy and install a hub that can talk to multiple systems, Yonomi uses the phone as that hub.
Yonomi is designed for the casually connected consumer who wants a network of things but doesnt want to buy a hub, CEO and Co-Founder Kent Dickson said. He demonstrated the app at Demo in San Jose, where the company debuted this week. An Android version is available now, and iPhone users can sign up for a beta test of a future iOS version.
There's something so satisfying about a well-executed heist. I don't know whether it's the idea of outsmarting an entire legion of people, or the idea of living on a beach on the fictional island of Kokomo for the rest of my life, but there's something about that primal urge that makes me want to bust out a set of lockpicks and tune up my safecracking ear.
Unfortunately in real life I am neither an accomplished lockpick nor safecracker, and instead of retiring into a Beach Boys song sipping a Mai Tai I'm sitting here writing you this article about Crookz.
Apple has come out with a second beta of Mac OS X Yosemite for developers, but its not clear whether this latest build will address the Wi-Fi problems that continue to affect an undetermined but apparently substantial number of users.
With this build, labeled 10.10.2 (14C68k), Apple didnt identify any specific problem areas it would like developers to focus on as they test the OS, according to multiple reports from news outlets and individuals with access to the release notes.
When Apple released the first beta of Yosemite a little over two weeks ago, it asked developers to pay particular attention to several issues, including Wi-Fi, which has been a constant source of complaints since the OS came out.
Google Maps 9.1 is a rather minor update, compared to the major Material Design overhaul in 9.0.
But it turns out there are some useful features tucked away, especially if you rely on the app for learning about a specific destination youre visiting or scoping out places to go.
When you look up a place on Google Maps and touch the pin for more details, youll see the local weather, time, and a few other snippets of information. For example, the San Francisco Marriott Marquis (pictured) is described as having, sophisticated rooms in a modern high-rise, plus business perks, indoor pool, and penthouse lounge. 4 stars.
NumerousRedditandforum users are reporting that Far Cry 4flat-out refuses to work with straight dual-core PCschips that dont use hyperthreading to fake having additional cores. Attempting to launch the game on just such a system results in a black-screen failure to launch bug, the users say.
It may be a minnow in a market of whales, but Finnish cloud service company UpCloud is hoping that improving its storage performance and adding datacenter capacity in Chicago will make customers take a look.
The cloud arena has become very competitive, but there still is room for smaller companies that can find a way to stand out. While UpCloud, which expanded operations outside its native Finland last year, cant compete with Amazon Web Services range of services, it believes it can still distinguish itself as a provider of cloud-based servers and storage.
We believe very strongly that the cloud isnt a commodity, because behind the price there are multiple decisions on how services are produced that all affect performance, said CEO Antti Vilpponen.
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New security updates released for the WordPress content management system and one of its popular plug-ins fix cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to take control of websites.
Pebble is hoping to keep a few more people away from Android Wear with a major update for its Android companion app.
Version 2.1 for Android is a complete overhaul, and it finally allows users to see all their notifications on the Pebble smartwatch. Previously, Pebble notifications on Android were limited to a handful of sanctioned apps such as Gmail and Twitter, and users had to install third-party workarounds to fill the gaps.
Full notification support is limited to Android 4.3 for now, but Pebble says a future update will support Android 4.0 and higher. To turn on additional notifications from Android, users must open the Notifications menu in Pebble's Android app, scroll down to all apps and select the notifications they want to see.