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Helping Computer Technicians Become Computer Business Owners

09/21/2014 10:00 PM
How to Price and Market Maintenance Plans

Pricing your maintenance plans can be a challenge, and deciding how much to charge and how much to perform, and then marketing your maintenance plans can also be a challenge. Depending on your clients’ needs, as well as the competition’s offerings, you might need to adapt accordingly. First of all, how …

Source: How to Price and Market Maintenance Plans - Technibble

09/16/2014 10:22 PM
Windows 8 Based PE Boot Disk With Portable Apps

Gandalf from wrote an article last year about his Windows 8 based PE boot disk, which is a really useful boot disk with many free portable repair and troubleshooting applications on it. Not too long ago he came out with an update, a dual boot 32 bit and 64 …

Source: Windows 8 Based PE Boot Disk With Portable Apps - Technibble

09/15/2014 04:42 AM
Dealing With Bad Customers as a Computer Technician

If you’ve spent any time at all in a service industry, you’ll probably have a lot of stories about bad customers, unpaid invoices, and individuals who think they don’t have to pay invoices unless they’re threatened with legal action to pay them. I know I’ve run into a few myself, …

Source: Dealing With Bad Customers as a Computer Technician - Technibble

09/11/2014 12:03 PM
Stay Profitable in the Mobile Device Repair Industry

There are so many mobile devices on the market and in the hands of consumers, and for many brands, each line and model may seem like new territory as far as repairs go. It can be a challenge to cover mobile phone repairs and do it profitably. Here’s a few …

Source: Stay Profitable in the Mobile Device Repair Industry - Technibble

09/08/2014 12:13 PM
Nine Things You Need to Know to Do Apple Macintosh Repair

Apple Macintosh repair is a growing field, but you need to be aware of some key points before you expand into this market.   I’ve been working on Macs since 1984 and I’ll share with you nine things successful technicians need to know. 1-Software You Need to Repair Macs Macs don’t …

Source: Nine Things You Need to Know to Do Apple Macintosh Repair - Technibble

09/04/2014 11:36 AM
Early Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Computer Repair Business

When you are starting a computer repair business, you may make some key mistakes. Here are some to avoid

Source: Early Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Computer Repair Business - Technibble

09/04/2014 10:23 AM
Computer Business Kit v3 Launch Bonus and Upgrade Price Ends This Sunday!

To celebrate the launch of the Computer Business Kit v3, we have been offering our “How to Start a Computer Business” eGuide as a free bonus. This 44 page guide is a must for people just starting a computer repair business and more advanced people can gain from it too. …

Source: Computer Business Kit v3 Launch Bonus and Upgrade Price Ends This Sunday! - Technibble

09/01/2014 06:32 AM
Repairing Mobile Devices with gTools

If you’re in the mobile device repair industry, you’ve probably noticed how many devices come in with damaged screens and deformed edges from being dropped on their corners or facedown. If you need to replace the screen, you’ll find it nearly impossible to get a good fit if the edges …

Source: Repairing Mobile Devices with gTools - Technibble

08/27/2014 07:17 AM
Improve Your Social Skills as a Tech

As Techs, sometimes we lose focus on the customers and clients and focus on the systems we work on, and our social skills can suffer as a result. Perhaps we never had much social skill to begin with, and we were never a social individual to start with. Why do …

Source: Improve Your Social Skills as a Tech - Technibble

08/22/2014 11:44 AM
CryptoLocker Update

Guest Contribution by Ken Dwight – The Virus Doctor: In October of last year I wrote about what was then the newest and most widespread malware infecting computers worldwide, known as CryptoLocker. At the time I referred to it as “Game-Changing Malware.” You may read that blog post here: …

Source: CryptoLocker Update - Technibble


09/23/2014 07:00 AM
Toshibas Tecra C50 series laptops signal new push into SMB market

Toshibas Tecra C50 series isnt just any new crop of laptops. The product line also marks a shift in the companys mission, as Toshiba seeks to broaden its business footprint.

Toshiba announced last week that it was reducing its PC workforce by 900 people, but the company has since clarified that its U.S. consumer business will remain intact and we will continue our focus on both the consumer and enterprise markets. In a conversation with Cindy Zwerling, the product marketing manager for Toshibas new Business Solution Division, I learned the PC manufacturer intends to redouble its effort to sell PCs to small and medium-sized businesses.

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09/23/2014 06:37 AM
Sweeping Steam 'Discovery update' makes it easier to find games you actually want

"A smarter storefront, personalized just for you." That's the tagline for Valve's new "Steam Discovery" update, which is the first major overhaul to the PC games storefront since the addition of Big Picture Mode back in 2012.

Steam Discovery is about...well, discovery. Ever since Steam Greenlight turned the once meticulously curated storefront into a morass of I-don't-even-know-what-the-heck-this-is-since-it-barely-even-works, it's been harder and harder to separate out what's worth playing. Plus with over 3,700 games on Steam, there's quite a back catalog waiting for you to delve into.

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09/23/2014 06:00 AM
10 Android features that still make it better than iOS 8

Your friends may still be waiting in line to buy a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, but while they're out there braving the unpredictable weather, you're inside your cozy house customizing the heck out of your Android device.That's the beauty of being an Android user: you can tweak the interface, change up the icons on individual apps, and plop widgets wherever you see fit. Can your iPhone-loving friend do that?

Apple's new iOS 8 may have blatantly appropriated some of Android's marquee featureslike the Notifications panel and support for third-party keyboardsbut it still misses some of what Android users love about the mobile operating system. YourApple-using friends may try to rub your nose in their shiny new version of iOS on their shiny new iPhone, so here are ten features that Android has that you can retort with. (And of course, don't forget to remind them that Android L is coming soon, and that will have even more features to boast about.)

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09/23/2014 06:00 AM
The best apps for freelancers

The whole freelance, be-your-own-boss thing sounds liberatinguntil you realize youre also your own business manager. You need to track your time and expenses. You need to make sure you get paid. Luckily, there are several apps that can make the business end of freelancing a whole lot easier.


Invoice by Wave lets you email invoices directly from your phone.

Invoice by Wave

Wave Accounting is a full-featured accounting solution for independent contractors and very small businesses that doesnt cost a cent. And neither does its iOS app, Invoice by Wave, which lets you create professional-looking invoices from your mobile device.

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09/23/2014 05:15 AM
EU tells Google to make more concessions or face charges in antitrust dispute

Google has to improve its settlement terms in an antitrust investigation over its search practices or face charges, following opposition from some quarters to the deal, the European Commissions competition chief Joaquin Almunia said Tuesday.

Some of the twenty formal complainants have given fresh evidence and solid arguments against several aspects of the latest proposals put forward by Google, Almunia, who is vice president of the commission responsible for competition policy, said in a speech of which the transcript was posted on the European Union website

The information has been communicated to Google earlier this month. We now need to see if Google can address these issues and allay our concerns, he said.

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09/22/2014 11:25 PM
Lyft acquires ride-sharing startup Hitch

Car-sharing service Lyft has acquired Hitch, a startup in the mobile app-enabled car-pooling business, to integrate the service with its own shared rides business that it set up last month.

Similar to Lyft, Hitch has always believed the shared rides experience is inherently social, and were excited that theyre joining the team to accelerate this movement together, Lyft wrote in a blog post Monday.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hitch co-founders Snir Kodesh and Noam Szpiro will join the Lyft team as the company expands personal transit to more cities across the U.S. Hitch offers its service in San Francisco.

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09/22/2014 05:51 PM
AT&T shanghais cord-cutters with $40 deal that has plenty of strings attached

As more so-called cord-cutters turn their backs on TV services, providers like AT&T U-verse are doing everything in their power to lure them back, even bundling services like HBO Go and Amazon Prime.

Yes, for $40 per month, AT&T will give you U-verse broadband, basic cable, a years worth of HBO Go on-demand movies, and even a years worth of Amazon Primewith all the Amazon on-demand movies, Kindle lending, and free two-day shipping that entails.

All AT&T is asking from you is to please,please,PLEASE be a customerand to pay a little more when a years out. And to be locked into a years contract with anearly termination fee of up to $180. And bunches of other little charges that AT&T hopes you wont think about until youre on the phone with a helpful salesperson.

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09/22/2014 05:39 PM
iPhone 6 Plus Display is the best there is (well, almost)

Samsungs recent Galaxy Note 4apparently edged outthe recent Apple iPhone 6 Plus in terms of display quality, even though the analyst reviewing it basically called Apples displays the best hes seen to date.

In a report released Monday, DisplayMates Raymond Soneirawho does nothing more than test smartphone displays, by the waycalled the iPhone 6 Plus displaythe best performing smartphone LCD display that we have ever tested, Soneira wrote. The iPhone 6 Plus has raised the bar for top LCD display performance up by a notch, he added.

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09/22/2014 02:53 PM
Sorry, Netflix and Hulu: YouTube is the top spot to watch TV online

YouTube is the most popular source for online TV, with Netflix coming insecond and Hulu third. Thats the conclusion of a 2,400-person surveyconducted by Frank N. Magid Associates, one of broadcast televisionsmost respected consulting firms. The survey was conducted in June 2014,with the results being released to CNET on Monday.

The numbers: Magid asked 2,400 people to check off a list of websitesthat they use to watch online TV. Thirty-eight percent checked YouTube, followedby 33 percent for Netflix. Hulu came in at distant third with 17percent, and Amazon Prime was checked off by 14 percent.

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09/22/2014 02:53 PM
Report: Dell, HP held merger talks with EMC as PC hardware makers scramble to get out

With more and more computing hardware moving into the tablet and smartphone spaces, old giants like Dell, EMC, and Hewlett-Packard are exploring merger talks, according to a report.

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night that EMC had called off a year-long round of talk that would have merged the company with Hewlett-Packard, according to the report. Dell also reportedly held limited talks with EMC, possibly about taking over a portion of the business.

Since the talks broke off, there's no indication that the established PC landscape is going to be rewritten anytime soon. Combining EMC and HP would have created a company with a market value of about $130 billion, theJournalreported, combining enterprise storage with HP's PC and printer business.

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09/22/2014 02:46 PM
Nvidia debunks moon landing conspiracies with new GTX 900-series 'Maxwell' GPUs

Are you one of those people who believes the moon landing was made in a Hollywood basement? You'd better be careful how loudly you say that, lest 84-year-old Buzz Aldrin straight up punch you in your contrarian face.

Especially since Nvidia is now backing him up with science. One of the foremost claims of moon landing conspiracy theorists is that the lighting doesn't match up in several photographsthat there's no way Buzz Aldrin could be clearly seen in the above photograph if he was in the shadow of the Lunar Lander.

Not unless there were supplemental studio lights because it's all a giant hoax, that is.

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09/22/2014 02:25 PM
Lenovo to cough up $100 refunds, $250 vouchers to settle IdeaPad suit

Lenovo will refund $100 or issue a $250 voucher to owners of the IdeaPad U310 and U410 laptops to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging design defects in the computers.

The U310 and U410 laptops, which shipped in 2012, had defects that caused Wi-Fi to slow down or not work. Complaints about Wi-Fi in the laptops have piled up over the years and flooded the companys forums.

Notices about the settlement agreement were sent starting this month. Customers can visit the settlement website to sign up and to get more details on the terms.

The class-action settlement was agreed to by Lenovo and plaintiff Garrett Kacsuta and others, and filed Aug. 22 with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division.

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09/22/2014 02:09 PM
Microsoft Office for students just got easier with self-serve licenses

A year ago, Microsoft launched its Student Advantage Program, giving Office 365 access to students whose schools provided it to their faculty and staff. Now Microsoft hasadded a self-serve option, too.

Previously, the Student Advantage Program forced students to contact their campus IT department, who then had to set up the account and provide access to the students. Now, all the student needs to do is to provide a verified email address from the school, and Microsoft will do all the heavy lifting.

Microsoft also announced a corollary benefit: If a school buys an Office disc-based subscription for their faculty and staff, Microsoft will give the faculty and staff a (presumably one-year) subscription to Office 365 as well. The students will get the same benefit, Microsoft added.

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09/22/2014 01:27 PM
Delve, Office Graph must transcend Office 365 to be revolutionary

The release of Delve, the first application to use Microsofts Office Graph machine learning engine, will be remembered years from now as either the genesis of a revolutionary technology or as a fireworks-style launch that dazzled everyone only for a brief moment.

Whatever the future holds for Delve and the Office Graph, the stakes are sky high for Microsoft, its rivals and its current and prospective customers. So its important to pay attention to how Microsoft further develops the technology, how customers adopt it, how competitors respond to it and how enthusiasticallyor timidlypartners choose to support it, if at all.

If Microsoft realizes its Office Graph visionand it may take years to materializethen the way information workers interact with business software today and the way they find digital information will seem ancient and grossly inefficient. And Microsoft might fly past competitors in the enterprise with a technology that creates a sort of cockpit that automates and simplifies for employees the use of their Microsoft and non-Microsoft software.

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09/22/2014 12:54 PM
Samsung Galaxy Alpha coming to AT&T Sept. 26

Samsung'sGalaxy Alpha,the latest in the company's never-ending avalanche of devices, is coming exclusively to AT&T this Friday.

The carrier announced Monday that you can order the smartphone online or head into one of the AT&T retail stores to pick one up.

The Galaxy Alpha sports a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 1280x720 resolution. It is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core processor with 32GB of storage. The back camera is 12MP, with a front-facing 2.1MP selfie cam.

The phone runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat and includes the usual suite of Samsung software, such as S Health.

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09/22/2014 12:16 PM
Microsoft pushes back Xbox One release date in China

Microsoft has pushed back the launch date of the Xbox One in mainland China, saying it needs more time to polish the system before it goes for sale.

The popular gaming console was originally scheduled to launch on Sept. 23. But on Saturday, Microsoft posted an official statement that said the Xbox One would come to the country at a later date.

To ensure that Chinese gamers can fully enjoy the best gaming and entertainment experiences on the Xbox One, we will likely need some more time for the final preparations, Microsoft said in the Chinese language statement, adding that progress on the console had been moving along steadily.

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09/22/2014 11:31 AM
Reversible USB Type-C wonder cable will deliver DisplayPort audio and video, too

The upcoming Type-C USB cable just keeps looking more and more like the Holy Grail of cords. The fact that itworks no matter which way it's plugged into a port is a game-changer all by itself, but the improvements don't end there: Type-C USB will deliver USB 3.1's blazing 10Gbps speeds and up to a whopping 100 watts of power. But wait! There's more. On Monday, VESA and the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced that the Type-C USB connector will also be able to deliver audio and video signals via DisplayPort technology.

Forget separate USB and DisplayPort cables. Type-C can do it all.

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09/22/2014 11:30 AM
Ericsson acquires majority stake in Apcera for cloud policy compliance

To fill out its cloud services portfolio with policy and auditing controls, Ericsson is acquiring a majority stake in San Francisco enterprise services company Apcera.

Ericsson plans to incorporate Apceras Continuum platform into its set of hosted offerings for telephone carriers and network operators, called the Ericsson Cloud System.

Apcera will remain a stand-alone company, using the Ericsson investment to expand its sales channel and continue to develop its technology.

Apcera was founded in 2012 by Derek Collison, one of the chief creators of the Pivotal Cloud Foundry management software, developed at VMware and now managed by Pivotal.

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09/22/2014 10:43 AM
Google's next Nexus tablet will be made by HTC, numerous reports claim

09/22/2014 10:00 AM
Why you will (and wont) want a 64-bit Android phone

Over the coming months, well see a lot of new phones trumpeting 64-bit processors. Should you run out to get one? Is 64-bit silicon twice as good as that crummy 32-bit technology weve been using for years? The short answer is no. The longer answer is that the move to a newer ARM architecture includes some nice enhancements, but being 64-bit isnt, by itself, all that important.

Before you pull out your wallet to snag the first 64-bit Android phone (the HTC Desire 510), or begin salivating over any of the other 64-bit phones coming this fall, lets discuss what the term 64-bit really means, and why you should, and shouldnt, care about it.

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