What is it? The Toronto Unconvention is a place where you’ll learn everything you don’t have time to learn because you’re too busy running a business. Meet peers, share tools, tips, and tricks that work for you. There lots you want do, we get it. We’ll cover everything from software and tools to business stuff. […]
A lot of techs know they need to grow their business, and this could be having more clients this year or making more money. A lot of people really try to press their goals at the start of the year but few actually put anything into place. In this podcast (with transcript below), I’m going […]
Customers of computer repair are moving towards mobile and wearable devices, like smartphones, tablets, and watches and away from desktops and laptops. That hurts your bottom line. These devices generally just work and don’t need much repair. That doesn’t mean your business is dead. This change means you need to shift your focus and services. […]
In this podcast (with transcript below), I’m going to talk to you about making offers to gain new clients. Why you should, what’s sort of offers you can do and how to do it right. Big businesses are always making offers. Discussion: 00:20 – How to make offers in your computer repair business 01:49 – […]
In this podcast (with transcript below), I’m going to talk about what you should do when you encounter pirate software on a client’s computer. Discussion: 00:33 – First thing to do when you found out your client is using pirate software 01:59 – Offering legitimate options for your clients 03:02 – Not accepting clients who […]
Clients hire computer repair companies to either fix computers or prevent problems with computers. The appearance of the staff shouldn’t make a difference except when it does. If you set some good ground rules, you can let your staff maintain both individuality and professionalism. The golden rule with my staff is “Clients should remember the […]
In this podcast (with transcript below), I’m going to talk about the importance of collecting your client’s details, why it’s worth doing this, why their email addresses are really valuable to your business, and why you shouldn’t waste too much time building up other ways to contact your clients like Facebook or Twitter followers. Discussion: […]
In this podcast (with transcript below), I’m going to talk about what to do when your business is experiencing a slow period. Discussion: 00:17 – Look at your accounting software to determine slow times 00:48 – When does slow times in business occurs? 02:40 – Slow period might be due to internal issues 03:20 – […]
In this podcast (with transcript below), I’m going to talk about buying from proper business to business distributors. Rather than retail locations like Newegg, and Amazon. Discussion: 00:32 – Purchasing from major retailers 01:15 – Warranty problems and other issues 01:53 – Real business to business distributor 02:15 – Benefits of having proper distributors 03:50 […]
Update, February 6, 1:37PM PST:Since we originally published this article, Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey responded to the outcry in a series of tweets. We never planned to reorder timelines next week, the series of tweets reads in part. Twitter is live. Twitter is real-time. Twitter is about who & what you follow. And Twitter is here to stay! By becoming more Twitter-y.
Hello Twitter! Regarding #RIPTwitter: I want you all to know were always listening. We never planned to reorder timelines next week.
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck southern Taiwan on Saturday morning local time, prompting concerns that local semiconductor manufacturing plants would be affected. However, although major chip foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. reported damage, the company said it could make up any lost production.
The earthquake struck at 3:57 am local time, according to the U.S. Geological Service, about 30 miles away from Tainan in southern Taiwan. There, the earthquake collapsed an apartment building, killing two. Reuters also reported that more than 100 injuries were due to the quake, as buildings canted at odd angles after being knocked askew.
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We round up the best PC hardware of CES. From insane case mods and tiny PCs to Oculus Rift see everything we saw in Las Vegas. Also, we test the best gaming mice and share our results.
For Instagram users with more than one account, life is about to get a lot easier.
Instagram confirmed that it has been testing a feature to allow switching between multiple accounts on its iOS app, according to TechCrunch. Instagram users first noticed this account-switching feature on Thursday. Back in November, Instagram tested this feature for Android users, but the company did not reveal how many iOS users were able to switch accounts or when account-switching would be made official to all users.
Instagram users who have this new account-switching feature enabled will find a Add Account option in the apps settings. Once you add a second account, youll be able to switch to it quickly by selecting it from a new menu at the top of your profile page. Whenever you get a push notification, youll also be able to see from which Instagram account.
Our regular gaming wrap-up this week is packed with trailers. Hitman, DOOM, Far Cry, Mirrors Edge, Unreal Engineso much video content. Its Friday. Who has time for reading, anyway? Here's the gaming news we didn't get to in our normal coverage this week.
DOOM's release date shouldve been obvious in retrospect: May 13. Which just so happens to be a Friday. Spooooky. Heres a new look at the campaign:
Not into stomping on demon faces? Maybe clambering over red pipes and leaping off rooftops is more your speed, in which case Mirrors Edge Catalyst got a new trailer this week. And EA opened sign-ups for a closed beta.
You can assemble a rudimentary 2G cell-phone at home with the RePhone Kit Create, which can also be used to make wearables and IoT devices.
The kit from Seeed Studios ships with separate modules that can pieced together to create a 2G phone with a 1.54-inch LCD screen. Icons on the display can be used to make phone calls or send text messages.
There's more to RePhone than being a fun device. The kit also is a small development board to make wearable and IoT devices with cellular communication capabilities.
The $59kit is now shipping, and comes with a small battery and modules for a SIM card -- that's how you connect to a carrier's network -- as well as speaker, GSM, NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy. It also ships with craft paper that can be the skin of the phone.
There was once a time when no one thought computers could master chess; then, in 1997, IBMs Deep Blue beat chess champion Garry Kasparov. The bar then moved to the ancient Chinese game of Gountil Europes reigning human champion fell to Googles AlphaGo system late last year.
One by one, artificial intelligence has overcome the obstacles set before it. Is this all part of an inevitable trend leading to humanitys obsolescenceor, at least, unemployment?
Who doesnt love a good Samsung patent filing? This time, Samsungs flirting with the idea of a smartwatch that can recognize you by your veins.
That sounds crazy, right? Apparently, its totally plausible. Originally discovered by Fast Company, the patent filing describes technology that works similarly to a fingerprint scanner in a smartphone. Only instead of your fingertip, the watch takes a picture of your vein structure and characteristics, and stores that in its database. Then, any time you have to authenticate, itll ensure your veins match the initial imprint.
Since its Friday and your mind has already drifted away from work, open up the Play Store and see if you spot something new.
You may be one of the many who have an app or game promotional video prominently featured in Google Play. The placement could be based on your recent installs. Given that I downloaded Robinhood a few days ago, the Play Store appears to be using that to suggest Monefy.
If you want to build a powerful $40 Linux or Android PC with 4K video support, consider Hardkernels Odroid-C2 computer.
The developer board is an uncased computer like the popular Raspberry Pi 2, which sells for $35. But South Korea-based Hardkernel claims Odroid-C2 has more horsepower than its popular rival and can be a desktop replacement.
The popularity of single-board computers has grown with more people developing robots, wearables, drones and other devices. Few boards have been designed to be desktop replacements, and the that are powerful enough, like Nvidias Jetson and Rockchip-backed Firefly, are priced over $200.
Valves unconventional Steam Controller is getting some special attention from the makers of XCOM 2.
At least for now, its the only gamepad that supports Firaxis new turn-based strategy game. Valve and Firaxis worked closely together on the integration, allowing the Steam Controller to go far beyond what a typical PC gamepad can do.
For instance, the controller will offer different control schemes based on the situation in the game, and the touchpads will allow for mouse-like camera controls. The controllers touch menus will also let players quickly select their soldiers abilities.
Still, Firaxis is billing XCOM 2s Steam Controller support as a work in progress, and plans to make improvements based on feedback. Players who want to give it a try, and havent purchased XCOM 2 yet, can currently buy the game and controller as a bundle for $90, compared to $110 sold separately.
For months, some iPhone users have been running into a mysterious bug called Error 53, which can render some newer handsets unusable. Now, Apple has chimed in with an explanation.
With Error 53, some iPhone 6 and 6s users have found that their handsets no longer work after an iOS update. Stranger still, Apples support site barely documents the problem, lumping it in with other error codes that appear to be more easily resolved. As reported last year by The Daily Dots Mike Wehner, the only fix for Error 53 is to send the phone back to Apple and get a replacement.
Mike Schropp over at Total Geekdom has proved worthy of his sites moniker once again. The last time we checked in on Schropp, he was playing around with modular Lego computers based around Intels NUC platform. Now, hes created a jaw-dropping, X-shaped non-modular gaming rig with an ATX motherboard and a case constructed entirely of Lego.
Even better? You can buy one if you want.
Solid Lego bricks aren't really ideal for airflow, so Schropp was forced to get creative with his case construction. Fortunately, Schropp laid out his design decisions in a long, detailed blog post. The big message: this design is all about better cooling than conventional boxes. Want better overclocking? You need better cooling. Component longevity? Cooling. He even says that the GPU cooling system is so good its an air system with the effectiveness of water cooling.
Several antivirus vendors have taken the open-source Chromium browser and created derivatives that they claim are more privacy-friendly and secure. Yet, at least two of them were recently found to have serious flaws that dont exist in Chromium.
The latest example is the Avast SafeZone browser, internally known as Avastium, which is installed with the paid versions of Avasts antivirus and security suites. Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy found a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to take control of Avastium when opening an attacker-controlled URL in any other locally installed browser.
By exploiting the flaw, an attacker could remotely read files, cookies, passwords, everything, Ormandy said in a report that he sent to Avast in December and which he made public Wednesday. He can even take control of authenticated sessions and read email, interact with online banking, etc.
Nintendo wont be releasing a bedside sleep tracking device after all.
The company best known for making game consoles announced the health-tracking product in October 2014, promising the ability to monitor body movements, heart rate, and movement over radio waves. Nintendo would then process sleep and fatigue data on its servers, and provide recommendations on how to sleep better.
However, Nintendo never actually demonstrated the product after its initial announcement, and has now put the idea on indefinite hold. As translated by Wired, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima delivered the news this week during a briefing for investors, saying we do not have the conviction that the sleep-and-fatigue-themed [device] can enter the phase of actually becoming a product.
Before there were botnets, the MyDoom worm, and Stuxnet, malware that hit your DOS personal computer was of a completely different breed. Some were simply annoying, some would corrupt files or mess with your system, but they all did it with style.
Now you can relive the magic of malware from the 1980s and 1990s courtesy of the Internet Archives brand new Malware Museum. Here, through the safety of an in-browser DOS simulator, you can relive some of the highlights of malware from yesteryear. This initial collection was created by Jason Scott, archivist and software curator for the Internet Archive, and Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of F-Secure.