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10/27/2014 07:49 PM
10 Things to Do With Your Computer Repair Business During Slow Times

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 …

Source: 10 Things to Do With Your Computer Repair Business During Slow Times - Technibble

10/20/2014 09:42 PM
Keep up with Tech Developments as a Computer Technician

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 …

Source: Keep up with Tech Developments as a Computer Technician - Technibble

10/16/2014 11:19 PM
Podcast: Phases of a Computer Business and the Danger of Expanding Too Quickly with Lisa Hendrickson

  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 …

Source: Podcast: Phases of a Computer Business and the Danger of Expanding Too Quickly with Lisa Hendrickson - Technibble

10/08/2014 08:21 PM
Create Word of Mouth Advertising by Speaking to Community Groups

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 …

Source: Create Word of Mouth Advertising by Speaking to Community Groups - Technibble

10/06/2014 05:47 AM
Top Internet Security Suites to Recommend to Clients

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 …

Source: Top Internet Security Suites to Recommend to Clients - Technibble

09/29/2014 08:11 PM
Using Warranty Policies to Deal With Returning Machines

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. …

Source: Using Warranty Policies to Deal With Returning Machines - Technibble

09/29/2014 11:15 AM
How to Recover a Windows 8 Key

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 …

Source: How to Recover a Windows 8 Key - Technibble

09/23/2014 10:46 PM
What Tools and Stock Should a Mobile Technician Carry in Their Toolkit?

What do you carry around in your mobile toolkit? What about hardware and replacement networking devices for clients? What products do you carry around for clients to purchase on the spot from you? How prepared are you for each service call? Let’s take stock of items you should carry around …

Source: What Tools and Stock Should a Mobile Technician Carry in Their Toolkit? - Technibble

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


10/30/2014 10:29 PM
Major banks ready their own mobile payment apps

Several major national and international banks are planning to launch their own mobile payments apps next year.

The banks would be major competitors to handset makers Apple and Google because unlike others pushing mobile wallet technology, such as mobile phone carriers and retailers, they already have an intimate relationship with consumers and know their spending habits.

Banks all around the world are working on this right now, said James Anderson, senior vice president for mobile and emerging payments at MasterCard.

Anderson didnt name any of the banks, but said MasterCard is already in conversations with them on how to add mobile payment capability to the existing apps that millions of consumers already have on their phones.

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10/30/2014 08:15 PM
Google project aims to preserve privacy when collecting software stats

Google is applying a surveying technique from the 1960s to a project that aims to collect data about users computers without potentially compromising their privacy.

The project is nicknamed RAPPOR, which stands for Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response. Google plans to present a paper on it next week at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security.

RAPPOR is intended to collect statistics about software, such as security flaws, but in a way that doesnt expose sensitive information. It can do that by applying a technique used for randomized response surveys, wrote Ulfar Erlingsson, tech lead manager for security research.

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10/30/2014 07:50 PM
Android creator Andy Rubin leaving Google

Andy Rubin, the engineer who developed Googles Android OS and was lately in charge of its robotics efforts, is leaving the company, Google confirmed Thursday.

Rubin cofounded a company called Android, which Google acquired in 2005 for its mobile OS. Android has gone on to become the worlds most widely used mobile operating system.

Last year, though, Rubin was moved off the Android team and put in charge of Googles robotics projects. His work was taken over by Sundar Pichai, who now leads Googles Android, Chrome and other products.

The reasons for Rubins departure werent clear, though it had something to do with the structure of his team at Google, according to a report on tech news site The Information.

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10/30/2014 06:26 PM
Zuckerberg to connect with regular folk in first 'community Q&A'

If youve always wondered if Mark Zuckerberg has a favorite hoodie, or a favorite programming language, nows your chance to find out.

Facebooks chief will host his first community Q&A next Thursday at 5 p.m. Eastern, giving the public a chance to ask any questions they might have for him.

The event will be livestreamed and last about an hour. It expands on the internal Q&A sessions that Zuckerberg holds each Friday with Facebook employees.

The event is structured similar to an Ask Me Anything Q&A on Reddit, but could draw considerably more attention given that it involves the CEO of one of the most used services on the Internet.

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10/30/2014 05:26 PM
RCA gives unexpected boost to tablet market in Q3

RCA unexpectedly jolted an otherwise slowing tablet market in the third quarter as Apples iPad shipments continued to decline.

Global tablet shipments totaled 53.8 million units during the third quarter, growing by 11.5 percent compared to the same quarter the previous year, according to research released Thursday by IDC.

The surprise of the report, though, was that RCA shipped 2.6 million tablets worldwide, up 194 percent year-over-year, vaulting the company into fifth place among global tablet vendors. The venerable brand was established in 1919 as the Radio Corporation of America and had never before cracked the list of top vendors.

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10/30/2014 03:25 PM
Facebook's app launches in East Africa

Facebook is broadening the scope of its initiative in Africa, launching its app for the program in the East African country of Tanzania.

In July, Facebook launched its app in the Southern African country of Zambia.

Tanzanian mobile phone operator Tigo has announced that it is offering customers an opportunity to buy low-cost smartphones for them to be able to access the app.

Facebook and other tech companies launched last year as a project to make the Internet accessible to people in emerging markets. Facebook has been working with local telecom providers to roll out apps free, with options to upgrade to paid services.

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10/30/2014 02:30 PM
IBM drills into the energy industry for cognitive computing advances

Finding new sources of oil underground is an expensive and risky undertaking. Now IBM is working with energy company Repsol to look for ways in which new cognitive computing techniques could help reduce the uncertainty and improve production.

The research that the two companies are doing may one day lead to computer systems that more effectively aid all industries in making decisions.

This is a whole new time where people and machines will be working better together, said Brian Gaucher, IBM Research senior manager and research staff member at the companys Cognitive Environments Laboratory.

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10/30/2014 02:25 PM
Vulnerabilities found in more command-line tools, wget and tnftp get patches

The critical Shellshock vulnerabilities found last month in the Bash Unix shell have motivated security researchers to search for similar flaws in old, but widely used, command-line utilities.

Two remote command execution vulnerabilities were patched this week in the popular wget download agent and tnftp client for Unix-like systems. This comes after a remote code execution vulnerability was found last week in a library used by strings, objdump, readelf and other command-line tools.

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10/30/2014 02:20 PM
Republican gains in Congress would have limited impact on big tech issues

Anticipated Republican gains in the U.S. Congress after next Tuesdays election have limited implications for tech-related issues like net neutrality and reform of National Security Agency surveillance programs, with some observers expecting no huge changes.

Many pollsters and prognosticators are predicting Republicans will add to their majority in the House of Representatives and possibly take over majority control of the Senate, allowing Republicans to set the legislative agenda for the next two years.

In recent years, with split party control in the two chambers of Congress, its been difficult for lawmakers to pass any major pieces of legislation, particularly involving anything controversial. That may not change with Republican majorities, with many in their ranks resisting new regulations, with a few exceptions.

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10/30/2014 01:25 PM
What you should know about Lenovo's Motorola acquisition

Chinas Lenovo finally has the global smartphone presence it has craved, finalizing the purchase of Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion.

Motorolas offerings in mature markets will complement Lenovos growing smartphone presence in developing countries. Lenovo hopes to unseat the likes of Apple and Samsung, and has an ambitious goal of shipping 100 million devices, including PCs, tablets and smartphones, by the end of March next year.

Details of the joint product road map were shared in a Thursday press conference and these are some points that stood out.

No Motorola or Lenovo brands are being discontinued

Lenovo and its Motorola subsidiary will continue to distinguish their individual brands. Lenovo will target its products at emerging markets and Motorola products at mature markets. Both Motorola and Lenovo products are sold in some countries, such as India, and there are no plans to change that either.

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10/30/2014 01:23 PM
Amazon Appstore is throwing a Halloween bash with $115 in free apps

10/30/2014 01:20 PM
Sencha melds desktop and smartphone management with Space

An upgraded version of Senchas Space platform has the potential to bring together desktops, smartphones and tablets, with lower management costs along the way.

So far, mobile devices have been managed using separate tools, but in the long run thats too expensive. The big trend in the management sector is a move from separate to integrated tools that can manage smartphones, tablets and PCs.

Sencha is best known for its cross-platform development tools. But the company also has designs on the management market with Space, which is a managed application platform for HTML and Javascript-based applications.

Instead of running the apps in a browser, Sencha has developed a more secure client for them to run in. With version 1.2 of Space, the client can run on desktops in addition to smartphones and tablets. Once the client has been installed, users can access the same apps they have previously used on their mobile devices.

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10/30/2014 01:15 PM
Steam Halloween Sale will give your wallet a fright

Boo!"Oh, it's just you, Steam Halloween Sale. You nearly gave me a heart attack!" That's right: If you noticed your wallet quaking with fear this morning it's because it's Steam Sale time once again. Dozens of games are up to 85 percent off on Steam from now until November 3rd.

It looks like this sale will be decidedly more low-key than Steam's typical Holiday/Summer Sale fare. There's no big front-page display, no meta-game to participate in, no Flash or Community Choice sales, and not even a clear indicator if some of these are Daily Deals or if these are static sale prices for the entire event.

Steam Halloween Sale

It's not nearly as pretty nor as involved as your average Steam Sale, but it'll do.

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10/30/2014 12:59 PM
MSI fit a full mechanical keyboard in its new GT80 Titan gaming laptop

The mechanical keyboard's become pretty prevalent in certain gaming circles over the past few years, as more and more people are liberated from their mediocre rubber dome lifestyle. If there's one area that's yet to take advantage of the rise of mechanical keyboards, however, it's laptops. And that makes senselaptops are on an ever-present quest to get thinner and shed more pounds while gaining performance, which is why most use scissor switches or a modified scissor switch variant.

MSI's new 18-inch GT80 Titan laptop has other plans, though. Built into the front of the chassis is a full-sized mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches. The keyboard itself is provided by SteelSeries, and the GT80 will come with a modified version of the SteelSeries Engine software to allow some form of keyboard customization. Since Corsair still has a lock on RGB Cherry switches however, I'd guess the GT80 will have simple red backlighting instead of the multicolor lighting SteelSeries is known for.

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10/30/2014 12:12 PM
China: Facebook not banned, but must follow the rules

China may be blocking access to Facebook, but that doesnt mean the social media network cant one day enter the country, as long as it follows the rules, a top government official said on Thursday.

Lu Wei, the director of Chinas State Internet Information Office, made the comment at a press conference after media outlets had previously reported him saying that Facebook would never be allowed in the country.

The media claimed that I said it would absolutely impossible. Today, I can tell you that this news is fake, he said, according to a government transcript of his comments.

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10/30/2014 11:58 AM
New Chrome bookmark manager de-clutters your favorite sites

Googles new bookmark manager gives a much-needed facelift to your favorite websites.

You can grab the new extensionfrom the Chrome Web Storeand check out Googles new solution for the age-old problem of too many bookmarks. When installing, your bookmarks will be transformed into snippets of webpage previews. Its somewhat of a Material-Design lite revamp, with more white space and larger images. The extension replaces Chromes current bookmark manager, which was never that great.

Along with the eye candy theres more functionality. You get a dedicated bookmarks search bar at the top of the new page. Bookmarks are now neatly tucked into folders, auto-sorted by similar topic. Yet your existing organisational strategy is still in tact, as your current folders are carried over intact.

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10/30/2014 11:47 AM
Flipboard 3.0 is both more and less personal than before

A new update for Flipboard aims to make the popular reading app more personalbut not all the time.

Flipboard 3.0 lets users add new magazines on more than 30,000 topics, from broad ones like art and food to highly specific ones like optical illusions and human geography. When launching the app, Flipboard presents a massive list of potential topics to select, along with a search bar for finding exactly what you want. As before, Flipboard sources its stories from around the Web and presents them in a magazine-like format.

For those who dont want to drill down into specific topics, Flipboard is also adding a staff-curated Daily Edition, with general topics like news, business, tech, sports and culture. A new edition will arrive every day at 7 a.m., and it will always conclude with a Parting GIF. Of course, users can still follow individual publications or users whove curated their own magazines, and theyll show up alongside new topics in Flipboards typical grid view.

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10/30/2014 11:47 AM
Dont be surprised to see video ads in your Instagram feed starting today

Instagram has been slooooowly phasing advertising into your main feed. First there were sponsored photos from brands like Michael Korsartfully edited and filtered, of course. Now the photo-sharing app is introducing 15-second video ads, starting with a promo for Disneys new animated film, Big Hero 6.

Other brands you might see in your stream are Lancome, Banana Republic, the CW, and Activision, according to Adweek. Activision is pushing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in a 15-second clip, with a longer version of the promo hitting Facebook on Thursday. Lancome has a new perfume and mascara it plans to advertise on Instagram. Banana Republics ad is a time-lapse holiday preview.

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10/30/2014 10:32 AM
Drupal users: Assume your site was hacked if you didn't apply Oct. 15 patch immediately

Users of Drupal, one of the most popular content management systems, should consider their sites compromised if they didnt immediately apply a security patch released on Oct. 15.

The unusually alarming statement was part of a public service announcement issued by the Drupal projects security team Wednesday.

Automated attacks began compromising Drupal 7 websites that were not patched or updated to Drupal 7.32 within hours of the announcement of SA-CORE-2014-005 - Drupal core - SQL injection, the Drupal security team said. You should proceed under the assumption that every Drupal 7 website was compromised unless updated or patched before Oct 15th, 11pm UTC, that is 7 hours after the announcement.

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10/30/2014 10:22 AM
Samsung' phone-free Gear S smartwatch gets U.S. launch details, requires a service plan

Samsung's standalone Gear S smartwatch will launch in the United States starting November 7, but the service won't come cheap.

Unlike Samsung's other smartwatches, the Gear S can make calls, send text messages and access the Internet without a paired smartphone. As such, wireless carriers are treating it like any other connected device, with its own service plan.

AT&T and Sprint are both charging $10 monthly access fees for Gear S service, though Sprint says it will waive the charge through December 2015 if you have a shared data plan with at least 20 GB. Those plans will tap into users' existing shared data pools, and will include unlimited talk and text. T-Mobile is creating a new wearable service plan for $5 per month, with unlimited talk, unlimited text and 500 MB of data. Verizon hasn't announced pricing details.

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