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Back-to-school. Are you ready?

by Vladimir Sobur Posted August 28, 2016 in Computer, Computer Maintenance, Customer Care, Newsletter

August is almost over and it’s that time of the year again – the time when children return to school. Parents often spend many hours gathering the required items on their children’s back-to-school lists. However, there is one thing parents rarely consider: their child’s laptop.

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Children will spend countless hours during the upcoming school year using their laptops for classes, homework, and online research. Is your child’s laptop ready for school?

The back-to-school deal
LaptopMD is here to help parents and their children have a successful school year! Malfunctioning effects, such as broken keys, slow processing, viruses, and flashing screens, are all needless distractions. Typing class notes, Google searches, and using software applications should be fast and easy. Our technicians at LaptopMD just want to make sure that your child receives credit for his or her hard work and having a properly functioning laptop is essential to your child’s academic success.

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To celebrate the back-to-school season, LaptopMD is running a special promotion! From 8/26/2016 – 09/11/2016, all laptop repairs are 10% off at our Manhattan and New Jersey locations!

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This discount is good for all laptop and PC repairs, including:

• Screen replacement
Virus removal
• Keyboard replacement
• Hinge repair
• Battery replacement
• Motherboard replacement

Together we can make it!
So, if your child’s laptop isn’t working properly, needs a tune-up, or even an upgrade, bring it to LaptopMD! We will fix it and return it to you as good as new! We will make it homework-ready, so your child is prepared for the upcoming school year! Together, we can make it a success!


The Olympic Games 2016

by Vladimir Sobur Posted August 20, 2016 in Apple Devices, Newsletter

It’s an exciting time for all sports fans around the world right now, whether your favorite sport is currently in season or not because of the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio.

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New world records have been set at the Rio Olympics so far, and we won’t be surprised if another record is broken before the Olympics are over. At LaptopMD, we are about to reach one of our own milestones too: fixing 10,000 iPhones.

The record
We have fixed 9,993 iPhones at the time of this writing. Very soon, someone will be our 10,000th client. Not only will we be celebrating our milestone, but that 10,000th customer will be too because we’ll fix their iPhone FREE as a thank you for helping us hit the 10,000 mark.

Be that lucky person
Don’t waste any time in submitting an iPhone repair request with us as we only need seven more customers at the time of this writing.

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There could be just one left as you’re reading this. Cross your fingers and hope that you’ll that lucky person.


How To Set Up Parental Controls

by Vladimir Sobur Posted August 14, 2016 in Computer Advice, Customer Care, Newsletter, Software Questions, Tips for Devices

It’s the summer, your child is no longer in school for about three months, and they have nothing better to do than surf the internet all day. If left to their own devices, they could end up seeing some pretty inappropriate things.

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So how will you keep them from seeing something they shouldn’t see? Parental controls for your home network are the answer.

Through Your Router
This is the easiest way to configure your settings. Your router serves as an entry point for all internet traffic on your network. By setting up web filtering here, you’ll be able to control what your child sees not just on a computer, but on a tablet, their cellphone, and even their game consoles.Some routers come with parental controls that are already built in. Usually it’s shown on the box and explained thoroughly in a manual if the feature is available.

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For those that don’t have built in controls, OpenDNS can be used to select what your children can and cannot see. You’ll have to configure the DNS settings on your router so you can use OpenDNS. Click here to set up an account with them and configure your web settings. You can select what type of websites to block, and when one is clicked on your child will be redirected to a “This site is blocked” message.
If you don’t want a device to be configured, just manually change the OpenDNS settings. But remember, now anyone can change the settings.

Windows 7
This program has built-in controls that will allow you to control when your child logs in and what types of programs your child can access. It’s really helpful if your children use different accounts than you do.

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It’s useful, but it doesn’t have web filtering. To make up for this, Microsoft does offer Family Safety, a program that can let you set up web filtering through Windows 7.

Windows 8 and 10
Both Windows 8 and 10 have integrated parental controls so that Window 7’s time limits are combined with web filtering from the Family Safety program to give you all the power you need, plus new features.

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In case you need a little more help on how to configure parental settings for Windows 8, click here.

Through Third-Party Software
Configuring parental controls through third-party software is just as effective as the following methods above. A good portion of internet security applications have parental control options built in. If one is present, check for the settings.

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There are programs of this type that you can pay for, such as the Net Nanny that everyone knows about, but you don’t have to pay to protect your children. The web is full of free web filtering options. One good example is Norton. They offer, for free, a Norton Family application, and it works rather well according to users. If this one doesn’t suit your needs, you can always search the web for others.

And finally
Hopefully this guide has helped you better understand how to implement parental controls. If it’s a bit too much and you’re still confused, it’s okay. We can come by and do it for you, it’s not a problem at all.


“Pokemania”

by Vladimir Sobur Posted July 30, 2016 in Apple Devices, General, iPhone screen, Newsletter, Services, Tips for Devices

Not even Niantic or Nintendo could have anticipated the worldwide phenomenon that is Pokemon: GO! In fact, it’s the most downloaded free app from the Apple store in its history! Also, Pokemon: GO has been a very effective way of getting kids and adults to go outside and be active!

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We here at LaptopMD have been caught up in “Pokemania” as well!

Be careful!!

Recently, we at LaptopMD have gotten so many iPhones with broken screens. When we asked our customers why, they answered that while playing Pokemon:GO, they accidentally drop their phones and the screens break!

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While we do advise to take care of your phones, we understand that accidents happen. In order to prevent from damaging your phone be more cautious and have a fun.

One more Pokemon`s issue
Because so many customers constantly play Pokemon:GO, we have received so many questions online and in the office on how to prolong battery life. If you’re having problems figuring out how to run Pokemon:GO without tapping out your battery (and data), we can help you optimize your phone so you can get all the fun of the app without the hassle.

I`ve caught you
Pokemon:GO is also bringing communities to life! Last week, a customer rushed into our office with sparkling eyes and said, “I`ve caught you!” He told us he had just gotten one of the rarest Pokemon in the app!

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We get absolute joy at seeing the phenomenal positive influence on our community and its businesses! It definitely makes our day brighter knowing that we share this passion with our customers.

Take care of yourself
We know the game is wonderful and it will only get more popular in the years to come. While the game is amazing, please don’t forget about your well-being and others!

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We understand that a person can get hooked on a great game such as this, but do remember to take care of yourself and be responsible! If you are fascinated by this game as we are, you can come to our office, take a seat, drink some cold water, and if you’re lucky, try to catch some of the rarest Pokemon, too!


How to Use a Laptop Abroad

by Vladimir Sobur Posted July 22, 2016 in Computer, Computer Advice, Newsletter

It is high time you go on vacation. Everyone deserves some time away from the realities of the daily grind. Anyway, these days most of us want to stay connected at all times. This includes when we are on vacation.

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Although some people get by with a phone or tablet, many people want to bring their laptops with them on vacation. If you are getting ready to head out on vacation with your laptop packed for the trip, follow these tips to ensure that your laptop will be ready and safe while you travel.

Back up all your data
If you do bring your laptop on your trip, the first step you need to make before you leave is to backup all your files. There are a few options to do this(CarboniteIbackupCrashplan).

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You can backup your files onto an external hard drive. You can also use an online data storage service.

Encrypt the important files
You should also encrypt all your important files with passwords before you leave. This will prevent a thief from stealing sensitive information if your laptop gets stolen while you are on the road.

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In addition, bringing a USB stick with your operating system on it will be invaluable if you develop hard drive problems on the road.

Power problems
Power problems are one of the most common difficulties travelers face with their laptops.

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It is a good idea to bring a second battery with you to use when you are forced to go a long time between power outlets while you are on the road.

Adapters
Most AC adapters sold with computers today will convert any country’s voltage into the proper voltage they need to operate. However, it is a good idea to bring a surge protector with you when you travel. This is especially important in developing countries where the power grid may not be in the best condition.

Travel case
The last thing you want is your laptop to be stolen or damage while you are traveling. Make sure to bring a sturdy travel case with you to protect your laptop.

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Never let the bag with your laptop in it out of your sight when you are in public. It is also a good idea to keep your laptop secure in your hotel. Taking it out with you into public makes you a target for thieves.

The last preparation
Once you are on your trip, you will find it very inconvenient if your laptop breaks down. To prevent this, you can bring your laptop in to the computer experts at LaptopMD. We will thoroughly inspect your device and ensure that everything is prepared to ensure your laptop works well while you are enjoying your journey. We wish you the best on your vacation. Come in and see us before you leave to keep your device safe.