Back To School Technology Gadgets

The end of August is here and that means that it’s ‘back to school’ for parents and students alike!  LaptopMD has pulled together some resources that will help you pick the right gadgets and technology to put you on a path to success.

According to the National Retail Foundation Americans will spend a whopping $55 billion dollars on back-to-school supplies this year.  The bulk of that sum is spent on technology.

From iPads to laptops and everything in between, technology has become a must for most students, especially those heading of to college. Here is a quick reference guide to some awesome back to school supplies and technology gadgets for every need.

The iPad is becoming a great tool for students. Its long battery life and textbook compatibility is making it the hottest tool for back to school. Over 10,000 of the most widely adopted college textbooks are now available for the iPad via CourseSmart. iPad pilot programs are popping up at universities all over the U.S. to see how it can be implemented in the classroom. Some popular and useful apps for students are listed below.

iStudiez Pro – Student Planner
Cram – Study Tool w/Flashcards & Tests
Grades – Grade Course Calculator
Pi83 – Only $0.99 for a identical Texas Instruments Ti83 graphic calculator

The new Kindle is completely redesigned with two great price options of $139 and $189. The $139 version only works with WiFi while the $189 version includes free 3G wireless internet. The new design makes the e-reader lighter, smaller, and sleeker while still maintaining the same screen size and even better battery life. Over 670,000 books are now available on the kindle so your class reading list should definitely be covered. Plus expect to pay $9.99 or less for each title which will save you considerably versus the college bookstore. There is also a growing list of textbooks available on the kindle which will surely alleviate the stress of lugging huge textbooks around campus. You can search the Kindle Textbook store online to see if your titles are available.

Check out this great slideshow for some incredible and useful back to school gadgets. One item is the Clocky, which is a alarm clock on wheels. You’re sure to be on time to class since the clock rolls of your night stand when its activated. The list also includes $20 Altec Lansing portable laptop speakers with no A/C power needed. You’ll also find great gadgets like pocket projectors and multi function desk lamps.

Don’t forget that LaptopMD offers all college students a 10% discount on repair work! We know that your laptop and/or iPhone are essential for college survival and we want to be there to help.  We can work with you to recover your data from your hard drive so you don’t miss a beat in your studies.  We can also repair spill-damaged keyboards and bring your laptop or computer back to full working order.

Computer Viruses Moving to USB Drives

Everybody is now used to viruses being sent through email and malicious websites. In addition to these methods of virus delivery, experts are now saying that “25 percent of new worms (viruses) have been specifically designed to spread through USB storage devices connected to computers”.

So far, these types of infections are still outnumbered by those that spread via email, but it is a growing trend. “There are now so many devices on the market that can be connected via USB to a computer: digital cameras, cell phones, MP3 or MP4 players,” says Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs. “This is clearly very convenient for users, but since all these devices have memory cards or internal memory, it is feasible that your cell phone could be carrying a virus without your knowledge.”

Read the full article, 25% of new worms are designed to spread through USB devices, on Help Net Security.

USB drives, like any device, can harbor and promote the proliferation of computer viruses.  Protecting your devices by knowing the source of the files that are on your drive and regularly running anti-virus software on that drive (when it is plugged into your computer) are two ways to prevent your drive from becoming infected in the first place.

If your USB drive becomes infected with viruses and you need help with recovering your data from the drive, LaptopMD is here to help you.

Troubleshooting Laptop Motherboard and CPU Problems

Diagnose and Repair Laptop Motherboard and CPU problemsWe wanted to give you an inside look, today, at how you can go about troubleshooting laptop motherboard and CPU problems. Many times a computer may stop working or it may function abnormally if there is a problem with your motherboard and/or CPU. A computer’s motherboard is best described as the central nervous system of the computer. Everything from your laptop to your desktop computer to your smartphone has a motherboard of sort. The motherboard connects the various hardware pieces together. The CPU, or the Central Processing Unit, is the piece of hardware where most of the computer’s processing work is done. This might be described as the brain of the computer.

Combined together, the motherboard and CPU are at the root of a lot of problems that can occur with your laptop and where we might look first if you bring in your laptop for repair. Slow computer speeds, system crashes, and other hardware problems can be a result of a malfunctioning motherboard or CPU. Remember that our certified laptop and computer repair engineers are trained to diagnose these specific types of problems. We can help you if you don’t where to begin. Contact us today about any problems you might be having with your laptop or computer. Continue reading

Now Use Foursquare To ‘Check-In’ at LaptopMD

Laptop Repair Foursquare PromoLaptopMD now offers promotions off of your laptop repair service when you ‘check-in’ on foursquare.  Foursquare is a mobile and website service that allows iPhone and Android device users to ‘check-in’ to different locations around town and connect with businesses who offer promotions for people who ‘check-in’ when they visit.

LaptopMD is happy to announce that we are currently offering 10% off all repair services (excluding the cost of the part) every time a customer checks-in each visit.

LaptopMD wants to remain connected with you, on the networks and services that you use.  If we’re not currently on your preferred service or network, tell us about it and we’ll do our best to branch out.  Our Twitter and Facebook fans and followers know that we are known to offer special promos from time to time and Foursquare is only the next extension of our commitment to be where our customers are.

See our earlier post on social media networking opportunities with LaptopMD.

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For most consumers the simple choice is usually the most expensive choice. Two of the most popular brands on the market today are Dell and HP. and will offer you a great interface and a pleasant shopping experience but what about value? With today’s age of personalization you can pick and choose almost every specification and tailor it exactly to your liking. However, if you’re a bargain consumer, there are quite a few options to buying a great laptop while still saving a whole lot of money. Below you’ll find some great tips and insight on purchasing a laptop computer without paying RETAIL.

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