"Tech News" Blog by Crown Computers
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What is Airdrop in iOS7?

 

If you are like the many out there, you were forced to join the new operating system that Apple pushed out. I see both sides of the table when it comes to liking the new operating system. On my phone, iPhone 5, it works great and actually seemed to enhance my experience. Also, it works great on my IPAD. It doesn't work great however, on iPhone 4 or 4S. It locks up on the 4 series and just is over janky. I even tried to downgrade back to iOS 6 but the almighty Apple has denied that option now. 
Because of this, I guess it's time to learn all the tips and tricks and what your new operating system can do! That is, until you can get the new Galaxy.... totally not advocating this though :)
 
So iOS7 has a short cut menu feature that if you slide up with your finger a control panel with shortcuts comes up. 
This is where AIR DROP is enabled or edited. AIR DROP is similar to the "CLOUD" functionality in that you can share items over a network.
If there is another IPHONE user nearby that has AIR DROP enabled, you two can "share" pictures, contacts, and video. 
I've tried it. It's easy and quick but nothing to write home about. I am so used to messaging pictures and video that it is just more of a shortcut to share info.
But I say use it, that way at least you know your using the new operating system to it's full potential.
 
You can turn this function off however, that way it doesn't constantly search for a buddy in the area and kill your battery.
 
 

 

Do you ever find yourself without your smartphone charger or if you do have a charger but no outlet?

This has happened to me countless times and the following item has made a world of difference. And it works all during the car ride home!

It is called the Revive SOLAR RESTORE.

It works with Apple, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, Motorola, and Sony just to name a few. 

It can only charge only 50% of the internal battery, but on most phones it can provide a full charge for most phones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLIFJKOPEsc

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Tips to conserve laptop battery

Just some quick daily tips to conserve laptop battery.

  • If you are using Office Suites, turn off the auto-save function. They keep saving at regular intervals which make your computer work faster
  • Devices that plug into a USB port such as a mouse or keyboard definately drain battery life. You should remove or shut them down when they are not in use.
  • Wi-Fi is a definate battery killer, same as USB devices, turn it off when not in use. Like if you are just using your laptop to watch a DVD or listen to music.
  • Becareful with a dvd or cd thought, just having it inside the drive can run your laptop when it is not necessary.
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HOT TOPIC: CRYPTOLOCK Malware

There has unfortunately been an ongoing trend with some of our client malware issues that has stumped our consultant the the IT community as whole. While having Anti-Malware is your best bet, this sneaky malware goes undetected and it isn't until AFTER it is installed that our consultants see it. It is deep rooted in machine file systems that even if our consultants remove and reformat it is still infected. It isn't until you pay the ransom that it will allow the files to restore fully. This is a HOT issue as rumor has it, it may have affected the FBI and NSA.

Crown Computer Consultants have been working dilligently and for long hours trying to put out these fires. The current threat is called CRYPTOLOCK. 

PLEASE READ THIS FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THIS MALWARE THAT IS A HOT ISSUE!

This current threat will scan your computer files and attach itself to over 50 file types, which if you can imagine, is a lot of files to weed through. It then demands that you pay anywhere from $100-$300 dollars to fix the issue. PLEASE do not freak out or click anymore. CALL us immediately so that we can rectify or if you can follow a few steps to avoid getting this installed on your computer.

  •  Do not click on anything you are not familar with in your email or attachment. Malware is meant to be hidden so it can be in the form of something familiar like your Facebook, twitter, or bank statement. If in doubt, don't open it.
  • If you are sent a link, hover your mouse over and if the link seems encrypted with a bunch of numbers, don't click it. Again if you do not know who sent it,find out or do not click.

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Crown Computers in the Community

Crown Computers and its consultants prides itself in community outreach. We always try to provide where we can and support when we can. We recently had the privilege of attending a good cause by Alpha Project. Alpha Project is a non profit human services organization that serves over 4,000 men, women, and children each day. Services offered include affordable housing, residential substance, abuse treatement, supportive housing for people with special needs, basic and emergency services for the homeless, transportation assitance, mental health counseling, employement training, preparation and placement, HIV/AIDS education, outreach and prevention, and community services. See more at http://www.alphaproject.org/about-us/

They hold an annual golf tournament in which we participated, attended, and donated.

Sean, our CEO had a blast. 

 

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Google's Compare Feature

We are such an advocator of Google and all of its wonderful products. We equip all our technicians with the latest Iphone's so we can be up to speed with how the latest technology works (or when it doesn't). This helps us to test software and products to better help you, the customer.

Becaus of this, I will try to post about the latest Google News and productivity enhancements for your life and office!

Google Compare is a new little improvement.

Just type in: compare [insert what you want to compare]

and google will give you the results. It is a neat tool if you're anything like me and want to compare ingredients for cooking. 

What will you compare?

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