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/ By Jonathan Hawkins / Apple / 0 Comments

Importance of Using the Original Apple Chargers Versus the Knock Off Brands

iPhone chargers are relatively simple devices, and anyone who has an iPhone and who wants to use it will need to have an iPhone charger. Apple, of course, offers chargers for iPhones. However, there are many other companies who also offer chargers for iPhones. Some people choose to buy a knock off brand iPhone charger as opposed to the original apple charger. This could be because they think it will be cheaper, because it is more convenient for them, or for other reasons. However, knock off brand iPhone chargers are simply not as good as original iPhone chargers, and here is why.

Failed Safety Tests with Non OEM Apple Chargers

iPhone chargers are electrical devices and therefore, are supposed to be able to pass safety inspections to make sure that they are fit to be used by consumers. However, one source reports that 99 % of all fake iPhone chargers examined in a trial were found to fail basic safety tests. This is a huge problem, and it means that the vast majority of fake iPhone chargers on the market are subpar devices and are actually potentially hazardous for consumers.

ORIGINAL APPLE OEM CHARGER

Fake Apple Chargers Can Cause Bodily Harm

A number of people have been severely injured by fake iPhone chargers. The injuries were primarily caused by electrical shock. This is because many of the fake iPhone chargers simply do not contain enough insulation to protect against electric shock, or have faulty wiring which can result in electric shock. There have been reports of people getting severe burns on their fingers, and even being killed from electric shocks caused by fake iPhone chargers. In November, 2016, a 28-year old man from Thailand was killed after being shocked by a fake iPhone charger while he was lying on top of a charging phone. So, people who use knock off brand iPhone chargers could potentially be risking severe bodily harm and even death by doing so.

Non OEM Apple Chargers are a Fire Hazard

Unlike real Apple chargers which are rigorously tested for safety, knock off brand chargers are major fire hazards. Because of the fact that they heat up and sometimes even realize sparks, there is a very real possibility that they could start a fire in your house or apartment. The result of this fire hazard is that some people try to save about $15 buy buying a knockoff brand could end up destroying their entire home through a fire. This is especially true for people who charge their phones near flammable things such as curtains or newspapers. So, if you do not want to burn down your home, then you should strongly consider buying an original apple charger, and not a knock off version.

Conclusion

Despite the fact that knock off brand chargers may seem perfectly harmless, the truth is that these devices are a severe risk, and should not be meddled with. Not only do they consistently fail safety tests, but they have actually injured and even killed people. They also pose a significant threat to property due to their potential to start fires.

So, if you are thinking of purchasing a knock off brand charger for your iPhone or other apple device, then you should really avoid doing this. Yes, you may save a tiny amount of money in the short term, but there is simply far too much to lose. It is ridiculous to risk your own life, your health, or your home for savings of $15. Original Apple chargers are tested thoroughly and comply with all safety regulations. They also work extremely well, and have plenty of insulation which protects you and your home. It should really be a no-brainer to buy original Apple chargers vs. knock offs.

resources:
http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/apple/are-cheap-iphone-chargers-safe-unofficial-apple-power-chargers-safety-tips-3460975/

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-spot-a-counterfeit-apple-lightning-cable-or-appl-1788029181

https://gizmodo.com/why-fake-apple-chargers-totally-suck-1575898352

You should stop using that fake Apple charger

amazon-oasis-waterproof-ereader
/ By Jonathan Hawkins / Kindle / 0 Comments

Amazon Oasis : Waterproof E-Reader with Free Nationwide 3G Internet Access

 

Ever since its debut, the Amazon Kindle has been delighting customers with its easy to read e-book capabilities. The small and portable devices have become a favorite for avid readers who do not want to have to go to the bookstore every time they want to read a new book. Amazon Kindles are also extremely easy for people to bring with them on vacation and to read on the beach or by the pool.

 

However, despite the incredible convenience and practicality of Amazon Kindles, there has been one consistent complaint since they came out; they aren’t waterproof. Many people like to read in the bath. Further, Kindles can easily get exposed to rain, or dropped into pools or the ocean. The least thing that people want when they are midway through the latest Dan Brown thriller is for their Kindles to break due to water exposure.

 

Enter Amazon Oasis

 

Amazon Oasis is the brand new solution that Amazon is offering to the “Kindles aren’t waterproof” complaint. Amazon Kindle Oasis is a brand new version of the kindle which is fully waterproof. The Kindle Oasis will be completely fine and won’t be damaged if you accidentally drop it into your bath tub, a pool, a pond, what have you.

 

The Amazon Oasis has been rigorously tested and even underwent a test where it was completely submerged in water 2 meters deep for a full hour. The result was that no damage was sustained to the device. This is highly encouraging and exciting for all of the bath lovers out there who are prone to dropping things.

Details of the Device

 

The Amazon Oasis will cost $250. This makes it significantly more expensive than other Kindle versions. However, the simple fact that it will not break if you accidentally spill a glass of water on it will most likely completely justify the higher price tag for many people. The Oasis will feature a 7-inch, 300 dpi screen, and will have a free Audible account. The 7-inch screen is one inch larger than the previous 6-inch screen. It also has a waterproof rating of IPX8, meaning it is proven to be able to sustain at least one hour of complete submersion in water without problem.

 

The release date for the Amazon Oasis is October 31rst. There will be a 32GB version and a 32GB version with a cellular connection available in addition to the 8GB version So, people will have a number of different versions to choose from and they can select the one that best suits them.

 

Looking Ahead

 

The Amazon Kindle Oasis is a game changer for e-readers. It will bring a new level of comfort and convenience to those who love to read on electronic devices. Soon, it may be commonplace to see people bringing their Kindle Oases with them while they relax on floats in the pool. The fact that these new Kindles are slightly larger means that they may be better for people who have vision problems or who struggle to read small words.

 

However, despite the fact that Amazon Kindle Oases will undoubtedly bring many positive changes, these devices are not completely immune to breaking down. Most electronic devices are still vulnerable to things like being dropped, being stepped on, or just general wear and tear over time.

 

If your Amazon Kindle Oasis breaks down and if you need to get it repaired, then RockIT Repairs can help! We are experts at Kindle repairs, and we are excited to help Amazon customers be able to get their Kindle Oasis back running like new after they break. So, please feel free to contact us for all of your Kindle repair needs.

 

 

 

 

 

Right to repair your cell phones
/ By Jonathan Hawkins / Cell Phone Repair / 0 Comments

Your smartphone is basically a small computer. The purchase prices reflect this. We’re not carrying $100.00 phones around with us anymore, and this makes cell phone insurance even more attractive.

There are some serious problems with using insurance to replace your phone. Did you know you might be better off repairing it? Let me give you a few little known facts about refurbished cell phones.

Your Insurance Plan Probably Isn’t As Clear As You Think

You paid for it, usually as a monthly recurring charge through your cell phone service provider, but do you really know what you bought?

Sadly, most of us don’t read the fine print, and there could be all kinds of bad news hidden in there. For starters, your service provider probably isn’t the insurer. They’re just marketing the service to you.

The contract is really with some business entity you have no real relationship with. Their terms and conditions may not be what you expect.

Most insurance contracts only agree to replace your phone with a similar device. That device may be refurbished itself, which means the manufacturer repaired it after another user reported malfunctions.

Occasionally, you might receive a floor model, but most of the replacement devices under insurance are refurbished models.

If you want a brand new phone, you may have to pay full price. It’s also possible to find out too late that there is a large deductible on your plan.

Are There Risks In Receiving Refurbished Phones?

Even Business Insider has reported on increased failure risk in refurbished phones. Basically, you have no idea what you’re getting.

I’m not saying that companies are deliberately passing off phones that are defective, but problems happen. Sometimes malfunctions are difficult to foresee. When you add another user in the chain, the risks increase just on a common sense basis.

Your refurbished phone may not have the same warranty benefits as a new phone, and you could encounter a run around if you need to have that device replaced.

Can I Repair My Cell Phone Easily?

There are several businesses dedicated to repairing cell phones. We can help you right here at Rockit Repairs. We specialize in cell phone repair, tablet repair, and desktop device repair. We can fix broken screens, and more.

1.    LCD Screen Repair

2.    Glass Only Screen Repair with Liquid Optically Clear Adhesive

3.    Charging Port Repair

4.    Power Button Repair

5.    Battery Replacement

6.    Home Button Repair

7.    Mic Repair

8.    Speaker Repair

We have three convenient locations in Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg and Stafford, Virginia. You can even arrange for repair services right through the mail.

Before you commit, you can live chat with a Rockit Repairs representative who can answer any questions you may have.

We guarantee our services with a 90 day warranty on the parts we repaired or replaced.

What Will It Cost To Repair My Smartphone?

Bring your device in or mail it to us so we can tell you more about repair costs. We only need a $25.00 deposit to review the damage. We can order any necessary parts and will call you to explain the necessary repairs.

At that point, you can give us the go-ahead or arrange to pick up your device.

Repairing Your Cell Phone: Good For You And Good For The Environment

Not only can you save money through having your cell phone repaired, you’ll also have a safer product. That’s all good for you, but you’ll be doing some good yourself for the world around you.

In this disposable culture of ours, we tend to create a lot of needless trash. Keeping the repair market viable is important to reducing our footprint on the environment.

You really have nothing to lose because there is no risk in reaching out for more information. Save yourself from the potential pitfalls of a faulty refurbished device and a run around from your cell phone insurance provider and call us today.

Don’t forget to check out our friends over at REPAIR.ORG who are doing big things in terms of advocacy for our industry! Share your support and learn more at https://repair.org/electronics/

viv samsung acquisition
/ By Jonathan Hawkins / Samsung / 0 Comments

Do you suffer from Siri envy? If you’re a Samsung user, you might. The Apple or Android question is a polarizing one and most users stick with their preference. Most apps are available on both operating systems and the UE is largely the same … except for Siri. Android’s acquisition of AI Startup VIV could turn that around.

 

The exciting thing about this news is really twofold. For starters, Google’s voice assistant feature has never been quite as beloved as Siri and Samsung doesn’t own it. It hasn’t caught on in the same way. It’s about to get an upgrade that Samsung can control. Additionally, the buzz on Viv is that it’s next gen Siri.

 

I don’t want to get too ahead of myself though. Let’s go back to basics and learn what’s up for the future of Android AI.

 

What We Know About Viv

 

Viv Labs was co-founded by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Chris Brigham. They’re part of the team behind Siri. After creating the famous Apple personality, they left in 2010 and started Viv.

 

Android acquired Viv, but is allowing them to operate independently and provide support to Android devices.

 

Viv is focused on interconnectedness. Siri’s ability to engage with multiple silos of information across several applications and, thereby, connect them is a good example of this concept.

 

Here’s where things get really interesting, or creepy, depending on your opinion of AI. According to Viv, the AI can write its own code as needed to fill gaps and accomplish tasks. This is the first instance of this kind of tech in AI. Viv calls this ‘dynamic program generation.’

 

In short, a Viv AI assistant has a brain.

 

To learn a little more about the vision behind Viv, check out  Siri Is Only The Beginning, and later wrote that there would be a Cambrian Explosion In AI, written by Kittlaus for Tech Crunch.

 

Samsung Is Making Moves To Differentiate From Google

 

Anyone with a Samsung phone is probably using a lot of Google services. Though two separate entities, the two cooperate seamlessly enough that one hand washes the other. Samsung may be looking to see other people, or more accurately, spend some time with itself.

 

As time goes on, the two tech giants are becoming competitive. Samsung will have much more control over its future if it can run its own software independently from Google.

 

“Our focus is really more device-centric,” said Samsung mobile CTO Injong Rhee explained to Recode. “How do we revolutionize how users interact with our devices and our appliances?”

 

Samsung will be free to use this tech in all of its products including smart TVs.

 

Are you ready to have a conversation with your television? The days of searching for the remote could be over soon.

 

Hear It From The Source

 

Dag Kittlaus made an announcement on Medium regarding the move. The tone is exciting and energized for the future, which is good news for both Samsung and their users. This guy is truly excited about AI.

 

Kittlaus’ vision is of AI as a gateway to the rest of the internet.

 

“Soon, we’ll all have a trusted assistant that is a regular part of our everyday lives. We deeply believe this to be true. This assistant will be as ubiquitous and important as the web browser or the mobile app,” Kittlaus wrote on Medium.

 

This could attract the cutting edge crowd who thirsts for the latest tech to line up for Samsung. It could have huge crossover appeal to causal smartphone users who would prefer to interact with their phones in a user friendly way. It’s certainly a concrete way to solve the problem of texting while driving and really increases the functionality of a smart device.

 

I’m personally excited to see the results of this acquisition. Samsung seems to have harnessed a ball of tech fire and will hopefully ride it like a comet.

ipad mini pro 5
/ By Jonathan Hawkins / iPad Mini / 0 Comments

It seems like everyone is always chasing the newest mobile device on the market. We’re compelled to endlessly upgrade, but is it always worth it? The iPad Mini 5 is one of the latest gadgets that has people asking, should I upgrade?

Here’s the bottom line on the device to dispel the rumors. Is this device even really coming? What will it look like when it gets here?

The truth is that everyone is speculating and nothing is confirmed from the source itself: Apple. Until Apple speaks up, we’re left to daydream and search for clues to flesh out the actual reality of the iPad Mini 5.

That being said, let’s rundown what we do know and how we know it.

 

Breaking News On The iPad Mini 5

 

Rumors of a new iPad Mini Pro recently broke out of the Japanese Apple blog Macotakara. This source is generally reliable although no official statement has been release by Apple at this time.

There is a bit of speculation about exactly how this roll out will occur and how it will affect other iPad sizes and features. Analysts believe that the iPad Pro 2 release in March of 2017 will include release of the iPad Pro Mini.

KGI analyst Ming Chi-Kuo speculates that three new iPad versions will launch in the beginning of 2017. According to Chi-Kuo, the world will see three sizes: 12.9-inch, 10.5-inch and 9.7-inch.

Chi-Kuo was silent on the subject of the iPad Mini 5 specifically, leading some to believe that the 9.7 size will replace the 7.9 inch iPad version. Assuming that is the case, the 12.9 inch and 10.5 inch versions could actually be the iPad Pro 2 and the Mini.

An A10 X processor is expected to be used in both.

 

 

What Features Will The iPad Mini Pro Have?

 

Expectations are that the iPad Mini Pro will have all of the features that usually debut on Apple’s ‘Pro’ devices.

  • True Tone display
  • Smart Connector on the side for connecting accessories magnetically
  • Quad stereo speakers
  • 12-megapixel camera with True Tone flash
  • New four-array microphone setup.

 

Sadly, this is all an educated guess at this point, given the lack of comment from Apple. Those watching the trends for the long game view indicate the sources suggesting details of the iPad Mini Pro tech are reliable, however.

So, on the one hand, we really don’t know anything. On the other, the information circulating in the tech world is generally informed. Don’t get your hopes up too much just yet, but a little excitement is probably warranted.

Sometimes the answers just aren’t as clear as we’d like, especially in the constantly changing world of mobile devices!

Is There A Release Date?

The limited evidence available at this time points to a March release. There just isn’t enough confirmation to say without a doubt that this is what the iPad Mini Pro will look like.

After all, some reports earlier in the year expected to see the iPad Mini Pro in September 2016 along with the iPhone 7. To date, we’re still waiting.

Apple has presumable done adequate market research and hopefully their finger is back on the pulse of what tablet buyers want. Hopefully this will translate into distinct, upgraded differences from the 7.9-inch iPad mini 4 and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

 

The Rumor Mill Breeds Excitement

 

If this device is on its way, Apple is going to benefit from quite a lot of excitement thanks to the rumor mill. Could this ‘leak’ be a brilliant marketing strategy by the company? No evidence points to this directly, but a quick internet search is enough to realize this rumor has a stronghold.

People’s interest is piqued and that might get them riled up enough to camp out in Spring 2017 for the iPad Mini 5.