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Oops of the Week: April 1, 2014

“I’m a sentimental sap that’s all…”

Words from an old-school jazz song a lot of our followers won’t even know. But that’s okay. The point is that we get “old-school” as well as hip and trendy!

Don’t think for a moment with all our talk of the new Apple Watch and iPhone 6 tips that we don’t have a sentimental side that understands those of you who want to hang on to that older iPhone 4! We are ohere for you too when the inevitable happens and it breaks! In fact, this week’s Oops of the Week is this iPhone 4, which took a bit of a beating, shattering the screen and even making a hole in it!

But we fixed it up in 32 minutes, good as new. No need to upgrade just yet! So if you’re one of the many who find Siri a little bit creepy and want to hang on to your older model iPhone, don’t worry! We can help keep you connected with in-stock parts on the “not-so-new-phones” at prices that won’t make you cry!

Oops of the Week: Jan 10, 2015

The Crime: Assault

The Victims: Our customer John and this unlucky iPhone 5S.

The Crime Scene: New Year’s Eve at John’s residence.

The Perpetrator: John’s wife, (5’2”, 110lbs).

The Story: As we understand it, John and his wife, young parents of a beautiful , 9-week old baby boy, had been involved in a discussion in which his wife expressed unhappiness with his attentiveness since the baby had been born. In his statement, John told us, “She kept saying things like ‘you don’t find me attractive anymore’ and crying all the time!” Determined to keep the romance alive, they made a date for New Year’s Eve. But when it was time to go, she didn’t want to leave the baby. John, unmoved in his resolve to sweep her off her feet, said “No problem…we can stay home and have a nice quiet evening at home watching the ball drop alone.” Of course, the baby woke several times, but finally settled to sleep around 10:30pm.

John had planned to capture the wonderful moment of the first kiss of the New Year to commemorate the evening. So still driven to do just that, they snuggled up together to watch the festivities in Times Square with his cell phone lying next to his hand…and quickly they both fell sound asleep.

At 11:59pm, John’s wife was awakened by the loud countdown and, realizing they were about to miss it entirely, she simultaneously elbowed her husband sleeping next to her on the sofa to wake him & began straightening her mussed hair in one swift movement. She described the ‘incident’ as a gentle nudge. He, however, described it as a “full on assault to his ribcage and right lung by her stiletto-like elbow.”

Needless to say, his lightning-fast reaction to the stabbing pain in his side sent his iPhone 5S sailing through the air, crashing into the television screen and breaking the LCD screen on his phone.

We fixed the iPhone in less than 30 minutes. The TV survived unscathed miraculously.

John only had a cracked rib and after he brought home flowers and suggested they watch The Notebook together, his wife was happy.

No arrests were made.

Oops of the Week - Jan 9

 

Oops of the Week: Dec 12, 2014

This iPhone 6 had a nasty fall at the mall. Sneaking to get that perfect shot of little Suzy’s visit with Santa, the owner jerked when she was busted by Santa’s elf trying to take a prohibited picture! The phone hit the floor hard, bounced into Santa’s workshop, and slid to rest…right under Santa’s chair! She took the embarrassing walk to retrieve the phone from its unfortunate resting place as Santa, the elves, and all the other moms and kids in line watching (of course!) only to realize that the screen was as busted as her pride! Thankfully, we were able to replace her screen in 32 minutes and she was back off to her holiday happenings with no one the wiser…except maybe Santa.

iPhone 6 Oops of the Week

Battery Saving Tips for iOS7

There are a few basic things you might be doing to make precious hours of running time slip away. Here are a few quick fixes to keep iOS 7 devices powered for much longer.

1. Background App Refresh

Background App

 

The battery-draining culprit that perhaps bears the most responsibility is a new feature called Background App Refresh, whose default is set to “on” in iOS 7. It lets apps run in the background while you multitask and continually refreshes content when running on Wi-Fi or a cellular network. To disable this feature, visit Settings > General > Background App Refresh. Here, you can turn off the entire function or just disable that apps you don’t need to refresh on an automatic basis.

2. Location-Tracking Apps

Many apps — from Google Maps to Twitter and even the iOS camera — are tracking your location at all times. You can turn off Location Services completely (Settings > Privacy > Location Services) or disable certain apps one by one. We recommend the latter option, so you can still leave on key location-based functions such as Find My Phone if it’s ever lost.

There’s more, too. Selecting the System Services option under Location Services will reveal a collection of other app features that are stealing away battery life, including “Popular Near Me” and “Frequent Locations.”

3. Parallax

Reduce Motion

 

Apple has added a bunch of new animations and a parallax feature — which makes it seem like the wallpaper can move behind the apps — but they eat away at your power slightly faster. Some people have complained the movements are dizzying anyway, so there’s no harm in turning it off. To do so, visit Settings > General > Accessibility and click Reduce Motion to “on.”

4. Automatic Updating

iOS 7 lets you automatically download new app updates whenever they’re ready without visiting the App Store to do it yourself. It’s a smart function, but the last thing you want to do is run app updates when your battery is down to fumes. To disable this, visit Settings > iTunes and Apple Store and uncheck the Updates option.

5. Turn Off AirDrop

AirDrop lets you share files with other users on the same network, but when you’re not using it (or Bluetooth, for that matter), do your battery a favor and shut it off. Slide open the Control Center and switch it off there.

6. Turn Down the Brightness

This has long been a helpful way to save battery life on any device and iOS 7 is no exception. Use the Control Center or visit Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness and disable Auto-Brightness and decrease the setting manually.

7. Spotlight

Spotlight

 

Apple’s internal search functionality (called Spotlight) can now be accessed from any screen, but because it’s continually indexing new data, it’s killing your battery. Check out Settings > General > Spotlight Search and disable what you don’t need, such as events and podcasts.

Know of any other power-saving tips for iOS 7? Share yours in the comments.
Written by – Samantha Murphy Kelly at Mashable

Reduce your search time dramatically on your iPhone, iPad and iPod

If you have hundreds of contacts in your iPhone, thousands of songs, podcasts and videos, tons of apps, reminders, notes, and millions of text messages it takes a while to find what your looking for at times!

Example 1: I know I texted one of my friends about going with me to the upcoming Jonas Brothers concert, but since ALL of my friends are probably already going, I can’t remember who I texted about going with…It will take me FOREVER to look thru all my messages!

Example 2: If I need to find an email address for my friend Bubba Peashooter, I have to swipe to find the contacts App (that is buried in a folder), click it, wait for it to open, scroll thru my massive list, click on his name…sometimes this takes 10-15 seconds….especially if I’m in another app to start!

Spotlight Search in iOS7 dramatically reduces the amount of time searching and finding.  As a matter of fact when you type ANY word, it searches across your contacts, apps, notes, reminders, and even your text messages! I just looked for Bubba with my Spotlight Search and I found him in 3 seconds….big time saver. And I just typed in “Jonas” and found out it was Timmy Twerpdorf that I texted…in 4 seconds (the extra second was because I had to scroll past the 124 Jonas Brothers songs I had in my iPhone!)

In iOS 7, you can access it from any page of your Home screen…here’s how: From any Home screen page of your iPhone or iPad, drag your finger down anywhere on the Home screen.

iOS7 Spotlight Search

Make the Picture Fit Your Background

In iOS 7, have you taken a beautiful snapshot of your family that won’t fit in your background now? It seems as if your iPhone automatically zooms your picture in so every face can’t fit in the frame and even when trying the ‘move and scale’ option the picture just pops right back out again to the same size?  What’s the point of the move and scale???!!!

Here’s a quick way to make your perfect picture fit your background:

  1. Go to your camera roll and find the picture you want
  2. Tap your screen once so it removes the title bar and edit bar at the top and bottom of the screen.
  3. Zoom and move the photo to how you want it to look for your background
  4. Take a screenshot of the picture (it will be saved as your most recent photo in your camera roll)
  5. Now go to your background/wallpaper settings and select the new “screenshot” photo you just took.

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There you go, the picture fits!  Thanks to my 12-year old daughter who figured this one out all on her own!

How to remove oily spots on Otterbox Defender screen

Having sold several hundred OtterBoxes, we frequently get the question on how to remove the “bubbles” and “oily spots” on their OtterBox Defender protective cases.  Bubbles on your iPhone, iPad or iPod screen are annoying, and they detract from the aesthetics of your device. These bubbles resemble splotches of water or oil underneath the screen. If your case looks like the pictures below, then try these steps:

Otterbox bubblesimages

Items you need before you begin

  • Lint Free Cloth
  • Talcum or cornstarch baby powder

Instructions

  1. Remove your iPhone from the OtterBox covers.
  2. Wipe the iPhone screen and the inside and outside of the clear screen on your OtterBox cover with the lint-free cloth.
  3. Twist the lid on the baby powder so it is in the closed position.
  4. Shake the baby powder container vigorously for 20-30 seconds. (This creates a dust cloud in the container.)
  5. Tap the baby powder container on the top with your finger. (This allows any excess powder underneath the lid to fall onto the container.)
  6. While holding the OtterBox case so the INSIDE part of the screen is over the top of the baby powder lid, twist open the baby powder lid.
  7. Squeeze the container of powder gently so a little mushroom cloud of dust hits the underside of it.
  8. Replace the OtterBox cover on your iPhone. Touch the screen to ensure any bubbles are gone. If not, remove the cover, wipe off the screens on both the OtterBox cover and the iPhone and begin again.

Additional Tips

  • It may take a few attempts to get the correct amount of powder coating on the screen. If the white powder coating shows once the phone and cover are back together, simply wipe off both screens and try again.
  • Use a plain baby powder; avoid those with aloe or other additives for the best results.

Kinda like the old ‘salt-on-the-napkin’ trick so your frosty beverage doesn’t stick to the napkin!  Good Luck!

Let There Be Light

I’m surprised how many people don’t know about this handy feature in iOS7 yet…

Walking up to your house door late at night and can’t find the keyhole? Trying to find the lost TV remote under the couch?

iOS7 now has a flashlight built into it…no need for another app.

1) Simply go to your control center by sliding your finger up from the bottom of the screen.

2) Select the flashlight icon.

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Go therefore now and share the light!

Why “OEM” Matters: Part 1

On many occasions, questions are asked by our loyal patrons, one-time customers, and prospective customers:

“Why does it matter if I get an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) part installed?”
“What is the difference?”
“Why should I pay for your part when I can go on eBay and get one for $25?”
“Why should I use you instead of the other guy or XYZ Company?”

I decided to write on the topic of why I promote the fact that Oops Repair only uses OEM parts in all our repairs. This will be the first of several blogs explaining the advantages and benefits of buying OEM parts and having Oops Repair install them for you too.

This blog will be speaking specifically on iPhone parts.

Front Screen for iPhones: Let’s be open….yes, you can buy a new front screen assembly for your iPhone 5S from someone on eBay for $25…but what is it you’re really getting? You’re getting a 3rd party part.  What does that mean? They are made by other manufacturers. Third party parts are not the same as original manufacturer parts. They do not have the same standards or quality.  How so? Let’s take the time to dissect an iPhone front screen assembly (This is true for iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus:

  • LCD – The LCD on a Third Party iPhone Front (on right in picture below) assembly will be discolored and have a purplish hue to it.  They will glow funny and you will not have the ability to see true colors.  They also are susceptible to dead/burnt out pixels after being on for only a few hours. OEM LCD’s (On left) have sharp distinct colors with the ability have true black and white in an image without distortion. They are much higher quality and have better heat dissipation across the entire LCD to avoid dead pixels.
    iPhone Purple Hue
  • Glass – Third party glass is not tempered or designed to the same standards.  It is more prone to cracking, and will shatter much easier than the OEM glass. And when it does crack or shatter, it will fall out, much like if you broke a window in your house.  It doesn’t spiderweb and stay intact (like your original iPhone did)…it will be much easier to cut yourself.  Third party glass is also not designed to work in conjunction with the digitizer (touch function) thus making the touch function more problematic, less sensitive, and down-right annoying! OEM glass is tempered, won’t shatter and fall out in big chunks.  It is MADE to work with the digitizer and your touch is as responsive as it should be.
  • Mounting Brackets – These secure the front screen assembly to the frame of the iPhone.  Third party are flimsy, often misaligned with the iPhone frame and have poor adhesive bonding them…thus the screen will not be secured in the middle and may separate from the frame.  (If you see light cracking thru the middle of your iPhone…the mounting brackets may have came loose). OEM mounting brackets are rigid, slide into the mounting holes they are supposed to and have a high quality adhesive that bonds to the glass without worry.
  • Color – The face color of your iPhone was designed to be Apple black or Apple white. Third Party is a off-white and the black is not as dark as the original, neither will match the color of your original home button (which you will need to take out from your old front screen). OEM Parts, are the same color as the original and will match your home button accordingly.
  • Earpiece Dust Shield – Third Party is non-existent.  OEM Parts include the earpiece dust shield.
    earmesh

Other Parts for iPhones: Same is true for other iPhone parts, you can buy third party…be it the buttons, speakers, rear glass assembly, and the internal ribbon cables.  They aren’t the right color, they don’t fit right, don’t function or actuate as smooth, don’t sound as crisp, don’t include the needed adhesive, etc. They just don’t live up to the originals…

Installation by Oops Repair:  So now that you see the value in buying the right part, let me tout the the value in having your part installed by us.

  • We actually use the same new OEM parts we just mentioned above.
  • We have fixed THOUSANDS of iPhones.  We are pros and know what we are doing.
  • We Save You Time – We GUARANTEE all iPhone broken screens are repaired in 60 minutes…and most are actually done in less than 30 minutes.  Most people who try themselves easily spend 2 – 3 hours.  Go grab lunch and come back to a shiny new, working iPhone.
  • We have the part in stock. No need to wait for the part you want. Yeah, we have it.
  • We Help Avoid Stress – Most people get stressed, frustrated and start yelling at their significant other/kids/friends/pets when they start to repair an iPhone on their own.  They lose screws, accidentally clips cables, or make things worse then when they started…and it doesn’t quite look right or work right when they are done.  Let us handle it…and you go be stress free because we make sure that:
    1) All is accounted for – At Oops Repair, we will install every screw back (in the right spot) that we take out! (For an iPhone 5S Front Screen Repair that is over 30 teeny-tiny screws!). We get iPhones in where people tried themselves, or had it done somewhere else, and half the screws are missing!  Each screw is important…otherwise they wouldn’t be there!
    2) You have full functionality – Accidents happen, and internal cables get cut, clipped or torn. (Trust me I know this all to well) We promise that your iPhone will walk out working the same, or better, than when it came in.  We will repair any mistakes, that we may make, free of charge, and be upfront and honest about it when you pick it up.  If we break something, and we can’t fix it, we will replace it for you with a comparable device.
  • Price – We have the best price in town, and we openly post it on our website.  We will meet any competitor price…that has the same claims we do.
  • Warranty – 6 months, FULL PARTS AND LABOR, on all our repairs.
  • We are honest – No games, no hype, just truth. We will let you know if we can fix your iPhone or not.
  • You have a comfortable place to sit and wait with FREE Soda/Water, FREE Coffee, FREE Candy, FREE Wifi, Magazines, TV and friendly staff.
  • Our customers love us and you will too – Check out our Customer Testimonials on Facebook.

In Why “OEM” Matters: Part 2 I will be discussing the OEM parts for iPads….

– Josh, owner of OopsRepair

The “Undo Typing” feature for your iPhone

Here’s a handy trick that I use when typing a message or note…

If you want to undo some recent typing (either in a text message, note or email), just shake your iPhone quickly and a menu will pop up giving you the option to either undo or cancel.

Undo Typing

Tap the “Undo Typing” button, and your last typing will be undone.