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By January 27, 2016 Read More →

5 of the best sat navs to get you from A to B

It’s incredible to think that we are now in 2016 and sat-navs are yet to be an as-standard feature in most new cars. It means that you’ll still have a lot of thinking to do when you come to purchase such a system.

Taking into account the broadest range of factors – from the comprehensiveness and relevance of their feature set to their ease of use and price – we have listed five of our favourite sat navs presently on the market.

1. TomTom GO 6000

This already highly-rated sat nav has benefitted from a comprehensive software overhaul that has put it back among the very best in the industry. From sharp lifetime traffic services to highly accurate navigation and effortless usability, this contender ticks almost all of the obvious boxes. If budget is a problem for you, sign up to camelcamelcamel to keep a track of the price changes and once you see a price point that matches your budget, use a voucher code to save even more money on this great sat nav.

2. Garmin nuvi 2599LMT-D

Although this, Garmin’s current range-topper is certainly a strong all-round sat nav – thanks to its highly competitive price and lifetime traffic that prevents you having to fork out for a subscription fee – it isn’t as intelligent as the GO 6000 at coming up with ways to beat hold-ups. Still, there are new models apparently on the way soon.

3. Snooper Pro SC5700 DVR

The SC5700 distinguishes itself by apparently being the first single device to combine sat nav functionality with safety camera detection and a DVR dash cam-style recorder. The individual features work pretty well, and although we found trying to control several of them simultaneously a bit confusing, we consider this model a good option if you presently lack a nav, dash cam or safety cam locator.

4. TomTom Start 50

 If you don’t have much experience of using sat navs but don’t want to choose a model that only boasts the most basic functions, the Start 50 could make a lot of sense. Its concise, easy-to-understand routing will certainly make your journeys easier and the lifetime maps are also more than welcome. This sat nav’s biggest strengths of all, however, are its ease of use and sheer good value. Downsides? You don’t get jam updates, but we can forgive that at this price point.

5. Binatone U605

The U605 is hardly the most complicated of sat navs, but if you really do just want something that you will you from A to B with little fuss, there aren’t many better options around.  We liked the standard of this model’s routing, while its maps come with lifetime updates. However, there are arguably better entry-level five-inch systems available from the likes of Garmin and TomTom.

Are you unsure what you need to look for in a sat nav? Read Argos’ comprehensive satellite navigation buying guide and don’t be afraid to comment below on the best and worst sat navs that you have used.

Posted in: Editorial, GPS/Sat Nav
By January 12, 2016 Read More →

How Does Embedded Software Allow the Aviation Industry to be Safer?

Embedded software controls machinery and devices other than computers, and is becoming increasingly popular across many industries for the time and cost efficiency that it affords. Beyond this, however, embedded software can provide increased security and quality in modern technology. So how does this apply to the aviation industry?

Esterel’s DO-178C is a testament to the extra security that embedded technology can bring to aviation technology. The DO-178C is an example of ANSYS’ SCADE suite, which is employed for the design of critical systems solutions for embedded software in aircrafts – from automatic pilots to engine control and landing gear systems. SCADE’s certification suites are highly reputed within the aviation industry for their model-based design, which guarantees the provision of all the material necessary for a piece of software to meet all requirements, with constant testing throughout the creative process and realisation of a project.

The software maintains a symbiotic relationship between system models and software models with automatic synchronisation in both directions, thus allowing for the elimination of errors and glitches, and ensuring that the technology is both safe and regulation-compliant from start to finish.

SCADE technology also features LifeCycle, a component which means it is almost self-monitoring, providing traceability, configuration, and automatic document generation and monitoring on the dashboard, thus increasing safety by providing constant updates on its performance and status.

The DO-178C in particular is an update of the long-established DO-178B, which has been guaranteeing the safety of aircraft certification since 1992. The DO-178C incorporates newer technologies and methods, most notably model-based development and verification, which is hugely beneficial to safety. Featuring both model simulation and testing for safety, DO-178C trials software throughout the creation process, constantly testing its security. Adopted by the FAA and EASA in 2012, the DO-178C Certification Plans for SCADE Suite Applications provides users with templates for applications which they can then tailor to their specific needs. The software also helps users to define a plan to meet their particular objectives within the frame of safety regulations, therefore guaranteeing safety and eliminating a large part of the time-consuming planning process. A project created using SCADE’s DO-178C is managed from start to finish (development, verification, configuration management, and quality assurance), meaning that problems are eliminated almost immediately and nothing outside of safety guidelines can be conceptualised or implemented, even in the planning stage.

Posted in: Editorial
By November 30, 2015 Read More →

Six Amazing Reasons Why Video Conferencing Belongs in the Classroom

Technological advances in the realm of education have presented both students and educators alike with a slew of new ways to approach learning. You may have already heard of providers like Blue Jeans, who make it possible for today’s video conferencing equipment to be used in increasingly creative ways, resulting in innovations in the classroom and beyond.

According to Statista, 80 percent of teenagers reported that they expected to use mobile apps at work in 2015. With the use of such apps–including mobile video conferencing– in the workplace, it’s no small wonder that their popularity would begin to grow in schools as well. As the Huffington Post recently noted, the prominence of video conferencing apps on smartphones and other devices is making it easier, and almost commonplace, to connect with others all over the globe with merely a finger to your touchscreen, which, as a result, is changing the landscape of work and education. On a related note, The Telegraph recently reported on the rise of “digital nomads”, or employees who choose to work remotely in relaxing destinations via completely digital means.

With the rise of digital power in the workforce, it’s no small wonder that teenagers and students alike would be accustomed to–and expecting–the use of mobile technology at work and school. The benefits of this technology in the classroom, then, is truly a great exposure to how video conferencing can change the approach to education. Read on for six reasons why this spread of video conferencing can really make a whole new world of difference for both students and teachers alike in the classroom.  

 

1.  Virtual Guests, Presentations, and Trips

By far, one of the most amazing powers of video conferencing is the ability to connect with anyone at any time, all over the world. With this ability, the creative possibilities you may experience in the classroom are endless. You can have a guest lecturer from another country, a virtual field trip through a foreign landmark or an expedition through a rainforest, or just connect with other students across the globe. By seeking out the myriad of opportunities to connect with other educational institutions, educators, and social and cultural institutions around the world, lectures and classes can be supplemented in ways you may have never thought possible.

 

2. Recordable Lessons

Another handy benefit of video conferencing is that you can record lessons for later access. Students can access the lessons again at any time, and thanks to the power of cloud computing, they can also access supplemental handouts and readings that are made available, even on their mobile devices.  

 

3. A Greater Course Selection

The use of video conferencing in the classroom allows the broadcasting of classes so that they are accessible online to remote students. Additionally, classes may be available at other facilities and schools, and video conferencing makes it easy to access additional classes as part of an extended or supplemental curriculum.   

 

4. Virtual Office Hours

Video conferencing allows greater opportunity for teacher-student interaction, even if in-person office hours aren’t on the schedule. Hosting virtual office hours allows you to meet at any time, and also promotes greater communication between student and teacher. As a teacher, it’s important to be available to your students, and having a more personal connection as opposed to email or phone can help facilitate a greater engagement in learning. As a student, it’s comforting and supportive to know that your teacher is invested in you and thus available to you when they may have been previously unreachable. 

 

5. Encourage Collaboration Between Students near and Far

By connecting with other educational institutions, you’ll find it’s possible for students in remote locations to collaborate with one another. In keeping with some of the benefits mentioned in point number one, collaboration across countries and time zones allows students to experience a whole new way of learning, as well as an exposure to new cultures and lines of thought. You can imagine how exciting it must be to connect with another classroom across the globe in order to learn a new language, take a guided tour of a cultural institution, or follow a current event in real time.

 

6. Hold a Class Online

Gone are the days when classes need to be missed just because you are sick– whether you’re the teacher or the student, there’s still a way for you to effectively connect. Teachers can also offer classes for institutions abroad, so that foreign students can dial in to your class and participate.

These are just a few of the benefits you may encounter in the classroom when video conferencing is involved. Many of these advantages were previously unfathomable, and as technology continues to evolve and educators get more and more creative, it’s likely that you’ll start seeing even more uses for video conferencing and other methods of digital education. Embracing the power of technology has truly opened up a whole new world of experience for students and teachers alike, and it’s likely that the future will only hold more and more of these unique features and benefits. By keeping abreast of advances in the realm of video conferencing, you’re sure to see even more amazing new things on the horizon.

 

By October 30, 2015 Read More →

4 Recent Innovations in Video Game Development

Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 00.44.05The global video game industry is estimated to be worth £80bn and is one of the fastest growing sectors, overtaking the movie and music industries; in part due to an influx of new technologies and developments. We have looked at some of the recent trends and innovations that are shaping the video game industry:

 

Preview Programmes

Preview programmes are a new trend becoming popular with game studios, which allows gamers to feedback into the development process. Steam Early Access and the Xbox preview programme allow gamers to access new titles before they are finished so that they can have a say in the finished product. Small studios are breaking away from the traditional publishing models and incorporating gamers’ opinions into the development process to create a better gamer experience. 

Some studios are even live-streaming the development of their video games, making the whole process more transparent for gamers. Dutch independent game studio Vlambeer has 12,000 users subscribed to its live-stream; the closer audience interaction also means that there are more gamers advocating the game even from the early stages of development.

 

Virtual Reality 

A number of virtual reality gaming headsets are set to hit the market in 2016, including the much talked about Oculus Rift, Sony’s Project Morpheus and Microsoft’s HoloLens. The virtual reality field has so far been dominated by headset technology, but some companies are exploring different technologies; two Amazon patents recently released have revealed their plans to develop AI technology that avoids the need for a headset. This new take on virtual reality uses a projector and single light source to map a room in 3D space.

 

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

According to Microsoft, video games and AI research are ‘mutually beneficial’; AI technology can be used to create virtual characters that behave realistically and intelligently within the game world. 

For the gamer, this means that non-player characters are capable of planning and learning in a way that more closely mimics real-world situations. Google has already contributed by creating a network that can look at a complex image and describe in natural language what is happening.

For developers, this means utilising some of the new resources for game development that incorporate AI technology into the process. Recent versions of game engines such as Frostbite 3 for PlayStation and Xbox, or FPS creator Reloaded for Oculus Rift incorporate artificial intelligence into their development framework to create more realistic in-game experiences for the gamer.

 

Computer-Developed Games

Moving on from artificial intelligence within video games, a researcher at the UK University of Falmouth has created an AI program that develops its own games. The program is called ANGELA – ‘A Novel Game-Evolving Labrat I’ve Named Angela’, and it uses parameters set by its creator to develop video games.

It is essentially a computer algorithm that learns to make a game; as time goes on, ANGELA requires less and less input from its creator. So far, the games created by ANGELA don’t compare to human-developed video games, but as the program learns more over time the aim is that it will be able to write its own code and develop independently.

 

 

Posted in: Editorial, gaming
By September 15, 2015 Read More →

Videoconferencing – Where do you Want to Talk?

shutterstock_151167128The concept of video conferencing was once the sole domain of science fiction as you are no doubt aware, but things have changed considerably since the days of old, and with good reason. Technology has marched forward at a considerable pace, and with smart devices at everyone’s disposal, it should be no surprise that companies like the BlueJeans are taking clear advantage of it. There are a few things that you must understand about the new video conferencing software, particularly how it will help you to connect to your employees or co-workers better.

We’ve Come this Far

How far have we come with video conferencing exactly? What changes have been made? Do you remember software like Netmeeting? Do you remember how difficult it could be to arrange a meeting with that software? Yes it was lightweight and it did come pre-installed on every machine from Windows 98 all the way to Windows XP, but it did have its share of limitations, for example the ability to run solely on Windows which created compatibility issues. For many years companies have dreamed of having the ability to connect anywhere regardless of the device or operating system. Just imagine being able to video conference through a web browser back in the nineties – that would definitely take the cake. These days, believe it or not, web browsers are very much able to perform tasks such as chat, video conferencing, file transfers, etc. The changes in web browsers have given them so much more capability than the HTML display application they used to be. Now, a web browser can be your portal to the world, at least with the right plugins.

What Device do you Want?

The most important question right now, is where do you want to chat from? Where do you want your employees to chat from? Holding a conference has never been easier, and the available software supports a number of different platforms. Whether you want to bring a smartphone to the table, or perhaps want to chat from your computer, all you need to do is click a button. The video conferencing software today even supports Google Hangouts, meaning you never have to install any software – it just works.

Imagine a scenario where you have several employees out of the office and you need to hold an emergency meeting. In the old days you would need to coral everyone into one place, which can be quite inconvenient, and it can be bad for business. There are several commodities in business that cannot be measured tangibly but are critical nonetheless:

  • Money
  • Employees
  • Time

Notice how we have bolded the last point: time. When they say that time is money, they aren’t kidding. Without time you would be unable to complete even the most basic of tasks, and the more time you waste, the less you will be able to accomplish. The more time your employees spend in the office having meetings, the less time they will be spending with clients, and that’s really bad for business. That being said, now would be a great time to start looking into a better video conferencing software. Remember, videoconferencing is not necessarily JUST for contacting foreign investors or customers in other states, though it is most certainly useful for that. Conferencing software can be focused on employees as well as outside contacts, and the newest software can save more time than you realize.

So long as everyone in your office has a compatible device and a good connection, they will be able to participate in your meetings, and soon enough, you will have a much higher level of productivity. It might seem like a small change, but a good software for online conferencing like Blue Jeans UK can literally change the way you do business, and that’s definitely worth looking into.

Go to the Cloud

Author Stream recently published a paper outlining some of the benefits of cloud computing, and particularly, moving video services to the cloud. Rather than relying on software that is installed locally, make sure that you find a company who can provide you with a cloud solution.

The cloud is an amazing innovation, and a great way to save money according to Tech Target, though not new by any means. In terms of video conferencing, it means that you will not have to deal with the administration of the software, and it means that you will not have to worry about compatibility issues. A piece of software served from another location will be compatible with all browsers and all operating systems across the board. Going to the cloud is one of the best things that you could possibly do for your company. Start looking into the benefits of taking your video to the cloud and it won’t be long before you’re saving both time and money.

 

By September 11, 2015 Read More →

How video interview software can help grow your business

indexIt’s been said multiple times that time is money And this is key to how video interview software can help grow your business. 

Let’s sit down and do some simple math.  Imagine you’ve got a team of New Hires which need to be acquired in the next month for a division of your sales’ floor.  You’ve got to employ twenty of them, and you have a candidate pool that is four hundred strong.  Each of the candidates in this pool has qualifications which make them a fit for the position, but any hiring agent realises that how a person appears on paper, and how that person is in real life, aren’t the same thing.  Either the person over or under represents themselves; or there are outright lies on the paper.  This is why physical interviews are so important.  But the biggest component of a physical interview is the visual aspect.  Ergo, video interview selection software is a way to have your cake and eat it too.  Rather than coordinating four-hundred interviews and setting aside several valuable days of company time, you can just use some combination of automated video interviewing software, or online video interviewing software, to have a prospective candidate answer a few questions and help you determine immediately whether they fit the bill. 

So on the math end, if it takes ten minutes to conduct an interview and ten minutes to decide if an interviewee fits the requirements of your organization, then you can conduct three such interviews in an hour, or twenty-four in a day.  That’s assuming the day is eight hours.  Now most organizations allow for a one hour lunch/break combination throughout the day.  This means you can get twenty-four interviews completed over the course of nine hours if everything is proceeding ideally and there are no delays.  Let us continue from this assumption. 

If there are 400 applicants, you’re looking at 16.6 work days in order to find that 20 person sales team you are after.  If the hiring personnel are paid $20.00 an hour, you’re looking at a flat $3,000.00 for that hiring person to find your 20-person team. (16.6 work days X 9 hours (including break) per work day, X $20.00 = $3,000.00.)  By contrast, if you’re using automated video interviewing, the individual can make a determination based on several pre-prepared questions and isn’t required to sit through the entire interview.  In such a way you can zoom through the 400-person candidate list, find the twenty who best fit your needs, and conduct all twenty of those necessarily personal interviews in a single workday.  At most, you’re looking at 18 hours (two work days) multiplied by $20.00, which comes out to $360.00, or just over a tenth of the cost involved in interviews that aren’t conducted via video interview.  With arithmetic, it’s easy to see how video interview software can help grow your business.  Utilizing it in this scenario would save $2640.00 in a single month.  Imagine if you’ve got to hire a new sales team monthly.  Video interview software could save you around $32,000/year at the rates discussed here.

So when you ask how video interview software can help grow your business, numbers give a solid answer that’s difficult to contend against.  Sonru is a purveyor of video interview software that stands to save you thousands every year, if used correctly.  Imagine what you could do with an extra $32,000 in malleable assets annually available to your business.  Sonru can make such things a real possibility, allowing your business to grow unimpeded.  Contact Sonru for video interview solutions that are absolutely quantifiable.

Posted in: Editorial
By September 11, 2015 Read More →

38 year-old Eutelsat poised to disrupt the mobile banking solutions market.

Demand for high-speed internet soars

Today’s consumers expect access to high-speed internet everywhere they go. They want to use their internet connected devices to get the information they need, whether they are meeting with friends and family at a coffeeshop, taking a vacation during the holidays, or camping at a remote location.

Before they decide where to spend their time outside of their homes, they first check whether the place they are going offers access to the internet. They want the ability to upload pictures and videos faster. They want to be able to download documents faster. And they want to watch videos at high-definition resolutions without buffering.

Because of that, businesses and public places that do not offer a way for consumers to connect to internet are having a hard time attracting customers. And they are losing business to those that make it possible for customers to connect anytime.

And it’s not just consumers that expect high-speed internet at the places they frequent.

Employees demand access to high-speed internet at the workplace too. The business applications they use everyday to get their jobs done and communicate with their colleagues are increasingly hosted on cloud-based servers, which can only be accessed through the internet. Employees feel unproductive without high-speed internet. And they are demanding better internet connectivity at work as a result.

 

Eutelsat delivers affordable high-speed internet

Eutelsat, a French-based satellite provider, has helped businesses meet the challenge of delivering high-speed internet to customers and employees since 1977, across all seven continents.

As one of the leading business internet providers in Europe, Eutelsat’s satellite services are used across a wide range industries, including automotive, banking, energy and utility, public and private safety, media, and tourism industries.

Several businesses count on Eutelsat to deliver fast broadband internet access to their customers and employees, making it one of the most trusted and reliable telecommunications companies in every country they operate in.

Tourists who stay at Recreatiepark Slot Cranendonck, a popular campsite in the Netherlands, are able to access the internet from 99% of the campsite after the campsite operators installed four small Eutelsat satellite dishes.

Installing the satellites has become a competitive advantage for Recreatiepark Slot Cranendonck because tourists choose to stay there instead of other campsites, who don’t have easy and high-speed internet access.

The broadband internet service also serves as an additional source of revenue for the campsite because customers don’t mind buying access codes to connect to the network. That makes it possible for the operators to cover the costs of installation and expand the service to other campsites they manage.

 

Eutelsat is ready to serve the underbanked

Due to the success Eutelsat has had with its toowayTM Business solutions in other industries, executives believe there’s an opportunity for more growth in the banking sector, specifically mobile banking solutions.

Africa and many remote rural areas across every continent lack access to banking outlets and cash machines because these locations don’t have the infrastructure needed to deliver these services. Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellites have the capacity to provide the secure and reliable broadband connectivity financial institutions need to reach the underbanked.

As one of the world’s leading satellite operators, with 38 years of experience commercializing capacity on 35 KA-SAT satellites across many industries and every continent, Eutelsat brings their market expertise to the banking sector as demand for high-speed internet soars in remote rural areas.

 

Summary

One of the world’s leading business internet providers that delivers global coverage for broadcast, data and broadband markets eyes the mobile banking solutions markets. Eutelsat wants to partner with banks to serve the underbanked everywhere.

By September 9, 2015 Read More →

Wrike — A Fresh Approach to Project Management Software

wrike-screenNowadays, to beat the odds of success your business must offer an exceptional product for the best price — and be faster than everyone else. To do that, you need to be sure that your business and projects run with clockwork precision, even if your team is distributed across several locations. These are hefty challenges to be overcome again and again by companies worldwide. But you don’t need to spend time searching for a special coach or educational program, because Wrike’s work management tool can help you create and maintain well-coordinated processes and relieve those headaches.

Is Wrike a magic wand?

In certain senses, yeah, it is. With one wave — or in other words, by using Wrike’s online tools for collaboration — you create a real-time collaborative workspace where all internal project work can be held and organized. Equally important, working in Wrike does not require special skills or expertise. Wrike believes everything of genius is simple, and their tool proves it.

▪          Tasking. Forget about notes and endless emails. All you need to do is create a task, name it, and assign it to the right person. They’ll get an automatic notification and reminders about all their tasks. Wrike also provides a real-time newsfeed for all project updates, and allow users to comment on a project or task, amend attachments, and update any details right there. All participants know what to do, what has changed, and what results are expected from them.

▪          Timing. In the same easy manner, Wrike will make stressful all-nighters from forgotten deadlines a thing of the past. Wrike tasks are scheduled, progress is tracked with custom statuses, reminders are sent according to your preferences, and teams can keep projects under control with the help of the interactive Timeline (Gantt chart).

▪          Access and control. Whenever and wherever you are, you can check on project statuses, and look at the current workload of each team member with the Workload View. To keep control over your work, projects and tasks are only shared on a folder-by-folder or even task-by-task basis. You decide which Wrike users in your account can see any given project, and you can alter those permissions later when you need to add more people or keep work private.

More Wrike magic

▪          Wrike has free mobile applications for Android and iOS, so you can stay updated and access Wrike whenever you have your phone handy.

▪          Another nice feature is the Wrike Chrome extension. Any site you visit around the web can be bookmarked as a task and assigned to a colleague for further work related to the page.

▪          Wrike is a flexible project management tool that integrates with many other popular software products, so it can be easily picked up by many different types of teams, including marketing, sales, product development, project managers, and more.

▪          Wrike provides great resources to help new clients adapt to using Wrike and rollout the new tool to their team. You can read blogs posts, download free ebooks written by Wrike experts, watch tutorial videos on their Youtube channel, and contact their top-notch support team if you have questions.

▪          MTV, HTC, PayPal, Stanford University, and many other leading companies have chosen Wrike and achieved great results.

Wrike is not just another project management software. It’s a fresh approach to work that will shift your business to a higher level of performance, one without useless processes in place. It will help unlock the potential of your team to accelerate your business and improve results.

By September 1, 2015 Read More →

How to Recover Files after Format?

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 07.38.35Mention the word ‘free’ and you may think that there’s no free lunch in this world. But in the world of software, you should know that there’s one recovery software free download that has been making the waves all over the world.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free 9.0 is one of the best file recovery software for all of your photo recovery needs to recover deleted, formatted or lost data from PC, laptop or removable device easily and quickly. It even supports a lot of languages, so you can use it natively according to your preference.

 

There’s actually a solid reason as to why the recovery software free download is so popular. It is so easy to get started with using the file recovery software – download, install and launch. No questions asked and no unnecessary email that you have to give-away.

Say for example if you want to perform a photo recovery of your digital camera, this recovery software free download comes with two progressive scanning modes:

  1. Quick Scan – helps you to find deleted files
  2. Deep Scan – helps you to find formatted, inaccessible or lost files

It will be able to help you recover anything from pictures, videos, audio, emails, documents and everything else in between. You can even pause at any time during the scan and continue later, but it is advisable to complete the scan as soon as possible to maximize the chances of photo recovery.

Another cool feature of this file recovery software is that you can specify the exact file type and location before you even start the scanning process. So if you want to perform a photo recovery from your digital camera, just select Graphics and your Digital Camera. This will ensure that the recovery software free download application saves you precious time and gives you the exact files that you want. Once it finds all the recoverable files, you can then filter your search by file name, type and date. Since it is an image file, you can even view the thumbnail of that image, so you can be sure of which files that you want to proceed with the recovery process.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free 9.0 is a top file recovery software that can be used for all of your photo recovery needs. Who say a free application can’t be this good? The recovery software free download certainly is more valuable than some of the paid applications that are out there in the market.

Posted in: Apps & Games, Editorial
By July 27, 2015 Read More →

Top 4 Questions To Ask Your Screen Repair Centre

Iphone-Ipad-posterCracked screens are one of the main reasons for getting your iPhone, iPad or iPod repaired. Due to their size and portable nature, it is only a matter of time before the inevitable happens. As the screen is made of glass, any cracks can leave dangerous sharp edges that can cause injury. Over time the cracks will get worse, so it’s a good idea to cover the affected area with sellotape to protect your fingers and to stop loose glass falling out.

If your device has been dropped onto a hard surface then, it is quite common for the metal edges of the rear cover to be dented, particularly on the corners. As the metal is aluminium this can dent very easily. The good news is that in most cases, the rear metal cover does not need to be replaced in order to fit replacement glass. As the metal is fairly soft, it is relatively easy to straighten out any dents to ensure the new glass fits properly.

iPhone Cracked Screen

 

The first thing to check is whether you can still see images on the iPad. If there is no distortion and the colours appear normal then the underlying LCD is unlikely to have been affected. For the vast majority of screen repairs, there is no need to replace the underlying LCD.

Many iPhone and iPad users are unaware of what is involved with a screen repair which is why we’ve listed the following questions that may help you make a more informed decision.

tips

Ask About…The Quality Of The Glass

There are lots of thin imitation screens available on the market and whilst these may work initially they are far less durable and more susceptible to crack even during normal handling. The thicker the glass the more durable it is which is why it is important to ask the repair centre what they use.

Ask About…The Adhesive Used

We have seen countless examples of screens coming away (delaminating) from repair centres that haven’t used the correct adhesive. At Fone Angels we make sure to sure the same high strength adhesive that was used in the original iPad or iPhone.

Ask About…The Testing

Due to the complexity of modern smartphones, a screen replacement involves opening up your device and the careful re-fitting of components. This is particularly important if the device is being posted back to the customer as it is not easy to ‘pop in’ to rectify any problem.

Ask About…The Warranty

To give reassurance, repair centres offer warranty for any repairs – some provide 90 days, others don’t offer anything,  Fone Angels provide a 12 month warranty on all our repairs as standard!

 

This post was originally created by Fone Angels and can be found be clicking here.

Posted in: Editorial, Phones, Tablets
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