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Gadgets for your Kitchen

Whether you’re an amateur in the kitchen or a Master Chef, these kitchen gadgets will make your time in the kitchen a little more fun.

Gadgets have come into play in just about every aspect of our daily lives. That includes gadgets for your home, for the shower, for your car, for working out, and just about any other part of your everyday routine. Gadgets for the kitchen have emerged onto the tech scene in a major way. Check out these awesome gadgets for your kitchen that help you speed up the process of cooking at home.

Silicon Lid with Steamship Design

pot steamshipThe best way to top off your culinary masterpiece in progress. This lid for your crock pot puts some fun into cooking.

Drum Stick Mixing Spoons

drumstick spoonsMultitask while you’re cooking and make your meals even more creative. Check out a fun drum stick / mixing spoon combination kitchen gadget.

Marinade Supplying Meat Tenderizer

meat tenderizerThis awesome meat tenderizer adds in your glaze and tenderizes at the same time. Perfect for lazy cooks!

Kitchen Emergency App

kitchen emergencyNest’s Protect smoke/carbon monoxide detector offers top quality sensors for every kitchen emergency – even though those emergencies make great stories. This kitchen gadget has an app for your phone to alert you of any potential
kitchen problems.

Automatic Pot Stirrer

enhanced-13272-1438190656-2Another great kitchen gadgets for the lazy home cooks out there – this automatic pot stirrer will stir your culinary masterpiece for you! No effort required here.

Save Your Storage: Tips on Saving your Mobile Data

1921470302Most of us use our phones far past the standard 16 GB of data that comes with your average device these days. So how can you take pictures and videos, download apps, chat on Facebook and use all the other features on your phone without racking up massive charges on your bill? Here are some helpful tips on how to save your mobile data from The Verge.

Delete Local Copies of Photos and Videos

Instead of using your phone’s storage to save your photos and videos, use a photo app like Flickr or Google Photos. Both include auto-upload features that will upload every photo and video you take with your phone, and even better, they’ll automatically organize them.

Stream Your Music

Just like your photos, it’s easy to stream your music instead of storing them on your phone with an app like Spotify. Google offers a great free music service as well, which will upload all of your tracks and allow you to stream them back on a desktop or through an app.

Make Use of Your Browser

It’s hard to believe, but you don’t need an app for everything. Use Google if you need to find the definition of a word or lyrics to a song. Sure, there’s probably an app for it, but you can save money by using your web browser when possible.

Check out more tips on saving your data here!

Samsung Galaxy S3/S4 – What is the proper procedure for repairing a broken screen?

Can I just replace the glass on my Galaxy phone?

This is a question we get all the time regarding the Samsung Galaxy S3/S4 phones. Most consumers just assume that if their glass is broken it is a easy and cheap repair to do. Unfortunately, the process for changing just the glass is not only time consuming but unless the proper procedure is followed it can lead to more damage to the phone than was present at the start.


Problems from faulty “glass only” repairs can be as follows:



What is the correct way to replace the broken screen?

The proper procedure for the glass only repair would require a hot plate and autoclave, if you have no idea what those are or where to get them we would advise against doing the glass only repair. Some local shops or individuals offer to replace the glass only and even in those cases they are either using an improper adhesive (3M double sided tape) or are leaving out the all too important optical adhesive layer between the LCD and glass that prevents the flexing/markings stated in the list above.

The only way to ensure that the repair is done correctly is to replace the entire front assembly. That includes the LCD and glass in one entire unit and is guaranteed to work perfectly and not have any indication that a repair was even performed. This is the same way that Samsung refurbishes or repair units from warranty exchange. The quality of parts used in this type of repair can also be controlled better, as you can test each individual front assembly unit to keep defects at a minimum.

Full assembly repairs also require less time to perform and can be done while you wait. While it is still not a repair we recommend for beginners it can be done by a trained technician or someone familiar with the inner workings of a smartphone. In order to guarantee that the repair is done appropriately we advise you get a trained technician who is well versed in the inner workings of the device and not a friend or coworker. We also suggest that you use a retail location due to the warranty that is associated with the repair that covers both parts and labor. We hope that this information is useful and will guide you in the process for getting your Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4 repaired.

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Wet Cell Phone? 7 Steps To Minimize Water Damage


At some point or another we’ve all ended up with a wet cell phone. Whether it was left out in the rain or dropped in the sink, few things will make your heart sink faster than realizing your phone, and all its valuable contents, just got drenched. Since we work on these types of problems all the time, here are 7 steps for minimizing the damage to your wet cell phone.



1. Remove the device from the water immediately. Even though most modern smart phones only have small accessible ports (headphone jack, charging port, mic…etc) it is still possible for water to get inside the device. Removing it from water as soon as possible is going to prevent as much water as possible from reaching the inner workings of the phone/device.


Google Nexus S Cell Phone Disassembly 9

2. Remove the battery from the device (if applicable). If you have access to the battery of the device remove it as soon as you get it out of the water. This will prevent electricity from surging through the board and possibly causing more damage to the device. If you do not have access to the battery make sure the device is immediately turn off and DO NOT connect it to a charger AT ALL. Some devices will all have water damage stickers located near the battery, you can check those to see how deep the water has penetrated.


sd card and sim card removal

3. Take out all accessories (SD Card, SIM Card..etc). To ensure that there is no damage to sensitive data it is a good idea to remove items such as the SIM Card and SD card from the device. This will at the very least prevent the water from corroding the contacts on the cards preventing them from being sued again or from extracting data if the phone is not repaired.



4. Dry any visible water from the phone (Do not tilt or shake device). Using a paper towel or soft cloth try and remove the remaining water that is still on the surface of the phone. This will prevent any of the water from seeping deeper into the device and causing further damage. Even though it is likely that a submerged device is full of water it is still best to try and remove as much as possible.



5. DO NOT try and use a hairdryer to dry off the phone. It may seem like a good idea to try and dry off some of the water inside the phone. However, this could lead to water being driven further into the device and causing it to dry on the board and components. When the water dries it can create minerals from the water to deposit on the board or other components corroding them and creating more problems.



6. Submerge device or phone into water absorbent material (at least overnight). While most people use rice as an absorbent, the recommended solution for absorbing as much out of the device is silica gel (yes those little beads that come inside new shoes). The silica  will absorb as much water as it will come in contact with, it is recommended to rotate or move the device into different positions to try and draw as much water from the phone.


7. Let the phone sit on absorbent towels or cloth. After you have let the phone sit in the drying material overnight it is still advised to let the device sit on an absorbent material to see if all the water has been removed. Check the towel periodically to ensure that there is no water present on the towel and replace it accordingly. Time can vary but 4-6 hours should usually be enough, remember to rotate the device during the period as well.


This drying process may work for light water damage (partially submerged or a spill) but for anything that has been fully submerged we recommend following the steps 1-4 and bringing the phone to a professional repair facility where they will be able to properly diagnose and repair the device.


What we recommend:

A professional repair facility will be able to fully disassemble the unit and take the necessary steps to ensure that all of the moisture has been completely removed. This includes under the board, chips on the board and any possible corrosion present on the components. While there is no guarantee when it comes to repairing a water damaged device the success rate is much higher when these steps are taken in conjunction with the use of a professional shop to perform the proper water damage repair.