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Huawei - pronounced "wha-wei"

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Zhiqiang Xu, president of Huawei USA, says the Chinese tech company aims to be "one of the top three smartphone players in the US within the next five years."

Huawei previously only offered two phones in the US, where it has a very quiet presence as a result, but the new P8 Lite smartphone announced Wednesday is part of Huawei's strategy to become one of the top phone makers in the US, where Xu hopes the P8 Lite's inexpensive $250 price tag relative to its mid-range specs will help get the ball rolling for the company.

Xu said that Huawei is "committed to the US market," and the company will eventually release entry-level and premium phones.

The P8 Lite is a toned-down version of the company's premium flagship smartphone, simply called the P8, which Huawei hasn't revealed when it'll release in the US, if ever. The P8 Lite's angular design projects a pseudo-premium look and feel, despite the it being mostly made of plastic. And, as the name suggests, the P8 Lite is indeed very light. It will also run Android 4.4, an outdated version of the operating system, out of the box and be able to run the latest Android 5.1 in the near future.

Huawei P8 LiteBusiness Insider/Antonio Villas-Boas

It's sharp, angular design and metal border looks good. It also features dual-sim ports.

But Huawei has a lot of work ahead: The US smartphone market is currently dominated by Apple and Samsung, with LG in third place.

Huawei's P8 Lite is likely to attract those seeking value without compromising design or performance. The phone has decent specs, including a 13-megapixel camera and a 5-inch 720p display, but its main selling points are its relatively low price tag of $250 without a contract. (The iPhone 6 costs at least $650 without a contract.)

Though two-year carrier contracts have their upsides — the subsidized pricing allows more customers to buy premium phones for a fraction of the price — some find contracts unfavorable because they limit phone upgrades to every two years.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com

Blackberry - No Telephone (Voice) or Data Service

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  • Turn on your Blackberry.
  • Use the trackwheel to move the cursor to the icon that looks like a radio tower (when your cursor is over this icon, the words, TURN WIRELESS ON will appear). 
  • Click the trackwheel (push it in) to turn on the radio. 
  • This radio must be on to send and receive messages.
  • Check the coverage strength indicator in the upper right corner of the Blackberry screen. If there is an X or the word OFF instead of the antenna icon, then the radio is not on. Try step two again. 
  • Any emails sent will stay in a queue and be delivered when the antenna has been turned back on.

Apple - iPad LCD / Screen Problems

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There are generally four problems that occur with LCDs and there a couple of easy tests to judge what part may be causing the problem.

First is the ever popular cracked screen. This occurs when blunt force trauma causes the front glass or the liquid crystal panel to break which can cause the liquid crystal to start oozing out behind the front glass.  This usually starts a spider web looking pattern from the impact point and puddles of the liquid crystal to form blocking the picture from the screen.  This will require a new LCD and usually stops there if that is all it is doing.

The second biggest issue is the backlight. Typically, this is diagnosed when you look real close to the screen you can still make out a picture, but it is extremely dark and changing the brightness does not help. The backlight in the LCD itself generally will have to be replaced, another cause may be the logic board but only happens if there is a short somewhere or there is spill damage.

The third issue is just a solid white or gray screen. If the machine still boots up, but there is no picture, this means your backlight is working fine, but there is something wrong getting the picture up to the LCD. 

The last issue is the completely black screen with no picture, no backlight, just nothing. This problem may be caused by a faulty LCD, but leaves us with the logic board which more often than not is the culprit in this situation. The most common cause for this is a dead graphics chip.

I hope this clears things up, and hopefully you’ll have a good starting point on diagnosing your own LCD problem.

Apple - How do I fix my iPad if it will not turn on, turn off, or wake up?

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If your iPad will not turn on or wake up, the battery is probably out of power and needs to be recharged. Try charging the iPad for at least 10-20 minutes and see if it springs to life. If it is still out of commission after even an hour or so, you will need to try restarting, resetting, updating and restoring the device in that order as Apple recommends. If it still won't turn on, you may have a hardware problem. It is most likely a dead or weak battery, but it could be a display problem or your battery might need replacing.

If your iPad will not turn off, you will need to try resetting it or force quitting a misbehaving app. If that won't work, or the iPad is unresponsive, let the battery drain until it runs out of power and then recharge it. This may solve the problem on its own or you may need to try restoring the device. Please note that restoring the iPad will erase all data. Be sure that you have recently backed up your iPad before restoring it.

Introduction to our company and what we are about...

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This is TT3 Repairs first blog post on this website - this online business to be exact!

Feel free to grab a cup of tea and a cookie, put your feet up and take a look around. You'll find heaps of great content and information about our business, and there's plenty of information about device faults and problems.

I hope you enjoy and feel free to let us know what you think.

We know in the this technological driven age how truly terrible it can feel for ones favorite device to break, and how important that device is for everyday life.

We try in these stressful situations to give our customers complete peace of mind with affordable prices, secure transportation and fast services. We make sure our customers are informed from beginning to end as to what stage we are with the device.

We revolve our business around unrivaled customer service as has been lost in many industries in South Africa today. 

And we NEVER EVER begin any repairs on a device unless the customer has given us full 'go ahead' on the repair. So never worry about getting surprises.

So give us a try and we won't disappoint you.

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