Tips to Keep Your Computer Running Smoothly

Trying to use a slow, problem-prone computer can be agonizing, especially when you need to get work done. Performing routine maintenance and caring for your computer is the key to preventing future problems and maintaining a quick performance time. Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think, and you’ll be happy you took the time to do so.

By utilizing these tips, you’ll be able to keep your computer running quickly and smoothly while preventing serious problems with your hard drive:

Update The Software and Operating Systems

The most important step you can take to ensure that your computer is secure and running properly is to check for software updates frequently and update them when available. In many circumstances, you will notice an alert when there is an update, but you need to manually check yourself in other cases.  

Uninstall Unused Software

Unused software applications downloaded onto your computer take up a lot of hard drive space and drains the system’s resources quickly. Check your downloaded software periodically and decide if there are any that you don’t use. Uninstall the programs you decide you don’t need to be on your computer.

Utilize Antivirus Protection

Keeping your computer and data safe and secure should always be a priority. Protect against malicious software by installing anti-virus and anti-spyware programs onto your computer. Keep these programs up to date as well to ensure they are doing their job at all times. These programs will ease your mind that you are protected from viruses and other issues that plague many computer users.

Defragment Your Hard Drive

Another incredibly important task in hard drive maintenance consists of defragmenting your hard drive. When you consistently create, delete, and reorganize your files and applications, the hard drive becomes fragmented, meaning that your computer’s data is split into pieces and gets stored in various areas throughout the hard disk. The more fragmented your data becomes, the slower your computer will operate.

To defragment, you’ll want to rearrange your files saved on the hard drive so that they are stored in nearby, easy to find locations. Doing this will also lower the time it takes for you to locate and access your files.  

Backup Your Files

Frequently backing up your files and data is a great way to ensure that you never lose anything important in case your hard drive gets damaged. This also allows you to keep your hard drive free of any unnecessary information.

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What is VacuBond®?

Adding display and touch screens to your business, office, or facility provides numerous benefits when it comes to engaging, attracting, and keeping customers, clients, and employees happy and interested in your workings. If you’re looking to add one of these displays or touchscreens, make sure it’s the best quality possible by utilizing VacuBond® Vacuum Bonding with Apollo Display Technologies.

What is VacuBond® Vacuum Bonding?

VacuBond® Vacuum Bonding, also known as direct dry optical bonding, is the most advanced optical bonding in the industry! Optical bonding refers to the process where a protective layer of resin is applied between the glass and the screen’s TFT panel. This is done to tightly bond the two layers to create a stable, sleek laminate rid of any gaps or air pockets. 

 Advantages of VacuBond® Vacuum Bonding?

You won’t regret using VacuBond®! There are many benefits of using this type of optical bonding process for your displays and touch screens:

  • Zero optical defect production
  • Perfect material stability (no yellowing)
  • No condensation, fogging, or glare
  • High vibration and shock resistance
  • A sleek, clean finish with no air gaps
  • A bright, eye-catching visual
  • Increased touch accuracy for touch screens

Vacubond® Enables:

  • The bonding of
    • all TFT display sizes up to 32″
    • cover glasses on TFT displays with integrated PCAP touch
    • touch screens of all technologies and/or protective glass
    • PMMA/acrylic glass
    • modern TFT displays without stable mechanics/frames
    • of the pure TFT cell without a frame
    • the back of the TFT cell to eliminate free air spaces
      (“free air exclusion bonding” respectively “Void exclusion” bonding for ATEX – IECEx – certifications)
  • direct bonding into your housing

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5 Tips for Taking Care of Device Chargers

Our precious electronics are useless without their respective chargers! You’re probably used to the familiar feeling of worry and urgency when you notice your device’s battery is running low; no one enjoys it. It just goes to show how vital these cables are to help us ensure that our electronics are always ready to go when we need them. 

Without the charger, the electronic device can’t work, so you’ll want to give your charger the same amount of care and protection as you do the device. 

Utilize these tips to ensure your charger is being properly taken care of:

Unplug By The Head

Be conscious to never pull your charger out of the device by yanking at the cord. This may seem to work no problem, but the tension can cause irreparable internal damage to the device over time. Unplug the charger by the head and as close to the device as possible.

Keep it Dry

Don’t get your charger wet at all, and keep it a safe distance from any liquids at all times, just like you would the device. 

Keep it Cool

Extreme temperatures, hot and cold, can damage chargers, just like they do the devices. Be careful to not leave chargers in cars, outdoors, and other areas that can reach very high or low temperatures.

Keep it Tucked Away

No one wants you to trip on a charger more than the charger. Keep the charging cord tucked away and out of the way while in use to avoid injury to yourself. Someone hitting or tripping over the cable can also cause it to tear, the plug head to break, or the device to get damaged.  

Utilize Surge Protectors

You never know when an electrical surge can strike, and if it’s powerful enough, your electronics and chargers can suffer. Don’t risk this by using surge protectors.

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How to Care for Touch Screens

Touch screens are one of the most helpful and innovative creations from the modern age of technology; at least we think so. The benefits of using touch screens, whether personally or professionally, are endless! They’re also meant to be used often, and you probably have touched your favorite touch screen, your smartphone, at least once in the last hour. 

It makes perfect sense that something we use so frequently, probably more than you even realize, should be treated with extra care and precaution. 

Here are the steps you should take to make sure you’re protecting and taking proper care of your touch screen devices:

Clean Carefully and Frequently

To clean the glass screen, you’ll want to clean carefully and use something delicate, like a non-abrasive cleanser and soft, cotton cloth. As we mentioned before, touchscreens are meant to be used and touched repeatedly, so make sure to give the screen a good cleaning periodically to avoid transmission of germs and bacteria.

Watch Your Nails

Touch screens are designed for fingers, not nails! Whether you’re swiping, tapping, or cleaning something off the screen, avoid using your nails as the glass can be easily scratched.

Avoid Heavy Pressing

Touch screen technology is designed to be very sensitive to your touch! It can easily detect your finger’s presence and doesn’t need to be pushed with heavy pressure; otherwise, damage can occur.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

Prolonged sun exposure can be very dangerous to screens; they weren’t designed to withstand intense heat, on top of the heat it already emits. It’s possible that serious, irreversible, damage can occur if exposed to the sun for too long.

Use a Protective Case

If the touch screen is able to, use a protective case that fits properly. In the event that the screen is dropped, damage will likely either be minimized or stopped altogether because of the case. Accidents happen, and it’s always best to be prepared!

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Why You Should Choose a Panorama Screen Display

A beautiful display screen can take your business to the next level! Today’s society is all about technology, and finding unique and beneficial ways to incorporate technology into your store or company will have you seeing benefit after benefit. Creative display screens can do just that.

If you’re looking for something truly unique and next level, consider installing a panorama display, you won’t regret it!

What is a Panorama Screen?

Unlike traditional display screens, panorama or panoramic, screens are exceptionally wide. Like panorama photos, these screens allow your business to display visuals that are more real, bold, and help you to better connect to your customers or audience. You are able to see an image in multiple directions making for a 3D-like experience. A screen like no other, for sure!

Benefits of a Panorama Display Screen

Adding a display screen to your office, store, or business will only have you wishing you did so sooner with the wide range of benefits that comes with doing so:

  • Easily convey your messageIf you have information that you want your customers or employees to know quickly and conveniently, a display screen is the solution. Add crucial information, current news, and answers to frequently asked questions to your display to save everyone the time and hassle of asking or looking up on their own. Have a sale coming up? Advertising a new product or service? Everyone can see it from your panoramic display screen!
  • Attract new customersA panorama display is nothing less than eye-catching and can be seen from far distances. Screen displays are a great way to get more people to notice your business and invite them to come in.
  • Excellent visual qualityIf you’re looking to show off some beautiful imagery, a panorama display is perfect. The widescreen is great for helping images stand out, and both look and feel realistic as if you’re in the image itself.
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Steps For Cleaning The Inside of Your Computer

Heat is the enemy of your desktop computer, and it’s cooling abilities are crucial to its functioning. Over time, dust and debris build up inside your computer and then undermine your computer’s cooling efficiency. This will result in a shorter lifespan and possibly serious damage to your computer if not properly taken care of regularly.  

Follow these steps to help you with the process of cleaning the inside of your computer:

Step 1

Turn off your computer and make sure it is unplugged from the electrical outlet or surge protector.

Step 2

Carefully open up your computer’s case.

Step 3

Grab a handy can of compressed air and use short bursts of air to release sitting dust and debris. Try to stay at least a few inches from the motherboard’s surface, memory, processor, and expansion cards to avoid damage.

Step 4

Use your compressed air to remove the dust and debris from the fans. Hold the fan with your finger to keep it from spinning while cleaning it. Fan blades are delicate and can easily crack, so make sure to be careful. Use rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab to finish cleaning off the dust and debris from the fan. If possible, consider removing the fans from the computer’s case before cleaning for an easier and more thorough cleaning.

Step 5

Next, use the compressed air to remove dust and debris from the power supply. If there is a dust filter underneath the power supply, be sure to clean that too.

Step 6

Again, with the compressed air, clean the heatsink and the fan mounted to your processor. Removing these items for a more thorough cleaning may be needed. Remember to clean the thermal grease off the heatsink and processor before cleaning with a lint-free cloth and isopropyl alcohol. Before putting it all back together, apply a new coat of thermal grease.

Step 7

Finish by dusting off all the ports with the compressed air and cotton swabs with rubbing alcohol.

 

Good as new! Ideally, you’ll want to follow these steps and clean out the inside of your computer every 6 to 12 months to ensure it’s working correctly at all times.

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4 Ways Touch Displays Help Your Business

Now is the time to install touch screen displays for your business. Both your employees and customers will quickly see the benefits of your newly installed touch display systems and will thank you for it. Here are just a few of those benefits:

Boost Employee Productivity

Touch displays can help improve your employee’s productivity and effectiveness. Touch screens can work through tough conditions, can be waterproof, and work with gloved hands making for uninterrupted workflow.

Engage With Customers

Interactive touch displays allow for customers to become more like participants in your business. Displays can contribute to a more fun, memorable, and exciting experience. Bright and visually intriguing displays can help attract customers as well. 

Quicker Customer Experience

Customers value their time often just as much as quality and price. Touch screens can help contribute to a faster and more convenient customer experience, especially with businesses such as fast-food restaurants, movie theaters, and train stations. 

Improve Accessibility

Touch screen technology can heavily benefit individuals with disabilities and improve their accessibility with your business. Individuals can zoom, increase text size and image size, and have text read aloud with voice technologies depending on their needs. Touch screens, as well, can be more comfortable and easier for individuals in wheelchairs to read and interact with. 

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How to Get Water Out of Your Phone

Most of us have done it before, and it will likely happen again! If you’ve dropped your phone in water, it’s logical that your first thought might be that this is a complete disaster, and there’s no hope to save your phone, but it’s not true! If you act quickly and with the proper technique, there is a good chance you won’t need to invest in a new device.

Here’s what you need to do in case your drop your phone into the water:

  1. Get your phone out of the water as soon as possibleThis should be obvious, but the less time your phone is submerged, the better the chance it has for it to survive!
  2. Turn it off right away – If it isn’t off already, make sure to turn it off and keep it off. The goal here is to make sure it doesn’t short circuit. 
  3. If you can, take out the battery, SIM card, and SD – What kind of phone you have will determine what you are able to remove. This step helps you get everything out in the open for more airflow and quicker drying time.
  4. Dry it out – Dab your phone with a cloth or a paper towel. You’ll want to make sure the phone is tilted on its side so gravity can help get the water out.
  5. Give it timeAllow for the phone to air dry and leave it for as long as possible.

What NOT to do: 

  • Don’t blow into your phone with your mouthYou may think this will help, but instead, you’ll likely push the water further into the phone causing more damage.
  • Don’t use a blow dryer – Aside from pushing the water further into the phone, the hot air will quickly overheat your phone.
  • Don’t put your phone in a microwave or any heating up contraption – This will only destroy your phone.
  • Don’t be so quick to grab some riceThis is what people tend to think is the most effective way of drying out your phone, but many studies show that natural air drying your phone out is a better method, especially if you are in a warmer climate.

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How to Protect Your Electronics During a Storm

There’s always another storm just around the corner. Rain, wind, and lightning can all wreak havoc on our homes and property, including electronics. Whether it’s flooding, a lightning strike, or a power surge, it’s possible to protect your electronics from being damaged by these elements.

Protecting Electronic Devices and Yourself

With these helpful tips, you’ll be able to protect your electronics, data, and yourself from serious harm that comes from storms:

  • UnplugBefore there’s a storm, the safest bet is to unplug all your electronics and avoid any risk. It’s the only way you can be confident that you and your electronics will be safe.
  • Back up your data regularlyStorm surges can destroy plugged-in electronics and completely fry their data. Backing up your data before a storm or regularly can prevent the loss of any important electronics content.
  • Use surge protectors – Connect your electronics and critical devices to surge protector strips to prevent damage from a storm-related power surge.
  • Avoid use during an active storm When there is an active storm, don’t use any electronics plugged into an outlet. Wait until you are sure the storm passes.
  • Don’t use any wet electronicsIf any electronics get, do not use them until they’ve thoroughly dried and been checked by a technician. For example, don’t use your washer or dryer if there was any flooding. Have them checked by a professional before to be sure there is no risk of harm or injury.

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What is Optical Bonding?

Do you ever take a moment to appreciate the beautiful, bright screen on your electronic devices that has made your life easier in a multitude of ways? Well, you can thank optical bonding for that!

What is Optical Bonding?

Optical bonding is a crucial process that consists of applying a thin layer of resin to a glass screen or touchscreen, which is then attached to an LCD panel of a monitor. This process is done to secure the two together in order to create a solid bond without any pockets of air in between them. 

Screens that have used optical bonding are most commonly used for technology within the military, medical, marine, and transportation industries where screens would likely endure heavy lighting, the outdoor elements, and other harsh conditions.

What Are The Benefits of Optical Bonding?

Having screens that have undergone the optical bonding process have many benefits over other displays:

  • Greater durability – The cover glass and LCD cells are both better protected from shock.
  • Better imaging – Optical bonding eliminates internal refraction creating a better and brighter display.
  • Better touch screen – Optical bonding reduces parallax, and without the air gap, the touch is much more accurate for a natural and reliable experience.
  • Protection from dust and moisture – Dust and moisture are unable to penetrate the glass because of the eliminated air gap.
  • Lighter display weight – The hardened adhesive layer makes for a lighter display that’s easier to handle and transport. 

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