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Has Your Apple ID Account Been “Frozen?”

Phishing for Apple ID AccountsThere’s another new scam going around that appears to be from places such as “katzweb.net” and other sites telling you that your AppleID account has been “frozen,” and that you should “verify your account.” This is complete nonsense and a horrible “phishing” attempt. Phishing is when a person or company that is not the real person or company attempts to get private and sensitive information from you, such as credit card numbers or social security numbers. This is NOT real and you should NEVER give your personal data away in these instances. Unless you are directly talking to an Apple employee (via the Apple.com website or 1-800-APL-CARE support line), you will have serious issues when these sites get your personal data.

If you are contacted by anyone or any company requesting data that has anything to do with an AppleID, you should forward that suspicious (although very real looking) email to Apple support located at reportphishing@apple.com. They will be able to determine if this was a real or fake request and they will contact you directly.

Be safe out there!

Gadget Corner: KMASHI 15000mAh External Battery

This is something that I ordered one of, and, because I loved it so much, I ordered another one! This product is called the KMASHI 15000mAh External Battery Power Bank, and what it does is provide external power to your tablets and smartphones while you are traveling. This device is so powerful that you can recharge a standard tablet or smartphone many times over, before even recharging the pack. This is perfect for hotel stays, long drives or camping trips. I keep one in the car for instant charging wherever I happen to be. Some features of the battery pack:

  • 15000mAh Power bank capacity (15000mAh) 2A input significantly shortens charging time for your iPhone with ultra high capacity Lithium battery charging two mobile devices conveniently
  • Super-fast charge output through dual USB ports (5V / 2A and 5V / 1A) allows for simultaneous charging of your iPad, iPhone, Android, and more at high speed.
  • Smooth, classical black design allows you to power up in style, while 4 status LEDs keep you informed of remaining capacity.
  • Very Practical Charger: Perfect for indoor or outdoor activities like travel, camping or hiking, emergencies, commuters and families.
  • Package contents: 1*Kmashi 15000mAh External Battery, 1*Micro USB cable,1*instruction manual,1 year warranty.

This device is at an all-time low and is perfect for a gift or for yourself! Check it out and purchase through Amazon by clicking here.

Macintosh Trivia on QuizUp

Check Out Our New QuizUp Macintosh Trivia Channel!

Capital Mac Service has added a new channel to QuizUp that you can play right from your Android or iOS device! If you like Macintosh trivia, then this is the trivia channel for you! We’ve started with a round of questions and we will add more as time goes on. Do you think you know Mac? Prove it! Check out our new QuizUp Macintosh trivia channel here.

Click on your platform to get QuizUp for Android or iOS.

Why are my Macbook Pro fans running so loudly?

Dirty Internal Macintosh Fan

This is what your fans have to deal with inside your Macbook!

This is a very common issue on most laptops in general–the fans begin to ramp more often, and the Macbook Pro feels very hot to the touch. Most likely cause is that your fans and cooling system are clogged with dust and debris (see photo attached) that collects from the very air around you. Over time, this dust and dirt can clog a Macbook fan so badly, that the computer will simply shut down from the heat building inside. This is a dangerous issue that should be addressed every 3-6 months, just like cleaning your teeth!

Fortunately for Capital Mac Service local customers, we offer internal cleaning for your Macintosh for a pretty reasonable rate. Capital Mac Service will clean out all fans and cooling path of your Macbook and perform an exterior cleaning of the case and keyboard. Please contact us a few days before requesting this service to schedule a pickup.

 

No Power Macbook Pro

Your Macintosh Just Died. Purchase a new Mac or repair your current model?

Capital Mac Repair of Saratoga

It may be time to replace that Macintosh.

After 6 years, your trusty old iMac has finally bitten the dust. Capital Mac just told you that to repair this iMac, it will cost you about $500 for a new logic board. Do you replace the computer or repair it? That’s a tough choice for some people and Capital Mac founder, Mark H. Delfs, is here with some advice.

“If the computer is in the 2-3 year range, it’s most likely repairable, but only if you keep it $300 or less. If it’s between 4 and 6 years, it’s most likely not worth repairing if the quote goes over $150-200. It’s simply not worth the investment for a computer that will not be performing anywhere close to the computer you would buy today,” Delfs says.

The general trend is to keep today’s computers for anywhere between 3-4 years and then sell them on eBay or hand down to family members. By that time, most of the software will want to be upgraded as well as the RAM memory and hard drive. Take the money out of the computer rather than putting it into a computerized black hole.