Monthly Archives: July 2013

  • Why Your Cell Phone Loses Signal

    Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor
    Posted on July 31, 2013

    Why Is There No Signal Bars On My Phone? Where Have They Gone?

    How many times have you been in the worst situation possible, and your cell phone doesn’t have a single bar of reception. It seems like we lose signal entirely at the worst times possible. Though we here at RepairLabs can’t magically help you get bars when there are none to be had – we can help you understand why you have none, and what you can do to help improve signal.

    With our super awesome interactive infographic detailing how cell phones work, and why we lose reception, you will have the tools necessary to conquer the world of mobile communication, at least as well as we possibly can.

    What Makes A Cell Phone Work & Why You Lose Signal

    Before we could explain why the cell phone loses signal, we first had to figure out what exactly makes your cell phone work in the first place. We all know the general gist of it -- your cell phone sends a signal to a tower and then to whoever you're calling, but there is a lot more that goes into it, and we were able to gather all this data so you don't have to!

    You may hear lots of big terms and fancy words thrown around when talking to know-it-all’s about why your phone drops your call. Luckily we understand your frustration and are here to break it down into digestible bits for you.

    Upon further testing and research, we've found out several extremely interesting facts about why your phone loses signal, including what materials cause the signal to be dampened, and which cause a cutoff completely.

    Having figured out what is causing the signal to be lost, we were able to compile a few simple tips that can help you retrieve some of that lost reception when you need it most, and no, sitting there yelling at the top of your lungs will not help your phone get signal back.

    Please click the image below to open up the full, interactive infographic! 

    RepairLabs Infographic: Why does my cell phone lose signal, and how does it work?

     

    Whether you are simply curious, or are furious with your cell phone for not obeying your every command, there’s something we can all learn from the information gathered, mostly being that our phones are unreliable at best.

    This post was posted in Tech, Geek and was tagged with how cell phones work, loses reception, loses signal, how it works, reception, signal, cell phone signal, why your cell phone loses signal, repairlabs

  • What The iPhone 5S Would Look Like With A 4.3” Screen

    Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor
    Posted on July 18, 2013

    Is Apple Gearing Up For A 4.3” iPhone 5S?

    Will the iPhone 5S finally be the true innovation on an “S” model iPhone? Blasphemy! Apple has set themselves up on a pretty linear path when it comes to the launching of their iPhones. Every year somewhere between mid-summer and October they release their latest iteration in the line, starting with a whole number, such as the iPhone 5, then releasing the “S” iteration the next year, in this case being the iPhone 5S.

    Now normally these “S” models offer only minor improvements over their predecessor, such as speed bumps for the CPU and minor adjustments to iOS. This year looked to be no different, until the rumors started floating around earlier this week about the delay for the iPhone 5S, due to Apple wanting to put 4.3” Displays on the device. Normally we don’t report on rumors without hard evidence, but the fact that Bloomberg felt it was worthy of being picked up intrigued us.

    iPhone 5S, Made Possible By Samsung?

    There are also talks that Apple is working with Samsung to get these new displays, but there is no concrete evidence that either of these rumors are true. Still, in the spirit of being geeks, we here at RepairLabs thought it would be fun to work up a mock image of what a 4.3” iPhone5S would look like in comparison to the last iPhone model, the iPhone 5.

    RepairLabs' Comparison iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5 Screen Size

    One of the biggest complaints about the iPhone 5 was that, yes, they made the screen bigger, but the shape of the phone was just off. Some people loved it, but just as many disliked it. If Apple really is set on moving up to a 4.3” Display, their best bet would be to expand out at an angle, making the phone wider, and less oblong shaped.

    Will The iPhone 5S Change The Repair Field?

    Whether the resolution would increase or not, is still up for debate. With the iPhone line already boasting the extremely sharp Retina Displays, Apple may be able to get away from boosting up the pixel count, while still offering a beautiful display. Ideally they would offer us a true HD screen this time around, possibly at 720P or even 1080P, but that’s not likely to happen, and if it will, it will most likely be on the iPhone 6 that will undoubtedly be out next year.

    With RepairLabs already boasting the wholly unique Ecto-Dynamic System for fixing the current screens used on the iPhone 5, it will be interesting from a repair standpoint to see if our system will still be viable on the new iPhone 5S screens.

    This post was posted in Tech, iPhone Rumors, iPhone and was tagged with iphone 5s screen 4.3", iphone 5s, iphone 5s 4.3" screen image, iphone rumors, repairlabs, Tech, iPhone

  • RepairLabs Matches with Double Donation to Provide Coats for China’s Orphans

    Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor
    Posted on July 1, 2013

    RepairLabs' Op:HERO Has Teamed Up With Love Without Boundaries

    Op:HERO has decided to tackle a special mission. At RepairLabs we’re teaming with our customers to provide warm coats to orphans in China through the Love Without Boundaries charitable organization. We are honored to have the opportunity to help children in need through a special use of our Op:HERO program. In the past we’ve developed relationships with other amazing charitable organizations to collect donations for them from our customers. And in the past we’ve always matched 100% of customer donations (from $1 to $100), so their gift was worth double.

    RepairLabs.com and LoveWithoutBoundaries.com

    Matching 200% To Make A Difference Is The RepairLabs Way

    This time RepairLabs is going to match 200% of every donation.  We have the opportunity to donate a coat with every customer contribution and we’re going to stretch every dollar. Love Without Boundaries can purchase a coat for an orphan in China for only $15. We’re asking customers who’d like to participate in this program to donate just $5, and we’ll match it with the last $10. We’re asking for a little bit more from our customers, and we intend to give a lot more ourselves.

    So why do we here at RepairLabs feel so passionate about this particular charity? Love Without Boundaries has been helping the neediest children in the orphanages of rural China since 2003. And since that time, the demographic face of kids in need there has changed. Instead of orphanages mainly filled with healthy baby girls, the population of orphanages has shifted to children with severe health problems or birth defects.  Most of these kids have been abandoned because their parents can’t afford to treat them or because of the stigma associated with birth defects in China, which have been on the rise with pollution.

    Rural orphanages in China suffer great deprivation.  Often the children go hungry and caregivers are stretched to the limit to provide them with attention. There is no central heating in most facilities, and children from orphanages aren’t allowed to attend school with other children. Love Without Boundaries works to supplement education, nutrition, and warm clothing for these kids. They provide roads to foster homes for the neediest children, and finance many surgeries that will ultimately make these children adoptable domestically and abroad.  They wholeheartedly believe that it’s best. Their mission is to provide hope and healing to transform the lives of orphaned and impoverished children.

    Operation: HERO, Logo for Charitable Donation Program at RepairLabs.com

    So where does Operation HERO (Help Each Repair Overcome) fit into this picture? We wanted to help, and when we contacted Love Without Boundaries, they shared with us a need for coats for the kids.  Without central heat the children are often bundled into many layers that rarely come off, and in the frigid temperatures that can come about there, there’s a desperate need for warm clothing. We thought we could make a real difference in a little person’s life with this simple donation.  We here at RepairLabs are honored to do our small part to make a big difference in a little person’s life. And we’re extra proud that we can empower our customers to make that difference as well.

    Operation HERO was started to provide an easy and inexpensive donation opportunity for our customers. Anyone making a purchase from us can choose to add a donation to one of our charities to their checkout cart, and we’ll match that donation 100%--or more! In developing relationships with multiple charities, we wanted to provide our customers with multiple options for charitable giving, and give them the chance to find a cause that resonated for them. Currently we work with an animal shelter charity, an anti-drug organization, and a diabetes cure organization, as well as Love Without  Boundaries, and we would like to continue adding more great charities those we support.  Most importantly, we think there’s a little hero in each of us, and we’d like to help our customers find that hero too.

    If you feel as passionate as we do here at RepairLabs about clothing these children in need, and would like to donate directly, please visit their donation page here.

    This post was posted in What We Do, About Us and was tagged with about us, charitable, charitable giving, boundaries, without, love, love without boundaries, RepairLabs and love without boundaries, what we do, labs, repairlabs, Charity, repair

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