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  • iMac with Retina 5K display – In Stock Now!
    Posted on November 21, 2014

    by Kelly Denton, APP & Chris Place, ACMT

    New England is always beautiful, but especially so in autumn when fall foliage is reaching peak colors and we can all agree that this year has been exceptionally lovely.  Apple has always appreciated beauty and this shows in the sleek and powerful products they offer, designed to make viewing the world delightfully appealing.

    The colors of fall have never looked more brilliant than on a 27″ iMac with Retina 5K display. Editing those Thanksgiving photos and videos of the family will be a joy as they come to life like never before on this iMac’s expansive and vibrant screen.

    The quad-core Intel i5 processor, 1TB Fusion drive and 8GB of memory paired with the size and ultra-high resolution of this display means the Retina iMac is surprisingly economical for all the power Apple has packed inside it.

    TBI Computer, Your Local Apple Resource, has this new iMac with Retina 5K display in stock and available now!  We’ve got one on display in our showroom, so don’t hesitate to come in and experience the magic hands-on!  You may find the perfect gift for that special someone (or even better: you).

  • Protect Yourself from Computer Horror Stories
    Posted on October 16, 2014
    by Kelly Denton, APP & Chris Place, ACMT

    It’s October in New England, a time for hay rides, hot cider, and scary stories, but not all stories start with, “It was a dark and stormy night…” A new age has brought us new frights. Is that whistling sound the wind through the trees, or the baleful whirring of a computer fan? That sinister clanking – ghostly chains or a failing hard drive? That laptop seems on, but its screen stares blankly, not an image to be seen – could it be one of the undead? Well, perhaps not, but scary things can happen to your computer and these are the horror stories of real life.

    Thankfully, there are ways to protect yourself. AppleCare is available with the purchase of any new Apple computer and can be purchased at any time within the first years of ownership. It costs less than one average repair, and it covers an additional two years of the life of your computer. You may get lucky and avoid having a repair in the first year of owning your computer, but the odds get increasingly worse as your computer ages – why take the chance? Sit around the campfire, have a few smores, and know that with AppleCare the only horrors in store for you this October are the fictional ones.

    The team TBI Computer are at the ready to help protect you!  We also offer a wide array of training sessions and classes to help in this process – go to www.tbicomputer.com for further information.

    TBI Computer is the region’s top Apple Authorized Service Provider and Reseller. Our new location is only two miles south of our old location. TBI Computer offers a wide range of current Apple products for sale in addition to keeping your older computer in good shape and up to date. Call (203) 222-1878 for more information.

  • “Back to school” means back to TBI Computer.
    Posted on August 1, 2014

    Getting ready to go back to school used to mean a trip to buy notepads, binders, and pencils, and then a run to the clothing outlets in search of good deals on the latest fashions for the new fall season.  Now it means preparing for what new technology, software and other tools are needed to master the brave new world of web-enhanced teaching.

    TBI Computer is all too familiar with how much teaching techniques have changed because of rapid technological advancements and the web.  Homework assignments are now posted on the web and students have study groups online, and once you reach high school, it’s hard to survive without a laptop & Microsoft Office.

    The staff at TBI understand that, “almost every child from middle school and up is doing homework on some kind of computer or tablet.”  “They are often expected to use the latest software to design and layout their major projects and reports, and sometimes they are using tools their parents don’t know how to use.”

    Judy O’Meara and her team stand ready to assist both students and teachers get ready for another long school year, and offer a wide array of training sessions and classes to help in this process – go to www.tbicomputer.com for further information.

    TBI Computer is the region’s top Apple Authorized Service Provider and Reseller. They moved down the road in April after over 20 years in Westport. The new location is only two miles south of its old location. TBI offers a wide range of current Apple products for sale in addition to keeping your older computer in good shape and up to date. Judy and her team can be reached at (203) 222-1878.

     

    Article taken from The Hour online: http://www.thehour.com/online_features/back-to-school-means-more-than-shopping-for-school-supplies/article_2a83446e-ecb9-11e3-949d-0017a43b2370.html

  • Maintain your Mac
    Posted on June 27, 2014

    Update your software – From the Apple menu, choose Software Update (you must be connected to the Internet). Software Update will check for new versions of your software. If it finds any, the updates will appear in the Software Update window. Click the Install button to download and install the software. 

You can configure Software Update to automatically check for updates either daily, weekly, or monthly.
    Organize and name your files
 – Put your files where you can easily access them. This can help prevent accidental file deletion and help you find things much more efficiently. You can organize by creating new folders (in the Finder, press Shift-Command-N) and arranging them however you wish for your files at hand, or you can move your files into existing folders. If you lose track of a file or folder, you can use Spotlight to find it.

    Tip: Go through generically-named files and folders and give them more descriptive names so you can find what you need fast.

    Note 1: If you use iPhoto to manage your photos, don’t use the Finder to rename the photo files.
    Note 2: Don’t change the names of applications. This will cause problems accessing them. You can drag an application to the Dock if you want a quick and easy way to open it from the Dock.
    Back up data regularly
 – In the event that you accidentally lose files, or need to restore your entire system from a backup, you should perform regular back ups of your computer. You can use Time Machine, which offers an easy way to back up and restore files to and from an external disk. You can also manually back up files to a CD, DVD, external hard drive, or other storage device.
    Clean your Mac
 – The materials used to make Apple products vary. Each product may have specific cleaning requirements, which may vary by the part you are cleaning. Here are some tips that apply to all products to get you started:
    • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth.
    • Disconnect your Apple product from the power source.
    • Disconnect external from the product.
    • Keep liquids away from the product.
    • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
    • Don’t use aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives.
    • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto your Apple product.

    Note: If liquid does make its way inside your Apple product, seek assistance from an Apple Authorized Service Provider like TBI Computer soon as possible. Liquid damage is not covered under the Apple product warranty or AppleCare Protection Plans.

    This blog entry is based on this article by Apple: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1147

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