Slingbox Brings Your TV To You

With football season fast approaching, we know many of you will be glued to your sets to catch all the big games being broadcast this season. But why should you miss out on the game just because you’re out to dinner? With Slingbox, you don’t have to.

Slingbox is a set-top box that gives you the ability to watch your TV from any mobile device. With Slingbox, it’s like sitting in front of your TV: you have complete control to change channels, fast forward and rewind, pause, and even set your DVR. A handy, on-screen remote makes the interface fun and easy to use. And with a complete program guide, finding your favorite shows is a snap.

With support for both PC and MAC, Slingbox is for everyone. Slingbox works with iPhones and iPads, Android, Blackberry, Kindle, and more. It’s available in two version: Solo and Pro. The Pro Edition broadcasts in full HD, while the Solo broadcasts in standard definition. Both come with pass through connectors for simple installation on standard and High Def televisions.

Want more information about Slingbox? Send us your questions at sweettips@compren.com. Be sure to ask about new specials and coupons for computer repair services in your area.

Remember, at Computer Renaissance, we don’t just sell computers. We create solutions.

myGuardianAngel Alerts Loved Ones Of Trouble

myGuardianAngel, available in the app store for just .99¢, lets you choose people from your phone book to set as emergency contacts in the event of trouble. The app will send the people on your list a text and email with your GPS location, and a link to a secure server with audio and video footage captured from the phone.

After launching the app, a red “Help” button is displayed. By pressing help, the app instantly notifies the people on your emergency list that there could be something wrong. The app automatically begins to record sound and video and uploads the recordings to a secure server, so destroying the phone won’t destroy the evidence. It also keeps tabs on your location so your friends and family can send help or come to your assistance in the event of an actual emergency.

Be sure to watch the video for more information about myGuardianAngel. If you have any questions about myGuardianAngel, send us an email at sweetttips@compren.com, or call us at 888-Compren.

Remember, at Computer Renaissance, we don’t just sell computers. We create solutions!

Cyber Criminals Pose As Microsoft Technicians

Over the last several weeks, reports have poured in from consumers about phones calls they’ve received from phony Microsoft technicians. These “technicians” are calling end users in an attempt to gain remote access to their computer systems and swindle them out of money to renew software they claim has expired licenses.

Scams like these started several years ago, but these latest variations have become more sophisticated and employ tactics that could easily convince many consumers. Websites with professional looking designs, advanced software for remotely accessing computers, and a slick sales pitch are just a few.

The victims are instructed to open several windows on their computer, revealing error logs that appear to be very severe in nature. The consumers are told these errors are related to a virus infecting the computer, and that it must be fixed before the computer stops working completely. The end user is directed to a website to download software, and before they know it, the “technician” has gained access to their computer. The con continues with the “technician” revealing to the consumer that their software license has expired and that they’ll just need a credit card to renew.

Ultimately, there is no expired licensing, and the consumer has fallen prey to the person with the thick foreign accent on the other end off the line. Hundreds, if not thousands of dollars later, the computer is in worse shape than before and the end user is left to clean up the mess.

Computer Renaissance has some tips that may help ensure that you don’t fall victim to this scam. First, Microsoft will never call you to advise you of a virus. If someone claims to be from Microsoft, hang up immediately. Second, never allow anyone to gain access to your computer through the internet, unless it’s a company that you’ve worked with before or a trusted friend or family member. And third, keep your usernames and passwords private. Never share them with anyone.

If you have received one of these calls, or if you have questions about staying safe online, call your local Computer Renaissance immediately. Or send us an email at sweettips@compren.com. We’ll here to answer any questions you have. Don’t forget to ask about our weekly specials and summer promotions on computer repairs in your area.

Remember, at Computer Renaissance, we don’t just sell computers. We create solutions.