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Hackers now targeting Macs more often

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In case you needed another reason to stop using MacKeeper (see URL below). We’re also seeing an increase in Malware attacks against Macs here at Mac Medics. MacKeeper is not worthwhile software and we recommend to STOP using it and NEVER to call them for support. They are not a U.S. company.

http://www.itworld.com/article/3169934/security/russian-cyberspies-blamed-for-us-election-hacks-are-now-targeting-macs.html

Written by Dana Stibolt

February 18th, 2017 at 12:59 pm

MacMedics in the only Apple Authorized Service Provider in Prince George’s County

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Hey Prince George’s County, Bowie, and Lanham. Once again MacMedics is the only Apple Authorized Service Provider in the County. With the closing of Simply Mac in Bowie, we’re your best bet for Apple Authorized Sales & Service. No appointments are ever needed. Just come see us at 4421 Nicole Drive in Lanham. (off of Forbes Blvd.)

http://www.macmedics.com/mobile/Lanham.php

Prince George's County Apple Authorized Service Provider and Macintosh , iPhone, iPod, and iPad service

Please vote for MacMedics in the “Best of Severna Park” poll

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Dear Severna Park,

Last year you voted MacMedics the “Best Computer Service” in Severna Park. It was a complete surprise as we did not petition for votes in the polling. The Severna Park Voice is now accepting nominations for “Best of Severna Park” for 2017, so we would greatly appreciate your vote again!

Thank you so much for the fantastic support and enthusiastic welcome to Severna Park with our new retail Apple sales & service location at 547 Benfield Road (across from Safeway).

http://www.severnaparkvoice.com/community/cast-your-vote-best-severna-park

Regarding our Data Recovery Program, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery:

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Imitation is the sincerest of flattery:

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If you think you’ve lost your data and you were told to send it off to a “Clean Room” Data Recovery lab, STOP NOW!

http://www.macmedics.com/recovery.htm:

If you think you’ve lost your data and you’ve been told to send it away to an out of state “Clean Room” Data Recovery firm, STOP!

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80% of the people that think they need “Clean Room” data recovery DO NOT need that type of advanced recovery services. Bring your hard drive or computer to MacSavvy and let us take a look before you opt to send it out of state.

http://www.macmedics.com/recovery.htm:

80% of the people that think they need “Clean Room” data recovery DO NOT need that type of advanced recovery services. Bring your hard drive or computer to MacMedics and let us take a look before you opt to send it out of state.

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The data recovery company that is performing the recovery for you will likely recover your data and charge you FULL “recovery” prices (often $1000 or more). Many of the data recovery cases we see are situations where customers think they have a “data recovery” situation when in fact the data is just not visible to them. This happens quite often while you are standing at the Genius Bar. Here’s how it occurs; Your data is not visible and the hard drive does not appear to be working, so you are told you need to send it away to a “clean room” data recovery company. This is when you should bring it to XXXXXXXXX. So we can validate that its a complete mechanical failure.. or the data just isn’t visible to the user. We have a 90% success rate when there isn’t a mechanical failure.

http://www.macmedics.com/recovery.htm:

The data recovery company that is performing the recovery for you will likely recover your data and charge you FULL “recovery” prices (often $2000. or more). There’s a reason why the major recovery firms offer a “free evaluation”, they’re hoping to get your drive in the door, and then charge you big bucks to recover your data. All of the big firms have price ranges, and you might pay more or less depending on your situation. But, there’s a big difference between data that is in “limbo” and data that is “lost”. Many of the data recovery cases we see are situations where customers think they have a “data recovery” situation when in fact the data is just not visible to them. This happens quite often while you are standing at the Genius Bar. Here’s how is happens; Your data is not visible and the hard drive does not appear to be working, so you are told you need to send it away to a “clean room” data recovery company.

Written by Dana Stibolt

February 6th, 2017 at 8:40 am

A new 5-Star Review for MacMedics Severna Park

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A new 5-Star Review for MacMedics: The Apple Authorized service and sales from MacMedics have been a great resource for my business and home Mac networks. Between the office and home, I have at least two dozen Apple devices, several which I’ve taken to MacMedics for help, My experiences here, have been nothing less than first class! My Apple gear is serviced quickly the first time around, a rarity elsewhere, but not with MacMedics! When some items were not able to be repaired practically, I had them replaced at MacMedics. The owner is always on the premises and hands on. I have not been back to the Mall since MacMedics opened!! Thank you.

Dr. Rich Garden
Chesapeake Oral Surgery Associates

Help Wanted: MacMedics seeks Apple Macintosh & iPhone Techs (ACMT)

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Come work for MacMedics, the company that revolutionized on-site AND in-lab Macintosh service, sales, support, and consulting in the Mid-Atlantic region. A unique opportunity to join the MacMedics team in is available for qualified persons who have a deep passion, dedication, and experience with the Apple Macintosh computer platform.
MacMedics is seeking Apple Certified Macintosh Technicians to join our Service Team in both our Severna Park and Lanham Maryland locations.

Candidates must know their way around the inside of all Macintosh models. Mac Techs at MacMedics help walk-in Apple warranty and non-warranty repairs, as well as repairing sick Macs for our on-site customers from time to time. This position at MacMedics also includes helping walk-in customers with checking in/out for service, answering Apple service questions in-person and over the phone, helping with upgrades, sales, trade-ins for Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and adding RAM and hard drive upgrades to Macs. All work performed at MacMedics needs to be accurately documented with detailed tech notes. Applicants must be prepared to work weekdays until 7:00 PM and Saturdays 10:00 – 3:00. 

MacMedics is an Apple Authorized Premium Service Provider, an Apple Authorized Value Added Reseller, an Apple Authorized Government Reseller, as well as Apple Certified members of the Apple Consultants Networks.

http:www.macmedics.com/jobs

New 5-Star Review for MacMedics: These guys are technology wizards!

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New 5-Star Review for MacMedics: Exceptional customer service and seemed to have performed a miracle to restore and back up my iPhone. These guys are technology wizards, and have been incredibly helpful to my whole family in repairing our Apple products. Highly recommend.

Written by Dana Stibolt

January 23rd, 2017 at 5:27 pm

Be Careful Moving Your Data During The Holidays!

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It already happened this year! Someone just contacted us with the following email:

“For Christmas I was given the new MacBook Pro, and in the midst of trying to transfer files from my old PC I accidentally erased my hard drive. It won’t even boot up anymore. I was wondering how to go about fixing this? If I need to bring it in to your store, how much will it cost to fix, how long, etc.”

Two things to remember:

1. Never delete data that has not been certified in it’s new location or on a new computer.

2. Never use a computer to process and generate mission critical data without a back-up.

Always keep your data in two places at once while moving over to a new computer!

When folks buy a new computer (or get one as a gift during the holidays) and then transfer the data to the new Mac, they are often anxious to re-purpose, re-gift, or re-sell the old Macintosh. So much so, that once they see the new unit is up and running, they will ERASE the old unit and put a fresh OS on it in preparation for it’s new life. In many cases they have already made a deal to sell their old Mac (or give it away to a family member) and the sale is “pending” on them getting the new Mac up and running. So there’s often some pressure to get the job done quickly and complete the transaction.

NEVER EVER transfer or migrate your current data over to a new Mac (then delete your old data or sell an old computer) and assume that you’re safer then you were with the old hard drive. Your Data SHOULD always be in two places at once!

If you need to erase an old computer and you’ve just transferred ALL of your data to a new shiny computer, don’t let that “new computer” feeling of safety (because it’s new I’m at LESS risk!) distract you! If it’s a new Mac, run a quick Time Machine back up or clone your drive with SuperDuper BEFORE you erase that old data. In fact, one very safe way to back up and then test your data is to make a bootable clone of your data (you can do this with SuperDuper), you can then “boot” off this clone and test to ensure your data is all there. This way if something gets fouled up in the migration or transfer, you can at least have a bootable copy of your data and use that to work off of until you can sort things out. Don’t forget to ensure that your new backup is also working correctly. This is a common issue, so DON’T fall into this trap!

You ALWAYS need to have your data in two places at once WHILE you are moving over to a new Macintosh laptop or desktop. Very often we see client suffer data loss during this time of transfer. In many cases the client’s first scan of the data is positive and everything looks fine. Then they erase their old computer, only to learn that their e-mail or iPhoto or Photos database is corrupted, and they’ve lost some or all of their data during transfer.

Written by Dana Stibolt

December 24th, 2016 at 11:12 pm

MacMedics 5-Star Review – “One chef will have to use this malfunctioning laptop as their ONLY HEAT SOURCE!”

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We had to share this recent 5-Star MacMedics review that mentions Alton Brown and Sandy the Shop Cat the shop kat. Enjoy.

“My five-year-old, well-out-of-warranty (but dearly loved) 17” MacBook Pro committed suicide last Thursday evening. It had been behaving perfectly 99.9% of the five years I’ve owned it, then it went glitchy with video and virtually flamed out. It was HOT. Alton Brown could have used it as a heat source for a punishment on “Cutthroat Kitchen” (“One chef will have to use this malfunctioning laptop as their ONLY HEAT SOURCE…”). There was a sizzling-snap noise and it was dead. I have a lot of IT experience and have built and rebuilt countless Windows PCs and laptops. While I suspected the logic board (what everyone else calls a system board or motherboard), I wasn’t sure.

I don’t *want* a new laptop. So I logged in to make an appointment at the Apple Store for a repair quote. While I expected it to be traumatic, I didn’t expect the first trauma to be trying to simply get an appointment. The first available option was five days out! How could I survive in limbo for five days? Then I noticed that there are several Apple-annointed independent computer repair options in the area! SAVED!

Honestly, I chose MacMedics partly for the quickly-available appointment and partly because they have a store cat. The store cat is most excellent and fluffy, by the way. If you go there, give the kitty gentle head scritches but not back pets.

ANYHOW, the laptop died Thursday night and I took it to them Friday at lunchtime. It took about 2 minutes for them to inform me that the logic board had been fried by the failure of the video chip, that it’s an $800 part, and *that there is an extended warranty that covers the issue until the end of this calendar year!* They were able to bill the entire repair to Apple. So having my laptop attempt self-immolation is aggravating, but timing is everything.

MacMedics ordered the part immediately, and let me know that they couldn’t predict how long it would take to arrive. They did inform me of the updates I would receive by email. Off I went to be limited to an iPad over the weekend and possibly for longer. Well, on Monday (literally the next business day) I got a lunchtime email letting me know that the repair was complete. Top notch service!

As a side note, they inquired about my data backup solution without being pushy-selly about it (which is good, as I had that covered), and made a couple of security observations that were helpful and appropriate.

All-in-all, MacMedics is a good alternative to the Apple Store. Especially since the Apple Store is completely lacking in resident cats.”

Apple’s New iPhone 7, Apple Watch, and Beats lineups

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New iPhone 7, Apple Watch, and Beats lineups:

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus:

iPhone 7 is the best, most advanced iPhone yet. It features new advanced camera systems, the fastest performance with the best battery life ever on an iPhone, immersive stereo speakers, wide color gamut Retina HD display, new solid-state Home button, two beautiful new finishes—black and jet black—and it’s the first water and dust resistant iPhone. Available September 16. You can pre-order the new iPhone 7 Starting 7-9-16.

AirPods:

AirPods reinvent the wireless audio experience. Automatically on and always connected, they’re powered by the custom Apple W1 chip, feature one-tap set up with iPhone, and deliver industry-leading battery life with an always-ready charging case. Available late October.

Apple Watch:

Apple Watch Series 2 is the next generation of the world’s most popular smartwatch. It’s packed with incredible fitness and health capabilities, including water resistance to 50 meters for swimming and built-in GPS. It also features a display that’s more than two times brighter, and a powerful dual-core processor and GPU. The new lineup includes the perfect running partner with Apple Watch Nike+, new models of Apple Watch Hermès with new band colors, and a strikingly beautiful ceramic case with Apple Watch Edition. Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Edition will be available September 16. Apple Watch Hermès will be available September 23. Apple Watch Nike+ will be available in October.
Apple Watch Series 1 has all the features of the original Apple Watch and the same powerful dual-core processor and GPU in Apple Watch Series 2. Available September 16.

Beats:

Beats and Apple are changing the way you listen to music with the introduction of three new wireless products—Beats Solo3 Wireless, Powerbeats3 Wireless, and BeatsX. They feature the new Apple W1 chip which delivers easy pairing with your Apple devices, even better battery life, and Fast Fuel charging. And Beats will feature these products in its largest campaign ever, “Got No Strings.” Beats Solo3 Wireless are available now. Powerbeats3 Wireless and BeatsX will be available fall 2016.

Get Your iPhone 7 accessories at MacMedics:

Skip the mall and come straight to MacMedics for all of the new accessories for the iPhone, like cases, EarPods, AirPods, tempered glass screen protectors, cables, and adapters.
As an Apple Authorized Premium Service Provider, we service and repair all Macs—even vintage and obsolete models—and iOS devices, including iPhone and Apple Watch. As an Apple Authorized Reseller, we sell all Apple items at the same prices as the Apple Store (except iPhone and Apple Watch). MacMedics is your best option for all things Apple! We can even service Vintage and Obsolete Apple items.