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    by Published on 01-31-2015 04:19 PM
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    If you're still rocking one of these bad boys... let me first congratulate you on your level of commitment. These candybar-type phones were all the rage in the early 2000s and you know what, they were smaller and lighter than most phones today and would last about a week ...
    by Published on 01-31-2015 02:01 PM
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    Don't use Windex and a paper towel. You hardly think about it, but the screen on your TV, tablet, and computer is a fairly sensitive thing. The biggest mistake you can make is letting water or anything really wet get close to it. Alcohol isn't much better. What you really want is something like this Vivanco screen cleaning system. It's reasonably priced and it's the right tool for cleaning any screen of any size.

    Start by brushing off surface dust with the included brush, then spray a fine mist of screen cleaning solution onto the screen, If it's a large screen, do it in quadrants so the solution doesn't dry too fast. Use the included microfiber cloth to gently wipe away fingerprints and grime. While smartphones and tablets are meant to be touched, TVs and laptop screens aren't and you need to be extremely careful. It's actually best to have the device on and running when you're cleaning it because if you start to deform the screen surface at all you'll see it.

    Remember, just use the tiniest bit of cleaning solution to avoid getting it where you don't want it. If not everything comes off the first time, try again a second time.

    For smaller screens that are designed to be touched, you can also try these disposable lens wipes that come pre-moistened and are great for wiping away fingerprints and that goo that comes from your face when you hold the phone against it.
    by Published on 01-22-2015 09:22 AM
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    3. TV Antennas,
    4. Satellite


    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first eight years of The Solid Signal Blog, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.

    Get those keyboards ready... I'm ready for the scathing comments. I was looking today for Throwback Thursday content and I came across this downloadable guide to the wireline and broadcast frequencies that were in use in 2012. It's still accurate, although it doesn't take into account some of the spectrum that Sprint is using for its Spark service.

    I completely admit that it's not the most interesting or novel Throwback Thursday article, it's a pretty good depiction of all the different frequencies that are out there. It looks a little dated now, and for the most part I've taken all the tutorials I did at that time and updated them to a much more contemporary look. It's just pretty amazing how old something can look when it's only three years old.
    by Published on 01-20-2015 04:13 PM
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    There are two kinds of people in this world... those who have a cell booster and those who need one. OK, that's probably a little bit extreme, but it's likely that up to 90% of us need a cell booster in our homes or workplaces. Cell towers aren't that powerful, people, and cell phones are particularly weak. It wasn't always ...
    by Published on 01-19-2015 08:53 AM
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    They're becoming a must-have accessory. You've seen them on other sites as well as on SolidSignal.com... those little external battery packs that charge your phone while you're walking around. They've gone from expensive toy to must-have necessity in a very short period of time. Luckily, prices have come down as well, with most chargers coming in at the sub-$30 range.

    The cell phone battery pack isn't really some marvel of modern technology... break one open and you'll usually find a pair of rechargeable AA batteries and just enough circuitry to transform the voltage up to the 5V USB standard. A few of them have enough battery power to provide the 2.1 amps that tablets and some smartphones crave, but that's just a little bit more circuitry and a bigger battery. Nothing special.

    I will tell you that as I'm traveling all across the country blogging and making great deals for our Solid Signal customers, my cell phone battery pack is indispensible. Whomever decided that it was ok to have a cell phone last 6-7 hours on a charge obviously never had to depend on one, and rather than look like some addict looking for a fix as he scours walls for open outlets, I coolly and casually plug my phone into the battery pack in my pocket and all of a sudden I have another 6-8 hours of time on my device and that's usually enough to last all day.

    I'm a little surprised that these gadgets weren't the hit of the holiday season, but now that we're all back to work perhaps we'll remember what a critical need we have for our cell phones, and if you need your phone as much as I do, you really ought to consider having some sort of battery backup for it.
    by Published on 01-16-2015 11:42 AM
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    Still no. In a well-read article from two years ago, I wrote about those stickers you see in the discount stores that promise to improve your cellular reception just by putting them on the back of the phone. Folks, they don't work and they never did. Yet, as time passes people need to learn that lesson again ...
    by Published on 01-14-2015 05:08 PM
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    It's all about choice. When our friends at Wilson Electronics rebranded themselves as weBoost, they could have taken the opportunity to get rid of all their dual-band, non-4G boosters. Instead, they included a 4G and non-4G version of every single one of their new booster lines. A lot of people ...
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