I picked up my phone to make a call and saw this:

Good morning again,

It’s happened to me again, after a long hot “sit” in my truck, I picked up my phone to make a call and saw this:

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My phone wouldn’t do anything other than let me take this screenshot. So I turned my car on, got the A/C rocking and held it up to the vent. It took about 5 minutes until it went back to normal. We have heard about this a lot at Mission Repair and customers have even claimed that their phones cracked due to extreme heat.

Virtually all manufacturers data sheets will list both the minimum and maximum storage and operating temperatures for their internal parts. In fact, many parts will be available in multiple versions designed to operate in more strenuous environments.

So for example an integrated circuit (IC) may be available in the following versions:

Commercial 0 to 70°C.
Industrial -40 to +85°C.
Military -55 to +125°C.

Needless to say, the cost goes up with increased performance. There are even chips specified for use in outer space. So for example a chip which costs $2 in the “Commercial” grade might cost $2,000 for the version rated for outer space! (As you can guess, your Samsung Galaxy S5 isn’t rated for a moon walk, but that’s probably ok.)

Let’s talk about the iPhone for a minute. According to Apple:

Use iOS devices where the ambient temperature is between 0º and 35º C (32º to 95º F). Low- or high-temperature conditions might cause the device to change its behavior to regulate its temperature. Using an iOS device in very cold conditions outside of its operating range may temporarily shorten battery life and could cause the device to turn off. Battery life will return to normal when the device is brought back to higher ambient temperatures.

Store the device where the temperature is between -20º and 45º C (-4º to 113º F). Don’t leave the device in your car, because temperatures in parked cars can exceed this range.

Remember that if it’s 87 degrees outside, it’s 132 degrees inside of your car on a hot clear day.

One needs to keep in mind that the temperature of the components is affected by two sources:

1) The temperature of the environment.
2) Self heating – some components generate a large amount of heat in operation, logic boards in phones are one example.

Please don’t leave your expensive electronics in your hot car like I did – especially when they are turned on – to avoid possible long-term damage and an extra trip into Mission Repair for a logic board repair.

Any questions? Give us a call 866-638-8402.

Take care, Ryan

A little sightseeing doesn’t hurt.

Hello there friends,

I’m out here in Colorado this week working with my crew and making a changes and working with Chris our store manager. After my trip to the Otterbox headquarters last night, I decided to jump on my motorcycle – I brought it with me, I knew this might happen;-) I headed up into the mountains while there was still some daylight left.

I made it to Central City, and it was on May 6, 1859, John H. Gregory located, staked, and preempted the first mining claims in what was to become known as the “Richest Square Mile on Earth.”

This spot, marked by the Gregory Monument, is near the city limits of Central City and Black Hawk. The area was originally called Gregory’s Diggings, but very soon became known as Mountain City. Did you know Central City nearly became the Colorado state capital? It is also home to the Gilpin County Museum, Teller House and the world famous Central City Opera.

It’s also known for it’s “left-over” ruins from times past; I rode up onto some dirt roads and stopped to take a lot of pictures. I thought this one was particularly cool:

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It’s an old mine ore car that’s been sitting for a hundred years or more. I don’t know why, but these types of things really appeal to me. It was so quiet it was kind of creepy…and I kept looking over my shoulder!

Once I got back to lay down for the night, I got 10 hours of solid sleep and feel like a million bucks this morning. Must be that mountain air, right?

Well, I’m back in the office here in Lakewood this morning, so if you stop by I’ll be sure to say hello. Thanks for reading!

Take care, Ryan

EMERGENCY at the Arter house. Well, kind of.

So Dandra called me to say that the contractors were working on our side yard:

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But then she got a knock on the door – by a fireman – who said that they were closing the street and to stay indoors because these guys cracked the gas main that was underground. Yikes, aren’t there precautions that can be taken? Like “Calling before you dig?”.

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They got the situation under control, fixed the gas line, and corrected their mistake. However at the same time, they CUT MY INTERNET LINE!

This is the real emergency. Gas line, smass line. Cut the fiber cable? Holy bananas!!

It appears that we’re going to be down for a few days, but it wouldn’t be so bad however it just happened a few weeks ago and was just fixed. That’s what I get for living in a construction zone I guess. I’m just not sure how to avoid this. I suppose Casey won’t be able to get on XBOX live for a while, and I’ll have to take him down to the basement and spank him on the arcade machine for a few days ;-)

Have a good day, Ryan

How times have changed. Who else misses this?

Hi there friends, I spend most of my time here talking about Mission Repair and the services that we offer – which is all about electronics.

Well, of course I’ve grown up around electronics and I was one of those kids that hung around video arcades during my teenage years. I can remember getting a dollar for every “A” that I got on my report card, so right around the end of the semester I’d be permanently at Golf Land in Milpitas, California with Marc, David, Nolan and the guys. Hey fellas, long time no talk.

There’s no question my son will destroy me at Call of Duty on the XBOX. I’m good; but he’s great. So last night I needed to level the playing field and take him down to the basement for a few games of CENTIPEDE. Yeah, you remember that one!

We have this strange “antique” box that’s in our living room that sits for long periods of time and only gets turned on when my adult buddies come over. It’s called an ARCADE MACHINE. Centipede is on there.

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Casey started by grabbing the joystick to go first. The joystick? Amateur. You need to use the trackball, come on dude. When he moved up to the trackball he said “oh you can move all over the place with this.” Hahaha, come on kid.

We played a few games and he wasn’t impressed when I annihilated him. That’ll show him ;-)

He was able to pull a respectable 6532 points on his best game…here’s a screenshot of my list of high scores:

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Poor guy, I set him up and he never had a chance! He had no idea that the spiders were so aggressive after level 2. It comes with time buddy, and believe me I’ve sacrificed “many a quarter” in my day ;-) I do miss Atari!

I love Casey, I’d never do anything to hurt him, but I’ll gladly give him a whooping on the arcade machine.

Have a good weekend, Ryan

Do You know how I know school is about to start up?

Hello friends,

It’s that time of year again, and at Mission Repair we’re getting the sense that school is starting up again. It’s not because my wife is a teacher ;-) it’s because we are getting calls from IT departments all over the country ready to spin up their repair programs.

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Since a lot of schools are now Apple 1 to 1 (meaning that every student is “issued” an Apple device like an iPad or MacBook Air) it’s becoming more common for schools to send their devices into Mission Repair for service than using AppleCare. In fact, we’ve successfully saved schools hundreds of thousands of dollars by helping them understand that purchasing AppleCare on on those devices just doesn’t add up. While most districts do buy the extended warranties, at the end of the day it’s not “natural failures” (that AppleCare covers) that are the issue. It’s kids dropping the devices and cracking them.

Yes, a lot of our business comes from schools around the nation. Today, we signed up a new school from the State of Washington that has mountains of iPads that they want to begin repairing the first week of school next month. If you’re a school IT director, are looking for the best repair center in the country (in my opinion!) and need to use Net 30 Purchase orders for your repair program…click here for more information. We’ll be glad to help you out.

Thanks, have a good afternoon and don’t forget to get those school supplies purchased soon!

Take care, Ryan

I’ve never run out of gas…until now.

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See that picture out on a Kansas farm road, somewhere in the middle of nowhere with a nice angle shot of my Suzuki Dual Sport?

Yeah…that was actually a picture that I took last night as I was testing out my bike after I made a few modifications on it. I don’t typically ride this motorcycle much, and I forget how much fun it is. I mention the modifications because I think it threw off my assumption that I had gas in my gas tank. Let me explain…

Firstly, this bike (Suzuki DR650) doesn’t have a gas gauge. So the best way to “know” how much you’ve got available is to reset your trip odometer every time you fill up and know that at about 100 miles, it’s time to pull over. That and you can give it the “slosh” test. Bikers know what I mean. I wasn’t hearing any sloshing at all!

Secondly – and the most important part about my mistake – is that I re-jetted the carburetor, twice. This meant disassembling the carburetor twice, dumping all of the gas out of it, and letting the bike sit idling while tuning it. This doesn’t add miles to the odometer; but it definitely takes gasoline out of the tank!

So once I was done messing with my new airbox, carburetor and exhaust setup I had to take it out and of course, run by the gas station. In fact, you can see the gas station in the distance of this picture, but I just wasn’t interested in walking the bike up and down the hill. I showed 86 miles on my odometer, and pop…it stopped running.

So I did what any good dad would do. I called my son to bring me a gallon of gas. I always keep a spare gallon in my truck (Google: “Rotopax Toyota Rail Mount” if you’re interested) and made him get out to Stanley, Kansas and let me fill up my tank.

All in all it wasn’t a terrible experience. I stayed calm, watched the sun go down and luckily had my phone…or otherwise I would have had to push my bike about a mile. Still, could have been worse.

Many of you might suggest that I simply move my gas petcock to the “res” (reserve) position but unfortunately I was running on reserve. Ain’t that my luck! ;-)

Let it be known. I ran out of gas last night, and just when I thought only my daughter could do such a thing!

Have a good afternoon, Ryan

Android Phone 2015 Fall Roundup.

Good afternoon,

Curious about the hottest Android phones coming out this fall? Here’s what we know so far from GreenBot.com.

In this ever-changing world of Android, it can be hard to keep up with what’s going on. There are new rumors sprouting up almost every other day, generating buzz for phones that even we didn’t see coming.

To keep up with all the hearsay, we put together a helpful listing of all the Android phones we’re expecting to see in the coming months. Some will be here sooner than you can read through this entire page, while others we’re expecting to arrive as late as October.

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Let’s start with the big one (literally): the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Samsung’s fifth-generation phone-tablet hybrid is coming. We don’t know exactly when, or how Samsung plans to debut it, but we know it’s on its way soon. There are already plenty of rumors that seem to suggest it will debut in August and that its specs will be more powerful than its predecessors.

SamMobile has heard that the Galaxy Note 5 will come equipped with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It might also be powered by Samsung’s new Exynos 7422 processor, which will be the company’s first all-in-one chipset that combines a 64-bit oct-core processor with a GPU, RAM, storage, and Samsung’s own LTE chip. It may also be the first Samsung phone to support USB Type-C.
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Samsung’s making a mega-version of the Galaxy S6 Edge, too.

The phone will apparently feature the same 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display as the Note 5, but may use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor instead. The S6 Edge Plus may also come equipped with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a 3,000mAh battery pack, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. It’s likely we’ll see it announced alongside the Galaxy Note 5.

We already know the OnePlus Two will be announced July 27. The company will deliver the announcement via a virtual reality keynote. All you need is your own cardboard to experience the event.

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The OnePlus Two will run a Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, with at least a 4,000mAh battery pack. It’s also been confirmed that it will utilize a USB Type-C connector and come with an embedded fingerprint sensor. Those are all very impressive specifications, but OnePlus still has to work on that invite system to keep Android users interested in its product. No one wants to wait months just for the chance to drop $450 on a phone.

Motorola’s third-generation Moto X

Motorola seems to have chosen the late summer to update its flagship device. That’s fine with us, but it also means we’re eagerly awaiting what the company’s planning to drop on us.

Thus far, all we really know is that Motorola is holding an event in New York City the day after the OnePlus Two announcement (July 28). Some news sites have pointed out the conspicuously displayed “XGX” signature in the official invitation means we’ll be getting a new flagship Moto X and a new Moto G. A Swiss retail site has already leaked the existence of the Moto G. Others have made note of FCC documents apparently concerning Motorola’s 2015 smartphone lineup. With all the mixed signals, we’re just going to wait to see what’s next.

One thing we do know: Motorola has publicly acknowledged its lackluster camera, and promised to “bring it” on the new Moto X.

Something—anything—from Sony

You’ll have to forgive me: I’m having a tough time keeping up with all the Sony announcements happening lately. The company recently launched the Xperia Z3+—er, the Xperia Z4?—but for whatever reason that hasn’t stopped speculation about the Xperia Z5. Thus, we’re expecting another major flagship announcement from Sony sometime during IFA 2015 in Berlin.

The rumors point to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor inside, as well as 4GB of RAM and a 4,500mAh battery pack, but that’s pretty sketchy. For starters, it seems pretty early for a Snapdragon 820-based phone to hit the market. Whether this phone will do anything to revive Sony’s struggling mobile business is another thing entirely.

Next Nexus 5—and Nexus 6?

We don’t expect anything new from Google until we get closer to Android M’s official launch date (probably in October or November, though nothing has been announced), but that hasn’t stopped the rumbling about whether it will be Huawei or LG to build the next Nexus phone. The Information confirmed that Huawei’s next in line, though we also hear that LG is making a phone. Perhaps Google will bestow upon us both a second-generation Nexus 5 and Nexus 6? We’ll find out soon enough.

HTC One M9+

HTC hasn’t debuted a phablet-sized phone since the HTC One Max back in 2013. The One M9+ exists overseas in Asia and Europe, however. HTC said not to expect that it’d come stateside, but we’re still waiting for something else to debut.

The rumor mill says HTC will release a phone later this year with “One” branding, though that doesn’t mean it will be a direct relation to the One M9.

Blackberry Venice—yes, really

I can’t believe I’m saying this: we’re actually expecting an Android-powered BlackBerry device to come out this fall. Noted Internet leaker Evan Blass revealed a few details about the upcoming BlackBerry smartphone earlier in July. The BlackBerry Venice handset, as it’s called, will be powered by Android and feature a slide-out keyboard. It’ll be sold exclusively at AT&T. BlackBerry and Google also recently made headlines by teaming up for Google Play for Work.

What about LG?

LG launched the G4 earlier this year and, so far, it’s been a critical success. Now there’s talk that LG might try knock it out of the park again with a competitor to the Galaxy Note 5.

Apparently, there’s an LG G4 Pro in the works. It’ll be a bigger, more powerful version of the G4, with 4GB of RAM, a 5.8-inch QHD display, and up to 64GB of onboard storage. Also, the rear-facing camera might be bumped up to a whopping 27 megapixels. The G4 Pro will also feature a refined, brushed-metal look, rather than the cheesy plastic-and-leather aesthetic the G4’s got going on. The rumors are pretty slim thus far, so we’re not expecting to hear much more about what LG’s up to until after IFA’s over and done with in September.
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I can’t take credit for all of this research or blog. It was all from Florence Ion at GreenBot.com, but I wanted to repost it as it was interesting and valuable information.

Or…you can just make a trip to the Apple Store, right? ;-)

Have a good day, Ryan