Classes & Training

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Are you new to Mac, or just looking to get more out of your purchase?  Are you used to creating documents using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, but don’t really want to purchase the Microsoft suite again?  Apple offers incredible programs designed to accomplish the same goals, while offering additional features.  Pages, Numbers, iMovie and Keynote are excellent alternatives if you have a Mac.  It does, however, take a little getting used to.  Let us show you how to get started!

Not interested?  What about just understanding your hand-held devices better?  What does this button do?  Where is my email?!  Why am I getting my wife’s text messages on my iPad?  Technology today offers so many accessibility features intended to tailor phones and tablets to meet the needs of the user.  Everything from utilizing hand-off between your Apple devices, to something as basic as backing your iPhone up… our experienced technicians at Mission Repair can show you how.  After all, what’s the point in buying the Ferrari if you don’t see how fast it can go?

“I never back my phone up.  I don’t even know how,”  said the lady that just lost all her child’s first year of baby pictures in the pool.  Security is an ever-growing concern in this day in age.  Technology can be downright scary, but only if you don’t understand it.  Our course instructors are here to set your mind at ease.  “What is the cloud?  Is it secure?  Where does my data go? Do I have to use the cloud?”  No one wants to lose all their data in a catastrophe, but where can it be saved so it’s safe?  Rest assured Apple has gone to great lengths to protect their customers.  We can tell you all about it.  Keep an eye out for our training classes, launching this spring 2017.

Allan Lichtman’s Done it Again!

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Allan Lichtman, a distinguished professor of history at American University, says he can predict the outcome of any U.S. presidential election. His predictions have been right in every presidential election since 1984, and often months or years in advance.

Lichtman and Volodia Keilis-Borok, a Russian scientist, came up with the keys in the early 1980s.  He makes his predictions based on 13 true/false statements that he says indicate whether the incumbent party will retain the White House or lose it in a given election.

The keys, which are explained in depth in Lichtman’s book “Predicting the Next President: The Keys to the White House 2016” are:

  1. Party Mandate: After the midterm elections, the incumbent party holds more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives than after the previous midterm elections.
  2. Contest: There is no serious contest for the incumbent party nomination.
  3. Incumbency: The incumbent party candidate is the sitting president.
  4. Third party: There is no significant third party or independent campaign.
  5. Short-term economy: The economy is not in recession during the election campaign.
  6. Long-term economy: Real per-capita economic growth during the term equals or exceeds mean growth during the previous two terms.
  7. Policy change: The incumbent administration effects major changes in national policy.
  8. Social unrest: There is no sustained social unrest during the term.
  9. Scandal: The incumbent administration is untainted by major scandal.
  10. Foreign/military failure: The incumbent administration suffers no major failure in foreign or military affairs.
  11. Foreign/military success: The incumbent administration achieves a major success in foreign or military affairs.
  12. Incumbent charisma: The incumbent party candidate is charismatic or a national hero.
  13. Challenger charisma: The challenging party candidate is not charismatic or a national hero.

“Journalists don’t pay attention to that and treat the horse-race polls as though they were predictive of what’s going to happen many months from now. They’re not. Whereas the keys to the White House, which don’t use any polls, have two advantages. No. 1, they’re based upon a theory of how elections really work, not just on random looking at polls. No. 2, they tell you exactly what has to happen for one party or the other party to win. And thirdly, very often, they can make predictions years ahead of time. This is a difficult election to call, which is why I haven’t called it yet, but it’s not an impossible election to call.”

So was he right?  His prediction is as follows:

Based on the 13 keys, it would predict a Donald Trump victory. Remember, six keys and you’re out, and right now the Democrats are out — for sure — five keys.

Key 1 is the party mandate — how well they did in the midterms. They got crushed.

Key number 3 is, the sitting president is not running.

Key number 7, no major policy change in Obama’s second term like the Affordable Care Act.

Key number 11, no major smashing foreign policy success.

And Key number 12, Hillary Clinton is not a Franklin Roosevelt.

“One more key and the Democrats are down, and we have the Gary Johnson Key. One of my keys would be that the party in power gets a “false” if a third-party candidate is anticipated to get 5 percent of the vote or more. In his highest polling, Gary Johnson is at about 12 to 14 percent. My rule is that you cut it in half. That would mean that he gets six to seven, and that would be the sixth and final key against the Democrats.  So very, very narrowly, the keys point to a Trump victory.”

 

Sourced: 11/9/16

Plenty of Elbow Room

depot-frontOur permanent location is really coming together!  Mission Repair’s corporate office, is located at 14343 W. 100th St in Lenexa, KS, just off 95th & Santa Fe. It is here that we take and route calls to the Mission and Olathe locations for drop-off repairs.  All mail-in repairs and parts come to this depot location as well, so we can process repairs in bulk for our larger-volume customers.

Centrally located in the United States means shorter shipping distances from you to us.  More warehouse space means more technicians and more room for inventory, so we can get your repair back to you sooner! With all this extra room, we are also working towards the launch of classes in the Spring of 2017.  We are excited about our potential for growth and improvement here on 100th Street.  Mission Repair’s goal is to provide quality repairs, at a reasonable cost, in a timely manner.  Call us today at 844-459-0105 to speak to one of our friendly customer service associates.

Home at Last

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14343 W. 100th Street, Lenexa, KS 66215.

This is also our depot location, where all mail-in repairs are received and processed.  We are still working tirelessly to correct the mail-in information that is auto-generated with an online purchase.  After Friday, October 21st, please mail to our new location to ensure a quick turnaround time.  Thank you!!

Where Do I Send My Repair?

boxes_two_categoryAs we evolve and grow, we must relocate.  If you have submitted an order through our website, it might have instructed you to send your repair to our previous address, at 9214 Marshall Drive Lenexa, KS.  Due to technical issues on the back end of our website, we are unable to remove these instructions at this time.  We are working diligently to get this issue resolved.  In the meantime, please send your repairs to our repair depot location, at 12351 W. 96th Terr, Suite 108, Lenexa, KS 66215.  This is a temporary location as our permanent office is being renovated.  We expect to settled into our permanent location around the 1st of November.  Thank you for your patience!

Dear Repeat iPhone Breakers:

Dear Repeat iPhone Breakers:

You know who you are.

Loyal iPhone users are everywhere, from the business professional, to the snapchat addict. This informational blog is for all of you who find that soon after your iPhone upgrade, your screen is broken. You are just weeks away from having the iPhone 7 in your hands. Should things go terribly awry and you find yourself with a broken iPhone 7 just days later then rest assured! We have you covered, replacement screens are available NOW for us to repair your (soon to be) iPhone 7.

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Obtaining the best quality parts is always a challenge and takes years of building professional relationships with vendors. At Mission:Repair and Certified Gadget Repair we have done just that. The pre-availability of the iPhone 7 screen is a testament to the special relationships that we have built over the years.

Not upgrading right away? Take advantage of our quality supply chain to repair your last generation device.

What is an iPhone digitizer?

I know that there are a ton of question about the “digitizer” on your iPhone, or any other touch-screen smartphone these days. We here at Mission Repair are experts and very familiar with iPhone digitizers, glass, and screens. We repair them by the thousands every month. Let’s see if we can demonstrate what the digitizer is here under a glass panel:

This is the digitizer on an iPhone!

The digitizer is fused UNDER the glass cover. It’s the electronic component that senses the touch of a human finger through the glass, and is designed to allow the unit to be controlled by a fingertip. This is the “input” of the device and it’s very thin and transparent.

The point is that you cannot replace the digitizer alone. Since it’s part of the glass, in the event of a touch failure it needs to be replaced with the glass and vice versa. So if you have a cracked iPhone glass, you’re going to get a new digitizer as well. If you have an iPhone that doesn’t respond to touch, you’ll also get a new glass. It’s just the way it’s designed.

You might see these assemblies marketed as:

  • iPhone glass
  • iPhone digitizer
  • iPhone touch screen
  • iPhone glass screen
  • iPhone screen
  • iPhone touch panel

For all intents and purposes, these terms are all interchangeable and are all the same thing. Are you in need of one of these parts? Here’s a list of glass/digitizer repairs that we sell here at Mission Repair:

Don’t forget our wide selection of iPad Glass Repair options!

Remember, you might see these glass panels for sale cheap – be sure to inquire about the required digitizer that is fused to the glass from the factory – without it, the glass is useless. You cannot replace the glass or “remove” your good digitizer and reinstall it onto your iPhone without advanced equipment and lots of training. It just doesn’t work! These assemblies are built together and must stay together. I hope this information helps!