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TIP: Checking Tracks On A PCB For Mobile Phone Repair

Phone Repairs MelbourneHas some part of your phone simply quit working? Ear piece cutting out? Volume button not working?

Just follow the lines and check the tracks!

 

What Is Line-Checking?

‘Line-Checking’ is a phrase used in the mobile phone repair industry to check for broken tracks on the Printed Circuit Board, or PCB. Line-checking can also be called  ‘circuit-tracing’.

The premise is simple, but the reality is entirely something else. Line-checking is as simple as following one end of a line to another. It’s just that most PCBs have between 7 – 10 layers, and can’t be seen with the naked eye.

What Happens When The Lines Get Broken?

Broken lines are one of the most common reasons for malfunctioning parts. If a line gets broken, the part starts working. Line-checking is essential to determine if a part is malfunctioning, or if it’s just the connection.

How To Line-Check

Again, the premise is simple, but the reality is not. To troubleshoot your device, look up your problem on the internet, followed by the words ‘solution’ or ‘line diagram’. You’ll get lots of results, but pick through and find the best or easiest to understand.

You’ll need a multimeter to perform line-checking. Find your line, set the multimeter to continuous, and follow the line to its end. If the multimeter beeps, the line is fine, and you’ve got a defective part on your hands. No beep means your line is broken, and you’ve got to seek a new solution.

Sound complicated? It is and it isn’t. It all depends on how comfortable with electrical repair you are.
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Leave The Weight Of The World Behind With Samsung Gear VR!

Samsung MelbourneAs long as computers have been connecting to each other through cables and wires, people have dreamed of Virtual Reality. Why not? Who doesn’t want to know what it’s like to fly, or be someone else for a little while?

Movies have been predicting the rise of VR since the ‘90s, when films like The Matrix or 1995’s Strange Days set our imaginations on fire with the possibilities. Would it be a new Golden Age or the beginning of the end? We’re about to find out, as Samsung is rolling out their first VR headset, the Samsung Gear VR

Introducing The Samsung Gear VR

The Samsung Gear VR has been a firm fan favorite since its debut in 2014. The website Engadget.com stated “There’s currently no better way to get started with virtual reality.”

If you own a Samsung phone in Melbourne, the Samsung Gear VR is your best best to see what the exciting world of virtual reality is all about.

The premise is simple, especially if you’ve seen any of those ‘90s cyberpunk films. A pair of wraparound shades provides a panoramic view, while high-definition headphones provide a deep 360-degree listening experience. It’s a fully immersive experience.

Entertainment companies are already starting to take advantage of the format to create complete imaginary worlds, full of vibrant colors and otherworldly sounds. 2015’s breakout hit The Martian will be unleashed in a virtual reality edition for the Samsung Gear in 2016, transporting the audience to the dusty red planet instantaneously, saving us the arduous 300 day journey.

It should hopefully be a less distressing experience than 2014’s Oculus, one of the first films to take advantage of the Oculus Rift technology on which the Samsung Gear is based.

The only thing for certain, at this point, is that we’re heading into a strange new world of media, and Samsung is at the vanguard.

Gear VR Specs

Optical Lens
96˚ Field of View
Sensor
Accelerator, Gyrometer, Geomagnetic, Proximity
Motion to Photon Latency
< 20ms
Focal Adjustment
Covers Nearsighted / Farsighted Eyes
Interpupillary Distance Coverage
55 ~ 71 mm
Physical User Interface
Touch Pad, Back Button, Volume Key
Connection
microUSB connection to the Galaxy Note 4
Dimension (Headset)
198(W) x 116(L) x 90(H)mm
Contents
Available through Oculus Store
* microSD Card(16GB) in-box

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Avoid The Queues! Book An Appointment At A Telstra Shop In Melbourne Online!

Telstra Shop Melbourne Online Appointment

Avoid the queues by scheduling your Telstra appointment online!/photo: Channel News

Now that the holidays are behind us, you’re likely to have had your fill of waiting in lines. Chances are, over the past month-and-a-half, you’ve waited in line for:

  • Groceries
  • Restrooms
  • Restaurants
  • Shops
  • Busses

Do you really want to have to wait at a Telstra shop in Melbourne? No!

We’ve had enough of waiting in queues, thank you very much! The good news is, you no longer have to! You can schedule an appointment ahead of time for a Telstra Store In Melbourne.

Online appointments are available for Personal Shopping, Business, and Tech Bar consultations.

Common Reasons For Online Appointments Include:

  • Check-In
  • Bill Discussion
  • Mobile Plans
  • An Issue Or Fault
  • Pre-paid Mobile
  • Discuss Or Purchase Mobile Internet
  • Discuss Or Purchase Bundled Service
  • Discuss Or Purchase A Home Phone

Let Telstra’s Business Plans Take Your Business To The Next Level

As we prepare to turn over the calendar, most business owners are taking stock and reflecting on the passing year, and preparing for the next. The next few years will be exciting times, as Australia continues to roll out the NBN network, giving unprecedented speed and availability for the entire country. Opportunities will be abundant, so make sure you’re ready for them.

Schedule an online appointment with one of our business centres, to find out how to:

  • Optimize Application Performance
  • Maximize Bandwidth
  • Minimize Connectivity Risks
  • Expand Into New Markets Faster, With Coverage In Over 230 Countries
  • Cloud Support
  • Innovative Collaborative Solutions

Things You Could Do Rather Than Wait In Line At Telstra Shops In Melbourne:

  • Explore the rest of Melbourne
  • Grab a latte
  • Burn off some of those holiday calories
  • Have a lunch date
  • Walk in the park
  • Start a business
  • Paint a picture
  • Pet your cat or dog
  • Go offroading
  • Use the cellphone you would be waiting to be fixed
  • Play Angry Birds

When you really think about it, nearly anything would be better than staring at the back of some stranger’s head for an hour, no matter how interesting or attractive they might be.

This year, save your queuing for Star Wars and contact us today to set up an appointment!

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Telstra And NBN To Sign Massive HFC Deal

Telstra Melbourne HFC Deal

Telstra’s Chief Executive Andy Penn is a few weeks away from signing a multi-million dollar deal with NBN to upgrade their networks by February 2016. Photo: Louise Kennerley

Telstra and NBN are poised to sign a record-breaking deal that could be worth as much as $180 billion to help optimize Australia’s cable TV networks.

Telstra and NBN also announced a $280 million budget, over the next four years, to help repair the existing copper phone lines, as well as maintaining Australia’s $56 broadband network, increasing the already lightning-fast speeds of the Telstra network in Melbourne.

The biggest news for Melbourne’s Telstra network is coming in February 2016, however. NBN and Telstra are in the final stages of signing an agreement that will see Telstra designing and project managing the upgrade and expansion of their hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) network.

What The HFC Network Means For Customers:

  • More than 3 million homes already have HFC Network
  • Telstra and NBN will expand on this network
  • Simplifies the switch-over to the NBN Network
  • Allow families and businesses to access broadband networks more quickly
  • Less disruption to the community
  • Less cost for the taxpayers

Two Other Companies Stand To Benefit:

Service Stream and BSA Limited have also been granted “operate and maintain” contracts, which could potentially be worth as much as $160 million over the next four years. All in all, over $500 million in contracts were signed in this momentous meeting.

This is all to prepare for the ongoing NBN rollout, over the next three years.

Telstra made a comment to the Australia Security Exchange, in regards to the merger. “”The first contract over three years involves fixing faults on the copper network and undertaking a small number of new connections for services that are yet to transfer to the NBN,” Telstra said.

As far as what’s in store for the future? “”Telstra and NBN will negotiate to finalise a contract covering the design, engineering and construction management of the [national broadband network] in the HFC footprint covered by the existing Telstra HFC network,” Telstra said. “The contract is expected to be completed early in 2016.”
Are you ready for the NBN? Come in to a Telstra Dealer in Melbourne today, and find out about available plans and pricing!

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Give Your iPhone 5 Predator Vision With Flir One!

iPhone 5 repair MelbourneHave you ever wished you could see at night? Through walls, doors, and smoke? Now you can, thanks to this ingenious innovation in thermal imaging from Wilsonville, Or.’s Flir.

Thermal-imaging photography equipment is traditionally very expensive and highly complex, making it available to a very small slice of the photography enthusiasts. This has all changed, with Flir One, a portable and cost-effective accessory for the iPhone 5/iPhone 5s.

Exploring Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging measures objects’ relative heat, showing the difference between hot and cold, even in pitch blackness. There are all manner of applications for this, from the purely aesthetic to the entirely technical.

Thermal Imaging Can Be Useful For:

  • Plumbers looking to unclog pipes. Thermal imaging can reveal the exact point where hot water stops, showing where the pipes are clogged.
  • A stud finder. The Flir One thermal camera can detect where studs start and stop, as wood absorbs heat differently than drywall or plaster.
  • For computer technicians. Cooling is essential for computers to operate at maximum efficiency. Thermal imaging can detect how well your cooling systems are operating, to help you decide if you need to step up your cooling game.
  • Artistic photography. In an age where it seems like we see so much of the same thing, the Flir One is an easy and guaranteed to have your snaps stand out from the rest. Transform your backyard into an alien planet, a fern frond into fine art, and your friends and family into unrecognizable glowing silhouettes.
  • Making a movie about a trophy-hunting alien stalking a platoon of marines through the jungle with your iPhone 5.

Design & Aesthetic:

The Flir One is hardly bigger than a battery case. It measures 5.5 x 2.4 x 0.85 inches, and weighs 3.9 ounces. It comes with two components – the camera itself and a think case for your iPhone 5/5s. The case attaches easily, as does the camera, which effortlessly slides into a circular groove in the back. It’s very sleek and stylish, while retaining all of the high tech functionality of top-end gear.

Flir One can’t be used with the regular iOS camera app. It requires its own Flir One app, which is included for free with the camera, but will take up a bit of space on your iPhone.

Overall Conclusions:

  • Thermal imaging technology tends to be very expensive. A lower-priced admission into the fascinating world of thermal photography is very welcome, indeed.
  • The Flir One is very useful for a variety of practical tasks, from engineers to plumbers to contractors and construction workers.
  • The Flir One will make your photography stand out from the rest!

The Downsides:

  • May still be prohibitively expensive for some.
  • Only available for the iPhone 5/5s.
  • Makes your iPhone slightly longer and heavier.

All in all, Flir One is a very cool accessory for people who are serious about their iPhone photography, and want to explore it for all its worth.

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