Happy Birthday, Facebook!

Happy Birthday Facebook!

Facebook is marking its 12th birthday today, by declaring this day worldwide friends day. With that in mind, we wanted to hook up some of our friends (all of you) with some 815 swag. Who knows – we might even have something else up our sleeve.

All you have to do is “like” our most recent Facebook post (the one with the birthday cake), and respond with one of your friends tagged. That’s it! We’ll pick some lucky winners at random tomorrow!

You have all day to do this. Literally. We’ll stop accepting submissions at midnight, Central time.

Good luck!

My Device Went For a Swim. Now What?

It’s pretty much common knowledge that these days, most of us are tied to our mobile devices.  Our smart phones, tablets, phablets, and everything in between are now part of our daily lives.  We’re connected 24/7 with these devices, for better, or for worse.

It’s also common knowledge that any type of liquid is a huge adversary of these devices.  Our devices don’t adapt well to water, coffee, soda, or the … toilet.  Liquids and electronics just don’t mix.

And yet, most of us have had that terrifying moment where our precious device comes in contact with liquid.  It’s a horrible moment, filled with denial, panic, and confusion (I can speak personally to this).  With that in mind, we offer some suggestions on what you can do if your device goes for an unintended swim.  Hopefully one of these tips can save your device!


Turn off Your Device

Our gut reaction is to make sure our device is okay.  Is there water in there?  Does everything still work?  Did I lose all of my selfies?  Totally understandable, but in this case, powering that thing off as soon as possible can often mean the difference between salvaging your device, or shelling out a nice chunk of change for a replacement.


If Possible, Pull Out the Battery

Remember – liquid is the enemy, and we need to get rid of it as quickly as possible.  There are certain devices, such as iPhones and iPads, where the battery can’t be taken out without disassembling the device.  But if you do have a removable battery, we’d suggest you take it out as soon as possible.


Don’t Plug it In

Whatever you do … do not plug your phone in.  Remember, water and electronics just don’t mix, and plugging it in is just a bad, bad idea.


Keep the Hairdryer in the Drawer

One thing we hear a lot when clients bring their devices in with liquid damage, is the idea of using a hair dryer to dry things up.  It makes sense, but remember that with all of that hot air comes another enemy – namely, dust.  A great alternative is to actually use a vacuum to try and rid that device of all that liquid.


Brush Brush Brush

Don’t forget to floss, too.  Just kidding.  But taking 90% alcohol or higher, soaking a toothbrush in it, and scrubbing areas like your charging port and headphone jack will help your cause.


Unplug for 24 Hours

It’s hard, we know.  But give your device at least 24 hours to dry out before you charge it, turn it back on, or do anything else with it.  If you still see visible water, then we’d suggest you wait even longer.  Think of it as your opportunity to go off the grid for a little bit.


Save the Rice for Eating

A myth that is widely spread is that placing your device in a bag of rice will help dry it out.  It really doesn’t.  Your device will dry out the same whether or not you use rice.  In fact, rice can get lodged in the small ports in your device, making your repair experience even more adventurous.  So rice … great for stir fry, but not for mobile devices.


If you have liquid damage to your mobile device, 815 Media offers a free liquid assessment.  Give us a shout.


Keep Your iPhone’s Data Usage In Check

For the second time this week, the people over at iPhone Hacks have addressed a question that we hear a lot from our mobile customers: Why is my iPhone using so much data, and how can I make it stop?!

We hear this question a lot, and the answer is usually different for each customer.  That being said, if you are an iPhone user, there’s some things you can do to help get your data usage under control.  Give this article a read – your phone bill will thank you later.

Solving iOS9 Battery Woes

One of the top complaints we hear about customers’ smartphones relates to battery life.  Sometimes it’s horrible right out of the box, while other times customers comment that the battery isn’t performing as well as it used to.  Sometimes a new battery does the trick, but other times, some simple software settings can make a huge difference in battery performance.

The folks over at iPhone Hacks have put together a great list for any of you iOS9 users who might be struggling with battery issues.  We’ve seen these work, and if you are experiencing problems, we hope these work for you as well!

Create a Simple HTML5 Contact Form

After reading up on HTML5 and hearing all the buzz, I decided to take a few minutes and create a simple form to help me learn a little more about it and maybe share a few things along the way. Accompanying me are 12 new input types, most of which I don’t use in this form, but are pretty snazzy.

Detect iPhone & iPad in PHP

Oh and this works for the iPod touch as well.  I’m aware that there are great mobile detection solutions out there but I was working with a client recently that has a flash logo animation on their site and unfortunately the source file was unavailable to tweak.  To accomplish this I applied a “simple fix” by using the following code to display alternate content if the visitor is using an Apple device.