New year, new tech, new you!

Make 2019 the year you start making better habits with your technology to ensure you have the best experience possible.

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Here are our top recommendations to help you have a better tech year:

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1. Back up your devices

There is nothing that breaks our hearts more than when someone comes in with a hard drive issue on their computer or a cracked phone screen but they haven’t backed up their data in months - or ever! Plenty of people only start backing up their computer after something goes wrong. Let this be your reminder to start backing up now!

There are lots of options available: For iOS devices, we always recommend backing up to iCloud, and for your Mac we carry a range of external hard drives in store, so feel free to come by and talk with one of our Apple Specialists who can help you choose the right solution for you.

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2. Use Family Sharing to split up Apple IDs

This is us suggesting that you and your family stop sharing accounts!

Family Sharing makes it easy for you and up to five family members to share iTunes, Apple Books, and App Store purchases, an Apple Music family plan, and an iCloud storage plan. Your family can also share a photo album and a family calendar, and even help locate each other’s missing devices.

It’s simple to set up, affordable, and offers so many advantages. Learn more about Family Sharing.


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3. Browse the web securely using a VPN

Using a VPN for your time online can offer so many advantages, including online security, identity protection, and can stop eavesdroppers, in addition to other great safety benefits.

We recommend the VPN service offered from Private Internet Access. It’s powered by a state of the art, tier-1 multi-gigabit private network. Learn more about the advantages of a VPN through Private Internet Access.

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4. Strong Password and Password Management

We all know that we aren’t keeping our accounts secure by using the same password for every site and account we log in to. But how can you create a strong password for every single account to want to access without losing them or forgetting them? We recommend using iCloud Keychain, where you can keep your passwords and other secure information updated across your devices.

Once your iCloud Keychain is set up, you can use the Safari browser to suggest secure passwords. When you try to log in to a website that requires a password, Safari will pop up a message asking if you want to use a Safari-suggested password. Click on the supplied password if you want to use it, and Safari will AutoFill it into the password field on the website.

Learn more about setting up iCloud Keychain set up on your devices.

Learn more about Keychain Suggested passwords

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5. Back up your devices!

I know we've already mentioned the importance of this but one place isn't always enough. You can get peace of mind knowing that all of your files are backed up securely in the cloud in addition to your hard drive. We recommend using BackBlaze, which offers unlimited backup for a low price. Set up a free trial with Backblaze.

These are just a few great ways to start your year off at its best with your tech. If you've got any questions or want to make the most of your technology through one-on-one training, come in and see us or give us a call any time.

Core 1 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s finally December, which can only mean one thing- it’s finally the holiday season! And what better way to get into the spirit than by crossing off your list with the perfect gift for everyone in your family.

Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the top gifts of the season:

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Apple HomePod

$449.99

For the music lover on your list, the Apple HomePod will change the smart home and music experience forever. Place HomePod anywhere in the room. With spatial awareness, it automatically analyzes the acoustics, adjusts the sound based on the speaker’s location, and separates the music into direct and ambient sound. Ask Siri to play music and it will learn what you like to hear. Use it to control the smart devices in your home or just find out the weather. What can’t this speaker do?

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Herschel Little America

$120.00

Functional and stylish, the Herschel Little America Backpack is perfect for the adventurer on your list. This backpack looks great, with a mountaineering silhouette, the bag elevates an iconic style with modern functionality. Based in Vancouver, Canada Herschel Supply Co. is a design driven global accessories brand that produces quality products with a fine regard for detail.

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Herschel Spokane Sleeve

$55.00

Where would an adventurer be heading without their MacBook tucked safely away in a sleeve? The Herschel Spokane Sleeve is slim and protective, fleece lined and features a flap closure with concealed magnet fasteners. Available in a range of colours, you can customize the sleeve to the personality of anyone on your list.

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Tylt Pebble Wireless Power Bank

$69.99

The Pebble wireless charger and powerbank is a stylish and convenient way to keep your Apple products charged no matter where you are or what you're doing. Its internal 4000 mAh battery can provide up to two full charges via the universal USB port or via a wireless charge. You don't even have to worry about taking your case off to use the wireless charging feature, it can charge through most cases and covers.

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JBL Flip

$149.99

The perfect gift for the accident-prone person on your list, the JBL Flip 4 can go anywhere with you- even in the shower or the pool. The JBL Flip 4 offers Wireless Bluetooth Streaming, 12 hours of playtime, and surprisingly powerful sound.

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Kate Spade iPhone Cases

$39.99 - $79.99

Looking for the perfect stocking-stuffer for the individualist on your list? Help them dress up their tech with designer phone cases from Kate Spade New York.Live colourfully, with the perfect art of playful sophistication. With a huge range of colours, graphic prints, incandescent charm and irreverent wit, there’s an option for everyone.

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Otterbox Symmetry Disney Collection

$49.99

Who doesn’t have a total Disney lover on their list this year? The best part is, you can get the top level of protection from Otterbox, in a fun and stylish case. Create your own happily ever after with Disney iPhone cases!

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Aftershokz Trekz

$189.99

Have an elite athlete on your shopping list this season? The next generation of bone conduction technology is what’s inside our lightest and most organically designed open ear headphones to date. We cut the bulk and used titanium everywhere possible to ensure they not only fit more securely but sound better too. Trekz Air are inspired by the demands of elite and aspiring athletes motivated by their music and their world.

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TwelveSouth Compass Stand

$34.99

The Compass Stand is a clever, multi-use stand optimized to work with iPad Pro 9.7-inch and all generations of iPad Air and iPad mini in both landscape and portrait mode. This compact stand serves as a stable easel that holds your iPad in portrait or wide-screen mode. Use it for hands-free viewing and interacting with iPad. Flip down the secondary leg and Compass 2 becomes a comfortable typing stand. Machined from heavy gauge steel, Compass 2 folds flat and includes a soft travel sleeve so you can take it everywhere your iPad roams.