Stepping Up Your Selfie Game

June Blog Photography TipsAre you a proud owner of the iPhone 7? You’re probably not taking full advantage of the myriad of photography tools at your disposal with your device.

Apple is here to help as they have shared a new website dedicated to iPhone-photography tips. The site highlights 16 quick and easy how-to videos in efforts to help iPhone users take more beautiful photos with ease.  They are tackling a variety of photo-opps such as….

  • How to shoot a close-up
  • How to shoot a selfie with a timer
  • How to shoot a sunset silhouette
  • How to shoot stills while filming
  • ……………the list goes on!

Whether you think you already have it all figured out, or feel like you might be missing out on some time-saving and artsy tricks, Apple’s new site rounds up all of the handiest phone photography concepts into one approachable and exciting page.  While the site is dedicated to the iPhone 7, plenty of users of the older iPhone models should find the tutorials to be beneficial. Check out their website today and start snapping photos like the pros from your very own iDevice.

Here’s the Page: How to Shoot on iPhone 7

The Calm Before the Storm

Prepare your tech gadgets and plan ahead. Storm season is rolling in.


Spring brings storm season to the Midwest home of Mission Repair. Just yesterday afternoon we saw a wild storm blow over our store in Lenexa. When it comes to weather in the Midwest, expect the unexpected! A hot and sunny day can quickly transform into a stormy mess.

You don’t want to be caught unprepared when it comes to your trusty electronic devices. Communication is crucial when Mother Nature strikes. Devices like cell phones, tablets and computers can make all of the difference in keeping you safe during severe weather. We have put together a quick list of tips to get your gadgets ready while you ride the storm out:

  • Choose 2-3 weather, news, or safety-related apps to alert you of special warnings and updates. Many local news stations offer apps to live-stream weather reports.
  • Charge your device batteries well in advance, in the event that you lose power.
  • Forget candles. Utilize the free flashlight app on your phone or tablet if you are in a bind.  Get comfortable with turning it on quickly; many devices offer audio commands like “Hey Siri, Turn on my flashlight”
  • Program an emergency list of contacts into your phone for easy access. Include family, friends, coworkers, police & fire agencies, power and insurance companies.
  • The insurance industry pays out hundreds of thousands of dollars in claims for losses due to lightning each year. The best approach is to unplug your devices before the storm arrives.  However, surge protectors can offer some reassurance and protection for around $30-$100.

Caught in the rain and now you have water damage? Power surge from lightning left you with a device that won’t turn on? Startled by a loud boom of thunder and dropped your device, cracking the screen? Accidents happen and Mission Repairs!  Stop by your local Mission Repair walk-in location for a quick and cost-effective solution.

Our Phones

Phone Key PadAs we get settled into a brand new year we are experiencing some hiccups that we wanted to make you, our customers, aware of. Believe it or not, we ourselves are having problems with our phone systems. Yes folks, we do repair phones but are having issues with our very own devices and lines.

We need you to know that we are working diligently to get this resolved as quickly as possible.The intermittent occurrences have been random and short but they still interrupt our functionality as a business.

Winter is Coming… Wait, no, It is Here

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Here in Kansas we have been spoiled with the weather this year. Until recently. We officially have had our first freezes. Thank goodness, the oak mites were eating me alive! Winters here in the midwest last too long and usually seem to skip fall. It feels almost as inconvenient as damage to our favorite mobile devices. Lucky for you we have a few deals happening.

  • iPad 2/3/4 screen repairs are on sale for $99!
  • iPhone 6 screen repairs have been reduced to $99 as well!

Most importantly, if you bring in one non-perishable food item to either of our two retail locations you will receive $10 off of your repair! Proceeds benefit the local Kansas City Indian Center.

Bring In One Nonperishable Food Item and Receive $10 Off of Your Repair!

Making Donations To Food Bank

Good Morning Bloggers,

My name is Natasha and this is my first blog for CGR! It is a privilege to say that my first time writing here is to introduce this year’s giving back food drive program! Today through January 1st, 2017, we will be accepting one non-perishable food item for $10 off of your repair!* The donations will go straight to The Kansas City Indian Center food pantry.

There is a good reason that we chose KCIC:

The Kansas City Indian Center (Heart of America Indian Center), a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, has been serving the Kansas City’s American Indian population since 1971.

Times have changed in the last 40 years, but KCIC’s goals have not:

  • Providing health, welfare and cultural services to American Indian individuals and families of our community
  • Promoting fellowship among the American Indian people of all tribes living in the Kansas City Area
  • Stimulating the natural integration of the American Indian into the community
  • Encouraging artistic and vocational pursuits by American Indian people
  • Preserving and fostering traditional American Indian cultural values

The Kansas City Indian Center also is near and dear to my heart. My time volunteering at KCIC gave me an opportunity to help my community and learn more about the culture of my ancestors. I volunteered once or twice a week, even when it was not in the best interest of my busy schedule, but I made it work. When the wonderful employees found out that I was falling behind, they encouraged me to take a few “staples” home to make my mediocre haul of groceries last a couple more weeks. I had seen the long lines on Fridays of families and did not want to take from anyone less fortunate than I already was. But my new friends would not take, ‘no’ for an answer, and in doing so showed me the impact a dedicated group of people can have.

KCIC is not just there for the Native Americans in the Kansas City area. They were and still are there for the whole community. Every Friday,  my heart breaks to see people having to leave empty handed, but it does happen. Although KCIC receives some assistance, they are overlooked and overshadowed by some of the larger donation and outreach centers. That is why we want to do what we can to help with this great association. Non-perishable donations may seem small, but they can have a great impact!

Please join us in assisting these amazing souls as they contribute to our community. Tis the season of giving. We will forward your donations and give you $10 off of your repair as a thank you!

*Restrictions apply: Limit one discount per repair. Must be used in one transaction. Cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts, or used to redeem discounts of previously purchased repairs. Not redeemable for cash, gift cards, gift certificates, or store credit. No reproductions or rain checks accepted. Offer valid only during promotional period. Discount does not apply to taxes, shipping and handling charges, or similar charges. Reworks where a discount was applied may result in an adjusted refund amount. Discount excludes sale merchandise and/or clearance merchandise.

iCloud Calender Spam

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The newest form of spam: iCloud Calendar invites.

These spam Calendar invites get forced onto your iPhone or computer as notifications and Calendar invitations for junk products labeled “ray-ban”, “Oakley”, “Louis Vuitton.”  Amazingly enough, there is no simple way to ignore them through Calendar and iCloud.  Here are three ways to deal with them:

Option 1: Stop Calendar Spam Notifications with iCloud

All this method does is redirect the Calendar spam from Notifications into email instead. It’s not a perfect solution but it prevents the notifications from showing up on your screen.

  1.  login to on the web
  2. Click “Calendar”
  3. Click the little gear icon in the corner, then choose “Preferences”
  4. Choose “Advanced” and then scroll down to “Invitations” and check the box next to ‘Email to”, then click Save.

All this does is redirect all Calendar invitations to your email instead of as notifications on the devices. Unfortunately, if you actually use Calendar invitations, then you’ll no longer get those notifications either.

Option 2: Move Calendar Spam Invitations to a Spam Calendar and Delete

Another workaround from Apple Discussions forums is redirecting the spam notifications into a separate spam calendar, and then removing that calendar. The problem with this approach is you will need to do this every time you get a spam invite.

  1. On the Mac or iPhone, open Calendar app
  2. Create a new iCloud calendar, label it something obvious like “SpamCalendar”
  3. Choose the junk invite and move the spam event invitations to the new iCloud calendar
  4. Now delete the new iCloud Spam Calendar calendar
  5. At the pop-up, choose to “Delete and Don’t Notify” – this is important because you do not want to notify the spam sender that your email address is active, so be sure to choose “Don’t Notify”
  6. Repeat for any and all future iCloud Spam Calendar invitations as they arrive

Annoying? Yes, but this allows you to delete the iCloud spam calendar invites without responding to them and without notifying the sender.

Option 3: Declining the Spam Calendar Invite

The most popular route is to just decline the spam Calendar invite. The problem with that is it notifies the sender that your email address is active by declining, meaning you will almost certainly get even more.

There is no perfect method to get around these, but due to its highly intrusive nature, it has received mentions in The New York Times and CNBC so the problem will hopefully be addressed by Apple soon.


Sourced: 12/1/16

Are Third-Party Keyboards Secure?

anas-alshanti-169265Third-party keyboards have been one of the biggest hits of iOS 8 since its launch last week. But are they secure? This concern derives from a standard warning displayed by iOS 8 when the keyboards are granted “full access.” Different keyboard apps break down their feature sets between standard install and “full access” differently.

The top free keyboard app this year was SwiftKey Keyboard. While the basic keyboard works with a standard installation, key features like word predictions and the finger-tracing typing require that full access be granted.  Naturally, users were worried that their information, was being sent back to SwiftKey.  Jennifer Kutz, Communications Chief for SwiftKey, assures users that despite the request for full access, “none of your language insights leave your device unless you choose our optional SwiftKey Cloud service.” Certain types of information such as credit card numbers, or any other long numbers, are intentionally ignored by SwiftKey.

The second most popular option is Fleksy Keyboard – Happy Typing.  Unlike SwiftKey, Fleksy does not require full access be granted in order for predictions to function. Full access is required, however, for other personalization and customization options such as pulling in Facebook, Gmail, and Twitter typing data.  Founder and chief operating officer Ioannis Verdelis says, “Fleksy performs all of its processing locally on the device, and does not need Full Access to perform its corrections.  Users can improve its performance if they want, by allowing network access so they can sync their language data, but this is completely optional.  We don’t collect people’s keystrokes, typing data, credit card numbers, etc, regardless of whether you enable Full Access or not.”

Lastly, the third most popular keyboard, Swype.  Rebecca Paquette of Nuance Communications states, “The features we were most focused on for our launch were speed and accuracy – a keyboard that is intuitive and powerful to use.”  Unlike some other keyboards, Swype does not include an option for pulling in typing data from Facebook and Gmail, and does not offer a cloud backup or syncing services.  This simplicity allows it to forgo the need for full access.

Ultimately, what it comes down to is trust. Granting a keyboard full access means that any data can be transmitted back the developer’s servers for a variety of uses. So while there are potential risks to granting a keyboard full access, users weighing the usefulness of a keyboard should be informed enough to consider whether or not to grant full access.

Sourced: 11/29/16