Folding Phones! The Best Touchscreen Laptops of 2019! Apple offering FREE repairs on MacBook keyboar

The newest form of cellular device is almost here! Folding Phones!

With Google betting on a foldable future for Android, it seems all phone manufacturers are getting these types of devices ready. Even Apple is reportedly looking into this form factor (though certainly not this year), which offers the convenience of extreme portability when folded and a larger screen whenever you need it. You may be asking yourself, "what will a foldable phone do for me?" Ever run into the problem of something being too small on your phone... Maybe you're trying to share a photo with someone that is hard to see, maybe you're trying to watch Netflix on your mobile device, or maybe you just came across text that was tiny? A foldable phone provides the regular mobile phone, but it can transform into a tablet making the display twice the size. By now you've probably heard about Samsung's foldable phone. It should have released a couple of weeks ago but they had to push back the release date due to major problems with the phone. People have reported bulging of the screen at the hinge, parts of the display not showing to the whole display not showing, and even the phone flat out dying (does not power back up) within a matter of days. Samsung obviously tried to jump the gun on this and release the technology before it was ready. There are several of these phones coming to the market. Samsung is likely to be the first, but reports say other manufacturers are working on their version such as Google, Microsoft, Hauwei, Royole, Motorola, Xiaomi, Oppo, ZTE, LG, Sharp and, yes, even Apple as well. Apple has recently patented a hinge design for the foldable phone. Likely Apple will release theirs after Google, Samsung, and Huawei iron out the many technological kinks. Here at User Friendly we love new technologies... But we highly recommend waiting until the technology has been out for a little while before buying. As a rule of thumb, we feel it's best to wait until the 2nd or 3rd generation of a new technology comes out. The major defects are usually fixed by then.

Apple finally addresses MacBook keyboard issue with FREE REPAIRS

After the death of Steve Jobs, it's apparent that Apple is no longer the #1 innovator of new technologies. Remember how exciting it used to be when Steve Jobs would do the Apple conference and show us the new technologies. Most of us were blown away! Not so much anymore... Did anyone catch the last conference? I almost fell asleep! It seems now when Apple innovates, we often end up with something that's just OK (such as the touch strip on the MacBook Pro's), or we get something that flat out fails, such as the Apple designed butterfly hinge. As you can tell from the picture above, Apple has come out with their butterfly hinge rather than the traditional scissor hinge. Woo hoo! I'm sure everyone was very excited about this innovation (just kidding). Apple swapped out this mechanism to make a thinner keyboard. Here's the problem. After some use, typically laptop keys will gather crumbs, dust, or other particles. The traditional scissor keyboard keys have little to no issue with debris. Unfortunately, this is not the case with the butterfly hinge. They get jammed up, resulting in keys that don't press properly, keys that skip keystrokes, or keys that repeat letters. Which Macs are affected? All MacBook models since 2016 are vulnerable to this issue. According to Apple, only a small percentage of Apple users have reported this issue. If you're one of them, replacing the keyboard requires the entire top assembly of the computer to be replaced. This is not a cheap repair. We highly advise you take advantage of Apples FREE offer to fix this for you.

Thinking about a new touchscreen laptop? Check out "The Best Touchscreen Laptops of 2019"

Is your computer on it's last leg? Or do you have someone in your family needing a new laptop? User Friendly Computer Services stumbled onto a great article we'd like to share with you. Popular Mechanic's just put out a list of the best laptops of 2019 and we agree with their findings. They've broken them down into 5 categories. Best 2-in-1, Best Chromebook, Most Versatile,