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Jakemy Screwdriver Kit

This toolkit is amazing. As you know, I was happy with my Synsus Toolkit, but this one definitely beats it for the mere $7 extra. And the orange! I love orange!

I decided on this one because even though I loved my Synsus kit, it lacked the screen separator. I began pricing these out separately and found them anywhere from $4-20. I figured I needed another toolkit anyways (Home, Work, and Travel Bag) I would order this for my Travel Bag.

Main Tool: The handle is a bit thicker than I am used to or prefer, but after just two projects it’s already grown on me. It is light enough to be easily handled and maneuvered when it comes to phones, but is also strong enough to handle Desktop / LCD / TV screws. I don’t recommend using this tool for them, but it does work. This is where the secondary driver (noted below) comes in.


Repair: My first project for today was an iPhone 6 Plus – which as you can see needed a new Power Button Assembly. As soon as the Pentelobes were out I put this separator to use – and it works wonderfully! Even when screens are already broken you want to use special care when attaching your suction cup and definitely be mindful of how much pressure is being used. This tool took the entire headache away. I even tested it on project #2 – an HP Laptop.



Laptops: Now this is what really separates this setup from other electronics kits. There is a hand driver included with Philips/Flat tips – this was great for the laptop. It definitely took any worry out of stripping screws which is another hassle when it comes to these universal kits

I’d have to say the nice additional touch for me was the pump. I was able to use it on the laptop and see some particles fly off. Of course I hit it with my compressed air afterwards, but since we don’t all carry a can of air this is a great piece to have.

If you’re considering getting into electronics repairs OR looking for a totally solid kit – this is the way to go.

My only complaint is the Separator and Opener both feel flimsy (plastic feel, but sturdy) rather than feel like a solid tool. The opener works, but it’s for lighter devices than I had imagined. Aside from these two – everything else is great!

Syntus Precision Magnetic Repair Kit

For the most part I haven’t purchased many kits when it comes to repairs. I’ve been happy with my separate tool kits hanging on my wall – all within reach.

As a traveling tech though, it’s not fun carrying a large tool bag – especially when you’re merely repairing an iPhone, Laptop, or Desktop device!

I was looking for something portable, sexy, and cheap. Sure, there is the $59.99 iFixIt Kit – but I’ll save that order for a future employee when I hand this one down!

Behold – The Syntus 80 -N – 1 Precision Toolkit! 
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     As an Amazon Prime member, this baby arrived right next to my replacement iPhone 6 Plus Rear Camera. (Review Later)

What I love most is it’s not overly magnetic. I prefer smaller form screwdrivers so the size feels natural, and the material is solid. The metal tools are great for separating parts in Desktops or Laptops, and of course it includes the plastic tools as well for phones or tablets.

I’m not going to over every individual tool – but from the page you can see all of the included tools. I’ve found them all to be very solid! The paint brush is a nice touch when it comes to dusting 🙂

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I would definitely order this again, and obviously recommend it to other technicians. Up next will be my review for the Jakemy Screwdriver Set. Since I’m scheduled for repairs – I’ll include some action shots in that review!


Akaso Mini Android TV Box Review

This last year I have been modifying Amazon FireTV Sticks for my customers. I’m able to provide clients with the ability to complete ditch Dish Network, DirecTV, Comcast, uVerse, etc. These devices allow you to stream virtually ANY media from a large variety of many different sources.

A few of the abilities these devices offer?

  • Access movies in theaters
  • Find almost any movie ever made
  • View Live television
  • PPV Events: WWE, UFC
  • Karaoke, Anime, and XXX Access
  • Several music channels
  • Huge game library

The only required needed for using these devices is needing a Wireless Network in order to access content. This is no longer the case with the Akaso Mini Android TV Box.  This amazingly powerful little devices offers many more features than the Amazon FireTVs. They include an Ethernet port, SD slot, and 2 USB ports so you can plug in USB drives or external hard drives!


This amazing little device is super fast! You can really feel the difference during navigation if you’re upgrading/migrating from your Amazon FireTV Stick. The dashboard is very elegant and not confusing whatsoever. As someone who favors iOS over Android – I found it very easy to navigate through the settings to make modifications to the device.

Applications installs are quick and seamless, and games on this thing are a blast! If you’ve been operating with the Amazon FireTV remote then you’re already familiar with the PITA it is to actually write addresses in, search for content, or otherwise TYPE anything with that thing. Sure you can use applications to control your device, but if you’re a gadget freak like me you’re going to want to take a look at the Akaso Mini Keyboard Air Mouse.
I’m someone who absolutely despises trackpads on laptops and not having a QWERTY keyboard at my disposal.

The Akaso Keyboard comes with a full keyboard AND touchpad for those times you need to scroll around a page. The device is remarkably affordable at only $21.99, and if you haven’t already signed up with your Amazon Prime Trial – sign up and enjoy Free Two-Day Shipping!
The great thing about being wireless is it allows you to control multiple devices! You’ll be able to control your PC, tablet, Android Box, Amazon Device, or Google TV Box. All from one device! Also be sure to leave any reviews for products you purchase from Akaso – they have excellent customer service. Highly recommended.

This device is a cheaper alternative to the FireTV, Roku, Chromecast, and AppleTV.

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Akaso Android Box Specifications:

OS: Android 5.1
CPU: Amlogic S905 Quad-Core Cortex-A53 2.0GHz
GPU: Penta-Core Mali-450 600MHz+
KODI: 16.0
Wifi: Built-in Wifi antenna 2.4GHz/1GB
Video out port: Support all standard HD, 4k2k Ultra HD decoding and output.
USB host: 2 High speed USB 2.0, support U DISK and USB HDD
Network Function: Skype chatting, Picasa, YouTube, Flicker, Facebook, Online movies, etc

Package list:
1 x Android TV Box
1 x Power Adapter
1 x HDMI Cable
1 x Remote Controller
1 x User Manual

Amazon Basics USB Extension

If you’re not already aware, I love Amazon Prime. It’s something I’ve been using steadily for about two years now. I order from Amazon very frequently so the same-day and free 2-Day shipping is absolutely amazing to have when I’m in a pinch and need something. As a field rep I tend to complete surveys and deals via Swagbucks in exchange for free Amazon Gift Cards. If you haven’t already go take a look at my article on Generating 100 Daily Swagbucks and Advantages of Amazon Prime. I’ve not only saved money but have GENERATED returns! For example I’ll cash out on $100 worth

I’m writing the review of this Amazon Basics USB Extension cable as a perfect example of utilizing my Prime benefits.

As a web developer I also help local businesses market their flyers and advertisements across various platforms so I’m constantly scanning images to my laptop. The problem is I brought in a new desk to my home office and rearranged everything. The printer ended up no longer sitting on my desk and I would have to step over or duck under the USB cable each time I connected it to my laptop – I quickly got over this nonsense and placed my order for the USB extension.

I paid only $6.49 + $5.99 Same-Day Delivery /w Prime so my total came to $12.48 for a 9.8 foot USB Extension Cable delivered to my door about 8 hours later. Best Buy offers a 6 foot USB Extension cable for $24.99. Half the price + at-home delivery? Seriously, why are you not an Amazon Prime customer?

Don’t forget: Amazon Prime has 2 membership options: $10.99/mo or $99/yr!

XBOX One Bundle – $249.99

Amazon has back at it with some amazing deals – this time it’s for the Microsoft XBOX One!

Microsoft has announced a $50 price drop on their console which Amazon has the luxury of taking advantage immediately. Not only can you enjoy the savings, but Amazon has organized a selection of different XBOX One Console Bundles!

Now let’s take a look at the spectacular savings this week. I’ve arranged them in pricing order.

Up first is the XBOX One – Certified Refurbished 500GB /w Kinect
xbox1.jpgBundle Includes:

  • XBOX One Console (Refurbished)
  • One Wireless Controller
  • Kinect

This is a great bundle especially if you’re just starting out. I personally have used the Kinect and love the ability to use voice commands which makes things so much easier especially when navigating the menus or trying to record clips.

Next is the XBOX One – Name Your Game Bundle ~ $249.00XBOXThis bundle includes:

  • XBOX Console /w 500GB Hard Drive
  • One Controller
  • Your choice of: Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, or Rare Replay!

XBOX One – White Edition /w Quantum Break
 ~ $249xbox2Bundle Includes:

  • White Edition XBOX One Console /w 500GB Hard Drive
  • One Controller
  • Quantum Break + Alan Wake Games


XBOX One 1TB Console + 3 Games Bundle ~ $283.90

Bundle includes:

  • XBOX Console /w 1TB Hard Drive
  • One Controller
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Rare Replay, and Oni games.


As you can see there are some great deals going on for the summer right now. Be sure to check out my Bing Rewards post and I show you how to receive XBOX Live Free every month! 

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Swagbucks – Your Full Guide To Free Money, Products, and Rewards

About Swagbucks

Swagbucks is a website which rewards you for taking surveys, watching videos, playing games, entering sweepstakes, or just earning cash back on purchases you’re already making across various websites. The ultimate goal is market research to evaluate spending habits among consumers, which if you don’t mind sharing your spending habits then this is the site for you! There are many ways to earn money with this site and I’ve tested everything you’re about to see reviewed as well as proof of my payouts and previous purchases. Many reviews which will be on this blog are from items purchased using some form of gift card I’ve received from Swagbucks. I’m going to cover a few different areas with some key strategies on how to maximize your profits and keep an eye out for the best deals. Your dashboard is always changing so be sure to check as often as possible.

Ready to begin? Let’s get started! After you’ve looked over all of the options to receive Swagbucks, be sure to read my follow up on How To Easily Earn 200-300 Swagbucks Per Day!

I suggest creating an entirely new e-mail address using gMail, Yahoo, or whatever your preference is. Use this e-mail only as you’ll be receiving alerts and offers at this address and it’ll also save any password issues in case you’ve signed up for any programs in the past! 


Swagbucks App / Swagbucks TV / Swagbucks Toolbar

It’s a good idea to start by installing the Swagbucks Mobile App. With this app you can earn some free SB (Swagbucks) by performing searches and entering your captcha whenever it pops up. It gives you quick access to surveys and “Discovery” deals (which I’ll cover soon) so you can stay on top of your rewards.

You can earn about 20 SB each day doing searches between the mobile app or replacing your web browser with SB. I would suggest swapping the Search for Swagbucks as it uses Yahoo which will get you buy, but if you’re like me then I will run an actual Google search if I’m in a hurry to get to where I’m going.

A trick using the Swagbucks Toolbar is to just enter your next URL of the website without entering .com.

This will force it to perform a search and generally your domain is at the top of the result and you get a mark towards your searches.

The Swagbucks Toolbar allows you to easily insert Swag Codes which will appear from time to time if you enable desktop notifications, receive e-mail alerts, or follow their page on Facebook. These codes usually last less than 3 hours so be sure to watch out for these alerts. The toolbar also allows you enable cash back so you’ll earn 1-10SB for every dollar you spend depending on the promotion at the time.

My suggestion is to check your Swagbucks account before you make any online purchases. You may be eligible to receive cash back from your next potential purchase




This is where you’ll earn a majority of your Swagbucks. What I have done is install an Auto-Refresh Add-On to my Google Chrome browser and will leave this page up on a half screen and it’ll reload every 10-15 seconds. This allows you to keep on top of recently released surveys which will go quick! I generally aim for 50-200 point surveys which are under 30 minutes. I’ve noticed many of the ones that are 30 minutes or longer tend to mess up towards the end or will crash out on me so I gauge what my time is worth vs the payout. This is the most tedious method when it comes to acquiring bucks, but it is the way to rack them up the fastest.

Gold Surveys are surveys tailored to the answers you’ve given when completing your profile. You’ll notice on the left-hand side you can earn 2SB for every 10 questions answered. DO THIS! And make sure your answers are always consistent because you’ll get more and more surveys specifically for your demographics – which means less time being wasted on surveys you may get disqualified for.

Partner Surveys and Peanut Lab Surveys and are hit and miss. I stick with ones that are 65+ and take less than 20 minutes over here because the scripts seem to kick me out every once in a while. I don’t do a lot of these surveys unless I need to come up with some quick bucks to cash out on the next card.

Daily Poll and Tasks are an easy way to rack up 1-10 Swagbucks per article. Definitely do the Daily Poll – That’s an easy 1 point!


     Discover is a great way to easily earn some cash back if you’re willing to try out new products, sign up for trials, and evaluate services from a variety of different companies. I would definitely suggest starting here if you have some extra coin to born or want to try out some neat products at a great price. Swagbucks gets their piece of the pie by bringing in referrals (you) to try their partners products. Many of these are free and only require a credit card – Just make sure you keep a log of when and where you signed up  and when to cancel! Otherwise you may see some recurring charges on your account if you don’t pay attention.

I’ve been able to jump onto trials of Hulu, Netflix, Gamefly, and several credit rating companies and earning 200-500 a pop without spending a single penny. Pay attention as some do require a $1.95 or so charge to initiate the trial but not all of them do.

  Using this method you could easily turn $10 on your credit card into $20-30 worth of Swagbucks which can be redeemed for a pre-paid Visa if you wished. Not bad right? There are even more ways to earn!

Content Discovery is a very fast way to earn 2SB just for viewing a view slides or taking a quick quiz. You’ll navigate through 5-10 slides which is basically just point and click. If you have a dual monitor setup I highly suggest keeping this tab open on one of them. The longest part on this section is merely waiting for the page to load. You can knock out several of these as a new signup and net 100 SBs in under 20 minutes especially if you have it up on both monitors.

Sign Ups are a quick way to get points by entering your information. These may take a while to reward or not show up at all, so make sure to keep screenshots when possible and once you get to around 10 or so like I do I’ll submit a ticket and usually they get rewarded as long as you retain your proof and dates. Look at the notes section for more on this.

Free Offers will give you bucks for doing more simple tasks like filling out information. Remember again to keep your dates and expected earnings in case they don’t show up. I’ve noticed if I’m not rewarded within 10 minutes then usually there’s an issue with collecting.

Shopping is great if you do a lot of online purchasing. Buying vacation packages through this link earns what seems to be the greatest awards since they’re the most expensive. Clothing is another great way to get some cash back if you’re already in the market.

Donations is pretty self explanatory. Choose the organization of your choice and get rewards for helping others! Also keep an eye out on your Offers page because sometimes they offer $10-20 rewards for signing up!

Mobile Apps are a great and fast way to easily earn even more Swagbucks. All you have to do is install some of these applications and open them – some require you play for a certain amount of time but the rewards are great!

Tasks are a nice way to earn .40 – 1.00$ when you complete the required terms and are a sure way to make some extra coin. I use these most when I need to pickup a few more points to cash out. This is generally the item I use the least amount other than playing games.

Now that you have an overview on the entire program, take a look at the next article:

How To Earn A 100 Swagbucks Daily ($30/mo $300/yr!) Within 1 Hour

Notes: You may want to get into the habit of recording the offers you complete. A screenshot with the expected SB/date Completed as the file title should be fine and has worked out great for me. I generally wait until I have about $5-10 worth of unpaid Swagbucks rewards before I make a ticket. They say you need to contact the companies directly regarding payout, but I’ve yet to find an easy way to contact them directly.

This guide should get you started and well on your way to earning some extra rewards. Using this guide I don’t see why someone couldn’t earn $5 worth of rewards in their first hour as a new customer!

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Marketing Ideas & Useful Materials

You’re now out in the field and have chosen a perfect location to setup – great job! Now, let’s run through some ideas on how to attract attention and draw customers to your products. It’s important to remember your competitors will also be testing new methods of marketing to discover what works best for them. Staying on top of your services and ahead of the competition is your key to success. Below are a few examples of different items I’ve used in the field with proven success, as well as links to purchase the items online. If you’re not an Amazon Prime Member now is the time to join. The free 2-day shipping and $3.99 overnight shipping can prove to be wonderful tools if you’re in a pinch to refill your kiosk. If you’d like more information on what Amazon Prime is, Click Here.

     The most powerful method I’ve used is harnessing my existing customers’ circles. I always have items at my booth such as screen protectors, phone and tablet cases, candy, lanyards, laser pointers, and various other related products at my local Dollar Tree or .99 Cent Store when I’m running low on stock. Again I fall back to utilizing Amazon because items which you pay $1.00 for in store can be found for .10 cents! How do I use these items? I offer these items not for sale but free of charge if a customer successfully qualifies and activates a phone and then returns with a new qualifying customer. I’ve had people approach and attempt to pull customers already walking up and claim them as a “referral” – I’m mentioning this because it will happen. You can choose how to handle the scenario but what I do is either explain it has to be a person they know or just give them a mini stylus – which costs me a dime ultimately. Allowing customers to do this will result in you spending more money on items which can be eliminated by using these two options.

     My #1 and absolute favorite product to distribute is the Mini Stylus. These end up to be about .14 each after shipping when ordering 100 at a time which I do every 2 weeks. I recommend ordering these first AND often! The only drawback to these is the fact they come from a foreign country so the shipping takes 3-4 weeks. Two options here would be to order from a seller inside the US for your initial batch or order a good amount from China and wait patiently. I highly recommend keeping these stocked up because they’re fun to give away and always draw in referrals.

Another game I like to play if I have a crowd is to say “Pick a number between 1-100” and the closest guess gets 1, a spot on guess gets 2.You can do this with any item at your disposal but these are the cheapest.


     Maybe you’re an adventurous and fun type of person, or have the extra funds to splurge on hiring someone to dance for you – who knows! I ordered this my third or fourth month in and have no regrets. It’s a silly costume that’s sure to attract attention and it has a slot to insert your customized advertisement when the costume flips open. Click here to view the costume.  This is just part of my strategy: I also purchased a megaphone, some stencils, spray paint, and foam poster boards. The result? Being loud, catching attention, and a sign with large letters saying “FREE PHONES”.

The megaphone can be found here. I haven’t had any issues or complaints while using this item. I suggest being mindful of your surroundings and use it at times when you have a teammate at your booth and the day is slow – this will attract attention and bring the customers in. Trust me it works!

Note: Choose the same colors for all of your marketing materials so you instill the brand image into your customers’ heads. 

     These items should help get you started while in the field. If your first week or two is slow don’t worry – as long as you remain consistent with your hours you will have a steady flow of customers every day. Giving away these items and separating yourself from every other mobile rep is the key to your success.

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