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Smart Home Questions? We can help!

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These days, you’ve got a lot more choice when you’re looking for smart home gadgets. Where originally you only had one option for a smart doorbell with a camera or a fridge that could let you look inside without opening the door, there are now more on the market than you can keep up with. You can buy smart devices of all stripes, from TVs to doorbells to washing machines. Of course you can find comparison lists and buyer’s guides virtually anywhere on the internet. What a quick search of the internet can’t provide you with is someone who has real-time answers to your pressing smart home device questions.

While some features of smart technology are easy to understand, sometimes the manufacturers add confusing features that are unneeded or even counter-productive. Separating the good ideas from the lemons is sometimes hard to do. Getting help from a professional can make choosing your new device easier, and give you confidence in your eventual purchase. And the best part about working with a pro? Not having to install the smart home device yourself! No more fighting with your wireless network to make sure the newest electronic gadget in your home plays nice. Someone else can do that for you.

Ready to get started?

We at Cherry Tree Technology would be more than happy to guide you in your selection of a new smart home device. Even better, once you decide on the device you want, we can install it for you. Cherry Tree Tech is a locally owned Tucson-based technology company. We have more than 15 years of experience in residential computer repair, network maintenance, device and entertainment center set-ups and more! We can make sure that when your AC needs the temperature changed or your doorbell dings, you can interact with them the way you want. Call, email, or drop us a message today! Get the help you need making sure that your smart home doesn’t outsmart you.

Windows 7 End of Support:

Why should you upgrade?

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Say goodbye to your old OS.

Though it was groundbreaking at release, Windows 7 is reaching its end of life. Support has slowly been tapering off on certain computers already, and will end completely as of January 14th, 2020. No more feature updates will be released. Security updates will be released through the end of the support cycle, but not after that.

Once support for an operating system like Windows 7 ends, it becomes much more vulnerable to viruses, malware, and errors. When Microsoft is no longer supporting it, the unsupported software — very much like an out of warranty appliance — becomes much more difficult to maintain and repair. Although very little is likely to change for you day-to-day, any issues with your operating system could cause you to lose your data – everyone’s worst nightmare!

If your computer is older than 2015, it most likely has Windows 7 installed. If you want to know whether you need to upgrade, what it will cost, or just don’t want to install it yourself, Cherry Tree Technology is here to help.

Contact us 24 hours a day! We’d love to help with the upgrade of your operating system or even your whole computer. We have been helping Tucson and the surrounding areas take care of their computers and electronics since 2004. We’d love to add you to our family of clients.

Get More Done With Your Google Email Account

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Many people don’t know much beyond the basics about how to use their email account. Even free accounts such as Gmail have tips, tricks, and even add-ons that can improve their performance!

Not every trick will work for everyone, however, anyone can learn some tricks. With apps and settings, you can make your Google email account work even better for you. For instance, you can forward, sort, save attachments, and more with apps and shortcuts. Learn about a few methods from Fast Company, and get to know your Gmail account a little better! https://www.fastcompany.com/90405105/7-new-incredibly-useful-things-you-didnt-know-gmail-could-do

Contact Cherry Tree Technology for help with other ways to get more from your technology with less work!

Looking for a Computer Repairman?

The term ‘repairman’ is a bit old-fashioned. It calls to mind an image of a grungy looking man that comes to fix something broken.  Often, said ‘repairman’ isn’t very personable, and might smell less than desirable.  Sometimes, especially with computer issues, there isn’t anything actually ‘broken’,but a bit of training is needed. Given the number of scammers that take advantage of victims in their homes, a ‘computer repairman’ might charge too much. Some even make the situation worse by lying about their knowledge or ability to perform repairs.

If you are looking for a computer repairman, you may not get exactly what you hoped for.  In a world where it is easy to confuse the ability to use technology with the ability to understand it on a technical level, many unqualified repairmen offer to provide a number of services they cannot deliver.  In the worst of cases, those who are victimized find that they have little recourse — a large number of repairmen aren’t even licensed to do business in Tucson and surrounding areas.  Further, many lack insurance to protect against accidental damage, data loss, and injury while at an individual’s private property.  

Of course, the term ‘repairman’ also fails to consider the numerous women who work in the field of technology. Woman have always made a great many contributions to technology and related science.  This is another of the many reasons that the term is outdated at best.  We prefer to call the members of our team technicians or consultants. These terms encompass both their role and their level of technical expertise.

Make Sure You Are Protected

Our computer techs are insured throughout all aspects of each repair.  We insure our employees and contractors on the way to and from each visit and while on-site. In the even that equipment must come back to our office for further analysis, we insure the equipment in transit.  In the unfortunate event that one of our computer techs or contractors is injured during the course of their work, our company ensures that the property owner is protected.

Experience Makes a Difference

We have been in Tucson almost fifteen (15) years and we have assisted clients of many different walks of life. Several of our computer techs are also involved with small business tech consulting. Because of that, they are used to dealing with stringent security requirements in addition to complex technical setups. Our expertise covers an extensive array of specialties. We have knowledge about everything from custom computer building and repair to advanced network design. We’ve never met a problem we walked away from solving. Let our computer techs help you get the most from your wireless devices, setup your printers for maximum efficiency, and stay up-to-date with the latest changes in computing.

Your Privacy and Data are Important

Our computer techs are well versed in the importance of ensuring each client’s privacy and the protection of their data from loss. Each technician and consultant is prohibited from viewing or copying a client’s data to any other medium, except in the course of transferring data or troubleshooting an issue. Any exposure of private data is governed by a policy of minimum necessity. Our computer techs are trained to look at only the files and information necessary to address the issue at hand. If there is a risk that data could be lost, we err on the side of safety and ensure that we create backup copies of said data.

Never Call a Computer Repairman Again!

Let us show you the difference of working with experienced, professional computer techs in Tucson and throughout Southern Arizona. We are sure that your experience will be worth the call and we look forward to hearing from you! Questions? Concerns? Give us a call or submit a request via our contact form today!