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How an old iphone can be just like a new one

Happy Hockers - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How an old iPhone can be just like a new one!

With a new iPhone coming along every year, and with the contract with your phone company running two years long with every new device that you get, a good number of iPhone users out there suffer a good case of gadget envy at least every other year. What can these hapless souls do to help bring a little shine back into their tired old iPhones? Well, these iPhone tweaks should help;

There are people out there who have iPhones that are even older than three years – the 2G and 3G owners. What can you possibly do to breathe some life into these old veterans?

Well, as it would happen, there's plenty that you can do. How about entirely swapping the firmware out of these phones? Whited00r  is a new third-party firmware version for the early iPhones. The third-party firmware is almost identical to iOS. But it's designed to speed your old phone up, and it also gives you all kinds of features that the latest iOS doesn't bother to give them.

For instance, with Whited00r, your old iPhone can get multitasking, MMS, Folders, video recording and lots of other stuff. You won't even get any of the slowing down that you usually experience upgrading your old phone to the latest iOS.

You don't even have to worry about how these iPhone tweaks might break your phone. If you do find that Whited00r doesn't give you a pleasant experience (unlikely), you only need to do is to roll back the upgrade. You can go right back to your tried and trusted iOS 3, just like that. You'll find lots of instructions on the Internet that easily help you do this. You may not get your old iPhone to work as well as a new one, but it will work as well as it used to.

There's another option too. You could still upgrade to iOS 4, but then disable all the troublesome features that bog your phone down. You'll find all kinds of instructions on the Internet how this is done. A lot of these are very subjective things. They may or may not work for you. But you could try.

There is something called a double hard reset. Look on the Internet for it. You will find a lot to read. On the iPhone, a hard reset is when you force the phone to restart by pressing the Home and Sleep buttons simultaneously. Do this once, and then again immediately. The great thing about this kind of trick is that you don't lose anything by trying. They say that just doing this will make your phone speed up.

You can also speed up your old phone by turning SMS previews off, keeping your SMS inbox the lien and clean, and then disabling things like Spotlight searches.

If you’re looking for an alternative to an iPhone on a plan by one of the big telcos and prefer one of the great pre-paid plans available, and still have the functionality of a late model phone check out our range of Smartphone’s available on our online store or contact us for our latest arrivals, we’re sure we will have what you’re looking for!

All about Tag Heuer

Happy Hockers - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Here at HappyHockers we always have a large range of quality watches in stock, one of the most popular brands is by TAG, we’ve all seen the ads promoting the brand usually with movie star or sports idol flashing  one on their wrist, not only are TAG watches very glamorous but they are very good time pieces right up there in the quality stakes with the likes of rolex  and Brietling.

When deciding on any significant purchase like an expensive watch its amazing how many people don’t know the history of the brand, at HappyHockers we have in house watch experts that can advise you on your purchase and tell you all you need to know about the brand. Tag Heuer holds a prominent place in the industry of watch manufacturers, they have maintained an excellent reputation by providing a wide range of high quality watches to the market. Tag, which is the shortened version of Tag Heuer is the creation of Eduardo Heuer, who lived in Switzerland. He started his watch making company in 1860 with the objective of providing quality timepieces.  The name Tag Heuer combines an abbreviation for Techniques d'Avant Garde (the company that purchased heuer in 1985) and the surname Heuer.

In the beginning the main focus of Heuer was to develop a set of timepieces which could be used to provide precise timing in sports, cars and aircraft. Timing was a vital part in sports and his creations helped address this issue. TAG Heuer has been the official timekeeper of the three Summer Olympic Games of the 1920s, the Skiing World Championships, the Formula One World Championships and has developed a watch for the McLaren F1 team.

Eduardo Heuer’s greatest achievement came in the year of 1916, where he was able to create a micrograph stopwatch. This stopwatch impressed the people because it had an accuracy of 1/100th of a second. At the moment, they have gone through a huge technological revolution and develop watches that have a very high accuracy of 1/10,000th of a second.

One of the most recognized watches by Hauer is the Carrera which was introduced in the mid 1960’s it was also one of the first automatic chronographs with a Cal 11 and Cal 12 movements (12-hour chronograph); Cal 14 movement (12-hour chronograph and additional hand for GMT / second time-zone) and the Cal 15 movement (30-minute chronograph). The winding crown was on the left, with the pushers for the chronograph on the right.

In the mid 70’s the Chronosplit, a digital chronograph with dual LED and LCD displays. Later versions featured two LCD displays so their innovations have always been an important factor in their product range.

The current line-up in the TAG range is includes the  Formula One, Aquaracer, Link, Carrera, Monaco and Grand Carrera, we usually have a selection of TAG’s in stock, all of our watches come with our money back guarantee and any of your questions can be answered by one of our knowledgeable staff. Can't find what you're looking for online then visit one of our 4 conveniently located stores.

Tips on buying a Diamond

Happy Hockers - Saturday, January 04, 2014
Tips on buying a Diamond Ring

As just about anyone knows, diamonds are the most valuable gems on the face of the earth. And they aren't sought after because people want to invest in them. They are considered an indispensable part of any engagement ring. When you buy a diamond ring for your sweetie though, it is rarely just a matter of trusting in a brand name or something and walking out with a stone that is worth its price. You need to know how to buy a diamond ring – how much to pay, what to look for, how to find quality, and so on. All it takes is a little planning ahead and a little patience. For something that's going to stay with your beloved for the rest of her life, this certainly is time well-spent.

Now of course, you can go into the technicalities of how to buy a diamond ring, and we will do just that. But you need to know that personal preference in what kind of diamond is acceptable can play a big part in whether your choice will make the ring’s recipient happy. Basically, when it comes to diamonds, more expense always results in more quality and more satisfaction (if you know what you’re doing). Since you're in this for the long haul, you probably want to get something that is at least a little more than you can afford – so that she’ll have something she’s proud of for a long time.

Jewellery stores have this habit of claiming that they buy directly from the mines and that there's no middleman involved. Well even if they do get their blood diamonds straight from Africa's child soldiers, that's no guarantee that you getting the best price. Most jewellery stores offer a kind of insurance program. You want to go with one of those. For the most trustworthy jewellers out there, try looking up a recommendation on internet forums. With diamond earrings or anything else, you may not really need to pay all that much attention to quality. A ring lives right there on a pretty finger though, and it's easy to gaze into it all the time. You need to really figure out how to buy a diamond ring.

But you do need also to go to a place that gives you the best price possible. How you know what price to take as your baseline? You could try reputable dealers in either new or used diamond jewellery.

But even in these places, you do need a bit of an education on how to buy a diamond ring. If you want to go with the least education possible, go with something that has certification. Who certifies diamonds, or a dealer who has genuine knowledge.

Basically, buying a diamond is all about knowing the intrinsic worth it has – its weight in carats, its clarity, its cut and its colour.

Diamonds are weighed in carats. To save money, if you have a two carat diamond in mind, try going for something that's 1.95 carats. No one will know the difference, and you'll save big bucks. When the jeweller refers to the cut of a diamond, he's referring to how sparkly and brilliant the stone looks because it's been expertly cut and polished. A well-cut diamond looks much larger and much more present than a poorly cut diamond.
At Happy Hockers we have experts in all fields of jewellery and can guide you in all aspects on diamond ring purchases.

Baz and Shaz Fender Guitars

Happy Hockers - Tuesday, October 22, 2013



This month Baz and Shaz take a close look at the iconic Fender Guitar. Check out the boys as they share some interesting information about this iconic American guitar company. Click here to see the boys in action and to see what our resident larrikins have to say...

Check out our website atwww.happyhockers.com.au to see what Fender guitars that we have in store at the moment.

Fender Facts

  • In the 1940s Leo Fender realised that he could improve on the amplified hollow-body guitars of the day by using an innovative and simple solid-body electrical guitar design
  • In 1951 Fender introduced a prototype solid-body instrument that eventually became known as the Telecaster Guitar.
  • Later that year, Fender introduced a revolutionary new invention – the Precision Base guitar
  • In 1954, the Stratocaster first appeared. This guitar design was based on feedback from professional musicians, Fender staff and Leo Fender himself.
  • Essentially unchanged since 1954, the Stratocaster is considered the most popular and influential electric guitar ever.
  • The most expensive Stratocaster ever was sold in 2005 for $2.7 million. The guitar was sold in an auction in Qatar to raise money for Reach out Asia, a charity formed to help victims on the Tsunami. The guitar was signed by heaps of famous musicians including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Jimmy Page and Def Leppard.

Did you know that Leo Fender was an out of work accountant who couldn’t actually play the guitar? He had to bring in musicians to properly test his prototypes of his guitars!