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Join hosts David Leavitt and Andre Klass as they discuss everything from computers and networking, explore the current tech trends, and discover ways to make your electronics world more affordable! Get advice on how to make your computer run at its best, tips for keeping your hardware secure, and hear about the greatest deals on computers and laptops in the Central Florida region!

Every Sunday at 2-3 pm on News 96.5 WDBO

Call us on the air toll free at 844-220-0965 or send a text message to 21232 to join our live conversation with your technology-related questions! We can help with your computer, mobile devices, peripherals, and more. Listen in to hear advice and money saving tips from Central Florida's leading technology company!


About ‘Refresh Computers' –

Refresh Computers was born out of the necessity to provide QUALITY “refreshed,” or “refurbished” computer systems at the lowest possible price. All of our refreshed computers are sold in top notch condition, and name brands we sell include Dell, HP, Lenovo, Apple, and more. Since we are one of the few refurbishers who can meet Microsoft’s high standards, we have the privilege of providing systems with original, genuine editions of Microsoft Windows, while still keeping our prices very low. Whether you are looking for one, ten, or a hundred computers, Refresh Computers is ready to meet your needs, personally and professionally. 

More than a computer or laptop store, Refresh Computers is an outlet for Refresh Telecom business telephone service, Professional Managed IT Services, wireless technology, data and networking equipment, cables, parts, and more. Some of our most frequented customers include local residents, school teachers, college students, corporate and government professionals, and small businesses needing an affordable solution for start-ups and expansions.

Refresh Computers is also dedicated to providing you with quality repair work for your laptop or desktop computer with the region's lowest repair prices. We never charge for unnecessary work, and bringing your computer in the store for a quick diagnosis is always free.

Refresh Computers also offers on-site services to dispatch a certified technician to your home or office for ANY computer, server, or networking issues. We also have monthly business service plans available for your piece of mind.

Refresh Telecom is the true turn-key full-featured telephone solution for small, medium, and large sized businesses across Florida and the United States. We provide cloud-based VOIP telephone service and hardware, fully customizable to the needs of individual businesses and organizations, while saving them up to 70% off compared to traditional telephone service and systems. Features included in the base rate include auto-attendant, customizable phone trees, conferencing, call forwarding, timing conditions, and more, and we can also port over your existing phone number! Refresh Telecom is also an FCC-registered company.


Our family of companies:

Refresh Computers - Refreshed Computer Stores plus Managed IT Services

A1 Assets, Inc.– Computer & Electronics Recycling & Remarketing Services

Technology Surplus Depot – Online Auctioneering and E-Commerce Marketing of Government & Corporate Surplus

Refresh Telecom– Central Florida's Premier Business Telephone Company

Shop Refresh Computers & Electronics on line or in the store today. Visit www.refreshcomputers.net for store locations, hours, and specials.

 

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Call or text our free tech support line seven days a week at 407-478-8200.

Meet the Hosts

David Leavitt, President and Founder of A1 Assets, Inc. and Refresh Computers, is a lifetime resident of the Orlando, Florida area. David built his businesses from the ground up and the success of Refresh Computers is a reflection of hard work and his morals, with the very simple motto – “treat others as you would want to be treated.” David instills this in all of his employees and asks them to work with all customers in this same manner. David has been in the computing and electronics business for over 35 years, and jokingly refers to himself as ‘just another old nerd’.


David Leavitt graduated from Winter Park High School and attended the University of Central Florida. After a brief stint in College, David enlisted in the US Air Force to support his country and to further his education in electronics. After 4 years in the military, David sought and gained employment with Nortel Networks, where he worked as a technician, engineer, manager, and eventually in a senior management position. In his senior management role, David was responsible for over 400 employees nationwide, on projects worth several hundred million dollars, to include customers such as AT&T, Sun Microsystems, HP, and others.

 

Andre Klass is also a life-long resident of Central Florida, who started working full-time in the computer technology field while still in high school. He obtained his A+ certification at age 16, and got his first job at a local flight simulation company right after his 17th birthday. At the age of 20, Andre joined the retail crew at the Refresh Computers store in Longwood, where he became the company's lead sales & technical associate, responsible for customer service, public presentations, social media and marketing, and website and e-commerce administration. In addition to working with technology, Andre's other passions include aviation and photography. Andre joined David Leavitt as the full-time co-host of Tech Talk in 2014.

The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • Amazon is the talk of the town for metro areas across North America, since the company just announced it has whittled the list of cities that could be home to its second headquarters down to 20. The cities, which include New York, Nashville, Tennessee, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, are vying for the massive $5 billion project, known as HQ2, that could bring about 50,000 highly paid tech and corporate jobs to one community.  >> Read more trending news  Since the public contest began in September with 238 cities competing, the Amazon team has shared few details about how the finalist cities would be chosen. Amazon did announce, however, that the top cities would be able to provide an initial 500,000 square feet of space − in an urban or suburban area − with access to major highways, airports, public transit and “a robust technology workforce,” according to the Baltimore Sun. Related: Amazon announces final 20 cities in the running for second headquarters “Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals,” Holly Sullivan, an executive with Amazon Public Policy, said in a statement. “Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity. Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.” Related: 5 things to know about Amazon With the possibility of HQ2 coming to metropoles scattered across the U.S., thousands of eager job seekers are already contemplating their next career move, and hoping that move is headed toward Amazon. Pulling from Amazon’s current job listings in web services, corporate, Amazon Alexa and other device teams, these are some of the highest- and lowest-paying positions at Amazon. Pay estimates are provided by Paysa.com, an online career and hiring site that uses artificial intelligence and real-world salary insights. The following salaries are estimates, which include salary and benefits. Best-paying Amazon jobs: Principal Business Development Manager - Average: $529,000 This position requires 10+ years experience at the director level of working in security intelligence software for technology companies. The role would be involved in the strategic business development plan for the company and work with existing security intelligence products, field organizations and business development. Principal Software Development Engineer - Average: $414,000 The principal engineer will be the technical lead for the Amazon Devices team. The engineer will also design and select appropriate imaging and sensing systems. The position requires at least a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, five years of experience leading junior engineers and 10 years of software engineering experience. Prinicipal Technical Program Manager - Average: $290,000 The principal technical program manager will lead the technical strategy and program management of Elastic Block Storage-specific services and products that will revolutionize industries across the globe. The position requires 10 years of experience in system software/hardware product development, including technical program leadership of computer system, storage devices, etc. Global Leader of Sales Strategy - Average: $233,000 This role will focus on developing and driving strategy, analytics and data management to optimize the rapid growth of Amazon’s cloud business. A bachelor’s degree is required as well as 15+ years of experience in both enterprise technology sales and sales operation. Worst-paying Amazon jobs: Healthcare & Life Sciences Solutions Architect - Average: $73,000  This position is slated for an experienced IT consultant with technical expertise in a specialty area and ability to travel internationally as needed to support customers. The individual will assist in sales of infrastructure engagements and coach Amazon Web Services field sales, presales, training and support teams. At least 15 years of relevant experience in information technology is required for this position. Inside Sales Representative - Average: $69,000 The inside sales representative creates the first impression for prospective customers through business development activities, follow-ups on their inquiries and from the company’s marketing programs. Experience with technology sales is required. Head of Media - Amazon Channels - Average: $56,000 This role is responsible for leading, managing and growing a team of media professionals, as well as managing media agencies and other partners in order to achieve the company’s marketing and media objectives. The person should have at least eight years of experience in media strategy. Head of Social Media - Average: $54,000 Amazon seeks an experienced, strategic and highly creative individual to lead its global social media marketing efforts. The perfect candidate will have more than 10 years of experience in social media marketing. Content Writer - Average: $47,000 The ideal candidate will have experience in results-driven technical content writing. Requirements include knowledge of search engine optimization and experience managing multiple content management systems.
  • Disappointment is being expressed by a local elected leader after learning that Orlando did not make the cut as Amazon whittled down the candidates for its second North American Headquarters to just 20 sites. Most of those still in play are in the northeast U.S., but Miami and Atlanta are still in consideration.  'We are a creative city that thinks big and are committed to continuing to pursue headquarter operations and nurture our homegrown technology and innovation companies,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.   “While we are obviously disappointed our region wasn’t selected for the next round for the H2Q project by Amazon, we are proud of the proposal our community presented and the assets our region offers.   We are confident that because of our region’s culture of collaboration, our strong business environment and our investments in quality of life amenities, there are great economic opportunities on the horizon.' We have reached out to the CEO of the Orlando Economic Partnership for comment as well.
  • Consuming too much salt can be dangerous for your health. It can cause your blood pressure and cholesterol to skyrocket, but it might also cause memory loss, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news Researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine in New York recently conducted an experiment, published in the Nature Neuroscience journal, to determine if salt was linked with memory loss. To do so, the researchers observed mice, which were split into two groups. One group was given food containing 4 percent salt, and the other was fed food with 8 percent salt. The amounts represented an “8- to 16-fold increase in salt compared to a normal mouse diet” and was comparable to a high-salt diet for humans, scientists noted.  >> On AJC.com: These 5 'healthy' foods may have more salt than you think After eight weeks, they examined the animals using magnetic resonance imaging, which captured photos of the anatomy and physiology of the brain.  They discovered the high-salt diet reduced resting blood flow to the brain, causing dementia. They saw a 28 percent decrease in the blood flow in cortex and a 25 percent decrease in the hippocampus, which are two areas of the brain associated with learning and memory.  Analysts also administered a recognition test, and the mice that consumed more salt performed significantly worse, compared to the mice on a regular diet. Mice with salty diets spent less time building nests and gathering materials. This was the case even for mice that had healthy blood pressure levels.  >> Related: These are the best diets for 2018 “We discovered that mice fed a high-salt diet developed dementia even when blood pressure did not rise,” senior author Costantino Iadecola said in a statement. “This was surprising since, in humans, the deleterious effects of salt on cognition were attributed to hypertension.” Why is that? The researchers discovered that the high-salt diet prompted an immune response in the gut, which increased a protein called interleukin 17. Its job is to regulate immune and inflammatory responses. But high levels of interleukin 17 can cause a reduction in the production of nitric oxide, which affects brain functions.  >> On AJC.com: Here’s what we always get wrong about salt Luckily, the scientists revealed they were able to reverse the immune signals by discontinuing the high-salt diets and prescribing drugs to lower the interleukin 17 levels. Scientists now hope to continue their investigations by further exploring interleukin 17 and other ailments associated with it. They said their findings may be able to “benefit people with diseases and conditions associated with elevated IL-17 levels, such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and other autoimmune diseases.”
  • An elderly Louisiana man whose home had no heat was found dead Wednesday morning, and his wife was hospitalized, after temperatures dropped into the teens overnight.  Paul Maker, 84, of New Roads, was found lying on the floor of his home by sheriff’s deputies, the Baton Rouge Advocate reported. Both Maker and his wife were disabled and wheelchair-bound. The house had no heat, and the couple was afraid to run their space heaters because of the fire hazard, law enforcement officials said. Deputies went to their home Wednesday morning after a neighbor who often checked on the Makers called 911 to request a welfare check.  “He was in the house with his wife, and they were deathly afraid of running their space heaters overnight,” Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres told the newspaper. “This is just a sad situation.” The couple’s children live in New Orleans and, upon learning of their father’s death and their mother’s hospitalization, could not travel the more than 100 miles to New Roads because most roads in south Louisiana were shut down due to the weather. “I tried to call them all day yesterday to check on them and never got an answer,” Wanda Curly, the couple’s daughter, told the Advocate. “I knew the weather was bad, and I knew they couldn’t do a lot for themselves.” The temperature in the house was about 20 degrees when deputies got there, Pointe Coupee Chief Deputy Coroner Joe Gannon said. Maker died of hypothermia.  Gannon said he believes Maker’s wife would have succumbed to the cold if the couple’s neighbor had not sought help. “She would have been next, I think,” Gannon said.  Maker’s wife told deputies that she heard her husband fall in their living room around midnight, but could not check on him because she could not get out of bed on her own, the newspaper reported.  Curly said her parents moved to New Roads after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She and her siblings tried in vain to get them to relocate to New Orleans over the years, but the couple, who were together for more than 60 years, valued their independence.  She said her mother would have to move to the city under this week’s tragic circumstances. “She doesn’t have a choice now,” Curly said. “She can’t stay there by herself.”
  • A man is facing a capital murder charge after Starkville police accused him of shooting and killing a woman described as his “on-again, off-again” girlfriend at a Mississippi Walmart where she worked as an optometrist, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news The shooting happened around 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Walmart in Starkville. Police Chief Frank Nichols said a man fired several shots after walking into the store and confronting a woman, identified as Walmart Vision Center employee Shauna Witt, 42, the Starkville Daily News reported. No other injuries were reported. Witt was taken to a hospital, where she later died from her injuries, police said. Police said they confronted a man at the scene of the shooting and detained him after a brief struggle. The man, identified as William Thomas “Tommy” Chisholm, was arrested and charged with capital murder. Investigators believe the shooting was the result of a domestic situation. According to witnesses, Chisholm and Witt were in an on-again, off-again dating relationship. After the shooting, Justin Blaylock, who said he knew Witt for nearly two decades, described her as “a generous, kind soul,” the Daily News reported. “She will be greatly missed by all,” he said. “(She was) just a genuine friend that cared at all times and was willing to lend a hand at any time.” At the time of the killing, police said, Chisholm was out on felony bond for an incident related to the victim. Police continue to investigate the shooting. The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.