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This is part of a weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team After buying your new PC or tablet, we know you can't wait to get it up and running. If you’re new to Lenovo or are getting used to a new device and the Windows 8.1 operating system, follow these 10 steps for a seamless experience. Everything listed below can also be done directly through the Lenovo Companion app, which is preloaded on all Lenovo Windows 8.1 devices, so be sure to go there first! 1.  Get to Know Your New PC Lenovo Companion will be your go-to app for everything related to your new device. You’ll find your system’s user guide, warranty status, accessories, plus dozens of helpful articles on everything from learning Windows 8.1 to squeezing more hours from your battery. You’ll also find information about the modern apps preloaded on your system to make the things you do every day faster, easier and more enjoyable. So before you head over to the Windows Store, explore the apps that are preloaded on your device and check out the 

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This is part of a weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team Remember the days of car adapters and power outlets? How quaint. Today’s USB (universal serial bus) connectors let you charge and connect everything from smartphones to quirky gadgets to your PC or tablet. These ports have become so universal they’re often passed out like candy at conferences. And now there’s the reversible USB Type-C connector. Forbes has named it “the most important technology to hit the tech space in years.” The tech-savvy are dubbing it “one cable to connect them all.” So, what exactly is this exciting new technology and why should you care about it? To understand why a small device will be such a big deal, you’ll first need a brief lesson on the history of USBs. First, there are the types: USB Type-A is the original standard with a flat, rectangular shape that most commonly plugs into desktops. USB Type-B is a smaller square form used mostly for connecting large devices like printers to PCs. There are also Mini USBs (used with older devices) and Micro USBs (currently the near-universal standard for smart phones and tablets.) Most consumers have become accustomed to cords that have one USB type on one end (to plug into a desktop, for...

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This is part of a new weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team Bluetooth is a short-range wireless technology that lets you connect computers and devices to each other without cables. Many people have devices—speakers, printers, smartphones, headphones and more—that are Bluetooth-enabled, yet don’t know how to take full advantage of this technology. You can easily establish Bluetooth connections and “pair” devices to your Lenovo or Think system to transfer files, make hands-free phone calls and even stream music and movies. Think of Bluetooth as your "personal area network”—a lighter version of more expansive WiFi networking. With it, you can use radio frequencies to connect devices that are within close proximity of each other. Setting Up Bluetooth “Pairing” a Bluetooth device to your system is easy to do. Here’s how to get it set up on a Windows 8.1 system: First, be sure your Bluetooth-enabled device is turned on and ready for your computer to recognize it. You may want to check your manufacturer’s website for tips on how to make it “discoverable.” Next, be sure your computer’s Bluetooth is turned on: Swipe in from the right edge of your screen Go to Settings, then Change PC settings Tap or click PC and devices, then Bluetooth Turn Bluetooth on Wait while Windows searches for...

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ThinkPad Backpack on the snow

ThinkPad Backpack on the snow

CES--the world’s largest electronics conference--is behind us. Those who were there saw all the new ThinkPads, tablets and cell phones along with our new lines of carrying cases. After many years of having the same ThinkPad branded cases, it is a time for a change. Designing new case is not easy. Whether you like backpack or other silhouette of the case your choice is often very personal. Besides function, durability and protection a bag must express your personality. I spent last month traveling. It was the perfect time to test some prototypes. I first tested our new Active line, which will be joining our portfolio in April. The 30-liter backpack is big enough to accommodate a ThinkPad laptop (I use T Series) and Tablet 2 along with all the necessary stuff.  But it has a lot of space for spare clothes and snacks if you go skiing with your family! After Christmas we had a big job to do at the CES show in Las Vegas. And you know when you travel, a backpack is great as you do not need to carry the weight in your hand. After CES it was time to take a short break and do some hiking in Zion National Park – another great opportunity to test a bag. I packed it with my camera, a second lens, clothes (it was really cold there) and water with snacks for a half-day trip. Red goes well with red jacket and red colors of Antelope Canyon. You would not even say I have this backpack on by back. This is me. No matter which ThinkPad bag you...

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USB 3.0 Dock (0A33970)

USB 3.0 Dock (0A33970)

Today, Lenovo announces a product that is a remarkably small form factor with a stylish design. The ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock (0A33970) is created with exceptional engineering and contains a custom Lenovo dual-PCB solution in order to achieve a 40% height reduction. However, it does not sacrifice speed and function for its compact size. The ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock is 10x faster than USB 2.0 with 5x USB 3.0. I can talk about its premium ThinkPad styling and proven compatibility with ThinkPad, but I will let the following video explain the details of design instead.     For our International friends, here are the WW PNs (0A33971 EU, 0A33972 UK, 0A33973 China, 0A33974 Korea, 0A33975 ANZ, 0A33976 South Africa, 0A33977 Argentina, 0A33978 Brazil, 0A33979 Japan, 0A33980 Denmark, 0A33981 India, 0A65736 Switzerland, 0A65737 Italy, 0A65738 Israel, 0A65739 Taiwan)    

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