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This post was written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team. With Windows 8.1, it’s easier than ever to set up a home network. You can connect multiple PCs to printers, smartphones and other wireless devices to share music, videos and documents.  The quickest way to start “networking” with other devices in your home is to set up a HomeGroup. Any computer running Windows 8.1 can create or join a HomeGroup. It’s the simplest way to share files and folders, and takes seconds to set up: First, Prepare Your System For Sharing On A Home Network For a HomeGroup to work, you’ll need to turn on the "Find devices and content" feature: Swipe in from the right edge of your screen Go to Settings, then Change PC settings Tap or click Network Tap or click Connections, and select your network connection Turn on Find devices and content Turning on this feature automatically adjusts firewall and security settings. You can turn it off at anytime. Next, Create or Join a HomeGroup If you’re setting up a new computer, your HomeGroup will be created automatically. If a HomeGroup already exists on your network, you'll be asked to join it instead of creating a new one. After following steps 1 and 2 above, you can: Add a HomeGroup: Tap or click “HomeGroup,” then “Create.” Note the auto-generated password, which will be required when adding...

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Tablet, PC, phone, and TV. You probably use at least two of those devices, if not all four, on a daily basis.  Most Apps on any of these devices requires a unique login every time you use it.  Coupled with this multiple logins is the difference in experience and user preferences from device to device.  Not all user information/content transfers from the PC to the tablet. Some information/content is present on the tablet, but not on the phone. Or there is the trick of emailing yourself files just to make sure you have access to them on every device. All in all, it’s a disjointed experience and by the end of the week you’ve put more time and energy into managing how you use the device than being able to simply enjoy the experience and get things done. To solve some of these problems and simplify your digital life, Lenovo developed the consumer cloud technology called Lenovo Reach.  It’s a single cloud powered application that lets you access your web based services, files, and information on any device with a single login. Lenovo Reach is the same interface and login no matter what device you are using. It’s a consistent, seamless experience that eases the disjointed experience.  It provides 5GB of free cloud storage and is compatible on devices with Microsoft Windows 7 or 8, Google Andriod, and iOS operating systems across Lenovo and non-Lenovo devices....

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ThinkServer RD330

ThinkServer RD330

Now where was that...? Staring at my laptop screen, I seem to ask that question more and more these days.  I know it’s mostly because of the amount of data we seem to need access to, but I can’t help wondering if my age is starting to factor into it too (but that’s a different problem). Today, businesses both small and large need to access more data - in private clouds, public clouds or your own device,  and often with different interfaces to the information, and IT organizations need to provide access to all this information…many requiring their own logins and passwords of varying degrees of strength – it’s amazing we can get anything done. Lenovo is now delivering a solution to address all this.  Recently, Lenovo acquired Stoneware, Inc.  A company with innovative technology that makes the complex environment of cloud computing much simpler.  What’s great about this is that a single web-based interface with a single password gets you to all your business applications.  In addition, when working from home many companies also require a VPN – with this solution, no VPN is required.  Stoneware webNetwork Powered by ThinkServer supports any device from any location, you can access your business information from a laptop, tablet or even your phone – and the interface is one we are all familiar with – an internet browser....

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Lenovo Opens Up The Cloud

Lenovo Opens Up The Cloud

Cloud computing, if you forgive the pun, is a rather nebulous concept; difficult to explain to the uninitiated, but in reality, disarmingly simple. What is unquestionably true though is that there is not the same excitement about it among consumers as there is in the technology industry itself.  Thus the media reception for Lenovo Cloud at the recent CES in Las Vegas was muted, perhaps due to some understandable cloud fatigue on the part of technology reporters more inclined to write about the latest whiz bang hardware like the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga.  The apparent uniformity of cloud offerings, which are mostly focused on storage, delivering content and sharing within a private or hybrid network, is also a factor explaining the relative indifference.  The truth is, as some journalists grasped, Lenovo Cloud, already launched in China, is a more ambitious platform than the market has seen so far.  Firstly, access to the Lenovo Cloud is open to internet capable devices running any major operating system. This may on the face of it seem too good to be true, but given the Cloud is in essence web based, the closed solution alternative seems shortsighted.  In particular Lenovo Cloud is designed with the social...

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