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Stream music, share files, print documents and more with Bluetooth wireless technology. 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 Bluetooth...

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Laptops are our gateways to all things online. Your high-powered Lenovo or Think notebook will follow you from home to office to coffee shops and back, hour after hour…as long as you take a few steps to maximize the battery’s power. The good news is that your advanced Lenovo battery is engineered to adapt charge thresholds and keep the “juices” flowing. So you don’t have to worry about adjusting settings—it’s all done automatically based on your day-to-day usage. But what if you have a long flight? Or can’t find a free power source at the coffee shop? In these instances, the key is finding ways to squeeze as much time as possible out of a single charge. Here are some easy ways to do it on a Windows 8.1 laptop: 1. Turn down the brightness on your screen Your screen backlight uses a lot of battery juice, so turn it down to the lowest level you can comfortably handle. If your system doesn’t have a button or dial, you’ll need to turn off the automatic adjustment feature before reducing brightness: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen Go to Settings, then Change PC settings Tap or click PC and devices, then Display If the “adjust my screen brightness automatically” slider is on, tap or click the slider to turn it off Under Settings, click or tap Brightness or Screen ​2. Prevent updates from running on battery power...

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Iris Classon, Windows 8 developer and our new Lenovo Developer Expert

Iris Classon, Windows 8 developer and our new Lenovo Developer Expert

She was given a  Microsoft MVP Award, has developed a slew of Windows 8 apps and even co-authored a book. And she loves extreme sports as well. Meet Iris Classon, one of our latest Lenovo forum users, who will be helping us out in our Windows 8 app developer boards. Iris is a sought-after developer conference speaker, writer, blogger, Microsoft C# MVP and member of MEET (Microsoft Extended Experts Team) with a tremendous passion for programming. She has had a remarkable career path that proves that nothing is impossible- switching from being a licensed and registered clinical dietician to a software developer with a dozen certifications and a full time developer job with renowned companies. She has been featured in several newspaper articles, online articles and podcasts such as Hanselminutes, Computer Sweden and Developer Magazine. As a frequently sought-after speaker at conferences such as TechDays, Scandinavian Developer Conference and various user groups, Iris is known for her unique, creative and uplifting presentation style. She is hosts the Get Up and Code! podcast, and in her spare time she does pro-bono work as a dietitian and is very engaged in the developer community. She also enjoys extreme sports such as barefoot running, mountain biking, weightlifting and scuba diving- and of course traveling. Recently Iris sat down...

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Their name is LIFE, Lenovo's Newest Future Icon.

Their name is LIFE, Lenovo's Newest Future Icon.

Are you "that person" in your crew that is always up on the newest artists and tracks before anybody else? If so, you'll want to check out the Future Icons channel inside the Lenovo Companion app, available exclusively on Lenovo Windows 8 systems. Future Icons brings you exclusive behind-the-scenes music and videos from artists we've tapped as the next big thing. They will share with you how they use digital music creation to get their sound, and hopefully inspire you to start making some tracks as well! Our newest Future Icon is the alternative rock band called LIFE. The band consists of  Los Angeles natives Moi J Quinn,Sean Chapman, and Matthew McEwan, and offers a distinctive SoCal sound reminiscent of 311 and Sublime. Their exciting debut EP, R U D W N? drops June 18, 2014, featuring their first single of the same name. (If you're in the Los Angeles area, they will perform at their album release party at the legendary Roxy nightclub in Hollywood June 18.)  Moi, Matt and Sean were first known as the founders of Southern California band Tomorrow's Bad Seeds, and spent nearly a decade engaging a diehard fan base with three full-length albums as well as successful stints on Warped Tour. However, their muse suddenly morphed right before their eyes. "It wasn't planned out," recalls Sean. "We just started writing music, and it awakened something different within us. It wasn't...

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While watching The Big Bang Theory on Thursday nights — or anytime day or night on TBS for that matter — I wondered why the show makes me laugh. I truly enjoy the geek speak, but it’s the personalities of the characters that really drive the series’ success. Removing any one of the characters would drastically change the show, and possibly its overall success. Is there a Big Bang Theory without Sheldon? Or a Modern Family without Cam? Or even a Seinfeld without Kramer? (I shudder at the thought!) Just as keeping the cast intact is important to a show’s success, keeping your data intact is paramount to the success of your business or your personal life. How many of us are cluelessly computing away, blissfully ignorant of the “what-if” scenario. What if my hard drive fails? What if my year-long project report is corrupted? What if the world never knew, “Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock” for crying out loud!??  I, too, have been a victim of this disaster. My home computer’s hard drive wouldn’t boot, no matter what I tried to do. The issue was a bad physical sector — a dead hard drive in laymen’s terms. All of the information on that drive was gone; music, pictures, tax returns, financial statements, you know the typical stuff we don’t want prying eyes to see. There are few things worse than the empty feeling you get when your data has evaporated. The personal loss was so...

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