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Thinkpad Shortcut

Thinkpad Shortcut

Lenovo's Thinkpad keyboard shortcuts save you time. Browse now to increase your efficiency with shortcuts for display, navigation, playback, lighting & more. Share this infographic using the embed code below: <a href="http://blog.lenovo.com/products/time-saving-keyboard-shortcuts-at-your-fingertips?cid=us|574106&"><img src="http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/46/a5/2f/46a52ff5b3258934cf85b828c1dde2da.jpg" alt="Time Saving Keyboard Shortcuts" width="600" height="849" /> </a>

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Guest blog by Stephen Miller, Lenovo Ambassador and SMB champion In many ways, there have never been better opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses to grow. Globalization means potential customers don’t have to live near a company’s facilities or even within the same country. Fewer market barriers and better communication options mean it is easier than ever to reach a worldwide audience, collaborate with far-flung co-workers and generally expand the boundaries of the business. The rise of social media has helped bring customers closer, while opening new marketing opportunities. Social platforms allow businesses to be more targeted and effective in their communications, and enable SMBs to interact directly and immediately with customers. At the same time, smart connected devices like tablets and smartphones make social media interactions easier than ever. Expensive office space is no longer an absolute requirement. The growth of smart devices and cloud computing enables employees to run business applications and access work-related files anytime, anywhere. Today it is possible for remote workers to be productive virtually anywhere in the world. The big question is, “How do SMBs take best advantage of the highly-connected mobile workforce and the ability to interact with customers in an instant?” One answer is to leverage 3 emerging technologies that are fast becoming must-haves for today’s successful SMBs....

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5 Steps to Find the Best Convertible Laptop for You

5 Steps to Find the Best Convertible Laptop for You

Are you looking for a Convertible Laptop that fits your needs? Explore Lenovo's 5 steps to find the multimode device that is right for you. *Click to Enlarge Share this infographic using the embed code below: <a href=http://blog.lenovo.com/products/5-steps-to-find-the-best-convertible-laptop-for-you?cid=us:seo:AYEcjt><img src="http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/d1/ef/5b/d1ef5b80e7d1fd16da6a68944c535907.jpg" alt="5 Steps to Find the Best Convertible Multimode Laptop for You." width="500" height="2286" /> </a>

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Guest blog by Chris Karaffa, Lenovo Advocate As a long-time business user of the X1 Carbon, I was very excited to see the new X1 unveiled at CES 2014.  A little background: I was issued an X1C accidentally when everyone else was being issued mainly T-series and the random L-series or X-series other than the X1.  Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I gladly accepted.  Just based on form-factor alone, it looked like the perfect notebook for me.  I spend a decent amount of my time traveling and presenting in front of moderately-sized groups. However, there were some immediate growing pains that I had to overcome.  In order to shrink a very capable notebook to this size, one must sacrifice certain things: An optical drive – No big deal.  It’s a dying medium, anyway, right? VGA/DVI/HDMI outputs – I am constantly using multiple displays or a projector, but I’ll just make do with the miniDP port, I suppose. Ethernet – Wireless is where it’s at, and well, it did come with a USB-to-Ethernet dongle in case I absolutely must use it (albeit at USB 2.0 speeds). Smart Card Reader – Well that kind of sucks, but I always use a USB card reader, I guess. Furthermore, there are only two USB ports on the older X1—one 2.0 and one 3.0.  So with one always occupied with a smart card reader (partially pictured on the left, above), and one occupied with a wireless mouse...

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When it comes to looking after kids, it pays to keep them entertained...

When it comes to looking after kids, it pays to keep them entertained...

As if by magic, two test volunteers appeared the moment I took the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S out of its box. They were my kids: Jack (aged 5, with 1 year’s LeapFrog LeapPad tablet experience) and Amelia (aged 3, whose tablet experience depended on Jack’s ability to share). Speaking of IT experience, I have over two decades’ worth. This, though, counted for nothing when it came to locating the power button. Thankfully, Jack was able to find it in seconds. Meanwhile, Amelia simply thought that the Yoga 11S was ‘so awesome’—and that was before Jack turned it on. Up and running, the kids loved the touchscreen, Windows 8 and the colorful apps. But what really impressed them was when I flipped the screen from laptop to tablet mode*. Then purely for research purposes (honest mum), I let them play some games. But  the change in mode also changed the mood as both Amelia and Jack wanted to hold the Yoga 11S at the same time. Usually, when these siblings squabble, it can end in tears and, occasionally, with something being broken. However, I guess that some Lenovo engineers are parents too... Because thanks to its unique design, the Yoga 11S can be flipped into tent or stand mode—perfect for showing films or presentations. What’s more, the display has In-Plane Switching which means that its content can be seen from almost any angle. So with the device in tent mode and a YouTube episode of Tom & Jerry...

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