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IT’S ALMOST TIME TO HIT THE BOOKS AGAIN. Cue dramatic music. We recommend Europe’s The Final Countdown. It’s our favourite way to get ready for the end of summer - even if the deafening sound of your alarm clock may require some fixing. Here are some good news though: The coming semester is yours to figure out “you” and if you think that involves music in any way, shape or form, we've gathered a couple of tools you should definitely load up on your Yoga 2 Pro. #1. Spotify Whether you aspire to be a pianist, guitarist, violinist or a DJ, every aspiring musician should have access to millions of songs. While everyone’s taste in music is personal, check out Spotify’s playlists of different tracks that matches your current mood. Looking for something soft, mellow or electrifying to get inspired? You’ve got it all here. #2. TuneIn Radio You won’t even know where to start with over 60,000 radio stations and 2 million on-demand programs at your fingertips. Set your

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WELCOME TO THE BEGINNING OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. Yes it’s a bit dramatic. If you’re thinking of capturing this moment to make it last forever, you probably can. That’s what Instagram is for, right? It's something we take for granted with the ubiquity of camera phones and devices around us all the time, but if you constantly see photograph-worthy scenes happening around you, maybe it’s time to listen to what your heart is saying and load up your Yoga Tablet with these 10 shutterbug-approved apps. #1. 500PX Don’t worry, your pictures can definitely be bigger than 500 pixels. Probably one of the most popular online photography communities, 500PX is aimed at both aspiring and professional photographers. We all hit creative walls sometimes so take this chance to find inspiration and connect with other amazing photographers. Develop your creative eye and hone your craft here, there's no magical trick that will give you the creative perspective you're looking for. #2. VSCO Cam

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MOVE OVER SUMMER, A NEW SCHOOL YEAR IS HERE. You're not the only one with the butterflies in your stomach, so don't worry. And if packing lunches for school has gotten you interested in the art and the science of happy food, you may want to consider picking up a course or two in culinary arts this year. Don't forget to load up your Yoga 2 Pro with these treats! #1. Yoga Chef Everything a cook needs. Yoga Chef is Lenovo’s very own cooking app preloaded onto the Yoga 2 Pro. Follow simple step-by-step instructions in Tent Mode while you prepare dishes at the side. Works with voice/motion control when your hands are covered in delicious meatball sauce. This app is the real deal. #2. Allrecipes  Which aspiring chef wouldn’t like to have loads of recipes at their fingertips? Check out Allrecipes and get inspired by more than 50,000 cooking ideas. Browse the recipes in Tent Mode, pin up...

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SUMMER’S OUT, SCHOOL’S IN. If you couldn't stand the old Google logo, those may have been your spidey-designery senses tingling. You might find your calling in design, so why not explore it this semester on your Yoga 2 Pro? While you're arming yourself with drawing paper and graphic markers, here are some online tools we've found that will help you through the impending all-nighters and the caffeine fixes! You have been warned. #1. Adobe Photoshop Express Don’t be put off by the myriad of brushes, channel mixers and filters in Photoshop. Start off with baby steps by exploring Adobe Photoshop Express on Laptop Mode. Familiarise yourself with the basic tools, select from over 20 eye-catching filters and bust out some simple picture edits. Before you know it, taking on the actual Photoshop version could be a walk in the park. #2. Adobe Kuler This colour wheel will be a lifeline for any serious website designer. Get down to business with

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Perhaps the biggest challenge for a workstation PC within the Media and Entertainment industry is trying to keep up with the ever-evolving technology trends.  Many of these trends were on display at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in Las Vegas; and they are shaping the way professionals do their work.  I want to highlight four specific technologies and the impact they are having on workflows. Thunderbolt 2 I/O At last year’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) event, Intel® announced   Thunderbolt™ 2, the latest version of its Thunderbolt technology, with a bandwidth increase of up to 20Gb/s.  At this year’s NAB show, Intel takes Thunderbolt 2 capability even further, with the addition of Thunderbolt™Networking, a new and exciting way to directly connect computers together with a standard Thunderbolt cable.  Thunderbolt supported workstation-class systems are emerging. Workstation vendors are now introducing Thunderbolt as a standard I/O config. Lenovo has started shipping its ThinkPad W540 with a Thunderbolt port. We can expect Lenovo desktop workstations with Thunderbolt in the near future. Industry veteran, Gary Adcock, Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) for USA Networks’ new television series Sirens, goes further stating: “Thunderbolt 2 has fundamentally changed both our Production and Post workflows, while allowing us to perform the most data intensive...

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