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THE SILHOUETTES create an airplane scene, showing the four modes of the Yoga: stand, laptop, tent and tablet.

THE SILHOUETTES create an airplane scene, showing the four modes of the Yoga: stand, laptop, tent and tablet.

A fun, flexible product like Yoga gives us marketers some really interesting ways to demonstrate its flip and fold and multiple mode functions.  So when we came across the group, THE SILHOUETTES™, we exclaimed ah ha! These are the perfect artists to visually represent Yoga’s qualities in body-bending and mind-bending ways. We recently spent a day in Denver, CO with them filming a new, yet unnamed dance performance, choreographed to celebrate the availability of our newest Yoga, the IdeaPad Yoga 11S at Best Buy  and on www.lenovo.com. We spent a few minutes chatting with Lynne Waggoner-Patton, creator and director of The Silhouettes about the Yoga dance performance piece. THE SILHOUETTES YOGA 11S Performance Q. What did you think when you first saw the Yoga 11S? A.  I was amazed at its flexibility and how it converts to many different shapes making it adaptable to different situations.  Because I travel extensively for my work I am constantly struggling with finding a place to work effectively.  For example, when I try to work on the airplane and the passenger in front of me leans their seat back, it closes my laptop to a point where I can’t see the screen making it impossible to work!  I wish that I had a Yoga laptop when I was on set with America’s Got Talent because it would have helped so much.  I wouldn’t have had to drag my...

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The IdeaPad Yoga 11S had a big week, first with its website availability on May 16, then by heading to New York City to hang out at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF).  We attended ICFF for the first time to show off our latest Horizon Table PC and the three custom tables we had created for it. We had some fun with the fashion-forward Yoga: it turned heads at the show, and even made itself home in some home-design booths at the Javits Center. Yoga kicks back and relaxes after a hard day of working the ICFF floor.  Right next door to Lenovo, Yoga checked out the latest bath designs from Kohler .  Yoga picked up some sweet swag during ICFF.  Flanking the other side of the Lenovo booth, Yoga tested out a stylish seat and pillow from Gabriel Scott, and picked up a tote bag designed by Jamie Derringer, editor of Design Milk.  Comfort to the extreme; Yoga cozied up on this plush velvet green couch from IKEA. Ever a fan of the affordable, global furniture brand IKEA, Yoga was enamored with this emerald green couch from its new

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There’s nothing more frustrating to a propeller head—computer geek to the lay person—than using a slow computer.  For those of us who use computers for everything, life comes to a screeching halt while we watch the spinning blue ring.  Even though I work for “the fastest growing computer manufacturer in the world” (I couldn’t resist adding in that plug), you would assume that these problems do not apply to me.  I wish that were the case. There are about 26 million web pages that tell you how to make your computer faster or perform better.  Everybody has an opinion on what makes your system run faster.  The top things to do are: Increase your system’s memory Remove those pesky spyware, malware, Trojan horses, viruses, etc. Delete temporary internet files and temporary windows files, empty the trash, free up some disk space Fix your windows registry files Defrag your hard drive Of course this is not a complete list, but it’s a start.  For those of you who are computer savvy, performing these tasks are not difficult, just time consuming and they get in the way of your normal computing life style.  For those of you who have little to no idea how to do these tasks, rest assured we can help. Lenovo’s Premium Support Services has several ways to help you increase your computer’s performance, starting with our PC Checkup tool...

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It’s back - the yearly ode to love designated as February 14. For some, it’s a romantic tribute to St. Valentine filled with sparkling jewelry, tantalizing confections and the finest aromatic luxuries. For others, it’s an annoying reminder of unrequited sentiments dripping in chocolaty sweetness. Whichever camp you might fall in, treat yourself or your honey with a different type of gift this V-day with convertible PCs. We’ve got some amazing touchscreen devices that flip, fold, twist and turn to spice up the holiday.  With this many convertibles to choose from, we think you’ll be able to find the one that’s right for you.  IdeaPad Yoga 11 and 13 We’re totally enamored with our flip and fold convertibles - Go from laptop to tablet in less than five seconds. No undocking. Just flip and you’re done. Both models of our Yogas (11” and 13” in silver and orange) are perfect for someone who wants it all. Plus, you can flip them into Tent or Stand modes for watching your favorite romantic classics like Casablanca or The Notebook! They’re built with fast Intel processors, long battery life to keep power cords at bay and Dolby Home Theatre for incredibly rich sound.  The Yoga 11 with Windows RT gives you longer battery life (13 hours) and a smaller size while the Yoga 13 has a brilliant screen and Motion Control through its webcam so you can flip through photos, videos and more with just...

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As the legend of our IdeaPad Yoga grows, we go straight to the source to learn about the boundary-busting PC’s most striking aspect—its design—with one of the people who created it. Andreas Schupp is Strategy Director of the Lenovo Industrial Design Center. Our conversation with him follows. What was the inspiration for the design? The IdeaPad Yoga concept dates back to 2004 when the design team in Beijing started looking at new form factor opportunities. The inspiration of the Yoga came from observing how the human body bends when practicing yoga. The first prototypes of the Yoga design can be traced back to 2004; our Yoga concept PC won the Red Dot “Best of the Best” Design Award in 2005. The concept created new standards for laptop usability and innovation at that time, and we’re excited to realize this revolutionary concept today. Tell us about how the screen moves and how that supports the four modes of use. Yoga’s most outstanding feature is the touch screen, which can rotate a full 360 degrees. This enables new ways to use the product. You can do more than just use it as an Ultrabook laptop or tablet though; you can change to “Stand” mode for looking at pictures or watching movies and “Tent” mode for playing games, video chatting or whatever else you like. So the original form factor dates to 2004, but was that done with touch in mind? It was just a concept but, yes, it...

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