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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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Meet Flex 14 and Flex 15 These two machines are more than a thin and light laptops, the dual-mode Flex 14.1-inch and 15.6-inch laptops creatively flip 300° for stand mode, a new way to interact with a PC and positions the device closer to the user for more natural, comfortable touch experience. Users can open Lenovo’s custom YouCam program, say “1,2,3 cheese” to snap a webcam photo and then send it to a friend using Flex’s voice commands. Or they can enjoy cinematic quality sound to the latest NetFlix movie with Flex’s Dolby Advanced Audio v2 without a keyboard in the way or even watch high definition content on another screen via Flex’s HDMI-out connection. Beyond Flex’s extra value with its dual mode, flip functionality, its fashionable soft-touch black cover trimmed with silver or Clementine Orange also attracts attention. Equally stunning, the interior contains a clean keyboard design with optional backlighting. Images are vividly rich thanks to Flex’s HD 1366X768 or optional Full HD 1920X1080 displays. With 10-point multitouch, Flex makes using Windows 8 and collaboration easy. With up to nine hours, Flex 14 and 15 are extremely mobile and are primed for productivity with up to Intel 4th generation Core ULT i7 processors, up to Nvidia discrete GT 740M graphics, up to 1 TB of storage and optional SSD or NAND flash on Ultrabook models. Video tour here:  

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Yoga 2 Pro: Picture Perfect in Any Mode Slim, sleek, orange, and still very flexible, the Yoga 2 Pro is the newest edition the the line of Lenovo convertibles. Users will instantly notice the Yoga 2 Pro’s impressive, eye-popping 13.3-inch display: Its QHD+ super high resolution 10-finger touchscreen displays images in 3200X1800 resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio, equivalent to four times the visual clarity of the original Yoga’s HD+ (1600X900) screen and the highest screen resolution on the market today. The 350-nit screen features IPS 178° wide angle viewing for great views from nearly any line of sight. Unbelievably thinner and lighter than  before at 15.5 mm thin and 1.39 kg, the extra mobile Yoga 2 Pro lets users easily enjoying computing in each of its four modes: laptop, tablet, stand and tent. Yoga 2 Pro also features advanced technologies including choices of up to Intel 4th generation Core i7 ULT processors, Windows 8.1, up to 512 GB SSD, Intel WiDi for streaming content wirelessly to a TV, Dolby Home Theatre v4 and up to nine hours of battery life1. It also features a new backlit keyboard and comes in its signature Grey or Clementine Orange color. The recently introduced Yoga 11S will also be adding choices of up to 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors. A full-function laptop and tablet, Yoga 2 Pro infuses new smart features including Yoga Picks, a concierge-like tool that suggests suitable apps based upon the...

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CO:LAB - A project between Lenovo and MTV

CO:LAB - A project between Lenovo and MTV

CO:LAB LAUNCHED! It’s rare to be able to work on projects that help make an impact on people’s lives. On February 25, 2013, Lenovo partnered with MTV to launch CO:LAB, a program that searches for Asia’s most talented DJ, Musician, Motion Graphic Artist, and Film Maker. The winners were awarded with US$10,000 cash, mentoring from industry experts, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga convertibles, and a chance for their own music video to be showcased on MTV. The idea of the program was to help further the careers of gifted young artists by helping them hone their skills, providing them with collaboration tools (i.e. the Yoga!), and giving them more media exposure. THE REGIONAL WINNERS REVEALED We received close to 1,000 submissions from seven countries including Japan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Philippines. After two months of voting and careful selection by our industry experts (including contemporary design and art collective, PHUNK and international DJs, Brendon P & Matty Wainwright), Nick Chan from Singapore, Karan Bedi from India, Ron Roumsub from Thailand, and Yuji Mitsuhashi from Japan, were victorious as Asia’s most talented DJ, Musician, Motion Graphics Designer, and Film Maker respectively. MTV flew to the winners’ hometowns and created vignettes documenting their journey, passions, and inspirations. I thought MTV did a fantastic job and was truly inspired by the stories! Rocking DJ & Producer Nick...

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We created the Yoga 11S Silhouettes video to capture the flexibility and fluidity and to wow audiences online. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here. We didn’t stop there though. We’re always looking to try new things, so we took the video to an unconventional venue – the side of buildings in New York City.  For two nights in June, with our friends at Alt Terrain, we took the Yoga video on a tour of New York City’s most famous spots – Union Square, the Empire State Building, SoHo, the Lower East Side and more. We also timed this around when you can buy a Yoga at Best Buy stores in the U.S. If you missed the live-projection or are one of our many readers around the world, here are a few of our favorite photos from Yoga and The SILHOUETTES projections.   The SILHOUETTES video was hard to miss in Union Square and was conveniently located down the street from Best Buy where people could go check out the Yoga 11S for themselves.   Using Instagram, we posted clues and snapshots of our next screening location. Here, we captured the video in action near the Empire State Building.   Yoga and the iconic Empire State Building   One bystander stops in the middle of the bustling streets of West Village to snap a photo of the Yoga in action 

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