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This post was written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team. With Windows 8.1, it’s easier than ever to set up a home network. You can connect multiple PCs to printers, smartphones and other wireless devices to share music, videos and documents.  The quickest way to start “networking” with other devices in your home is to set up a HomeGroup. Any computer running Windows 8.1 can create or join a HomeGroup. It’s the simplest way to share files and folders, and takes seconds to set up: First, Prepare Your System For Sharing On A Home Network For a HomeGroup to work, you’ll need to turn on the "Find devices and content" feature: Swipe in from the right edge of your screen Go to Settings, then Change PC settings Tap or click Network Tap or click Connections, and select your network connection Turn on Find devices and content Turning on this feature automatically adjusts firewall and security settings. You can turn it off at anytime. Next, Create or Join a HomeGroup If you’re setting up a new computer, your HomeGroup will be created automatically. If a HomeGroup already exists on your network, you'll be asked to join it instead of creating a new one. After following steps 1 and 2 above, you can: Add a HomeGroup: Tap or click “HomeGroup,” then “Create.” Note the auto-generated password, which will be required when adding...

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This post was written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team. What would you do if all the data on your computer were suddenly inaccessible? Or your banking information was compromised? Unfortunately, these cyber threats are very real and prevalent. Thankfully, there are plenty of steps you can take to safely protect your PC and the data stored on it. We caught up with Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at McAfee to get his “must do” list for securing your Lenovo device. Here are the seven critical steps he recommends you take today: 1. Always apply security software updates Select Lenovo systems arrive with a full-service trial version of McAfee® software that offers protection from viruses, malware and more. Whether you continue with this software or opt for a different antivirus program, you should always be sure it’s turned on and your system is set to apply software patches and updates. “Without fail, those updates are addressing the latest and most important security vulnerabilities,” Davis says. “This one step will go a long way in keeping your system safe.” 2. Make sure your security settings are current True, you can adjust settings so security updates are applied automatically in the background. But if you’re like many users, it’s possible you disabled a firewall or other setting (to access a game, for instance)...

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This post was written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team. Goodbye clunky cords. Hello wireless streaming. We live in a wireless world where the digital devices we use every day, from TVs and game consoles to mobile devices and cameras, are capable of sharing, tweeting, recording, emailing, browsing the Internet and, of course, streaming. And now, with DLNA and Microsoft Play, it’s easy to stream to every room of your home. You can send pictures from your smartphone to your printer, stream videos from your tablet to your TV and play songs stored on your home office PC on a speaker system in the living room. There are thousands of products today that are built to “talk” to each other over a home network, including: Digital cameras and photo frames Video recorders and projectors Home theater systems Speakers Televisions Blu-ray players Game consoles Printers Even some refrigerators are designed to stream music! The trick is getting used to sending files from your Lenovo system to other devices throughout your home. Here’s how to do it on a Windows 8.1 system: How to stream using DLNA-certified products Products that have been certified by DLNA—which stands for Digital Living Network Alliance—can be connected easily to your home...

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This post was written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team. 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...

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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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