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This is part of a weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team Remember the days of car adapters and power outlets? How quaint. Today’s USB (universal serial bus) connectors let you charge and connect everything from smartphones to quirky gadgets to your PC or tablet. These ports have become so universal they’re often passed out like candy at conferences. And now there’s the reversible USB Type-C connector. Forbes has named it “the most important technology to hit the tech space in years.” The tech-savvy are dubbing it “one cable to connect them all.” So, what exactly is this exciting new technology and why should you care about it? To understand why a small device will be such a big deal, you’ll first need a brief lesson on the history of USBs. First, there are the types: USB Type-A is the original standard with a flat, rectangular shape that most commonly plugs into desktops. USB Type-B is a smaller square form used mostly for connecting large devices like printers to PCs. There are also Mini USBs (used with older devices) and Micro USBs (currently the near-universal standard for smart phones and tablets.) Most consumers have become accustomed to cords that have one USB type on one end (to plug into a desktop, for...

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This is part of a weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team Getting a new computer is an exciting undertaking. The possibilities of faster computing speed, more space and more organized files await you, as soon as you boot up for the first time. As does the prospect of moving all your old files to your new PC. If you’re not sure where to start, following is an overview of the steps you should take when moving data from one PC to another – and some of the options available for transferring those files. 1. Archive and put your older files in storage The first question you should ask yourself before you transfer is whether you really need all your old files on your new PC. After you’ve done a thorough job of deleting the files you no longer need, you should definitely archive important files older than three years (or sooner, if needed). Depending on the size of your files, you can save them onto discs, USB storage, an external hard drive or online/cloud-based storage. To archive the most files possible, consider compressing your files using applications such as Zip or Stuffit. Once your older files are deleted and archived, you can more easily organize your remaining files and folder structures, so that your new PC will be easier to navigate. 2. Backup before you transfer When it comes to your personal files, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Although most migrations go off without a...

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This is part of a new weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team Your Windows 8/8.1 Lenovo system comes packed with state-of-the-art applications that make the things you do every day faster, easier and more enjoyable. Here are four you don’t want to miss: SHAREit Our most popular app makes data sharing faster than ever. SHAREit lets you send huge files from PC to smartphone to tablet using a direct connection at remarkably high speed (up to 40 times faster than Bluetooth). And it works across Android, iOS and Windows. There's no need to carry around a USB key anymore. With SHAREit, you can quickly transfer even your biggest files to friends’ and coworkers’ devices when they have the app installed and are within close range, without the need for a mobile or network connection. Devices connect directly without wires, and automatically find each other when in range. You can share pictures, videos, documents, contacts and more without worrying about file size limits. It’s fast, free and user-friendly. Read more about SHAREit in this blog post. Lenovo Companion Since you’ve been reading some content...

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This is part of a new weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team Getting a new Lenovo system is exciting, but it does create a couple of challenges: what to do with your old PC and, more importantly, how to purge it of personal data. Whether you opt to donate, trade in, recycle or gift it to a friend or family member, you’ll need to delete your data for good. This is extremely important! The challenge is getting everything 100% removed. Simply deleting your files, folders and apps and emptying the recycle bin won’t do the trick. This just hides your files from the operating system until they’re overwritten, so even a dependable friend could unknowingly put your personal information in the hands of a hacker. You’ll need a much deeper clean. Here are four steps you can take to completely erase everything on your old PC: 1. First, back it all up This initial step may be a given, but you should first store important files and memories  in a second, safe location. If you haven’t taken this step, or if it’s been awhile since you checked, make sure everything is copied over to an external hard drive or online backup service as you transfer files and folders to your new Lenovo system. 2. Find a good trade-in program to properly purge data for you Some companies have trade-in...

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This is part of a new weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team While we know many of you might have just bought a new Lenovo PC or tablet, we also realize you still may have your old device around. Not quite sure about the best way to recycle or dispose of it? Don’t toss it out! Lenovo’s trade-in programs not only make it easy to recycle responsibly, but will also pay you for many items that are still in good condition. If you’ve purchased a new Lenovo system recently or plan to do so soon, you can exchange your used electronics for a Lenovo gift card or check. It’s one of the most convenient, responsible and profitable ways to trade-in, trade-up or trade-out of old devices. If you’re in the United States, you can take advantage of our trade-in program. Through our partnership with NextWorth, we accept devices from many major brands—from Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxies to HP laptops and Amazon Kindles—in addition to old Lenovo devices. Here’s how to take advantage of the program: First, find your product. Answer a few questions about the condition of your old device to get a trade-in quote....

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