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#HOLIDAYHACKS: Create Your Own Potato Chip Bag Stylus

Guest blog by We Are Social.

Adieu 2013! This year-end, we’re taking everyday items and transforming them into useful gadgets and gizmos for the holiday season.

Send out your New Year greetings by creating personalized e-cards on your tablet. Haven’t got a stylus? That’s where your leftover potato chip bag comes in.

LIST OF ITEMS YOU’LL NEED:

STEP 1: Find a pen with a metal casing.

STEP 2: Cut across the potato chip bag.

STEP 3: Snip off a strip of foil.

STEP 4: Trim the foil and tape it around the tip of your pen, not covering the full metal casing.

STEP 5: Ensure your fingers are in touch with the metal casing when using the stylus. Draw and write away!

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#HOLIDAYHACKS: DIY Smartphone Projector

Guest blog by We Are Social.

Hello Holidays! We think there’s no better way to get ready for the season than whipping up some DIY projects with your family and friends. From decorating, caroling to card-making, we’ve got a whole series of Holiday Hacks lined up for you.

For a start, cosy up at home with your loved ones while catching your old-time favourite movie, with your very own smartphone projector.

LIST OF ITEMS YOU’LL NEED:

TIP: Before you begin, spray or black tape the inside walls of your shoebox to get the best image quality.

STEP 1: Trace the outer edge of the magnifying glass on the shortest length of the shoebox.

STEP 2: Using a penknife, carve out the outline you have just traced.

STEP 3: Remove the handle from the magnifying glass and align the lens with the hole. Apply duct tape all around the edge of the lens and ensure it is tightly secured to the box.

STEP 4: To make a stand for your smartphone, bend 2 paperclips into the shapes shown in the visual and secure them together with duct tape.

STEP 5: Lock your phone’s screen and flip it upside down to rest against the paperclip stand.

Position your smartphone in the box as shown in the visual. It would take a number of attempts to get the focal length right. Shift the phone back and forth inside the box until the projected image is focused. Upon finding a good range, you can enlarge the size of your projected image by increasing the distance between your smartphone projector and the wall.

STEP 6: You’re done! Use a white sheet as a screen, or simply project it onto a plain wall. Turn up your screen brightness and use the projector in a dark room for best viewing quality. Now make yourself a bucket of popcorn.

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AMT on a Server? Really?

Lenovo ThinkServer TS440

Lenovo ThinkServer TS440

Guest blog by Ken Timmons, ThinkServer Technical Marketing Manager  -- Yes, really! In fact, Lenovo was the first server vendor to deliver entry-level servers with Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT) for out-of-band server management – the ability to manage servers regardless of their state. This is the same management functionality found in laptops and desktops with Intel vPro technology, such as Lenovo ThinkPad products. We believe this is the perfect systems management technology for customers that have little or no IT staff available, are using managed service providers to manage their overall environment (including PCs), or that need to manage servers located in remote locations.


Principled Technologies, a technology assessment company, recently evaluated our ThinkServer TS440 tower server to see how effective AMT 9.0 was at supporting the tasks an IT administrator performs on a regular basis. Their conclusion? They found “… the Lenovo ThinkServer TS440 with Intel AMT 9.0 supported each of our eight use cases with ease.”  And, “Leveraging Intel AMT 9.0, the ThinkServer TS440 proved to be well suited for businesses with constrained budgets…” You can read the full report here.

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Lenovo Sells Servers?!

Lenovo ThinkServer Family

Lenovo ThinkServer Family

Guest blog by Michelle Brunk – Sr. Product Manager, ThinkServer Software  ─ Yes! Lenovo, known primarily for our ThinkPad line of business laptops, has entered into the world of servers. We have been here for about five years, in fact. I get that question a lot, and my answer is usually met with a delayed reaction, while the following thought gets processed:  “Lenovo makes servers…so I can buy servers from the same company that supplies the PCs my business relies on…hey this is great news!” Sometimes the follow up question is “Isn’t Lenovo is owned by…”

Nope. Though we did start out by rebranding servers made by a close partner of ours (any guesses? It wasn’t a secret back then either). Over the years we have replaced the rebranded systems with our own Lenovo ThinkServer products, developed by our own teams.
We started in our comfort zone, building up a respectable share of the x86 market in China. As we have gotten to know our customers and what they are looking for in entry tower, rack, and performance rack products, we have continued to refine our portfolio and introduce ThinkServer to the world. Our latest products, the ThinkServer RD540 and ThinkServer RD640, are designed specifically for customers looking for the latest technology without overspending for features they don’t need.
Over the coming 12 months we are gearing up to introduce the next-generation, broader ThinkServer portfolio, complete with that Lenovo “Think” DNA that our customers trust.

This is a super-exciting time for ThinkServer and Lenovo, and we look forward to sharing that excitement with our customers and partners!

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Yoga Tablet Launch in Milan: A Lenovo IN member’s story

Guest blog post by Andreas Gotthelf, Lenovo INfluencers.

Lenovo recently announced the Yoga tablet in several places around the world. But this announcement was something different and was the biggest launch event for a Lenovo product in recent times. Although there were some rumors about what Lenovo is going to offer us, bloggers like me and European journalists were very excited about what the new device would look like. So here´s the story what happened in Milan before and during the launch event of the newest Yoga family member: Yoga Tablet.

After we entered an old factory, we were excited to see outstanding interior design inside the building. But take a look by yourself and the picture above.

Tablets are rising in volume and other tablet makers have raised the stakes with new devices. So did Lenovo. Lenovo´s smartphone and tablet volume exceeded the PC volume in Q1, Gianfranco Lanci senior vice president (SVP) and president of Lenovo EMEA told us. Following a consistent strategy within the design and creating the Lenovo Yoga PC´s Yoga 13 and Yoga 11s, it seems like a reasonable consequence to enter the tablet market with a Yoga Tablet. See the picture below.

A lot of research was done before Lenovo decided to build the Yoga Tablet. Lenovo was monitoring the markets for fashion and consumption trends very closely. Fashion in general--consumption modes and lifestyle in particular--became very important for their research. The question was: How can we produce products that offer value to customers and fit in with their lifestyle? The further task was to change devices in order to make them suitable for a new use or user situation.

After Lanci´s introduction, Lenovo Design Director Andreas Schupp entered the stage and told us about the making of the new Yoga Tablet. So we got a close look behind the curtains and what is happening before Lenovo starts to decide a product like the Yoga Tablet about a year ago.

After researching, they began to think about forms, creating an idea and a concept of the overall design and how the Yoga Tablet should look like. 

None of this could have been done without teamwork. Below you´ll see a picture of Lenovo´s design team that created the Yoga Tablet.

Andreas further told us about the engineering tasks like the hinge design and about using high-end materials for the aluminum back panel.

What separates it from other devices in the market is the kickstand and the iconic hinge. Popping out the kickstand allows you to bring the device into its three different modes: Stand, Tilt and Hold Mode.

I have to say there´s nothing wobbly if you´re using the kickstand, nothing feeling cheap when you hold the tablet. Although you´ll notice some plastic parts around the speakers but that is a feature by design, said Schupp, because WiFi and 3G signals don´t like metal cases.

In fact what makes the Yoga Tablet unique is its ergonomics. This is the star feature. You must experience it yourself to be able to compare it to other tablets. The cylindrical handle negates the heaviness and it feels very natural to use the Yoga Tablet in “Hold Mode” with a single hand. Almost like a book.

In my opinion Lenovo created a very nice, extremely thin and unique entertainment consumption device, and it does a very good job at tasks like email, social networking and web surfing. I had much fun while watching TV and YouTube videos and during the flight back from Milan to Germany. And with its innovative cylindrical battery, which lasts 18 hours, you also can charge your smartphone during long trips. Just connect it with the mini-USB port cable.

It was a great trip to Milan and an exciting launch event and if you want to know more about the physics used in the Yoga Tablet please refer to the blog post and comments in the Lenovo Community Spotlight.

Last and not least I would like to say a big “Thank you” to Lenovo and their teams who made this trip so enjoyable.

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Flexible Tech Gifts for Everyone in Your Life

Yoga Tablet is a great holiday gift - use it in stand, tilt or hand mode. Seen here in hand mode, perfect for reading.

Yoga Tablet is a great holiday gift - use it in stand, tilt or hand mode. Seen here in hand mode, perfect for reading.

Stumped for gift ideas this holiday season? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

The coveted Lenovo Yoga Tablet is the hot new device of the season, available on Lenovo.com and at Best Buy. With an innovative cylindrical battery allowing up to 18 hours of battery power, and the iconic Yoga hinge enabling three different modes – stand, tilt and hand – this device has it all.

Available in 8” and 10” models, and starting at just $249, the Yoga Tablet is perfect for travel mavens, moms and dads, college students, anybody and everybody. It is lightweight and preloaded with the Android Jelly Bean operating system (fully ready for future versions of Android). Playing games, watching videos and connecting with others during the holiday season has never looked so good, or felt so comfortable in your hand.

Take the Yoga Tablet Product Tour.

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Looking to gift a laptop?Look no further than the Yoga 2 Pro, starting at $929 on Lenovo.com and at Best Buy. The Yoga 2 Pro is a 13” multimode Ultrabook with a super high-resolution QHD+ touchscreen display that can fold back 360° thanks to its dual-hinge design. Use Yoga 2 Pro in stand, tent, tablet or laptop mode for the most efficient, mobile and flexible computing experience – whether designing a presentation or video chatting with family and friends.

Take the Yoga 2 Pro Product Video Tour.

For an affordable and svelte tablet gift, we have the IdeaTab A1000 tablet starting at just $99 – the perfect stocking stuffer that is sure to impress. This tablet runs on Android 4.1 and features a 7” display, with up to 8 hours of battery life for WiFi browsing/6 hours of video watching. It’s perfect for the music lover, primed with features for an enhanced music-listening experience.

Take the IdeaTab A1000 Tablet Tour.

For more details on these and other Lenovo devices for your gift-giving needs (and to get ideas for your wish lists) head to Lenovo.com.

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A Leg to Stand On

Thomas Jefferson was obsessed with inventing unique stands for reading

Thomas Jefferson was obsessed with inventing unique stands for reading

In the world of hardware design, tablets have traditionally been seen as a race for thin. You can’t begin to imagine how many meetings I’ve attended over the last year debating tablet thickness. It must be one of the hottest topics in the entire industry, not just Lenovo. Every effort goes into squeezing the air out of tablets in order to gain a scant fraction of a millimeter advantage in thickness. Beyond actual thickness, we also seek to taper the design toward the edges to further enhance the impression of thin. Sadly, those pesky connectors and buttons seem to always get in the way of making the sleekest form . Do we really need them? I tend to prefer wireless solutions that provide freedom and simplify my world.

The Yoga tablet integrates high and low stand functionality thanks to a unique profile

With all the recent publicity surrounding the design of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet , and the integration of a flip out leg for viewing and typing modes, it makes me wonder if this isn’t the wave of the future.  At Lenovo we call these positions high and low angle modes. High is typically used for viewing content such as a movie and low primarily for typing. For the Yoga tablet, these modes were uniquely enabled by the use of a row of cylindrical batteries forming an asymmetrical profile. It could be done without using that form, but it would be at the expense of thickness. My favorite topic rears its head once again. I thought it would be useful to exercise the high and low angled stand debate on this blog and hear the voice of the customer.  The choices are pretty clear. Either we integrate stand functionality as part of the base product or we keep this feature enabled through an accessory such as a case, or screen cover/stand. Just remember, integration drives either greater thickness or a unique profile. Think Yoga tablet profile or something similar. The asymmetrical profile of Yoga also forms a handle for gripping the tablet. There must be a zillion accessory cases and covers that solve this inclination problem in unique ways, but they also ultimately increase overall thickness once attached. In the world of smartphones, nobody seems to care if their phone gets a bit thicker when a protective case is added. Is the same true for tablets?


I’ve enabled a quick poll to gather your feedback on this topic of interest. I’m looking forward to seeing the results and driving for the right solution in the future. Thanks in advance for your participation.

David Hill

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Lenovo Announces First Enterprise Product Group R&D Facility in São Paulo

Lenovo R&D Center

Lenovo R&D Center

This is a really exciting time to be at Lenovo. We are relatively new to the x86 server space and admittedly, we have a ways to go. But that’s also the great part. We get to figure it all out. It’s like being at a start-up, but with the backing of a $34B company.

My area in Lenovo is called Enterprise Product Group or EPG as we affectionately refer to it. We just announced that we will invest approximately $100M in a state-of-the-art research and devleopment center in São Paulo, Brazil. The center is a first-of-a-kind for Lenovo, missioned with providing innovative, high-value software solutions, high-end servers, storage, cloud technologies and services to global markets. It joins other Lenovo enterprise design centers, which are located in the United States, Taiwan, and China. The São Paulo-based Lenovo R&D center will be installed at the University of Campinas (Unicamp) Science and Technology Park located roughly 60 miles from São Paulo City. This announcement strengthens Lenovo’s position as a market leader and continues to build on our enterprise credibility. Check out the press release for more information.

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Microsoft Surface Pro vs. Lenovo Yoga 13 vs. Acer Iconia W510

Since Windows 8's debut in October, there have been a range of hot-looking devices that try to combine elements of tablets and traditional PCs. These hybrids seem as if they would be great both for relaxing with an e-book and for writing stories when I...