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Company events are widely considered one of the best ways to grow your brand and provide useful information to attendees directly. When a business is hosting an event or training course, the typical run-of-the-mill presentations and paper evaluations can get very dull very quickly. What can you do to fix that problem? Well thankfully, for all of us, we have technology. Take the iPad for example. The tablet that made tablets practical, essentially. So how are you going to use this tablet technology to further your brand and help with attendee engagement? Just know that whether it be on the event floor or during the presentation, an iPad can really help bolster your event.

Think about how much paper you may use during the entirety of your event. The copier would be on overload. Instead, why not go a bit greener by using an iPad to take care of things such as speaker and presentation evaluations. Paper signups and registration can get a bit hectic at times as well, depending on the type of event you may be hosting. By putting these types of forms directly onto the iPad your company has provided, you can save paper and keep everything much more organized in the long run.

When your company hosts an event, you want to be as engaged with your attendees as possible. Communication is key in these types of situations. Everyone in the event industry can tell you about live tweeting during a presentation, and that’s just one of the ways an iPad can help. Hashtags aren’t just limited to Twitter anymore. We are now able to use hashtags on all major social media formats, thus making for a much more accessible conversation outlet. Whether it be a forum for attendees to talk about the event on, or if you’re using a hashtag to compose a poll or live tweeting question and answer session, the iPad can help you greatly.

Most attendees will respond to something more visual rather than something they have to read. A picture is worth a thousand words after all. Your attendees will be able to talk to loved ones back home with Skype coming standard on almost all iPads now. With incredible camera quality and processing power, the iPad will be able to display crystal clear pictures and the cameras do their jobs very well. Not only will the attendees’ video chats go well (depending on the internet strength), but they will also be able to take gorgeous pictures that can more easily be posted directly to social media and other sites. Anyone who may be a bit more into photography than others will be able to transfer their pictures taken on a phone, and send them directly to the iPad.

The use of an iPad during the presentation can be beneficial to attendees as well. We all know that nosebleed seats can make it hard for us to see. By having the iPad out during the presentation, you’re able to have the slide show play directly on the iPad through a master iPad controlling it. This way, those sitting in the back won’t have to strain their eyes, nor will they have to try to follow along as it will already be done for them. Think of this as well. Many more attendees will respond to an interactive presentation rather than watch another guy fiddle around with the same hand motion for 2 hours while he speaks.

When you bring the iPad into the play during the speakers presentation, he may become more engaged with the audience and vice versa. Attendees will be more interested especially if the presentation is being played through their respective iPads as well.

There is a multitude of different ways to help make your brand and/or company grow. One of the best and easiest ways to make that happen is at an event. With iPads, or any tablet for that matter, at your next event helping to make it a success, you can be sure that your brand and your audience will grow. Try utilizing iPads at your next business event and see the difference for yourself!

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Rent a Surface 3 Tablet for your next business event!

Microsoft has released updates for its Surface Pro 3 devices, allowing the tablet/laptops to run the new Windows 10 operating system.

That’s one of the changes the company announced this week with its new firmware for the Surface Pro 3 and its sister product, the Surface 3.

The changes happen automatically through Windows Update, but can also be performed manually in five steps:

1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and hit Settings. (If you’re using a mouse, aim it at upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and click Settings.)
2. Tap or click Change PC settings, and choose Update and recovery.
3. Choose Check now.
4. Assuming the updates are available, choose “View details.”
5. Pick the updates you want to install, and tap or click “Install.”

You may need to restart the device after the updates install.
The company announced the updates last week, but if you haven’t gotten them yet, don’t panic. The company says on its website:

“When Surface updates are provided via the Windows Update service, they are delivered in stages to Surface customers. As a result, not every Surface will receive the update at the same time, but the update will be delivered to all devices. If you have not received the update, please manually check Windows Update later.”

According to Microsoft, the changes for the Surface Pro 3 include:

  • A UEFI update that adds support for new features in Windows 10.
  • An update to the wireless network controller and Bluetooth driver update that improves system stability and the Wi-Fi connectivity, while also increasing network download performance.

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Google just happens to be one of those tech companies that loves putting their brand just about everywhere. Naturally, many of us know of Google’s Chrome OS and how it gave birth to the Chromebook, along with it’s many iterations. Now, even Asus is promoting it’s new Chromebook Flip with Google’s OS on it. Asus is also coming out with a Chrombit. The Chromebook Flip will essentially be a laptop-tablet hybrid with a bit of a spin on it, along with a touchscreen. The Chromebit will have its users further help Google spread their magic by allowing the Chrome OS onto your SmartTV’s.

So how exactly will the Chromebook Flip switch things up as a laptop-tablet hybrid? By going with the same concept the Yoga tablets did of course! Instead of detaching the touchscreen from the keyboard, the screen itself will be able to flip in a 360 angle. Naturally for that point, you can use it as your own Asus Chomebook tablet should you so desire, since it does come with the added touchscreen now. If you go the Chromebook Flip route, the cheaper model comes with a Rockchip 3288 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMC flash memory. If you want to spice it up a bit and go for the higher end model, you’ll end up with 4GB of RAM and 16GB of SDD storage space. The latest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities come standard for both models and, starting at $249, it’s not a bad start for a budget tablet-laptop hybrid.

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The Chromebit will be accompanied by the same internals as it’s Flip cousin. That being said, it will also host a slightly larger-than-average thumb drive. The Chromebit will also have an HDMI port, as well as a USB 2.0 port. It’s internet capabilities will stem from the same Wi-Fi and Bluetooth features as the Flip.

Now here is the odd part about the Asus Chromebook Flip featuring a touchscreen; Google’s Chrome OS hasn’t been, nor was it ever, optimized for touchscreen capabilities. That alone is a bit strange, and to top it off, the touchscreen is being added to a budget tablet-laptop hybrid. The reasoning behind these features on a budget device are anyone’s guess at this point.

Google has had Chromebooks being issued by other tech companies other than Asus. Take Haier and Hisense for example. Both companies have announced their own Chromebooks that will run $100 cheaper than Asus’ new product. The best part is that it looks as if these Chromebooks will feature the exact same internals as the Flip, only without the guinea pig touchscreen. Only time will tell if Asus’ new Chromebook Flip will actually take off, especially with software not meant for a touchscreen.

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When Square came out with their simple little card reader, it changed the business world. All you had to do was attach it to any smartphone or tablet and you immediate had a very easy, simple, handy and portable way to accept payments with credit cards or debit cards. Since then, the entire industry changed. Many different companies have popped up offering the same type of thing that Square does. And because of that, not only can small business owners expand their business and accept credit cards, but larger businesses can put themselves in different situations and make way more money.

There are also some companies that only put out apps that don’t require any type of hardware to be able to accept payments. One of these apps is called Poynt. This works by just creating an account, and then you can type in the numbers in the card without swiping them. In my opinion, Square is still the best for the job. You can use the hardware for swiping cards, and if something happens to the card reader, you still have the option of doing the job without it at all. You get the best of both worlds.

 

SEE ALSO: Why Businesses Rent Windows Based Laptops

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This technology is really fantastic not only for small or micro business owners. But if you are a part of a larger company who will be attending trade shows, or maybe you’re a convention vender, this is almost a must. You can rent several tablets at a time and send some people out on foot getting business. If your booth at your convention is really busy, then you are sure to have multiple people working with you to get all of your customers taken care of. Making sure each one of your employees has a tablet on hand capable of accepting card payments could literally double or triple your income for the day in about one third of the time.

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Surface Pro 3 or iPad Air 2?

December 9th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The quality of advertisements, especially in today’s technology market, are becoming increasingly bold. Case in point: Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3. In recent ads, the company has made direct comparisons to Apple’s line of highly mobile laptops and tablets, specifically against the MacBook Air. However, as far as business users are concerned a better comparison is between the Surface Pro 3 and the iPad Air 2, especially since the iPad Air 2 now supports a faster processor, a 64-bit architecture and a widespread adoption with business users.

In getting to the meat of things, it is important to understand that there are millions of iPads in user across the world as the tablet saw a 25% market share in Q3 2014 and the fact that the iPad is still a major seller in the tablet market. However, once you realize that the market share of the iPad has been declining since Q1 2014 while Microsoft’s market share increased . Regardless, the iPad is still ahead by a hefty margin and there are definitely pros and cons to each device when it comes to business users.

Surface Pro 3

The Surface Pro 3 comes with a thinner shell than its predecessor along with a 3:2 aspect ratio, allowing business users to run desktop apps without them looking weird when filling the screen. In addition to that, Microsoft also offers 3 different processor configurations with the Intel i3, i5 or i7. This gives business users more flexibility in what they want or need. The Surface Pro 3 also supports DisplayPort for connecting a monitor and a USB 3.0 port for connecting peripherals. A docking station for the Surface Pro 3 (optional) uses the power port to add networking, display and additional USB ports. Another neat feature is the touch pen. Microsoft’s OneNote app allows you to write notes in your own handwriting and then convert that writing into text.

However, there are some downsides to the Surface Pro 3. One of the biggest disadvantages is that the Surface Pro 3 is slightly heavy at 1.76 pounds. It weighs almost as much as two iPad Air 2 tablets. In addition to that, there is also no version that comes with built-in 4G connectivity, meaning you have to be connected to WiFi, though you can add a USB adapter for 4G service. Plus, Microsoft still hasn’t gained enough developers who make touch apps that run in the Metro tile interface. Even a cursory look reveals that there are still very few business apps, like Evernote and Skype, but hardly anything innovative or new.

iPad Air 2

The newest model of the iPad Air 2 improves on the original design without making any drastic changes. The new iPad Air is pretty intuitive, which has always been the main advantage for any business user. In addition to that, the iPad Air 2 is 18% thinner than the last model and weighs just under 1 pound. The display is not as big as the Surface Pro 3 but it does have a bright, crisp 2048 x 1536 pixels (the Surface Pro 3 has a 2160 x 1440 pixel screen). The Air 2 has a 64-bit processor, lasts all day and offers improved graphics and video processing. Unfortunately, the specs won’t specifically draw in any business users. The apps is where the iPad really shines. The iPad Air 2 has millions of touch-apps and touch-enabled business apps whereas the Surface Pro 3 only has a handful. Although, the Surface Pro 3 can run millions of Windows desktop apps, which isn’t something the iPad Air 2 is incapable of. The iPad Air 2 also has 4G connectivity and a lower price point.

 

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The Verdict

The iPad is still the dominant force in the tablet market. There are more apps, the user interface is more intuitive and there are tons of third-party accessories, cases, docks and add-ons. Moreover, the iPad Air 2 is designed to keep you connected over email and over the web. On the other hand, for widespread use in the enterprise business market it is clear that the Surface Pro 3 is beginning to take a more solidified spot as a mobile device that people are starting to take seriously in the business market.

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Jolla Is Back With A New Tablet

November 21st, 2014 | Posted by Jake Nolan in Tablet - (0 Comments)

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Jolla has already made a pretty sweet smartphone that did pretty well. Now they are going to Indiegogo to get the funding they need for the new Jolla Tablet. Of course, they hit their huge goal of $380,000 within only an hour of the campaign going live. The 7.9-inch tablet is going to be selling for $189 and will be shipping in the spring of 2015.

The tablet has a 2,048 x 1,536 pixel resolution. Under the hood it has a 1.8GHz quad core Intel processor and a 5-megapixel camera. It will run on the company’s own Sailfish OS which is based on Linux and originally created for the Jolla Phone.

The operating system is way different than anything else out there. It is navigated by swiping mostly, and different apps can appear on the screen at the same time instead of having to switch between them. Super cool for multi-tasking.

Of course, it isn’t an Android tablet. But you do have the option of using quite a bit of the Android apps out there. You can’t use the Google Play store, but there are a lot of third party Android app stores that you will be able to use with the device. So you can still use Facebook, Google Maps, Netflix, and almost anything you can think of.

The Sailfish OS was originally made just for the Jolla Phone. Of course, it didn’t sell as many units as an iPhone or a Galaxy, but it was only made as a limited edition type of thing to test the waters. The new tablet is supposedly going to be available to a lot more people than the Jolla Phone. This means that it is going to be a bigger competitor to tablets like the iPad or the Nexus.

The company itself is really cool too. They care what their customers think, and they are using Indiegogo as a way to get feedback from their users on things that could make the Sailfish OS better. What more could you ask for in a company? Either way, this is going to be a cool tablet that I would suggest checking out.

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Acer is really stepping up their game with their new line of hybrids. The new Acer Aspire Switch 12 is probably the best one yet. It has a 12.5-inch display with Gorilla glass, a brand new processor that packs plenty of power, and a really well put together design that lets you get the most out of it in every mode.

Everyone has heard the rumors about Apple’s iPad Pro, but before you get too excited about it, you should really check into this new hybrid.The Switch 12 has a bigger screen than the iPad Pro is supposed to have, and it has a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. The keyboard can be attached with a magnet or even used wirelessly. It has a kickstand built into the back of it that makes it more versatile than any of their other previous hybrids. It has five different modes that it can be used in due to the kickstand and wireless keyboard. These modes include notebook, tablet, display, tent and desktop mode. It is also going to look a little bit different than the rest of the Switch hybrids. Instead of being silver, it will be mainly black which gives it a sleek, sexy, and professional look. The included keyboard is full-sized so you won’t have any trouble getting adjusted to it. It also has a pen that comes with it so that you can jot down notes quickly as you think of them.The processor is Intel’s new Core M processor that keeps popping up in new devices. It packs plenty of power to do just about anything, and it runs super cool so that you never have to worry about it overheating no matter what task you are trying to accomplish. It has a built in microUSB 3.0 port and even a microHDMI port so you have a lot of options for connectivity. It will also come with two different options for storage space, one with 60GB of internal storage and one with 120GB of internal storage.Apple’s rumored iPad Pro doesn’t seem to be able to hold a candle to what the Switch 12 is capable of. If you were planning on picking one of those up when it comes out, I would urge you to reconsider.There has been no official word on how much Acer’s new hybrid will cost, but it’s coming out early next year so we should be hearing more about it very soon.

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Mobile devices change and get better almost on a daily basis. This is one reason why Apple’s iPad sales have really been suffering lately. New stuff comes out that is better and cheaper, and phones are getting so big that people really don’t need tablets as much as they used to.

This is why Apple decided that they were going to refresh their line of iPads. They were going to revamp them and make them something awesome that people would be excited to buy again. But there is something that is really odd to me… If iPad sales are really that bad and they keep trying to find new cool things to add to them and make people buy them again, why is the new iPad mini the exact same thing that it has always been?

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Specifications

If you look at the specs, it’s really confusing and laughable. It has the same exact 7.9 inch 2.048 x 1,536 display that last year’s Retina Mini had. Don’t get me wrong, it still looks good and everything. It looked good last year too though. What is the point?

That’s not where it ends though. Lots of new processors have come out in the past year. Even all of the Apple stuff got processor upgrades. So it is really surprising to see that the new iPad mini has the exact same A7 chip that last year’s model had. It runs at 1.27GHz and has 1GB of RAM. So it performs well in most situations, but there really isn’t anything to get excited about. Even the new iPad Air got an A8 chip and 2GB of RAM, which is a pretty good upgrade. So even if Apple decides to put out another version of the iPad Mini a few years from now, it’s probably only to get about as good as the current iPad Air anyway. I’m literally not even seeing one reason to upgrade yet.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s iPad Event Shows Off Their Newest Tablets, But Is It Anything To Take Notice Of?

The Big (Mini) Picture

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If you are in the market for a small tablet, there really isn’t anything WRONG with the iPad Mini. It can get pretty much anything done, you can surf the web and play games flawlessly, check your email, and anything else. The whole point is just that they have been selling the same thing for years, and they seem like they don’t understand why their sales are suffering. Maybe the general public has caught on to the fact that there are other companies who actually put current technology into their devices, and that the name “Apple” doesn’t make your device any better. I don’t really know, but I do know that this was an overall very poor effort on Apple’s part.

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As far as performance goes, the best tablet on the market this winter might actually be the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. It’s the first Android tablet to have the new Qualcomm 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 805 processor. So it’s way faster than the last model by about 70 percent, and it’s display is even sharper than Apple’s Retina display iPads.

kindle fire hdx displayIt has a new Dynamic Light Control technology that is really useful when reading. It uses an ambient light sensor to automatically adjust the color temperature and make the screen look as much like a printed page as possible.

The body is made out of magnesium. Because of this, it is significantly lighter than even the iPad Air. Weighing only 13.2 ounces, traveling with it and carrying it will not even be an issue.

fire tablet tv-smallAnother cool thing about the HDX 8.9 is the fact that it has Dolby Atmos support. When you listen with headphones, it gives a really crazy effect like you’re listening to 3D sound. Any movie that was filmed this way will be incredible to watch on this tablet with a nice set of headphones.

Like the Fire phone, the HDX 8.9 also has Firefly. It can recognize pretty much anything you can take a picture of, tell you about it, and tell you where to get it. It can even do that with TV shows or movies if you’re not sure what you are watching and want to find out. It can also translate foreign languages for you. To go along with all of that, it has a nice 8 megapixel camera so that you can scan things with precision.

As far as the operating system goes, the HDX 8.9 is running the new Fire OS 4 “Sangria”. It has a few new features that could be quite useful like a Family Library feature. This lets you share books, music, apps and things like that with your entire household.

With all of the other tablets on the market, it kind of pains me to say that this one might end up being the best overall value. And speaking of value, a tablet rental from www.rentourtablets.com is your best bet for any short or long term rental, and they keep the latest equipment in stock! For the most part I have always thought that Amazon products were very gimmicky and just another way for the company to trick you into buying more things from their website. But, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is actually looking like a pretty solid product.

By the end of this year and probably in time for the holiday season, Lenovo has plans to release some new Yoga tablets and hybrids. As we all know, Ashton Kutcher is signed on with the company, and he is going to have a big part in the design and development of these new devices.

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Yang Yuanging is the CEO of Lenovo. He has a lot of faith in the new partnership with Kutcher and thinks that the new devices are going to be really popular when they come out. They are going to hold a huge event in just a few days where they will announce the new products. Kutcher will be joining the announcement via satellite.

None of the products have been announced yet, but there have been multiple hints on the Lenovo website. They have a product page for the Yoga 3 Pro that only says “Shhh. Can’t talk now”.

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The Lenovo Yoga tablets are currently a little weird. The smaller ones have Android and the larger ones have Windows. So there is really no telling what this new Yoga Pro 3 will have. But, for Lenovo’s sake, I hope it has more going for it than just Ashton Kutcher’s name. I worry that Lenovo thinks that alone will take them further than it really will.

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