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Apple unveiled many exciting things at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference which took place last week. One extremely important announcement was Swift Playgrounds.

Before discussing Swift Playgrounds, it is important to know what Swift is. For those of you who do not know, Swift is a programming language created and used by Apple that runs on many operating systems, including macOS, iOS, and Linux.

Swift Playgrounds is an application that has the goal of teaching Apple’s Swift coding while still being fun for the user. To accomplish this goal, Swift Playgrounds presents itself in the style of a video game.

Apple plans to use Swift coding for many years to come, and as a result Swift Playgrounds has the potential to be both a fun and extremely practical application.

Swift Playgrounds is planned to fully release this fall and will be available to download for free for all iPhone and iPad users. For additional information on Swift Playgrounds click here.

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young woman using tablet computer outdoorsYou may have had an iPad for years, or maybe you are just getting your first one. Maybe even a rental? You are probably pretty familiar with your device, and even if you aren’t, Apple’s operating system is probably pretty easy for those of you who are tech savvy to navigate. But not everything is so cut and dry when it comes to tweaking the way your settings should be. I’m here to let you in on a few tricks when it comes to operating your device.

First, disable your phone calls. A small number of users might find this handy if they have their iPad paired with an iPhone and their cellular device is in another room, but for the most part this setting should be turned off. If you’re watching a video, playing a game, or are just really into what you’re working on on your iPad, your activity can and will be disrupted by a phone call. Which is why this particular setting may be better off disabled. After all, that’s why you have an iPad in the first place, NOT to talk on it. Luckily, it’s pretty simple to turn this setting off. Just go to Settings>FaceTime and tap the toggle switch to turn off “Calls from iPhone.”

Second and perhaps most important, enabling find my iPad. Your iPad is precious to you, but sometimes you might put it down and forget where you left it, or even the inconceivable could happen: it could get stolen. This setting is easy to enable, just go to Settings>iCloud, then scroll down to Find My iPad. You may also want to enable “Send Last Location,” that way if your iPad dies and is lost, you can get its last known location before it was powered down.

So you’ve enabled Find My iPad and now your iPad has gone missing, how do you find it? Easy, if you have an iPhone, you can use the “Find My iPhone” application. If you don’t have an iPhone, just sign in to your iCloud.com account and then access Find My iPhone from there.

This next tip has to do with the iPad’s Touch ID, the fingerprint sensor that makes for fast and easy lock-screen security. But, if you just use your thumb, or perhaps pointer finger, you can’t always get into your iPad as quickly as you might want. That’s why we recommend that you add more fingers to Touch ID. You can actually log up to five fingers. All you have to do is tap Settings>Touch ID & Passcode, then enter your numeric passcode. Now tap Add a Fingerprint and follow the prompts as many times as you would like (up to 5).

For some reason or other Apple’s default setting for the battery gauge doesn’t include numbers, meaning there is no percentage displayed to show you how long your battery will last. Perhaps it’s so it looks like your iPad’s charge lasts longer than it truly does, but who really knows. Fortunately, you can add a numeric gauge and know exactly when your iPad will die. Fix this by going to Settings>Battery then turn on Battery Percentage.

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iPad Rentals For Campaign StaffIn 2012 it’s widely believed that Mitt Romney failed to become the 45th President Of The United States, not because he lost the boisterous battle for the hearts and minds of American voters, but  because he lost the quiet and discreet back room battle of technology.  And that’s how important technology has become in today’s campaign environment.

So, what’s a campaign staff to do when they need to outfit hundreds of volunteers with the latest in mobile technology for a big door to door voter drive? Simple, with one call to the experienced staff at Rentacomputer.com all the short term technology rental gear your campaign need, such as iPads, laptops, cell phones, and more, can be delivered right to your office, anywhere in the United States, for a fraction of the purchase price.

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The LG’s G Pad series, most known as a copy of the Google Nexus 7, has upgraded to the new G Pad II. The G Pad II, unfortunately, won’t be able to make it to the IFA 2015 in Berlin. It’s not quite clear on prices and usability just yet, but we may be looking at a pretty cheap tablet. The Snapdragon 800, which is the G Pad’s processor, is almost 2 years old, but they have it running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. It also has a 10.1-inch screen that uses about 224 pixels-per-inch, which doesn’t even compare to the upcoming Samsung’s 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S2.

LG G PadJust about the only thing that’s cool about this device is its decent battery life. It’s a 7,400 mAh battery with a more energy-efficient processor. The only color option you get to choose from is bronze, that’s it. The G Pad II will also be including an e-reading mode that reduces blue light output. They claim this will let your read for hours without getting a headache.

This tablet doesn’t seem like the most thrilling new device on the market. iPads and Android tablets are only getting bigger and better. If you don’t want to put all that money into a full-blown Android tablet and just want a cheap tablet that runs the latest Android with an “ok” battery life, then you’re best bet would be the G Pad II.

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Did you know that the NFL has been using Surface tablets for over a year now to help assist coaches with the analyzation of plays? In short, coaches used to (and some still) use printers for pictures of plays so coaches, players, and other staff can look over which formations teams use throughout the game taken via cameras in the end zones and high up at midfield. Nowadays Surface 2 tablets are used in order to get the images during plays rather than after, plus the staff doesn’t have to wait for the printers to print.

The NFL is becoming the U.S.’s most high-tech sport! In fact, the partnership is growing in 2015 with new uses enabled by the Surface 3. The weather-ready Surface 3 allows coaches to display more images on-screen, use multiple colors for markups, and even has a whiteboard for jotting down ideas between plays. During the preseason, coaches will even be allowed to use their Surface 3s for video replays! On their tablet, they can zoom and even take down notes using the stylus–which can write during any weather conditions. But coaches will have to hold off until next year (maybe) to use their tablets during the games that actually count.

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You might think using tablets on the sidelines is a little over the top for the NFL, but the tech frenzy doesn’t stop there. Microsoft is actually introducing the HoloLens for virtual reality training systems.

But what about the fans? Microsoft is rolling out its new version of its Xbox One NFL app, which is also making its way to Windows 10 later this month. The NFL is launching its Game Pass service, which replaces Game Rewind from last year, for $9.99 per month. Don’t worry, game stats, fantasy stats, and highlights will still be offered for free.

Microsoft Surface Tablets Being Used by NFL CoachesPerhaps the most interesting feature fans will be able to use this season is Next Gen Stats. This application uses the new motion tracker chips embedded in player uniforms for the 2015 season to track distance and speed. This will allow you to actually see the plays that each team runs!

The NFL is truly becoming a next-generation sport thanks to all of the technology that is being introduced. With coaches and teams utilizing things like the Surface Tablet, we are seeing the beginning of the future of both technology and professional sports.

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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.

 

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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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