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HP Stream 11, Stream 360 Cloud Laptop for Under $200

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSCloud based laptops seem to be a great hybrid between tablet and computer. HP has come out with a great sub-$200 laptop in the HP Stream 11 – an 11 or 13 inch laptop running Windows software and internal hard drive of only 32 GB. However, with the free 1 TB OneDrive and Office365 (for 1 year), you can run what you need and get things done. HP Stream 11 x360 I got to talk with Bianamarie Carniel about the Stream 11 line of cloud-based computers. The first one was the Stream 11 x360. This laptop can become a clamshell, flip to become a tablet, then open to be its own stand or tent for watching video on a table or in bed. The Stream x360 comes in blue or magenta and you can even get a 13 inch model with 4G...

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Gallery Hotel, Barcelona Spain – Hotel Walkthrough

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIt was my first time in Barcelona and I cannot express how memorized I was with the experience. The capitol of Catalonia, this urban area is a mixture of old Roman buildings, designs by Antoni Gaudi and some pretty impressive graffiti. But my focus is on a hotel in the heart of Barcelona – the Gallery Hotel. Going in December means an average high of 55-60 degrees (12-14 Celsius) but a lot of rain. In the week I was there it was only sunny 2 of the days. Coming from a wintery area, the rain smelled more like spring to me and I was fine with that. About the Gallery Hotel The Gallery Hotel is found down the street of one of the major shopping areas in Barcelona on Carrer del Rosselló and only a block from the subway (Metro Station). This six-story...

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How HP Helped “Share a Coke”

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThis year, Coca-Cola had a very popular campaign in “Share a Coke”. So who did they get to help print all the names on the sides of the bottles? HP had that honor. I talked with Doris Brown-McNally from HP’s Graphics Solutions Business about the campaign at HP Discover, the new artwork campaign starting and what that could lead to for businesses. The Target of “Share a Coke” Coke did a survey and found the “Tweeners” (between 8-18 years of age) did not know if they have tried a Coke before. They wanted to tailor a campaign around bringing that demographic in. Coke wanted the bottle to “Visually speak to them”. This campaign did just that. The results of that campaign – According to the Wall Street Journal, Coke’s volumes in the US rose .4% for the summer months whereas sales rose...

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HP Elitebook Folio 1020 with Core M Fanless Ultrabook

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI have and use an Elitebook. Its a great travel machine to work and even create video and more. Yesterday, HP announced the newest version of Elitebook in the Folio 1020. Using the new Intel Core M processor, this laptop is the thinnest because it is fanless. We joked on the video – as thin as a cookie. There are two versions of the Elitebook Folio 1020 with the additional Folio 1020 Special Edition. The Core M-5Y51 or Core M-5Y71 with max turbo can take the processor up to a 2.9 GHz speed. Memory is 8 GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM. Storage options are SSD – 128 to 256. You can also get a self-encrypting drive Opal 2 of 180 or 256 GB. Graphics inside inlude Intel HD 5300.The Folio can come with a QHD (Touch) screen (standard on the Special Edition). 2...

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HP Omen Gaming Laptop with Beats Audio

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI got to check out the HP Omen gaming laptop while at HP Discover. This is a lightweight laptop with 15 inch screen and Beats Audio inside. This premium gaming laptop comes with a fourth generation Core i7 processor and NVidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics inside. Many great features for gamers include programmable buttons for quick reactions and a back-lit keyboard that is also programmable to different LED colors. Get the HP Omen From Amazon The Omen is also designed with all USB and display ports in the back of the laptop. That way a gamer can put down gaming mice and not have cables get in the way. Further, the fan also comes out the back so hot air does not blow out onto the hands. The HP Omen also can have 8 or 16 GB inside, along with SSD of 128...

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HP Digital Context Aware: Connecting Wearable Technology to Enterprise – HP Discover

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhile at HP Discover Barcelona, I got to talk with Dave Gibson and Cliff Wilke – both Chief Technologists at HP. They are spearheading the next wave in Enterprise with Wearable Technology in what they call Digital Context Aware (DCA). DCA is the ability to work cross-platform on all wearable devices with an API to attach to their program so they can send information on the go. The program checks to see if a device is available, then sends information. If one devices is not available, it will move to the next item. A smartphone, smartwatch, Glass, or other content-aware wearable. A service person could get directions to a job, then instructions on performing duties. A first responder could get to the scene of an accident faster and possibly be able to connect with a doctor if the situation is beyond their...

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Daigo and Justin Wong Re-create Evo Moment 37

For the first part of this article, I want to take you back to a gaming tournament called Evolution 2004. At the time, a gamer called Daigo was facing off against Justin Wong in Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike. It was a top-8 match where the winner could only advance to the next round if they won two out of 3 games. However, it was during this first game that Daigo create what has now become known as Evo Moment 37. Take a look at this amazing footage of this moment in action. As you will see from the grainy footage, it was hands down one of the most amazing things to happen in the history of fighting game tournaments. More importantly, Daigo was able to pull off a solid execution to take that first game. However, he went on to take 2nd place. Fast forward to a...

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Amazon Fire TV Stick vs. Fire TV: A Two TV Solution Under $200

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSEarlier this year Amazon announced the FireTV – a competitor to the Roku and Apple TV. Doubling the specs of both devices, this became my goto choice for over the top television. Now, Amazon has come out with their lower cost version in the Fire TV Stick – mostly to compete with Chromecast and Roku Stick. This $40 device plugs right into your HDMI port in the TV, with a combined power USB cable which – depending on the TV you own – can be powered right through the USB port for a cord-free TV. Before we accellerate on the subject: keep in mind you DO NOT need an Amazon Prime subscription to own or use Fire TV. It does enhance the experience with more content. You can easily just run Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and other apps on Fire TV but I...

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Motorola Moto-X 2nd Generation with Bamboo Back

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSMost of my phones that I’ve owned made mostly of plastic – From the Nokia 910 to the Razr, iPhone and even the Nexus 5 I currently own. If I ever wanted another texture, I would buy the case. But a phone with a wood back – Better yet, a Bamboo back? What a change in experience THAT is… I am taking a look at the 2nd Generation Moto X in Bamboo, which is now available on the Verizon network. This is one of three backing plates for the device. Also in leather and plastic, along with a soon-to-be released teak, walnut and ebony models, the Moto X not only doesn’t need a case, it IS its own case. The best part is how well it feels in your hand. In the last year I’ve held onto some small, medium and big...

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Taking the Amtrak Train: Walkthrough of the Roomette Sleeper Car

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSJennifer and I took a vacation to New York City. Instead of flying out, we did something a little more unorthodox in this day and age – took the train. From Chicago to New York City, we clacked around the Midwest and East coast with the Amtrak Cardinal line, coming home via the Amtrak Lakeshore. An amazing experience that not only let us see the sights but also appreciated the travel. Walkthrough of the Amtrak Roomette Sleeper Car There are three ways to travel via the train – in the coach seating, through a Roomette or the Viewliner bedroom. We stayed in the roomette through our travel, but I was also able to walkthrough the higher end viewliner. The roomette is a 3.5 foot by 6 foot room for two people the two seats turn into a single sleeper bed while a...

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