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TECH REVIEW: Lenovo Yoga Tablet

Well we’re back to the typical freezing cold temperatures of the season after experiencing those two glorious and unseasonably warm days. Those days gave us a chance to do some work while simultaneously enjoying the amazing weather. Of course no one wants to haul around a 17″ laptop to work from in the park, which is why the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10 were great options for working remotely from anywhere – hello coffee shops and parks. Both sizes fit seamlessly in your handbag and can be used with ease whether you are sitting at a table or not.

The multimode Yoga Tablet is innovative in its design, making it more versatile and comfortable than any other Tablet. Powered by Android™ 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and a MTK 1.2GHz quad-core processor, the Yoga Tablet’s pioneering design boasts a battery cylinder and kickstand on the side of the device that moves the center of gravity and opens up its multiple usage modes: Hold, Tilt, and Stand.

When holding Lenovo Yoga Tablet, its weight falls into your palm rather than your fingers, making it more comfortable for reading and browsing.

Want to get the perfect viewing angle for typing and gaming? Then you will appreciate the kickstand and the option to put the Yoga Tablet in Tilt mode.

Using the kickstand also allows the Yoga Tablet to stand upright to comfortably watch videos, listen to music, or video-chat. Plus if you’re using a physical keyboard, this allows the most comfortable use.

The Yoga Tablet’s groundbreaking design doesn’t just enhance your tablet experience, it’s also looks quite chic, which for us, makes covering events like Fashion Week a breeze. The device narrows to a mere 3mm at the edge, has a laser-etched back housing prevents scratches,  and features a chrome-painted trim. The stunning Tablet also has a phenomenal battery life thanks to its unique, cylinder-shaped side chamber which allows more room for battery storage, an HD (1280 x 800) display that delivers stunning high definition visuals, Dolby® Digital Plus sound enhancement and front facing speakers that provides a rich, encompassing sound experience, and 5.0M rear and 1.6M front cameras that allows high-definition pictures and crisp, clear video.  

Interested in the Lenovo Yoga Tablet? The Yoga Tablet 8 retails for $249.00 and the Yoga Tablet 10 goes for $275.00. Grab yours today.

Get the Best out of Your Computer – Introducing System Mechanic® 10

You guys may remember my first experience with System Mechanic, the #1 PC Tune-up software from Iolo Technologies and how it brought my laptop back from the dead. If you don’t remember, just click HERE. Well, there is a newer version, System Mechanic 10, that is even more powerful and effective than the earlier version that I used. Among its hundreds of new improvements and technological breakthroughs throughout the product, version 10 unveils a pair of patent-pending performance tools that will supercharge your PC’s performance like never before. Plus, for those of you, like me, who own more than one computer, System Mechanic 10 debuts iolo’s revolutionary Whole Home™ Licensing Program* where a single product license can be installed on all of your personal PCs. Bring life back to all the PCs in your household at no additional cost.

With version 10, System Mechanic is now the only complete PC performance software that resolves all 9 root causes of PC slowdown:

Root Cause of PC Slowdown                                   Symptoms
1. Program misalignment –                              Sluggish programs
2. Available RAM decline –                              Overall system slowdown
3. Windows startup bottlenecks –                    Slow Windows startup
4. Redundant programs –                                Overall system slowdown
5. Mismatched internet settings –                    Slow internet
6. Registry errors –                                          Hesitations, freezes, and lockups
7. Registry bloat –                                            Overall system slowdown
8. Fragmented system files –                           Overall system slowdown
9. Accumulated clutter –                                   Slower hard drive access

What makes this new version of System Mechanic so great?

NEW: Program Accelerator™ – Supercharges Your Programs
NEW: CRUDD Remover™ – Eliminates System Drag
NEW: Internet Connection Repair™ – Gets You Back On the Web
NEW: Whole Home™ Licensing Program
ENHANCED: Tune-up Definitions™
ENHANCED: DriveAccelerator™
ENHANCED: Hundreds of Overall Improvements Throughout

I feel in love after my first use – trust me, you will too.

Make your Own Soda and Seltzer Water With Soda Stream

Thanks to Soda Stream, I have happily said goodbye to Pepsico and Coca Cola as the power to make my own soda is firmly in my hands. Soda Stream has several easy to use fashionable, fun, and sleek styles to help you create your own sodas (pictured below), whether you want something elegant (the Pure Soda Stream), a sophisticated glass carafe (the Penguin Soda Stream or the Crystal Soda Stream), a modern slim-line design (the Genesis Soda Stream) or a bit of modern color (the Jet Soda Stream).


There’s also a new Soda Stream called the Fizz Machine with Fizz Chip™, which monitors the amount of CO2 left in the carbonator, so you’ll know when it’s time to exchange your carbonator for a full one. You’ll make your favorite fizzy drinks perfect every time!

Owning a Soda Stream Soda Maker has so many benefits – not only do you save money and storage space you’d normally used for sodas in your pantry, fridge, etc, Soda Stream is an Earth Friendly product – no more empty soda cans or bottles to recycle. You also get to be nicer to your back as Soda Stream allows no more hauling of heavy sodas. An added plus is making your own soda is really fun to do. When you’re ready to buy your Soda Stream, I advise you to get one of the Soda Value Kits. For example, the Genesis Soda Value Kit comes with the following:

Genesis Home Soda Maker
2 60 liter Carbonators
3 Carbonating Bottles
5 SodaMix bottles (your choice) – each bottle makes 12 liters of soda
1 Variety Flavor Pack – 12 Pack

The flavors are wonderful and you get to choose which ones you want. Lets say I wanted to get my mom, who is Diabetic, a Soda Stream. I have a choice of 21 different flavors of Sodamix Diet Flavor varieties I can get for her – including energy drinks, sparkling teas and flavor essences. Soda Stream flavors come with no high-fructose corn syrup in regular flavors and no aspartame in diet flavors.

Take a look below at how easy it is to make your own soda (forgive the clumsiness, I was doing this while trying to hold the camera):

Color Me a Case – Colorful Cases for Mobile Devices

As I write this, I’m green with envy at all the wonderful, colorfully vibrant cases that will not be available to me because I own the stepchild of mobile phones – a Droid. While the iPhone enjoys a vast amount of prints and colors, the Droid hardly enjoys more than five colors maximum but I still have hope and I’m keeping my eye on at least two companies I was introduced to at Pepcom. Both companies are doing amazing things with case colors and prints for Cellphones, iPads, Tablets, laptop bags, kindles, iPods, etc. I’m not just talking color, but also wonderful artistic prints and patterns that are great extensions of one’s personality

The first company I’m keeping my eye on is (*) Speck. (*) Speck, a worldwide leader in cases and bags for iPhone, MacBook, BlackBerry, iPad and tons of other personal electronic devices (even a Droid or two but unfortunately not my EVO), started out with cases for the original iPod and the iSport – an iPod fanny pack with blinking light. Today, the company’s products are one of the must have for fun, functional, stylish cases to protect your mobile gear. Case (pun intended) in point, the below Burton Fitted which comes in the following prints (Lumber Lighter, Houndstooth Gray, Fadeaway Gray/Black/Pink, Fadeaway Gray/Black/Green and Black & White Plaid) is available for iPhone 4 (fits both Verizon & AT&T versions), iPad and 4th Generation iPod Touch. I love the graphic design, the fact that it looks like it has texture and of course that it is bold.

Speaking of texture, I love the soft “squishy” feel of the (*) Speck PixelSkin Case. Its cool tactile grid texture makes for a comfortable grip, it’s rubberized touch-thru button covers and convenient cutouts for 30-pin connector and hold switch make it finger friendly and I like the bold colors (though I wish that included a pink)

Believe it or not, I do own something from (*) Speck – two laptop bags. My love of pink directed me to the PixelSleeve for Devices up to 10″ (shown below) – perfect for my pink HP Netbook

And for my regular laptop, I have the same PixelSleeve for Notebooks up to 15″ – this laptop is used a lot by some male friends, so the basic bag is perfect for their various personalities

The second company I’m keeping an eye on is Incase. Incase products promote great design simplicity while offering intuitive functionality and increased mobility for an enhanced user experience. Of course they do this with a sophisticated artistic flair. Their Andy Warhol Collection (iPhone cases pictured below) really caught my eye. The Warhol series has five different designs that are available for the iPhone 4, 13” and 15” Notebooks, iPad and a standard shoulder bag.

Other amazingly edgy collections from Incase include the Perforated Collection (Which looks so modern to me, very Japanese in its simplicity), the Alloy Collection (love the crinkly look),  the Coated Canvas (very clean, very basic), the Courier Collection (a perfect color combination for spring) and the Nylon Collection (very clean like the Coated Canvas collection but with a pop of vibrant colored closures)

What’s I’m excited to see from Incase are their new camera bags. I recently purchased a Canon T1i and have been on the hunt for a more playful camera bag. I don’t want the usual black, I want graphics, colors, etc, so hopefully they (or Speck) will make my wish come true and include a more vibrant camera bag to their product line.

Gifts for the Gamer from Nyko Technologies

I am far from what one would call a gamer (let’s just say my gaming experience is at 3% out of 100) but I cam across a company at two separate events (Pepcom and Propel Holiday Gift Guide) that has created some fun gaming accessories to entice novices like me and of course seasoned (and deadly serious gamers) like 95% of the population.


The Raven
is a premium, full featured, wireless controller with a soft feel surface for PlayStation 3. This ergonomic designed controller features motion sensing wireless, a built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery for up to 25 hours of playtime and a faster response time thanks to the trigger inspired shoulder buttons. This baby also comes in both standard and swapped Xbox-style joystick layout. It offers so much more and only retails for $34.99.


Now those who know me will know exactly why I love this next item from Nyko technologies as soon as they see the photo below

Yes, my love of the color Pink knows no bounds. This Pink Nyko’s Wand for Nintendo® Wii (which is also available in Black, Blue, Purple, and White) is a motion sensing for IR controller, is fully compatible with Wii Motion Plus AND all Wii software. Don’t let the barbie pink fool you, this little lady counts full motion technology which provides advanced one-to-one movement detection for the most accurate motion control input as one of her many talents. Not impressed yet – she’s only $29.99

The next item is perfect for anyone who’s purchased the PlayStation Move. You already have your PS3 System, Your PlayStation Eye and your Move Remote….so what’s missing?

The Nyko Technologies Charge Station for Move of course. Not only can you charge your PlayStation Move controllers but this duo port charging dock allows you to charge the internal batteries of Move Motion Controller or Move Navigation Controller with no additional wires back to the console. Two separate LED charge indicators inform you of when each controller is done charging. The Duo Charging Station is more than a steal at $19.99 and for your serious gamers out there, you may want to get your hands on the Nyko Technologies Charge Station Quad for Move

At a mere $29.99, the Charge Station Quad for Move holds 4 Move controllers allowing you to charge the internal batteries of Move Motion Controller or Move Navigation Controller. Just as the duo has two separate LED charge indicators inform you of when each controller is charged, the Quad has four separate LED charge indicators.

Happy Gaming!!!

System Mechanic, #1 PC Tune-up Software

As a blogger, I own three computers – desktop, laptop and a netbook and while most people will read this and wonder why I have so many, it’s because after downloading so many images, videos, presskits, etc, computer systems become cluttered and tend to start running slow or crash or just plain burn out. While attending Pepcom, one of many events where companies showcase their products to media, I was lucky enough to come across a much needed product – System Mechanic, the number one Tune-Up Software from Iolo Technologies.

For less than $50, you can get a “new” PC, as System Mechanic tunes up your old computer to get back that like-new performance. This award-winning tune-up software consists of more than 50 tools, suitable for novices and experts, that will consistently maintain the computer. To show you just what I’m talking about, I videotaped my experience with System Mechanic. The videos are in three parts – before installing System Mechanic, installing System Mechanic and after installing System Mechanic. See below for the first video (first, apologies for my messy apt, I was in the middle of cleaning and I did these videos while taking a break)

As you can see, my laptop (which is older took a long time to log on and actually on most occasions would freeze up) was a perfect candidate to run System Mechanic. While discovering more on this great software, I discovered there are at least 9 causes of PC slowdown, they’re listed below:

Program misalignment
Available RAM decline
Windows start-up bottlenecks
Redundant programs
Mismatched internet settings
Registry errors
Registry bloat
Fragmented system files
Accumulated clutter

The second video is just installing and running the program on this painfully slow computer, so bear with me (and I hope I’m not too boring)

and finally, my laptop after installing and running the System Mechanic software. Funny thing about logging on, I didn’t even have time to get the video camera ready to film, everything came on so quickly as soon as I hit the power button, so that why the video below starts on view of my desktop screen.

From that point on, I have been enjoying a more efficient and faster performance form my very old laptop and the other best part, I was able to use the same installation code for my desktop computer whose memory was beginning to get clogged up. So if any of your computers are sluggish, running slow, freezing or crashing, checkout System Mechanic from iolo technologies. You won’t be disappointed.

About iolo technologies
Crowned the Fastest-Growing Company in the United States in both 2010 and 2009 by the American Business Awards, iolo technologies, LLC (www.iolo.com produces award-winning software that repairs, optimizes, and protects Windows computers. Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Los Angeles, iolo has presence in 33 countries, more than 30 million users worldwide, and hundreds of awards from industry analysts and media. The iolo product line includes System Mechanic®, the #1 best-selling PC performance software; System Mechanic Professional®, an all-in-one suite of both PC performance and security tools; Search and Recover™, a powerful data recovery tool for retrieving deleted files and photos; DriveScrubber®, the #1 best-selling utility for permanently erasing data from hard drives; as well as System Shield®, performance-focused antivirus and antispyware software. For more information see www.iolo.com.