Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to try out a new Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablet. And I’ll be real honest, as someone who primarily uses a desktop and travels with a laptop, I wasn’t sure how this would fit in with my life. But it’s turned out to be one of my favorite devices, one that rarely leaves my side.
These new Intel 2 in 1s combines the portability of a tablet, the power of an Ultrabook, and the experience of a desktop in a compact little package that’s super easy to travel with. And unlike other devices (like my iPad), there are no tradeoffs with the 2 in 1 since it runs Windows 8.1. In addition, I’m now able to sync info with my other PCs (also running Windows 8.1), giving me access to my photos, documents, and other files regardless of where I am. Even my browser history and favorites are synced between PCs, which has saved my butt on more than one occasion while on the road.
Another thing I did was move from a software based mail client on my desktop (Outlook) to a web-based mail client (Outlook.com), which allows me to access all of my e-mails regardless of where I am or what computer I’m using. This was another game-changer for me, as there had been situations where I needed to access an e-mail that was on my home computer while I was traveling, and there was no easy way to do this.
My Venue 11 Pro came loaded to the gills, with a 10.8″ IPS Display with 1920×1080 resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch, an Intel i3 4020Y Dual-Core processor, 4GB of ram, a 128GB SSD hard drive, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Dual-Band 802.11n WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0, and a slew of of ports and connectors (USB 3.0, mini HDMI, NFC, etc). It even comes with a swappable battery, which comes in real handy if you’re a power user like me.
My #Intel2in1 has really impressed me, and that’s saying something. With the keyboard attached, I’m able to work remotely without any tradeoffs. But I can also disconnect the keyboard and use it as a tablet to check Facebook, send e-mails, get the weather, play games, listen to music, watch movies, etc). Hence the #2in1.
If you’re thinking about taking the 2 in 1 plunge, visit Intel.com to learn more about Intel’s 2 in 1 Tablets and find the one that’s right for you.
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Here’s How To Stay Secure While Using Free Wi-Fi In Public
Raise your hand if you’ve connected to a free Wi-Fi network while you’re out.
Yes, we’ve all done it. But what most people don’t realize is that when you connect to that free Wi-Fi, you are hopping onto an open network, which leaves your computer vulnerable to hackers who can intercept your potentially sensitive information with a few clicks of their keyboard.
That’s right. When you fire up your laptop at Starbucks and log into Gmail, there’s nothing to stop a nefarious person who’s nearby from using some simple software to get your password. But that’s not even the worst of it. If you purchase something on the Internet while on public Wi-Fi, someone could steal your credit card info!
In fact, this happened to my girlfriend just last week, despite my constant warnings to her about just this thing. Lucky for her, her credit card company noticed some suspicious activity on her account and contacted her to verify these transactions. Turns out, she had ordered some shoes from Nordstrom’s website while sipping on an Iced Caffe Mocha at Starbucks a few weeks ago, and someone snagged her CC#.
So how do you keep yourself safe when using public Wi-Fi?
If you absolutely must connect to Wi-Fi, consider these security tips to keep prying eyes out of your devices:
- Don’t use public Wi-Fi to shop online, log in to your financial institution, or access other sensitive sites.
- Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to create a network-within-a-network, which keeps all of your data encrypted. There’s a comprehensive explanation on how VPNs work here.
- Only visit websites with HTTPS encryption when you’re in public places.
- Turn off the automatic Wi-Fi connectivity feature on your phone so it won’t seek out hotspots.
- Buy an unlimited data plan for your device and stop using public Wi-Fi altogether.
Hopefully these tips will help you guys stay safe out there when you’re surfing on a free Wi-Fi network. If you have any other questions, please leave me a comment below.
Razer’s Project Linda Turns Your Phone Into A Laptop
Last January, Razer wowed the crowds at CES with an impressive triple-screen gaming laptop, and this year they are back with another innovative concept, the Razer Project Linda, a 13.3-inch laptop design powered by the company’s Android-based Razer Phone.
Razer’s Project Linda laptop seamlessly docks the Razer Phone inside its chassis where a touchpad would normally reside and connects with the press of a button. The phone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and 8GB of RAM deliver responsive performance, instantly transforming it into an Android laptop. The Razer Phone 5.7-inch display can be used as a touchpad, or as a second screen for access to apps, tools, and more.
“Android power users and laptop enthusiasts share a need for performance in a mobile form factor, which we provide with our award-winning Razer Phone and Razer laptops,” says Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “Project Linda combines the best of both worlds, bringing a larger screen and physical keyboard to the Android environment, enhancing the experience for gaming and productivity.”
This is a great idea in concept, and it may actually hint at the future of the computer as we know it. Use your smartphone for the basics, like surfing the web, social media, games and apps. And when you need to be more productive, simply place the Razer Phone into the “dock” so you can write long e-mails and do other productive things where you’d benefit from a larger screen and keyboard.
We’ve seen a few products try this before (like The Superbook, which raised nearly $3 million on Kickstarter), but if there’s anyone who seems poised to pull this off, it’s Razer. It should be interesting to see if Razer will move forward with Project Linda, or if it’s just another CES concept that never sees the light of day.
For more information on Razer’s Project Linda concept, visit razerzone.com/projectlinda.
Photo credit: Razer
The Azulle Byte3 Mini PC Proves That Good Things Come In Small Packages
Back in the day, I had this bulky, awkward computer in my living room that I used to stream movies and other content onto my big-screen TV. And while it worked great, it really ruined the aesthetics of the room.
Thankfully, computers have come a long way since then, getting smaller and more powerful over the years. A perfect case in point is the sleek and lean Azulle Byte3 Fanless Mini PC, which is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet powerful enough to tackle anything you throw its way.
Despite its small stature, the Byte3 packs quite a punch, with a 64-bit Quad-Core Intel Apollo Lake processor, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and 32GB of eMMC storage (with a Micro SD card slot that accept up to 256GB). Hook it up to a TV or monitor, and you’ve got a lightning-fast computer that looks right at home in your living room or on your desk, and thanks to its fanless design, it’s whisper quiet to boot.
Sure, with the Byte3 you can browse the web, check e-mails, do online banking, and shop online. But with 4K at 60 FPS, you can also stream Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and other video services without breaking a sweat. Or use Microsoft Office to complete any business, school, or leisure-time task. Heck, you can even connect a webcam to your mini PC and make video calls on the big screen.
As you can see, the Byte3 has a wide variety of ports that enable you to connect a wide range of peripherals. I kept things simple, hooking up the mini PC to my 50″ TV via HDMI, and connecting my Logitech wireless keyboard/mouse over Bluetooth. Once that was done, I was off and running.
Overall, I was really impressed with the Byte3. It’s a fantastic little computer that will do almost anything you need it to do, despite it’s tiny footprint. Without a doubt, the Azulle Byte3 is the feather-weight champion of fast, functional, user-friendly and affordable technology. At it’s quite a bargain at just $199.99.
What do you think of the Azulle Byte3 Fanless Mini PC?