Monday, March 30, 2015

Stay Powered Up Longer with These Long-Lasting Laptops

If you have a laptop that performs well, it still isn't very useful if it doesn't last that long. Business professionals that are always on the road know the value of a laptop that doesn't need to constantly be plugged in. There are a few laptops that have great battery life, and if you do any traveling you will want to check them out. Here is a list of a few laptops that won't let you down in the battery department.

Dell XPS 13

This is a great Ultrabook all the way around. It has the worlds smallest bezel so it can fit a 13-inch display into an 11-inch, 2.6 pound chassis. It also has enough battery life to last about 12 hours with continuous Wi-FI usage. It has a Core i5 processor, 128GB SSD storage and 8GB of RAM. It has a backlit keyboard and a really nice touchpad, so not only does it last a long time, but it performs very well and has very nice features.

Asus Zenbook UX305

This notebook is a really great value, especially when it comes to laptops with long lasting batteries. It lasts 9.5 hours on a full charge, has an Intel Core M CPU, 256GB of SSD storage, and it is only half an inch thick. It doesn't have the flashy backlit keyboard that some other models have, but for the price and performance you really can't complain about the little things.

HP Spectre x360 13t

This laptop has an amazing 13 inch 1920 x 1080 display and still manages to have a battery life of 9 and a half hours. This one has a lot of cool features, as it is able to be in laptop mode, tablet mode, or even tent mode to make it easy to watch movies or YouTube videos. It has a 5th generation Intel Core processor, 256GB of SSD storagge, and it has a sleek aluminum body that just looks great.

Lenovo ThinkPad X240

The ThinkPad series is the ultimate in productivity and portability. You can get up to 8 hours out of the battery, and if you upgrade to the 6 cell battery you can get up to a staggering 20 and a half hours out of this bad boy. There really isn't much else to say. 20 plus hours of life in a notebook that performs just as well as any other. What else do you want?

Lenovo ThinkPad T440s

This is a fantastic business notebook. It has a 4th generation Intel Core processor, a beautiful display, and the battery life to power all of it. With the 3 cell battery you can get about 7 hours out of it, and if you upgrade the battery you can get up to 14 and a half hours. Another cool thing is that it has an additional 3 cell battery inside of it, so when one battery is about to die you can just switch to the other fully charged battery without even turning your device off. Convenience at its finest.

Like I said before, business professionals that travel often know the merits of a laptop with a long-lasting battery. Being able to stay powered-on wirelessly for extended periods of time is one of the key factors that a lot of people look for in a new laptop so if that's one of the key selling points for you then these 5 laptops are sure to grab your attention.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Some of the Best Music Festivals of 2015 are in Atlanta!

For anyone located in the Atlanta area or anyone who may be traveling there this year, there are a ton of events that feature lots of great music. There is something for everyone; rock, jazz, country, rap, and a ton of huge artists and local talent as well. Here is a list of events that you should check out!

 SweetWater 420 Festival

The SweetWater 420 Festival takes place at Centennial Olympic Park on April 17th through the 19th. Lots of huge artists are confirmed for this one including: Snoop Dogg, 311, Thievery Corporation, Primus, Cage the Elephant, and many more. Live music isn't the only thing the event has to offer either, there is craft beer, comedy tents, food trucks, and even a local artist market. It will be a blast and you should stop in!

Sweet Auburn SpringFest 2015

The Sweet Auburn SpringFest 2015 goes from May 8th to the 10th at Auburn Avenue & Courtland Avenue in Downtown Atlanta. With over 350,000 attendees this is the biggest street festival in the entire southeast. Last year there were 7 different stages with live entertainment from many different artists. There is also a Fun Zone for kids, a Tech expo, and all kinds of other attractions! Best of all, it's totally free.

Music Midtown Festival

This festival takes place on September 19th and 20th in Piedmont Park. There are tons of different types of bands; rock, classic rock, blues, jazz, and anything else you could ever think of. Tickets go on sale in July. It is a little pricey at $125 for the whole two days, but it is worth it. Especially since the weather will be really nice and you won't be sweating!

Imagine Music Festival

The Imagine Music Festival is a two day event dedicated to dance music. It has multiple stages where the world's top electronic musicians, DJ's, bands and artists perform. The festival combines three different venues: Historic Fourth Ward Park, Masquerade Music Park and Clear Creek Basin. The sound systems are crazy, the light shows are crazy, and it's just an overall great time. You can check it out on August 29th and the 30th in Downtown Atlanta!

Atlanta Jazz Festival 2015

For all of you who are into jazz music, you should check this one out! The Atlanta Jazz Festival is on May 22nd through the 24th in Piedmont Park. The festival is world famous and is considered to be one of the best ever. There are always well over 100,000 people attending, and it is also completely free.

These are but a few examples of all the events, festivals and musical shows that Atlanta will play host to in the coming months. Atlanta is a beautiful city and a favorite destination of summer travelers and with events like these it's easy to see why! For a more comprehensive list of everything that Atlanta will be offering check out the Atlanta Event Guide on the city's downtown website!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Could We See the iPad Pro Release in 2015?

The Apple iPad has been getting improvements with every generation. The iPad Air series is the thinnest and most powerful one to ever come out, but now the legendary tablet is about to get a "Pro" title. The iPad Pro will be the next generation of the tablet series that started it all, and it is expected to be so sweet that it could ACTUALLY replace your laptop. Rumor has it that it will have a way more powerful processor, dual operating systems, and even a keyboard that can be attached to it.

Of course, if it is going to be a "Pro" model and replace your laptop, it's going to have to be pretty big. Well, it is. The iPad Pro is going to have a 12.9 inch display and not only is it going to be pretty big for a tablet, but it is going to be the best display Apple has ever used on a tablet as well. In addition to that there will apparently be a 2K version and a 4K version. The iPad Air has a really great display with a 2048 x 1536 display, but the 4K version of the iPad Pro will be somewhere around 4096 x 3072. So you can see how big of a difference that will make.

Apple also recently filed a new patent for their Smart Cover. Eventually they will release one that has a full keyboard built into it. The keyboard will also operate separately from the cover so you will be able to use it wirelessly. It might also include gesture control, which would make a lot of things a ton easier. This would make the iPad Pro even more useful.


There is also talk of the Pro coming with a stylus too. If they want to compete with other companies, this would be a good idea. I know that Apple thinks that just because they are Apple that their customers aren't going to care that they use outdated technology and market it as being new... But people are starting to catch on, and eventually they will realize what else is out there.

Speaking of them not keeping up with the times, there is also FINALLY talk of eye tracking. This sounds cool and they will market it as this new crazy technology and speak on how it will scroll for you when reading, or pause videos when you look away. But realistically, Samsung has been using that technology in their smartphones for about the last two years. It's old news. Get with it, Apple.

Other neat features that the Pro will have will be the dual operating systems. It will probably have iOS 8 AND OS X. So that will be pretty useful in different situations. Of course it will have a beefed up processor and other hardware as well. Other than that, we'll just have to wait and see. But it is for sure something to be excited about!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Smartphones in the Year 2015: A New Age Of Technology


The worst thing about smartphones is the fact that when you drop all of your money on a shiny, brand new phone,the latest and greatest thing on the market, but it becomes outdated in just a few short months! Although you might be the coolest guy in the office today (*see photo below), next week you might as well be living in the stone age...Oddly enough, this is also one of the coolest things about the smartphone market; there is always something to look forward to and whenever you get an upgrade there is always going to be something fresh to pick up!



Starting this year, most of the new phones will be using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 chip. They are the latest and greatest chips out right now, and they are going to make tons of new things possible. Most of the top end smartphones that aren't iPhones use a snapdragon chip, so you know the next generation of Snapdragon is going to pretty much blow everything out of the water.

The processor in any phone is probably the biggest thing to look at. It powers everything; makes everything your phone does possible. Here is a list of some cool new things that are going to be possible with the new Snapdragon 810 chip:

4K Video:

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Yes, some smartphones on the market right now already have a 4K display. But that isn't what they are aiming for here. New phones that come out this year will be able to stream 4K video wirelessly to a TV with just a few taps on the screen. (Now that is just super awesome.) You will also be able to record 4K video with most phones. Cameras capable of shooting 4K video aren't exactly new, but the point here is that you will be able to transport 4K video to other devices very easily and it is going to create a whole new world of possibilities!

Way better cameras:

 

http://corephotonics.com/products/auto-focus/

Now that there will be way more powerful processors in smartphones, they can power way better cameras. There is a new smartphone camera made by a company called core photonics that is actually two cameras built into one. It has a wide angle imager, and a fixed telephoto lens that magnifies the image. By combining the two images together, you can take a picture that is better than a DSLR camera.

Recording audio in stereo:

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One of the biggest downfalls of recording video with your phone is the fact that it always sounds like well, crap; especially if you are at a concert or something. But with these new processors, you will be able to record video with a high quality, stereo audio track. This means no more mono recordings; also means your chances of becoming a YouTube star greatly increase.


Using your phone as a computer:

 

https://www.rentacomputer.com/rentals/wireless/smartphone-rentals

The new Snapdragon 810 is 5 times more powerful than any other chip on the market. It has enough power that you will literally be able to wirelessly hook up a monitor and a keyboard and work on it like it is a PC. The possibilities are absolutely insane. Why even have a laptop when you can carry a PC in your pocket?

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These are just a few very practical uses that you will be able to get out of the phones that will be coming out this year. There are way more things that you could do, I'm sure. And there will certainly be more apps and services that will come out based on all of the possibilities. If you didn't have an upgrade available when the iPhone 6 came out, don't even worry! You'll have a chance to get something that will make it look like a kid's toy very soon.

 SEE ALSO:

http://www.rentacomputer.com/blog/2015/01/28/windows-10-mobile-featuring-office-photos-app-xbox-one/