Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lenovo Yoga in harmony with your life on the road and at home

The idea of Yoga is to bring your mind, body, and spirit together in alignment combining your abilities with your best purpose and ultimately attain a greater enlightenment. 

When you practice Yoga you work to attain harmony with nature. This is the idea behind the Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 Tablet and one of the reasons I am so in love with it.

When I was at CES (the Consumer Electronic Show) I had the chance to spend time with the team from Lenovo and learn about their line of Yoga and Flex laptops.  They were explaining that the idea behind the Yoga was for the designers to think first about all the things you would love your tablet to do making it work in harmony with your life - instead of making your life work in harmony with your technology. On top of that it had to work in harmony with your budget. 

The Yoga Pro 2 achieved that!

(make sure to check out how you can win one of these amazing tablets at the bottom of this post)

Technology that works the way you want it to

This tablet is seriously cool and works with you the way you want it to work.  One of the greatest features is the back kickstand that folds flat when you want to just hold the tablet but then you can flip the kickstand open and use your tablet handsfree to read recipes or watch your favorite netflix movie while you are in the kitchen. Or lay it down the other way with the kickstand open and it will sit there on your desk at an angle that makes for easier reading so you can keep your body in alignment and not strain your neck to read text that is flat on your desk.

But the coolest way you can use the kickstand is by folding it all the way flat and use the hole in the center of the kickstand to hang your tablet on any hook and continue to use your tablet from any place where you might need more counter space or where you have no counter space at all.

This means to me that my technology will bend to my design instead of me bending to work with the way my technology does.  I love this!

A laptop battery that goes longer than you do

Lenovo has also paid serious attention to the battery life of these little tablets and incorporated a battery that has an Epic Lifespan. On some models the battery life runs up to 18 hours which means you can go all day without plugging in. This is a fantastic feature for people on the go who may not be able to find a plug in when they need it most. 

I am thinking ahead to a wrestling tournament that is coming up where the wrestling parents and other supporters will be sitting on highschool bleachers from 9am into the evening. (These wrestling tournaments are wild). This is the same scenario for any parent who is supporting their kid at any district tournament. There are rarely plug ins found anywhere on the bleachers. This Yoga 2 Pro is perfect for them.

During CES I had the chance to talk with a couple of the designers about the battery. This is important to me because we have two laptops at home that get hot and then the fan has to work overtime to cool it down and THEN the laptop gets loud. This is massively annoying and ultimately I end up just turning the laptop off altogether keeping me from getting done whatever it is I was working on. With this Lenovo battery technology there is no issue with heat and so you won't have that issue of a loud device that needs to be shutdown. All other features are cool but the battery is really the key thing for me.

Built in Projector 

Another seriously cool feature that works with my life, instead of my life having to adapt to the technology, is a built in projector.

This is an amazing feature for family travelers and for business travelers.

When I travel with my family we bring an HDMI cable and when we get into our hotel room we hook our laptop up to the television with our cable to be able to watch our netflix movies or view the pictures from the day on the television.  This can require some configuration and we have found a couple of hotel televisions that blocked this kind of access. I would love to be able to turn the lights out in the room and project my tablet up on to the wall of the hotel room and watch Frozen or some other movie that is saved on my VUDU account without having to mess with cables or having to figure out the configuration at each different vacation location.  

You could take a sheet outside and have a movie night in your backyard. How fun would that be? 

For business travelers you wouldn't have to worry about what technology was available when you reach your meeting destination. You also wouldn't need to lug around a bulky projector of your own.

A Yoga for your lifestyle and budget

One of the greatest thing about the Lenovo Yoga? It works with your budget. They have devices that start as low as $229. This base model has all the basic options that any home use could need. Working with the idea that Lenovo wants the technology for you, there is a wide range of configurations within the Yoga brand taking you all the way up to a convertible thinkpad, with all the bells and whistles, for just over $1000. 

One of the things I have always hated about buying a new gadget is that feeling of not knowing exactly what I want when I walk into a big box store and then being confused by the teen age sales person who can make me feel like a dinosaur. Lenovo as this dialed in too. I visited their website and they have a very easy chat box where you can chat online with one of their customer service agents and make sure you have all the features that you need ensuring you get the exact device that works for your life and your budget (without making you feel like a tech idiot).

There is a Yoga 3 which compares to the Macbook pro - it is a lightweight dynamo that makes business travel amazing.

Twitter Party

Join the Travelingmom and Techlicious Twitter party to learn more about how we use our tech on the road and enter to win a great prize. 

Join us Thursday, January 22, for a special #TMOM Twitter party when we team up with our partners at Techlicious to chat about great travel tech, the joy and stress of working from the road and the cool tools that can help.
What: Twitter Party — Working on the Road
When: Jan. 22, 9-10 pm ET (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT)
How: Follow the hashtags: #TMOM #LenovoTNT

Click HERE to Win!!!  Win a Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro!

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FULL DISCLOSURE:  I was a guest at CES of Techlicious and was invited to lunch with the team from Lenovo previewing some of the latest technology - one laptop that was displayed was one of only three in existence and we were encouraged to not drop it.  (Yeah - I didn't even touch it but it was pretty. I took a picture of my friend Amy holding this featherweight powerhouse instead). While lunch was fantastic it was not required to write about any particular product or even any of the products at all and all of my opinions and enthusiasm for the technology is my own. I was not given any product to test in exchange for this post. I just seriously love the idea that a company thought about my lifestyle first and then designed a product around that.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Technology that will save you money and make you beautiful

One of the most fun surprises at CES2015 was visiting the #PanasonicBeauty booth. When I was invited to attend CES this year as a guest of Techlicious I imagined that I would be transported into the world of CTP, Gigahertz, RAM, HDMI, Virtual Realities and a slew of computer terms that I would have to pretend to understand.

But this was the Consumer Electronics Show and while the reps I spoke with were more than happy to delve into technical aspects of their toys they were also prepared to tell me what was the "cool factor" on the device that would make my life better.

This was the case in a hands on demo at the Panasonic Beauty display in the Panasonic mega area at the conference. I was invited to an appointment with their beauty team to get a first hand demonstration of how their ionic hairdryer worked. I was invited to a BlowOut! Some people (like my husband) have not heard that term before but there are entire beauty salons dedicated to the BlowOut which just means they don't cut your hair, they don't wash your hair, they only style your hair with a blow dryer.

So, I scheduled my appointment first thing in the day so I could go through the conference with a beautifully styled hairdo. The exhibit hall opened at 9am and my appt was at 9am. I wasn't really thinking I would be WOWed but at least I knew that I could just show up to the conference that day without really worrying about my hair because that part, at least, would be taken care of.

OK so I was WOWed

(Flashback sequence) Back when Saturday Night Live first came on air there was a character named Rosanna Rosanna Danna played by Gilda Radner. I could relate because we shared a similar hairstyle. One afternoon in the early 80's my mom and I jumped on a couple of Vespa's and explored Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. It was a great day. We scooted around the island, I went body surfing in the ocean, and it was a super fun day. As we headed back on the ferry to mainland my mom handed me a very small comb and said "You better start now Rosanna Rosanna Danna and you might be done combing your hair by the time we get back to our car."  When my hair is long it is big and it is frizzy. I have searched for the perfect product that would defrizz my mane. One of the big problems is that I really hate hate hate traveling with product. TSA makes you feel like a criminal for having some kind of liquid in your carry on and if we are going by car then the product typically ends up breaking through its container and covering everything in the trunk with it's sticky gooey awesomeness. I have frizzy hair.

(Back to current time) So I sat down at the Panasonic Beauty booth ready for them to do their best with what they had to work with.  WOW!  The ionizing blowdryer by Panasonic really did work as advertised. It has a feature in it that actually moisturizes your hair while it's blow-drying it. SO when all was said and done my hair was silky smooth and perfectly coiffed.  The stylist didn't use one drop of product.

But I was in Vegas and had a long day ahead of me and so I was interested to see how long this would last in the dry dry air of the desert.  At 10pm that night I was asking people to touch my hair - it was unbelievable. I still looked good without a single touch up all day long. And my hair felt amazing.

As a full disclosure I was an invited guest of Techlicious at CES and they lined up the appointment with Panasonic and I was given a small Panasonic portable charger to keep my phone going all day (which came in super handy) as part of this promotion. But you really can't mess around when it comes to your hair.  I am loving that I can use my regular old shampoo and a Panasonic Ionic Blowdryer (when it arrives from Amazon - of course I ordered one right away after the show with my own money - CES is not really the place where free samples are being handed out left an right) and that I won't need to use any other products to make my hair look Ah-mazing.  My hair is long and thick but the other women who were there at the same time had very different hair and their results were similar to mine. One woman had very short hair that typically requires tons of product to get it to stay perky and the other woman had lovely long hair but it was very thin.

So yes, I was surprised at CES by the beauty products that didn't have any techy jargon slowing me down from understanding how they worked.

On the guys side of the display they had a full on barber shop with a full display of the wet dry shavers. My boys hate going to the barber shop and so early on they started giving each other hair cuts. The Panasonic grooming tools for men are worth the money.

In both cases, for men or women, the products are a little bit more expensive than if you went to the corner drug store to pick up a similar tool - but then again you are getting something that really works and will save you money in the long run.

What I love about the guys shaver from Panasonic is that it has these wild sensors in it so they can get a smooth shave even around their neck - my youngest has hated shaving so much that on most days he lets these wonky, young, whispy, funky, hairs grow around his neck and he looks a little bit like a hippy.  So now, when his new shaver arrives, he can deal with this. Not only that but the shaver has a recharging base that also cleans the shaver while it charges. I love that.

Techlicious and Travelingmom are having a Twitter party so we can all share our excitement for how technology is making our lives easier and more beautiful. Join the conversation!

More on CES

Celebrating Technology at CES 2015

Lenovo in Harmony with your life on the road and at home

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Celebrating Technology at CES 2015

2015 is the year Marty went Back to the Future. 
CES (The Consumer Electronics Show) had over 160,000 attendees this year and I was one of them.

It was my first time attending CES but of course this had to be the year to go. 2015, after all, is the year that Marty McFly went Back to the Future in the movie trilogy from the 80's. It is the year of the Hoverboard and Jaws 16 (only one of those is actually happening but it's still fun to think about).

For techies it is a like being in a techy theme park - miles and miles of interactive displays with technology that is brand new and in some cases not even out on the market yet. The picture above is from the Rose City Comic Con although there was a Tesla at CES that could have passed as a time machine if it were silver instead of white. In the Tesla version there are 7 seats so you can bring some friends with you.

But you don't have to be a tech nerd to appreciate CES*.

On the first night there we spent time in the Gibson tent rocking out to live music being played out on the latest electronic Gibson guitars and equipment.

With that many people attending CES and the entire city of Las Vegas being turned into an exhibit hall we had alot of ground to cover.

After checking out a smidge of the primary exhibit hall and then heading over to the Gibson tent for a bit we walked on over to the Wynn hotel (which looked like it was just across the street from the Las Vegas Convention Center but is actually a few blocks away). The ShowStoppers event is a smaller event with smaller booths and single items being displayed. It was easy to get around the entire room and stop by and visit with some of our favorite tech companies and check out what is new on the horizon for their companies.

I met up with other travel writers who were at the event as part of the #Techlicious team and we got a sneak peak at some of the very cool and very portable technology from Lenovo.

For me going to CES was like learning math - you remember that moment when you finally understood how that one equation worked and from then on that particular math problem was easy. CES was like that moment for me. All of a sudden there was that "OH... Now I get it" moment. I have always loved technology and how it can bring families closer together but I didn't always understand why or how all of this tech would work together to make our lives more fabulous. Now I see clearly why I want a smart kitchen and a panasonic security system for my home and, well, more on that later.

Even though I arrived in Las Vegas at 2pm and only took in a half day that first day my FitBit still registered over 18,000 steps that first day.

Next year my first stop may have to be the new technology in very comfortable shoes.


Techlicious and Travelingmom are going to have a wrap up Twitter party to talk about the best of CES and what that means for all of us in this year of Back to the Future. 

Join Travelingmom Thursday, January 22, for a special #TMOM Twitter party when we team up with our partners at Techlicious to chat about great travel tech, the joy and stress of working from the road and the cool tools that can help.
What: Twitter Party — Working on the Road
When: Jan. 22, 9-10 pm ET (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT)
How: Follow the hashtags: #TMOM #LenovoTNT
They will be giving away some cool tech–some VERY cool tech–during the party. Check back daily for details on what you can win and how to enter.

More on CES

Technology that will save you money and make you beautiful

Lenovo Yoga in Harmony with your life on the road and at home

About Techlicious

I was a guest reporter at CES at the invitation of Techlicious. Their entire aim is all about making technology easy to understand and incorporate into your life.  I personally love their website because it takes the fear out of searching for (and understanding) new gadgets that will make our lives easier. Their website is organized in a way that makes it easy to search for exactly what you are looking for OR just scroll through for inspiration. So for me, Techlicious is all of the Tech with none of the Terror. I don't have to know how much RAM* I want in a laptop to be able find the exact information I need to be able to make an informed purchase. 

Even though I was a guest of Techlicious all of my opinions are always my own.