11 TIPS: How safe is your PC or smartphone?

laptop security banner.jpgIn light of Windows XP support going away (and with that, security updates) – not to mention the Web’s Heartbleed bug, there are a LOT of people out there wondering how safe our information really is these days.

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Geospatial Pro Uses HP EliteBook While in Afghanistan



While Jason San Souci was deployed in Afghanistan, he was busy working on everything from creating new airborne border stand-off shapefiles to automatically extracting vehicle footprints for business intelligence applications. And, he did it all with his trusty HP EliteBook 8770w

Why There's No Substitute for Genuine Communication



Social media is more than just sending out tweets with discount codes or reacting to the latest computer crisis – you need to really listen to your customers. To pay attention. To work together with them. Every day. While this may be common sense, it is easy to forget how to connect with people when you aren’t face-to-face. Find out more lessons I learned at the recent Social Media Marketing World conference...


Windows 8.1 Update: Why you should get it now!

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You upgraded to Windows 8.1. You got a front row seat here on TheNextBench as we walked you through the ins-and-outs of stuff like the new Windows shortcuts, the tweaked start screensmarter searches and more. You’re done, right? Not quite. Microsoft continues to iterate and improve upon what’s already on your HP computer. Enter “Windows 8.1 Update (KB2919355)” or, as I like to call it, “The Update.” Keep reading to learn more about how this update is exactly what Keyboard / mouse users have been waiting for...

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New HP DreamColor: Color Accuracy Redefined

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Calling all creative types: Whether you’re in animation, film, photography or graphic design, wouldn’t you love to get your hands on digital technology designed with help from color aficionados from major studios and professional photographers? Now’s your chance! We just announced two new HP DreamColor Displays, once again disrupting the color-critical display market by achieving new levels of color accuracy and affordability.


HP at the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Baseball season officially kicked off this past weekend. You know what that means: Hot dogs, home runs…HP? Well, if you happen to be in Cooperstown, NY it does. You see, HP powers the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Not just what’s sitting at people’s desks – HP powers everything in the building. The tickets, the digital signage in the lobby, the neat exhibit prints on the walls…down to what every staff member uses to keep track of all the priceless Baseball memorabilia (ENVY 700 and ENVY Phoenix 810  desktops) and carry with them when traveling (ENVY 15s and Spectre 13 Ultrabooks). While I look for excuses to book a flight for a personal tour this year, I caught up with Ken Meifert, Vice President of Sponsorship and Development at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, for a quick chat about how HP technology helps them.

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Flip your PC screen - go vertical for a change

At some point we all got sold on widescreen. That awesome 16:9 (or 16:10) aspect ratio gets the most out of your movies and games. Hey, more screen real estate, bigger screens – what’s not to love? Problem is, a lot of the content you look at these days doesn’t always work that way. Whether you’re at the office or goofing around online at home, it’s all about flipping the script. And the screen. Think about it. How do you usually hold a tablet when you’re reading? Two-handing it, landscape style? Or with one hand? No matter how you look at it, HP’s actually been thinking about this very thing for years. What got me yapping about this on HP’s blog: Mashable’s  Jason Abbruzzesse. Keep reading and I’ll explain where I’m going with this.

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Avoid Attack: Let Windows XP Go for Good...



On April 8, 2014, Microsoft ends support for Windows XP and Office 2003. That’s it. Party’s over. We’re talking no new security updates, no hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates will be available for these products. So what does this mean for you? It’s pretty obvious. Upgrade.

HOW TO: Make your laptop a gaming laptop


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If you wanted to, you can pour a metric ton of money into a laptop and make it a game-ready mobile monster. Go ahead, I’m not going to stop you. However, since Intel released the Haswell processors, the game has changed. Many smaller machines that couldn’t even run some games in the past are now perfectly viable for gaming – provided you adjust your settings and expectations. If you want some suggested laptop builds and how to tweak them when you get home, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading…..

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HOW TO: Improve laptop game performance


Don’t know about you, but when I get a new PC, I try to tweak settings to goose a little extra performance out of games. If you’re like me, here’s a handy checklist of what I do right after unboxing. It goes without saying that some of these tips are about digging deeper into the guts of your laptop. If you’re not comfortable with changing settings or removing services and files, don’t try these tips. For everyone else: LET’S GET NERDY!

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HP Mobile Printing in the Classroom



Remember that feeling of terror upon realizing you left your math homework on the kitchen table, or forgot your signed permission slip for the day’s field trip with your class? Rest assured that your kids won’t have the same feeling – find out how we’re using our latest mobile printing solutions in the classroom to help both teachers and students…

A week with the HP Omni 10 tablet

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A couple months back, we unveiled the HP Omni 10 – a Windows 8.1 tablet. When I first saw this 1.4-pound 10-incher, my initial thought: “With this Win tablet, I might be able to realistically toss my traditional work laptop / tablet combo and just carry around a tablet for the day.” Don’t get me wrong, there are so many things I love about the x2 line of laptops. Those 2-in-1 detachables are awesome, but if I can travel even lighter – even better. So, I proceeded to do just that.

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Slate 7 Extreme: Your conference buddy

If you’ve ever gone to any kind of conference, you check in and get some overloaded bag full of goofy tchotchkes, squeezy balls, pens and documents detailing everything going down that week. Well, for DocuSign’s Momentum conference, everybody checked in and got handed off an HP Slate 7 Extreme. For free. No books, no nonsense, everything attendees needed for the conference was all on their brand new Android tablet (as well as the DocuSign app – of course).

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How to Prepare your PC for Titanfall

titanfall screenshot.jpgLast night, at Midnight, the first big next-gen game launched for the PC and Xbox One - Titanfall. Like some nerdy New Years ball drop, servers and computers lit up to play without a hitch all over the globe. Here’s the good news: You don’t need a killer system to play the game. In fact, a modest machine will do you just fine....learn all about tweaking your PC to play right here.

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Mobile Printing 101: Wherever you are

The future of printing is mobile! According to International Data Corporation (IDC), 58 percent of tablet users will want to print print from their tablets by 2015. Even if you don’t own your own printer, you always need one when you least expect it. Whether you’re at home, preparing for a long business trip or working the daily grind from a home office, there are now endless mobile printing options available to make your life a lot easier – like HP ePrint, the new Color LaserJet Pro MFP M476, the ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One, and others…

2014 Top 4 Twitter Trends for Social Support



We hear about companies and brands coming to Twitter to develop an authentic connection with customers. For us here at HP, it’s more than that. Read more about the top 4 Twitter trends for social support...

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A Windows 8.1 tale (and tips)

Not too long ago, I posted about why HP was selling Windows 7 PCs again. The Cliff’s Notes version: To give our customers a choice. But something interesting happened in the comments: Users came pouring out with their stories – how they felt about Windows 7 and 8. Even now, months after the release of Windows 8.1 update, I'm seeing people comment about an update they hadn’t really fully tested out for themselves. Well, I was inspired to share a bunch of tips, observations from my day-to-day use – and my in-laws’ collective two cents.

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HP x2 detachables win iF design awards

if design award-banner.jpgYou can’t argue with good design. It’s that blend of looking good and working better through thoughtful planning. It’s smart craftsmanship that makes things seem more simple and elegant at the same time. When a device gets it all right, they get a nod from the International Forum Design (iF) organization. Last year, HP was recognized for both the ENVY x2 detachable PC and the sleek SpectreONE all-in-one desktop for excellence in design. This year, we got a ton of recognition.


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HP at Mobile World Congress

Right now, half-a-world away in Barcelona, reporters are getting tasty teases of the future. The latest in mobile and wearable technology is on display at Mobile World Congress – and last night some of those gathered were able to get hands-on time with some of our newest products. Namely the Slate VoiceTabs and the newly-announced Pavilion x360.

I wanted to give you a little bit more of the latest intel…and, well, if a picture is worth a thousand words, these Vines should keep you more than covered.

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HP Pavilion x360 laptop bends over backwards

pavilion x360 - banner.jpgThe HP Pavilion x360 will bend over backwards to work exactly how you need it to work. And, no, that isn’t a figure of speech. This new, colorful convertible laptop will handle your everyday tasks. It’ll lock into any position you need. The best part: It’s not going to break the bank – or even dent it. Keep reading for this hands-on, first look at the latest HP laptop that also works as a tablet.

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