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As you might remember, last year, Intel sent me a small Asus tablet that also worked as a mini laptop on the go – it was the miracle I needed, allowing me to easily work from anywhere without lugging around my heavy 17 inch laptop.
This is easily one of the coolest laptops ever, and of course, it is also a pretty great tablet. In the past I’ve worked from a variety of laptops: Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, an HP Envy, a Samsung laptop and the Asus tablet I mentioned above.
As a Windows user since I first touched a computer, the HP was always my favourite. When its hinge broke, I was very upset.
So when they offered this laptop to me I was ecstatic. My current main laptop – the heavy Samsung – had recently took a fall to the ground and was badly damaged.
The greatest thing about the Spectre is that it’s about as light and thin as a Macbook Air, and as proficient as I found the Pro to be for my (mostly writing) needs. The biggest bonus of course is 360 hinge that lets you use it as a tablet. When I’m reading scripts or eBooks, being able to completely flip the screen around and hold it in my hand like a tablet makes the process so much faster and more convenient.
It’s also as gorgeous as a Mac. Typing on it is a dream, it actually makes me want to write more.
Upon receiving, I quickly downloaded Windows 10, eager to get rid of the awful Windows 8 startup app page that was forced on us years back, and return to the start button we all grew up knowing and loving.
There are some new features I’m loving from Windows 10: Cortana – which is basically Microsoft’s version of Siri – is fun and makes life a little easier when you want to quickly know a sports score, currency conversion, or what the weather forecast is for tomorrow.
I also dig the virtual desktop feature, which, as I’m working more and more on screenwriting, is very helpful when writing my treatment and spec scripts. My blog life very much requires me being online, with a bunch of browsers open to all the social media feeds, but when I want to spend a couple hours on screenwriting, now I can easily switch to desktop 2 to completely escape that world for a while and solely focus on getting my writing work done without the constant distractions. It’s a miracle way of separating the different writing worlds I live in, and it allows me to prioritize just writing when I really need to get the important work done.
One annoying thing about changing computers though, was that this one didn’t come with Microsoft Office, and because I can’t find the paper with my key to Office, I have to pay for it again, which is very, very, uncool. You’d think that since Microsoft and Windows make you sign into your Outlook account to run the computer, you’d be able to sync to programs you purchased that you had on your old laptop – but no such luck.
Intel provided me with this product for review, but all opinions are my own!
The CNE is one of my favourite times of year.
Maybe that’s because I’m still a little kid at heart, or because I love spinning rides and the excuse to eat 2000 calorie fried foods. But it’s really because it feels like everything that is great about summer all rolled into one: long days spent outside with great friends in the sunshine, eating anything and everything you want, discount shopping at its best, entertainment in all its forms, and remembering how it feels to be truly alive via the risk you take letting your body be thrown around in metal contraptions controlled by teenagers working their first job (fair rides are truly the greatest adrenaline rush).
This year though, the CNE moved into our digital future. The Food Building – aka half the reason we attend the CNE every year – got an app that allows you to skip the lineups and order your food ahead of time.
Yes, that means you can be waiting in line for a ride, order what you want from your app, and walk back to the building just as it’s being prepared for you.
As we all know – because of the fanfare around the crazy foods at the Ex – the lineups can sometimes be insane in the Food Building, especially on a busy weekend around dinner time. The ability to skip the line is exactly what the CNE has needed all these years.
I loved that I was able to order while doing something else, and by the time I got to the booth in the Food Building, there it was, ready and waiting for me.
You can download the CNE Food Building app now, and use it this weekend while you’re getting those last CNE moments in before summer says goodbye for another year.
A couple things to keep in mind: it doesn’t have every item from each vendor listed (just specific ones); they charge a small service fee for every transaction; and if you use a gift card or a promo code – make sure you use it all at once or you will lose whatever funds you didn’t use. You also can’t order from 2 separate vendors at the same time – you have to go back in the app and process a separate transaction (which is to be expected, since you’re paying a different vendor).
The one thing I hope they improve on it for next year is the options – while there was a nice variety of food choices available on the app, there were many more options in the building that were not on the app. Here’s hoping they can get everyone on board next year!
To any food vendors unsure if the app is right for you – I can tell you right now – your customers want it, and it will definitely help increase sales when you have less people waiting in line. No one will turn away from your booth just because the line is too long, as I have done so many times in the past.
I was given the chance to test out the latest in Intel innovation over the past month, via the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet.
The tablet features Intel’s latest and greatest technological development – RealSense.
The first thing I noticed upon unboxing the tablet was its weight. It is by far the lightest and most comfortable tablet I’ve ever used.
That’s not to say it’s flimsy, though. The metal exterior and glass screen give it a solid feel, but I never once felt fatigue in my hands from holding it up as I have with other tablets – even when using it for very long periods of time scrolling through Facebook or reading an eBook.
The coolest thing about a tablet with RealSense is its ability to measure items fairly accurately.
I know that sounds strange – but yes, this tablet works like a measuring tape.
I’m in the process of creating a gallery wall out of my vast collection of music festival posters, and I found it incredibly helpful to be able to use the tablet to quickly measure the size of my posters so I could find the correct frames for them.
The way it accomplishes this it through using the 3 different cameras it has located on the back of the tablet.
The difference in angle helps the technology map out the length of an item just as a measuring tape does.
Another feature I found fascinating was Refocus, which takes advantage of the 3 cameras to allow you to take a photo and then play around with the focus after the fact. You can easily decide if you want the foreground to be the focus of the photo, or the background – and if you want, you can have both.
The main way I ended up using the tablet though, was for surfing Instagram and reading. As I always use my ASUS as a mini-laptop (since typing is so vital to my day), this was my first time truly experiencing a tablet as a tablet. Being able to lay in bed and scroll through all the gorgeous photos at such a large size was the main sell for me.
I had always thought I was the kind of person who would never read a novel on a tablet, but this one proved me wrong. I decided to download a novel and try reading it on the Dell. I surprised myself with how fast I was able to read it, and how comfortable it was. It almost has me considering ditching my paperbacks (almost).
If you’re looking for a lightweight, sturdy tablet that will travel easy, take gorgeous photos, replace your measuring tape in a pinch, and give you the latest Intel innovation, this is definitely the tablet for you.
This product was loaned to me from Intel for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.
This week I decided to give my computer a desperately needed cleaning. And I’m not talking about the grimy surface (though it’s important to clean that as well because germs and stuff).
My laptop had been acting strangely, and something odd popped up onscreen that shouldn’t have been there – so I figured it was time to finally clean house. After years on the same laptop, it had also definitely slowed to a crawl and was freezing up on me all.the.time.
I should note I am one of those idiots who never actually shuts her laptop down (and who always has a million tabs open), so that might be part of my problem.
Anyhow, in order to get everything back in order, I decided to implement Intel’s advice.
There are a number of things you can do to increase your computer’s speed:
- Regularly perform virus scans and remove spyware.
- Perform a disk cleanup to free up space on your hard drive.
- Defragment your computer’s disk.
- Upgrade to a newer operating system.
I had already upgraded to the latest version of Windows that was released, and decided to do a full scan of my virus software, which took a few hours.
Then I downloaded a spyware program which helped me find the little hidden bugs that had taken a toll on my computer’s system. It found something like 120 problems, which is sad to admit. You’d think I would always run spyware, but sometimes I rely too heavily on my antivirus program to catch everything. No more of that – it’s running constantly now as well.
That alone (along with letting my computer have some downtime) seemed to help quite a bit. I will be performing a disk cleanup and defragment as well, and that should make it even faster. I have yet to do either of these things since owning this laptop, so it’s about damn time.
Another thing to consider come spring cleaning time is your phone! Our smartphones are mini-computers these days, and they can also get bogged down. I have an app called Clean Master installed, and it regularly gets rid of junk files on my phone with the click of a button.
Since my Galaxy S5 is a year old, I desperately need to clear out all the photos I’ve taken over the past year – as I’ve come to that point where I can no longer download any new apps because there is no more space available on the phone. It’s quite a pain in the ass. Going through thousands of photos is an exhausting task – if you have any tips for how I can quickly do this without losing the photos I want to keep, do tell.
Finally, it’s also a good idea to take a wet wipe to your computer and phone and give them a good scrub down to complete the process inside out – so many things get stuck between the keys! It’s kinda gross.
Spring cleaning seems time consuming and annoying, but once it’s done you’ll feel so much lighter.
I’m required to disclose a relationship between TTRO and Intel Canada, but all opinions are my own!
The future is here yet again, thanks to Intel.
We all know technology is at a groundbreaking point. We’ve come so far so fast, but while advancements have happened at a steady incline over the past decade, the number of ways we use technology in our life is about to skyrocket like never before.
We’ve seen this in wearable tech and robot bartenders, but the most important way it affects our lives is in how it helps us work and create.
If you’re a creative professional (which I know most of you are), Intel’s RealSense technology is going to blow your mind.
Take a look at the RealSense website to flip through all the advancements that are coming because of it.
I’m particularly excited about the 3D camera capability. I had the chance to work with some 3D makers this summer, and it was so enjoyable that I’m in the middle of learning how to create my own 3D designs for printing (more on that in the coming weeks). This kind of camera will simplify the 3D scanning process and make it affordable for the rest of us.
It also has the ability to take a photo of something and have it instantly measured (as seen above). Measuring tape is about to become a thing of the past, and that is going to be a true blessing for anyone in construction and interior design.
It also features gesture control – which means that you can literally doodle in the air and your art will appear on the screen. I have no idea how this is even possible but I can’t wait to use it!
We’ve been watching the Jim Parsons commercials for this with curiosity over the past few months, but the time has finally come to see what it’s all about.
I’m testing the super thin new Dell Venue 8 Series tablet next week (which has RealSense built in), and will let you know how much I love it after I’ve had some time to explore the features.
I’m required to disclose the relationship between my site and Intel Canada, but all opinions are my own!