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What You Need to Know: Windows 11 Update

After 6 years, we are finally getting a new version of Windows operating system. Windows 10 came out in 2015. Now, we are expecting an update to Windows 11 later this year. The beta version is available now if you want to try it out.

Windows 11

Bill Gates announced the update on June 24th. Typically, a new version of Windows is released about every 5 years. The new update will be available for all compatible PCs. First, like with all Windows updates, the layout design will change to reflect a more modern look. The new Windows aims to help users multitask. Therefore, it will feature a unique app layout to help you work more efficiently. Much like with the start menu, there will be a menu of open apps and tabs. Another much-needed organizational feature is the widgets. Other personalization features will be upgraded, such as theme options. Also, it promises to update its gaming functions, allowing users to stream Call of Duty in better quality. The update will benefit business professionals, gamers, and everyday general users.

Get Ready for the Upgrade

As you probably guessed, this means Microsoft Office will receive an update too. Again, there is no official release date, but we will let you know as soon as we find out. Some of this information is subject to change as Microsoft finalizes the Windows 11 design. In the meantime, use the PC Health app to make sure your current PC is ready.

Are you excited about the new Windows 11 update? What is your favorite version of Windows? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Alternative Energy Show in Austin, TX

The Alternative Energy Show is coming up this weekend, June 12-13, in Austin at Palmer Events Center. It will feature exhibits on clean energy, such as electric cars and solar panels, and more. Check it out!

 

Alternative Energy Show This Weekend

If you’re interested in learning more about how to make your home more eco-friendly, then this event is for you. There will be exhibits showcasing electric vehicles, solar panels/batteries, smart home devices, and other energy-efficient products. There, you can discover eco-friendly companies and learn how to live a more green life. Talk to professionals and learn how to make your home more eco-friendly. With the nation becoming progressively more green, you can be a step ahead by checking this event out.

Redwood Creative’s founder and CMO will also be at the event. We believe that clean energy is the future, and we are especially rooting for solar. As marketing experts, we will not only learn more about eco-friendly products but also team up with solar companies to further campaign for solar energy.

Sound like a good weekend to you? It is $20 for a one-day pass, and $30 for both days. It will open at 9 AM and close at 5 PM. We hope to see you there!

 

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The Best Devices To Gear Up With In 2021

If you’re looking to replace your old phone or are interested in a tablet, then you’re in luck. Redwood Creative has some recommendations for the best devices for 2021. Check out these smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches.

Smartphones

So, iPhone or Android? It will always be up to preference, so we’ll leave the statistics up to you. The iPhone 12 currently has a 4.5 rating on Google. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S21 also rates 4.5. It is important to note that Samsung put more effort into the Ultra, which rates 4.7. However, the Ultra is at $1,200. If you’re interested, you can read all about it here.  Likewise, Apple has a luxury version, the iPhone 12 Pro, which rates at 4.6. The pro version contains enhanced camera features and sturdier material. As far as the standard version, it has 5G support and Apple’s new A14 chip. They renewed the design and made the phone a little sturdier. Meanwhile, Samsung’s S21 also contains 5G support and a new design. Samsung drastically improved the camera quality. The S21 has Gorilla Glass covering the phone.

Our verdict? If you can wait for a new phone, wait until later for a new release. With huge changes to both Apple and Samsung’s design, it is best to wait until they work out kinks and improve bugs. Nevertheless, it is important to get a 5G-compatible smartphone soon. Why not try switching it up and see what surprises you?

 

Tablets

These big phones/small computers are convenient to have. It’s perfect for traveling and if you like to utilize all areas of the house. While iPads were the best tablets to have and are still trusty, the Samsung Tab S6 isn’t too bad, either. Especially with the S pen, which will help your stylus pen stay with your device. If all of your devices are Apple, then stick with the iPad. They’re always reliable and easy to use. Otherwise, see how Samsung has advanced on their tablet game. Both have the options for LTE/5G support.

 

Other Devices

Aside from a new phone or a new tablet, smartwatches and FitBits are still in. Apple’s Watch Series 6 is noted for its blood oxygen sensor. Samsung also has smartwatches, and they can connect to Apple products. Otherwise, the Fitbit Sense is the best smartwatch. It has a long battery life, a GPS, and compatible with both Apple and Samsung.

Let us know what you think the best devices are for 2021! We are always open to suggestions.

 

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The Dell Company: Who They Are

The Dell Company has been around for quite a long time since 1985, to be exact. Read about the history of Michael Dell and his work.

 

The Dell Company

Michael Dell was a freshman at the University of Texas in Austin in 1984 when he left to pursue his dreams. He released his first product in 1985 with the Limited Turbo PC. It contained a 10 MB hard drive and a 5.25″ floppy drive. That same year, he established his company, and he had a team to help with customer service. It didn’t take long for the company to find success. By 1986, they were unveiling the fastest PC yet at 12 MHz. Then, by 1987, they achieved international status. Next, jump forward to 1996, when Dell.com was born. This helped their sales further, and they opened a second manufacturing plant in Texas. By 1997, their 10th million PC shipped. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, they were the dominant computer company. By the end of the millennium, they had plants around the world. Here are some more details about Dell Co’s history. Their current headquarters are in Round Rock, TX.

 

Dell Products

Of course, Dell is still around and up there on the computer chain. They offer various products, such as computers, laptops, monitors, tablets, and electronic accessories. Their Inspiron laptops are currently rated around 4 stars. They’re affordable, so if you need a trusty laptop without breaking the bank, Dell is there for you. They also have 2-in-1 laptops for those who like the tablet feel. Dell has gaming PCs and the whole setup to go with it. Their best laptop is the Dell Inspiron 14 7000. Noted for their good battery life, WiFi 6, and Intel “Comet Lake” CPU. For gamers, check out the Alienware m15 R4.

Dell contributed to hardware and software computer engineering. Let us know what you think about Dell and your favorite products from them!

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Most Convenient Laptops To Have

With all the different types of laptops out there, it’s hard to know which one to get. If you want something simple but practical, check out these convenient laptops below. These laptops will not exceed 14″, so they are easy to carry.

Reliable, Convenient Laptops

First, we have the Asus ZenBook Flip 13 UX363. It can hold 16 GB of memory, and a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 Processor. Best with Windows 10 Pro for business. As the name suggests, it can turn around into a tablet form. Asus advertises it at nearly $900, but you can get it from Best Buy for $100 less.

Up next, here’s the Dell Inspiron 14 5000. Like the ZenBook Flip, it’s also a 2-in-1 laptop. This one features an 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-1115G4 Processor.  One common downfall of a smaller laptop is the lack of ports, but not this one. To help make it more travel-friendly, there are different performance modes. It can be yours for just $480.

For the 3rd option, there’s the Microsoft Surface Go 2. This one is smaller, at 10.5″. Also, it’s 4G compatible so you can still get work done in the car or wherever wifi is unavailable. Runs on an 8th Gen Intel Core m3 processor. It only weighs a whole 1.2 lbs. Try it out for $450.

Next, for those who prefer Chrome, check out the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. At 10.1″, this little thing is still capable of 128 GB of memory. It includes an octa-core processor. If you use G Suite, this would be an ideal laptop as it is best compatible with Google products. Available from Best Buy for $250.

Lastly, here’s the Acer TravelMate P6. This 14″ device is tougher than nails with its magnesium-alloy body. So, it’s built for those who tend to drop their stuff or if your laptop gets thrown around in airport luggage. It weighs 2.5 lbs. There are six different models of the TravelMate P6, ranging from $950-$2,000.

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The Samsung S21 Smartphone

South Korean company Samsung released their newest smartphone on January 29, 2021. The S21, following the S20, is different. Samsung previously had three different types of Android phones: Note, Galaxy S, and Galaxy Z. Read here all about the Samsung S21 and to see how the tech company is changing things up.

Samsung S21 Features

Now, the S21 will come with a built-in stylus pen, the S pen. This was previously on the Note phones. But, now that those are being discontinued, the S pen transferred over to the S21. Another feature is the upscale 1080×2400 pixel camera. With 5 cameras on the back, Samsung shuts down memes about their (previously) poor camera quality. The display is 120 Hz on a 6.2″ screen. Made with 5G in mind. iPhones are notorious for easily cracking/shattering, but not the S21 and its Gorilla Glass screen. Going off the S20, the newer model will upgrade the all-in-screen fingerprint sensor. Battery life continues to hold up as the S21 can last roughly 90 hours without charge. Oh, and it looks like the days of headphone jacks are gone, as there are none on this new release.

Bixby, which is the Android Siri, has some new upgrades as well. Now, a better understanding of different languages and better smart capture. Bixby has been further modified to be more of an assistant rather than a needy partner. Overall, the design and display are pretty, much more sleek and smooth than its precedes.

 

S21 Reviews

Right now, the Samsung S21 and the Ultra costs $700 after the S20 costs nearly $1,000. Is it worth it? Overall yes. TechRadar admits it’s not as exciting as previous releases due to some Apple-like moves, such as no headphone jack and no charger in the box. Also, the display could be a little better. But, TechRadar also claims that otherwise, Samsung delivers a quality phone once again. It’s a powerful phone, capable of running multiple apps without slowing down or overheating. Also, the camera quality is the best yet. The night mode camera is phenomenal, and I can confirm that myself. Apparently, the Ultra is the best version. The final verdict: Samsung’s S21 is worth buying, but don’t be in a rush to get it. The standard is 6.2″, the S21+ is 6.7″, and the Ultra is 6.8″.

 

 

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Laptops With The Best Keyboards

For those who spend their time typing, you need a laptop with a good keyboard. Bigger keys and a bigger keyboard helps you type more efficiently. It reduces the chance of typos and hitting multiple keys at once. Save time and frustration and check out these laptops with the best keyboards. To keep the blog concise, we left out other data information. All keyboards are backlit.

Typing-Friendly Keyboards

  • Asus Zenbook. With big keys and a 12″ keyboard on a 14″ laptop, typing is like a summer breeze. It’s a quiet keyboard, so you won’t disturb others around you. This very blog was typed on a Zenbook 14.
  • Asus is known for having great keyboards. So, it’s no surprise that the Asus Chromebook is also an excellent choice. There are several different variations of the Chromebook, such as Flip.
  • MacBooks, thanks to their agility, also offer satisfactory keyboards. However, keep in mind that many claim the older models have better keyboards.
  • Lenovo (made by Dell) Yoga 2-in-1 Ultrabook. If you want a nicer laptop with a solid keyboard, this is your next purchase then. Similar to the Zenbook and Macbook air, it has the lightness of a tablet but the keyboard is similar to Asus’ big keys.
  • Last but not least on this list is the HP Spectre x360. Not only are the keyboards nice, but so is the nearly borderless display. You can customize these laptops as well!

None of these are in a specific order. The most compatible laptop varies between each person. This is simply a list of laptops with best keyboards according to several different reviews. Let us know what you think of your laptop or what your next one will be!

 

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How To Properly Clean Your Electronic Devices

It’s important to keep your electronic devices clean on a regular basis. Dirt, bacteria, and dust collect on the surface and in the device. Dirty surfaces can cause acne or illness. Interior dirt build-up can lead to technical problems. So, here’s how to actually clean your phone and other devices.

Sadly, wiping your shirt or sleeve on everything does not do the trick. But, you do have to be careful to not scratch surfaces or avoid putting harsh chemicals on your $1K device. Depending on how dirty your device is, get rid of excess dirt with a dry microfiber cloth first. Also, use soft items for wiping, and apply the solution to the cleaner first not the device. Anything stiff will scratch the screen.

Smartphones

Phones should be cleaned the most often. Every other day would be ideal, but once a week is okay. Use either 50-70% isopropyl alcohol to dampen a cotton ball or microfiber and go over the front and back. Since tablets are basically just bigger smartphones, this same method can apply. Take off your case and clean both case and device thoroughly.

Laptops

Laptops can get surprisingly dirty. The culprit? Debris in the keyboard. Back in the day, I had a laptop where the fan stopped working due to dirt build-up. So it’s important to clean the inside and outside out thoroughly. For the exterior: Mix dish soap and water and dip into microfiber cloth, wringing out excess fluid. Wipe down entire surface. Wipe again with dry cloth. For the interior: check out these Wiki Steps or check out this YouTube tutorial.

We recommend using Clorox wipes for devices shared by the household: remote controls, microwave, door knobs, gaming controllers, ect. Pandemic or not, items that see several hands throughout the day should be sanitized. Also, make sure your device doesn’t get moisture damage. How often you clean electronic devices is up to you, but please wipe down that phone before you put it up to your face again!

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