Summer Sales Event

Summer is in full swing, and so are the savings over at the Howard Store! Here’s a little peek at some of the hot deals we’re rolling out during our Summer Sales Event

First up is the Midland XTC260 Action Camera. If you’re planning on a summer full of outdoor adventures, this is the camera for you. The most compact and lightweight46a25426-62ec-4df9-be22-ccf4ac8b6566 of Midland’s line of Action Cameras, the XTC260 comes with a mounting kit that allows you to attach it to just about anything, as well as a submersible case to keep out water and dust. It’s ridiculously easy to use: you slide the switch forward to begin filming and slide it back to stop. And all of your action videos are recorded in 720p high-definiton.

 
Earlier this week, Lenovo released this video to promote their line of Yoga Ultrabooks…

…and we’re a little obsessed with it. If you have furry friends in your house, you know just how nosy they can be. Luckily, we can help you stay one step ahead of their shenanigans with the Yoga 11 tablet computer. The cool thing about the Yoga is that it can be used as a tablet OR a laptop computer, or really anything in between, since the touchscreen (which is an 11.6 inch HD display, by the way) can be rotated all the way around. It’s perfect for anyone who’s constantly on-the-go and wants both the convenience of a tablet and the comfort of a laptop in one slim, energy-efficient package.

 

Finally, the crown jewel of the summer collection is the Samsung Smart UN55HU9000. uhdtvRemember our post about 4k/UHDTVs from a few weeks ago? At first glance, the HU9000 looks like your average 55″ UHDtv. And then, you notice…un65hu9000k_013_deta28e03a7d.jpg.web.v1Yep. that’s right. The flatscreen display is curved to provide the ultimate immersive experience. On top of the incredible picture quality and state-of-the-art curved screen, this Samsung model is a smart TV that can connect to Netflix, YouTube, Pandora radio, and many other web apps via Wi-Fi. There’s not enough room on this blog to list all of the features this model offers (screen mirroring, One Connect, Quad Screen, etc…) so check out the listing for yourself and see all the many ways the Samsung UHD9000 can enhance your media experience.

 

When you’re ready to disconnect and head outside, we offer plenty of games and toys for good, old-fashioned summer fun.

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There really is something for everyone to be found at our Summer Sales Event! We invite you to head over to the Howard Store and see just how cool these savings are.

Thank You Fans!

Thank You_WebsiteWe want to extend a HUGE Thank You from the entire Howard Family to our 10,000 fans for joining our Facebook community!  We could not have reached this incredible milestone without you.  To show our immense gratitude, we are giving away a FREE iPad mini along with some very special discounts on your favorite products.

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Celebrate with us by opting-in to win a FREE iPad mini here!
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A Simplified Explanation of “The Cloud”

By Kathy Green

“The Cloud”

Every day, millions of people all over the world spend time playing, shopping, chatting, e-mailing, searching and surfing the Web.  In fact, the Web, Internet, or “The Cloud,” as it is often called, has been described as the quintessential expression of modern globalization.  But in more definite terms, what is it?

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What is the cloud?

“The cloud” actually refers to the multitude of public and private, academic, business, and government infrastructures (servers and hardware) and IT services (software and applications) that are connected through an extensive array of networking technologies and accessible by computer.

Being able to access this great ‘cloud’ of servers/software/applications is like having the ultimate supercomputer at our fingertips-information and resources any time we need them.  It’s called “cloud computing”, and it has real advantages.  It gives us (people and businesses) access to an almost unlimited amount of storage and computing power that can be accessed from any place in the world that has Internet connectivity.  So, exactly where is it?

Where is the cloud?

This mammoth “cloud,” which supports the never-ending flow and processing of digital information, is housed on servers in blocks of office buildings and warehouses throughout the world, with the largest data centers in the US and Europe.  But beyond that, location is not really important.  To illustrate, let’s consider electricity.  We don’t have to understand precisely how it works or know where the particular grid that services our area is located in order to have electricity.  All we have to do is plug-in to an outlet, and it works!  It’s the same with this shared, super-computer in “the cloud.”  We don’t have to understand all the technical aspects or know where the servers are located in order to access it, all we need is a properly configured computer.

The key is access, which, aside from hardware and configuration, is governed by types of clouds-public, private, and hybrid.  Email is an example of a public cloud service.  When you access your email account, you are accessing secure servers that have been set up to host email services for your particular provider and made available to you-the public.  Conversely, private clouds are built exclusively for an individual enterprise, allowing access to only a select group of individuals (e.g. employees, customers, etc.).  Hybrid clouds, on the other hand, offer increased flexibility by combining elements of both public and private clouds.

How can you benefit from the cloud?

Different clouds (within “The Cloud”) do different things.  For instance, the Facebook “cloud” enables you to give yourself an online identity and connect to friends and family; Google Apps, a cloud-based productivity suite, is designed for business operations, and Amazon’s Kindle cloud computer provide storage and syncing for ebooks.  Some of these clouds are free and some are not.  How you use “The cloud” depends on what you want to do.

For most of us, cloud computing has become and integral part of daily life.  We used the cloud to store data, in case our laptop or smart phone is lost, gets stolen, or becomes damaged.  We use the cloud to auto-synchronize things like email, pictures, music and contacts between our devices.  And because cloud computing can maximize accessibility and increase our bottom line by reducing equipment acquisition, management, and operating costs, we use it for business.

So what can you do in “the cloud”?

We say “The sky’s the limit!”

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POLL: What do you think about Howard Store?

We just launched our new HowardStore website and we are so excited!  We want to know your favorite part of our new online store so we can provide you with the best possible deals and products.

Thank you everyone for your opinions, they are greatly appreciated!

Haven’t seen the brand new website?  You can check it out here.

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Howard Medical Partners with Proximity Systems

Ellisville, MS—Howard Medical, a leading manufacturer of premium medical carts based in Ellisville, MS, is pleased to announce its partnership with Proximity Systems, a top provider of custom wall-mounted workstations. This new alliance will enable Howard Medical to provide clients with an even greater range of custom healthcare solutions.

According to Proximity Systems’ CEO, Jeremy Goza, “This new partnership is very exciting. It formalizes our strong working relationship with Howard Medical, and provides a framework for collaborative work in the healthcare industry and other new markets.”

Proximity Systems designs, engineers, and manufactures wall-mounted workstations that take up a fraction of the space of traditional work area solutions. Design options include custom-built, aesthetically pleasing solutions that enhance patient safety, improve quality of care, increase efficiency and nurse satisfaction.

Howard Medical’s decision to partner with Proximity Systems was a natural choice, based on similar goals, superior products and a strong commitment to customers. CEO Goza echoed the rationale behind this decision, saying, “Proximity’s partnership with Howard Medical is an excellent fit. Our standards of high quality products and superb customer care are entirely aligned. This in turn allows the customer to have a more robust selection of customizable solutions.”

About Howard Medical

As a leading manufacturer of quality medical carts that continue to secure market recognition, Howard Medical provides real-world healthcare solutions that are designed to ease workflows, boost efficiency, and enhance patient care.  Along with our revolutionary POC carts, we offer specialized hardware technologies that are vital to EMR, CPOE, PACS, and other health-related systems.

Contact:  Scott Strickland, Vice President of Business Development/Global Strategies 678.360.7798

Howard Medical’s new partnership with Proximity Systems enables them to provide clients with an even greater range of custom healthcare solutions—high-quality, durable medical workstations—designed to enhance patient safety, improve quality of care, increase efficiency and nurse satisfaction.

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All About Howard

HowardsThe History of Howard:

In 1968, a young Billy W. Howard, Sr. left his successful career at General Electric to return to his native Mississippi and create his own company, Howard Industries.  Over the next three decades and with the assistance of his wife, Linda, Howard Industries has grown to become a billion dollar company consisting of four separate divisions plus a wholly-owned subsidiary, Howard transportation.  While the Howards readily attribute their success to the hard work of their employees and their commitment to creating, supplying, and supporting superior products and services, you cannot overlook their inspiration.

Learn More about Our Different Divisions:

Power SolutionsPower Solutions
Howard Power Solutions, originally known as Howard Industries, was founded in 1968 by Billy W. Howard, Sr.  Over the past four decades this company has grown to be the nation’s leading manufacturer of distribution transformers, with over 7 million transformers in service throughout the United States and abroad.  Located in Laurel, MS, this facility has 2 million square feet, making it the largest transformer plant in the world.  Our newest transformer division, Howard Substation Transformers, located near corporate headquarters, began manufacturing operations in April 2005 producing power transformers with higher KVA and voltage ratings.

Technology SolutionsTechnology Solutions
Our new Corporate Headquarters is also home to our technology division, Howard Technology Solutions, and its medical division, Howard Medical.  These 2 divisions bring to market cutting-edge, high-quality technology and medical equipment.  Whether selling Howard-manufactured products such as desktops, notebooks, servers and medical carts or partnering with other industry-leading companies to provide over 250,000 products, one can be sure when you buy from Howard, the needed equipment is available at affordable prices.

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Howard Lighting Products markets a vast portfolio including electronic and magnetic fluorescent ballasts, magnetic HID ballasts, as well as fluorescent lamps, T5/T8 fluorescent lamps, and halogen lamps.  This division continually updates their product lines to meet the ever-changing demands of the market.  They currently have products in use at Johnson Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, Camp Pendleton, CIA Headquarters, Fort Bragg, and numerous other U.S. government installations, as well as many, many private facilities.

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Howard Transportation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Howard Industries, Inc., operates a full-load, long-haul, flat-bed common carrier truck line and brokerage firm that transports commodities and industrial goods throughout the continental United States.  Initially started to transport Howard Power Solutions’ raw materials and finished products, this division today consists of over 200 trucks with regional terminal facilities also located in West Virginia and North Carolina.

That’s a Wrap!

That's a WrapJune has been a crazy and fun-filled month at Howard Industries!  From travelling state to state attending Conferences and Tradeshows, to multiple summer giveaways, new product releases and all the holiday deals in between…it can be hard to keep up with everything!  For that reason, we have compiled a list of highlights that occurred over the month of June.

June Conferences_TwitterThis month we traveled to Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, California and more to attend some amazing conferences and tradeshows.  Conferences are a great time for us to display our wide variety of products and services.  From Medical Technology to our ability to flip an entire classroom, we are a one stop shop! To find our more about our attendance to shows, check out our Facebook or Twitter page with up to date information.

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The new
Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium is out!  You will find it remodeled with a fresh new look, equipped with time-saving features and it allows you to use Office on up to 5 PCS, Windows 8 tablets, Macs and select mobile devices with a 1 year subscription per household.  Check out our website to see more great features that you receive with the new Office 365.

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Med Dispensing CartsOur Charting and EMR Solutions are created to help make your job easier. Our Family of Medical Carts have a range of features designed to ease workloads for nurses and other healthcare professionals, as well as enhance patient care.  Paired with a computer-based EMR system, a Howard medical cart makes the ideal mobile charting station.  To learn more about our solutions and family of medical carts click here.

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Consumer Priority ServiceWe highlighted our Consumer Priority Service and the benefits of owning a Consumer Priority Service Extended Warranty Plan.  The plan includes 24/7 access to our consumer network, in-home service, express on-site upgrades, zero deductible, product replacement plan, and peace of mind; just to name a few of the perks.  Learn more about which items are covered by the plan and the various options by visiting our website here.

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PARCC LogoAttention Schools and Educators! Are you prepared for the PARCC assessments that will be incorporated into various schools across the country within the next couple of years?  The next-generation assessment system will have several benefits not found in current assessment systems including benefits to students, teachers, parents, states and the nation.  To learn more about PARCC testing and how Howard can prepare your school, check out our article.

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Father's DayOn June 16th we celebrated the wonderful father figures in our lives. We worked to put together a “Gift Guide” full of amazing deals for all the different types of fathers, which you can find here.  We featured some great technology products for the “Techy Dad”, some fun photography products for our “Sentimental Dad” and great outdoorsy products for our “Adventurous Dad”.  Once again, a big thank you to all the fathers in our lives and around the world!

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Software BrandsDid you know that Howard has a team of Software/Licensing experts ready to support your needs?  With over a million unique software products, Howard really is your one stop shop.  We carry Anti-Virus/Security, Backup/Recovery, Business Software, Education/Entertainment Software, Office Applications, Operating Systems, Utilities, Internet/Communication, and more from thousands of different brand options.

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Hello Educators! Howard has state contracts with:
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And still growing! Simplify procurement and maximize your buying power with special contract pricing through Howard Technology Solutions.  Cooperative multi-state contracting enables us to offer a wide array of technology products and services at prices you won’t get anywhere else.

 

Howard Industries is constantly trying to bring you unique, up to date and informative news through our website and social networks.  We appreciate everyone participating in our contests as well as asking questions or comments through our social networks.  We encourage anyone and everyone to please leave a comment with information you would like to know more about or any thoughts you may have for us!

The Howard Advantage

Custom Built Computer and Custom Computer: Howard Computers

Work faster than ever before with a Howard customized computer. Our sytems are powered by the latest Intel® Core™ i7, i5, and i3 processors, so you know it′s fast! With options like integrated gigabit NIC, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, SATA-600, eSATA, FireWire, DDR3 and Microsoft′s Windows® 7, your productivity will soar. Your custom computer from Howard Technology will provide a high performance machine that is also a pleasure to use.

We Offer Superior Product Quality:

  • Howard products are made and assembled here in the USA and are thoroughly testedMade in America for quality assurance. 
  • We use high quality components from manufacturers such as Intel, Kingston, LG, Samsung, Coolermaster and Foxconn.
  • Howard is an Intel Authorized Integrator

You Get a Better Customer Service Experience with Howard: Warranty

  • We have 100% U.S. Based Customer Support
  • No automated phone system to get to your Dedicated Account Manager
  • 24/7 Tech Support for LIFE!
  • Remote OnCall Support
  • Professional Services
  • Warranty

We Also Offer a Selection of Complimentary Benefits:

  • Custom image deployment and maintenance
  • Lifecycle management
  • Customers who are enrolled in HTTP (Howard Technical Partnership Program) and perform in-house repairs to Howard-branded systems may be eligible for reimbursement.

Who We are at Howard

Howard Computer #TwitterRecap

Twitter RecapWe discuss a lot of exciting articles, industry news and events on our twitter account.  So if you missed out on any of the conversation this past week, we want to highlight some of our major events via twitter.

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Reminder! The Annual ISTE 2013 event is quickly approaching! The conference will be held June 23rd-26th in San Antonio, TX. For all individuals attending, Howard will be at booth #12086 and we will be giving away a FREE Google Chromebook to anyone who attends or follows the event and tweets using the #HowardISTE13. Be sure to register because it’s no lie when they call this event “The Experience of a Lifetime”. 

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The amazing Lenovo ThinkPad has received a new challenge this week. The Laptop is put to the test when left outside during a rainstorm where it proves that it’s tough exterior can not be beat, but it can put on an extra few pounds in ‘water weight’. Check out the full article “When ThinkPads take a shower“. (Make sure to view the comments for a couple of good laughs!)

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Memorial DayWe appreciate our soldiers everyday for all of their sacrifices for our country, but on Monday May 27th, Howard Industries gives a special shout out to our fallen but never forgotten heroes while we celebrated their lives on Memorial Day.  In honor of the American holiday, we featured some of our exciting summer deals full of brand name outdoor grills, slip-n-slides, bar-b-que tool sets and everything else you need for a fun-filled summer!

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K12 SoftwareKeep your child’s mind fresh all summer long with our extensive variety of K-12 Software. You don’t have to sacrifice a fun summer to stay current on the curriculum for next year. Learning can be fun and exciting for kids during summer vacation with the many options of software games.

5-28-13 Article Venture Village Article_EdTech Revolution

A great article from the Venture Village discusses the current “EdTech” revolution, which is constantly bringing an endless amount of technological advances into the Education world. The article reiterates the amazing benefits of utilizing technology in the evolving classroom. Read the full article here.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 FlipThe new Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is out! It’s lightweight, portable and rugged exterior definitely makes this Lenovo IdeaPad a great choice in our books. It provides the option to be used as a laptop (equipped with a full keyboard) or a take it on the go and use it as a touchscreen.

5-30-13_ViewSonic   ViewSonic Digital Signage

ViewSonic enlightens us about the usage of digital signage for emergency notifications. They discuss how digital signage is no longer only used for corporate advertising, but more and more schools and universities are utilizing the technology to keep students informed about emergency situations occurring on their campus. Read the full article here.

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AVer TabSyncIntroducing the AVer TabSync! This versatile mobile cart is an all in one iPad sync and charging station. It’s sleek, compact and full of energy. So much so that it can charge, sync, store, secure and transport up to 32 iPads at the same time. TabSync is made to significantly save schools time and money when deploying and managing multiple iPad devices.

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Kick-Off Summer_custom_bannerWe are so excited about summer and we want to share ever bit of that excitement with our loyal fans during our Kick-Off to Summer Giveaway! Howard Industries is giving one lucky winner a FREE Kindle Fire HD. Spend your summer laying by the pool or relaxed indoors with all your favorite books, apps and movies at your fingertips. Enter the contest for your chance to win here!

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KasperskyIs your PC running slower than usual? You might have a virus… PCWorld provides an excellent article, “When malware strikes: How to clean an infected PC“. They provide 8 steps on how to determine the problem, check for possible fixes and how to prevent any future invasions to your PC. With Kaspersky being the recommended security software, you don’t have to wait until it’s to late to protect your PC from these unforgiving invaders.

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Lenovo_ChromebookAnd of course, the unforgettable Google Chromebook. As of February 2013, more than 2,000 school districts within the US have incorporated the Google Chromebook into the student’s and faculties’ curriculum [Source]. With their instantaneous capabilities and already secured network (without having to purchase or install software) this device is definitely not one to be overlooked.

Please follow us @HowardComputer to get real time updates about fascinating news or insights into Howard Industries!

Customer Service is Our Top Priority

Did you know…The Howard customer support team is available 24/7, 365 days a year and is 100% US based?

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We value our customers, that’s why Howard promises FREE telephone and web support for the life of every Howard-manufactured product.

We make ourselves available should you need us at any moment and with an average hold time of less than one minute, we are there to help you with any of your IT needs.

Have you heard of our Remote OnCall Support…?

Remote OnCall Support

We believe the fastest way to resolve any IT issue is to allow the experts to handle the problem.  That’s why our Remote OnCall Support team can gain full mouse and keyboard control of our client’s computers to expedite issue resolution through an instant and secure network.

This allows you to connect directly to our Customer Service Representatives by OnCall Supportrequesting support via our website without the frustration of complex phone support.

We ensure that the proper technician receives your request through session queues.

Our Remote OnCall Support system cuts down on the time and expense of on-site computer repair.

We can increase your support satisfaction by streamlining our productivity through “hands on” issue resolution.

Howard’s Support team is constantly working towards creating the ultimate customer service experience, the Remote OnCall Support system encourages you to rate our Customer Service Representative’s performance via an exit survey so that we continue providing incomparable service!

Visit our Support Team for help with all of your IT needs!

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