Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is June 16th making it less than a couple of weeks away.  With that said, have you thought about what to get for the amazing man in your life?

It’s hard to find the perfect gift that says…Father's Day
…so we put together a guideline for picking out the perfect Father’s Day gift!

For the Sentimental Dad:
Father's Day_SentimentalThis Dad cherishes every moment spent with family and loved ones. The perfect gift should remind him of all of those amazing memories made over the years and reflect why he is such an awesome role model.  This Dad has most likely photographed every moment from your Kindergarten graduation, sending you off to college to holding back the tears as he gives you away on your wedding day. The Digital Photo Frame allows you to connect your memory card or USB hard drive to display an array of amazing high quality photos for the perfect trip down memory lane.

The Adventurous Dad:
Father's Day_OutdoorsyWhether it is hunting, fishing or hiking, it is no question that you will always find this Dad doing some activity outdoors.  He has probably dragged you on countless camping trips where you are forced to ditch technology for a little one on one time with nature.  Although, you probably ended up enjoying waking up to the smell of fresh air, spending all day hiking surrounded by the gorgeous views and falling asleep after watching the sunset.  Show him that you appreciate his outdoorsy side, and never miss another breath-taking view with a pair of our brand name binoculars and choose to spend father’s day grilling out and sleeping under the stars in one of our spacious tents.

The Techy Dad
Father's Day_TechyHe is the one who is always first in line to buy the newest tech device, on every waiting list for any upcoming technology release and whether or not he knows how to use all of it, he just has to have it.  The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga is the ultimate gift for the Dad who can’t decide his preference between the Laptop or the touchscreen.  He will be amazed by the 360 degree range of the screen that allows you to work in 4 different modes.  If your Dad is more intrigued with size and portability, then the HP Slate 7 Tablet is the best choice. It allows 24/7 access to all your photos, games, documents, email, apps and more, right in the palm of your hand.  If his mentality is “The Bigger the Better”, then the Samsung 75″ Smart TV will provide the ultimate viewing experience.

No matter what gift you give him, we want to thank all the father’s out there and wish each and every one of them a Happy Father’s Day from Howard Industries!

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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.

5-25-13

ISTE_#HowardISTE13

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”. 

5-26-13 Lenovo_In Rain

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!)

5-27-13

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!

5-28-13

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.

5-29-13

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.

5-31-13_AVer TabSync

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.

5-31-13_Giveaway

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!

5-31-13_Kaspersky

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.

6-1-13_Chromebook

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.

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Reshape Your Business Experience…

…With the new HP ElitePad

The HP ElitePad 900 was created with businesses in mind. The sleek design and accessories work to take the extra and unnecessary stress out of the work day!

ImageNo longer do you constantly need to worry about your battery dying in the middle of your work day.  The smart jacket is equipped with an additional battery to save you the time and effort of having to constantly recharge.

ImageThe full keyboard bridges the transformation gap from a tablet to a laptop with it’s ability to dock at the office in order to enhance productivity.

ImageThe durable materials, create a lightweight tablet that is built to last. The design is simple and offers a portable and effortless experience.

Key Features and accessories (Source):

  • The Smart Jacket has an additional battery to extend battery life, and work with out worry about recharging
  • Windows 8 and x86 compatibility for legacy apps arm you with the tools you need – and the confidence of a familiar PC experience. All driven by the latest Intel processors
  • Dock at the office and the HP ElitePad becomes your desktop PC. Add a full keyboard to boost your productivity or an additional screen for multitasking. Invest in your business, not batteries. Since the HP Long Life Battery offers up to a three-year life span, you can focus on the task at hand without the hassle of replacing your battery.
  • Log into Windows wirelessly with NFC technology.

Design (Source):

  • With durable materials like Corning, Gorilla, Glass 2 and machined aluminum, this tablet only feels lightweight. It’s built to last and designed to look great and work dependably everywhere from the boardroom to the warehouse.
  • It includes over 115,000 hours of HP testing and end-to-end diagnostics, and you get confidence built right in.
  • Contoured edges, an anti-smudge screen, aluminum buttons, and the executive pen make the HP ElitePad look and feel as good as it functions.
  • With a 25.6 cm (10.1″) diagonal, 16:10 display, you maximize your viewing space on the move. Spend less time scrolling. More time doing. And, thanks to support for tough, pen, or voice-based inupt, you can work the way that suits you best.
  • Get a 1080p camera in front for video calls. Shoot true-to-life photos and videos with an 8MP camera in back and a built-in-flash.

Deploy, Manage and Secure (Source):

  • A familiar set up experience, plus available HP Custom Integration Services, make the HP ElitePad simple to deploy in existing IT environments.  HP Global Series and Services ensure consistent support for business with international operations.
  • You’re protected with HP Client Security. HP BIOS Protection and Microsoft Defender help keep you up and running with enhanced defense against virus attacks and other threats.
  • Manage a fleet easily with Active Directory, domain join, and PXE boot support, along with HP Client Management Solutions. It’s one less thing to worry about for IT.
  • Keep sensitive data and devices in-house – and save both time and money. With optional do-it-yourself maintenance tools, updates are easy. Plus, protect your investment with an optional three-year limited warranty, so you know you made a wise choice.

Flexible Customization Options (Source):

  • It’s an equation for success. Work on your terms with a tablet that fits your business. A complete suite of accessories gives you the freedom to customize your device your way.
  • Whether it’s sales, design, education or healthcare, you’ll benefit from an assortment of industry-specific software and hardware options that have been thoroughly tested for compatibility.

Interested? Find your ElitePad and Accessories here.

Chromebook Management Console

First off, many of you may be wondering, what is a Chromebook?

ImageThe Chromebook, was created by google with the idea to “Get stuff done”. For those who may not be familiar with technical terminology, the Chromebook is a laptop designed for running Google Chrome OS and other web based applications.  With it’s built-in Chrome browser, it can load websites extremely fast without wasting any valuable work time!  The multiple login feature, allows you to personalize your own space and then share your Chromebook with others.  Simply put, the Chromebook is a laptop simplified…

So, with that said, what is the Management Console and why would you need it?

The web-based Management Console creates an easier way to manage a fleet of Chrome devices and users.  Administrators have the ability to manage their organization’s Chrome devices from a single place.

Key Features:

  • Create User Groups – Apply policies, apps, and settings to different sets of users. Group students by grade level or subject. Separate students and faculty.
  • Pre-Install and Block Apps – Blacklist, whitelist or pre-install apps, extensions and URLs.
  • Track Assets – Assign devices to specific students and faculty and get configuration and usage reports.
  • Manage User Access – Control who uses your Chrome devices: prevent outside users from logging in, disable Guest Mode, or designate specific types of users (like teachers) withing your domain that can use a device.
  • Configure Network Access – Set network and proxy settings to make it easy for users to get up and running and ensure they’re protected by the web filters and firewalls.
  • Customize User Features – Modify user settings like bookmark and app sync across computers and show some school spirit on your devices with custom Chrome desktop themes.

Sounds great? Now how do you get this Management Service… It is only available from Google or an authorized re-seller (and great news Howard Industries is one of the few authorized re-sellers for the Management Console)!

Contact your Sales Rep or Call (888) 912-3151!