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Rod Trent

Engagement, Education, and Conference Director ,

Rod Trent is the Engagement, Education, and Conference Director for Penton. He is a leading expert on Microsoft System Center and Cloud technologies and has more than 25 years of IT experience. Rod has written many books, thousands of articles, and speaks at various conferences and user groups. His professional focus is evangelizing technical community on the web and in person. Rod was a Microsoft MVP for 10 years and is a charter member of the Dell TechCenter Rockstar program. He's an avid gadget fan, a die-hard old television show and cartoon buff, a health and exercise freak, and comic book aficionado. Follow Rod on Twitter

Review: iXCC Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Sweatproof Sport Earbuds
Finding just the right pair of earbuds for active sports is a fool’s task, it seems sometimes. Good connectivity, usability, features, and the ability to stay comfortably attached to your head with constant jarring all seem like things that should be easy enough to accomplish, but there’s never a perfect option.
Review: Unitek Aluminum Car Charger for Front and Backseat Charging
When this car charger arrived I couldn’t wait to try it out. Our youngest is always running out of tablet battery in the back seat and I’ve always wanted to find a way to keep her gadgets powered on long trips. This car charger from Unitek does the trick.
Review: Unitek Dock – a Poor-man’s Surface 3 Dock
Docking stations for Surface devices can get expensive – particularly if you buy the Microsoft brand.  Though it supports a number of tablets and smartphones, Unitek’s USB 3.0 dock is actually marketed as a Surface 3 dock on the box, i.e., “Best Mate of Surface 3”
Review: EasyAcc 20000mAh Compact Power Bank
What a life saver. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking back during my testing of the EasyAcc 20000mAh Compact Power Bank.
Review: Unitek 10-Port USB Charging Station with Quick Charge 3.0
If you want a beast of a charging station, right now I can think of no other option than this Unitek 10-port edition.
Review: iXCC Third-party Type Cover for Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4
A few weeks ago, a family member sat their Surface Pro 3 keyboard on a working toaster. This resulted in some melted keys. I wanted to grab another keyboard quickly, but noticed that Microsoft is currently only offering its high-end Alcantra material option. I’ve tried this keyboard out and its simply not worth the $160 price tag. So, I set about looking for a third-party option.
First Look: CHUWI Hi13 2 in1 Tablet
I have been waiting for this to show up, excited to give it a good test. However, just the tablet showed up today, so I’m still waiting for the keyboard to arrive. Without the keyboard its really just a tablet and not a full-fledged 2-in-1. So, while I wait for the keyboard to arrive, I’ll give you some initial thoughts, specs, and photos.
CUVR Amazon Echo Case Cover
You might think that since the Echo isn’t intended as a device that’s carried around from place to place, like the Tap, that it wouldn’t need a cover. However, the tall profile of the Echo and its placement in your home could make it a topple target.
The Next Microsoft Band Will Come From Casio
Microsoft has now entered into a partnership with the electronics maker, Casio. The details of the partnership show that Microsoft will be licensing the sensor technology that was housed inside the company’s failed Microsoft Band fitness device.
Review: CHUWI LapBook 14.1 inch Windows 10 Notebook

This is a budget laptop that completely exceeds expectations. It performs well, has a great screen, adequate expansion and connection, and looks good to boot.

Review: GPD Windows 10 GamePad Tablet PC
It’s a full-featured PC that runs Windows 10 and as Microsoft continues to blur the line between the Windows and Xbox platforms, this might eventually be a great gaming system.
First Look: CHUWI LapBook 14.1 inch Windows 10 Notebook
The CHUWI LapBook arrived today for testing and review. I wasn’t too sure what to expect, though I’d heard good things already. But, what I ended up pulling from the box was a beautiful white laptop that gave an immediate impression of a MacBook clone.
First Look: RCA Voyager III Andriod 7-inch Tablet
The RCA Voyager III is the latest from the company. It’s a 7-inch tablet with Android 6.0 and Play Store access. This particular device is meant to compete with Amazon’s Fire tablet.
First Look: Koogeek Smarthome Smart Plug
Today, the Koogeek smart plug showed up for testing and review.  The Koogeek smart plug is intended to work with Siri and Apple HomeKit, so having these two to test at the time will be valuable to get an idea of which one works best.
Review: Jumper EZbook 2 Ultrabook Laptop
The EZbook 2 is a great laptop for the price. The battery and screen is adequate. The performance, port offerings, and Windows 10 make it a great buy. Of course, you just need to be aware that you might want to baby the case.
Robot Hacker Takes Alexa to Creepy Level 10
January 30, 2017

I don't think there's anyone here in editorial that would disagree with you.

Windows 10 Updates Not at Fault for New #BatteryGate Issue, Says Microsoft
September 23, 2016

I'm not sure exactly how common it is to forget about your laptop for a week. But, I could be wrong. :)

More Movement in Microsoft’s Health Platform?
September 23, 2016

I've unofficially started to do that:

And, will definitely continue. I suspect this is where we'll see...

Using Microsoft Band App without Microsoft Band
September 21, 2016

For Windows 10/8.1 and it was intended to capture steps (and distance, etc.) that the Band might miss when it was being charged (not worn). However, it didn't work for Android...

The State of the Microsoft Health Platform
September 20, 2016

"Microsoft HealthVault was developed and introduced in October 2007 and in June 2010 expanded its services beyond the United States to include the United Kingdom" - are you...

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