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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

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.
Alexa Voice Support with the TP-Link Smart Plug Mini
I have several Alexa-enabled home automation products on the way to begin a slow, methodical project to test, review, and report for DIY’ers. One of the first items to show, provides one of the simplest, cheapest, and quickest ways to get started with home automation.
First Look: Hi13 2-in-1 Tablet from Chuwi
Announced in November of last year and then revealed at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, the Hi13 2-in-1 tablet is a powerhouse and is positioned as a direct competitor with Microsoft’s Surface Book and Apple’s iPad Pro
Introducing ‘Blackout’ Sessions for IT/Dev Connections 2017
There are a number of speakers who would love to share NDA information with attendees, but hold back because of fear of being recorded. To make it easier for those speakers (usually program managers from big vendors) to talk without worry, we’ve created Blackout sessions.
Alexa Skill of the Week: RuneScape Quests - One Piercing Note
Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions. This week’s skill: RuneScape Quests - One Piercing Note
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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