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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

Garmin Adds Microsoft Band-like Custom Challenges 1

If you’ve been watching the Microsoft Band community since the announcement that the Microsoft Band is a dead product, you’ll have also seen how a good number for ex-Band owners are now turning to Garmin devices as the replacement. Why? Garmin does a lot of things great and offers devices in various price, form factor, and feature ranges. Those that have attempted to replace their Microsoft Band with anything from Fitbit have been disappointed and eventually felt as if they’ve taken steps backwards.

Review: IdeaUSA 20W Stereo Wireless Portable Speaker with Mic

Desktop-based Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen these days. You can find them in the local Walgreens or CVS sitting among the piles of cheap earbuds and pay-as-you-go cell phones. Quality is the big issue, though.

Migrating Your Microsoft Health Data to Apple Health 1

With the demise of the Microsoft Band hardware in full swing now (if you missed it: Microsoft Band Stock Pulled with No Band 3 Coming and The Microsoft Band SDK Is Gone -- This Is The End of the Line for the Band) many are already considering other options and what’s next.

The Microsoft Band SDK Is Gone -- This Is The End of the Line for the Band 6

I’ve written a lot about the Microsoft Band over the past couple years and despite a few shortcomings here and there have been generally happy with its features. The device has been surprisingly comparable to the bigger fitness wearable names and costlier devices from the likes of Garmin, Fitbit, and others. Fortunately, I’ve written about the Microsoft Band in relation to it being an actual fitness device – so much of what I’ve written can be transposed to other fitness trackers. And, I will be doing that from here on out.

Review: Inateck In-ear Wooden Noise-isolating Earbuds

Yep…you read that right: “wooden.”

As most of you know, I’m a music immersive person, i.e., I like the earbuds that stick in my ear holes versus earbuds that let in outside noise. These earbuds from Inateck not only provide that, but also are on the stylish side with the wooden material. For those trying to untether these days due to Apple ripping the 3.5mm hole from its latest iPhone, sometimes you just need a set that plugs in. And, particularly for when flying across country and you can’t use Bluetooth.

Review: NFL Official Faceoff Xbox Gaming Controller from PDP

Performance Designed Products (PDP) has developed an NFL officially licensed Xbox One/Windows PC controller. Myself and my two gamer boys have been testing this controller for the past week and I have to say that the device is quality built and durable. I’m not sure what the life rating is for this controller, but it may actually feel more solidly built than the original controller that came packaged with the Xbox One. My youngest son tested the controller with our Xbox One and my oldest on his PC.

Garmin Announces Vivofit Jr. a Fit and Chore Tracker and Rewards Program for Kids

Garmin has a lot of different product areas that many don’t even recognize. Obviously, Garmin is the leader in GPS devices. Many also know Garmin as a leader in fitness devices for athletes, including Bike computers and tri-sport monitoring. Personally, I own both a Garmin Fenix 3 HR and a Vivoactive HR, and use the Fenix almost exclusively now.

But, Garmin also produces a number of other products. Did you know that Garmin produces a dog wearable that helps with obedience training? Or, that it is also the leader in aviation and marine computers?

Review: KingWear KW88 3G Smartwatch Phone

When the non-descript box arrived, I didn’t know what to expect. As most of you know, I have miscellaneous gadgets show up regularly for me to test and review. This was one of them, and after the unboxing and inspection, I fully expected this product to be laughable. But that wasn’t the case.

Microsoft Band App Updated on Android and iOS to Match Windows 1

Just this week a lone update for Windows (mobile and PC) for the Microsoft Band app rolled out, bringing bug fixes, one of which was a fix for the Live Tile not working.

Microsoft LiveWriter released as Open Live Writer in the Windows Store

Go back a couple years and you might remember a blogging tool that Microsoft provided in its suite of “Live” products called LiveWriter. For many, LiveWriter became an addiction. It was an offline blogging tool, allowing bloggers to create and store thoughts and content before publishing publicly. It was a full-featured offering, providing many functions that other tools simply didn’t have.

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...

Microsoft Wraps Up #BatteryGate with Firmware and a FAQ
August 30, 2016

Sorry...poor attempt at sarcasm, I guess. You'd probably only see that if you had been watching the full coverage here. Funny when these things happen, MSFT always says "small...

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