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TigerDirect Tech Bash Hosts Pro Skaters

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The 2nd Annual TigerDirect Holiday Tech Bash keeps getting bigger and better! We just confirmed the appearances of Pro Skaters; Rob Nolli, Tom Haugen, and Chad Degroot. Come hang out with some sweet pro skaters, get your game on with the latest in gaming devices, play with never before seen technology, and unleash your inner…or outer geek! This is the ultimate Tech Party in Miami, If you are a tech enthusiast and you love innovation, this is the party for you!

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Last Week to Enter the TigerDirect PC Case Giveaway Sweepstakes

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Enter Now for your chance to win one of four PC Cases from TigerDirect.com! This Friday October 11, 2013  is your last chance to enter to be one of the 4 lucky winners to take home a shiny new PC Case. It takes less than 32 Seconds to Sign up and take a chance on luck!  You can only WIN on this one! Good Luck Builders!

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TigerDirect Awards 80″ TV to UM Student

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The University of Miami Hurricanes Mascot, Sebastian came by our TigerDirect.com corporate headquarters, and our Miami Flagler Store today.

He helped the seasons first winner pick out the 80 inch TV of this choice from our TigerDirect store. RJ, the lucky University of Miami student, was beyond surprised and does not even know where he is going to fit it!

Sebastian, came by our headquarters first and started causing havoc, it was hilarious. We all took pictures with him, it was a great way to kick off the weekend and get ready for another UM game . This weekend the Canes give it another go, and we will be matching their touchdowns with the size for the TV that we will be giving away. Touch Downs for TV’s! #TD’sforTV’s

All you have to do is text UMIAMI to 74499.

The giveaway will be announced at every University of Miami Hurricanes home game or you can follow @tigerdirect or @hurricanesports for more info.

Good luck and Let’s give that 300 inch TV away! Go Canes!

 

 

Startup of the week: SOLD

soldandroid[1]“I have an APP” seem to be common words to exchange these days. Seems like every good idea we have  can be translated into an APP , it’s like hitting a jackpot. Maybe even better, because you indeed reap the rewards you sow when you invest your time and money in a startup.

Ironic because the idea of being an entrepreneur kinda sounds like you are done working for “The Man” and you are now your own man! That may just be the biggest misconception ever. Well yes you are done working for you boss, but there is still  “A Man” and that man just so happens to be yourself. Who also happens to be…Your BIGGEST critic. You will never work as hard as when you are in charge of creating and producing the results of your own company.

This is why we have decided to highlight and shout out a different startup every week. You deserve the exposure for all of your hard work, and as tech company that also began as a startup, we want you to be in the spot light and get the exposure that you deserve for all of your hard work.

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5 reasons to be excited you have an Android today.

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Everyone is talking about it, even if you don’t have an iphone. Maybe you even felt left out today at lunch while your “iphone” friends discussed their “new” upgrade, and exchanged tips and tricks on their new iOS. Well guess what. Today, I give thee fellow Android user 5 reasons to help you realize that today was not about being one step behind, it is about already being ahead.  – Android OS

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Upgrading to Windows 8 Q & A.

Have questions about upgrading? what’s different in Windows 8? and how to get started? Here are some quick answers.  The New Windows 8 Features.

  • Which Windows 8 version is right for me?

    There are two versions to choose from: Windows 8, and Windows 8 Pro. Windows 8 comes with everything you need to connect, share, work, and play – even for power users. Windows 8 Pro adds enhanced features for people who need to easily connect to company networks, access remote files, encrypt sensitive data, and other more advanced tasks.

  • What kinds of devices come with Windows 8 already installed?

    A whole new family of desktops, laptops, tablets and other devices – many with touchscreen capabilities – come pre-loaded with Windows 8. In general they’re faster and more energy-efficient than previous models and the portable and ultraportable devices are thinner and lighter, with better performance and battery life.

  • Can I upgrade my PC from an older version of Windows to Windows 8?

    Yes. Your upgrade experience will depend on what version of Windows you currently have. For example, if your PC is running Windows 7 Home Basic or Home Premium, your files, programs and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8. If your PC is running Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, Windows XP or Windows Vista, you’ll need to reinstall your programs. Some features (like those that support touchscreen) may require a new PC.

    To find out if your PC is ready for Windows 8, simply go to www.windows.com/upgradeassistant and download Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, which will provide you with a full compatibility report.

  • How can I tell if my devices and apps will work with Windows 8?

    Windows 8 generally works with the same peripheral devices and apps that work with Windows 7. In some cases, a device or program might require an update, or you might need to uninstall some apps, and then reinstall them after you upgrade to Windows 8.

    The best way to tell if your apps and devices will work before you upgrade is to run Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, a free program that scans your current hardware, apps, and devices for compatibility. Make sure all the devices that you need to work with your PC, like printers and monitors, are connected to your PC and turned on before you run Upgrade Assistant.

    After Upgrade Assistant scans your PC to determine what’s compatible, it provides a compatibility report that lists any issues that you might need to address when you upgrade. You can save or print this report to use later.

    If you’d like to look up compatibility info for a specific device or program, you can search for it in the Windows Compatibility Center.

  • What settings, apps, and files can I keep if I upgrade?

    You can upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows Developer Preview, but you might not be able to keep all of your files, apps, and settings. The following table shows what you can keep during an upgrade, depending on the version of Windows you currently have running on your PC:

    Upgrading from What you can keep
    Windows 8 Release Preview Personal files
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview Windows Developer Preview Nothing (but your files will be saved in the Windows.old folder)
    Windows 7 Apps, settings, and personal files
    Windows Vista Windows settings and personal files
    Windows XP Personal files

    Important: If you choose to boot from removable media created during the download process, you won’t be able to keep your apps, Windows settings, or personal files when you upgrade.

  • What are the system requirements for upgrading to Windows 8?

    Windows 8 works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7.

    System requirements:

    • 1 GHz processor
    • 2 GB RAM
    • 20 GB available hard disk space
    • 1366 x 768 screen resolution
    • DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver

    Additional requirements to use certain features:

    • Internet access (fees may apply)
    • For touchscreen, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multi-touch
    • Microsoft account required for some features
    • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
    • Windows Media Center license sold separately
    • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
    • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768
  • Can I upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 8?

    If your PC has a 64 bit-capable processor (CPU) but is currently running a 32-bit version of Windows, you can install a 64-bit version of Windows 8, but you cannot do this as an online upgrade. You’ll need to download the Upgrade Assistant to a DVD or a bootable USB device and install Windows 8 from there. You also won’t be able to keep any files, settings, or apps when you upgrade from a 32-bit to a 64-bit version.

  • Can I upgrade from an operating system that’s older than Windows XP?

    You can upgrade online or using a DVD that you purchase from participating retails stores to upgrade a PC running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Developer Preview, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows 8 Release Preview. If you want to upgrade from an earlier Windows operating system than Windows XP (for example, Windows 95 or Windows 2000), you’ll need to purchase the Windows 8 System Builder from your nearest system builder or participating retailer. You won’t be able to keep any files, settings, or apps when you install the new operating system.

  • If I upgrade and “keep nothing,” how can I restore my files after the upgrade?

    If you’re running Windows Developer Preview or Windows 8 Consumer Preview when you upgrade, or if you choose the option to “keep nothing” when you upgrade, your files won’t come with you to Windows 8. However, you might still be able to copy your files over after you upgrade. If you don’t reformat your hard drive during installation, your files are saved to the Windows.old folder, where you can retrieve them after the upgrade.

  • If I change my mind, can I uninstall Windows 8 and go back to a previous version of Windows?

    Not exactly. To go back to your previous version of Windows, you’ll need to format your hard drive and then reinstall the previous version of Windows from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC. Typically, this is on a DVD.

    If you don’t have recovery media, you might be able to create it from a recovery partition on your PC using software provided by your PC manufacturer. Check the support section of your PC manufacturer’s website for more info. After you install Windows 8, you won’t be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.

  • Can I change my language when I upgrade?

    The easiest way to change your language is to upgrade to the same language you currently have on your PC, keep your apps, settings, and files, and then add a new language afterwards. If you switch from one language to another during the upgrade, you won’t be able to keep your apps or settings.

  • What’s the Windows Store?

    The Windows Store is where you can find apps for your Windows 8 device. It’s got something for everyone, and it’s built right into Windows 8, so it’s fast and easy to use. Just tap or click the Store tile to get started.

  • Do I need a Microsoft account to use the Windows Store?

    Yes. Your Microsoft account lets you buy and install your apps on up to five devices from a single account. Signing up is easy. Tap or click Store > Settings > Your Account > Sign in > Sign up for a Microsoft account.

  • What’s the difference between an app and a program?

    Apps and programs are the same thing in Windows 8: software that runs on your PC. Windows 8 apps you download from the Windows Store will run on your Windows 8 PC or tablet. All apps in the Windows Store are screened and check for viruses and are compatible with Windows 8. And many apps created for Windows 8 are designed to work together – so the more you download, the more you can do.

  • Can I use my apps on other PCs?

    You can install any of the apps you bought from the Microsoft Store on up to five PCs or tablets running Windows 8. To install your apps on other devices, just open the Microsoft Store on the device you want to add the app to, sign in, and tap or click Your apps – then choose the app and tap or click Install.

Summer of Tech: The TigerDirect Touch Tour Powered by Intel

inteltouchtourpic1We’re so thrilled about embarking on the TigerDirect.com Touch Tour, showing off the coolest new PCs and 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors at stores and movie theaters across North America. Want the chance to join the fun? The tour is making its way to Miami, Chicago and Dallas. Plan to stop by and experience the power of the latest and greatest in Ultrabook  convertibles, 2-in-1 devices, tablets and all-in-ones.

At each stop, enjoy plenty of chances to score cool prizes—like a brand-new Intel®-based Ultrabook™. Test drive a tricked-out, custom-built desktop PC powered with the new 4th Generation Core™ processor; try the latest back-to-school tech and get exclusive offers on PCs and PC-based products, including Intel® processors. Plus, for a little extra fun, we’ll have a digital caricature artist to sketch portraits—perfect for your new social media profile pic.

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Top 7 Set-ups Of The Week

Last week we asked you to submit your set ups on our Tigerdirect.com facebook page and these were the top 7 set-ups that got the most attention.

Submit your set-up on our wall, it could be featured next week!…don’t forget to include your specs! and it’s name ( we know it has one)

Shout out to the guys that made it this week: Colin, Jon, Jonathan, Matt, Michael, Robert and Kyle.

You can also tweet or instagram  it @tigerdirect

and now…in no specific order, we present to you: The Top 7 Set -Ups…

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10 PC Parts For Your First Build

Miami 2013 Regional PC Race

Building a computer on your own requires patience and some skill, but can be extremely rewarding, and you determine how fast and powerful you want it, so that is the biggest reward! You will be able to buy exactly the components you want.Unless this is really just a first try, in which case you may want to check out our Barebone Kits because they bring everything you need in one bundle! Make sure you read all the instructions that come with the components and make sure everything is complete and looks undamaged. Let the fun begin…

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Computer Name: HAL9000

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Brian Lovelace from BrianLovelace.com was cool enough to submit this picture on our TigerDirect Facebook Page  and we asked him for more; the specs, his story, and some future advice for those of you who are starting to build or maybe you just need some advice and this might actually be helpful to you.

Here is his story ( as told by him )…

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