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Lenovo PCs Shipping With Adware That Poses Serious Security Threat

Lenovo is in hot water today after a significant security hole was unearthed, potentially affect its entire consumer PC range.<p>Superfish, an adware program that ships with all consumer PCs from Lenovo, uses a man-in-the-middle certificate to inject ads into internet browsers. If compromised, the …

Motorola’s CEO fires back at Jony Ive and Apple

In Ian Parker’s excellent <i>New Yorker</i> profile of Apple’s Jony Ive, the Apple design maestro is mentioned to be disparaging of an unnamed competitor who allows customers to make their devices into “whatever you want.”<p>Apparently, Motorola thinks the comment was about them, and Motorola CEO Rick …

Apple Accused Of Poaching Auto Engineers For Advanced Battery Division

Apple is said to be building a new battery division that competes directly with a firm that builds lithium-ion batteries for cars and other large vehicles, in a new lawsuit that accuses Apple of poaching engineers from said firm in order to build said division. Battery maker A123 Systems has filed …

T-Mobile swings to Q4 profit as customer growth zooms along

The wireless carrier expects the momentum to continue into 2015, but it will have to reckon with the costs of its Data Stash program.<p>T-Mobile ended the year on a high note.<p>For the fourth quarter, the nation's fourth-largest wireless carrier posted a profit of $101 million, or 12 cents a share, …

Behind the Curtain

<i>Hoofers Outing Club, c. 1945 [source]</i><p>Go figure that on the day Chicago was -20 I couldn't stop day dreaming about my next camping trip. I got some of …

Camping

New Lenovo PCs shipped with factory-installed adware

Buy a new Lenovo computer recently? Well, it looks like it could be infected with some factory-installed adware. Users on the official Lenovo forums started noticing that search results were being injected with sponsored links (like what happens when a machine is infected with typical adware or …

Cybersecurity

NHL tiptoeing into player and puck tracking technology

Imagine being able to track Sidney Crosby's every move on the ice in real time.<p>It may not be far off.<p>The NHL has started experimenting with player tracking technology that could be introduced as early as next season, dramatically changing the game for fans and players alike.<p>During last month's …

Microsoft Research Brings Image Autocomplete, Video Support To Its ICE Photo Stitcher

A few years ago, Microsoft Research’s Computation Photography Group launched its free Image Composite Editor (ICE), a tool for stitching together panorama photos and creating gigapixel images. That turned out to be a surprise hit among photographers, and Microsoft says that even now, about 1,200 …

Microsoft leaked the Xbox One, HoloLens and more way back in 2012

Covering Microsoft can be comical. The enormous, multinational company is notoriously prone to leaks. Here's a short highlight list from our <i>vast library</i> of leak posts about Microsoft:<p>Microsoft's fitness wearable, Band<br>• The Xbox One game console, in development kit form, <i>on eBay</i> of all places<br>• Cortana …

Windows 10

FiftyThree’s Paper for iPad now includes all original tools free without an in-app purchase

What is it about in-app purchases that makes people bristle? Perhaps, when an app is advertised as “free” people don’t generally expect to pay for major features. But in fact, this is a widespread practice in the industry that has now been rectified by at least one company.<p>FiftyThree’s Paper, a …

A Swatch smartwatch? The time has come

The Swiss company's timepiece, arriving just as the Apple Watch hits the market, will connect to the Internet "without having to be charged."<p>Swatch will unveil its own smartwatch in the next two to three months.<p>Known for its colorful and eye-catching line of watches, Swatch was initially dubious …