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26
Feb
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Motorola will let you customize your next smartwatch


Motorola’s philosophy is that if you can’t customize it, it probably isn’t worth buying, which is why Moto Maker will soon let you tailor the Moto 360 to your individual taste. In an interview with Wired, the company’s Dickon Isaacs said that the option to pick a case color, band material and size were always planned for the smartwatch, but had to be postponed for time reasons.

When Moto Maker is relaunched in March, users will be able to pick the color of their watch as well as the size and material of the strap. The case will be sold in a choice of black, silver or champagne gold, while the straps come in two sizes in leather or metal. In addition, users will also be able to pick one of 11 watch faces to appear as the default — although you’ll still be able to change this at your whim, naturally.

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Source: Wired

21
Feb
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Lenovo plans on unveiling a sixth smartphone at MWC


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We already know of the five confirmed smartphones Lenovo plans on showcasing at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 event. Now, coming by way of a tip provided to GSMArena, a sixth phone will be added to that total.

This device will be the Vibe Max in the phablet category of smartphones.

The tipster, MXPhone, is claiming that the Vibe Max will be a 6-inch display with a QHD resolution. No word on the chipset, but it was mentioned that the Vibe Max will have a battery somewhere above 4,000 mAh.

Probably most interesting is that the Vibe Max will sport an integrated stylus. At this point, the only details known about this stylus is just its name. GSMArena is reporting that the stylus will be named AnyPen, but that designation has been used before by Lenovo for its technology that allowed anything pointy (including a fork!) to act as a stylus on Lenovo AnyPen-equipped products. So there might be a small mix-up on this tip.

Source: MXPhone via GSMArena

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21
Feb
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How could Lenovo miss its Superfish security hole?


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Until mid-day yesterday Lenovo thought the biggest problem with Superfish VisualDiscovery was the annoying ads it caused to pop up on customers’ laptops. SuperFish was supposed to analyze images on the web and “help” consumers find similar products, but the information security world was learning that it (apparently unintentionally) does quite a bit more.Facebook engineer Mike Shaver tweeted Wednesday night about how the preloaded adware performs a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack on supposedly secure connections, and by Thursday morning security researcher Rob Graham showed how it could be used to spy on the encrypted communications of anyone running the software. At that point, Levono CTO Peter Hortensius still referred to resulting security problems as “thoretical” but moves today from Microsoft and the US government — and his comments in an interview with Engadget — show that they’ve realized the threat is very real.

Now, Lenovo admits to the gravity of the problem (even if the company behind Superfish does not, as shown by a spokesperson’s comments to Ars Technica) and is working with others in the industry to fix it. Still, the question remains — how did a security hole this problematic get there in the first place? As Hortensius told me, that’s the question he and his team will be trying to answer over the next week or so.

How to make Superfish go away

The first priority is making sure that Superfish disappears and the security hole is closed, and there’s several ways to make sure your PC is secured. Browser test pages (Filippo.io, LastPass) can tell you if you’re affected and give tips on removal. Lenovo has its own list of uninstallation instructions, and as of today Microsoft’s Windows Defender scanner has been updated to remove Superfish and its security certificate. You can expect for other scanners to get a similar update soon, and of course Lenovo is working on an uninstall program of its own that could be available later today.

Why is Superfish such a big problem?

Superfish’s security problems are worsened by practices researchers have uncovered over the last day or so: not only is its security certificate easily extracted, as Rob Graham discovered, it uses the same one on every computer. It appears that Superfish (and others) used technology from a company called Komodia to pull off its hamfisted intervention, and all of them are equally vulnerable. Even worse, beyond the initially discovered MITM vulnerability and weak encryption, the Komodia package can be easily tricked into accepting any certificate as valid. According to CloudFlare security team member Filippo Valsorda, that means it’s easy to intercept encrypted traffic from anyone with Komodia-powered software on their system.

What is Lenovo doing about it

While we wait to find out the next way this will get worse, Lenovo says it is taking steps to turn things around. Of course, as security researcher Kenn White asked, after the company ignored respected security researchers “activating the Batsignal”, restoring its public trust will be tricky. The software appeared on computers beginning in September, and posters on Lenovo support forums were asking questions that should’ve raised alarms for months.

According to Hortensius, Lenovo does security checks for software that it preloads, but apparently Superfish bypassed those even with this glaring security hole. He says “If we knew then what we know now, we’d never have shipped this”, and that security practices, even the ones the company will institute going forward can never be 100 percent. He says that information with real substance is coming, that will detail how Lenovo plans to avoid getting caught out like this again, which will be key. Patching the software is relatively simple — filling in this hole in the company’s reputation may not be so easy.

[Image credit: (shark) Martin Barraud, (Windows Defender scan) Filippo Valsorda]

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20
Feb
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Lenovo’s first stylus-equipped smartphone, the Vibe Max, rumored for MWC 2015 launch


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Just yesterday, we reported that Lenovo could possibly launch five new handsets at Mobile World Congress 2015 including the Vibe Shot, Vibe X3, P1, P1 Pro and Vibe S1. But there seems to be another rumor floating around, hinting that a sixth handset will be announced as well. According to the Thai tech website MXPhone that leaked the original rumor, Lenovo will also launch the Vibe Max, the company’s first stylus-equipped smartphone.

The report states that the Vibe Max will be the largest handset out of the six, and will feature a 6-inch Quad HD display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560. It will also come with a stylus called the AnyPen. There are no specific details regarding the AnyPen features quite yet, but we’re assuming it will have similar features to Samsung’s S-Pen. Moreover, the Vibe Max is also rumored to have a fingerprint sensor, NFC capabilities and a very large battery.

Unfortunately for now, we don’t have any images of the Vibe Max, but we’ll be sure to update this post if any photos surface. Lenovo certainly wants to be a big hit at the trade show this year, and we’re incredibly excited to see what they have to offer. Android Authority will be on the floor at MWC 2015, so stay tuned for all of the latest news from Lenovo and all the other OEMs that will be in attendance at the trade show.

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Lenovo’s first stylus-equipped smartphone, the Vibe Max, rumored for MWC 2015 launch


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Just yesterday, we reported that Lenovo could possibly launch five new handsets at Mobile World Congress 2015 including the Vibe Shot, Vibe X3, P1, P1 Pro and Vibe S1. But there seems to be another rumor floating around, hinting that a sixth handset will be announced as well. According to the Thai tech website MXPhone that leaked the original rumor, Lenovo will also launch the Vibe Max, the company’s first stylus-equipped smartphone.

The report states that the Vibe Max will be the largest handset out of the six, and will feature a 6-inch Quad HD display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560. It will also come with a stylus called the AnyPen. There are no specific details regarding the AnyPen features quite yet, but we’re assuming it will have similar features to Samsung’s S-Pen. Moreover, the Vibe Max is also rumored to have a fingerprint sensor, NFC capabilities and a very large battery.

Unfortunately for now, we don’t have any images of the Vibe Max, but we’ll be sure to update this post if any photos surface. Lenovo certainly wants to be a big hit at the trade show this year, and we’re incredibly excited to see what they have to offer. Android Authority will be on the floor at MWC 2015, so stay tuned for all of the latest news from Lenovo and all the other OEMs that will be in attendance at the trade show.

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Feb
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Daily Roundup: build your own PC, Lenovo adware and more!


Are you thinking about putting together a new PC? Check out our handy guide to help get started. In other news, some Lenovo PCs have been found shipping with factory-installed adware, Sony could scrap its mobile business and a new lawsuit filed against Apple alleges that the company poached a number of engineers for an electric car battery project. All that and more can be found just past the break.

How to build a high-end, overclocked PC (as written by an idiot)

Do you want to build your own PC but have no idea where to start? Check out this handy walk-through, from someone who is “more likely to start an electrical fire than build a sophisticated PC.”

New Lenovo PCs shipped with factory-installed adware

Some Lenovo laptops have been found shipping with 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 spyware) as far back as last September.

Sony’s search for profits could put an end to its mobile future

Sony CEO Kaz Hirai set out to revive the company with a three-year plan, and he’s been coming up short ever since. Now he’s pushing ahead with a new and improved strategy, one that sees Sony basically giving up on growing its mobile business.

EV battery-maker says Apple poached engineers for a new project

According to a lawsuit from electric car battery maker A123 Systems, Apple has been poaching its best engineers, apparently to work in a battery division of its own. The company alleges poaching started back in June 2014, with Apple drawing away lead engineers from the battery maker’s “most critical projects.”

Epic Games head believes VR will ‘change the world’

Tim Sweeney knows the video game industry. He started Epic Games, the studio behind huge franchises like Gears of War, Unreal Tournament, and Infinity Blade, and the widely used game development software, Unreal Engine. So when he says virtual reality is going to change the world, we’re listening.

How cable networks speed up shows to squeeze in more ads

Does it feel like there’s more commercials than ever on cable TV? It turns out that channels like TBS and TNT are now speeding up syndicated programs, classics films and other shows by as much as 7 percent. One unnamed cable exec said that “it’s a way to keep the revenue from going down as much as the ratings.”

Booty drum turns twerking into ‘music’

The folks behind AIAIAI headphones created this video “about music made by the booty – for the booty.” It’s definitely a unique way to create music and it’s also NSFW. Probably.

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19
Feb
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Lenovo will stop preloading Superfish adware on PCs


Lenovo found itself in a bit of hot water when some customers started noticing weird sponsored links in the search results on their brand new PCs. The culprit it turns out was a little piece of adware called Superfish the company was shipping on laptops. The company listened to customer complaints and turned off the server-side portion of the app in January. It also stopped pre-installing Superfish on new machines around the same time. While Lenovo said originally that it had “temporarily removed” the software from new machines while its developers worked on an update to address concerns, it now says that it will not preload the software ever again.

The add-on analyzes images and offers up ads for the same or similar products at a lower price. This, in and of itself, is slightly troublesome. But what really set off alarms was when users discovered how it worked; It installs a “man-in-the-middle” certificate that would allow Superfish and other parties to look at data from secure sites. Pop up ads are annoying, but leaving your bank info vulnerable to prying eyes is downright dangerous.

Lenovo says that has not found “any evidence to substantiate security concerns.” Though, the tweet above which seems to show a certificate to bankofamerica.com issued by Superfish seems like plenty of cause for concern. Even if the software is safe and secure, Lenovo doesn’t seem interested in pissing off its customers. So Superfish won’t be making a comeback.

The manufacturer did want to make one thing abundantly clear in a statement given to Engadget:

“Superfish technology is purely based on contextual/image and not behavioral. It does not profile nor monitor user behavior. It does not record user information. It does not know who the user is. Users are not tracked nor re-targeted. Every session is independent.”

Make of that what you will. But installing any sort of adware on a machine before it even leaves the factory seems like an obviously bad idea, regardless of whether or not it violates a user’s privacy.

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17
Feb
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Xiaomi Passes Samsung as Top Chinese Vendor in 2014


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Xiaomi continued its inexorable rise in China, rising to 13.7% of market share in Q4 of 2014, while Samsung’s ongoing decline in China continued through the last quarter, slipping to 7.9% of the market, down to fifth place behind Xiaomi, Apple, Huawei, and Lenovo.

However, Samsung’s overall 2014 performance, while worse than 2013, was still good enough for second place on the year. The Korean giant captured 12.1% of the market over the course of the entire year, a mere 0.4% behind Xiaomi. All in all, it’s a pretty tight race between the top five vendors, with a mere 3.1% of market share between all of them.

Samsung had previously been the giant in China, owning 18.7% of the market in 2013 with Lenovo in a distant second and Xiaomi way off the radar. So what happened?

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Xiaomi was extremely aggressive in 2014, releasing moderately-priced high quality phones. Add to the mix a bevy of sales and promotions and Xiaomi now sits atop the rankings, having experienced nearly 187% growth year-on-year.

Apple also had a hot Q4 thanks to its new line of iPhones, which was good enough for second place in the fourth quarter, but still left Cupertino out of the top five rankings on the year.

As for Lenovo, the Motorola acquisition is starting to bear fruit and we can expect to see it rise in the overall rankings, though #3 on the year is nothing at which to scoff.

Samsung had a so-so year in 2014. The Galaxy S5 was met with a lukewarm reception and tepid sales, and there seemed to be a general mood of deflation around brand, as if consumer excitement plateaued in 2013 and had nowhere to go after an underwhelming S5 update.

2015 will be a crucial year for Samsung, and it can’t afford to another year of drastic contraction, not just in China, but globally. We can expect a new Galaxy S6 within the next few weeks, likely at MWC, and there’s no doubt the bean counters in Korea are waiting with bated breath.

Xiaomi will also need to be on its toes if it intends to fight off an embattled Samsung and rising Lenovo. 2015 should be a fun year to watch.

Source: IDC

 

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16
Feb

Android Lollipop coming to Lenovo phones next quarter



Technology giant Lenovo has decided to upgrade a bunch of their smartphones to the latest Android 5.0. They have announced that they will release the Lollipop update in the second quarter of 2015 and it will be available on 7 devices which are mentioned below.

  • Lenovo A5000
  • Lenovo A6000
  • Lenovo P70-A
  • Lenovo S90-A
  • VIBE X2 (Lenovo X2)
  • Lenovo VIBE Z2
  • VIBE Z2 Pro (Lenovo K920)

Lenovo made it clear that the updates will be available to devices which are not brought through a mobile network, meaning a smartphone with a contract. If you are using a branded Lenovo phone mentioned above, you may ask your service provider about when the device you are using will receive the Android 5.0 update.

Lenovo is making sure that their flagship smartphones get the latest goodies. Are you using any of the Lenovo smartphone mentioned above? If yes then let us know how you feel about having a Lenovo smartphone and about this news, and if no, do let us know if Lenovo has a chance against the big guns like Samsung and HTC.

Source: Lenovo



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Feb
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Lenovo plans to update 7 of its smartphones in Q2


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Lenovo has just published a list of smartphones it hopes to upgrade to Lollipop in the next quarter of this year. The A5000, A6000, P70, S90, Vibe X2, Vibe Z2 and Vibe Z2 Pro are expected to receive the update somewhere between April 1 and June 30, whereas the S856, S860, S930 and P90 are set to get it shortly after.

The Chinese multinational computer company stated that the “upgrade is only applied to the models above bought from retail market”, so if you’ve purchased an “operator customized” or a “contract model”, you might not be eligible for the update — or at least not in the designated time frame.

If you own one of the above mentioned handsets, don’t get too excited just yet as its still quite a way off, but at least you know the upgrade is on its way to your particular device.

Source: Lenovo

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