When Lenovo shipped some of their notebook products worldwide last year, some users discovered they came with a piece of pre-installed tracking software. The software, Superfish, was created by a company of the same name, which apparently paid Lenovo “very minor compensation” to be able to install the software on their computer models.
Why is this a big deal?
Superfish pushes ads on the laptop owner’s browser. While this is mildly annoying, that’s not the problem. The big issue in the words of one of the first users who discovered the adware:
“[Superfish] will hijack ALL your secure web connections (SSL/TLS) by using self-signed root certificate authority, making it look legitimate to the browser.”
Sensitive issues such as government surveillance and protection of privacy notwithstanding, we are beginning to find more and more uses – some rather surprising – for drones. Will these unmanned machines be as commonplace as automobiles are today or are drones just not something that can integrate into our daily lives?
Tim Cook has announced that the Apple Watch will finally be available this April, 7 months after its unveiling in September last year, and that it will require the recently implemented iOS 8 to run.
Microsoft’s new browser codenamed: project Spartan, is overhauling the definition of ‘web browser’, and remodeling to next-generation standards. This new browser is set to launch with Windows 10.
Dell is making quite a splash with its newest entry into the tablet market: the Dell Venue 8 7000, being called the ‘World’s Thinnest’ tablet.
It’s no secret that many governments have been keeping tabs on their citizens through controversial surveillance methods. Different agencies shell out millions of dollars on complex machines developed by tech companies – and with customers this demanding and lots of money, it’s no wonder why this particular sector of the tech industry is booming.
Take Harris Corporation, for example. For the past couple of years, it has sold a wide range of clandestine mobile phone surveillance technologies to different government agencies (which, yes, includes the National Security Agency). According to ArsTechnica.com, the company has earned over $40 million since 2004, all thanks to spy technology sales.
Here are some of the surveillance gadgets that have been used in the country over the decade.
After a grueling process of simplifying car design and manufacturing, Local Motors has given us Strati, an electric two-seater that’s known to be the world’s first 3D-printed car. The American motor vehicle manufacturing company unveiled its newest creation last September at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago.
After a sluggish start, Apple HomeKit is gradually speeding up with the launch of the recent iOS 8. Introduced worldwide during the WWDC2014 in San Francisco, the HomeKit is hoping to reinvent the wireless home automation experience.
Dubbing itself the Flagship Killer, the OnePlus One smartphone brings unbelievable value for money with specs that match Google’s Nexus and Samsung’s Galaxy flagships at less than half the price. Starting at $299 for the 16GB version, OnePlus One has a sleek, high-end look, with excellent internals.
The television set of today bears little resemblance to its older versions and we can expect that TV will continue to upgrade as technology advances. These days, consumers are looking for greater connectivity. How, for example, do you get all the media that lives on your handheld devices to the tube? Apple and Google present their respective casting devices: the Google Chromecast and the Apple TV. Sitting on opposite sides of the price spectrum (the Chromecast retails for $35 while you can get the Apple TV for $99), each device has its own pros and cons.