Lenovo has been caught installing a malicious adware named “Superfish” on new computers. The adware would inject third-party announcements on Google search results on Explorer and Chrome browsers (Firefox seems to be immune). While it may sound harmless for the computer, some users are reporting that it automatically installs a self-signed security certificate, which would allow it to take a peek on sensible data informations, such as bank accounts, emails and passwords.
Mark Hopkins – a Lenovo community administrator – states the following:
We have temporarily removed Superfish from our consumer systems until such time as Superfish is able to provide a software build that addresses these issues. As for units already in market, we have requested that Superfish auto-update a fix that addresses these issues.
Forget the advanced fibre channel or fast 3G modem and think outside the box; at the moment, most of world countries cannot have Internet access. For Google the next step for bringing the Internet worldwide is not made of pylons for mobile connectivity.
There are many geographical obstacles such mountains, jungles, islands, lakes and stuff and to solve these kind of issues, Google came up with a curious idea by taking the challenge above the surface; bring at twice the altitude where commercial airplane flies aerostatics balloons to spread the Web around the globe. Difficulty about this project is well known, and the “Loon” name is not a coincidence; nevertheless, in New Zealand Google has already started testing and first results are encouraging for improving this new technology. Read More…
The news feed aggregator by Mountain View is shutting down the first of July. In the years it had an extremely big success thanks to the versatility and the number of clients available for every platform out there. Launched quite on late considering the advent of RSS, Reader got a loyal base to stand on. On the other side, usage decreased having not as much users as before.
There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience. Read More…