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Samsung mass produces 128GB smartphone memory with 2X-plus performance

Samsung said it is mass producing the first embedded NAND flash memory based on the UFS 2.0 specification, which offers 2.7 times the speed of common eMMC flash.

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Researchers uncover signs of Superfish-style attacks

Researchers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation found evidence that indicates attackers have exploited a security vulnerability in the Superfish adware and a slew of other programs

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Lenovo website hacked in wake of Superfish debacle

Lenovo's website appeared to have been hacked Wednesday, possibly in retaliation for a piece of adware it installed on PCs that was found to have opened up a security hole. Early Wednesday afternoon Pacific time, some visitors...

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Lenovo's brand 'buzz' score takes hit after Superfish crapware flap

Lenovo's "brand buzz" rating fell by half after reports surfaced that it had pre-loaded hacker-vulnerable adware onto consumer PCs, a brand quality measurement firm said today.

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Ex-Facebook engineer launches startup to tackle server management

One of the founders of Facebook's Open Compute Project has launched a new company that aims to cut the cost of running data centers using "community-based analytics."

Intel to rebrand Atom chips along lines of Core processors

Even hard-core geeks get confused by Intel's naming convention for its family of Atom chips. So the company is making changes.

Really, it's a great solution, but...

This big minicomputer computer keeps getting errors writing to the disk drives it manufactures, and none of the engineers can figure out why. But when a new engineer tries his hand at it, he comes up with a fix.

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How regulators and legislators make it harder for you to use solar power

While solar power is leading other sources for new electrical capacity, the distributed power movement, where homeowners and businesses deploy photovoltaic panels on site, is under assault by utilities and fossil fuel interests.

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More lawyers swoop down on Lenovo, Superfish with class-action lawsuits in hand

Lenovo and adware maker Superfish came under more legal fire as two new lawsuits were filed in federal courts taking the firms to task for putting consumers at risk of hacker spying and information theft.

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Remembering Steve Jobs, who would be 60 today

Had he lived, Apple’s legendary co-founder, Steve Jobs, would have hit 60 today.

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Chromebook Pixel 2 rumors reach fever pitch

Yes, Virginia, we're getting a new Chromebook Pixel 2. Google accidentally pre-announced it yesterday, but the release date should be during Google I/O 2015, in late June. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers reach out and touch the cloud...

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Startup Flex Logix aims to score big in a niche chip market

In Silicon Valley, where software startups are the rage, it's unusual to see a new hardware company set up shop. Chip design company Flex Logix has some big ideas about how to speed up a whole range of software applications and...

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Five things to expect from AMD's upcoming Carrizo chips

AMD hopes to recover momentum this year with a new laptop chip code-named Carrizo.

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Apple will launch iOS public previews to get more eyeballs on bug hunt

Apple plans to launch an invite-only public beta of iOS 8.3 next month, then expand the program this summer with iOS 9.

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Furious Lenovo users get bad aftertaste from smelly Superfish

Consumers are accustomed to finding shovelware, bloatware or adware installed on new PCs, mobiles and tablets. Annoying and as hard to remove as bot flies, it needlessly consumes system resources. However, if you've bought a Lenovo PC...

And no, you don't get to keep the CRT either

In the late 1990s, this organization is on a six-year refresh cycle for monitors, with the next wave is set to be flat-panel displays, And for one engineer, that can't come soon enough.

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Lenovo releases tool to purge Superfish 'crapware'

Lenovo late Friday released a promised tool to delete the Superfish Visual Discovery adware from its consumer PCs.

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Microsoft helps Lenovo, deletes Superfish 'crapware' and rogue cert

Microsoft today updated its free Windows Defender and Security Essentials antivirus programs to sniff out and delete the rogue certificate linked to Superfish Visual Discovery, the "crapware" that blew up in Lenovo's face this week.

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