Lenovo’s Reputation Marred for Pre-installing Adware

Lenovo, the world’s largest computer maker, admitted to have installed an adware developed by Superfish on certain laptop models shipped late last year. Unsuspecting users reported on the company’s forum that they are seeing modified versions of Google search results page — injected with third party advertisements and pop ups. There are also security concerns as the adware comes with a self-signed certificate, exposing secure web session to potential man-in-the middle attack.

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Switching from Windows 7 to OS X Yosemite; Quirks

Late last year, I replaced my iPhone 5 with a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, my first Android device, after having used iOS for the past 5 years. The decision was made partly out of my frustration with the iPhone’s lackluster battery life (couldn’t go through a day with a single charge), but mostly out of curiosity and the urge to give Android a chance. I did the same with my computer a week ago, replacing my 5-year-old Windows 7 laptop with a Mac Mini, paired with my existing 23” Dell monitor, a Windows keyboard and mouse. I picked the mid-tier Mac Mini with the 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, and upgraded the storage to a 1TB Fusion Drive.

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BatteryBar: Detailed Information on Laptop’s Battery Life

The default battery indicator on laptops powered by Windows XP, Vista and 7 shows only the most basic information—% of battery juice available, estimated time left before the battery dies off, and charging or plugged in. You are simply out of luck if you want to know more about your laptop’s battery using it.

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Revo Uninstaller: Better than your average uninstaller

Revo uninstallerUsing “Windows Add or Remove Programs” might be sufficient if you hardly install any softwares on your computer. But if you are adventurous in testing new softwares on your computer every now and then, you will need a more complete uninstaller so that it wouldn’t be a pain to to dump unwanted softwares, and more importantly to make sure nothing is leftover after uninstalling.

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