Computer clean up in progress
Lenovo’s credibility took a big hit this month, courtesy of the Superfish scandal: Pre-installed adware on Lenovo computers resulted in a risk…
Not just Lenovo
Last week Lenovo found itself in deep trouble over the Superfish spyware that it installed on many recent consumer laptops. Designed to…
A now-pulled Best Buy product listing indicates that Motorola’s least expensive smartphone may be getting an update soon. The page listed a…
Lenovo reported its earnings for the past quarter on Tuesday. During the quarter, the company officially completed its $2.91 billion acquisition of Motorola from…
Big phones, less refreshing
The tablet market that started in earnest four years ago is stagnant. Amid sluggish growth over the last several quarters, the final…
Because of Apple?
Samsung Electronics announced a fourth quarter earnings decline on Thursday, its first holiday season drop in three years. The earnings report wasn’t as gloomy…
Fashionable and functional
When you hear that the Lenovo Vibe Band VB10 announced at CES costs just $89, you probably don’t have high style expectations…
mightier than the sword
Lenovo’s Yoga 2 tablet may have been announced back in October, but the kickstand-equipped tablet is showing off a new trick this…
A double win for Intel
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Lenovo is partnering with Intel in a big way with the P90 smartphone. The handset is…
Listening for the win
Lenovo has refreshed much of its ThinkPad range, including ultrabooks such as the X1 Carbon and the X250 (replacing the X240), with…
two-front android attack
Samsung still enjoys a healthy lead atop the Android smartphone heap, but competitors such as LG and Motorola have shown they are starting to find ways to penetrate its market dominance.
After finding success with low-cost smartphones south of the U.S., Motorola — now owned by Lenovo — is branching out with a high-end smartphone in the Moto Maxx, a GSM variant of the Droid Turbo.
Motorola Mobility is now officially a part of Lenovo, nine months after the deal was first announced.
It seems as if every major computer company wants to make its own wearable bracelet. The latest to jump into the emerging market is Lenovo,…
HP is breaking itself up into PC-and-printer and enterprise units; eBay is splitting from PayPal. Should IBM follow suit?
IBM, the venerable IT giant, is in a tough place and it’s unclear whether divesting businesses will help it compete with cloud and software oriented companies with lower cost structures, but at least it rids itself of this obnoxious target.
Lenovo will start selling an entertainment focused tablet with top-end specifications and a built-in pico projector.
Gartner’s latest figures show that PCs are no write-off — it seems they still hold a lot of attraction for many consumers and businesses, though not all vendors are benefiting.
The now $2.1 billion deal has passed regulatory muster and should close October, 1, according to IBM and Lenovo.
HTC, Lenovo and Acer are among the manufacturers that will make cheap phones for Google’s anti-fragmentation drive in emerging markets.
If the GSMA’s predictions are correct, two-thirds of the nine billion non-M2M mobile connections in 2020 will be from smartphones, with the vast majority coming from emerging markets.
After a year of delays, Intel officially announced the Core M, a new processor family built on the Broadwell process. The new chips should be power-efficient enough to not need a fan, which opens the door for thinner and lighter tablets and laptops.
Lenovo’s Vibe Z2 and Vibe X2 are two devices aimed at Asia’s mid-range market, but they seem to be a little bit more expensive than their Chinese competitors.
Lenovo announced the Tab S8, a bargain-priced tablet with an Intel Atom processor.
Windows laptops can surely run more apps than a Chromebook so if the devices are priced the same, people will simply choose the Microsoft option, right? Not necessarily because the experience of the two devices is surely going to be different.
Lenovo is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with, thanks to strong mobile device sales on top of its world-leading PC sales. Being in China, the company is well positioned as what it calls a “PC Plus” company.
IBM says its researchers designed a human-brain-like chip that can pack lots of smarts into a power-stingy package, but the company still seems to want out of the chip-making biz.
While carrying some amount of risk and a high amount of resistance from entrenched vendors, modular handsets may present a viable economic and ecological alternative as we look toward the inevitable post-smartphone world.
Lenovo teased a six-inch smartphone with high-end specs on its English language Google+ page. Could this be the first Lenovo-branded smartphone to be widely distributed in the United States?
Demand in the U.S. for small slates are causing Lenovo to stop shipping them. Actually, check that. Demand for small Windows slates is the issue, which doesn’t bode well for Microsoft or a Surface Mini if it actually does launch one.
After its “Scroogled” ad campaign against Chromebooks, Microsoft is now reiterating it has “a great value proposition against” Google’s Chrome OS laptops. Look for $99 Windows tablets and sub-$200 Windows laptops later this year as Microsoft rallies the troops.
There’s one less reason to use a traditional computer if you’re a developer: You can now make Chrome apps, which can be deployed to Android devices, on a Chromebook. We discuss why that’s important in this week’s Chrome Show podcast.
Motorola announced on Friday it will close its Fort Worth, Texas manufacturing plant by the end of the year. The factory opened in September 2013.
Could a Microsoft Surface Mini running Windows RT be a hit? Not unless it’s priced competitively against the already available small Windows 8 slates and Universal Windows Apps start showing up in quantity.
Motorola declared its official return to Chicago today, opening up its new digs to the media. We snapped some photos to give our readers the tour and explain why Moto’s homecoming matters.
Still blindly surfing in the wake of HeartBleed? Our Chrome extension of the week will give you a little more peace of mind, telling you which sites are still at risk of being hacked before you even hit them.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e may not officially be Chrome OS tablet but it’s darn close. The screen of the $349 Chromeook folds back 360-degrees for tablet mode using the Chrome OS software keyboard.
Chip chatter: Globalfoundries has emerged as the leading candidate to take on IBM’s chip fab business, according to reports.
Lenovo insists it will give Chinese IBM server factory workers a fair deal when they transition over as part of the $2.3 billion sale of IBM’s x86 server business, but until then it’s not Lenovo’s concern.
The layoffs that started in India and Europe are now coming stateside. IBM admits to rebalancing its workforce but won’t confirm numbers or units affected.
Google is aiming for a $50 phone out of Project Ara, the effort to create a modular smartphone. Don’t get too excited just yet though: That base handset won’t be nearly as capable as the phone you likely use today.
The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ features a 10.1-inch HD display and 18 hours of battery life.
Dropbox is fighting hard to win the enterprise cloud storage market, and Dennis Woodside may have the experience it needs to head up that effort.
After a long wait, we not only have the Chromecast SDK and new apps that use it, but also a new Chromebox coming soon from Asus for $179. Pinch-to-zoom also arrives in Chrome for Windows.
Motorola leaving the protective wings of Google was a bombshell this week. What does it mean for Moto phones of the future? And might Lenovo now get a chance to be a Nexus phone maker? Perhaps; for now, a red Nexus 5 seems certain.
Motorola wasn’t the albatross many feared (or hoped) it would become for Google, but it was a wedge issue between Google and Samsung, its most important Android partner. Soon, that will be resolved.
Did Lenovo make a good deal in spending $2.91 billion on Motorola Mobility? Perhaps the financials don’t look good yet but add together smartphone sales of Lenovo and Motorola and you get the new no. 3 smartphone vendor in the world.
Google has confirmed an agreement to sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 billion.
Google is making it easier to bring Chromebooks into the classroom. There are more devices for schools to choose from and Google Play will include thousands of digital textbooks.
Amazon Web Services has dealt IBM blows in a couple important ways. Now Big Blue has to get down to fighting weight.
For $2.3 billion in cash and stock, Lenovo will get System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches and more.
The latest rumored would-be buyer is Fujitsu, but Dell and Lenovo are or were also reportedly in the mix.
Big Blue is apparently again ramping up plans to offload its X86 server business to someone else — Dell perhaps?
Lenovo’s latest smartphones aren’t game changers, but the Vibe Z is its first device to feature support for 4G LTE.
Gartner says the PC market is shrinking faster than expected in western Europe, and nowhere more so than in Britain. Readers of a sensitive disposition might want to look away now…
Lenovo’s new line of Yoga tablets bring a flexible form factor to the Android arena offering a unique kickstand for three different angles.
Could Google’s new Nexus 5 powerhouse cost as little at $349? It seems so, based on a brief appearance of the phone on Google Play. Lenovo is trying Android in a laptop while Dell has a pair of new Android tablets using Intel chips.
Do good things come in small packages? Lenovo thinks so: It will start selling the 8-inch Miix 2 tablet running Windows 8.1 later this month with a starting price of $299.
Lenovo is showing off the Vibe X, a 5-inch smart phone with a thin and light design, a “fabric-like” back cover, and a “20/20 Vision” display.
Samsung has finally overtaken Apple as the most profitable smartphone vendor but it’s likely not going to keep that crown for long. And as this pair do battle, the rest of the market is starting to eat into the market share of both.
Touch computing is all the rage, so it makes sense that six new Lenovo devices support it. The laptops are nicely priced but the new Miix tablet may appeal even more if the “AccuType” keyboard lives up to its name.
Big Blue says UrbanCode’s software works well with its own Worklight mobile application development platfrom to speed up the creation and deployment of mobile (and cloud) apps.
IBM is reportedly in talks to sell it’s server business to Lenovo. As it ditches commodity hardware again, where is IBM’s fortune going to be made? Mobility and data.
Uh oh. Carl Icahn thinks the deal crafted by Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners to take Dell private for $24 billion woefully underestimates the company’s worth. Stay tuned…
BlueStacks gained a big new partner at CES: Lenovo will be installing the BlueStacks software on Idea-branded PCs. The app player runs Android software within Windows 8, but it’s not just about apps: BlueStacks can sync SMS messages from phone to computer.
Microsoft announced four initial hardware partners for the first Windows RT slates. Of the four, two have some solid tablet experience while another showed promise with early smartbook designs. The last one, however, is a dark horse, as it has limited success with consumer electronics devices.
The new deal between EMC and Lenovo to sell server-storage bundles could shake up hardware rivals including Dell, Hewlett-Packard and — perhaps most intriguingly — Cisco Systems. EMC, Cisco and VMware are partners on the VCE Vblock effort.
Lenovo is taking a new approach to make its ThinkPad laptops more appealing to consumers and enterprises: Lenovo is also selling no-contract wireless data. Called Lenovo Mobile Access, the service provides an 3G connection to ThinkPads for as short as 30 minutes, costing $1.95.
Lenovo released a video overview of its newest slate, the IdeaTab S2109. The 8.9 millimeter Android 4.0 tablet with 9.7-inch display doesn’t have an official price, but there are a few clues indicating that this IdeaPad will be priced at or below Apple’s $399 iPad 2.
In two years’ time, your personal cloud will replace your PC as your go-to computing resource, according to Gartner research. The prevailing wisdom is that the desktop and laptop PC — or any non-smartphone, non-tablet device — is headed for the dustbin of history.
By 2016, one-third of the U.S. population will own a tablet, says Forrester. This figure — 112.5 million people — is an upward revision due to two names in the tablet market: Apple and Amazon. All other tablet makers should leave Android for Windows, says Forrester.
The definitive gadget of CES 2011 was the Android tablet, heralded by more than one company as the answer to the iPad. A train-wreck of a ye…
Motorola and Lenovo have agreed to embed Intel’s Medfield applications chips in forthcoming Android phones. But for Intel to call Atom a success, it needs to make headway with the big handset makers, a difficult task considering how cozy many of them are with ARM.
Here’s a look at what’s been going on at the giant electronics show that is CES:
Intel (NSDQ: INTC) has convinced a couple of big-name consumer electronics companies to jump on board with its mobile strategy. Lenovo and M…
Rivaling Asus’s Transformer Prime, Lenovo is showing off its own tablet with keyboard dock at the Consumer Electronics Show. The dual-core IdeaPad S2 weighs just 1.1 pounds, runs Google Android 4.0 out of the box and lasts for 20 hours with an optional keyboard dock.
A TV that features voice control, facial recognition, thousands of apps, a game pad and 3-D video?No, it’s not the rumored Apple TV, but a new Smart TV made by Lenovo that’s based on the latest version 4.0 of Google’s Android OS.
Charter, a China-based manufacturer is partially closing production due to nearby communities reporting bad odors. What’s impacted? Laptops and smartphones that use metal casings: Apple’s MacBook Air and handsets from HTC. Other laptops and new ultrabooks may be impacted too; just before the profitable holiday season.
Apple is the No. 1 mobile PC manufacturer in the world, beating rival HP for the top spot in the latest quarterly rankings. Apple shipped a total of 13.5 million units for year-over-year growth of 136 percent, 80 percent of which were tablets.
A look at some of the big stories in mobile today:
— Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) patent cases: The ITC is launching its investigation of Apple’s pa…
Netflix certified more Android devices for its software, adding support for a number of handsets and tablets powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor. That brings the total number of Netflix-capable smartphones and tablets up to 22. Good, because consumers don’t care whose chip powers their device.
A look at some of the big stories in mobile today:
— Lenovo: Two new Android tablets and one based on Windows 7 are hitting the market thi…
The old-line PC industry isn’t waiting around for Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) to articulate a tablet strategy, if a report that Lenovo is working…
Although Apple’s iPad has everyone’s attention, the tablet wars won’t be fought and won this year alone. A number of contenders are on the way and this disparity in platforms and form factors will help increase tablet sales 54 percent per year through 2015.
— Oracle v. Google: Android device makers LG (SEO: 066570), Motorola (NYSE: MOT) and Samsung could be feeling some legal heat soon. They ha…
After dumping its mobile phone group in 2008, Lenovo bought it back for double in 2009. Now the company has formed a new Mobile Internet and Digital Home Business Group, just as computer sales are eclipsed by smartphones. Is it too late for Lenovo?
Even with release of the Galaxy Tab this week, it looks like the real battle to upend the iPad won’t happen until next year. Lenovo’s CEO confirmed that its LePad tablet won’t hit the market until 2011. LG also pushed back the release of its tablet until next year.
Greenpeace has been a thorn in the side of the consumer electronics industry with its Guide to Greener Electronics for years. The latest edition shows shuffling in the ranks of top companies as they launch new products and sail past deadlines for eliminating hazardous substances.
Road warriors will soon be cheering world-wide as word spreads about the new Lenovo Power Hub. This product is so simple that it’s amazing no one has produced one before now. Take a power brick and add four USB ports to it without making it bigger.
The world seems consumed with 3D, with talk of 3D TVs and computers all over the news lately. Computer maker Lenovo is paying attention to this and introduced its first 3D notebook — the IdeaPad Y560d. The 15 inch notebook can play 3D games and movies.
Two of the most interesting gadgets we saw early this year at the CES in Las Vegas were both from Lenovo. These two products have been delayed by Lenovo according to Laptop Magazine, because the company is going to drop Linux to use Android.
The end of another week is upon us and that means it is time to share my week in Mobile Tech Manor with you. This week saw gadgets littering every surface in the Manor and I spent hours playing with them, er, evaluating them.
The IdeaPad Y460 is a 14.1-inch notebook that is very thin and mobile. You don’t think of mobile in the 14-inch size, but this notebook fits the description. The unit is not much bigger than the screen, and weighs roughly the same as a 13-inch MacBook.
Lenovo is apparently determined to have the most notebooks in its portfolio, with the introduction of the IdeaPad Z-series line of notebooks. The objective looks to bring powerful processors and multimedia capabilities to the Lenovo lineup, while keeping prices low enough to appeal to consumers.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge is a good compromise between the enterprise focused ThinkPad line and the consumer market. In the video I give a tour around the notebook and show how solid a performer it is at normal tasks such as web browsing and video playing.
Lenovo, the company that brings us the ThinkPad line of notebooks, has launched the new ThinkPad L line of notebooks. The company states these new notebooks are “the greenest laptops on the market” as they are made with up to 30% post-consumer content.
Lenovo sold its mobile handset division in 2008 only to buy it back in late 2009. It now says that up to 20 percent of its revenues will come from mobile products, including smartphones, within the next five years. How will it make this transition?
Beleaguered Palm is looking for a buyer, according to a report by Bloomberg. The company has failed to capitalize sufficiently on the webOS platform launched to great fanfare, and is courting companies for a sale. Two companies thought to have an interest are Lenovo and HTC.
The ThinkPad Edge line is aimed at bringing the solid ThinkPad reputation to the consumer. The Edge combines the solid build quality the ThinkPad is famous for with a design that is geared toward the consumer. The ThinkPad Edge 14 crosses the enterprise/ consumer divide admirably.
The ThinkPad Edge line combines many of the features that make the ThinkPad line a favorite with businesses, with other features that appeal to consumers. The result is a thin form factor with excellent consumer appeal. The 14-inch model starts at $599.
The end of the week is here so time to share the past week at Mobile Tech Manor with you, my friends. It was a typical week full of gadgets, software and good e-books. I used a different notebook each day and it went well.
The 11.6-inch high-res screen on the ThinkPad X100e is a nice touch for an ultra-portable, and the attention to detail is present throughout the design. The inclusion of an AMD processor is a concession to pricing, and I discuss my findings due to that design choice.
I’ve been working in a local coffee shop for an hour using the ThinkPad X100e laptop. I’m getting a lot of questions about the X100e, and it makes sense to do a brief Q&A session to shed further light on this small ThinkPad.
The race to get tablets to market has hit the lowly netbook sector, with several models already available and more likely on the way. I love me some slate goodness, and was delighted when Lenovo sent a IdeaPad S10-3t over for a test drive.
What if you could merge the best features of netbooks with the top quality of the ThinkPad notebook line? You’d get the ThinkPad X100e. This 11.6-inch ThinkPad crams the build quality and features of the venerable ThinkPad line into a form slightly bigger than the netbook.
So you’re not impressed that the “magic” iPad went on sale today? You want a “real” OS powering your slate? I’ve got your back as I’m your source for information about slates. Here’s a list of 5 alternatives to the iPad; I’ve used all of them.
Lenovo has been busy since the CES in January, and have announced refreshed models in the ThinkPad line. The x201 series gets beefier processors, and the Tablet PC model gets a trackpad. The massive dual-screen x701ds also gets a refresh while keeping that second slide-out screen.
The end of the week means it’s time to share the week at Mobile Tech Manor with you. This week saw a little laptop arrive, and I tested (and quit using) a new browser. The Kindle gained new respect from me, deservedly so.
The Palm Mobile Hotspot feature can be a boon to the mobile worker if connection speeds are good. While my initial testing showed slow speeds, further testing has determined the cause is not the Palm technology. Read the post and help me with a fix.
When we met with Lenovo at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, we took a video look at the latest gear.…
The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show is history, but plenty of the products on display at the show are still generating plenty of…
A long list of companies will bring new tablets to market this year in the hopes of duplicating the success of Apple’s iPod touch. Whether demand will meet that supply, though, is far from clear.
Lenovo’s new smartphone demonstrates just how impressive and flexible Google’s Android OS can be. But that flexibility will be a double-edged sword if it competes with itself in the marketplace and results in a vast number of Android versions.
Last month, I reported the results of a study detailing notebook reliability numbers. Many commenters disagreed with the results of the study…
As Lenovo steps back into the mobile business, it’s becoming clear that Android will democratize the hardware for mobile phones allowing the PC makers (both Dell and Acer are using it) to make a compelling handsets and put the hurt on traditional handset makers.
Felicia Day, the creator of The Guild and star of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, talked today about how different the world of…
BioPetroClean Raises $5M for Bugs to Clean Water: Israeli water tech startup BioPetroClean has raised a second round of funding from 21…
On Sunday, I wrote that online back-up services are much in demand from consumers who are worried about their digital data. David…
Mistake were made when hyping Ultra-wideband over the past few years. However, UWB may get a second chance as streaming media becomes…
Between the laptop and the mobile phone lies…something. Intel and Qualcomm may differ on what that something is, but both firms have…
The memory business is a volatile one, driven by consumer demand for products like MP3 players and rapid obsolescence. That’s why the…
I’m really pleased to announce that as of today I am contributing to Lockergnome’s Mobile Lifestyle section. Lockergnome has been a premiere…