• Posted on May 29, 2014

Lenovo: Red Dragon Rising

With two back-to-back blockbuster deals, Lenovo, the Chinese PC juggernaut, hopes to forever change the IT landscape’s balance of power. Over the last two weeks Lenovo revealed its post-PC blueprint for IT domination that includes doubling down on mobile, client and the data center. Lenovo’s $2.91 billion purchase of Google’s Motorola Mobility smartphone business, following […]

  • Posted on March 20, 2013

Sleazy Ads on Android Devices Push Bogus ‘Battery Upgrade’ Warnings

Scareware has gone mobile: Users of Android devices are starting to see sleazy ads warning that they need to upgrade their device’s battery. The supposed battery-saver apps that those ads prod you to download, however, could endanger your privacy or siphon money from your wallet–and generally they’ll do nothing to improve your gadget’s battery life, […]

  • Posted on March 20, 2013

The Subscription Trap

How can companies make more than a billion dollars selling a service that almost no one wants? By signing up millions of members who don’t know that they’re becoming members. A survey by credit card company Visa estimates that nearly three in ten Americans have been stung by a subscription trap. Here’s how it works: […]

  • Posted on March 20, 2013

Hard Drives Exposed

It’s a chilly March Saturday at the Pit, a concrete holding pen for abandoned computer parts at the Needham, Massachusetts, town dump. Nearby, three locals wait patiently in their idling cars. An SUV pulls up. Driver James Curtin grabs an old PC from the back and puts it into the Pit alongside other CRT monitors […]

  • Posted on March 20, 2013

Sneaky Mobile Ads Invade Android Phones

Are you wondering how that mysterious icon ended up on your Android phone’s start screen? Annoyed at the ads clogging your notification bar? You aren’t alone. Thousands of Android apps now include software that shoves┬ámarketing icons onto your phone’s start screen or pushes advertising into your notification bar–and many of the apps give you no […]