Google seeking new partners for nexy generation Nexus phones; China vendors may prevail

China.gifGoogle will continue to roll out its next-generation Nexus smartphones, and a number of handset vendors including Lenovo, Xiaomi Technology, Huawei and LG Electronics are likely to gear up efforts for winning the cooperation project, according to sources at Taiwan’s supply chain. But since LG has produced the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, Google is more likely to choose China-based handset makers as new partners, either for strengthening its presence in China or supporting the development of new production partners, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150520PD203.html

Lenovo may team up with Alibaba to sell smart TVs

ChinaLenovo Group’s television unit will likely cooperate with Alibaba Group to jointly set up a joint-venture firm with other investors, and will introduce a brand-new smart television brand “17” beginning on May 20, our sister paper Want Daily reports, citing Chinese online media outlet Jiemian.com. Via the cooperation, Lenovo aims to transform itself in terms of internet operations, while keeping its existing supply chains and reputation as a renowned hardware manufacturer, according to an unnamed Lenovo executive.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150517000005

Lenovo users exposed to “massive security risk”

ChinaLenovo has been accused of putting users at “massive security risk” through newly-discovered flaws in its online product update service which allow hackers to download malware onto user systems through a man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attack. The holes were revealed by security firm IOActive, just weeks after Lenovo was found to be shipping PCs with pre-installed ‘Superfish’ adware that also left its users open to MITM attacks.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/403645,lenovo-users-exposed-to-massive-security-risk.aspx

HP, Lenovo land $250m NSW education deal, from AU

AustraliaHP and Lenovo will share in a $250 million desktop, notebook and tablet contract for the NSW Department of Education & Communities (DEC). Each PC maker has secured a $125 million deal with DEC, set to run until the end of 2017, with the option of two one-year extensions. The supply panel spans 2200 NSW public schools with 750,000 students, plus 130 TAFE campuses across NSW with 500,000 students. Public schools must buy from the panel, but TAFEs have discretion to purchase from other state contract suppliers.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/403186,hp-lenovo-land-250m-nsw-education-deal.aspx

Smartphone market in China becoming overcrowded

ChinaManufacturers in different industries are jumping into the smartphone business in China, resulting in fiercer competition and a less profitable market, reports the Beijing Morning Post. Over the past few months, several Chinese hardware and software makers alike, including 360 Security, LeTV, Gree Electric, Meitu, Datang and others, announced the launch of smartphones. The newcomers are carrying their brands from different industries hoping to make as much money as existing players.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150420000002

Samsung smartphones lose steam in China market

KoreaEver since reaching a sales zenith in 2013, Samsung smartphones have been facing an increasing challenge from their Chinese counterparts, losing ground to Chinese brands such as Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi in the mainland market in 2014 and also suffering strong competition from Chinese rivals in international markets, according to the Shanghai-based China Business News (CBN).

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150418000132

Digitimes Research: Lenovo smartphone shipments reach only 8-9 million units in 1Q15

ChinaLenovo’s smartphone shipments in first-quarter 2015 reached only 8-9 million units, lower than the volume that Digitimes Research had previously estimated and about the same as the level a year ago due to high inventory built up during the fourth quarter of 2014. Lenovo brand image is relatively weak in the smartphone market and the fact that it has two smartphone brands – Lenovo and Motorola Mobility – is not helping its marketing. The two brands overlap in their targeting market segments and pricing ranges.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150407VL201.html

Lenovo CEO posts Moto 360 successor’s image online

ChinaAs the first circular Android Wear watch the Moto 360 certainly impressed in terms of style, but a better successor was always inevitable. It looks like that successor might be here sooner rather than later, as an image of it has apparently been spied.  The photo was posted to Weibo by none other than Lenovo’s own CEO Yang Yuanqing, so it seems likely that it’s the real deal.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Lenovo-CEO-posts-Moto-360-successors-image-online/articleshow/46631217.cms

Lenovo launches financing scheme for PC buyers in Punjab

IndiaCHANDIGARH: Leading personal computer player Lenovo today announced the launch of a financing support scheme to help consumers especially youth to buy computers and laptops.  “As part of the initiative, Lenovo is providing an end-to-end package to make computers more accessible to youth across these markets. This includes an attractive finance scheme, Internet access and huge-scale promotion to drive awareness,” said company’s Director- Home and Small Business, Shailendra Katyal here today.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/lenovo-launches-financing-scheme-for-pc-buyers-in-punjab/articleshow/46456893.cms

Researchers uncover signs of Superfish-style attacks

ChinaResearchers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) yesterday said that they had found evidence that implies attackers have exploited a security vulnerability in the Superfish adware and a slew of other programs. Superfish, a company that markets a visual search product, made the news last week when Lenovo was found to have pre-loaded the program on its consumer-grade PCs during a four-month span late last year.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/569068/researchers-uncover-signs-superfish-style-attacks/

Lenovo Seeks Help of McAfee, Windows Defender for Superfish Removal

ChinaLenovo has enlisted the help of McAfee and Windows Defender security to block any further activity by Superfish, the adware service capable of copying private details and storing them on a server for third-parties to purchase. The move comes a few days after Lenovo tried to deny the privacy and security impact Superfish has on computers, claiming the adware could not track users. This has turned out to be false, and perhaps without Lenovo’s knowledge Superfish has documented thousands of browser based user interactions.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/38846/20150224/lenovo-acquires-help-mcafee-windows-defender-superfish-removal.htm

Superfish security flaw also exists in other apps, non-Lenovo systems

ChinaSecurity researchers warned that an adware program called Superfish, which was preloaded on some Lenovo consumer laptops, opened computers to attack. However, it seems that the same poorly designed and flawed traffic interception mechanism used by Superfish is also used in other software programs. Superfish uses a man-in-the-middle proxy component to interfere with encrypted HTTPS connections, undermining the trust between users and websites. It does this by installing its own root certificate in Windows and uses that certificate to re-sign SSL certificates presented by legitimate websites.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/superfish-security-flaw-also-exists-other-apps-non-lenovo-systems.1424593662

Are Lenovo Computers Safe For Consumer Users?

ChinaThere have always been worries that the Chinese government could use its power to force homegrown technology companies like ZTE, Huawei, Qihoo 360 and Lenovo to spy on user communications, but now a bombshell has landed that shows Lenovo is forcing adware onto users’ computers on the company’s own volition.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2015/02/19/21425-are-lenovo-computers-safe-for-consumer-users

Lenovo caught pre-installing adware on laptops

ChinaComputer giant Lenovo has come under fire from users and security pundits after its consumer laptops were found to contain pre-installed adware/malware which could be used to intercept and hijack encrypted Transport Layer Security communications in Microsoft Windows. The ‘Superfish’ adware is a third-party application that was, until last month, installed on all Lenovo consumer laptops.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/400712,lenovo-caught-pre-installing-adware-on-laptops.aspx

Lenovo earmarke more than $2 billion for the R&D units of Motorola & IBM’s commodity server biz

ChinaBENGALURU: Lenovo has earmarked more than $2 billion for the research and development units of the two companies it bought last year -Motorola and IBM’s commodity server business, a senior executive said. “We will spend about $1 billion on our server business in the next three years in R&D for innovation and (to) enter new product categories,” said Satish Gupta, vice-president — technical strategy, at Lenovo, overseeing global strategy and the technology roadmap for the server business.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/lenovo-earmarke-more-than-2-billion-for-the-rd-units-of-motorola-ibms-commodity-server-biz/articleshow/46283409.cms

Lenovo Group Will Build Development Center In Hong Kong’s Cyberport

Hong KongLenovo Group has reached a deal with Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited to jointly build a cloud service and product research and development center. According to the agreement signed by the two parties, Lenovo and Cyberport will cooperate in various sectors, including science and technology development and innovation; talent training and employment; local cloud computing; big data; and Internet industry development.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2015/02/09/21401-lenovo-group-will-build-development-center-in-hong-kongs-cyberport

Lenovo To Establish Cloud R&D Center In Hong Kong

Hong KongLenovo Group and the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited (Cyberport) have entered into a collaboration to establish the region’s first cloud service and product development center, as reported by Laura Luo on Datacenter Dynamic’s Chinese website. Paul Chow, chairman of Cyberport and Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO of Lenovo signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Under the agreement, the two parties will cooperate in a number of areas, including research and development (R&D), personnel training and employment, cloud computing, assisting start-ups, big data, and Internet industry development.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/focus/archive/2015/01/lenovo-establish-cloud-rd-center-hong-kong

Lenovo’s Motorola looks to take market share from China rivals

ChinaBEIJING: Motorola, the mobile handset maker bought by China’s Lenovo Group Ltd from Google Inc for $2.9 billion, is optimistic about its prospects in the Chinese market, its president told Reuters. Lenovo’s acquisition, completed three months ago, ended Google’s move into the consumer mobile handset business. The deal has turned personal computer-maker Lenovo into a challenger in the higher-end smartphone market, competing with Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/lenovos-motorola-looks-to-take-market-share-from-china-rivals/articleshow/46021989.cms

Lenovo forms cloud research centre in Hong Kong’s Cyberport

Lenovo, the world’s largest supplier of personal computers, has tapped Cyberport in Hong Kong to serve as its research and development base for new “cloud computing” products and services. The computer giant’s cloud research operation represents the latest high-profile tenant landed by the Hong Kong government-backed technology complex, which opened in 2002 with Microsoft among its anchor tenants.

http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1688091/lenovo-forms-cloud-research-centre-hong-kongs-cyberport

Lenovo launches cheapest 4G phone A6000 at Rs 6,999 to take on Microsoft, Xiaomi and Micromax

NEW DELHI:Lenovo on Friday launched India’s cheapest smartphone that can work on fourth-generation telecom technology, pricing it aggressively at Rs 6,999 to take on offerings from Microsoft, Xiaomi and Micromax that have recently launched 4G devices costing less than Rs 10,000. The Chinese company will sell the 4G LTE smartphone, A6000, exclusively via online marketplace Flipkart through flash sale, a model that has been adopted by Xiaomi and Motorola in India with great success. The first flash sale is on January 28.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/lenovo-launches-cheapest-4g-phone-a6000-at-rs-6999-to-take-on-microsoft-xiaomi-and-micromax/articleshow/45917229.cms