Authorities in two northern Vietnamese localities have warned local state offices and agencies against using Lenovo computers, which contain preloaded software that the Chinese PC maker allegedly uses to steal data and information from users. In a dispatch dated December 18, a committee in charge of safeguarding state secrets under the administration of Hai Phong City recommended that government agencies run security checks on their Lenovo computers as they contain spyware. Spyware is software that aims to gather information about a person or organization without their knowledge and that may send such information to another entity. The administration of Quang Ninh Province, in the meantime, has also ordered that local public bodies and organizations stop choosing Lenovo devices for their computer procurement for similar security concerns. Both the Hai Phong and Quang Ninh authorities have issued the warnings following an announcement from the Ministry of Public Security last … [Read more...] about China’s Lenovo computers sold in Vietnam discovered containing spyware
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WASHINGTON - Future computing devices will push further into the senses by developing capacities to mimic the ability to see, smell, touch, taste and hear, IBM has said in an annual forecast. The seventh annual "IBM 5 in 5", a list of innovations that have the potential to have an impact in the next five years, said computers and other devices will gain more capabilities to simulate the human senses. IBM on Monday said computers may be able to use algorithms to determine the precise chemical structure of food and why people like certain tastes. "Not only will it make healthy foods more palatable - it will also surprise us with unusual pairings of foods actually designed to maximise our experience of taste and flavour," the computing giant said. "In the case of people with special dietary needs such as individuals with diabetes, it would develop flavours and recipes to keep their blood sugar regulated, but satisfy their sweet tooth." IBM predicted that in the next five years, … [Read more...] about New computing devices will allow touch, smell: IBM
It used to be that "convertible PC" could mean only one thing: a laptop whose display swiveled around, folding down into tablet mode. Now that Windows 8 is here, though, the category has become a bit muddied. How else to describe our recent collection of reviews? In just the past few weeks alone, we've tested a laptop whose screen folds all the way back, an Ultrabook whose display flips inside the hinge and yet another with a slide-out keyboard. Anything goes -- at least until consumers decide which form factor they like best. But when Lenovo calls its new ThinkPad Twist a convertible, you can rest assured it's using the old-school definition. As the name implies, it has a rotating screen that allows it to be used as a 12-inch slate. And, like all the business-friendly ThinkPads that came before it, it sports a well-engineered keyboard, a secondary set of touch buttons and, of course, that signature red pointing stick. Now, though, it runs a much more finger-friendly OS, and … [Read more...] about Lenovo ThinkPad Twist review: an old form factor gets new life with Windows 8
The first iPhones won praise for their sleek design and elegant touchscreen, but Apple's new computer phones, arriving this week, will use the power of software to make the device like no phone ever seen. Whether it's faster Web speeds, security for business users or using the phone's direction-finding capability to let it act as a game controller or location-aware device, it's software, not hardware, that should define the iPhone from here out. "The emphasis on software shifts the debate from how cool a device it is to what it can do for you," says Tim Bajarin, an analyst with industry research firm Creative Strategies of San Jose, California, and a veteran Apple-watcher. … [Read more...] about iPhone killer-app is letting users choose software
VGP - To become an industrialized country in the next decade as expected in the Socio-economic Development Strategy 2011-2020, it is urgent for Viet Nam to build up powerful supporting industries. According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT), Viet Nam annually spends US$100 billion for imports, including over US$20 billion (23%) for machinery and equipment. In many key industries, the proportion of domestically-made inputs accounts around 25-30%. These are evidences of the weak performance of domestic supporting industries. … [Read more...] about How supporting industries to thrive?