BetaNews: Microsoft’s emergency Internet Explorer patch renders some Lenovo laptops unbootable

BetaNews: Microsoft’s emergency Internet Explorer patch renders some Lenovo laptops unbootable. “A few days ago, Microsoft issued an emergency patch for Internet Explorer to fix a zero-day vulnerability in the web browser. The problem affects versions of Internet Explorer from 9 to 11 across multiple versions of Windows, but it seems that the patch has been causing problems for many people. Specifically, people with some Lenovo laptop have found that after installing the KB4467691 patch they are unable to start Windows.”

Google Blog: Introducing the first Daydream standalone VR headset and new ways to capture memories

Google Blog: Introducing the first Daydream standalone VR headset and new ways to capture memories. “Back in January, we announced the Lenovo Mirage Solo, the first standalone virtual reality headset that runs Daydream. Alongside it, we unveiled the Lenovo Mirage Camera, the first camera built for VR180. Designed with VR capture and playback in mind, these devices work great separately and together. And both are available for purchase today.”

Ubuntu 17.10 PULLED: Linux OS knackers laptop BIOSes, Intel kernel driver fingered (The Register)

The Register: Ubuntu 17.10 PULLED: Linux OS knackers laptop BIOSes, Intel kernel driver fingered . “Canonical has halted downloads of Ubuntu Linux 17.10, aka Artful Aardvark, from its website after punters complained installing the open-source OS on laptops knackered the machines. Specifically, the desktop flavor of Artful Aardvark, released in October, has been temporarily pulled – the server builds and other editions remain available. A corrected version of 17.10 for desktops is due to be released soon.”

ANOTHER Lenovo Security Problem?

Lenovo computers apparently have yet another security problem. Oh c’mon, Lenovo! Who do you think you are.. Adobe? “Lenovo, and possibly other PC vendors, is exposed to a UEFI bug that can be exploited to disable firmware write-protection. If the claims made by Dmytro Oleksiuk at Github are correct, an attacker can ‘disable flash write protection and infect platform firmware, disable Secure Boot, [and] bypass Virtual Secure Mode (Credential Guard, etc.) on Windows 10 Enterprise.’” To be fair, this looks like it might be more of an Intel problem than a Lenovo-specific problem.

Google, Lenovo Team Up For Project Tango Device

Google and Lenovo are teaming up on a Project Tango device (PRESS RELEASE). “Today at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Lenovo announced the development of the first consumer mobile device with Project Tango in collaboration with Google. Available in summer 2016, the new smartphone, powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor, turns the screen into a magic window that can overlay digital information and objects onto the real world.”

Lenovo Has Yet Another Security Problem

Oh look, another Lenovo security problem. “Last week, the company released version 5.07.0019 of Lenovo System Update, a tool that helps users keep their computers’ drivers and BIOS up to date and which was previously called ThinkVantage System Update. The new version fixes two local privilege escalation vulnerabilities discovered by researchers from security firm IOActive.”

Lenovo Gets Caught With the Crapware Again

Ewww. Looks like Lenovo’s in the middle of another crapware scandal. I am actually typing this on a Lenovo, but happy, it’s a Lenovo which was formatted and set up with Linux. Ask me if I’m buying another one. (No.) “Windows 8 and Windows 10 contain a surprising feature that many users will find unwelcome: PC OEMs can embed a Windows executable in their system firmware. Windows 8 and 10 will then extract this executable during boot time and run it automatically. In this way, the OEM can inject software onto a Windows machine even if the operating system was cleanly installed. The good news is that most OEMs fortunately do not seem to take advantage of this feature. The bad news is that ‘most’ is not ‘all.’ Between October 2014 and April of this year, Lenovo used this feature to preinstall software onto certain Lenovo desktop and laptop systems, […]