Lenovo Quietly Releases Smartband SW-B100 Specs

Lenovo Quietly Releases Smartband SW-B100 Specs

It was a matter of time that Lenovo joined the Smartwatch elite with Google and Apple.  Lenovo gave the public a “hint” of the upcoming gadget when the original FCC Filing was made. Technically, the new device isn’t a smartwatch but rather a smartband. Just like the Samsung Gear Fit, the Lenovo Smartband SW-B100 is an activity tracker that tracks and graphs health analytics. Many of the features resemble the typical smartwatch, but what makes this one different is that the SW-B100 has a security feature that locks or unlocks a PC.  

Windows Central was the first to spot the Smartband SW-B100 leak on the company site.  The Smartband will come in two different colors blue and orange with a square display screen. Lenovo hasn’t released a price point yet, but  has confirmed that the device will run on Android 4.3 and iOS 7.1 or higher.

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Lenovo has had a great year with releasing innovative products  In 2014 alone, Lenovo has released the first tablet with a built-in projector and work-efficient TD340 power server.

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Bank of America Under Fire After Apple Pay Double Charge Mishap

Bank of America Under Fire After Apple Pay Double Charge Mishap

A few users of the new Apple Pay app have reported that Bank of America has double charged them on recent purchases. Users began noticing after checking banking statements, but will soon be resolved.  Angry Redditor’s took their displeasure to the forums to shed some light on the issue.

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One of CNN reporters Samuel Burk was a victim of the double charge.  He personally contacted Bank of America and this is how the company responded:  “Bank of America transferred me to Apple Pay customer support. The only problem:Apple’s (AAPL, Tech30) representative reminded me that for security’s sake — as promised — Apple keeps no records of names or amounts for any of the transactions”, which means that the company could not help. Burk was one of the few thousand Apple Pay users that were affected, but eventually received refunds from the extra charges. A spokeswoman for Bank of America Tara Burke told Cult of Mac, “We apologize for this inconvenience,” and will be fixing the problem immediately.  She also promised that  “all duplicates will be refunded” to the rightful owners. Surprisingly, Apple has had a massive amount of issues after the iPhone 6 and iOS X release.

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New Android Koler Trojan Infecting Thousands via SMS

New Android Koler Trojan Infecting Thousands via SMS

Researchers reported a fake porn app that is infecting Android users everywhere. back in May of this year.  Originally,  the Koler Trojan would  infect users when the phony DaBoink app is opened, but has evolved to spreading via SMS text message.The Koler Trojan horse takes over an Android device and demands that the user pay $300 via PayPal or the phone will remained locked.  The pesky Trojan will reappear no matter if the user closes out the browser that is infected.  

AdaptiveMobile security firm was first to report on the new dangerous Koler Trojan.  The new variant disguises the Trojan as a ‘law enforcement’ fine and claims that the user was looking and storing  child pornagrpahy.  The security firm also reports that a massive text message to the victims contacts will also be sent:  “someone made a profile named -[the contact’s name]- and he uploaded some of your photos! is that you?” that is followed by a url link.  Once the link is clicked the user is directected to a Dropbox link  IMG_7821.apk.  The Trojan will disguise itself under the name PhotoViewer and thus infects a new victim.

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PCWorld advises that users turn off the “unknown option” in the Android Security to prevent users from downloading unknown applications not found in the Google Play store.  Don’t worry, the Trojan can removed off the device but is no easy battle.

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Over a Half-Million Lost Due to Anonabox Failed Kickstarter Campaign

Over a Half-Million Lost Due to Anonabox Failed Kickstarter Campaign

Anonabox was a Kickstarter campaign to create a an open-source router that passes all information sent on the internet through Tor.  But was soon banned after users claimed that the “custom” made parts and security for Anonabox were made by another company.  

August Germar initial asking fund was only $7,500, but money came flowing in and the total ended in just over $500,00.  The $45 price tag was too good to be true for the portable device.  Funds began to diminish after Redditors posted evidence of the misleading information Germar provided.   Users accused Germar of using a pre-made stock-board made by a Chinese company.Germar made the mistake of doing an “AMA” on Reddit where users asked about the manufacturing of the device. This was his reply:

“ Nice! Yes honestly that does look like the same circuit board. I can’t help but wonder if the factory that we sourced is going to try to sell them too. It seems pretty common in the electronics industry and that’s fine. I’ve never seen that photo before now, but if that is the case good for them! We have not invented anything and there are no patents on anything.”

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Wired soon made a follow-up call with Germar in which he finally admitted that the Chinese company Gainstrong created the stock-board that the router was made out of. The site also reported a security flaw found in the device if not properly set up.  Anonabox comes without a protected wireless password, meaning that a hacker is able get into the network with the right password (which coincidentally happens to be “developer!”).  Access to to the router allows hackers to steal information and disable Tor in order to track location. Germar claims that miscommunication has led to the recent outrage.  He admits that he should have included warnings with the device and properly explained where the parts were manufactured.  

There are devices available on the market that aids in distinguishing a user’s address.The CMD Network Security not only gives users control over what information is received over the network but also contains great programs that can block entire countries from accessing your IP address.

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Keynotes From Apple’s Big Event

Keynotes From Apple’s Big Event

Today was Apple’s big event to announce the new Apple Air 2, Apple Mini 3, and new improved iMac.  Craig Federighi, Senior VP of Software Engineering at Apple Inc, kicked off the Apple event with a re-cap of the past updates.He re-introduced the new keyboard feature and even joked about it recognizing “ Klingon”, for all you Star Trek fans.  He went in-depth a bit further with the new Metal framework on mobile.  Assassins Creed is one of the many games that was displayed on the iPhone 6.

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Stephen Colbert, Apples new “Supreme Commander of Secrecy”, was the guest caller during this event.  Steven and Craig spoke in code words and referred each other as “Granny Apple” and “Red Delicious”. Apple’s last event guest caller was the newest employee Dr.  Dre.

Yosemite and iOS8

Yosemite has been downloaded by over 1 million users worldwide.  The new “AirDrop” feature allows users to share information between iOS8 and Yosemite. Handoff makes efficiency a breeze by allowing information to switched between devices with a simple swipe.  Share pictures,documents, and edits straight from your iPhone to your Mac in real time.  Yosemite is available for FREE today.

Ipad Air 2

The new  Ipad Air 2 is the thinnest tablet available on the Apple line.  The Air 2 is an amazing 6.1mm thin, which is thinner than a pencil. The anti-reflective coating reduces reflection by 56% and is the lowest on any tablet. An updated A8x chip with 2nd gen 64-bit architecture makes this tablet a power horse.  The CPU (central processing unit) is now 40% faster along with adding 2.5x the power to the GPU (graphics processing unit).  The running 10 hour battery life allows for unlimited work and fun. Apple even added a  Barometer to measure atmospheric pressure.  

The  new 8MP iSight camera adds depth details and increases color quality to any photo.  The camera will also shoot videos in 1080p HD quality.  For the first time in tablet history, the Air 2 is able to take panoramic and burst action photos.  Also, for the first time ever users can take time lapse and and slow motion videos. Wi-fi connectivity is now 2.8x faster and the 20LTE bands to increase connectivity.  And of course the new Air 2 will also include TouchID that unlocks passwords with a fingerprint.  Pre-orders begin October 17 and will be shipped out next week.

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Brand new iMac

The new iMac all-in-one will contain an 27-inch HD 5K retina display, which is the only of its kind.  The 14.7 million pixels adds breathtaking quality to pictures,videos, and games.  That’s 7x the amount pixels found in an HD TV and makes this the  World’s highest resolution display. The Apple team redesigned the architecture behind the iMac to create a stunning 5mm thick display.  The timing controller or “TCON” is needed to manage the massive amount of pixels. The processing power is incredible with an added custom built 3.5GHz quad core i7 Intel chip,which makes it the fastest iMac. The Apple team created a new layer material called Oxide TFT that charges pixels and evens them throughout the display. A New thinner LED back-light was added that consumes less power and 30% less energy.  The compensation film a great added feature to improve off axis viewing.  The 8GB memory allows for an ample amount of storage for games,documents, and photos.  

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All of these great products will come in different screen sizes and storage capacity to fit any need.

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The New Lenovo Yoga 2 Tablet

The New Lenovo Yoga 2

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Lenovo recently released a tablet that is a force to be reckoned with.  The redesigned Yoga Tablet 2 will include an HD screen (2560×1440 resolution) and front-facing JBL speakers.  One key feature that sets this tablet out from the crowd is the 50” integrated side projector.  Users can project movies, pictures, power points, and stream games from the tablet onto any surface. Turn any moment into a business opportunity or simply take it as a time to display your family. The kickstand received a new makeover with the ability to now swivel around 180 degrees with an open hook to hang.

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