Statement On Lenovo Superfish

Lenovo recently came under fire for being caught preloading laptops with a program called Superfish. The program contained a security flaw which allowed users’ web connections to be hijacked and spied on. Superfish is considered “adware”, software that automatically displays advertisements.

However, a Lenovo spokesman reported, “We have thoroughly investigated this technology and do not find any evidence to substantiate security concerns.” Superfish “does not profile nor monitor user behavior. It does not record user information. It does not know who the user is. Users are not tracked nor re-targeted,” according to Re/Code.

Lenovo did not install Superfish on any ThinkPad notebooks, nor any desktops, workstations, servers, tablets, or phones. The only laptops that were preloaded with the software were the following consumer model notebooks:  Z-series, Y-Series, U-Series, G-Series, S-Series, Flex-Series, Yoga, Miix and E-Series. Superfish only affects these laptops shipped between September and December of 2014.

No devices sold from catmandu will contain Superfish.

At catmandu, with our commitment to excellence and to our customers, we only sell high-end Lenovo products. You will not find any of the consumer models in our locations.

Lenovo will not be preloading Superfish on any device in the future and they are making every effort to inform consumers of the risks of not uninstalling Superfish. In a statement to their retailers, they stated, “We know that millions of people rely on our devices every day, and it is our responsibility to deliver quality, reliability, innovation and security to each and every customer.”

Removal of the adware is relatively simple. You can find the instructions here, or you can bring your laptop to one of the catmandu locations.

At catmandu, we continue to stand behind the Lenovo product line.

John Deere & catmandu

John Deere and catmandu. Weird combination, right? What could an outdoor and farm equipment company have in common with a tech company? We live in an agricultural community here in Amarillo, TX. Our city thrives on the rampant production agriculture that occurs outside the city limits.

For miles and miles into the distance, all you can see is fields of wheat, corn, and sorghum blanketing the landscape with a lot of cattle herds mixed in. And what brand of equipment do you normally see tilling the soil, planting the seeds, and eventually harvesting the crops? John Deere. Why? Because they’re the best in the business and John Deere equipment is the industry standard.

At catmandu, we sell Lenovo brand laptops, desktops, and tablets. We like to say that Lenovo is the John Deere of PCs because Lenovo is the #1 PC maker in the world and has the lowest failure rate.

At catmandu, we could sell HP, Toshiba, or Dell systems and honestly, we would make a lot more money if we did because 1) computer brands like these are cheaper, therefore we would be able to charge a higher mark-up and still sell more and 2) the computers would fail more often, causing the customer to come into catmandu and spend more money trying to fix the problems that will inevitably crop up. We’ve seen too many one month old laptops come through our doors with a myriad of issues and we couldn’t live with ourselves if those were the laptops we were selling.

At catmandu, as our motto states, “everything matters.” Especially our customers. We want to sell you the best products in the world. You deserve nothing less than excellence from us. That’s why we only sell Lenovo, the industry standard and the John Deere of computers.

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.

Photo Via Lenovo

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.

Photo Via Catmandu Blog

The New Lenovo Yoga 2 Tablet

The New Lenovo Yoga 2

Photo Via Lenovo YouTube

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.

Video Via Lenovo YouTube

 

New Lenovo Store Products

We recently received some really great products thanks to Lenovo. Our package included the new Yoga, X1 Carbon, and T440 ThinkPad. All of these devices have amazing features that is capable of conquering any task.

 

The ThinkPad Yoga is less than an inch thick and will have up to 8 hours of battery life. The 12.5”screen bends back a full 360 degrees to easily display content.

 

The X1 Carbon ThinkPad is the lightest 14” Ultrabook currently in the world. It’s only 17mm thin and weighs less than 2.9 lbs. Another neat is the integrated gesture control technology which allows users to transition from web pages by a simple wave.

 

The ThinkPad T440s has a full high-definition display along with a spill-resistant keyboard. It is the 4thgeneration out of the Intel Core processors. It also allows users to switch dead batteries without having to shut down through the use of Power Bridge technology.

 

The new desktop, M93p Tiny, contains power and performance of a tower in a smaller more convenient size. The Tiny tower consumes 50% less power than a normal processor and can be placed virtually anywhere:on a shelf,under a desk, or docked on a wall.

 

The ThinkPad 8 is a Windows tablet that has all the power and processing power of a laptop. It has an 8” screen and is perfect for light tasks and web browsing. It’s a nice piece of tech to access content on the go.

Amarillo 34th Street Construction Projected To Last Through January 2015 – Don’t Forget About Local Businesses

It’s summer-time in Amarillo and that means construction projects are taking place all over the city. One of the larger projects is the complete curb-to-curb renovation of 34th street between Coulter & Soncy. Of course there are pros and cons to construction projects of this scope.

First, 34th street has been needing work for some time and that’s understandable. But, the project will be interrupting the flow of traffic down one of the main traffic pipelines on the West side of the city. This project is a huge project and has been projected to last into January of 2015. There have been some local media outlets even suggesting that people avoid 34th street during this time.

The thing about this is, there are many local businesses that are along this route that rely on the patronage of people driving this route. cat-man-du is one of these businesses. We want to first say thank you to all of our customers who have ‘braved’ the construction up until this point. We will continue to be offering our award winning service as always. We also want to let our customers know that there is an alternate route to get to our Amarillo location during the construction. Less than a quarter mile South of 34th street on Soncy, there is a parking lot that leads directly to cat-man-du and McAlister’s Deli.

So, next time your headed to cat-man-du to drop off your computer for diagnostics/repairs, pick up your brand new laptop or tablet, or schedule a business networking/server project, you might want to consider this tiny detour to save you the headache of the 34th Street construction. See below for a map of the detour route.

Also, don’t forget to get entered to win a BRAND NEW Lenovo IdeaTab Tablet!

Detour Route To cat-man-du

It’s cat-man-du’s 11 Year Anniversary AND We Want To Give YOU The Gift! Win A Lenovo Android Tablet

cat-man-du has been Amarillo’s go-to company for computer repair and business IT for the last 11 years and we want to thank you! So here’s what we’re doing. We’re giving away a brand new Lenovo tablet. Lenovo devices are known for being extremely durable, fast, and increasingly popular. Don’t miss your chance to walk away with this tablet!

Here’s what you’ll be getting:

IdeaTab S2110

CPU – Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060A Processor (1.50GHz 512 KB

OS – Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Memory- 1 GB

How It Works:

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Lenovo Unveils New Chromebook N20 & N20P [VIDEO]

Photo via YouTube Screenshot

Lenovo recently announced the release of two new Chromebooks, the N20P and N20. Both models come with features such as the updated version of Chrome OS, an 11.6-inch monitor and an 8 hour battery life. The only downfall is that Windows apps will not work on these books-including Microsoft Office. But the books will offer a program that is similar to Microsoft Office, Google Docs.

The Chromebooks are designed for optimal performance,security and portability. Chromebooks can be used online or offline to listen to music, edit pictures, and stream movies or TV shows. The books use a “Cloud Drive”, which means that all data is stored using online remote servers. The internal storage is 16GB, but google “Cloud” offers an additional 100GB and will automatically back up your files. In short, your files will be protected from malware and viruses since there is no data stored internally to attack.

While the N20 is more like a traditional notebook, the N20p offers a full 300 degree rotating screen which props up for easy watching and typing. The added touchscreen makes switching from one website to another faster and easier. Starting price for the N20 starts at 279$, which is great for students and workers on the go!

 

cat-man-du Is Now The Only Authorized Lenovo Warranty Center Within 600 Miles Of The Amarillo Area

Photo courtesy of Lenovo Partner Website

At cat-man-du we have proudly serviced your business and home computers and networks in Amarillo, Canyon, and Dumas for more than a decade. Now, cat-man-du is the only Authorized Lenovo warranty center in a 600 mile radius.

If you’re having issues with your “Think” line Lenovo and it’s still under warranty, don’t ship it off! Bring it to us. We can handle it locally in our office and get you back to businesses even quicker.

If it’s not under warranty, you can still bring it to us and we’ll take care of any issues you might be having. That applies to any computer, network device, server, etc. We are your go-to company for any technology needs and we are proud to have expanded to being part of the Authorized Lenovo warranty center network.

Call 806-350-8324 with warranty or service questions regarding any of your technology.

Google’s Motorola Line Purchased By Lenovo For $2.91 Billion [VIDEO]

When Google purchased Motorola, it was losing money hand over fist. Google saw potential in the brand and began the process of rebuilding the integrity of Motorola. First, it discontinued the Motorola ‘dumb’ line. The use of more intuitive software and less gimmicks has been a hit since the release of the Moto X.

Lenovo has been making big waves in the smartphone market, but to this point has kept its sights off of the United States. With this aquisition, you can bet that they will begin to shift their focus when it comes to their lines of smartphones. When you look at the purchase price you will see that Google is taking a giant bath on this deal. They are selling to Lenovo for $2.91 billion only 2 years after purchasing the company for $12.5 billion. That is a huge loss.

While Lenovo is purchasing the company, it’s more of a partnership. Google will still retain the vast majority of patents including “current patent applications and invention disclosures.” This will be an ongoing relationship with Google.

You can bet that all eyes will be on the next line of Motorolas that roll out with Lenovo driving the ship. Lenovo will use it’s current brand of smartphone in the markets where they are already doing very well and bring the Motorola brand to the United States. In markets like China, they may market both.

This deal will also free up Google from conflicts with other partners such as Samsung along with shedding a losing handset business. In the long run this will actually increase profit margins for the search giant.