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Lenovo's Sorry

Lenovo is still doing damage control after their 'Superfish' problem. Lenovo has now announced that anyone who was affected will get a free 6 month subscription to McAfee LiveSafe which I guess is better than nothing. Lenovo has also said that they will be 'significantly reducing' the amount of preloaded software that will be coming on your next new PC, which just might be the best news. Reuters has the story.

Lenovo Group Ltd said it will offer users of its PCs pre-installed with "Superfish" software a free 6-month subscription to McAfee LiveSafe service to remove security concerns.

The Chinese computer and smartphone maker's announcement comes a week after the U.S. government advised Lenovo customers to remove "Superfish", saying it makes users vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Lenovo also issued a press release promising a cleaner, safer PC in the future.

Linksys E8350 2400AC Wireless Gigabit Router

We have just posted up our review of the Linksys E8350 802.11ac 2400AC Gigabit Router. Not only is this router crazy fast on the wireless speeds, it also performs like a champ over a wired connection. Linksys has gotten back to basics on the sofware side of things and they give you a clean interface that gets the job done - quickly. It is currently the king of our wireless tests so make sure to check our review for all the details.



Overall the performance and package of the E8350 is fantastic. Linksys has once again put their best foot forward in order to try and regain the affection of enthusiasts worldwide. The wired performance is great and it comes close to the fastest we've seen. In terms of wireless connectivity the results between this router and my laptop are even better than the previous WRT1900AC. There really isn't much to complain about when it comes to performance...

How to remove Bloatware

The recent Superfish 'scandal' from Lenovo has brought even more light to all the software that comes pre-installed on your brand new computer that pretty much only slows you down. All of this software is removable and if you spend the time doing it you might just be surprised at the performance that you can gain. PCWorld has a guide on how to do this and shows just how much performance you might be able to gain.

Bloatware, crapware, shovelware: No matter what you call it, the junk that PC makers dump onto new PCs is nothing short of a mess. The situation was thrust into the spotlight last week when it was revealed that several Lenovo PCs were preloaded with “Superfish” adware that actively left users vulnerable to attack. The software compromised secure HTTPS web connections in a quest to inject ads on the sites you visit... and make Lenovo a few nickels.

Rock Band vs. Guitar Hero

Looks like we are going to be getting new versions of Guitar Hero and Rock Band just in time for the holiday season in 2015. It's been almost 5 years since the last version of both Guitar Hero and Rock Band were released as the whole "fad" seemed to die off but I guess Harmonix (Rock Band) and Activision (Guitar Hero) think that enough time has passed and are hoping to capitalize once again on the popularity of their games. I guess we will see how they are received and if people are once again lining up for hours to get their very own plastic guitar. Wired has the story.

Two reports say Harmonix is gearing up to re-introduce its Rock Band series this year, and longtime rival Activision is set to revive its dormant Guitar Hero brand as well. The last time anyone released a full-fledged, plastic-instruments-based title in either series was in 2010, when Rock Band 3 and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rockhit retail. If these reports are true, it raises the question: What exactly has changed since the band-game market flamed out five years ago?

On Tuesday, Kotaku UK reported that Activision is planning a new Guitar Hero with a more “realistic” graphic style, to be unveiled at the E3 Expo in June and released this holiday season. Kotaku said that new guitar controllers were in development, but did not mention if the new game, as with previous installments, would feature other instruments like vocals or drums.

New Color Pebble Smartwatch Rocks Kickstarter

Pebble did very well on their inital smartwatch and while version 1.0 was pretty clunky, the Pebble Steel looks pretty awesome. Pebble is back at it again and is bringing color e-ink to the table in their new Pebble Time. The project is on Kickstarter and raised over $1 Million in less than an hour. That's amazing and really shows that people really, really want long battery life in a smartwatch. Even though this unit is color, we're still talking 7 days between charging. That's why it's currently well over 1000% funded.

Source: Kickstarter

Stardock Announces Start10 - Windows 10 Menu Replacement

Stardock became pretty famous with their Start8 product that put a decent start menu in Windows 8. Well, they are being a bit proactive and are already working on a Start menu replacement for Window 10. As a Windows 10 user, I can already say that you won't need a Start menu replacement. Windows 10 Start is awesome. It is by far the best Start menu ever made.

Windows 10. There are also modern interpretations of the Windows 7 menu too; we have attached a gallery at the bottom of this post so you can see what some of the options look like.

Source: Neowin

Xbox One Burgers Available in Hong Kong

If you're an avid gamer, I'm sure that you've wanted food to be themed like your console. Things like the PS4 omelette sound really appetizing and Hong Kong has taken this idea and ran with it. You can't blame restaurants though, it seems that Microsoft is pushing the Xbox One burger by including a voucher with new consoles to help celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Xbox One Burger

Source: Kotaku

Free Office 365 to Students Worldwide

Microsoft is showing the international community some love as they are now offering eligible students around the globe free Offie 365 subscriptions. This is a very nice gesture and in truth, gets people hooked on a great product so that when they leave school they continue to be subscribers. Well done Microsoft - for now and for the future.

Turns out Microsoft had a surprise in store for students around the globe this February, and not just for those based in New York. The company's finally bringing free Office 365 subscriptions to students outside the US, so long as they live in one of the countries (it's quite a lengthy list) where the product's available.

Source: Engadget

Android App Pick - Financial Calculators

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we help you calculate all sorts of things including load payments, retirement savings, tips and a whole lot more with Financial Calculators. Pretty much anything you need to know and figure out regarding your money is taken care of with this free app. Check it out!

Financial Calculators



WTU Episode #302- All Things Super (Fish, Sound, Sales)

We have just posted up episode #302 of WeeklyTechUpdate. In this episode we talk about some super things. With all the negativity, we thought we'd pick things up a notch. We talk about Superfish, Sony's new Super Premium Sound MicroSD cards and the Super Sales of the Raspberry Pi. We have those stories and even more goodness below!

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