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A class action against Lenovo for the Superfish adware

The story of Lenovo computers with the Superfish adware preinstalled that causes a huge security hole started having legal consequences too. The first report arrived about a class-action filed in federal court against both Lenovo and Superfish, the company that produced the adware.

Her name is Jessica Bennett and she’s the owner of a Lenovo Yoga 2 PC, one of the models that were sold for a few weeks with the Superfish adware preinstalled. The plaintiff said that she noticed spam advertising with scantily clad women on her laptop. Initially she thought she suffered a hacking but searching on the Internet she found out that other people noticed something similar on other Lenovo laptops.

After discovering that her problem was due to a Superfish adware, Jessica Bennett decided to sue both Lenovo and Superfish. The allegations are that they compromised her PC’s security but also of invasion of privacy for financial gain.
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IBM Watson learns Japanese and interacts via robot

IBM and SoftBank Telecom Corp., a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp, announced a deal to bring the cognitive computing system Watson to Japan. This collaboration will lead Watson to learn Japanese. Among the possible ways to interact with people there could also be a robot named Pepper.

It seems that IBM is trying to develop applications for Watson in all fields. The company is working even in the medical assisting doctors and researchers in the field of research and treatment of cancer. Its main uses are, however, in business, with various forms of assistance to employees and customers. The agreement with SoftBank goes in this direction.
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Arduino, a maker that’s becoming more and more international

Arduino is one of the most famous makers of the world, meaning one of the representatives of the culture of do-it-yourself electronics, thanks to its open hardware cards. It’s an Italian company which however is becoming more and more international with the opening of branches in Shanghai, Japan and the USA.

The Arduino project was born in 2005 with educational purposes. The founders of the project met in a bar in Ivrea called Arduino, as Arduino of Ivrea, king of Italy between 1002 and 1014. Over the years, they produced cards with various features whose purpose went well beyond the educational one.

Arduino boards are open hardware so the circuit layouts are available and anyone can create clones or variants. This allowed the creation of an ecosystem of both hardware and software because both enthusiasts and professionals have started using Arduino in many different ways writing software released as open source.
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D-Wave Systems announces a new 1,152-qubit quantum processor

D-Wave Systems, a company specializing in quantum computers, announced that in March it will release a 1,152-qubit processor, code-named Washington. It will allow to create world’s most powerful commercial quantum computers. They should represent a significant progress over earlier 512 qubit quantum processors and especially the 128-qubit ones.
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Many companies are promoting the Internet of Things at CES 2015 but is it a real revolution?

In Las Vegas, at CES 2015, among the many new technologies, you can see a remarkable promotion of the so-called Internet of Things. Representatives of some of the most important technology companies made statements concerning the possibility to connect to the Internet your household appliances and other devices. According to their indications, home automation is no longer a niche for fans but will be in all homes.
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