Lenovo preinstalled on some models (photo of a Lenovo Yoga 11 3 ©Pierre Lecourt) of its PC a utility called Lenovo Service Engine (LSE) that sends to its servers some information at the first connection to the Internet, according to the company anonymously. LSE automatically downloads another utility, OneKey Optimizer (OKO), which is supposed to optimize the operating system through some operations. LSE was discovered to use a technique that allows it to be automatic reinstalled even when the whole operating system is reinstalled from scratch and that can be a security problem.
IBM has announced its plans to buy Merge Healthcare, the producer of a medical image management platform. The transaction, which costs a billion dollars that will be paid in cash, aims to provide IBM Watson’s system of cognitive computing the ability to manage medical images as part of the Watson Health project. This ability to “see” can potentially allow the Watson system to make a big leap forward.
IBM and the healthcare provider CVS Health have announced a collaboration within the Watson Health project, the version of IBM cognitive computing system specializing in the medical field. In this case, it will be used to improve health care services for patients suffering from chronic diseases.
Google continues its initiatives to fight the problem of patent trolling, which is the use of patents for the sole purpose of restricting competition and to obtain money through lawsuits or through agreements following threats of such actions. Recently the company announced the Google Patent Starter Program, an offer to grant some of its patents to some startups that meet certain requirements. One of the conditions is to join for at least two years to the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, an initiative for the exchange of patents created in 2005.
That Adobe Flash wasn’t exactly safe was a known fact. It’s one of those standards that became established for marketing and not technical reasons and keeps on being widely used even if today there are better technologies. However, after leaked documents revealed new vulnerabilities used to take control of other people’s computers, some web giants started taking action against its use. Alex Stamos, the Facebook’s security chief officer, demanded an end-of-life date for Flash. The Mozilla Foundation has gone further and started blocking the use of Flash in its browser Firefox.