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Lenovo responds to Service Engine BIOS software debacle

Lenovo responds to Service Engine BIOS software debacle

Just when the Superfish fiasco has blown over, Lenovo is yet again being dragged into the hot seat for yet another potential security risk done for the sake of installing bloatware. The Lenovo Service Engine or LSE, which for sure will soon have a more degratory moniker, was discovered to be modifying particular Windows system files, which in turn downloads a special Lenovo software (a.k.a blaotware). The real kicker here is that LSE continues to work its magic behind the scenes even if you reformat and reinstall Windows.

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GoPro HERO4 footage shows post-update HD slow motion

GoPro HERO4 footage shows post-update HD slow motion

GoPro HERO4 owners will soon have a bit of additional functionality via their tiny action cameras: high-definition slow motion. The functionality will be delivered by a soon-to-arrive firmware update, which will bring 720p-resolution recording at 240fps. Users are still waiting to score such a feature, but at least one GoPro out in the wild has it, and thanks to the owner we can all see what kind of footage is produced. A couple videos have surfaced demonstrating the 720p slow-motion, and they're gorgeous.

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Sony PSP receives random firmware update

Sony PSP receives random firmware update

Sometimes something odd catches us off guard -- like Sony releasing a new firmware update for the PSP after years of nothing at all. Such is really the case, with the PlayStation Portable being on the receiving end of a new firmware version that improves stability and not much else. It is somewhat of a head-scratcher that Sony has decided to release new software for the handheld, particularly in light of the fact that gamers haven't seen an update since August of 2011.

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Amazon Fire TV update bricking rooted devices

Amazon Fire TV update bricking rooted devices

Amazon's Fire TV set-top box aims to drive consumers toward Amazon's own services, and it does that by locking users down to the company's own ecosystem. Not everyone is satisfied with that, however, and so there is a strong community of DIYers who have rooted their devices to enable functions otherwise kept outside the curated wall, so to speak. Those users had an unfortunate surprise when updating to the latest firmware, discovering that it bricked rooted consoles upon rebooting.

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MatchStick’s software ported ahead of launch

MatchStick’s software ported ahead of launch

MatchStick is a Firefox OS-based dongle tasked with taking on Google's Chromecast (check out our review). The device has seen ample success on Kickstarter and will be arriving this coming February if all goes as planned, a bit sooner for those who backed the project. The device will be a touch cheaper than the Chromecast when it arrives, but if you're not patient enough to wait another few months, there's another alternative: a ported version of MatchStick's software for an already-available streaming dongle.

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PS4 Update 1.75 adds 3D Blu-ray playback – still no DLNA support

PS4 Update 1.75 adds 3D Blu-ray playback – still no DLNA support

The console war between Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft isn't only about putting powerful gaming machines in the market but pushing the focus at all-in-one entertainment system. While PS4 games are in Blu-ray format, it was unable to do 3D playback on the newest Sony console - to fix that Sony has made PS4 update 1.75 update available to gamers today. In this latest update, the most notable feature is 3D Blu-ray movie playback support.

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DJI Phantom 2 Vision, Vision+ can now fly solo

DJI Phantom 2 Vision, Vision+ can now fly solo

DJI's Phantom 2 drones might be the go to brand for personal, consumer drones, but in terms of intelligence, less popular but more experimental drones are passing it by. That all changes today now that DJI has integrated Ground Station into its core software. Now every Phantom 2 Vision and Vision+ owner will be able to tell their drones where to fly, sit back and relax and let the flying machine handle the rest.

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