Lenovo Unveils Low Temperature Solder Process, a ‘Breakthrough’ in PC Manufacturing

PC and mobile giant Lenovo on Thursday announced it has developed a new PC manufacturing process making printed circuit boards (PCBs) that conserves energy and increases reliability, apart from reducing carbon emissions. Lenovo says the patent-pending Low Temperature Solder (LTS) process will effectively replace the current tin-based process that requires high temperatures, causing component stress….

Microsoft’s Skype WiFi Service to Be Discontinued on March 31

Days after it announced an exclusive “Made for India” Skype Lite app, Microsoft said it will soon discontinue its Skype WiFi service. The Skype WiFi app would be delisted and it would no longer function after March 31, the company noted on the Skype WiFi page. This app gave users an option to connect to…

This brain-computer interface lets paralysed people type faster than ever before

For several decades, medical researchers have been working on a way to turn brainwaves into instructions for an external device. These brain-computer interfaces, first developed in the 1970s, hold enormous promise – they could let paralysed people move again, and augment or even replace the way we interact with the world. Unfortunately, existing brain-computer interfaces…

Overwatch beta runs well on consoles and PC alike

Blizzard has a long history of producing high quality multiplayer games, and Overwatch isn’t going to buck that trend. Last week’s open beta gave us a representative look at how the retail version of the game will be when it launches on the 24th, and it seems to work as intended regardless of which platform…

New Windows 10 build kills controversial password-sharing Wi-Fi Sense

When Microsoft announced Windows 10, it added a feature called Wi-Fi Sense that had previously debuted on the Windows Phone operating system. Wi-Fi Sense was a password-sharing option that allowed you to share Wi-Fi passwords with your friends and contacts in Skype, Outlook, and Facebook. Here’s how Microsoft described the featurelast year: “When you share…

Microsoft makes worrying revelations on malware and fraudulent logins

Microsoft has published its biannual security report which contains the usual load of statistics on malware and vulnerabilities. In terms of the current dangers from malware infections, Redmond’s latest Security Intelligence Report – which covers the second half of 2015 – found that in Q4, 20.8% of those PCs running Microsoft security products encountered threats….

Intel may be preparing aggressive rounds of job cuts

Earlier this month, we covered the relentless shrinking of the PC market and the departure of long-time Intel executives in Intel’s mobile segments. It now looks as though these troubles are going to spark problems for the company’s employees. Intel may be considering significant layoffs that would cut the company’s headcount by double-digit percentages. The…

Intel’s new low-cost Apollo Lake platform: Skylake graphics, new Goldmont CPU

Last week, Intel announced its new Apollo Lake low-cost series of Pentium, Celeron, and Atom products due to launch in the back half of 2016. Goldmont, the CPU core that powers Apollo Lake, is the next iteration of the Silvermont architecture that replaced Intel’s original Bonnell architecture, which powered Atom from 2008 – 2012. 2-in-1’s…