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Microsoft’s latest Mac vs. PC ad recruits Lenovo to fight the MacBook Air

Microsoft reignited the classic Mac vs. PC war back in August by targeting the MacBook Air in its new Surface Pro 3 ads. That attack is continuing today thanks to a new ad that features Lenovo’s new Yoga 3 Pro. Microsoft places Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air head-to-head with Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro, initially highlighting the 17mm “thickness” of the MacBook Air vs. the 13mm “thinness” of the Yoga 3 Pro. Most of the ad then focuses on the flexibility of the tablet, touchscreen, and tent modes of Lenovo’s latest convertible, with Apple’s laptop failing to “dance” in amusing comparisons. The dance-off ends with the MacBook Air admitting it’s “game over” and closing its lid.

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Lenovo built a ludicrously heavy, 17-inch, touchscreen gaming laptop

Gaming laptops have always been huge boat anchors with questionable design decisions and plenty of power underneath the hood. In recent years, however, companies like Alienware and Razer have attempted to put the gaming laptop on a bit of a diet, slimming things down and muting the design language a bit.

Lenovo, on the other hand, is taking things in a different direction. The company’s new Y70 Touch gaming laptop (the “Y” might as well stand for YOLO) weighs in at a whopping 7.5 pounds, and Lenovo claims that make it “thinner and lighter” than most laptops in its class. That indeed might be the case, because the Y70 Touch eschews the piddly 13- and 14-inch screens found on Alienware and Razer’s latest laptops. Instead, it packs a…

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From Google to Lenovo: the ups and downs of Motorola’s last three years

On August 15th, 2011, Google revealed that it would be purchasing Motorola Mobility, which was formerly in charge of the eponymous corporation’s cellular phone division. One of the major reasons motivating the acquisition was Google’s desire to pick up Motorola’s library of patents. In a blog post, Google CEO Larry Page wrote that the move would “better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple, and other companies.”

The decision would later prove problematic. It…

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Lenovo CEO says he can cut Motorola’s losses in just a few quarters

Patents didn’t save Motorola. The Moto X smartphone didn’t save Motorola. Under Google, the company was an absolute money pit. And yet, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing believes he can turn Motorola’s fortunes around within a matter of months, not years. “In a few quarters we can turn around the business,” he told Bloomberg, in an interview following the company’s Q3 earnings announcement.

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Spec Sheet: Sony, Lenovo, and Archos’ budget smartphone battle

A lot of products come out each week — we don’t highlight all of them, but all of them make it into The Verge Database. In Spec Sheet, a weekly series, we survey the latest product entries to keep track of the state of the art.

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Lenovo to launch multiple Chromebooks this summer

Lenovo is reportedly planning to release a set of new Chromebooks this year. Jay Parker, president for Lenovo’s North American operations, told CNET at CES that “multiple Chromebook models” would see release by summer 2014, at various price points and configurations.

The Chinese company — who boast the largest PC market share in the world, according to IDC data — released its first Chromebook last January. It was targeted at the education sector, but Parker thinks the Chromebook’s appeal can be rapidly broadened, believing that the market “will accelerate greatly in the next 12 months.” The tacit backing of the biggest computer vendor in the world will undoubtedly speed that process along.

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Ashton Kutcher is now a Lenovo product engineer

Following the time-honored tradition of hiring celebrities as advisors, Lenovo has just announced Ashton Kutcher is its latest product engineer. According to a press release from the company, Kutcher — who previously studied biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa — will work alongside Lenovo’s engineering teams around the world to “develop and market” its Yoga line of Windows 8, Windows RT, and Android convertible tablets. It’s hoped he’ll inject “input and decision making into design, specifications, software, and usage scenarios.”

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Lenovo reportedly banned by MI6, CIA, and other spy agencies over fear of Chinese hacking

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Beijing-based computer maker Lenovo has reportedly been blacklisted for years by spy agencies worldwide, as concerns about government-sanctioned Chinese hacking persist. According to the Australian Financial Review, Australia, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and the US have all rejected Lenovo machines for their top-secret networks since the mid-2000s, though the computers can be used for lower-security tasks that don’t involve sensitive information. Sources say that British intelligence agency research found “back-door” hardware and vulnerable firmware in Lenovo products, leading them to warn that the company could pose a security threat in light of its ties to the Chinese government.

“We have not received word of any sort of a…

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Lenovo hits new record marks for PC shipments, market share, and quarterly profits

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Selling PCs (and even Macs) these days may seem like fighting a losing battle, but Chinese manufacturer Lenovo is managing to swim upstream by continuing to expand both its market share and shipment numbers. In the company’s third fiscal quarter for 2012/13, sales reached a new high of $ 9.4 billion, on the back of 14.1 million PCs shipped, resulting in a 15.9 percent share of the global marketplace. The resulting $ 205 million quarterly profit is a third higher than the company achieved this time last year and a new record quarter.

Traditionally strong in its native China, Lenovo is also managing to export its success to the all-important United States, where the company saw 11 percent growth year-on-year, in a market that fell 7 percent…

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Lenovo may be a suitor for RIM’s smartphone business

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RIM, which is planning to launch its BlackBerry 10 platform next week, has been reviewing its options for what seems like forever, as CEO Thorsten Heins has mentioned time and again that the company would pursue either licensing its software division or selling its hardware business. Now it seems that all of that talk has drawn some interest from other companies, as Lenovo revealed today that it is looking at all opportunities to expand its mobile business, including a possible deal with RIM.

“We are looking at all opportunities — RIM and many others,” said Lenovo chief financial officer Wong Wai Ming, as quoted by Bloomberg. “We’ll have no hesitation if the right opportunity comes along that could benefit us and shareholders.”

RIM…

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