Lenovo Claims It's Still Bullish on PCs as It Maps Out an AI Future

Today’s topics include Lenovo looking beyond PCs into the artificial intelligence market; Google Glass Enterprise entering the manufacturing and health care fields; the decline of exploit kit attacks as cloud and mobile security challenges grow; and Intel Atom Clover Trail PCs reaching the end of the line with future Windows 10 updates.

The same week that Lenovo officials were mapping out the company’s future in the emerging artificial intelligence market, they also were promising that its cornerstone PC business will rebound in the coming fiscal year.

At its third annual Tech World show July 20 in Shanghai, Lenovo unveiled an augmented reality headset called daystAR and SmartCast+, a smart speaker and projector that will rival such devices as Amazon’s Echo.

At the same time, in an interview with Reuters during the show, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said that the company’s PC business will return to positive growth, that the overall global PC market will stabilize and that Lenovo officials are still in negotiations with Fujitsu to integrate their PC businesses. Lenovo was overtaken this year by rival HP Inc. as the world’s top PC vendor.

Google Glass, one of Google's most spectacular consumer flops, is making a comeback, this time in the form of a wearable computer designed specifically for use in industry and health care.

Glass Enterprise Edition is a lightweight computer with a transparent display that can be clipped onto a pair of eyeglasses or safety goggles. The technology is designed to give individuals a way to access information via their eyeglasses and view it within their line of sight.

The goal is to give workers in multiple industries such as manufacturing, health care and logistics a way to instantly access information they require for their jobs while their hands are busy.

Cisco released its 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report last week, revealing trends old and new about the state of threats impacting organizations around the world.

A number of those trends are positive ones, including the decline of exploit kits in 2017 as the Nuclear and Angler kits have begun to fade away.

The time to detection of new threats is also continuing to improve, with the median time between compromise and detection of the threat reported as now being approximately 3 and half hours—that's compared with 39.2 hours for November 2015.

Microsoft has stopped supporting PCs powered by Intel Atom Clover Trail processors, the Redmond, Wash., software giant officially confirmed.

In the months following the release of Windows 10 Creators Update, there have been rumblings of incompatible hardware on Microsoft's support forums and across the web. It's typically par for the course with practically every major update from the company, but this time dissatisfied users weren't encountering the occasional outdated driver or attempting to run the operating system on an ancient or obscure combination of hardware components.

While attempting to install the Windows 10 Creators Update, some users were greeted with an error message informing them that Windows 10 is no longer supported on their PC. What all the users had in common was their PC was based on select the Intel Atom "Clover Trail" chips. For affected users, the Windows 10 upgrade train's last stop is the Anniversary Update from 2016.