HP Printers Send a Ton of Data Analytics Back Home

· Andrew Orr · Link

Software engineer Robert Heaton found disturbing evidence that HP printers request a lot of analytics permissions to send back to the company.

In summary, HP wants its printer to collect all kinds of data that a reasonable person would never expect it to. This includes metadata about your devices, as well as information about all the documents that you print, including timestamps, number of pages, and the application doing the printing (HP state that they do stop short of looking at the contents of your documents).

How to Remove Conexant Keylogger Found on HP Laptop Models

· Andrew Orr · How-To

Modzero, a security firm in Switzerland, has discovered a Conexant keylogger pre-installed on certain laptop models. It’s an audio driver located in the Windows system folder.  This driver automatically loads every time a user logs in. Andrew Orr shares which HP models are affected.

Perspectives on Mac and PC Shipments and Sales for 2016

· John Martellaro · Analysis

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Both Gartner and IDC reports are out for 2016 Mac and PC shipments. They are in good agreement. But interpreting the meaning of the numbers is tricky. John provides some perspective in the form of simple, easily digested statements.

Playing Catch-up on macOS Sierra, Printer Wars, Knockoff Apple Watch Straps

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Epson EcoTank

Dr. Mac follows up on whether or not it’s safe to upgrade to macOS Sierra; a longer-term report on his EcoTank vs. Instant Ink printer comparison; and a lower price on the leather loop Apple Watch bands he bought in July and August (and still loves).

HP Exploits Apple’s Mac Pro Void with New Z2 Mini

· John Martellaro · Analysis

HP Z2 mini

Hewlett-Packard has announced the Z2 Mini, a powerful but compact desktop computer aimed at technical and creative professionals in CAD, finances, OEM and education. With the option for an Intel Xeon quad-core CPU, up to 32 GB of RAM, Linux/Win10 support and a model with support for six displays, the Z2 Mini can meet the needs of many professionals on the desktop who don’t need a high-end Z workstation. Most importantly, it’s part of HP’s concerted effort to exploit a vacuum Apple has created on the desktop.

Hewlett-Packard Seeks to Exploit Apple's Inattention to Technical Professionals

· John Martellaro · Analysis

HP logo

Whether Apple intends to send the message or not, it appears to technical professionals that Apple isn’t catering to the technical professionals the way it has in the past. This has created opportunity in that market that Hewlett-Packard is consciously exploiting.