Monthly Archives: May 2011

Cruise Ships Leading the Way in Technology Revolution

Guest writer Ben Johnson (no, not Ben Johnson – Shakespeare’s contemporary), but UK based regular contributor Ben Johnson, takes a look at how Cruise lines have managed to not only meet the technology needs of their guests, but have taken the lead in technology adoption.

imageQuite often large companies don’t always embrace technological advances, happy with the status-quo these innovations are simply ignored or put on hold until several business case studies later. One industry bucking this trend is the cruise industry, due to the ultra-competitive nature of the industry cruise liners are constantly trying to “out do” one another.

While the destinations visited will continue to be the biggest draw, many cruise goers simply don’t want to leave behind their technology filled life’s behind, after all technology really does make life easier as the examples below demonstrate:

  • No longer do you have to worry about missing the latest 3D movie release, cruise ship operators including Royal Caribbean Cruises have updated their onboard cinemas to include the latest 3D experience.
  • The most technology filled gyms in the world can be found be found onboard cruise ships. Carnival Cruises makes working out a joy with its floor to ceiling windows facing the sea creating an atmosphere of tranquility.
  • Apple lovers and technology buffs in general will love Celebrity Cruises who now offer computer classes as well as the chance to buy the latest products from the onboard Apple store.
  • Royal Caribbean recently installed solar panels to its Allure of the Seas cruise ship, which will help create a whopping 111,108kWh annually for the ships shopping area.
  • Once again Royal Caribbean is leading the way in technology innovation this time in the shape of facial recognition. When you check in to the Oasis of the Seas, a crew member shoots a photo, which is sent to the ship and linked with passenger’s room key. That picture is not only used for security purposes but when the onboard photographer takes your photo this is then automatically assigned to you.
  • Onboard the Royal Caribbean you will never have to wait in a queue to get your food, shape recognition cameras are used to analyze foot traffic and this information is sent in real-time to the 300 interactive boards dotted around the ship.
  • The world’s largest cruise ship is Royal Caribbean International’s, Allure of the Seas, a gigantic 1,187ft capable of carrying over 6,000 passengers. The size of the ship can be daunting for many especially for those with children, to put parents mind at ease Royal Caribbean have recently developed an application which can track kids as well as plan onboard activities.

The cruise industry is innovating at a phenomenal rate, what innovation would you like to see next within the tourism industry?

Biography:

Guest writer Ben Johnson is a freelance travel writer and cruise enthusiast. While specializing in luxury cruises and maritime law, Ben’s knowledge covers a wider spectrum of consumer tourism.

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MenuUninstaller 1.2.1 – Uninstall Applications From The Context (Right Click) Menu

imageIf you’re a power user, and a fan of the right click context menu, then you might consider adding MenuUninstaller to your setup. MenuUninstaller is a free Context Menu alternative to the Windows Add or Remove Programs applet, which will allow you to quickly uninstall an application without having to search out an application’s native uninstaller (assuming there is one).

A quick walkthrough:

In the following example, I’ve right clicked on the selected programs icon on the Desktop, then clicked on “Uninstall).

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If you follow the same process, you will be asked for confirmation (a just in case moment).

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Make sure the correct application is selected and then hit “Go”.

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In the event that the application can’t remove the selected program (and I did find a few), it will offer to open the Windows Add/Remove applet.

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System requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7.

Download at: Developer’s site (LeizerSoft).

Overall, I wasn’t particularly impressed with the limited functionality of this application. My choice for this type of work has long been (and remains), Revo Uninstaller’s “Hunter mode.

Revo Uninstaller’s unique  Hunter mode, offers some simple, easy to use, but effective and powerful approaches to manage applications (uninstall, stop, delete, disable from auto starting), and to search out information on installed and/or running applications.

Selecting Revo Uninstaller’s “Hunter Mode”……..

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will place a “Hunter” (target) icon on your screen.

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Drag the target icon (say, on your Desktop), to an application’s icon and ….

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you can then uninstall the application, or chose from a range of additional actions, as illustrated in the following screen shot.

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System requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7.

Download at: The Revo Group

Revo Uninstaller is one of the very few applications I have ever rated a 10/10.

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Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 31, 2011

Free Photofly Can Turn Your 2D Digital Photos into 3D Objects – Photofly 2, a free piece of software from Autodesk, the company behind the ancient and illustrious AutoCAD software, can stitch standard digital photos into accurate 3D models. You don’t need a fancy camera — a point-and-shoot is more than good enough — and by leveraging Autodesk’s cloud computing cluster, you don’t even need a powerful computer to use Photofly. 3D models can be created out of faces, static objects, interior rooms, and even external architecture. Best of all, though: Photofly 2 is free.

How to install Google’s Chrome OS – You don’t need a Chromebook to try Google’s Linux-based Chrome OS. Here’s how to give it a try today.

Screensaver LazySave Backs Up While Your PC Is Idle – In the world of modern computing, few things are as important as backing up, and few experiences are as jarring as realizing you’ve just lost a vast amount of work due to a hardware or software malfunction. But backing up can be time-consuming, and you may forget to do it. Even worse, you may set up an automated solution and find out at the moment of truth that it didn’t work right–you thought your files were being backed up, but they weren’t. With LazySave ($24, seven-day free trial), this will never happen.

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PBS website hit by hacktivists, its database leaked online – The group – which calls itself “Lulzsec” – has managed to breach the PBS servers and exfiltrate a large amount of data. Finally, to make the breach public and as embarrassing as possible for the broadcasting company, they published a fake news item saying that the famous (decesed) rapper Tupac Shakur is alive and living in New Zealand on the PBS website:

What Your Wireless Carrier Knows About You – Like a lot of cell phone users, you may be wondering just what your wireless company knows about you. Can it see what kinds of apps you’re running on your phone and where you go online while you’re out and about? Can it tell what types of phones and tablets are connected to their networks, and how much data they consume? The answer to these questions is “yes.”

Fake YouTube notifications doing rounds – With “YouTube Administration sent you a message: Illegal video warning” as the subject line, the fake pharma peddlers are trying to create a sense of urgency that will make the recipients less careful and make them click on the offered link instead of signing in to the service as they normally would.

UK developing cyber-weapons programme to counter cyber war threat – The UK is developing a cyber-weapons programme that will give ministers an attacking capability to help counter growing threats to national security from cyberspace, the Guardian has learned. Whitehall officials have revealed that the UK needs to have a new range of offensive options, and not just bolster defences around the country’s critical services and government departments, which regularly come under attack from hackers. (submitted by Michael F.)

Web Application Attack and Audit Framework 1.0 released – The Web Application Attack and Audit Framework’s (w3af) goal is to create a framework to find and exploit web application vulnerabilities that is easy to use and extend.

Chromebook for Business: Don’t Go There – Chromebooks, basically netbooks from Acer and Samsung, make their debut on June 15. And while Google is offering a hardware-as-a-service option for business, does it really make sense for commercial accounts? Here’s why corporate customers will turn up their noses at Chrome OS.

Poll: Should you really trust the cloud with your valuable data? – I am no Luddite when it comes to technology. If something comes along that makes sense and makes my life easier, I will adopt it as soon as it is practical. However, the people selling cloud computing and other web-based services have yet to convince me that the merits of their products and services outweigh the liabilities.

Company News:

Asus Demos Phone-Tablet Combo, Meego Netbook – Taiwan’s Asustek Computer has previewed a smartphone-tablet PC combo device that seeks to bring together the strengths of both devices.

Backdoor instructions for Allied Telesis switches leaked - A simple categorizing mistake has resulted in the publishing of an internal Allied Telesis document that reveals how to set up backdoor accounts for the company’s switches.

Nvidia touts quad-core Kal-El chip in Android tablet – Using a Honeycomb tablet, Nvidia shows a game it says needs all four cores of its Tegra mobile processor that’s due to ship later this year.

Sony set to revive PSN in Japan – The restoration in Japan and other Asian countries will begin tomorrow, allowing gamers to play titles from the PlayStation console. Qriocity will also become available again.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Why you might soon have a $100,000 jetpack – The idea of human beings flying around in the sky like Michael Jackson used to fly into concerts–via jetpack–might seem a trifle outlandish. However, those crafty souls at the Martin Aircraft Company have flapped one more wing toward the idea of your own personal, $100,000 jetpack, on which you can avoid traffic and soar into (or at least onto) your well-deserved corner office.

The 20 Best Gadgets of 2011: So Far – It’s been a good year for tech toys, and it’ll probably get better, but here are some of the best gadgets we’ve seen in the first half of 2011.

15 High-Tech Cooking Tools for BBQ Season - If grilling with the neighbors tends to turn into competitive smack-downs, you’ll need new ammo for your season opener. Embrace tech and science in the kitchen and leave your guests dumbfounded at your remarkable menu–and your gear.

Researcher’s strong signal on cell phone risk (Q&A) – CNET talks to a cancer researcher with the National Academy of Sciences who says more information on the health effects of cell phones is sorely needed and that we should err on the side of caution.

Today’s Quote:

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

-    Buddha

Today’s Free Downloads:

Paint.NET – Don’t let the Web-oriented name fool you: this is a powerful image-editing program, one stuffed with Photoshop-quality features like layers, special effects, and plug-ins. The just-released 3.5 version of Paint.NET adds an updated user interface, new effects, improved startup performance, and a long list of tweaks and fixes. Best of all, it’s absolutely free.

Soluto 1.2.119.0 - Frustrated by your sluggish and unresponsive PC? Soluto is bringing an end to PC user frustration with transparency, killer technology, and your help.

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Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 30, 2011

Best Free iPhone and iPad Apps of 2011 (So Far) - They’re new, they’re fun, they’re useful and best of all, they’re free — Here are 20 iOS apps for work and play.

Top 10 Paid Antivirus Programs for 2011 – The battle for antivirus software supremacy is a close one. Ultimately, Norton Antivirus 2011 ekes out a narrow victory over its competitors.

Windows 7 Photo Galleries – The top 10 Windows 7 desktop gadgets.

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How to Keep Your Data in Sync Across Platforms and Devices – Keeping your contacts, calendars, and other data synced across all your mobile devices and PC platforms isn’t as difficult as it seems.

The Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator – Ever wanted to quickly and easily define your own keyboard layout for a language Microsoft doesn’t support? Or define your own keyboard layout so you can quickly and easily enter your favorite symbols with a simple keystroke? Have the keyboard work on 64-bit platforms, or make use of custom locales in Windows 7 to provide new language names? Well, want no more: the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator is here! (submitted by Michael F.)

Lockheed Martin confirms it came under attack – Defense contractor Lockheed Martin confirmed last night that the network problems it has been contending with during the last several days are the result of a “significant and tenacious attack” carried out against its network.

UbitMenu – No doubt about it, Microsoft’s Ribbon (which appears in most Office 2007 and all Office 2010 programs) can seem daunting to anyone accustomed to earlier versions of Word, Excel, and the like. If that’s you, check out UBitMenu. This free plug-in brings pull-down menus back to Office 2007 and 2010, thus easing your transition. Thankfully, it keeps the Ribbon, too, so you can learn the new interface without totally abandoning the old one.

WordPress 3.1.4 Gets Clickjacking Protection – The open source WordPress blogging application is being updated to version 3.1.3 this week adding multiple security fixes and improvements.

IPv4 is dead. Long Live Ipv6: Last of the IPv4 Addresses Allocated – Early this morning, the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) announced that it had been allocated two /8 address blocks from the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA ). Those two blocks, 39/8 and 106/8, were the last unallocated blocks in the IANA free pool of IPv4 address available to Regional Internet Registries (RIR). With the allocation, the final days of IPv4 have moved closer as the number of available addresses that can be allocated will dwindle.

Company News:

Windows Phone 7 Mango: A Visual Tour of the New Features – Get a closer look at the top 10 coolest new features in the Windows Phone 7 Mango update, coming this fall.

As netbook sales fall, Intel will slash Atom pricing – Intel will respond to falling netbook sales by slashing the price of its upcoming “Cedar Trail” Atoms, bringing the cost of complete devices below $200, reports say. The 1.86GHz Atom N2800 and 1.6GHz Atom N2600 will both sport dual cores, while TDPs will be 3.5 and 6.5 Watts, respectively.

Softbank unveils the simplest phone in the world – The new handset was developed in conjunction with China’s ZTE Corp. and features a single button used to automatically call parents or other emergency contacts when the child or elderly person needs immediate help. After the call the device automatically sends an email with GPS data pinpointing the person’s location. (submitted by Michael F.)

Short Story of the Week:

Paul Andrew Russell’s – The Path of Life Never Runs Smoothly

Pete Johnson hated his boss, Fred Pike. From the moment he walked into the office, until the clock struck five and he left for home, Fred made Pete’s life a misery. He enjoyed it too.

Off Topic (Sort of):

A Trip Around Our Solar System – Wonderful photo gallery showing the full variety of our solar system. From close-up shots of Mercury’s surface to craters on Mars, giant asteroids and comets as you have never seen them before. An awe-inspiring collection.

Your Commute Is Killing You – People with long journey times suffer disproportionate pain, stress, obesity, dissatisfaction. So why do we do it? Often it’s to get a bigger home for our money. But we fail to take the cost of our time spent commuting into account.

Consumer Complaints Made Easy. Maybe Too Easy – GRIPE helps you get complaints heard and resolved with the help of your friends & followers. We use your online word-of-mouth power on social networks and review sites to help get your complaints in the real world heard and resolved! (submitted by Michael F.)

Twitter gives up details of anonymous tweeter – In a case that might help the legal action of soccer star Ryan Giggs, Twitter reveals the personal details of a British tweeter who is alleged to have libeled members of a local council in the U.K.

Today’s Quote:

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

-    Mark Twain

Today’s Free Downloads:

IncrediMail 2 6.29 - IncrediMail 2 is a powerful, easy to use, feature-rich and fun email program. Better and smarter than ever before, IncrediMail 2 includes features such as a powerful and fast email search tool, taking less than a second for IncrediMail 2 to search through 10,000’s of emails.

Win7codecs 2.8.9 – Win7codecs is an audio and video codec package for Windows 7. The installer will automatically remove most other popular codec releases from your computer before installing this concise yet comprehensive package.

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Internet Security – An Oxymoron?

imageInternet security warnings from my Tech Net News column in the last few days. This is only a small sampling of the hundreds of cyber criminal activities I’ve posted to Tech Net News so far this year.

Fake VirusTotal site serves malware

Hotmail flaw allows attackers to exfiltrate emails

LinkedIn security flaws allow account hijacking

Sony online store hacked and user information published

Black Hole Exploit Kit Available for Free

Cybercrime statistics show widespread phishing problem

Not Even Security Managers Immune to FakeAV Infection

Major weapons makers see networks breached by hackers

Apps with dangerous permissions pulled from Chrome Web Store

Security researcher finds ‘cookiejacking’ risk in IE

Norwegian Military Hit by Cyber Attack in March

Google Patches Critical Chrome Bugs

Newest MacDefender Scareware Installs Without a Password

The question:

Why should it be necessary for me to run FIVE  security applications on my home machine – including  Zemana AntiLogger, WinPatrol, Microsoft Security Essentials, PC Tools Firewall Plus, and ThreatFire – to guard against cyber crime ?  On top of that, in order to maximize security potential, I have to  run in a virtual environment (BufferZone Pro), while surfing the Net.

It doesn’t stop there though. In addition to all of the above, I have to load up my Browser (Firefox), with TEN security/privacy add-0ns including – Adblock Plus, Better Privacy, WOT, Ghostery, GoogleSharing,  HTTPS-Everywhere, NoScript, Perspectives, Qualys BrowserCheck, and Search Engine Security.

Reality:

The reality is – we are immersed in a mess that has reached virtually unmanageable proportions. We are now at a full blown crisis stage vis a vis Internet security.

The tech speak, which this situation engenders, reminds me in a sense of the political rhetoric we are constantly exposed to – everyone has identified the  problem/no one has identified the real problem; everyone has a problem solution/no one has a solution, everyone seems to discuss it/no one truly discusses it.

The end result? It appears as if no one seems to give a damn. So, we just keep on piling up the victims of cyber crime.

Finger pointing, and finger wagging, is the order of the day. It’s the developers fault; it’s the users’ fault; it’s the very nature of the backbone of  the Internet (as if the Internet was a parallel universe not subject to laws, or moral and ethical consideration); it’s the lack of effective law enforcement; it’s the lack of truly effective security applications; Internet security is a business, so it’s unlikely anyone is going to kill the goose that lays the golden egg; …………… Round and round it goes.

What a mess! Are you as tired of been forced to deal with this seemingly never-ending escalation in cyber crime, as I am?

Something to consider – cyber criminals are not the only ones who find Internet security a lucrative field. I’ll admit that I’m a cynic – but, I’ve never yet met a problem solver who worked himself out of a job. Something to think about the next time you purchase a security application, or appliance.

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Save $49.95: WinX DVD Ripper Platinum KungFu Edition – FREE Until May 31

A shout out to long time reader Ben Blasto, for the tip on Digiarty Software’s latest license giveaway – WinX DVD Ripper Platinum KungFu Edition.

This post is informational only – I have not tested this application but, I have downloaded it. It just might come in handy.

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Fast facts (from the site):

Bypass all Copy Protections & Region Locks – It provides breakthrough performance to access all DVD encryption technologies, including DVD CSS, region code, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, Disney X-project DRM.

Feature-rich DVD Ripping Software – WinX DVD Ripper Platinum offers worry-free conversion of DVD to AVI (DivX, Xvid), MP4, MPEG, WMV, 3GP, MOV, FLV, which makes DVD compatible with all popular Windows media players, Apple iPhone (iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4), iPad/iPad 2, iPod, Sony PSP, Zune, Mobile phone, etc.

Clone DVD to ISO & Copy DVD – The built-in DVD copy feature supports 1:1 full DVD disc to ISO image clone. It also allows you to copy full title/main content of DVD to MPEG-2 file with lossless video quality and 5.1 Channel AC3/DTS Dolby audio.

No.1 Fast DVD Ripping Speed – With this DVD converter, you can flexibly set CPU utilization. It also supports the newest CUDA, owns optimized configuring for i5 i7 CPU and Super Encode Engine based on MMX- SSE & 3DNow.

Enjoy Unmatchable Video Audio Quality – The embedded High Quality Engine and “Yadif Double Frames” De-interlacing Engine greatly improve the output video effect.

Rip DVD to iPhone iPad/iPad 2 – Perfectly rip and backup DVD to popular portable devices, including Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Sony PSP, Zune, Zen, etc. Plus, this program comes preloaded with a number of profiles for these devices.

Happily, you don’t need to visit the developer’s Facebook page to “like” (a pain in the ass marketing tool currently being used by too many developers), or register with the developer, in order to receive the license code. Simply download from the site and apply the following license code.

WINXRP-5357-7234-1561

System requirements: Windows XP, Vista (32 & 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit).

Download at: the developer’s site (Digiarty Software)

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Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 29, 2011

Not Even Security Managers Immune to FakeAV Infection – Can you believe it? As I sat down this morning to write this column, I got hit by a drive-by download of FakeAV. My computer is infected with pop-up warnings and file scans telling me I have security problems, and Internet Explorer has been hijacked to keep sending me to a website where I can “purchase the software.” Pop-ups are coming from my taskbar, showing up in the middle of the screen, and rifling through my files with a fake scan. My computer is being held for ransom.

Lifehacker: Top 10 Simple Privacy Tricks Everyone Should Use – Protecting your privacy on the internet these days seems like a hefty undertaking, but there are a few things you can do to protect your privacy with just the click of a button. Here are our favorite super-simple tricks.

New Malware Scanner Finds 5% of Windows PCs Infected – One in every 20 Windows PCs whose users turned to Microsoft for cleanup help were infected with malware, Microsoft said this week. The 420,000 copies of the tool that were downloaded in the first week of its availability cleaned malware or signs of exploitation from more than 20,000 Windows PCs, Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center (MMPC) reported Wednesday. That represented an infection rate of 4.8%.

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Apps with dangerous permissions pulled from Chrome Web Store – The Android Market has already been found offering “trojanized” apps, and now the Chrome Web Store has been spotted offering two popular game extensions that request potentially dangerous permissions of users that want to install them. The apps in question are named Super Mario World and Super Mario 2 and are not manufactured by Nintendo.

Major weapons makers see networks breached by hackers – Hackers have broken into the computer systems of Lockheed Martin and other major U.S. weapons manufacturers, potentially gaining access to information about future weapons programs as well as military technology currently in use, according to a Reuters report.

Number Guru Provides Free Reverse Lookups – Have you ever received a call from a mystery number and wished you could figure out who was calling? A new service from BeenVerified.com called Number Guru lets you perform reverse phone number lookups–using a phone number to identify its source / owner. Best of all, it’s free.

Cloud Security: The 2 Biggest Lies – Survey after survey note that security is the biggest concern potential users have with respect to public cloud computing. Here, for example, is a survey from April 2010, indicating that 45 percent of respondents felt the risks of cloud computing outweigh its benefits. CA and the Ponemon Institute conducted a survey and found similar concerns. But they also found that deployment had occurred despite these worries. And similar surveys and results continue to be published, indicating the mistrust about security persists.

Patriot Act renewed despite warnings of ‘secret’ law – After senators reveal that Justice Department has a secret interpretation of controversial law, speculation turns to whether cell phone location records are being vacuumed up.

Six Great Experimental Features to Enable in Google Chrome’s Labs – Google Chrome is a favorite among power users in no small part due to its innovative experimental features (many of which are eventually integrated into the stable browser). For our final installment of the best of Google Labs, we’re taking a look at the best experimental, advanced features you can add to Google Chrome.

Company News:

Microsoft’s lucrative new revenue stream? Android – The irony’s enough to make your head explode: Microsoft makes more money from Android than it does Windows Phone. This according to Citi analyst Walter Pritchard, who says $5 from the purchase price of every HTC Android handset sold ends up in Microsoft’s pockets. Evidently, the terms of the patent licensing deal Microsoft negotiated with HTC over its Android offerings last April included some very lucrative royalties.

Hardware Vendor Offers Backdoor with Every Product – IT administrators know there’s nothing more frustrating than losing administrative access to your network equipment. But Allied Telesis, a Japan-based maker of switches, routers and other networking devices, has a fix: guaranteed backdoors for every product.

Microsoft to showcase new tablet OS next week? – Citing three anonymous sources, Bloomberg reported yesterday that the software giant will be discussing its plans for tablets at some point in the next week, though they weren’t certain where or when it would happen. Bloomberg’s sources told the publication that the tablet-friendly Windows version would be running on hardware boasting Nvidia’s ARM-based Tegra processor.

PayPal Sues Google for Stealing Mobile Payment Secrets – Google NFC Partner event PayPal has sued Google and two of its top execs, both former PayPal employees, for stealing trade secrets that helped the search company break into the multi-billion dollar mobile payments industry.

Off Topic (Sort of):

One Hundred Years Of The Indy 500 – Wonderful account of the first Indy 500 car race, held on 30 May 1911. Thrilling, horrifying, at times comical but compelling reading throughout. Features 40 daring drivers, dramatic crashes, confusion over the eventual winner.

Physics and the Immortality of the Soul – The topic of “Life after death” raises disreputable connotations of past-life regression and haunted houses, but there are a large number of people in the world who believe in some form of persistence of the individual soul after life ends. Clearly this is an important question, one of the most important ones we can possibly think of in terms of relevance to human life. If science has something to say about, we should all be interested in hearing.

Poach or Roast Sausages Before Grilling (and Other Expert BBQ Tips) – It’s barbecue season, and that means its time to review our grilling strategies. Esquire’s “Eat Like a Man Grilling Awards” rounds up some top tips from chefs, butchers, and enthusiasts, like this suggestion for cooking sausage for a crowd.

Giving to Charity by Managing Your E-Mail – A new service, GiveBackMail, introduced this week, promises to give 25 percent of its profit to charity if users will route their e-mail activities through its Web site. “The more you use e-mail, the more money you direct toward your charity,” said Rambod Yadegar, who founded the service with his brother, Sam. (submitted by Michael Fisher)

Today’s Quote:

Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves.”

-     Nathaniel Branden

Today’s Free Downloads:

Advanced SystemCare Free 4.0.1 – Advanced SystemCare Free has a one-click approach to help protect, repair, clean, and optimize your PC. With over 20 MILLION downloads since 2006, this fantastic, award-winning, free PC repair software is a “must-have” tool for your computer.

Process Lasso 5.0.0.15 – Process Lasso is a software that will improve system responsiveness and stability. Process Lasso is a unique new technology intended to automatically restrain running processes that are consuming too many CPU cycles.

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