Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 24, 2011

Control Windows 7 with your voice – Voice commands aren’t just for smartphone users; they’re for PC users, too. We’ll show you how to use speech recognition so you can launch programs, dictate text, scroll Web pages, and more, all by voice.

Microsoft’s YouTube channel hacked – Videos on the software giant’s page have been replaced with solicitations for sponsorships.

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Galaxy Nexus vs. iPhone 4S vs. Droid RAZR: Smartphone Battle Royale – Google’s Galaxy Nexus is the latest addition to this year’s hot smartphone line-up, alongside the iPhone 4S and the Droid RAZR. Unveiled last night, the Galaxy Nexus, manufactured by Samsung, embodies Google’s idea of the perfect smartphone, together with the brand-new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich mobile OS. But does the Galaxy Nexus stand a chance against Apple’s iPhone 4S, which is currently selling like hot cakes, or the skinny Droid RAZR, also unveiled this week?

A-Google-A-Day Is Google’s New Scavenger-hunt Game – A Google A Day is a scavenger hunt type of game which poses questions that you are invited to try to answer using Google’s search engine. It appears that the purpose of the game is to get people to familiarize themselves with some of the lesser utilized features of the Google search engine like the search engine’s ability to translate languages, for instance. The questions are designed in such a way that you will not be able to answer them in one query. Instead, you’ll usually have to use information you learn from your initial query to make another Google search and sometimes use that information to make yet another search.

10 Features of Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich – Google’s Android 4.0–better known as Ice Cream Sandwich–has the usual smorgasbord of new features; we’ve selected the ten most delicious features.

10 Windows 8 Security Threats to Expect – Even though Windows 8 is more than a year away, Microsoft recently touted the new operating system’s security upgrades that include improvements to Windows Defender, Internet Explorer and the OS’ kernel. But given Microsoft’s history, perhaps it’s not such a good idea to get too excited. We take a look at what kind of security holes Windows 8 users should watch out for once the new operating system launches next year.

10 reasons to be wary of Google in business – Google caters well to consumers, but it falls short of meeting the business needs of larger organizations. Here are the biggest areas of concern.

Company News:

China’s Alibaba Sets up Fund to Back Mobile OS – Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is readying the next update of its mobile operating system as a company subsidiary launched a new fund to support app development for the OS. In July, subsidiary Alibaba Cloud Computing unveiled its Aliyun OS, a Linux-based operating system aimed at helping the e-commerce giant promote its products in China.

Facebook Launches HTML5 Resource Center – Facebook has opened a new HTML5 Resource Center to help developers build, test and distribute HTML5 apps. The center is available as a resource to all HTML5 developers.

Cisco Launches Multi-Tenant Cloud Virtual Firewall Appliance – Cisco rolled out new network switches, including a new firewall product, to expand its data center portfolio with virtual security offerings.

Synnex to Help VARs Capture the Cloud - Synnex is getting into the cloud-computing space with CloudSolv, a portal designed to simplify and streamline your efforts to create, build and grow your cloud businesses.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Steve Jobs on Bill Gates: ‘Basically Unimaginative’ – In the upcoming biography of Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder comments about his chief rival.”Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he’s more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology. He just shamelessly ripped off other people’s ideas,” Jobs is quoted as saying.

10 cool technologies to look for in your next PC - Impressive new technologies are revolutionizing PC performance, but should you buy now or wait for more improvements? These details will help you decide.

Microsoft’s OmniTouch turns any surface into a touchscreen (photos) – Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University have shown off technology that can turn any surface into a touchscreen.

What If Steve Jobs Is Right? – According to leaked excerpts from the Steve Jobs biography which will be officially released tomorrow, Jobs is quoted saying, “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” Jobs is also credited with stating, “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong.”

Today’s Quote:

An idealist believes the short run doesn’t count. A cynic believes the long run doesn’t matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.”

-     Sydney J. Harris

Today’s Free Downloads:

System Explorer 3.5.2 – System Explorer is free, award winning software for exploration and management of System Internals. This small software includes many useful tools which help you Keep Your System Under Control. With System Explorer You get also fast access to File Database which help you to determine unwanted processes or threats. System Explorer is translated into 21 languages and is available for download in installer and portable version.

Windows Firewall Control 3.0.0.8 – Windows Firewall Control is a small and easy to use application that runs in your system tray and provides quick access to the most frequent options used from Windows Firewall.

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