How to root the Kindle Fire – Have you snatched up a Kindle Fire, and are wanting to fully unleash your tablet’s power? Say no more. These detailed and simple instructions will have you rooted, using the Android Market, and installing apps to your heart’s content. These instructions are only friendly with Windows. Mac users can root by hopping on a friend’s PC or by running Windows in Boot Camp.
Record Cable TV on Your PC, Easily – Is your DVR overloaded? Use your PC to record shows, and you can store as much as you want and watch it on anything–including your TV, phone, and tablet.
Surrounded by Surveillance: Is Everything Spying On You? – Depending upon who you listen to, GPS tracking shouldn’t be your only concern when you are out and about on the streets.
Microsoft recruiting users to beta test new Security Essentials – The company wants testers to bang on the new beta of its security product, which may reach the public by the end of the year.
What to Expect from the Coming Xbox 360 update - The long wait for an updated look and feel to your Xbox 360 dashboard is almost over. Microsoft has announced the new Metro dashboard will go live on December 6th, and will be free for all users to install. Along with the improved visuals, there are some new goodies being included in the update, especially if you have a Kinect.
Reports of Android Malware Risk Greatly Exaggerated - Juniper Networks claims that the number of Android malware apps has grown 472 percent% since July of this year. That sounds pretty horrible, but users should know this is a count of all the malware online, not what is available in the Android Market. Indeed, if you only download software from the Market, chances are you will never be exposed to any of these bad actors. ExtremeTech.com has the reality check.
Fake Facebook account deletion warnings target users – An email supposedly sent by the Facebook Team warning users about them having violated the social network’s policies is currently hitting inboxes around the world:
Fake iTunes gift certificate offer carries malware – As the holiday shopping season is poised to start in the U.S. with tomorrow’s Black Friday, users are advised to be extra careful when it comes to too-good-to-be-true offers landing in their inboxes. An example of this is a current spam email campaign that notifies them of having been the lucky recipient of a $50 gift certificate for iTunes.
Bosnian hacker collected, distributed massive amounts of illegal porn – A Bosnian national, identified only by the initials E.S., has been arrested by agents of the Bosnian Federal Police’s cybercrime unit following the discovery of a massive amount of pornographic images and videos of children on his computer.
Staples: BlackBerry PlayBook - Tablet-shoppers will definitely be interested in this deal from Staples: a huge $300 price drop on Research in Motion’s 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook, being sold for $199. In Canada, all versions of the PlayBook will be discounted to $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB. The Canadian offer will apparently run until Dec 1.
Google Unveils Shutdown Plans for Knol, Wave, More – Google continued its out-of-season spring cleaning this week, announcing shutdown dates for several of its products, including Gears, Wave, Knol, and more.
Dell PowerEdge Server Portfolio Sports AMD Opteron 6200 Processors – Technology giant Dell introduced enhancements to its PowerEdge server portfolio with AMD Opteron 6200 Series processors for better energy efficiency and performance for enterprise applications, the Web, private clouds and virtualization.
Wyse Expands Cloud Client Computing Portfolio With Trellia Acquisition – The Trellia solution suite provides Wyse, its customers and partners with a suite of cloud-based mobile security, device, app and expense management software solutions. Trellia adds a specific set of technology IP and expertise to present and future Wyse infrastructure management software solutions aimed at helping organizations speed deployment of cloud client computing.
Off Topic (Sort of):
ISPs can’t be forced to filter file-sharing traffic, says EU court – European ISPs will not be required to filter electronic communications which use file-sharing software in order to prevent file sharing which infringes copyright, the European Court of Justice decided today.
Weeding out corporate psychopaths – Given the state of the global economy, it might not surprise you to learn that psychopaths may be controlling the world. Not violent criminals, but corporate psychopaths who nonetheless have a genetically inherited biochemical condition that prevents them from feeling normal human empathy.
10 All-time Great Ad Lines – U.S. companies spend more than $400 billion dollars a year on advertising and marketing, but very few examples cross into the broader culture to become iconic catch phrases or punch lines. Ranker.com has come up with ten all-time great company slogans and taglines. These are brainstorms that have stood the test of time – to the point where the words have been repeated so often that consumers may have forgotten the actual products that were being promoted in first place.
Shoppers Tracked by Cell Phone – Shoppers, beware! Several malls are installing discreet receivers to their walls to track anyone in the vicinity with a switched-on cell phone. The person-specific tracking allows the system to determine which stores get the most traffic, and which areas within the stores attract the largest crowds.
“Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.”
- Helen Keller
Today’s Free Downloads:
ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 2012 – Automatically configures network permissions for most programs using SmartDefense Advisor. Protects against attack by hackers. Can’t be disabled by malware. Blocks access to phishing sites. Includes online backup and identity protection.
Aurora – I was drawn to Aurora when I saw a thread calling it “The Dwarf Fortress of 4X Games.” Your reaction to that statement is a good gauge of your reaction to the game. If you’ve ever wanted to micromanage the exploration, expansion, exploitation, and extermination of intergalactic species, Aurora will be your thing.
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