Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 20, 2011

$199 BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is back: RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook lives! – It is back at retailers sporting the same deep $300 discount as before. After selling out at Best Buy last month, the retailer now has stock of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models. As of Monday night, Best Buy was selling the 16GB model for $199.99, the 32GB for $249.99, and 64GB for $399.99. The heftiest discount–$350–is on the 32GB model. The other two models remain at $300 off the regular price.

TechRepublic: The most popular Windows posts of 2011 – As 2011 comes to a close, I thought it would be a good time to look back at the past year and list the most popular posts in the Windows Blog during 2011. Each year, the most popular posts give us a snapshot of what was important to readers and, perhaps something even more interesting, what was not important to readers during the past 12 months.

Kiss Your Cable Bill Goodbye With These HDTV Antennas – Forget rabbit ears: A new breed of stylish TV antennas deliver a great picture without dominating your living room. We tried five good options.

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How to combine multiple PDFs into one document – Joining multiple PDFs into one document is easy if you have Acrobat–but if you’d rather save the money, there’s a free program for Windows that does the trick.

How Google Will Become Your Phone Company – Google wants to replace them and become your one and only phone company – and save you a small fortune in the process. I’ll tell you both why and how they’ll do it. But first, let’s look at the aggressive phone service they already provide.

Ransomware impersonating European police agencies – Usually distributed via drive-by downloads when the user lands on a page hosting the Exploit kit, the ransomware is downloaded and executed automatically and the users are presented with a warning message seemingly coming from the main law enforcement agency in their country:

New Version of REMnux Malware-Analysis Linux Distribution Released – REMnux was first released last year and is the work of Lenny Zeltser, a malware expert and SANS instructor, who designed it to be a self-contained environment for analyzing and reverse-engineering malware and malicious applications and Web sites. It’s a stripped-down, lean version of Ubuntu and users can download it and run it from a CD or as a virtual machine. REMnux includes a long list of tools for malware analysis, including three tools for working on Flash-based malware and a handful of other tools for looking at malicious PDFs.

Everybody pirates: RIAA, Homeland Security caught downloading torrents – Since the release of a website that monitors nearly 20 percent of all public BitTorrent downloaders, even more pro-SOPA figures have been found downloading copyrighted material.

Company News:

Apple iPad to Get Bigger Screen in 2012? – Looking forward to Apple’s next version of iPad? Reports say you can expect a new one in the first part of 2012, and then one with an even larger screen later in 2012. Here’s a look at the details.

Sophos enhances mobile device management platform – Sophos announced Mobile Control 2.0, a mobile device management solution that supports iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, Windows Mobile devices and RIM BlackBerry – managing all of these from one web-based console. Sophos Mobile Control is designed specifically for IT administrators to secure, monitor and control smart phones and other personal mobile devices.

The Most Reliable Cloud Storage Providers – Who can you trust in the cloud? Nasuni recently conducted a number of tests on the nation’s top 16 cloud service providers and found that only six of them earned a passing grade. Here’s a look at the tests and the elite few who passed.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Did French President Sarkozy download pirated movies, music? – YouHaveDownloaded.com links BitTorrent downloads to IP address at French president’s residential palace. Sarkozy is a strong proponent of anti-piracy legislation.

Twitter, Facebook, Google+: What’s With All the Change? – 2011 has been a year of constant costume changes for social networks with redesigns, feature adds, feature deletions, privacy changes, opt-ins, opt-outs, new tools for businesses, new apps, changes to apps, and on and on. Enough is enough!

Cisco: Younger Employees Ignore IT Policies, Don’t Think About Security – About 61 percent of young employees surveyed by Cisco researchers feel corporate IT security isn’t their responsibility and should be handled by their employer or the device manufacturer, the researchers wrote in the third installation of Cisco’s “Connected World Technology” report released Dec. 14. “Young employees” in this report included 1,400 college students between the ages of 18 and 23 and 1,400 professionals under the age of 30.

AT&T, T-Mobile Merger Collapse a Victory for Consumers – The multi-billion dollar AT&T takeover of T-Mobile is canceled. In a mobile market that already lacks competition, the merger would have meant higher prices for T-Mobile customers and mobile users in general.

Today’s Quote:

“If you want change, you have to make it. If we want progress we have to drive it.”

-     Susan Rice

Today’s Free Downloads:

Winamp Full – You can customize how Winamp looks, track and manage podcasts, and play videos as well as music. Those who like to be entertained while they listen to music can watch the visualizations. And also very useful is the ability to listen to AOL’s Shoutcast radio stations.

Amazon MP3 Uploader for Amazon Cloud Music Player – Amazon Cloud Music Player lets you enjoy your music collection on any PC or Mac connected to the Internet, or on any Android device. You’ll first upload your music files using desktop program Amazon MP3 Uploader for Amazon Cloud Music Player. Then go to Amazon Cloud Music Player on the Web, and listen to your music there, or if you have an Android device, use the music player app.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 20, 2011

  1. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Unfortunately the Amazon Cloud Player is only available to US customers.

    Kind regards
    John