Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 29, 2012

The best apps for rooted Android phones – Android is a customizable platform out-of-the-box, but rooting an Android handset gives you complete control over it. If you do take the plunge and decide to root your phone, what are some of the best apps to install? Let’s take a look.

How to Use Public Computers Safely – When you use a public computer, you should clean up traces of your activity before leaving. You don’t want the next user to recover your email conversations or passwords.

The Raspberry Pi is now available to buy – For now, it is the $35 version of the Raspberry Pi that is being offered for sale (and limited to one per customer). You can purchase it by visiting either the Premier Farnell or RS Components websites right now. However, due to the expected high demand, everyone is finding it difficult to access either website at the moment.

Four Must-Have Android Settings, From a Security Expert – Here’s how you can immediately tighten the security of your Android device without downloading any extra software.

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How to Avoid Targeted Email Attacks – Last year’s Duqu outbreak managed to infiltrate major industrial companies using targeted email messages that looked totally official, with plenty of real-world detail. How can you avoid being the next victim?

Interpol Arrests 25 Alleged Anonymous Members – Interpol said Tuesday that 25 people suspected of being affiliated with the Anonymous hacking group were arrested in four countries in South America and Europe, with authorities seizing IT equipment, payment cards and cash.

Android Tablets Take MWC by Storm – The Mobile World Congress show floor is overflowing with feature-packed tablets ready to jump into the crowded pool of Android-powered offerings, including a waterproof tablet displayed underwater, Samsung’s Note that offers PC-like premium photo editing and drawing experiences, and ZTE’s three Long Term Evolution (LTE) tablets featuring Qualcomm chips. Take a look at some of the more notable devices at the show.

Pro Tip for Thieves: the PIN is in the Wallet – Cambridge University researchers calculate the odds that a wallet thief will guess your banking PIN by the contents of the wallet.

Controversial ACTA is referred to the European Court of Justice – The heated debate across Europe about ACTA has led the European Commission to refer the controversial agreement to the European Union’s highest court.

Company News:

ManageEngine Delivers on Mobile Device Management Promise – ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, today announced that it is delivering on its promised mobile device management (MDM) services. The company has rolled out security, asset and configuration management for Apple iOS-based devices, integrating them into its enterprise-wide, real-time IT strategy that unites mobile, desktop and service desk management under a single, unified user interface.

Mozilla’s Boot To Gecko gets a major boost – Things are looking good for Mozilla’s Boot To Gecko project. In the wake of the snazzy demo they recently released, the Foundation has now announced several top-flight partners who have pledged support. Among them are key industry players like Qualcomm and Adobe, and they’ve been joined by telecommunications giants Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom.

McAfee Unveils New Mobile Security Tools – McAfee has added a number of new features and introduced new versions of its tools to protect and secure your mobile devices.

Dell Updates Servers to 12G with Better Performance and Management - While Intel’s new server chips are at the heart of the 12G platform, Dell is delivering a new Fluid Data architecture to help improve performance beyond the CPU.

Webopedia Daily:

Traffic – The load on a communications device or system. One of the principal jobs of a system administrator is to monitor traffic levels and take appropriate actions when traffic becomes heavy. (2) The measurement of the amount of users that visit a Web site.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Microsoft could lose the techies in their bid to win over consumers – Microsoft is obviously going “all in” to win over consumers with Windows 8, but will that drive the tech savvy away?

Director’s Cut – A sexually provocative hamburger commercial, featuring Kate Upton. Seriously? This looks like a porno. (recommended by Michael F.)

Malware Surpasses 75 Million Unique Pests in a Year – Despite McAfee predicting that unique malware samples would hit 75 million in 2011, the security vendor actually found that the real number actually surpassed that estimate.

Schmidt: Android Customization ‘Fine’ But Not the Best Choice – Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt today said he does not have a fundamental problem with device makers creating their own customized versions of Android, but argued that Android as it was envisioned by Google is often a richer experience.

Today’s Quote:

“What a fool believes he sees; no wise man has the power to reason away.”

-    Michael McDonald

Today’s Free Downloads:

Lumzy – When thinking up ideas for new software or websites, wireframes often come in handy because they let us iterate through ideas quickly, focusing on substance rather than style (which comes later). Lumzy is a free Web-based wireframing tool that can be used as a gentle introduction to the art of wireframing.

Unknown Device Identifier – Unknown Device Identifier enables you to identify the yellow question mark labeled Unknown Devices in Device Manager.

Sandboxie Beta 3.65.02 – Tired of dealing with rogue software, spyware and malware? Worried about clicking unfamiliar Web links? Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 29, 2012

  1. delenn13

    I have things to do. I have some other links but not sure if I will have time to post..but this is a MUST SEE.
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