Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 15, 2012

Privacy Concerns Grow Over Location-Aware Apps – Web companies already have a lot of information about us, and they’re now collecting location information. Are we OK with that?

Remote Control Tech Support Services, Tested – Web-based tech support services provide live help, but can you trust your PC in a stranger’s hands? We suffered hold-time hell to test how four services dealt with real-world Windows problems.

Australia deserves its internet enemy status - Australia remains on the Enemies of the Internet watch list. Sure, we’re no Syria or North Korea, but we deserve to be watched. Mandatory internet censorship is still government policy, and the “voluntary” filtering based on Interpol’s blacklist is being propped up by dodgy statistics.

Scan To The Cloud With CloudScan – I started wondering if there was software available (for FREE) that would allow you to use your scanner to scan documents to the cloud? What I specifically was looking for was scanning software that would load in my browser and allow me to scan documents to my Google Docs account. Sure enough, if you can think of it, then it has been done. What I came across on this hunt was CloudScan that met my criteria, and more!

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US Army warns about the risks of geotagging – With the dangers of geotagging more than obvious for soldiers, the US Army is also warning civilians against tagging their every move.

How to Protect Your Laptop – Losing your laptop can be devastating, especially if you keep important documents and files on its hard drive, without a backup. Here are five ways to protect your laptop from being stolen (or from remaining stolen), as well as to safeguard the data you store on it.

5 Big Security Mistakes You’re Probably Making – How vulnerable are most companies to hacking? So vulnerable that hackers claim they can point their systems at pretty much any target and be guaranteed of breaking in fairly quickly. Most run-of-the-mill vulnerability testers I know can break into a company in a few hours or less. It must be child’s play for professional criminals.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Review: A Business Evaluation – Research In Motion’s (RIM) PlayBook OS 2.0 software has been available for more than two weeks. Here’s a closer look at how it works for business.

Apple fixes 83 vulnerabilities in Safari – Apple issued a patch for Safari, fixing 83 vulnerabilities, 72 of which were rated critical. There are a couple of takeaways from this, the first being that Apple products are “hacker proof” is a myth.

Fake YouTube Site Targeted Syrian Activists, EFF Says – A fake YouTube site purporting to show videos supporting the opposition in Syria has been taken down after it tried to infect visitors with malicious software.

The Value Of Data Privacy To Consumers? About 65 Cents – The laboratory experiment showed that the majority of consumers buy from a more privacy-invasive provider if the service provider charges a lower price. How much lower? Not much, researchers discovered. A discount of just E0.50 was enough to sway consumers away from a vendor who would protect the privacy of their personal data.

Company News:

Profile Analyzer: Protect websites from cyber attacks - Profile Analyzer builds upon Silver Tail Systems’ ability to identify anomalous web session behavior by enabling individual user behaviors to be modeled against their own past usage history on the website to determine if their activity is legitimate or suspicious.

Intel Revving Supply Chain for Mobile Chips: Report – The chip giant’s new COO, Brian Krzanich, said in a Reuters story March 13 that he has been focused on reducing the amount of time it takes for Intel’s various manufacturing facilities to churn out the Atom and Core processors that will be used in the increasingly popular mobile devices.

Lexity Live Offers Free Analytics for Online Stores - Looking for real-time activity, detailed tracking and individual customer data? Lexity Live handles all that for free, and it’s easy for anyone to use.

Kindle Fire Gets Enterprise BYOD App From Good – With enterprise BYOD programs on the rise, and an estimated 4.5 million Amazon Kindle Fire tablets sold, Good Technology is offering an enterprise management app for the Fire.

Webopedia Daily:

OEM unbundling – Often called OEM piracy or just unbundling, OEM unbundling is a type of software piracy that occurs when OEM-packaged software is separated from the hardware it originally came bundled with, at the OEM or retail level of sale. The software is clearly marked, usually with the phrase “For Distribution with New PC Hardware Only”, and the act of piracy occurs when the software is installed on another computer system.

Off Topic (Sort of):

10 iPad Alternatives Worth a Look - Apple’s new iPad, which is launching on March 16, will come with Retina Display, 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity and an improved camera. And not surprisingly, demand is high. Preorders are already sold out and new stock might be delayed two to three weeks. But the new iPad isn’t the only game in town. There are a host of high-quality tablets on store shelves right now that will make any would-be tablet owner happy.

YouTube and NBC Will Live-Stream the Entire 2012 Summer Olympics – This coming July, you’ll be able to watch the entire Olympic Games as they happen for the first time ever. NBC and YouTube are partnering up to live-stream the entire London 2012 Summer Olympics. You’ll be able to catch over 3,000 hours of live coverage from your computer or mobile device. The games will be streamed on NBC Olympics using YouTube’s technology back-end.

Ex-Microsoft Employee Launches ‘Fixing Windows 8′ Campaign – The former worker isn’t happy with Windows 8’s sweeping design changes, and thinks that Microsoft can do better.

Could your old PCs get new lease of life in the developing world? – Why you should put old hardware to good use by donating it to charity, instead of crushing outdated PCs or selling them off cheaply.

Why SMBs aren’t upgrading from free Google Apps – It’s hard to argue with free. But when it comes to Apps, Google is certainly trying. It’s just that some SMBs are not buying it.

Today’s Quote:

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation. Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail towards freedom through the darkest of nights. Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness. Yes we can.”

-     Barack Obama

Today’s Free Downloads:

GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) – GIMP is a, open-source image editor and creator that—now in its 17th year of development—finally seems ready to take on the big guns. Criticized for years for being too oddball, too un-Photoshop-like, GIMP has edged its way into the mainstream. Yes, it’s still really different from Photoshop, but is that really a bad thing?

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 15, 2012

  1. delenn13

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      Looks like a good one. I’ll try that one myself.

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  2. Dave B.

    In RE: Remote Control Tech Support Services; iYogi has always seemed a little shady to me. Dell uses them to pass off their customers (even warranty customers) to, and I’ve had a couple clients pay large sums of money for software and work they didn’t need. Had one that had an issue that should have been covered by warranty with no outlay of cash, and they were conned into paying around $300 before they came to me to properly diagnose the problem. And judging from Avasts satisfaction with them it seems that iYogi isn’t quite on the up and up.
    http://krebsonsecurity.com/2012/03/avast-antivirus-drops-iyogi-support/