Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 25, 2012

Avoid Fake Online Stores with Zscaler Safe Shopping Plug-in – Suppose you’re in the market for a Turbo Widget 9000. You do a little Web searching and discover that Widget Specialities Unlimited sells it for $50 less than everybody else. The online storefront looks a little wonky, but, hey, you got here via Google, so it must be okay, right? Wrong. Hackers routinely create fake stores, and sometimes even compromise real ones in order to steal customer data. How can you protect yourself against these kinds of threats?

Video: Dual booting the Kindle Fire – An XDA-Dev member has managed to mod the FireFireFire Extended Bootloader so that it can be used to dual-boot Amazon’s popular Kindle Fire tablet.

Police Have Started Wardriving For Unsecured Networks In Queensland – What’s the motivation for the initiative? According to Brian Hay, a detective superintendent for the Queensland Police, they’re not so much worried about people stealing bandwidth as they are about identity theft. Still, even with this noble aim in mind, is the act of wardriving itself an invasion of privacy? I’m sure the cops don’t plan to jump onto unsecured networks and check out your share drives any time soon, but if I was super-paranoid, this would sound like a solid stepping stone to me. (recommended by Mal C.) Note: I suggest that you read the comments to this article.

How to extract high-quality icons from Windows files – Icon images can be incredibly handy, but sometimes it’s hard to track them down or extract their larger versions. BeCyIconGrabber is a free Windows app that makes it simple to find and store them.

Facebook Tips to Make Password Privacy Issue a Non-issue – Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the popular social networking service and not worry about interfering with your ability to land that perfect job.

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Google+ Hangouts now calling any phone – With the flip of a virtual switch, Google has graduated a popular experimental feature into a standard for Google+ users, the ability to place calls to any number using Google Hangout.

Killing celebrities via Twitter – No, Paul McCartney and Jon Bon Jovi are not dead, they’re both alive and well, but somebody’s trying to kill them off in cyberspace via Twitter.

Fork over your Facebook log-on or you don’t get hired – Anecdotal evidence isn’t proof of widespread behavior, but reports that some companies want job applicants to turn over Facebook passwords are going to spark a political grab-fest.

Facebook, senator fire back at password-snooping employers – Facebook condemns password snooping and U.S. senator vows to file legislation protecting Facebook accounts from prying employers.

5 very cool (but kinda creepy) mobile technologies – Face recognition, voice identification, and augmented reality can enrich the mobile experience — but they can also be abused in scary ways.

Device & Conquer: Understand 3D TV – You’ll have a hard time buying a new TV that isn’t 3D by the end of 2012, but that isn’t the same as saying you’ll be watching 3D TV. Brian Cooley explains the aspects of this new technology, how it’s still evolving, and what there is to watch.

Company News:

Report: Facebook Selling Log-Out Ads for $700K a Pop – Facebook would prefer if users never left the data-mining confines of its website, but when they do, the social networking giant is determined to still make some serious cash at the exit door.

AOL, lacking better options, hires firm to sell its patents – AOL is said to have hired Evercore Partners to help it shop around its patent portfolio in hopes of making up for declining dial-up revenues.

Pinterest Responds to Concerns, Changes Terms of Service – Pinterest appears to be taking feedback from users seriously and has updated its terms of service amid questions about copyright infringements, scams, and other content-related bumps in the road along its meteoric rise in popularity.

AT&T to FCC over T-Mobile’s job cuts: ‘We told ya so’ – AT&T claims the 1,900 call center workers T-Mobile laid off this week would still have their jobs had its defunct merger gone through. Uh huh.

RIM Seeks New Markets in Africa – Research In Motion is banking on reduced prices for BlackBerrys and an increasing demand for affordable smartphones to increase its market share in Africa.

Webopedia Daily:

Enterprise Linux – Enterprise Linux is the term used to reference any distribution (distro) of the open source Linux operating system that is targeted to the commercial market — not to consumers — for use on corporate or small business servers, desktops, workstations and mobile deployments. Some of the different Enterprise Linux distributions include Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, Oracle Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED).

Off Topic (Sort of):

iPad and Grandpa (Video .32) – Better keep an eye on your iPad if you invite the old man for dinner.

Rolltop – Rolltop is a portable computer development concept for designer, architect and everyone, who would like to have a gadget, which, from an aesthetic standpoint alone, certainly hits the mark. By virtue of the OLED-Display technology and a multitouchscreen the utility of a laptop computer with its weight of a mini-notebook and screen size of 13 inch easily transforms into the graphics tablet, which with its 17-inch flat screen can be also used as a primary monitor due to the support attached to the back of the screen.

This fake flying video duped the ‘Net – I really wanted this video to be real, but alas, after just a few days going viral, the Dutch engineer who shot it has ‘fessed up and admitted the clip was faked. Then again, I think we all can understand how it became so popular so quickly, as just everyone out there has probably dreamed about flying – without the help of an airplane – at one point in their lives.

A camera that peers around corners – A new imaging system could use opaque walls, doors or floors as ‘mirrors’ to gather information about scenes outside its line of sight. (recommended by Michael F.)

Lifehacker: Top 10 Essential DIY Skills That Aren’t as Hard as You Think – We feature a lot of do-it-yourself projects here at Lifehacker, but oftentimes they seem undoable because they require a skill you don’t have. Thankfully, there are quite a few DIY skills out there that are much easier to learn than you think. Here are our 10 favorites.

How 600 tweets can get you a porn star prom date – A persistent high school student sends Twitter messages to as many porn stars as he can think of, in order to get one to be his prom date. Megan Piper agrees. But now the school objects.

Today’s Quote:

In a networked world, trust is the most important currency.”

-     Eric Schmidt

Today’s Free Downloads:

Microsoft Research Cliplets 1.0.2 – Cliplets is an interactive app that uses semi-automated methods to give users the power to create “Cliplets” — a type of imagery that sits between stills and video from handheld videos.

Kingsoft PC Doctor 3.7.0.7 - Kingsoft PC Doctor, professional computer security utility, intensively cleans Windows traces, repaires Windows vulnerability in overall and, deeply optimizes Windows OS and, to improve local computer to be operated with advance performance.

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