Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 1, 2012

A Beginner’s Guide to PC Backup – People, it’s time to back up your data! In honor of World Backup Data, we show you how to get started and options for doing so.

Online Oversharing Can be Dangerous – Online oversharing can be downright unsafe, as an app making headlines for being creepy and undermining the privacy of women shows.

IE 10 in Windows 8 – Windows 8 packages Internet Explorer 10 in two different versions, Metro and desktop. Which one is better, and how can you manage both?

Check your Twitter account for rogue applications – If you’re careless about what applications you allow to access your Twitter account, don’t be surprised if you find the bad guys are spamming tweets out in your name without your permission.

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Malware, Phishing Gather in North America – An annual review of global security threats identifies the U.S. and Canada as the primary source of malware attack focus. According to the 2012 Websense Threat Report, Canada’s malware ranking has also zoomed upward in the past year, so the country now clocks in at No. 2 at 13.2 percent. The countries in the top five ranking include Germany at 5.4 percent, the Netherlands at 4.9 percent and China at 4.1 percent.

Google Claims Latest Chrome is Speedier – Google last week patched nine vulnerabilities in Chrome and boosted the speed and reach of the browser’s hardware acceleration with the launch of version 18. According to the company, Chrome 18 enables accelerated Canvas 2D on Windows and Mac machines with compatible graphics processor units (GPUs), and expands support for the WebGL 3D standard to older systems.

Why Windows 8 Will (and Won’t) Matter to Enterprises – I’ve heard a lot of talk about Windows 8 in the enterprise lately. Some people say that the new “Metro” interface is so different that it will prevent enterprise customers from migrating to the new operating system. Others say iPads are the real threat to Windows machines in enterprise and Windows on ARM (WOA) tablets will enable Microsoft to fight back. I don’t believe either of those things.

Movie industry wants blood of cyberlocker sites – A Paramount Pictures exec says the studios continue to make criminal referrals against cyberlocker services dedicated to enabling piracy, and he identifies the top five “rogue” cyberlocker sites.

Antennagate claim site goes live – Apple iPhone 4 customers can now claim the princely sum of $15 in compensation, following the settlement of a lawsuit over the phone’s ‘antennagate’ reception problems.

The iPad Wins Because Android Tablet Apps Suck: An Illustrated Guide – I just gave the new iPad an Editors’ Choice award for large tablets, but frankly it was a foregone conclusion. The iPad doesn’t get the award because of its hardware, lovely as the hardware is. It gets the award because its apps are generally better than the apps available for Android tablets.

Company News:

Private Facebook trading dries up as IPO looms – Private aftermarket values Facebook at north of $100 billion. Will public market track it?

AT&T touts Lumia 900 as biggest launch ever – It may just be over-zealous marketing hype, but AT&T is saying the Lumia 900 Windows Phone will be “a notch above” anything in the carrier’s history.

Dell Expands Virtual Desktops Into the Cloud – Dell’s Simplified Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is a cloud-based virtual desktop offering targeted at companies of any size. Dell partnered on the offering with Desktone, a company that makes software to access cloud-based desktops. The product is expected to be available at some point this quarter and pricing details have not yet been released.

Is Best Buy following CompUSA, Circuit City to certain doom? – The basic pattern that CompUSA (closed brick-and-mortar stores in 2007) and Circuit City (closed stores in 2008) followed was: first select stores were closed, then more were closed, then all stores were shuttered or sold off. Is this Best Buy’s fate? And why?

Webopedia Daily:

Carpal tunnel syndrome – A common form of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) produced by repeating the same small movements many times. As more and more people use computers, carpal tunnel syndrome and other forms of RSI have become more prevalent. Typical symptoms are numbness or burning in the fingers or wrist. If not addressed early on, the injury can cause permanent damage. There are a number of ways to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome, including adjusting the height and angle of your chair and keyboard, and taking frequent breaks from typing. Modern office furniture, designed especially for computer use, can help considerably.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Cracked: 5 Computer Hacks from Movies You Won’t Believe Are Possible – As we have mentioned previously, Hollywood just doesn’t seem to have a very firm grasp on how technology works. So when it comes to depicting computer hacking onscreen, it’s no surprise that the implausible scenarios Hollywood’s tech-challenged screenwriters manage to pull out of their asses don’t even come close to resembling the real thing. Except it turns out that, every once in a while, they inadvertently get it right on the money. Because real-world hackers have done stuff like …

WikiLeaks under heavy fire – The Australian government has once again criticized WikiLeaks for its supposedly “reckless, irresponsible and potentially dangerous” disclosures of classified data.

This runway in the sky lands planes downtown – For those of us who hate heights and fear flying, the GreenGru Airportscraper concept is the sort of white-knuckle nightmare that takes 10 years off a lifespan.

Will it Take a Law to Protect Online Privacy? – Administration officials insist they’re not after a heavy-handed regulatory approach, but if self-regulation can work, a baseline privacy law might still be appropriate.

Windows Phone Market Share is So Small, Nielsen Doesn’t Even List It – In a recent report, Windows Phone market share was so small in the U.S. that a research firm didn’t even bother to break out its usage.

Today’s Quote:

Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.”

-     Oscar Wilde

Today’s Free Downloads:

CheckDiskGUI 1.1.4 – The CheckDiskGUI application was developed to be a Graphical User Interface for the commandline utility CHKDSK. It can display the file system integrity status of hard disks and floppy disk and can fix logical file system errors.

FontViewOK 2.57 – The problem is well known: Only the written form is remembered, but the name is forgotten. Here FontViewOK can help. It creates a quick visual overview of all installed fonts. The deployment is so simple, a help file is not required.

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