Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 8, 2012

Automate Windows maintenance tasks – Cleaning and protecting your Windows computer is essential, but some tasks can be difficult to automate — and to remember. DMaintenance helps you automate the process by bundling tasks together.

22 Great Video Games for Smart People – If you’re late getting into games, start with any of these 22. We polled game designers who have worked on Quake, Mass Effect 3, and Deus Ex, as well as other notable video game industry figures for their picks for the smartest games around.

SwiftKey 3 Beta: The best Android keyboard I’ve seen – If you’re not familiar with SwiftKey, it is a Google Play Editors’ Choice app, and it won the coveted Most Innovative App award at this year’s Global Mobile Awards in Barcelona, Spain. What sets it apart from other replacement keyboards is its ability to understand not just patterns in your typing, but also how words work together.

A Fast Trick to Salvage an Underexposed Photo – This week, I’ve got a trick that takes less than 2 minutes and is perfect for situations in which you want to take a photo with badly underexposed areas and make it presentable for uploading to Facebook. It won’t be perfect, and I wouldn’t use this approach to make a large print, but it’s awesome for rapidly making snapshots presentable.

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Flashback the largest Mac malware threat yet – Congratulations, Apple. The Mac is now popular enough to attract major attention from the bad guys. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you’ve probably heard about Flashback, a piece of malware targeting users of Apple’s Mac OS X that’s now estimated to be quietly running on more than 600,000 machines around the world.

Keep Kids Safe on Social Networks – The internet may seem like the wild West, but the real world’s wild, too…and your kids live in both worlds. Facebook, mobile phones, and more make it hard to know where your kids are and who’s trying to reach them. This software and these services help you keep tabs on your family and keep everybody safe.

AT&T to Unlock Non-Contract iPhones Starting April 8 – AT&T on Sunday will start allowing non-contract iPhone users to unlock their devices for use on other GSM networks, which will help facilitate the use of an Apple smartphone while traveling abroad.

Spring cleaning tips for your Android device – April is the cruelest month. But it need not be: CNET’s How To team shows you the way to clear the heap of broken bric-a-brac from your Android device and improve your user experience.

Google’s Project Glass Is Really Really Great…For Porn – The so-called Google glasses were seen in the wild. Or were they? And what would they really be used for if they did exist? Nothing you could tell your mom

Philips ErgoSensor Monitor Nags at You for Slouching – Philips ErgoSensor Monitor will tell you when you are slouching and scolds you to sit up straight.

Company News:

RIM gets a much needed house cleaning – New Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins isn’t afraid to make some drastic changes, which is a good sign for the company.

Cheap Google Tablet Delayed Until July, Apple Testing Smaller iPad – The Google tablet formerly known as Asus MeMo 370T may be pushed back to a July release date; Apple is rumored to be testing a 7.85-inch iPad.

RIM gives India access to BlackBerry messages – After a battle lasting almost two years, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has knuckled under to the Indian government, giving security forces in that country access to private instant messages. Experts say the change, first reported in the newsmagazine India Today, could lead to similar access for other spy agencies and government bodies around the world — if they don’t already have it.

TSMC struggles with 28nm – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is reportedly experiencing issues with its 28nm foundry capacity which has fallen “drastically short of demand.”

Intel SSD to boost Windows 8 boot, wake times – There’s nothing like a solid-state drive to speed up PC performance. And Intel now offers a small-capacity SSD to boost the performance of systems that are based on hard disk drives.

Webopedia Daily:

Vishing – The telephone equivalent of phishing. Vishing is the act of using the telephone in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft. The scammer usually pretends to be a legitimate business, and fools the victim into thinking he or she will profit.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Hacks Of Valor – US military over-reacts dangerously by declaring Anonymous a threat to national security. Anonymous is not a terrorist group, it is an expression of the spirit of the times, and most of its activities are frivolous or trivial

The Education Of Google’s Larry Page – Sympathetic review of Page’s first year as Google CEO, and his attempts to unify its unwieldy product offering. Interesting to read his views on Facebook, Google+, Motorola, social search, patent litigation and Steve Jobs.

Are You Almost Alcoholic? – Yes of course you are. You “drink to relieve stress” and you “look forward to drinking”. So you’re somewhere on the alcoholic spectrum. Not totally in control, but not on Skid Row either. Have a drink and think it over.

Just One More Game…Angry Birds, Farmville and Other Hyperaddictive ‘Stupid Games’ – Which of us hasn’t said it at some point. But what is the secret of stupid games? Why are we so susceptible to them? And how did Drop7 take over Anderson’s brain, such that he was playing it in all sorts of inappropriate situations?

Today’s Quote:

“I correctly gauged the American public’s willingness to elect a biracial president. I drastically over-rated their willingness to be governed by one”

-     Andrew Sullivan

Today’s Free Downloads:

Artweaver Free 3.0.4 – Artweaver lets you paint creatively with the help of a huge range of painting tools. You can create sketches from photos or just experiment with colors.

Clonezilla – You’re probably familiar with the popular proprietary commercial package Norton Ghost. The problem with these kind of software packages is that it takes a lot of time to massively clone systems to many computers. You’ve probably also heard of Symantec’s solution to this problem, Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition with multicasting. Well, now there is an OpenSource clone system (OCS) solution called Clonezilla with unicasting and multicasting! 64 bit only.

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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 8, 2012

  1. delenn13

    This has been extended to the end of April. Make sure you search for all the free stuff.
    DAZ 3D – Free 3D Software and 3D Model Providers

    Enjoy.

    Happy Easter, everyone. Now I am officially busy.

    PS Gonna read the gamer links as soon as it slows down around here.. :)

    • A Happy Easter to you too – Delenn13. :)

      Been bouncing around with Fallout – very cool. Thanks again for the link.

      Best,

      Bill

      • delenn13

        Hi Bill,
        Thanks for the Easter wishes. Glad you are enjoying the game. I haven’t even had the time to set it up.

        del

  2. Noahsark

    Bill
    I just wanted to wish you a very Happy Easter, and may God Bless you. Thanks for all the tips.