Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 12, 2012

Android malware poses as Angry Birds Space game – Android malware authors have seized an opportunity to infect unsuspecting smartphone users with the launch of the latest addition to the immensely popular “Angry Birds” series of games.

Tablets and TV go hand-in-hand – A new report shows that 85 percent of U.S. tablet owners are using their tablets as their “couch computer” instead of laptops or smartphones while watching TV.

ZipSend Lite – ZipSend Lite, is a free file delivery service from the creators of WinZip that significantly speeds up the sending of sizable emails. ZipSend is available in the free Lite version, which limits the file size to 50MB per message, and expires files in seven days.

Five noteworthy PowerPoint add-ons – Tons of add-ons claim that they can supercharge your PowerPoint presentations. And guess what? A few of them are actually can.

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Should I Run a Second Operating System in a Virtual Machine or Dual Boot? – It’s not quite a matter of which is “best”, but—as is often the case—which is better for your particular needs. Both have pros and cons, but are better suited to specific situations. Here’s a quick primer on what each does well, and when you’d be better off using it.

DDoS Attacks on Financial Services Firms Explode – Somebody is going after the Web infrastructure of financial services firms in a big way. Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks aimed at such companies serviced by Prolexic increased threefold in the first quarter of 2012, the security firm said Wednesday.

Apple, Major Publishers Sued Over E-Book Pricing – The Department of Justice is accusing the companies of colluding to raise e-book prices by using the ‘agency’ model of e-book pricing.

First Raspberry Pi boards to ship next week – The first $40 Raspberry Pi Linux computers will start shipping from early next week after the boards passed final testing.

WordPress security tweaks to keep in mind – WordPress has powerful default security measures already in place, but it doesn’t hurt to enhance that security with tweaks that will make it even harder for hackers and bots from accessing your site and website files.

Spotify Play Button Adds Music Streaming to Websites, Blogs – Spotify on Wednesday unveiled the “Play” button, which will allow Spotify content to be added to third-party sites. Much like websites can add Facebook content to their sites via special widgets, the Spotify Play Button will also allow blogs, websites, and other social networks to add Spotify playlists or songs.

Google’s new Chrome OS: Back to the future – Many new desktops, like Windows 8’s Metro, default a single window that takes up the whole screen. The latest developer build of Google’s Chrome OS goes back to the multiple windows on the display model.

Company News:

SecureState partners with Qualys for cloud-based security and compliance – SecureState announced a partnership with Qualys. Under the partnership, SecureState will offer IT security and compliance cloud services from Qualys while providing its security expertise and consultation services to facilitate regulatory compliance and enterprise-wide vulnerability management.

RIM Adding BBM Integration to Facebook, Twitter Apps – The BlackBerry for Facebook and Twitter apps will soon be updated to include BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) connectivity.

Nokia Offers $100 Credit for Lumia 900 Data Bug – Nokia has confirmed data problems with its Lumia 900 phone that have prevented some users from connecting with AT&T’s network. To make up for it, the company is offering a $100 credit to all users, regardless of whether they were affected.

Samsung to Ship Galaxy Tab 2 Tablets in US Starting April 22 – Samsung will ship its next-generation Galaxy Tab 2 tablets in the U.S. starting on April 22, with 7-inch model coming first, and the 10.1-inch model with a larger screen shipping on May 13. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will be available starting at US$399.99, which is a considerable price drop from the ongoing $450 price for its predecessor on Amazon.com. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will start at $249.99.

Webopedia Daily:

Bunny suit – Bunny suit is the slang phrase used to describe protective clothing that someone working in a clean room must wear to prevent dust and human skin and hair particles from entering the room’s atmosphere. A bunny suit worn by production line workers or technicians is typically white and is separate pieces of clothing, including boots and hood.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The NFC Nightmare – Hacking these days is easy enough. Do we really have to expose our wallets, too? Near field communications (NFC) technology is slowly being incorporated into mobile phones to create an electronic virtual wallet. Simply pass your phone over a reader and money is extracted from your funds that are stored on a computer someplace. Those who don’t think this is a disaster waiting to happen do not understand technology.

Lure of the tablet: No intimidation – The average person uses a computer mostly at work, and finds them to be somewhat intimidating. Tablets feel familiar from the first time they are picked up, however.

How the Titanic Disaster Forever Changed Telecommunication – The Titanic’s sinking spurred the passage of legislation seeking to improve maritime communication, but as part of a larger bill that was the first to mandate the licensing of radio stations. That started the apportionment of the communications spectrum between different interests that continues to this day.

Claim: Advanced dinosaurs may rule other planets – 

It sounds like the plot to a science fiction story, but new scientific research hypothesizes that “advanced dinosaurs” may have evolved on other planets in the universe. 

According to Dr. Ronald Breslow, the advanced versions of T. rex and other dinosaurs would likely be monstrous creatures with the intelligence and cunning of humans.

Privacy concerns after Instagram’s acquisition by Facebook – Some Instagram users are upset about the acquisition by Facebook – but are they right to complain about what happens to their uploaded photographs?

Today’s Quote:

The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best – and therefore never scrutinize or question.”

-     Stephen Jay Gould

Today’s Free Downloads:

ISO Workshop 2.5 – Optical disc images are files storing complete copies of various media, including CD, DVD and Blu-Ray discs. They are used for backing up data from optical discs and creating exact disc copies for further replication.

DarkWave Studio 3.8.9 – DarkWave Studio is a free, open source, Digital Audio Workstation for Windows. Featuring a modular Virtual Studio, Pattern Editor, Sequence Editor and Multitrack Hard Disk Recorder.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 12, 2012

  1. Good morning Bill… Just featured your site at Bookmarks4Techs. My way of saying thank you for all that you have done for me.

    http://www.bookmarks4techs.com/2012/04/featured-tech-site-bill-mullins-weblog.html

    Rick

    • Good morning Rick,

      You got to where you are through hard work, great writing, and a sensitive touch for the needs of your readers – and, I had nothing to do with that. You did all of that. You have much to be proud of.

      As opposed to so many who quit blogging after 90 days or so, you and I, and others whom we know, kind of act in a push – shove sort of way. There are times when we pull each other along, and other times when a little push is needed. To put it another way – if you’re not going to quit – we’ll then, neither am I. Sort of like – I’ll be damned if I’m going to let anyone beat me. Gotta love competition. :)

      Thanks for the feature focus – that is so neat!

      Best,

      Bill