Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 14, 2012

75 Open Source Small Business Software Options – Save money and be productive by replacing your small business software with these free open source software alternatives. It’s important to note that many of these open source apps really are comparable with their better known counterparts. They usually offer most of the features small businesses need, and many even read and write files created with proprietary software.

The New Kindle Touch Upgrade: How to Get It Now – The upgrade will roll out over Wi-Fi during the next several weeks but why wait? We show you how to get it now.

Get a $50 game bundle for $4, help feed the hungry – For the price of a grande latte, you get five popular indie games, a bunch of bonus content, and the satisfaction of helping your fellow humans.

Facebook Confidential: How the Craigslist killer manhunt exposed personal details of the innocent – If the police come a-knocking, Facebook may be forced to send someone’s entire account activity over. And there’s a lot of it. And it might include data about you.

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How to Avoid Getting Hacked While Traveling – Researcher Justin Morehouse has logged more than 100,000 miles to eight countries in the last year. His message: business travelers are at greater risk of being hacked than ever before, especially when it comes to smart phones and tablets. Now the security expert has distilled his research and first-hand experiences into some sage advice for travelling executives and VIPs. Here are eight ways you can protect yourself abroad.

Facebook Now Lets You Download More of Your Account History – On top of the photos, posts, messages and list of friends that you could download before, now you can get information on things like previous Facebook names, friend requests and the IP addresses you’ve logged in from.

Is it time to buy that SSD? – Perhaps you noticed that SSD sale prices are dropping to $1/GB and even less. Is now the time to buy?

Sony’s New SmartWatch Brings Android to Your Wrist – Do you find it too much of a hassle to pull out your phone every time you need to read a text or email? Well, luckily now you can just check your watch.

Comedy Central brings The Daily Show Headlines to Android – If you’re an Android user and a fan of Comedy Central’s hit satirical news program “The Daily Show,” then today’s your lucky day.

Company News:

Boeing to develop highly secure smartphones – The Boeing Corporation has been working on an Android-based, highly secure mobile phone and aims to launch it later this year, National Defense Magazine reports.

Cisco Revamps Networking Line for Small Business – The networking giant updates access points, routers, switches and services to help small businesses boost productivity as their use of mobile devices and cloud apps soars.

Barnes & Noble pushing e-reader market forward with new Nook - Apparently there is still room for innovation in the electronic ink e-reader market as Barnes & Noble prepares to roll out a new version of the Nook Simple Touch.

IBM acquires Varicent Software to boost analytics portfolio – IBM acquires Varicent Software, boosting IBM’s analytics resources and capabilities for finance, sales, and customer service operations.

Webopedia Daily:

Landscape Mode - In photography and digital photography, landscape mode is a function of the digital camera that is used when you are taking photos of a scene, not a single object (see “Portrait Mode”). When taking photos in landscape mode, the digital camera will automatically focus on as much of the scene as possible by using a large depth of field. The digital camera may also use a slower shutter speed in some cases.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Can we expect a cyber attack on the smart grid? – The vulnerability of the energy industry’s new wireless smart grid will inevitably lead to lights out for everyone, according to leading cyber expert David Chalk. In an online interview for an upcoming documentary film entitled ‘Take Back Your Power’, Chalk says the entire power grid will be at risk to being taken down by cyber attack, and if installations continue it’s only a matter of time.

20-million new Ubuntu Linux PCs in 2012? – Ubuntu 12.04 will be arriving shortly and Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth expects big things from it.

Embedding videos can infringe copyright according to the MPAA. Are your embeds safe? – The ruling in the recent copyright infringement case Flava vs Gunter has far reaching ramifications for the future of sharing – especially if the MPAA stops the reversal of the court ruling against myVidster.com

Europe’s Data Security Laws Clear Some Clouds, Muddle Others – Regulations being mulled over by the European Union will clarify security requirements for many cloud providers — but could hurt U.S. providers.

Today’s Quote:

Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too.”

-    Richard M. Nixon

Today’s Free Downloads:

Skype – Skype is free and simple software that will enable you to make free calls anywhere in the world in minutes. Just download it, register, and within minutes you can plug in your PC headset and call your friends on Skype.

iSpy – iSpy uses your webcams and microphones to detect and record movement or sound and provides security, surveillance, monitoring and alerting services. Any media that is captured is compressed to flash video and made available, securely over the web. iSpy can be setup to run on multiple computers simultaneously.

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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 14, 2012

  1. delenn13

    First of all..BitsDuJour is at it again. For Mac and PC… free for the day….

    “4Media Photo DVD Maker lets you create customized photo slideshows on DVD, complete with special effects. With 4Media Photo DVD Maker, you’ll be able to transform your favorite photos into customized photo albums, then burn them to DVD discs for playback in any DVD player or computer. On the way, take advantage of all that 4Media Photo DVD Maker has to offer, from transitions, image effects, and even background music using your own audio files.”

    4Media Photo DVD Maker Mac and PC Software with a 100% off Discount Coupon Code – Transform Photos Into DVD Slideshows

    If you are into casual platform games Game Giveaway of the Day – Sky Taxi. Free for the day…

    Mitch and has pals just want to sit around and watch TV. But the Fairy Queen has an important assignment for them: rescue her people from nasty aliens! Run, jump and stomp your way to fortune and fame as you collect goodies and knock the living stars out of your enemies.

    You can also launch off clouds and leap through fire to discover amazing secrets and play mini-games to enhance your skills. Can you prove yourself worthy of a Kung Fu upgrade? Sky Taxi offers a fun challenge for everyone in your family!

    Yeah, Yeah..you already posted this..more info…Got this in my email yesterday..Get a $50 game bundle for $4, help feed the hungry | The Cheapskate – CNET News I already knew about it but been busy.

    The primary bundle consists of five games, all of them compatible with Windows, three also available for Mac. They’re listed below with links to their Steam product pages, as that’s where you’ll end up accessing them:

    1. Beat Hazard (PC/Mac), a unique arcade shooter that integrates your own music library into the gameplay.

    2. 3D arena shooter Madballs in Babo: Invasion (PC/Mac).

    3. Plain Sight (PC), a “multiplayer arcade game about suicidal ninja robots.” Need I say more?

    4. Futuristic tower-defense game Sol Survivor (PC)

    5. The Baconing (PC/Mac). There’s a game called The Baconing. If I wasn’t sold before, I am now.

    These games have a combined value of nearly $50. But wait, there’s way, way more: the Be Mine 2 bundle also comes with survival/horror FPS Killing Floor (PC/Mac) and various comic books, graphic novels, and albums. If the “meals delivered” tally hits 25,000 (it’s currently just under 16,000), you’ll gain access to four more bonuses in the form of add-ons for the various games.”

    Website and download…Groupees

    Between Beat Hazard, The Baconing(LOL) and Killing Floor you can’t go wrong.

    Killing Floor (2009 video game) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    “Killing Floor was originally a total conversion mod for the game Unreal Tournament 2004, first released in 2005. The lead developer Alex Quick was first approached by Tripwire Interactive about porting Killing Floor to their game Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45, but Quick did not follow through. A few years later, when their user base started to dwindle, Quick contacted Tripwire again to negotiate the port to Red Orchestra, and its distribution via Steam—similar to what Tripwire had already done with another Red Orchestra mod Mare Nostrum—and then later, the retail game. The mod version had its fifth and final official update in July 2008.

    The full retail version was announced in March 2009. With the assistance of the original mod team, Tripwire would be the new developer.

    Killing Floor was released on 14 May 2009 after about three months of work by a crew of around ten developers

    Killing Floor was the top-selling game on Steam shortly after it was released (as of May 19, 2009). On February 14, 2012, Tripwire Interactive announced that Killing Floor had sold over 1,000,000 copies on PC.[15]

    Killing Floor has won a number of awards including Overall Best PC Game of 2009 in Voodoo Extreme’s Reader Choice Awards. It also won 2 other categories in Voodoo Extreme’s Reader’s Choice Awards: Best PC Shooter of 2009 and Best PC Game Expansion or DLC of 2009.

    EuroGamer commented that “though not perfect”, it was “clever and relatively cheap”. GameSpot commented that the game graphics compared poorly with contemporary shooters, and that the voice acting was bad, but considered that the sound effects were very good, and that despite its flaws, “you can’t help but enjoy it.” Some reviewers also considered that the lack of any real plot or aim for the players other than killing specimens, the small number of existing maps, and the repetitiveness of the gameplay reduced its replay value. Killing Floor has a Metacritic score of 72/100 from critics and 8.8/10 from users.”

    Some games are on sale(including all the Flatout games)..on both these sites..

    Weekend Promo: Interplay Blast – General discussion – Forum – – GOG.com

    Download and Play retro games – DotEmu

    So many games..so little money..;)

    • Hey Delenn13,

      I’ll take a pass on the DVD stuff – they seem to be a dime a dozen these days.

      But, SkyTaxi looks very interesting – cute graphics. Maybe worth taking a run at.

      Thanks for all this info. You know I appreciate it. :)

      Best,

      Bill

  2. Michael Fisher

    vsee is an interesting alternative to Skype Bill

    Now works on the Mac
    Better encryption
    Group conferencing is FREE
    Less bandwidth [not such a good image though]
    My vsee doesn’t crash on Win7 64-bit the way that Skype seemed to

  3. Michael Fisher

    Oh yeah ~ installed like a dream & detected the cam & soundcard settings correctly. Easy