Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 17, 2012

99 Cent Super Sale – WinPatrol PLUS Lifetime License - WinPatrol PLUS allows you to efficiently monitor programs running on your computer without slowing you down or hogging all your memory. WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you in real-time to any changes that may occur without your knowledge. You’ll be notified of critical system changes and have access to over 30,000 easy to understand program descriptions. Must have addition to your current AV protection. (recommended by Charlie L., Hipockets, and Delenn13).

Five great apps to handle emergency recoveries – Quick: If you had to narrow down your portable toolkit to just five tools, what would they be? Hard to name them, isn’t it? Well, never fear. I have put together a list of five tools, and I think you will agree they all have a place in the perfect emergency toolkit. Each tool serves a different purpose. Together, they make up a kit that I think will make your life a heck of a lot easier.

New version of Sabpab Mac Trojan emerges, spread via Word documents – A new version of the Mac OS X Sabpab Trojan horse has come to light, and rather than relying upon a Java vulnerability – it appears to be exploiting malformed Word documents instead.

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10 Simple Tips for Boosting The Security Of Your Mac - According to data collected by Kaspersky Lab, almost 700,000 infected users have been counted at the beginning of April and the number could be higher. Although Mac OS X can be a very secure operating systems, there are certain steps which you can take to avoid becoming a victim to this growing number of attacks. Here’s our recommendation on 10 simple tips to boost the security of your Mac. (recommended by Michael F.)

Consumer Watchdog Demands FCC Release Uncensored Google Wi-Spy Decision – Consumer Watchdog today demanded that the Federal Communications Commission release an uncensored version of its highly redacted decision to fine Google $25,000 for deliberately impeding and delaying its investigation of the Wi-Spy scandal. (recommended by Bob S.)

The malware numbers game: how many viruses are out there? – How many distinct strains of malware are in circulation today? If you said hundreds of thousands or millions, you’re way off. A close look at numbers from one leading security company helps explain why some big numbers don’t tell the whole story.

Hacker-Proof Your Website – StopTheHacker Web-Malware Scanning scans the company’s Website to determine if it appears on any blacklists, compromised by known Web malware, or contains potential vulnerabilities. Fix the issues before the hackers find you.

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.

Company News:

EA Unveils Crysis 3, Coming Spring 2013 – Electronic Arts on Monday announced Crysis 3, though players will have to wait another year before they can get their hands on the game. Crysis 3 will debut on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the PC in spring 2013, Electronics Arts said today.

Microsoft details Windows 8 editions – Redmond’s upcoming OS will come in standard Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows RT, and Windows 8 Enterprise flavours.

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.

Oracle v. Google: What’s at stake – Oracle and Google are finally going to trial after two years of litigation, but what’s really at stake here for these two Silicon Valley giants?

Webopedia Daily:

Free Space Optics – Free space optics technology (abbreviated as FSO), also referred to as open-air photonics or optical wireless or infrared broadband, transmits data from point-to-point and multipoint using low-powered infrared lasers. Unlike traditional copper wires or fiber-optic technology, which transmits data by light across glass, FSO uses laser technology to send optical signals through the air using lenses and mirrors to focus and redirect the beams and send data from one chip to another. And unlike radio frequencies, FSO technology does not require a spectrum license.

Off Topic (Sort of):

FLAMING RETORT: All this new Mac malware – whose fault is it? – Flaming Retort is back, this time trying to Coole and Explayne the flames we’ve had from some Mac users in the past few days. In a back-to-front way of making Mac fans feel better, I’ll start by making everyone feel slightly worse, taking a small potshot at Windows, OS X and Linux fans alike.

Netflix CEO Blasts Comcast on Net Neutrality – Net neutrality is supposed to prevent companies from prioritizing their products over similar offerings from competitors when setting data cap rules. Netflix CEO accuses Comcast of not playing by the rules when it comes to the Comcast Xfinity app.

Infographic: The true cost of an iPhone – What are you willing to pay Apple’s smartphones? This infographic, developed by Madeline Harris, outlines the true cost of an iPhone.

Fill Out This One-Minute Form Every Day and Find Out Why Your Life Sucks (or Doesn’t) – Ever wonder why you’re having a bad day, or even a good one? Is there an ongoing problem in your life that you just can figure out? If you’ve got a free minute, just fill out this daily form to help you diagnose the problem by analyzing how you think, act, and feel.

Today’s Quote:

“I distrust those people that know so well what God wants because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”

-     Susan B Anthony

Today’s Free Downloads:

LibreOffice Productivity Suite Portable 3.5.2 – Portable LibreOffice is the portable version of LibreOffice developed to be able to run from a USB flash drive or any other portable device.

VideoCacheView 2.16 - After watching a video in a Web site, you may want to save the video file into your local disk for playing it offline in the future. If the video file is stored in your browser’s cache, this utility can help you to extract the video file from the cache and save it for watching it in the future.

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