Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 28, 2012

Find Your Way for Free: Google Maps Navigation – If you’ve got an Android phone, you have free Google Maps Navigation. Get yourself a car mount and you’ll have a powerful GPS device too. With great features, like voice-activated address input, Google’s extensive POI database, and real-time traffic data, all for the unbeatable price of free.

Encipher.it Encrypts Email for Free – Stash this bit of code in your browser bookmarks, and you can use it to safeguard particularly sensitive messages.

Five trustworthy password recovery tools – There will come a time when you need to crack a password — and when that time comes, you’ll be glad you have a recovery tool available. Yes, there can be tricky ethics to deal with. But when you need to recover a password, sometimes there is no way around it. Get familiar with one (or more) of these tools so you won’t have to resort to reinstalling an OS when a simple cracker will solve the problem.

How FBI Entrapment Is Inventing ‘Terrorists’ – and Letting Bad Guys Off the Hook – In all these law enforcement schemes the alleged terrorists masterminds end up seeming, when the full story comes out, unable to terrorize their way out of a paper bag without law enforcement tutelage. (recommended by Michael F.)

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Easily forward calls and SMS on Android phones – Jack Wallen highlights two Android apps that allow you to easily forward calls and SMS — Simple Call Forwarding and SMS Forwarding.

The Best Mobile Security Apps – I’ve been reluctant to encourage the use of mobile security software. Security vendors have been issuing dire warnings for years, but I just haven’t seen the threat. Until now. Forget about transactions and account info, simply protecting your local files and email is reason enough to spend a few dollars for a security app.

Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive: which one is right for you? – If you’re a Windows user looking for free online storage, three services stand out from the rest. Although Dropbox, SkyDrive, and Google Drive are superficially similar, there are some big differences. Here’s what to look for.

Mobile App Standoff: Web App vs. Native App – For resources-strapped companies that want to get in the mobile app game, a Web app tuned for smartphones and tablets is a wise choice.

Use Free FoxIt Reader to Fill Out PDF Forms – If Adobe Reader isn’t getting the job done, this free substitute makes it easy to edit just about any PDF.

Gartner: Don’t Trust Cloud Provider to Protect Your Corporate Assets – Security remains a top concern for companies looking to deploy a cloud strategy.

Laptops, Desktops That Will Have Business Users Drooling – A mountain of PCs have rolled out in the last few weeks that boast features that business users need: speed, smarter cooling technologies, enterprise-grade security, etc. But you won’t find many users clamoring for such machines. Fortunately, there are systems available that have users wishing his or her IT manager would ship one their way.

Company News:

Facebook in ‘third attempt’ to build own smartphone – Facebook phone rumors are swirling again, with reports that the company’s been hiring smartphone engineers.

Apple Patents Reveal Plan for 3D Safari Browser – In a few years time, you could be browsing the web and more in 3D, according to Apple’s new Safari patent applications spotted by Patently Apple last week. The new patent applications detail a 3D version of Safari, which will allow users to stack bookmarks, e-mail, documents, and applications in a 3D manner.

Cisco Kills Off Cius Business Tablet – Cisco said it will discontinue its Cius tablet, doubling down on software instead.

Motorola Videos Show Android 4.0 on Droid RAZR – Promotions reveal new features in Motorola’s custom version of Ice Cream Sandwich, including shortcuts for text messaging and dialing, plus other handy additions.

LG Working on Retina-beating 5-inch Smartphone Display – LG Display has introduced a 5-inch full HD LCD panel for smartphone displays — the highest resolution mobile panel to date, the company said on Monday.

Webopedia Daily:

Siphoning – In SEO, siphoning is a technique used to “steal” traffic that would normally be directed to another website in search engine results. Siphoning could be the fraudulent use of spyware or cybersquatting to steal the traffic, or it could refer to those who copy a webpage with the content slightly altered to direct the Web search engine to show results of another webpage.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Six Piping Hot Raspberry Pi Alternatives – The appetizing Raspberry Pi isn’t the only option in single-board computing. Here are some tasty alternatives.

Do Personal Genomics Pass the Spit Test? – About a year ago, the personal genomics firm 23andMe had a sale: for no fee up front and a $9 per month, one-year subscription, it would map my genome and give me access to the results. Now, I understand the limits of genetic profiling, and I have to consider the chance that my genetic details could potentially be used against me. And yet, part of that genetic code makes me incredibly curious about the mysteries of nature that science is illuminating daily. I had to do it.

Inside the Magnavox Odyssey, the First Video Game Console – Magnavox’s 1972 settop box debuted so early that it didn’t even include a computer. Here’s a look at what makes this pioneer of home video games tick.

To Profile or Not to Profile? – A Debate between Sam Harris and Bruce Schneier. (recommended by Michael F.)

Earth took 10 million years to recover from mass extinction – The Earth’s greatest mass extinction, 250 million years ago, was so severe that it took 10 million years for the planet to recover.

Clueless users: 10 more tales of the absurd – User support may be stressful at times, but it can also be highly entertaining. Brien Posey shares another round of silly things his users have said and done.

Today’s Quote:

It’s true that we don’t know

What we’ve got until it’s gone,

But it’s also true that we don’t know

What we’ve been missing until it arrives.

Today’s Free Downloads:

Daminion – Daminion Standalone helps you tag and sort your photos. It lets you browse photos according to date taken, among many other metadata. The solid, sensible interface is similar to Adobe Bridge and Google Picasa. Daminion is a powerful, robust product, but it is clearly not aimed at home users and amateur photographers

Picasa – At its most basic, Picasa is a photo manager and viewer. Fire it up and you can browse through all of your photos, organized by folder, as well as by the year they were stored on your hard disk. It also has a full complement of editing tools, and lets you create CDs full of photos, as well as photo collages, screensavers, and posters.

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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 28, 2012

  1. By the way, Google Navigation is not available in all the countries. Sadly.

  2. pmshah

    Although not officially available in India, but with a little effort I do find my way around to navigate to my destination. I think we Indians are experts at finding workarounds for practically everything !