Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 31, 2012

Best Free Windows Security Apps – Just because threats to your PC continue to mutate doesn’t mean that you must pay for your peace of mind. We’ve collected some of the top free security and privacy programs available that will keep your computer safer

Drive your Android tablet to the cloud with Google Drive – Jack Wallen explains how to install and use Google Drive on an Android tablet.

The Flame Virus: Your FAQs Answered – Flame can sniff out information from input boxes, record audio from a connected microphone and take screenshots of applications that the virus deems important.

5 reasons everyone will be using Chrome OS in 3 years – The new Chromebooks and Chromeboxes may not have gotten much attention outside of tech circles, but Chrome OS will be everywhere…and soon.

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Play Safe will limit the apps your child can access on Android – As a parent, I’ll admit to handing my smartphone over to one of my kids to keep them entertained from time to time. Who hasn’t? But, it’s impossible to trust your toddler to stay within a designated app and not explore. A new app, Play Safe, allows you to limit which apps your kids can access on your Android device.

Employers on track to get more nosey with employees’ social media lives – By 2015, 60% of employers are likely to be eavesdropping on our social media selves to make sure our e-blabbing isn’t poking security holes into their outfits, according to a recent report.

Phone-y Money: Why marketers are cramming digital wallets down our throats – Google wants to take a cut on the redemption of coupons and other offers that Google Wallet would deliver to the customer, much as the search company now takes a cut from click-throughs on its online ads. With this scheme, Google would get a fee every time it steered someone to buy something in a brick-and-mortar store. (recommended by Michael F.)

HDD Pricewatch: Higher prices are the new normal – HDD prices have dropped and stabilized since their highs of earlier this year, but they’re nowhere near what they used to be — and they probably aren’t going back anytime soon.

How Microsoft solves touch on the desktop – Windows 8 is going to feature touch controls prominently, but what does that mean for desktop users who are still focused on the keyboard and mouse? According to our esteemed managing editor, Sal Cangeloso, the solution might be simpler than you think.

Sophos: Anatomy of an Attack comes to San Diego, Santa Fe, Toronto and Indianapolis – For those of you who haven’t attended an Anatomy of an Attack event before, it is quite different than most IT security companies putting on a thinly veiled sales pitch. We kick off the morning sessions with your standard coffee, juice and light breakfast fare followed by a look at the threat landscape with a detailed run down of the who, what, why and how of modern threats.

Netflix to Delete Former Customers’ Viewing Histories – Netflix has agreed to delete former users’ video history and queue data within one year of the customer’s cancellation of service.

Company News:

Google Tablet Rumored To Be Announced June 27 – Google’s long-rumored tablet will be announced at the company’s I/O conference on June 27, according to unsubstantiated reports. Here’s the latest Google tablet rumor roundup:

Samsung, Sony Put the Kibosh on TV Discounts – Samsung and Sony now prevent stores from advertising or selling their TVs for less than the suggested retail price.

HP shuffles deck, promotes Bill Veghte to COO gig – Bill Veghte has been promoted to chief operating officer of HP with the hopes of further acceleration the company’s innovation and customer satisifaction strategies.

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Release Preview looks to hit on May 31 – Thanks to an accidental blog post, Microsoft officials may have tipped their hand that the Windows 8 Release Preview — the final public test build of Windows 8 — may hit a bit earlier than many expected.

Webopedia Daily:

Overwriting Virus – A type of computer virus that will copy its own code over the host computer system’s file data, which destroys the original program. After your computer system has been cleaned using an antivirus program, users will need to install the original program again.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Mozilla Thimble Teaches You HTML and CSS with a Side-by-Side HTML Editor – Thimble won’t teach you HTML directly—you’d still want to have something like Codeacademy on hand—but it’s a tool that makes learning a lot easier. Instead of having to type your code in a text editor and load the resulting file up in a browser, you can see all your changes in real time as you make them.

Play-A-Grill: Bling That Plays Music Through Your Teeth – Presenting the Play-A-Grill, a device that uses bone conduction to transmit sound from an MP3 player through the teeth.

Internet Traffic to Reach 1.3 Zettabytes by 2016 – If you’re not sure what a zettabyte is, then listen up. It’s equal to a million terabytes, a trillion gigabytes, or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 individual bytes.

The History of Car GPS Navigation – GPS has hit the mainstream, but it wasn’t long ago that the concept of in-auto navigation didn’t even exist. Here’s how we got to where we are today.

Today’s Quote:

“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.”

-     Aesop

Today’s Free Downloads:

Dr. Web LiveCD 6.0.0 – Dr.Web LiveCD will clean your computer of infected and suspicious files, help you copy important information to a removable data storage device or another computer, and then attempt to cure infected objects.

Local Website Archive Lite 2012 – Local Website Archive offers a fast and easy way to store information from the web on your hard disk. Archived web pages and documents are stored in their original file format and can also be opened with associated applications or found by desktop search engines.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 31, 2012

  1. delenn13

    Heads up. Sorry this is so late but I got up for work at 3am and haven’t stopped since.

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    Then Game Sales…Not free but good bargains.

    The Humble Indie Bundle V (pay what you want and help charity)

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    • Hey Delenn13,

      I hear ya. Been going through 18 hour days for weeks now. I am so GD tired. Will end soon though.

      Thanks for all of this – really appreciate the effort you make for all of us.

      Best,

      Bill