Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 26, 2012

Man who tricked women into taking hacked webcams into shower is jailed – It’s jail for a 21-year-old Californian man who tricked female victims into taking their spyware-infected laptops into the shower with them. Thousands of secretly-taken still images and videos were found on Trevor Harwell’s computer.

Need Help Choosing a Smartphone or Tablet? – Head to Versus IO This clever site compares a huge selection of models head-to-head, giving you the reasons you should choose one over another. Versus IO also tells you how many reasons there are in favor of one model over the other. For example, the Galaxy S3 has 19 points in its “Pro” column, versus just 10 for the iPhone.

Location tracking becomes more attractive – In a GFI Software survey of more than 1,000 U.S. respondents, 12% say they would use location tracking to monitor their spouse’s whereabouts, while 31% of respondents say they would track where their teen goes on a Friday night. More than half (59%) also say they would use such a service to make sure their children were safe or in the location they are supposed to be.

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Free Retro Games to Suit Every Gamer – Do you miss the scrolling shoot ‘em ups from the 1990′s? The point-and-click adventure games from Lucasarts’ and Sierra’s golden age? Dungeon Master’s slick two-step dance? The rich, unfiltered flavor of vintage Diablo? Despite legions of fans, publishers retired some of the industry’s most popular and successful styles long before their time. You can’t keep a good game down, though; these styles and other hidden gems live on in the surprisingly vast world of free and free-to-play games.

How to prepare your PC for Windows 8 – Windows 8 is due to be released to consumers on October 26. Priced at just $39.99, the upgrade is surprisingly affordable. If you’re thinking about upgrading to Microsoft’s latest operating system, now might be a great time to start your preparations. Having an upgrade plan can help mitigate many of the risks involved with a major OS upgrade. Here are some suggestions to help your upgrade go as smoothly as possible.

The Best Personal Finance Apps – Trying to get your head around your finances? Some excellent apps are available to help, but you need to pick the right ones based on your needs. We explain which apps fit different kinds of users, and rounded up several of our favorites in this article.

How Much Do Data Brokers Know About You? – Several House lawmakers on Tuesday penned a letter to nine data brokers that asks for more information about how these companies use consumers’ personal information. “By combining data from numerous offline and online sources, data brokers have developed hidden dossiers on almost every U.S. consumer,” the members wrote. “This large scale aggregation of the personal information of hundreds of millions of American citizens raises a number of serious privacy concerns.”

Mountain Lion Roars – Once again, Apple’s OS X takes the prize as the world’s best consumer operating system money can buy, and it looks well positioned to hold off the challenge of Windows 8.

How to Get Started Screencasting – Want to start your own Internet show, share PC tips and tricks with friends, or just show off your gaming skills via video? Here’s how to start producing your own screencast.

London Olympic Organizers Ban 3G Hotspots – The Olympic Committee has banned spectators from bringing 3G wireless hotspots to the games. While they are convenient, hotspots will also eat up available bandwidth in the area, which likely prompted the ban. But there might be another reason. As GigaOm pointed out, U.K. ISP British Telecom (BT) is an official partner of the Olympic Games, and is offering paid access to its network at Olympic venues.

Cybersecurity Bill Rhetoric Heats Up in Washington – President Barack Obama says foreign adversaries could seek to exploit U.S. computer vulnerabilities, taking down vital banking systems, and that could cause a financial crisis.

Security:

Warning: New Android malware tricks users with real Opera Mini – Cybercriminals have created a new variant of the OpFake malware for Android that comes bundled with a legitimate version of the Opera Mini mobile browser. This helps trick users into thinking that nothing is wrong as they can simply use the real software as expected.

Antivirus on Windows 8: Looking at Your Options – Windows 8 will come with bundled antivirus software, but will you need to supplement it with other programs? We look at some of your options

VirusTotal starts sandbox-testing, shares behavioral information – Developer Emiliano Martinez has recently confirmed what many users of VirusTotal have already noticed: that the online file scanning service has added behavioral information in its reports.

Anonymous hackers delay posting stolen Australian ISP data – A major security breach expected to hit an ISP last night following a threat from the hacker movement Anonymous has been delayed. An active member of Anonymous yesterday told The Australian that the hackers planned to leak a very large cache of data stolen from a major Australian ISP around 9pm Australian Eastern Standard Time last night. (recommended by Mal C.)

Scientists develop tool for improving app security – A team led by Harvard computer scientists, including two undergraduate students, has developed a new tool that could lead to increased security and enhanced performance for commonly used web and mobile applications. Called RockSalt, the clever bit of code can verify that native computer programming languages comply with a particular security policy.

Company News:

Zynga’s big collapse: Is the social-gaming fun over? – From the looks of Zynga’s results, the company’s window of social-gaming opportunity may be closing. Meanwhile, Zynga generates Facebook Payments revenue. If Zynga is taking its lumps, Facebook may also take a hit.

BitTorrent Looks to Share Some Revenue With Artists – The file-sharing company BitTorrent has begun testing an advertising model through which it would share ad revenue with content producers.

Samsung Galaxy S III Loses Local Search – In an effort to avoid further patent battles with Apple, a recent software update for the Galaxy S III has removed the local search functionality.

HBO Refutes Possible Netflix Partnership – HBO quickly squashed any hopes for fans to stream True Blood, Entourage, or any other network program via Netflix, following the video rental CEO’s suggestion of a partnership.

Google’s Partner Program Looks to Get More Businesses Into the Cloud – For businesses looking to jump into cloud computing options, Google is offering a new partner program to make it easier. This new offering also looks to make Google more competitive with Microsoft and others.

iPad Mini Coming in September, Analyst Says – As new competitors, such as the Google Nexus 7 and Microsoft Slate, add to an already competitive tablet market, industry leader Apple will launch its long-rumored iPad mini sometime in September, according to a report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that was picked up on the Apple-centric blog MacRumors. As reported on the site, Apple will debut a 7-inch iPad tablet after a production ramp-up in August, and Kuo said he expects sales of just 1.8 million units in the third quarter, which will balloon to more than 13 million units in the following quarter, overtaking sales of the full-side iPad.

Webopedia Daily:

Chromeless – The Chromeless project is a more ambitious undertaking that takes over for Mozilla Labs’ recently retired Prism project, which allowed users to create desktop-like apps from individual websites. Chromeless utilizes the Python programming language and the same rendering engine found in the Mozilla Firefox 4 Web browser, and is available for major operating systems such as Mac OS X (v10.5 and later), Microsoft Windows (Windows XP and later) and most versions of Linux. Chromeless is not affiliated with Google nor does it share any relation with the company’s Google Chrome Web browser.

Off Topic (Sort of):

London Olympics: How 1948 compares to 2012, in photos – The technology behind the Olympic Games has changed beyond all recognition since the international sporting event was last held in London, more than 60 years ago

My Big Fat Belizean, Singaporean Bank Account – Earlier this month, I decided to see how hard it would be to set up my own offshore bank account. I figured it would be pretty difficult, because I’m not rich and don’t have a team of tax lawyers to oversee my money and because the E.U. and U.S. governments have been cracking down on tax havens by imposing stricter tax-sharing requirements. So I proceeded with some caution. (recommended by Michael F.)

Feel Like You’re Faking It? That Might Not Be a Bad Thing – For the vast majority of people, confidence and ease come with practice and accomplishment. But even being at the height of your career is no guarantee you’ll feel comfortable in your own professional skin—”imposter syndrome” is common even for those at the top, experts say. It turns out not only are there ways to manage your feelings of being a fraud, but the worry about being unmasked actually has its upsides.

Cloud-connected HondaLink service is powered by your smartphone – More new cars—not just electric ones—are hooking into mobile apps. Honda has announced that its upcoming 2013 Accord will feature HondaLink, an in-car system that uses your iOS or Android smartphone as its connection to cloud-based services.

Technology and the lost art of reading comprehension – Technology has indeed become miraculous and immediately available. Maybe that’s why so many of us are losing some important skills–like reading comprehension.

Today’s Quote:

“If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?”

-     Lily Tomlin

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