Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 27, 2012

Sexting is here to stay – University of Michigan researchers have concluded that the practice of sending sexually explicit photos or messages – aka sexting – is likely just another normal, healthy component of modern dating. According to Professor Jose Bauermeister, the above-mentioned findings contradict public perception of sexting, which is often portrayed by the media as unsavory, deviant or even criminal behavior.

How to Get Mountain Lion’s Best New Features on Windows – Apple’s release of Mountain Lion (aka OS X 10.8) has dominated the news since yesterday’s release, but have no fear, Windows fans: Lifehacker’s got your back. The new version of OS X has some slick features to be sure. Here’s how to get them in Windows.

What 6 months of cell phone data logs say about you – We live in a digital age where pretty every new gadget we buy is connected in some way. That connection doesn’t happen without a service be in place providing it, and in the process collecting data about your every call, website visit, IP address, and real-world location. Depending on where you live in the world that data could be on file for a few months, a few years, or indefinitely. But regardless of how long it is kept, have you ever considered how useful it is to anyone who cares to look at it?

Twitter Crashes Day Before Olympics Kick Off – Outage comes just a month after a cascading bug shut down Twitter twice in a day.

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My Twitter Account Has Been Hacked! – If you appear to be sending tweets and/or direct messages that you haven’t actually sent, your Twitter account has been hacked. Here’s what you need to do.

All It Took Was Unplugging the Computer and Plugging It Back In – A tech (and gardening friend) of mine (Puterguy) sent me this story (actually as a comment on the blog), that compelled me to share his experience with you in hope that it will help someone else.

The iPad as an affordable gaming device? Yes – It may seem ridiculous at first, but all things considered, the iPad can be an affordable gaming device! Add in everything else the iPad is great for, and the price of one is suddenly a no-brainer.

‘Twiplomacy’ Study Says Majority of World Leaders Use Twitter – Almost two-thirds of world leaders have joined the Twitterverse. But the rise in so-called “Twiplomacy” resembles something of an echo chamber, according to an analysis of 264 government accounts in 125 countries.

The 10 Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts you need to remember – There are 100+ keyboard shortcuts available for Windows 8, but there are a small number you’ll want to remember because you’ll use them often.

The strange case of the Google certificate roadblock – Certificate errors while browsing the web can be confusing, especially when trying to access known good sites. Learn how one sticky Google certificate error got resolved.

Security:

Carly Rae Jepsen nude photos stolen by hackers – Carly Rae Jepsen – yes, her of the “Call Me Maybe” (potentially one-hit-wonder) song-of-the-year-so-far – has lodged a complaint to the Vancouver Police Department after allegedly having naked photos stolen from her personal computer.

Outbreak: Blackhole malware attack spreading on Twitter using “It’s you on photo?” disguise – Watch out! Malicious links are being spammed out on Twitter, designed to infect your Windows PC using the Blackhole exploit kit.

Bogus Olympics ticket site spotted – If you’re looking to score tickets for Olympic events you should be extremely careful when buying them online, as fake ticket sites are still around.

Mac malware hijacks video and audio data – Morcut malware – aka Crisis – was apparently specifically coded to spy on infected Mac OS X users by hijacking video and audio data.

5 Security Lessons From the FBI – A former FBI official shared five tips regarding security at this week’s Black Hat conference. Find out why “not everyone has to be on the network” and the reasoning behind other sage advice.

Hidden security risks of top mobile apps – Appthority cast a spotlight on the hidden behaviors of the top free mobile apps. The report reveals the security issues raised by the BYOD movement, app market fragmentation for developers, popular app categories and the sensitive data that apps can access.

Company News:

Facebook’s First Public Quarter Proves Solid, but Stock Tumbles – Facebook’s first earnings report as a public company had solid numbers, but in the end it landed with a thud – much like its rocky initial public offering two months ago.

Accenture taps Australia for next SAP demo center – Accenture opens a new shop to show off SAP wares in Melbourne, Australia. It’s a small hint at which world regions are willing to spend on IT services.

EA’s Crysis 3 trailer is an interactive demo – Electronic Arts (EA) and Crytek have released an interactive trailer demo for the long-awaited Crysis 3 FPS. The clip can best be described as a video run-through of the upcoming first-person shooter that offers branching decisions to show how gameplay is influenced by various combat strategies.

Qualys adds IPv6 support to FreeScan – Qualys announced at Security B-Sides Las Vegas that FreeScan – a popular free service that allows organizations to scan web sites or publicly facing IP addresses for vulnerabilities, malware and SSL issues – now includes support for IPv6.

Google to Offer Kansas City Ultra-Fast Internet for $70 per Month – Google Inc. revealed Thursday what it will charge for its long-awaited, ultra-fast Internet service in Kansas City: $70 per month. The $70 per month will pay for “gigabit” Internet service, about 100 times faster than a basic cable modem. For another $50 per month, Google will provide cable-TV-like service over the fiber, too.

ARM bullish on FinFET technology for SoCs – ARM CEO Warren East says he is unconcerned that rival chip designer Intel has developed a salient lead in process technology over the foundries ARM licensees typically deal with.

Webopedia Daily:

AC/DC Virus – A malware worm that first appeared in July 2012, targeting Iranian nuclear facilities and turning infected PCs on at night before blasting the music band AC/DC’s classic hit “Thunderstruck.” The AC/DC virus follows several earlier attacks on Iran’s nuclear program and oil facilities, including the Stuxnet and Flame viruses. Iran has stated it believes the U.S. and Isreal are responsible for the attacks.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Apparently the Government Did Create the Internet After All – The experts don’t agree with a Wall Street Journal author’s stance that the government’s role in launching the Internet is an “urban legend.”

Things I’ll Give Up for Free Internet Access in My Hotel Room – I’ll be out-of-state for an upcoming wedding in October, and was planning to work from my hotel room. I was unsurprised to learn that I’ll have to pay for Internet access, but was still annoyed: In-Room Wireless Internet: $9.95. Here are free amenities I am willing to forgo for free Internet access: (recommended by Michael F.)

Babson Professor: Apple’s Crazy, Bing-like Attempt to Force People Everywhere to Act like American Teenagers Will Fail – A blog post by a management expert argues that Mountain Lion, iCloud and Facebook integration are a potentially catastrophic mistake on Apple’s part.

The Worst Coworkers and Workplace Annoyances (and How to Deal with Them) – The workplace chatterbox. The lunch thief. All those pointless meetings. We’ve all dealt with annoying workplaces and coworkers at some point. Here’s how to actually confront those problems and make your workplace better for everyone.

Today’s Quote:

“When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.”

-     Norm Crosby

Today’s Free Downloads:

Open Hardware Monitor 0.5.0 Beta – The Open Hardware Monitor is a free open source application that monitors temperature sensors, fan speeds, voltages, load and clock speeds of a computer. The Open Hardware Monitor supports most hardware monitoring chips found on today’s mainboards.

Miro – Miro is the only internet TV you’ll need — it’s an application that brings together thousands of shows from all over the web. There’s TONS of great content, lots of it in HD, and fresh shows are added all the time. You can watch and organize video feeds when you’re offline or traveling, find TV programs on sites like Hulu, and download from sites like YouTube. Miro downloads in HD, whenever it’s available!

ColorPic – ColorPic is a free and simple utility with a single-minded focus: To help you grab colors from anywhere on your screen and assemble them into a palette you can use in your designs. It is fast–and free of banners and nag messages–but it takes a bit of fiddling to get it to play nice with Windows 7.

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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 27, 2012

  1. delenn13

    Crimmey! What an install!

    Use the advanced install method to avoid the funmoods crap and make sure you decline(don’t click on accept) the yonton(or whatever) page then really watch the install. It still tries to hijack your homepage…

    Or just don’t install at all…Until I get a chance to really play with this..I am not sure it’s worth it…

    • Hey Delenn13,

      It’s a very cool app – but, you’re right, you need eyes in the back of your head during the install.

      Best,

      Bill

      • Hey Delenn13,

        Tried to hijack both IE and Firefox home page and search – after I rejected the offer. Bad news.

        I’ve removed the link. Oh well. :)

        Best,

        Bill

        • delenn13

          Good idea. I should know better to refer something without installing it first. Guess I learned not to trust BDJ. Sorry about that. Even after declining, it tried to hijack my search and homepage on both IE and FF. Not a happy camper here ..at the moment.

          • Hey Delenn13,

            Don’t be hard on yourself – sometimes our trust in a site’s rep is taken advantage of. BDJ has the rep to support our trust – but, even they can make the odd mistake. So, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. :)

            Just finished removing 6 pieces of malware installed by these rat finks – using MalwareBytes. I’ll say this – they wrote some crafty BHOs – good old HijackThis never had a chance against them.

            No big deal – a little RegEdit would have solved the issue in any event.

            Best,

            Bill

  2. Hey Delenn13,

    Yeah, TV sucks big time. I’ve now gone to a 30 foot HDMI cable to connect my media PC to the TV – avoiding regular TV altogether.
    This one looks very interesting – gonna go for that.

    Thanks for the link.

    Best,

    Bill