Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 28, 2012

Broadcast Your iPhone or iPad’s Screen Live on the Internet – It’s easy to share your computer’s screen from anywhere, but when it comes to your iPhone or iPad that’s not the case. Fortunately, a clever method discovered by entrepreneur Matt Galligan offers a simple solution. The process is pretty simple, and it’s covered in the video above, but you can read on for instructions if you prefer text instead.

Set up avast! Anti-Theft on an Android phone – Find out why Jack Wallen recommends the free avast! Mobile Security application for your Android phone.

Windows 8 Multi-monitor Tips and Tricks – Windows 7 offers multiple display support, but Windows 8 takes it to the next level. All you need to do is plug in a second display, then dive into your applications. It’s worth taking a look at specific aspects of Windows 8’s multidisplay support.

Facebook App Center Under Fire in Germany – A German consumer group is fighting back against Facebook’s App Center, claiming that the feature gathers personal information without users’ consent, thereby breaking German law.

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Turning the Raspberry Pi into a fully-functioning media center – The versatile $25-$35 Raspberry Pi has taken the developer and modder communities by storm in recent months. Indeed, the bare-bones board currently powers a wide range of esoteric projects, including a model boat set to sail across the stormy Atlantic as well as a remote-controlled truck equipped with a night vision video camera capable of conducting “surveillance” missions.

Get Organized: How to Catalog Your Possessions – Though rarely mentioned, any at-home disaster preparedness plan should include digitized records of your physical possessions, from homeowners’ certificates to electronics. The latest installment in our Get Organized series shows you how to do it, so you’ll be ready in the face of calamity.

The 5 most popular Linux distributions – It’s hard to say what the most popular Linux distributions are. There are no good surveys. But, these are the ones that have been getting the most buzz in recent months.

Lenovo’s $300 IdeaPad Tablet Has 9-Inch Screen and Speedy Tegra 3 Processor – Lenovo is aiming squarely for the bargain bin with its $300 IdeaPad A2109 tablet, which despite the low price still has a 9-inch display and a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. For software, the tablet runs Android 4.0.

How your tweets may prove you’re a psychopath – Scientists believe that using words like “die” and “bury” on Twitter indicate that you might have very difficult tendencies.

Twitter renews privacy fight in Occupy Wall Street case – Social network says in appeal that a lower court’s decision concluding user tweets are “unprotected by the federal and New York constitutions is still erroneous.”

Make iTunes sound better – Learn some quick and easy ways to squeeze better audio quality from Apple’s iTunes music software.

Security:

Hackers leak information stolen from over 100 sites – Hacker collective Team GhostShell has posted on Saturday on their Twitter account links to a massive leak that supposedly includes over one million of user record sets stolen from around 100 website across the globe. The records contain usernames, real names, email addresses, passwords, and more.

“Tax Payment Rejected” spam campaign – While individuals not living in the US are unlikely to fall for the scam for obvious reasons, some US citizens might be alarmed by the message and follow the link, which will take them to a bogus “Page loading…” page, hosted on a variety of compromised hosts. The bad news is that the java script that redirects the victims to one of the pages serving the Blackhole exploit kit is currently detected by only 8 of the 41 AV solutions used by VirusTotal.

Is the death knell sounding for traditional antivirus? – Antivirus developers need to run malcode in their labs in order to create malware-identifying signatures. What happens if they can’t?

New Java Zero Day Being Used in Targeted Attacks – There is a newly discovered zero day vulnerability in Java 7 that is being used in some targeted attacks right now. The vulnerability works against Internet Explorer and Firefox and researchers say that attackers are exploiting in the wild and installing a version of the Poison Ivy RAT on compromised systems.

Woman gets 2.5 years in prison for managing ATM-sucking gang of fraudsters – Over $9 million was stolen from cash machines in 280 cities around the world in less than 12 hours, using a mixture of gang of low-level operatives and high-tech hacking.

Company News:

Intel partners with VMware for cloud security – Intel announced new collaboration with VMware and will deliver a platform for trusted cloud that combines Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT) with the new release of VMware vSphere 5.1, a platform for building cloud infrastructures. With hardware-enhanced security capabilities integrated into the processor, Intel TXT combined with VMware vSphere 5.1 will provide a platform to run applications in private and public cloud environments.

RadioShack No Contract Wireless Pricing Revealed – Electronics retailer RadioShack is reportedly planning to launch no-contract wireless plans early next month, and new pricing details have emerged about the forthcoming service.

VMworld 2012: DataCore Storage Hypervisor Makes I/O Intensive Tier 1 Applications Run Faster Virtualized – Today at VMware’s VMworld 2012, DataCore Software, the storage hypervisor leader and premier storage virtualization software provider, is showcasing how SANsymphony V 9.0, the newest release of its flagship product, boosts the speed, throughput and availability of virtualized, I/O intensive tier 1 applications like SAP, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange. Customers report 2x to 5x faster performance and achieve better than 99.999% uptime after virtualizing their existing storage with SANsymphony-V.

Evernote Teams With Moleskine, Expands to Small Biz – Evernote is delivering its powerful note-taking and universal search service to small business with a partnership with Moleskine. The Evernote Business platform service, available in desktop, mobile, and tablet forms, can save, sync, and find information across devices, and will soon be available as a go-to product for businesses that need to reign in a dispersed workforce.

IBM buys Kenexa for $1.3 billion, eyes social HR software, services – IBM says Kenexa will allow it to create “smarter workforce” tools to boost customer service, foster internal innovation and expert discovery. Sound familiar? Oracle, SAP and Salesforce have similar plans.

Webopedia Daily:

Dendrimer – A synthetic, three-dimensional macromolecule formed using a nanoscale fabrication process. A dendrimer is built up from a monomer, with new branches added in steps until a tree-like structure is created (dendrimer comes from the Greek dendra, meaning tree). A dendrimer is technically a polymer. In computer applications, early research suggests that dendrimers can be used to create ultra-low dielectric constant materials, which can lead to breakthroughs in semiconductor performance.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Why screen use keeps you awake – It’s long been known that using a screen right before bed can make it harder to sleep – and, now, the reason for this has become clearer.

Smartphone Adoption Rate Fastest in Tech History – According to a recent Flurry report, global smartphone adoption has exploded, growing faster than any consumer technology in history.

The citizen developer: A security risk that can’t be ignored – Businesses need to act to prevent corporate data being put at risk by the increasing number of non-programmers building their own apps.

Inside Huawei, the Chinese tech giant that’s rattling nerves in DC – A congressional committee wants to know whether this telecommunications powerhouse is a national security threat. Why? CNET went to China to find out.

Why Apple’s Win over Samsung Is Ultimately Good News for Consumers – Consumers should ultimately be the big winners from the Apple-Samsung patent case. Instead of stifling competition, this case should actually spur more creativity and give consumers an even broader range of innovative products to choose from in the future.

Today’s Quote Joke:

An atheist was seated next to a little girl on a plane and he turned to her and asked, ‘Do you want to talk?’ Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.’

The little girl who had just started to read a book replied, ‘What do you want to talk about?’

‘Oh I don’t know,’ said the atheist. ‘How about why there is no God or no Heaven or Hell or no life after death’ as he smiled smugly.

‘OK,’ she said. ‘Those could be interesting topics, but let me ask you a question first.’

‘A horse, a cow and a deer all eat the same grass, yet a deer excretes pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?’

The atheist visibly surprised by the girl’s intelligence, thinks about it and says, ‘I have no idea.’

To which the girl replies, ‘Do you really feel qualified to discuss why there is no God, no Heaven or Hell or no life after death, when you don’t know Shit?’

And she went back to reading her book….

(Thanks Mike) J

Today’s Free Downloads:

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Type light – Have you ever had a situation where you’ve just got to match a font, but you can’t for the life of you find a good match? You’ve used Find My Font and other online tools to try to find a font that conforms, but nothing’s quite right. Type Light, a freeware typeface editor and creator, could be your new best friend.

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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 28, 2012

  1. Michael Fisher

    Good joke Bill, but let’s be honest ~ it’s bullshit :)

    Replace the atheist with a priest, or various flavours of loony Baptists, or a pair of door-knocking Mormons, or a Seventh-Day Adventist or… [insert long list of cults here]…

    That’s the reality. in my 50 years** as an atheist I’ve never been ‘evangelised’ by a rationalist, but I can recall numerous incidents where the religious have stuck their long noses in my business & that of my family. You can’t even be seriously ill in hospital without some smug believer trying to put the fear of god in you.

    ** I found the light at seven

    • Hi Michael,

      Too bloody right! If religion was just bullshit, I could handle that. Not well, I’ll admit – but, to each his own.

      It’s the historical destructiveness of organized religion that I can’t get my head around. The apologists with their “oh well, that was then – this is now” mentality, need to get up to speed on the medieval pontifications of the Republican Party.

      Organized religion has been, and continues to be, the most destructive human force on the planet. The Tooth Fairy and the “Sky Fairy” have a lot in common in my world.

      Marx was wrong – religion is not the “opiate” of the masses. Religion is the “crack cocaine” of the masses and destructiveness is the hallmark. What a pity.

      Best,

      Bill

      • hipockets

        Marx was partially right. Religion is the opiate for the sheep of religion. The ones that are not sheep? The world would be better off if they WERE on crack.

        This observation definitely applies to many of the “religious” politicians here in the U.S. Their fanaticism boggles my mind.

        Changing the subject – There’s a scary article about privacy at http://dottech.org/tech-news/77721/former-nsa-director-says-u-s-government-has-been-spying-on-americans-for-over-a-decade-collecting-e-mails-call-records-and-other-data/

        • Hey Hipockets,

          A point for you – “Religion is the opiate for the sheep of religion” – that makes sense.

          Thanks for the link – I’ve used it in today’s TNN.

          As an aside – this past weekend I mentioned to an associate that when I write an article which is critical of the Canadian government’s position on freedom of expression/Internet privacy/etc., I can be sure that the Mounties will visit my site daily for a month or two. She found this hard to accept since “they don’t have that type of ‘follow technology’ to do that”. I’ll be sure to pass on your link. :)

          Best,

          Bill

  2. delenn13

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    Update on the garden: I have 24 jars of spaghetti sauce so far and 10 jars of pickled beets. Plus bags of yellow, red shepherds, and green peppers in the freezer with a few bags of Swiss chard. I lost all my beans, lettuce and most of my cucumbers to the heat. My habaneros are looking good tho.

    • Hey Delenn13,

      Great link – thanks!

      Sounds as if “mother nature” and you got along pretty well – except for the cucumbers and lettuce (not surprised to hear that the lettuce didn’t make it in the heat). Gotta love those habaneros – hot, hot, hot! :)

      Best,

      Bill