Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 27, 2012

How to Get Reliable Medical Information on the Internet Without Turning Into a Hypochondriac – Getting sick seems a lot more stressful now that we have the internet. You can research your symptoms, but inevitably you’ll fall down a rabbit hole of illnesses that are so unlikely, every search will turn up a life-threatening disease. It is possible to get reliable, useful information, vet it properly, and even get an expert opinion, all online. Here’s how.

You can now share Dropbox files with Facebook Groups – Facebook is rolling out a new feature that lets Facebook users share their Dropbox files with Facebook Groups.

Control Your Music With the Palm of Your Hand Using Flutter – A new app that relies on hand gestures is available for controlling your music. Called Flutter, this free Windows software lets you start and stop your music simply by showing the flat palm of your hand to your webcam.

A YouTube Downloader So Easy That Grandma Can Do It – YouTube Video MP3 Downloader has to be the easiest YouTube downloader yet. This FREE software gives you the ability to convert a YouTube video to MP3 (audio only) or to various video formats in six easy steps. As an added bonus, following the installation, you can turn YouTube Video MP3 Downloader into a portable app that can be carried on your flash drive.

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Pornoogle: Yes, a search engine just for porn – ICM Registry, the folks behind all those helpful .xxx domains, says its next step is to create a search engine exclusively for porn. It is to launch tomorrow.

Gmail vs. Outlook.com: Which offers the best email in the cloud? – How does Microsoft s new webmail service stand up against longtime favorite Gmail? The answer may surprise you.

Facebook trashes fake accounts, users, and likes – As the social network sweeps clean all bogus activity, page fan counts drop by the tens of thousands.

‘Cotton Candy’ Linux PC-on-a-stick ships at last – Priced at $199, this USB-sized device is now available in an early version aimed at developers.

Foursquare adds ‘Always On’ option to track friends – A new feature added to Foursquare Tuesday sends you an alert each time your friend checks in on the service.

Old Facebook posts haunt users – CNET’s Sumi Das talks to reporter Donna Tam about the privacy fears Facebook users are experiencing as the social network continues the worldwide rollout of its Timeline feature.

Security:

Facebook:How Much Of Your Personal Data Do They Have? – A recent Naked Security Sophos.Com article reported that Facebook was under pressure by the European Union to drop the facial recognition feature for it’s European customers. Why complain about this cool feature that uses facial recognition to “tag” photographs on Internet Facebook pages with the name of the person depicted? Because the EU has a strong privacy protection laws, and because it cares about the privacy and safety of its citizens…are any other countries out there watching and listening?

Easily Reveal Hidden Passwords In Any Browser - If you use autofill for your passwords in your browser of choice then you know it’s easy to forget what your password is. As it turns out, tech blog Digital Inspiration shows off how to easily reveal these passwords using the developer tools.

Samsung Fixes Remote Wipe Flaw in Galaxy S III Smartphones – Smartphone developer Samsung has reportedly fixed a flaw in one of its newest phones, the Galaxy S III, that allows attackers to remotely wipe the phone’s contents.

Cyber security, an Air Force punchline? – Many U.S. generals will openly admit to knowing little about one of the threats they all agree is one that is most dangerous to U.S. national security — cyber security. Yet, those same generals have used their lack of knowledge on the subject often as a punchline. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh stood up at the Air Force Association’s annual conference Sept. 18 and admitted he didn’t know what an IP address was. The comment drew plenty of laughter form the crowd of airmen and defense industry officials. (recommended by Michael F.)

“Watering hole” sites crucial to new cyber espionage campaign – RSA’s newly dubbed FirstWatch research team has recently presented their findings on a “water holing” campaign that they first spotted back in July. The approach consists of compromising websites the targets are likely to visit and equipping them with iframes pointing to servers hosting exploits for zero-days flaw.

Analysis of nearly 1.7 billion shortened URL links – Web of Trust (WOT) completed an analysis of nearly 1.7 billion shortened URL links and found that the URL shortening services are often used to drive traffic to suspicious websites. The research found that 8.7 percent of websites reached via the TinyURL service, and 5.0 percent of websites reached via Bit.ly, receive poor ratings for ‘trustworthiness’ and ‘child protection’ – as measured by WOT’s millions of crowd-sourced reputation scores.

5 (more) key cloud security issues – While there’s still plenty of room for cloud providers to improve, many aspects of cloud security must be the responsibility of the consumer.

Company News:

Intel CEO says Windows 8 bugs will sting consumers – Intel CEO tells employees Windows 8 will ship with bugs, but the OS can be fixed after it ships.

Facebook denies exposing people’s private messages as it faces French fury - The social network is being hauled up for questioning by French privacy officials over the alleged publication of old private messages on people’s timelines. However, the company says users are only seeing old wall posts.

The iOS 6 disaster: Apple bit off way more than it could chew – According to Ed Oswald, Apple shot for the stars with iOS 6 — but barely reached escape velocity. Can the company recover from the disaster that is iOS 6?

Cloud Security Alliance security as a service (SEcaas) working group completes IMPLEMENTATION GUIDANCE – The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) today announced that its Security as a Service (SecaaS) Working Group has completed its peer review process and has published implementation guidance documents expanding upon their “Defined Categories of Service” document that was first made available in August of 2011. The Working Group’s Implementation Guidance now includes peer-reviewed documentation for each of the ten service categories that were defined in the previous version.

ManageEngine Manages Mobile Apps with Desktop Central – ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, today announced it supports mobile application management in the latest release of Desktop Central, its server and desktop management software. In addition to the expansion of its mobile device management capabilities, Desktop Central has also been enhanced with integrated chat and support for Apple iOS 6, Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

Webopedia Daily:

Data Transfer Rate - The speed with which data can be transmitted from one device to another. Data rates are often measured in megabits (million bits) or megabytes (million bytes) per second. These are usually abbreviated as Mbps and MBps, respectively. Another term for data transfer rate is throughput.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Google Unveils Underwater Street View for Maps – Google unveils a new feature in its maps product that allows anyone to get a Street View-style look at the undersea world.

GoDaddy outage: Vulnerable networks are ticking bombs – The GoDaddy outage is the tip of iceberg for vulnerable networks from banks to infrastructure.

West Side Story, 55 years later – Today marks the 55th anniversary of the Broadway premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. A racially-charged retelling of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is set in the “blighted” West Side of 1950s Manhattan, the potent themes of star-crossed love and gang rivalry successfully translated from 16th century Italy to 20th century New York by book-writer Arthur Laurents and lyricist Steven Sondheim. The premiere was timely. One day before the curtain rose on West Side Story, America had witnessed a key event in its Civil Rights Movement with the forced integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. (recommended by Michael F.)

Connected devices to outnumber humans six to one by 2020 – New concepts such as embedded intelligence, automated machine-to-machine traffic, and the ‘Internet of Things’ are contributing to the growth in networked devices

Reduce earbud microphonics – In-ear headphones are prone to microphonics, the annoying rustling and thumping sounds caused by the cord. We’ll show you a couple of ways to help reduce microphonics from your in-ear headphones.

Today’s Quote:

Irrigation of the land with seawater desalinated by fusion power is ancient. It’s called ‘rain’.”

-     Michael McClary

Today’s Free Downloads:

Pinta 1.4 – Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET. Its goal is to provide users with a simple yet powerful way to draw and manipulate images on Linux, Mac, and Windows.

Avira Free Antivirus 2013 – Avira AntiVir Personal FREE Antivirus was developed to be a reliable free antivirus solution, that constantly and rapidly scans your computer for malicious programs such as viruses, Trojans, backdoor programs, hoaxes, worms, dialers etc.

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