Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 28, 2012

Stop strangers from contacting you on Facebook – Eager to stop people you don’t know from sending messages or friend requests on Facebook? Follow these three easy steps so it won’t happen again.

How to add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro for free – Windows Media Center isn’t included with Windows 8, but for a limited time, you can get it free of charge.

Hurricane survival apps to keep you safe from the storm – Here’s what you can do after you hear all the chatter about a hurricane that’s rapidly approaching. The NOAA National Hurricane Center Website is the central source of data that just about every other application listed in this article uses as a data source. This is the one you should have bookmarked on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or other smartphone device.

Hurricane Sandy shuts down Google’s Android event – Sorry, Android fans, looks like you’ll have to wait a little longer to hear more about the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10. Google has cancelled its Monday morning event in New York City because of safety concerns related to Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to hit the island in the next few days.

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Android tips for beginners – All at sea on how to use your new Android device? Don’t feel bad. While Google’s phone/tablet operating system is powerful and flexible, it’s easy to flounder in its ocean of options and features. Here are some tips for Android 4.x that will help you get the most out of your device without having to take a course at your local learning annex.

Dragon Mobile is an Android voice assistant – Nuance has rolled out its newly minted Dragon Mobile Assistant, a voice assistant app for Android devices. The new software is designed to recognize natural speech patterns when accepting commands and executing a variety of tasks. Similar to Apple’s Siri, users can book calendar appointments, dictate messages, update Facebook and Twitter, obtain GPS directions, find businesses and lots more.

Trick-or-treat tracking tech – It’s 10pm on Halloween. Do you know where your little monsters are?

Is your smartphone helping you be rude? – The New York Times suggests that our smartphones are making it easier for us to bail on social engagements and turning us into “ill-mannered flakes.” But weren’t we always?

Ubuntu Nexus 7 installer goes live – 

The highly versatile Ubuntu was first spotted running on Google’s flagship Nexus 7 tablet just about a week ago. And now Canonical has released an official tool that allows Linux enthusiasts to install Ubuntu Linux (12.04) on the tablet.

Everything You Need to Know About Windows 8 – Windows 8 is finally available to download, but is your PC ready for the new operating system? Want to know the best new features and how to get around? Need to get your Start menu back? We’re here to help you learn all the new features, shortcuts, and apps so you can be fully prepared for the upgrade.

Windows 8: The five apps you should install first – Debra Littlejohn Shinder lists the five apps businesses users should install on a new Windows 8 device.

How to rip music CDs to FLAC and MP3 at the same time – Ripping your music CDs to multiple file formats can take a very long time, unless you’re able to rip them simultaneously.

Using a tablet SIM to turn a smartphone into a data-only device – In this Ask Maggie, CNET’s Marguerite Reardon advises a reader looking to use a SIM card from a tablet to get data-only wireless service on his smartphone.

Security:

What you should know about Windows 8 security features – Alfonso Barreiro takes a detailed look at all the security features available in each edition of Windows 8, including what’s brand new, improved, and carried over from previous versions.

Company News:

Android’s tablet share jumps to 41 percent in one year – Figures from Strategy Analytics show that while no single Android manufacturer offers a serious threat to Apple’s iPad, they are collectively catching up. The question now is how much of an impact Microsoft makes with Windows 8 and RT.

Is Salesforce the new Oracle? Does it matter? – Summary: In its quest for size and scale, Salesforce.com has begun invading its partners’ turf. Is it becoming just another old-guard platform vendor?

Insurer launches cyber insurance for small businesses – Security attacks targeted at ‘main street’ companies have prompted Farmers Insurance Group to add cyber-liability coverage to its policies for this segment.

Samsung’s Arndale powered by Exynos 5 Dual SoC – 
Samsung has rolled out a dev board powered by its flagship 1.7 GHz Exynos 5 Dual system-on-chip (SoC).

Webopedia Daily:

Netroots – A term derived from “Internet” and “grassroots.” The term is used to describe political activism or the empowering of an electoral campaign through the use of online social media and services such as blogs, podcasts, newsletters, or wikis. May also be seen written as net-roots.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The Psychology of Why You Suck at Managing Email (and What You Can Do About) – Inbox zero, spam filters, priority inboxes; we use countless tricks to manage email, but for many it’s a never ending cycle of stress. The BBC suggests it’s just as much a psychological problem as it is a technical one.

Three days in the life of a once and former Microsoft Surface RT user – David Gewirtz showcases three days in the life of a typical consumer, originally excited by the Microsoft Surface RT tablet, who eventually becomes more and more upset and disappointed. David predicts this scenario will be repeated over and over in real life.

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule prepares to head home – The commercial craft will undock from the International Space Station tomorrow morning, as it looks to complete the first of at least 12 regularly scheduled supply missions.

Green roofs will be worth $7 billion by 2017 – This just in — green roofs and walls are big business. 

Or they will be, at least, by 2017, when the market for them is set to hit the $7.7 billion mark worldwide, according to a new study from to Lux Research.

The Internet Archive’s ten petabyte celebration – The Internet Archive – the Internet’s library and home of the Wayback Machine – celebrated the addition of the 10,000,000,000,000,000th byte to its massive collections at its San Francisco home.

Today’s Quote:

Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.”

-      Laurence J. Peter

Today’s Free Downloads:

SSuite Office – Premium HD 2.4 – The world’s first free HD optimized office software. This office suite runs on the Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8 platforms only.

Waterfox 16.0.1 – Waterfox is basically a 64-Bit version of Firefox. The Firefox source code is taken and compiled to run specifically for 64-Bit Windows computers. To make Waterfox stand out a bit more, it’s compiled with optimizations so that it will run more efficiently and faster than just compiling Firefox as a 64-Bit program.

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3 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 28, 2012

  1. delenn13

    I was thinking about trying out dbPoweramp but $38.00 is a bit steep for my blood. Will just continue to use Trader’s Little Helper if need be. I don’t use FLACs a lot..Usually, just gaming sound tracks. Don’t ask! :)