Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 1, 2012

Welcome to the New Era of Personal Computing – These are remarkable times to be a gadget lover. Between the iPad mini, Windows 8, and the forthcoming Windows Phone 8 and new Android tablets, personal computing has been revolutionized in a matter of weeks.

2012 Top Scary Trends in Tech - Yes, it’s Halloween season of 2012, and we’re here to revisit the technologies that are so frightening, they’ll make you evacuate from multiple “interfaces”.

Your Windows 8 Super Guide – Here’s everything, and we mean everything, you need to know about Microsoft’s Windows 8.

Rumor says Facebook may create classified ads – again – Rumblings suggest the social network is considering a new classified-ad service for jobs, apartments and item sales. Of course, Facebook’s last foray in this direction didn’t end well.

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Add three helpful Gmail mouse gestures with Chrome extension – Windows users can use the Gmail Mouse Gestures extension to navigate more effectively in their Gmail inbox.

Boxee TV to arrive at Walmart stores, retail for $99 – Walmart stores across the U.S. on Thursday will start carrying the Boxee TV set-top box just in time for a holiday showdown with competitors such as Apple TV, Roku, and the Xbox 360. Announced in mid-October, the $99 Boxee TV includes the typical apps you find in most set-top boxes including Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, and Hulu Plus.

Free online tutorials can teach you almost anything – Want to learn how to walk in heels? There’s a video for that. Need to know how to switch out your graphics card? There’s a video for that. Heck, do you want to learn how to make a how-to video? There’s a video for that, too. But be warned: Watching a 10-minute video tutorial doesn’t make you an expert, especially not in areas that require years and years of schooling.

Five virtual appliances useful for business - The virtual appliance is one of those tools that not a lot of businesses are taking advantage of – though they should be. Not only do virtual appliances make it easy to get a specific system up and running, they allow this to be done in a cost effective and reliable way. Simply download the virtual appliance suited for your virtualization technology, boot it up and you are ready to go. In some cases you can run the appliance continually from the “live” appliance. In other cases you can do a complete virtual installation and have a permanent virtual system. Either way, the road to success is quick and painless.

Football game in 59 minutes? – By time-shifting football games with a DVR, you can watch a game in a third of the time. Here’s how to do it.

iStat for iOS now monitors Windows machines, too – Want to keep an eye on a “crazy amount of detail” about running Macs and Windows machines? iStat 2 lets people with iOS devices do so remotely.

Calling Foul on the Political Football That is Do Not Track – It looks like it’s time for a do-over for DNT. The oft-maligned specification has become-like many other standards efforts before it-a political football. Parties with interests on both sides of the issue have their own agendas, cannot agree on semantics and ignore, in this case, what should be the heart of the issue for users-a clear personal choice about browsing privacy.

Security:

Free iPad Mini scam spreads via Facebook rogue application – Facebook users are being targeted in a scam that offers them the opportunity to get their hands on a free iPad Mini.

Malware infects 13 percent of North American home networks – Some 13 percent of home networks in North America are infected with malware, half of them with “serious” threats, according to a report from cyber-security company Kindsight Security Labs.

Hurricane Sandy spams lead to survey scams – As usual online scam artists have latched onto the interest in Hurricane Sandy to attempt to lure people into their traps. It is only spam and survey scams at the moment, but be on the lookout for further attacks.

Costs of tools and activities in the Russian cybercriminal underground – A new Trend Micro research paper describes a broad offering of tools and activities that can be bought and sold on underground forum shopping sites. It examines the prices charged for various types of services, while also providing examples of information shared among cybercriminals.

Georgia outs Russia-based hacker with photos – A dark-haired, bearded hacker peers into his computer’s screen, perhaps puzzled at what’s happening. Minutes later, he cuts his computer’s connection, realizing he has been discovered.

Data breach victims could get damages from careless firms – Courts are becoming open to holding companies liable for damage their customers suffer in data breaches caused by careless security efforts.

Company News:

Microsoft Sued Over Windows Live Tiles – Days after launching Windows 8, Microsoft has run into some legal trouble with the revamped operating systems

BlackBerry 10 begins carrier testing for 2013 launch – Thorsten Heins, RIM’s president and CEO, said in a statement that BlackBerry 10 has entered lab testing with more than 50 wireless carriers around the world. This puts the first BB10 devices on track to launch in the first quarter of 2013.

Nexus 7 Sales Approach 1 Million Per Month – Google’s Nexus 7 device is selling about 1 million units a month, according to Asus, which produces the device.

Huawei working hard on its image – Chinese telecommunication equipment giant Huawei is working hard on proving to the Australian government that the use of their products will not pose a threat to national security.

Webopedia Daily:

Data Center Consolidation – IT Consolidation - The phrase data center consolidation (also called IT consolidation) refers to an organization’s strategy to reduce IT assets by using more efficient technologies. Some of the consolidation technologies used in U.S. data centers today include server virtualization, storage virtualization, replacing mainframes with smaller blade server systems, cloud computing, better capacity planning and automation tools. Data center consolidation is a common consideration for organizations that plan to reduce the size of a single facility or merge one or more facilities in order to reduce overall operating costs and reduce IT footprint.

Off Topic (Sort of):

East Coasters Share Startling Hurricane Sandy Pics – Here are a few of the photos – taken by people like you – that we think help illustrate Hurricane Sandy

Social Media Users Have High Expectations – We all know how much influence social media users have on an organization’s reputation. That means your company will do itself a big favor by effectively addressing consumers who reach out about product and services concerns via social media channels, according to a new study from NM Incite. The research focuses on the term “social care,” which refers to individuals reaching out to a business via social media rather than a phone.

World’s fastest number game wows spectators and scientists – Flash Anzan, in which contestants add up numbers with an imaginary abacus, reveals the astonishing potential of the human brain – and makes for a breathtaking spectacle too. (recommended by Michael F.)

What does the enterprise expect from Windows 8? – An interview with Kevin Gemmel, whose job it is to move people from Windows 7 to Windows 8. He talks about platform integration, the closing windows for XP support, and the hurdles those migrating to Windows 8 will face.

Spot the “Wreck-it Ralph” video game references – Here’s what you need to know before watching Disney’s animated love letter to video games.

Intel’s 48-core supercomputing smartphone CPU is less than a decade away – It’s clear that dumbphones are on the way out, and our current smartphones will look like dunces in the next decade. Intel has been working hard on an impressive 48-core mobile processor for a few years now, and it’s looking like it could be ready for prime time in a mere five-to-ten years and inside of our mobile devices — not just servers.

Today’s Quote:

Being a woman is a terribly difficult task since it consists principally in dealing with men.”

-      Joseph Conrad

Today’s Free Downloads:

DiskCryptor – DiskCryptor is an open encryption solution that offers encryption of all disk partitions, including the system partition.

CCleaner Slim – CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download.

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