Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 19, 2012

10 great Google tools you need in your business workflow – Gathered here are ten serious Google services that can boost your productivity, get your team on the same page, and market your company. You probably already use some of these services for fun—like Hangouts—but they have powerful business applications as well.

Save your online workspace with Session Buddy and Session Manager for Chrome – Session Manager and Session Buddy allow you to work more efficiently by letting you save opened Chrome windows and tabs for a later time.

Service Outage Hits Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime – Bad news, Apple fans: There are apparently some outages hitting both iMessage and FaceTime, leaving an unknown number of iPhone, iPad, and Macbook owners in the dark when it comes to chatting with their friends.

Maximize gadget battery life when you travel – Holiday travel is unpredictable. Not only will delays make you late, but they could also deplete precious resources—the battery life of your phone and tablet. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to extend battery life and save power.

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Microsoft smooths out some of SkyDrive’s rough edges – Microsoft’s answer to Google Drive continues to mature, as SkyDrive gains selective syncing powers, the ability to share from the Desktop, and mobile updates for Android and Windows Phone.

GreenSQL October Survey Shows that 81% of IT Professionals Have Security Concerns When Moving Data to the Cloud – 81 percent of IT professionals express security concerns when moving data to the cloud, according to a recent survey conducted by GreenSQL, the database security company.

How to pick the best desktop display for Windows 8 – Many traditional desktop PC users may feel that touch support is unnecessary for Windows 8. And if you work primarily in traditional desktop applications—such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, and various PC games—that’s probably true. But as you start to use more Windows Store apps, you’ll find yourself reaching out to touch your screen more and more often, and you may start to regret that your display doesn’t support touch.

The Lackluster Launch of Windows 8 – Early on, Microsoft said four million copies of Windows 8 sold on its first weekend of availability. Not bad, but is that sustainable? ExtremeTech’s Sebastian Anthony dug into the few numbers and he doesn’t like what he found.

Google app bug cancels Christmas, December – The People app in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean leaves out the last month of the year, taking users from November straight to January.

Cyber Monday sales to reach $2 billion, Adobe says – Thanksgiving turkeys haven’t even found their way into the oven yet, but retail retail industry experts are already expecting blockbuster holiday season sales in 2012, driven by online buyers. E-retailers and brick-and-mortar stores with online storefronts will rake in $2 billion on Cyber Monday alone, according to Adobe’s holiday buying forecast for 2012.

Security:

Security team finds malware that hijacks USB smart cards – A team of researchers have created a proof-of-concept piece of malware that can give attackers control of USB smart card readers attached to an infected Windows computer over the Internet. The malware installs a special driver on the infected computer which allows for the USB devices connected to it to be shared over the Internet with the attacker’s computer.

Symantec: 50% of Business Data Resides Outside the Firewall – Blame BYOD. Firewalls are losing their grip on business data, according to a new study from Symantec.

FreeBSD shutters some servers after SSH key breach – FreeBSD has announced a smallish system compromise. The FreeBSD administrators took a bunch of servers offline to investigate, and published a blow-by-blow account of what they know about the breach so far.

Israel government Web sites hit by hacker blitz – Government says its Web sites have experienced 44 million hacking attempts but only one successful breach.

Anonymous promises more Israeli data leaks – Following its assault on Gaza, Israel has become the target of millions of DDoS attempts, with claims that several hundred websites have been brought down.

Company News:

Facebook and Yahoo reportedly seeking search partnership – The Sunday Telegraph reports the two companies might join forces in search. The opportunity, if not the talks, is real and could bring immense profits for both at Google’s expense.

Amazon, JibJab Team Up for Personalized Video Gift Cards – Customers can now create free personalized “Starring You” videos, featuring photos of their own face, or the mugs of friends and family, superimposed on the heads of elves, pilgrims, or Dickensian villagers.

Cisco Debuts New Location Awareness Technology – Imagine a world where you are immediately alerted to location specific content on your smartphone, when you’re in a store, airport or museum. It’s not quite the world of Science Fiction and Minority Report, but it’s now a world that is reality thanks to innovative new technology from Cisco.

Google after antitrust: The good, the bad, and the ugly – U.S. and European antitrust regulators are poised to crack down on the dominant search company. What changes to Google search might the cases trigger?

Webopedia Daily:

Capacitance Scanner – A type of fingerprint scanner that requires a real fingerprint as opposed to a black and white image that would be used on an optical scanner. This type of scanner senses the fingerprint using electrical current instead of light, as optical scanners do and are said to me more secure as it is more difficult to forge a fingerprint on a capacitive scanner.

Off Topic (Sort of):

McAfee begins writing blog while hiding from police in Belize – The antivirus software pioneer uses new blog to criticize authorities and the media while chronicling his attempts to avoid questioning in connection with a murder last week.

What made Einstein’s brain cleverer than yours – Scientists have examined newly-discovered photographs of Albert Einstein’s brain, and discovered several unusual features that they say may help explain his genius.

10 IT, Consumer Electronics Companies That Don’t Get Today’s Customers – From consumers to enterprise users, today’s customer base is looking for something much different than it was just a few years ago. But many IT and consumer electronics companies seem to have lost sight of that. Here is eWEEK’s look at why so many previously successful technology firms are having trouble connecting with customers and maintaining their place in the market.

The science of antediluvian plushies – One creationist claim that’s commonly laughed at is this idea that 8 people could build a great big boat, big enough to hold all the ‘kinds’ of animals, and that those same 8 people were an adequate work force to maintain all those beasts for a year in a confined space on a storm-tossed ark. So the creationists have created a whole pseudoscientific field called baraminology which tries to survey all of taxonomy and throw 99% of it out, so they can reduce the necessary number of animals packed into the boat. (recommended by Michael F.)

Next up: exascale computers, expected to arrive by 2020 – If the increase in supercomputer speeds continue at their current pace, we will see the first exascale machine by 2020, estimated the maintainers of the Top500 compilation of the world’s fastest systems. System architects of such large computers, however, will face a number of critical issues, a keeper of the list warns.

Brain-controlled cursor sets record for accuracy – Stanford researchers say they’ve designed the fastest, most accurate algorithm yet for brain-implantable prosthetic systems that let disabled people maneuver computer cursors with their thoughts.

Today’s Quote:

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.”

-     Laurence J. Peter

Today’s Free Downloads:

Dictionary .NET – Dictionary .NET is a tiny, easy and smart multilingual dictionary translating from/to 52 languages using Google´s services. Integrates Google Dictionary, Translate, Search, Suggest, Wikipedia 5-in-1 without installing them.

Comodo IceDragon – Comodo IceDragon brings you the browser functions of Firefox combined with the security of Comodo.

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