Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 23, 2012

Lifehacker: The 50 Free Apps We’re Most Thankful For – We asked you which free apps you’re most thankful for, you offered hundreds of suggestions both classic and new. Here, we’ve taken your votes (and added a few of our own) and ranked our 50 apps using those votes as a guide. So without further ado, here are 50 free apps for your downloading feast.

10 Awesome Black Friday Deals for 2012 – If you’re just sobering up from a turkey hangover, never fear; we’ve rounded up some of the best online Black Friday tech deals so that you don’t even need get dressed to score big.

Thanksgiving Day Apps to Be Thankful For – Whether you’re hosting a houseful or are instead visiting friends and family this Thanksgiving, smartphone and tablet apps should be invited to the festivities. They can gather guests, temper travel, prep you for the parade, turn out a terrific turkey, follow football, and beat back Black Friday crowds.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? – Among free iPhone apps for learning or practicing a language, you can’t beat Duolingo, as long as you’re studying Spanish, French, German, or Portuguese (beta).

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Digital Photography Super Guide: How to Correct Your Photos – You could just share or print photos straight from your digital camera, but these corrections can get them looking a whole lot better.

Quickly view original photo while editing on Android 4.2 – A new feature in Android 4.2 allows you to quickly view the original photo while you edit it in the Gallery app. Here’s how.

A list of five handy apps for the Microsoft Surface – Brien Posey lists five apps that he has found to be very handy to have on his Microsoft Surface tablet.

Plasma vs. LCD vs. LED – For a long time, it was tough to call, but today’s rapidly evolving technologies have made it easier to crown a winner in the HDTV display wars.

Hulu Plus arrives on Wii U – On Tuesday, Hulu jumped on board with the Wii U and rolled out Hulu Plus on the console for its subscribers. Not only can you stream content from Hulu through the console app, you can also get more information about the show you’re watching—such as episode guides—on the Wii U’s GamePad. Or, you can watch shows directly on the GamePad as you carry it around your home.

Six Android apps you need now – Planning to pick up a new Android device over the holiday break? If so, you’ll probably want to break it in with a few killer apps. Here are six of the hottest available from Google Play today.

Mozilla quietly ceases Firefox 64-bit development – Mozilla engineering manager Benjamin Smedberg has asked developers to stop nightly builds for Firefox versions optimized to run on 64-bit versions of Windows. Claiming that 64-bit Firefox is a “constant source of misunderstanding and frustration,” the engineer wrote that the builds often crash, many plugins are not available in 64-bit versions, and hangs are more common due to a lack of coding which causes plugins to function incorrectly.

Security:

Fake Tesco free Christmas voucher offer leads to phishing – The link that the recipients are instructed to click on takes them to a spoofed Tesco Bank Online Banking login page, where users are asked first to enter their username, and then to share their password, telephone number, email address, email password, “Internet credit card 4 digit PIN” and CVV2 (Credit card Validation Value). Once all the data is entered and submitted, the victims are redirected to Tesco’s legitimate website, and the data is sent to the phishers, who will use it to hijack the victims’ Tesco online accounts and email accounts.

Trojanized Thanksgiving-themed screensavers lurking online – A screensaver named Thanksgiving Day.scr being currently offered for download is a prime example of how malware can be bundled up with seemingly innocuous software in order to fly under the users’ radar. Once run, the file does function as a screensaver, but it also silently connects to a website and tries to download a backdoor Trojan so that the malicious individuals behind the scheme can take remote control of the victims’ computer.

EU domain abuse, courtesy of the Blackhole exploit kit – Numerous .eu domains have been registered this month for the purposes of infecting computers with malware, via the Blackhole exploit kit. Security expert Fraser Howard takes a closer look.

Infographic: Holiday shopping safety – Remind your organization’s users to remain security conscious during the holiday shopping season with this infographic.

Fake Apple invoices lead to Black Hole that drains your bank account – A new round of spams proclaims you have been charged for a large purchase from Apple. All links lead to Black Hole infected webpages and tears in the end.

Company News:

Instagram Launches Badges to Promote Web Profiles – There’s a new tool to help you link to and advertise your Web profile: Instagram badges.

New line of Panda Security integrated perimeter security appliances – Panda Security launched Panda GateDefender Performa eSeries, its new, unified perimeter security device that protects against all types of threats. The solution is available in three different versions: compatible with virtualization engines, software only, and five different hardware models designed for organizations of every size.

Google adds Indoor Maps just in time for Black Friday – Google updated its Maps service for desktop browsers adding floor plans for over 10,000 indoor locations, just in time for Black Friday deal hunters and directionally challenged holiday travelers.

Vyatta Core 6.5 Open Source Network OS Now Out – Vyatta Core (VC) 6.5 was released this week marking the latest iteration of the company’s open source routing platform. The new release includes a policy-based routing engine for traffic prioritization. It also includes some interesting VPN features including a Virtual Tunnel Interface (VTI).

Xbox Mini may be in works – Microsoft’s strategy in creating an Xbox “Mini” is to broaden its beachhead in living rooms by offering an economically-priced device that would allow its owners to access some core entertainment services and “casual” gaming titles.

Webopedia Daily:

Virtualization – In computing, virtualization means to create a virtual version of a device or resource, such as a server, storage device, network or even an operating system where the framework divides the resource into one or more execution environments. Even something as simple as partitioning a hard drive is considered virtualization because you take one drive and partition it to create two separate hard drives. Devices, applications and human users are able to interact with the virtual resource as if it were a real single logical resource. The term virtualization has become somewhat of a buzzword, and as a result the term is now associated with a number of computing technologies including the following…….

Off Topic (Sort of):

The World’s 10 Best Places to Work – How would you like to work for a huge global company where the CEO hosts regular coffee sessions in which you can really speak your mind? Or another business that sets aside a week for volunteerism? Or a third that grants six-week sabbaticals to employees, during which it’s perfectly OK to do absolutely nothing? Believe it or not, these organizations exist–and they’re thriving.

Windows 8 Business Intentions Report – Deployment Plans, Driving Factors, Roadblocks, and Strategies report reveals key insights into who’s moving to Windows 8, who’s skipping it, and why. Free registration required.

Five Apple turkeys in 2012 – Like its stock price, Apple has had an up-and-down year. Despite giant strides such as the launch of the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini, Apple’s stumbles stand out much more. Here are five of the biggest turkeys.

European Parliament: Stop the ITU taking over the Internet – The World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) will attempt to revise international telecommunication regulations, which have not been updated since 1988. A resolution approved by an overwhelming majority of Members of the European Parliament on Thursday warned that some of the proposals presented ahead of WCIT could result in the ITU itself becoming “the ruling power of the Internet,” something the parliament is determined to prevent.

Today’s Quote:

“Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.”

-     Rick Cook

Today’s Free Downloads:

RipTunes YouTube to MP3 Converter – Convert over 20M YouTube to MP3 music and ringtones, download & play for free.

PDFCreator 1.6.0 – PDFCreator is a free tool to create PDF files from nearly any Windows application. Create PDFs from any program that is able to print.

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