Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 12, 2012

10 killer PC upgrades for less than $250 – It’s time to give gifts! The recipient? Your tired, dated, under-performing PC. We name great components that can really make a difference.

Microsoft SkyDrive Now Available on Xbox 360 – Microsoft’s cloud storage system SkyDrive is movin’ on up, to the Xbox 360. The app focuses on photo and video integration, potentially bringing every photo, video, movie, and other file stored on Skydrive to your Xbox-connected TV.

Make Twitter play with Instagram – Thanks to the Instagram vs. Twitter rivalry heating up, when you or someone you follow shares an Instagram photo on Twitter, currently you’ll only see a link to the photo. But there’s a way you can make it display properly on Twitter.

Nokia engineer shows how to hack Windows 8 games – Justin Angel says his intention isn’t to help users get illegal freebies, but to help Microsoft by exposing security flaws. However, the fact that his website is currently offline may be due to high traffic – implying that not all of his readers are Microsoft security engineers.

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Lifehacker: Most Popular Linux Downloads and Posts of 2012 – We tacked some great Linux subjects this year, from building home servers to finding the perfect Linux distribution and even fixing some Ubuntu annoyances. Here’s a look back at our top Linux downloads and posts from 2012 (with a little FreeBSD thrown in for fun).

Linux Kernel 3.7 goes 64-bit for ARM – Linus Torvalds has announced the official release of Linux Kernel 3.7.

Free anti-spam software for the Mac – Cloudmark announced DesktopOne for Mac, that enables Mac users to filter email to eliminate messaging threats, protecting consumers and small businesses against spam, phishing and email-borne viruses.

Touchscreens and the Myth of Windows 8 ‘Gorilla Arm’ – I’ll be surprised if you can buy a computer five years from now that doesn’t have a touchscreen — Apple products included.

What’s the best way to install Windows 8? – You can run Windows 8 in a virtual machine, dual-boot it with your current OS, or install it outright. We explore the pros and cons of each.

5 Keyboards Made for Windows 8 – Check out 5 keyboards that are essential to getting the most out of Microsoft’s new operating system.

Three ways to prevent inadvertent e-mail replies to all – A free Outlook add-on generates an alert whenever you’re about to reply to all the recipients of a message; alternatively, you can hide the Reply All button or delay all the messages you send. Gmail users can undo the send if they catch the mistake within 30 seconds.

20 Top Cloud Services for Small Businesses – Cloud services can help small businesses make the most of tight budgets and limited IT resources. Here are some of the best.

Free Wi-Fi Coming to London Cabs in 2013 – U.K. startup Eyetease got the OK last week to roll out its high-speed Wi-Fi service to London’s black cab fleet, providing drivers and riders free access to wireless. Dubbed CabWifi, the service will use an “ads-for-access” model, forcing 15-second advertisements upon users for every 15 minutes of Internet access. The company figures a few seconds of periodic advertising is worth the savings tourists will get by not accruing roaming charges.

Coming in Ubuntu Linux 13.04: instant purchases from the desktop – Canonical may not have published an official alpha release for its core Ubuntu Linux 13.04 OS last week—or a corresponding list of new features—but on Friday the company did reveal some specifics about what’s coming in this next version of its popular Linux distribution. In fact, Cristian Parrino, Canonical’s vice president of online services, outlined three key new features in a post on the Canonical blog.

FarCry 3 – Ubisoft’s ambitious FarCry 3 gives gamers plenty of action-packed fun in a gorgeous, expansive world, but bugs and a clunky UI dull the experience.

Security:

Online charitable giving for the holidays – If you’re planning to contribute to a charity this holiday season, here’s how to thwart fraudsters and make sure that your contribution goes where it can do the most good—so you can give to those in need without getting taken.

Facebook helps FBI take down $850M botnet crime ring – FBI credits the social-networking giant with helping take down the suspects behind one of the largest cybercrime hauls in history.

Video: Smart TV 0-day vulnerability – Smart TV can be used to browse the Internet, use social networks, purchase movies, and other things. This demo shows how a vulnerability for such devices can be used to retrieve sensitive information, monitor and root the device itself remotely.

Patch Tuesday – even Android and Windows RT get a look in – This month’s Patch Tuesday includes bulletins from both Microsoft and Adobe, and covers a range of platforms and products. There are updates in the mix for everything from Android to Windows RT, and from the Word Viewer to Exchange.

Bogus hotel websites set up to push a variety of scams – As the end-of-the-year holidays slowly approach, cyber crooks are ramping up their various scammy campaigns. Among these is a relatively new but rather complex combination of scams dubbed “hotel fraud”, which targets a variety of Internet users.

Malicious QR codes pop up on traffic-heavy locations – QR codes – those matrix barcodes that you can now find almost anywhere – are very handy for directing users to specific sites by simply scanning them with their smartphones. According to Symantec Hosted Services director Warren Sealey, these locations include airports and city centers, where the crooks stick them over genuine QR codes included in advertisements and notices, and most likely anywhere a person might look and be tempted to scan them.

Company News:

It’s official: Microsoft Surface headed to non-Microsoft stores – Microsoft is going to expand retail distribution for its Surface tablet/PC devices starting in mid-December, company officials are confirming.

Customers blast Amazon for Surface RT price gouging – Amid speculation that Microsoft will soon expand distribution of its Surface RT, giant e-tailer Amazon continues to offer the tablet through partners, who jack up the price or post inflated list prices to claim large savings.

Marissa Mayer Unveils Revamped Yahoo Mail – Yahoo on Tuesday introduced a brand new version of its popular email service, which is speedier, “more intuitive, and easier to navigate.” The latest version comes with a more user-friendly interface, aiming to give users quicker access to email, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced this morning on Yahoo’s blog.

Amazon wins its insane gadget-airbag patent – Airbags aren’t just for cars, says a newly granted Amazon patent. A 2010 idea suggests that the technology would work well on phones and tablets too.

MediaTek joins Samsung, Nvidia quad-core club – Mediatek is going after Samsung, Nvidia, and Qualcomm with a quad-core chip for high-end smartphones.

Webopedia Daily:

Hadoop Distributed File System – HDFS – The Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) is a sub-project of the Apache Hadoop project. This Apache Software Foundation project is designed to provide a fault-tolerant file system designed to run on commodity hardware. According to The Apache Software Foundation, the primary objective of HDFS is to store data reliably even in the presence of failures including NameNode failures, DataNode failures and network partitions. The NameNode is a single point of failure for the HDFS cluster and a DataNode stores data in the Hadoop file management system.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Dvorak: Stop Your Data Hoarding! – IDC projects that by 2020, there will be approximately 5,247GB of data for every person in the world. Holy hoarders! You can take all my writings, books, notes, and emails—much of them wisely stored as ASCII text—and easily store them on a thumb drive. The total is way under a gigabyte. So, text isn’t the problem. The problem is the library of photos, videos, and PDFs, not to mention websites and huge music collections.

Bonanza! Ants and termites poop gold – Ants and termites could be pressed into service as tiny gold miners, say researchers, who have found them excreting miniature nuggets in their mounds.

The Most Explosive Tweets of 2012 – From President Obama to Justin Bieber, check out the tweets that made history in 2012.

The Awkward Human Survival Guide: How to Handle Life’s Most Uncomfortable People – We meet people who share intimate details about their personal lives after shaking our hands, those who barely have the capacity to talk, and find ourselves in delicate situations with our friends and family. In attempt to relieve our discomfort, we often make matters worse. The world doesn’t have to be that complicated. You can survive pretty much any awkward situation with the right mindset.

Start-Ups Silicon Valley Ep. 6: Booty calls and booted dolls – The sixth episode of Silicon Valley’s most valuable reality show reveals that there is no end to drama when a man tries to run more than one company and more than one woman.

Today’s Quote:

“Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.”

-      Mark Twain

Today’s Free Downloads:

Glary Utilities – Glarysoft’s Glary Utilities is one of the most consistently popular and most frequently recommended system utilities, and why not? It bundles some of the most useful Windows-related tools in one free download. It scans and cleans your PC, cleaning temporary files, removing junk files, fixing broken shortcuts, and resolving a wide range of issues, both major and minor, that most Windows users will have no trouble recognizing.

IP Camera Viewer 1.25 – IP Camera Viewer allows you to view live video from your USB or IP cameras on your PC. Use any USB or IP camera to keep an eye on your home, office, parking area or anywhere you need security.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 12, 2012

  1. delenn13

    I haven’t been posting stuff here because most of it was 24 hr. stuff that would be expired by the time it was posted but this one is until Friday …..So, here goes…Plus BDJ has been using Facebook to activate some of their stuff which I am not pleased about.

    Santa came early!

    Holiday Gift: Duke Nukem 3D (Win+Mac)

    “Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition, the legendary FPS in which the Earth’s greatest hero provides a steady flow of bullets and badass one-liners, is available on GOG.com, for the low price of one smile, for the next 48 hours. That’s not all. For the first time in history, this supreme space-alien slaughter simulation is also available on Mac……Now you can witness all the badass FPS magnificence of Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition for free, both on Windows and (for the first time ever!) on Mac OSX, so come get some! Hurry up, though–the offer won’t last FOREVER. In fact, WHEN IT’S DONE, it’s done. That will be Friday, December 14, at 14:59 GMT.”

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    News – Holiday Gift: Duke Nukem 3D (Win+Mac) – GOG.com

    Plus a lot of their GOG.com games are on sale..I got all the Myst games for under 18.00

    Real Myst for download $2.99 – GOG.com The other 4 games are listed on the left hand of the website.