Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 17, 2012

10 Android apps to take your smartphone’s camera to the next level – Thanks to apps that enhance your phone’s camera and add powerful portable editing tools, creating and sharing images on the go is easier than ever. In this slideshow, we’ll cover the best Android apps for ambitious mobile photographers.

The Internet’s most controversial websites – Love them or hate them, these 10 sites stir up a lot of debate amongst fans and foes.

Twitter allows users to download archives of their tweets – The move comes amid growing competition in the social media landscape. Facebook has had archiving features available to its members for some time. In April, it expanded its Download Your Information feature to include names you’ve used, friend requests you’ve made and IP addresses you’ve used to access the social network.

Sam’s Club in unintentionally hilarious Twitter exchange – Sometimes when you get a customer complaint on Twitter, it’s best to read it before sending out a standard reply, as Sam’s Club proves.

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ESPN to embed sports instant-replay videos in tweets – The sports network’s college football unit is teaming with Ford and Twitter to bring clips of the college bowl games to a tweet near you.

Many young adults ditch laptops for smartphones – Smartphones are more important to young adults in the U.S. and three other countries than laptops, desktops or tablets, according to a survey of 1800 18- to 30-year-old users in 18 countries.

Zealz GK802 rocks a quad-core processor and $99 price tag – The Android TV PC-on-a-stick market has become quite crowded over the last several months. Muddying the waters even more is the fact that many of the devices share very similar names even though they are sold by different companies. Case in point? The new Zealz GK802 which turned up this past week.

The PC’s past and Intel’s future – Is the desktop PC on the road to oblivion? Well, let’s put it this way: it’s hardly an Intel priority anymore. Yeah, desktops will still be around in 2016, but it’s not something Intel — which makes most PC processors — thinks about a lot. Survival in the age of the big-screen smartphone and tablet is what Intel thinks about.

The 13 worst holiday songs you can download from iTunes – Music plays an important role in any holiday get-together. The right song can put guests in an even more festive mood, make spirits bright, and conjure up warms memories of holidays past. It is safe to say that none of the songs listed below are the right song. No, the baker’s dozen of musical monstrosities below are quite easily the worst possible holiday tunes you could play at your next festive gathering.

The Ultimate Guide to Sharing Your Digital Photos on the Web – PCMag’s massive Digital Photography Super Guide continues. In this latest installment, we examine the best ways to share photos. For person-to-person, email works great as long as the file isn’t too big. When it comes to using social networks and photo sharing services, though, the picture (sorry) gets more complicated. PCMag’s Michael Muchmore has some great advice for better online photo management.

As cash runs out, WikiLeaks sets up new payment system – WikiLeaks supporters have set up a new website to channel donations to the whistle-blowing site, following a long-standing banking blockade.

Write Your Own FAQ: Valve Unveils ‘Game Guides’ Beta – If self-publishing is in your blood, you can now make illustrated game guides directly within Steam itself.

Microsoft’s Consumer Market Share Drops From 95% to 20% in 8 Years – It is a shocking number but it is also somewhat misleading. The statistic includes all computing devices, even tablets and phones. Of course, these devices have proliferated in the last few years, so it is easy to see where Microsoft’s market share went. It isn’t as if the PC market has shrunk, the overall market for computing devices has just outgrown it. That isn’t good news for Microsoft either.

Security:

Hackers hit Westboro Baptist Church after Newtown threat – After church leaders announce plans to protest at site of school massacre, Anonymous posts the personal information for dozens of members of the extremist group, including names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers.

Qantas warns of email scam aimed at holiday travelers – Qantas has issued a warning about the seat selection fee receipts scam emails. According to the airline, the emails can easily be spotted as fakes because they include inaccurate amounts paid for selection. They include an attachment which is understood to contain malware.

Suspected security hole found in many Samsung devices – Developer finds vulnerability in Exynos 4-powered devices, including the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note, that bypasses system permissions, letting data be extracted from RAM or malicious code be injected.

Recent botnets busted by FBI were lame, but still dangerous – A criminal organization recently busted by law enforcement distributed malware on Facebook using two separate botnets built from tools that are easily found in the hacker underground, a security expert said. The FBI announced last week that ten people had been arrested for allegedly targeting Facebook users with malware designed to steal credit card and bank account numbers.

Company News:

Netflix, RIM, others get boot from key Nasdaq stock index – After Facebook joins the Nasdaq 100, the stock exchange drops EA, Marvell, and VeriSign from its collection of the largest 100 nonfinancial companies trading on the stock exchange.

Google antitrust probe in U.S. may be wrapping up – Google may get a chance to voluntarily change some of its advertising and search practices following a two-year antitrust investigation by U.S. regulators. That’s according to Politico, which said in a report that cited anonymous sources that the probe may be coming to a close.

Google still faces antitrust scrutiny in Europe, officials say – Google is accused of using its search service to direct users to its own services and reducing the visibility of competing websites and services. In November 2011 the Commission extended the case into a full investigation to determine whether Google search results are unfair to rivals.

iPhone 5 sales in China surpass 2 million in first weekend – With millions of people in China snapping up Apple’s latest smartphone, a sales record is set for the Far East country.

Porn bigwig extradited to Germany for tax evasion – The man behind PornHub, YouPorn, and Brazzers was arrested in Belgium and extradited to Germany for allegedly not keeping clean on his taxes.

Webopedia Daily:

Mobile Device Management – MDM – Mobile device management (MDM) is a type of security software used by an IT department to monitor, manage and secure employee’s mobile devices that are deployed across multiple mobile service providers and across multiple mobile operating systems being used in the organization. Mobile device management software is often combined with additional security services and tools to create a complete mobile device and security management solution.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Today in TIME Tech History: Steam vs. Electricity, Artificial Heart, How ‘Television’ Might Catch On and More – Let’s hop in the TIME Wayback Machine to see which notable tech-related stories were published on December 17 between 1923 and today.

Cop charged with buying $15 iPhone — from undercover cop – A sergeant in the NYPD’s Internal Affairs department is caught by a sting operation set up by his fellow officers. Who would have imagined you could get an iPhone for $15?

How to prepare yourself for Friday’s apocalypse – App platform TrackVia has some suggestions to protect your tech before Friday’s end of the world. I have one or two too.

Colbert visits Google, is clueless about Google Play – Interviewed by Eric Schmidt, Colbert is stunned to discover he can buy his own book through the great hydra that is Google.

Today’s Quote:

“The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.”

-      William Hazlitt

Today’s Free Downloads:

HDClone Free Edition 4.2.2 – The Free Edition of HDClone offers all necessary abilities to copy a complete hard disk onto another, larger hard disk. This can be utilized to migrate an existing installation to a new hard disk as well as for data rescue. The Free Edition is real freeware without obligation to buy and is intended for the short-term usage at no cost.

DriveImage XML – DriveImage XML is an easy to use and reliable program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives.

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