Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 19, 2012

Instagram: We Won’t Sell Your Photos – Instagram tonight denied that it will sell user photos without their permission, but acknowledged that the wording of its new terms of service are to blame for any confusion.

How to back up your Instagram photos and delete your account – Not a fan of Instagram potentially selling your photos or using them for advertising purposes? Here are your options.

A Bunch of Tech Things People Have Threatened to Quit Recently – So you’re quitting Instagram. Good for you! It’s your right as a consumer. As a refresher, here’s a look at some other tech-related products, companies and services people have threatened to quit recently.

Meet Plex, the media streamer that will make you forget Netflix and Hulu – Plex is a sophisticated media management program that takes your entire collection of movies, music, and still images and presents it in a slick and navigable package. Plex scans through your media directories and automatically downloads metadata for each file in your collection; later, when you browse through your library, you’ll see synopses, cast information, and even movie posters and TV theme songs.

Free Wi-Fi comes to London’s ‘Square Mile’ – The Cloud is offering everyone in London’s ‘Square Mile’ a free, unlimited Wi-Fi service after signing a new deal with the City of London Corporation.

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Good apps for two hot tablets: Nexus 7 and iPad mini – The holiday shopping season will likely prove that the two hottest tablets are the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini. These apps are must-haves for each of them.

Review: Greenshot offers full-feature screen grabs for free – I have to admit I was skeptical about Greenshot, a free, open-source screenshot tool that claims to be as full-featured as similar paid programs. But after using it, I’m a believer: Greenshot may not be perfect, but this free tool has me wondering why I’d ever pay for one like it again.

Google puts Dead Sea Scrolls sacred text online – Since the sacred text of the Dead Sea Scrolls was discovered in the 1940s few besides religious scholars were allowed to closely examine the centuries old text. Google now gives the world up close and personal access to the scrolls, thanks to a partnership with the Israeli Antiquities Authority. Both have put 5000 images of scroll fragments online at resolutions as high as 1215 dpi.

Essential Windows 8 Peripherals – New peripherals for Windows 8 users put many of the touch capabilities and gesture controls baked into Windows 8 into devices that are usable on older systems. Here are eight.

How we built a tiny home theater PC with Intel’s NUC – Intel’s “Next Unit of Computing” platform provides everything you need for a competent entertainment PC in an extremely small package.

Far Cry 3 Review: Entertainment for a Price – Far Cry 3 is a virtual playground for hunting, climbing, shooting, stabbing and looting. In contrast to its predecessor, the nuisances of realism do not apply in Far Cry 3. All that matters is whether you have fun.

Security:

Would you like spam with that? McDonald’s pinged for spamming by Australian regulator – The world-famous restaurant chain McDonald’s was deemed to have been spamming when it implemented a ‘send to friends’ feature on one of its websites.

Java 7 update 10 introduces important new security controls – Last week Oracle released Java 7 update 10 to the world without fixing a single vulnerability. That doesn’t mean there aren’t serious security improvements though. New settings could make Java users much safer from here forward.

Germany backs away from using a Trojan on its citizens – for now – Support for the use of a government-created Trojan to intercept the VoIP communications of suspected criminals appears to be on the wane – but it’s far from dead.

Malware-infested Chinese PCs pose risk to the United States – Microsoft has launched an anti-piracy campaign highlighting the risk posed by Windows knockoffs to discourage potential Chinese buyers. After purchasing 169 PCs with bogus copies of Windows, Microsoft found that more than 90 percent contained malware, such as keyloggers and spyware, or deliberate security vulnerabilities.

Cyberespionage is on a ‘relentless upward trend’ – Cyberespionage is nothing new. So a report from the Defense Security Service (DSS) about efforts in foreign countries to steal U.S. technology, intellectual property, trade secretsm and proprietary information might sound like just more of the same. DSS Director Stanley L. Sims said it is more of the same—problem is, much, much more.

India govt unveils five-year plan to revamp cybersecurity – Operations will be coordinated and connected to major critical infrastructure agencies in the country, to monitor real-time information and react faster to cyberattacks.

Company News:

Zynga’s Mark Pincus deemed year’s 4th worst CEO – An annual list of the worst CEOs of 2012 gives the head of the embattled game maker another reason to wish for this year to end.

Google Ventures reveals where it invested in 2012 – In a milestone of sorts, Google Ventures said that this is the first time ever that it has offered a breakdown of the sectors where it invests.

Dell acquires Credant Technologies – Dell has reached an agreement to acquire Credant Technologies, a provider of data protection solutions to control, manage and secure data sent from endpoints to servers, storage and the cloud.

Yahoo China quietly shutters its music service – Following the news that Google dropped its Chinese music service, Yahoo also decides that it needs to adjust its “product strategy.”

Penguin settles DOJ lawsuit over alleged e-book price-fixing – Antitrust lawsuit accused Apple and five book publishers of conspiring to artificially hike prices. Now all but Apple and Macmillan have settled.

ARM steps up security for connected devices – The UK-based ARM has teamed up with Gemalto and Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) to form a new company known as Trustonic.

Webopedia Daily:

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud – Amazon VPC – Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) lets you set up a private cloud (a private, isolated section) within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing service. Using Amazon VPC, organizations can launch AWS resources in a virtual network topology. Amazon VPC gives organizations complete control over the virtual networking environment, including selection of your own IP address range, creation of subnets, and configuration of route tables and network gateways.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Today in TIME Tech History: 3DO, Left-Handed Gadgets, the Computer ‘Mouse’ and More – Let’s hop in the TIME Wayback Machine to see which notable tech-related stories were published on December 19 between 1923 and today.

Dvorak: Should Facebook Allow Anonymous Accounts? – In a weird twist of fate, Germany told Facebook that it must allow anonymous users even though Facebook’s policy currently requires users to use their real names or else face expulsion. When I first saw this story, I thought Germany was right in this edict, but after some contemplation, it is apparent that Facebook should indeed fight this.

Android-Controlled Toilet Makes Your Non-Android Toilet Seem like a Throne of Spikes, Sandpaper and Lameness – Those of us who don’t own a $2,300+ toilet with a Bluetooth connection that interfaces with an Android phone are at risk of suffering at least three great injustices when we go to the bathroom.

HTML5 is now feature-complete; here’s what’s next – With HTML5 and the Canvas 2D specifications now “feature-complete,” the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) is mapping out enhancements for subsequent versions of these technologies.

Internships alone insufficient for cybersecurity education – Short internship stints aren’t enough for students to learn about IT security, and their skills may be irrelevant by the time they enter the workforce due to changing threat landscape.

Today’s Quote:

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.”

-       H. L. Mencken

Today’s Free Downloads:

Photivo – Photivo is a free and open source (GPL3) photo processor. It handles your RAW files as well as your bitmap files (TIFF, JPEG, BMP, PNG and many more) in a non-destructive 16 bit processing pipe with gimp workflow integration and batch mode.

Inkscape – Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 19, 2012

  1. Dave B.

    Of all the things I ever envisioned myself doing with my Android phone or tablet, not once did a toilet ever appear in my mind…