Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 2, 2013

The five best business freebies of 2012 – But the best things in business always cost, right? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Turns out there are plenty of great business freebies, and I’m not just talking about the swag bags you get for attending a $3,000 conference. I mean actual, honest-to-goodness free stuff, like apps and services built to help small-biz folks boost their productivity—and hopefully their bottom lines.

An app to discover new iOS apps – Looking for fun or useful apps for your iOS device? Check out this free app for help with discovering new apps.

Do Not Disturb bug disturbs Apple users – Many iPhone and iPad users had a more peaceful New Year’s Day than they expected yesterday, with iOS’s Do Not Disturb feature failing to turn itself off when it should.

Malware or false positive? – Davikokar launched a program even though Norton warned that it was a Trojan. A subsequent hard drive scan revealed nothing bad. Davikokar then asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum if Norton had given a false positive?

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Anonymous: ‘Expect us 2013′ – The hacking group issues a statement boasting of its cyberattacks against the U.S., Syrian, and Israeli governments in 2012, while warning people to continue to expect this type of activity.

Amazon Blames Deleted Data for Christmas Eve Netflix Outage – Amazon on Monday offered a detailed explanation of a Christmas Eve outage that took down the services of clients like Netflix.

Make 2013 the year you switch to Linux – Linux today has at least caught up with Windows for most purposes; in many areas, it’s actually overtaken it. And now, with the transition required by Windows 8, it can be a whole lot less painful getting used to a Linux distribution that’s at least based on conventions you’re used to. Need more convincing? Here are five reasons why I think there’s never been a better time to switch to Linux.

US tech tools still fall short of European privacy standards – The European Union’s top data protection watchdog expects that only a select band of U.S. technology companies will meet E.U. data protection standards for the foreseeable future. To date, only a tiny number of jurisdictions have been deemed adequate: Argentina, Canada, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Israel, Switzerland, and Uruguay.

FCC Eases Restrictions on In-Flight Internet Access – The Federal Communications Commission on Friday approved a new set of rules aimed at making it easier for airlines to offer passengers in-flight Internet service. The agency said it hopes the new rules will cut in half the time it takes to get aircraft Internet services approved.

China orders Internet users to disclose their real names – Lawmakers in the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislative body, approved the Internet identity rules on Friday, according to a Xinhua report on the website of the China Daily newspaper. The rules, which have the effect of law, are intended to help protect personal information and “safeguard public interests,” the report said.

What’s to Blame for PC Turmoil? – Growing tablet sales have disheartened the PC industry, but there could be a silver lining.

Security:

Microsoft issues fix for IE flaw that could allow PC hijack – One-click workaround designed to prevent attackers from gaining control of vulnerable Web browsers.

Prevent Facebook from automatically importing photos – As you can imagine, having all the photos taken by your phone or tablet uploaded to Facebook imperils your privacy and security. As MercuryNews.com’s Brandon Bailey reported earlier this month, Facebook claims it will not use the data associated with the photos until they are posted.

2012’s worst security exploits, fails and blunders – A fool and his feeble p@$$w0rd are soon rooted, but if 2012 has proven anything, it’s that even the most cautious security-minded souls need to double down on their protective practices, and think about the best ways to mitigate damage if the worst happens in our increasingly cloud-connected world. A solid security toolbox should form the heart of your defense, of course, but you’ll also need to consider your basic behavior.

China orders Internet users to disclose their real names – Lawmakers in the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislative body, approved the Internet identity rules on Friday, according to a Xinhua report on the website of the China Daily newspaper. The rules, which have the effect of law, are intended to help protect personal information and “safeguard public interests,” the report said.

Foursquare Changes Up its Privacy Policy (The Right Way) – Popular mobile check-in service Foursquare just sent out an email to its users, informing them that the company will be making changes to its privacy policy effective Jan. 28, 2013. Of the major alterations, Foursquare will now always show users’ full names across the service instead of its current mix of full names and “first name, last initial” names that, according to the company, users found confusing.

Company News:

Yahoo Exits South Korea, As Promised – Today marks the end of all Yahoo Korea products, services, and content, as well as customer support in the Asian country, 15 years after opening an arm of the company in one of the world’s most-wired countries.

Devs Provide First Look at Ouya Console – An early recipient of the developer’s version of the Kickstarter-funded, Android-based game console walks us through setting the system up, watching videos, and playing a game

Huawei linked to Iran tech sales – China’s Huawei – the world’s second largest telecoms firm, but certainly not its most trusted – has been accused of involvement in a plan to sell equipment to Iran.

Report: Intel to Unveil Set-Top Box, TV Service at CES – Intel will reportedly unveil a set-top box and cloud-based TV service at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next month. As reported by TechCrunch, the chip maker will roll out the service city by city in order to avoid licensing issues with content providers.

Report: Samsung is prepping a Tizen-based smartphone – Japan’s NTT Docomo has teamed up with Samsung and Intel to promote the development of a new mobile operating system for smartphones and tablets.

Webopedia Daily:

Unstructured Data – Data can be designated as unstructured or structured data for classification within an organization. The term unstructured data refers to any data that has no identifiable structure. For example, images, videos, email, documents and text are all considered to be unstructured data within a dataset. While each individual document may contain its own specific structure or formatting that based on the software program used to create the data, unstructured data may also be considered “loosely structured data” because the data sources do have a structure but all data within a dataset will not contain the same structure. This is in contrast to a database, for example, which is a common example of “structured” data.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Stephen Hawking sucks opera singer into black hole (in an ad) – The famed thinker appears in a well-known series of auto insurance ads in the U.K. You’ll love his fiendish laugh.

Audio slideshow: Exploring Africa (6:36) – David Attenborough’s new Africa series travels through the vast and diverse continent of Africa, from the soaring Atlas Mountains to the Cape of Good Hope, the brooding jungles of the Congo to the raging Atlantic Ocean. The series, filmed over four years, explores the whole continent, uncovering bizarre new creatures and extraordinary behaviours. Africa will be broadcast on 2 January 2013 at 21:00 on BBC One.   (recommended by Michael F.)

Dystextia: Muddled texts can signal stroke, doctors say – While anyone who texts has probably sent or received weirdly illegible messages at some point, Harvard researchers point to garbled texts as one possible indicator of neurological problems.

2013 could be the best year for comet spotting in generations – A comet set to pass by the Earth could be the brightest in memory, and it’s not the only one coming for a visit next year.

Quit Smoking With E-Cigarettes – Ready to stop smoking expensive analog cigarettes and go electronic? Modern e-cigs provide exactly what you need to switch, and may even decrease your need for nicotine.

Today in TIME Tech History – New York to Chicago in Six Hours (1928), Retail Antitheft Tags (1984), CDs vs. DAT (1990) and More.

Today’s Quote:

“The only really good place to buy lumber is at a store where the lumber has already been cut and attached together in the form of furniture, finished, and put inside boxes.”

-     Dave Barry

Today’s Free Downloads:

Speckie 5.7.0 – Ever since Internet Explorer was created, it has lacked an essential feature; real time spell check. Versoworks proudly brings you that feature, say hello to Speckie!

CintaNotes 2.0.1 – CintaNotes is your essential assistant in the daily task of organizing information, such as your own thoughts and ideas, article excerpts, blog postings, quotes from famous people, research data, curious facts, Wikipedia entries, you name it.

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9 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 2, 2013

  1. clas

    Well, I hope everyone made it thru 2012 with no computer troubles. We all run into problems once in a while but most of the time seem to work thru them. My two deals for 2012 and again in 2013 are backups and security. I have enjoyed this site-blog and my thanks for helping to keep us abreast of new stuff in that ever-moving river of technology.

    • Hi Clas,

      Nice analogy – “that ever-moving river of technology.”

      Indeed – security, and the verification of a working backup are fundamental.

      Best,

      Bill

  2. delenn13

    I had just gotten the Stephen Hawking one and was gonna post it here..Oh, well..

    Have you seen the Gag Reel – Star Trek “The Next Gen…YouTube? Worf can’t stop laughing.

  3. delenn13

    If you hurry…..maybe here?.. Laugh Full Speed Ahead at This ‘Star Trek: TNG’ Gag Reel

    If not, oh well…Here is some music to soothe the savage beast…Lindsey Stirling – Song of the Caged Bird – – YouTube

    I don’t watch America’s got Talent or any of that crap..but glad I found Lindsey. Lindsey Stirling – YouTube