Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 20, 2013

Now’s a really good time to update these Facebook privacy settings – No, Graph Search doesn’t affect your privacy settings, but it surely makes digging up information about you really easy. Now’s a good time to review what you’re sharing and how you’re sharing it.

Tips and tricks for Windows Phone 8’s new features – If you’ve recently become a Windows Phone 8 handset owner and are wondering how to take advantage of all the OS has to offer, here are some tips on how to use some of Windows Phone 8’s new features, namely Live Tiles, Kid’s Corner, Data Sense, Rooms and Groups, and NFC/Wallet.

The Best Start Menu Replacement for Windows 8 – This smart tool brings back both the start button and Windows Start Menu, and offers the option to skip Metro start page, allowing users who only work on desktop to boot to Windows 8 desktop directly.

MediaFire App Now Available For Android – MediaFire is an online file storage and sharing service that most computer users at home are not familiar with. With MediaFire you are given 50GB’s of space (for FREE) with a 200 MB file upload size limit. Compared to the other online storage services (which typically offer much less FREE storage space), MediaFire is very generous in their offering. I have maintained an account with MediaFire for nearly 2 years and have never experienced an issue.

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Tracking tech abounds, but emerging tools offer a shield – Facial recognition technology is being used by government agencies and private companies at unprecedented levels—so much, in fact, that the U.S. Congress has even considered passing legislation to limit its use. The FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security already have huge biometric databases and are adding facial data, and Facebook users are uploading 300 million photos a day, said Jennifer Lynch, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, at a congressional hearing last summer.

How Apple used its money and muscle to kill an iTunes competitor – Remember Lala, the innovative music service that made a splash in 2009? After Apple bought the company, Lala’s services vanished. Now, a candid (maybe too candid) report from an insider explains why Apple was willing to pay $160 million to make this “clear and present danger” to iTunes go away.

How to get the best gaming experience on Android – Android is quickly gaining respect as a serious gaming platform alongside consoles and PCs. And with powerful phones rapidly becoming ubiquitous, Android is beating the pants off of iOS as a gaming platform for enthusiasts and nongamers alike. In this article, we’ll help you stay on top of evolving Android hardware, and use it to its maximum high-scoring, social-browbeating, multicore-rendering potential.

Nokia Lumia 820 owners can customize their phone with 3D printers – Nokia is embracing the 3D printing community by releasing files that will let smartphone users create their own custom shells. Owners of its Lumia 820 smartphone will be the first to have the opportunity, the company said in a blog post on Friday.

AMD Catalyst 13.1 Drivers Now Available to Download – New graphics drivers from AMD boosts performance in Far Cry 3 and other games.

How ‘bring your own cloud’ could kill BYOD – Personal cloud services are convenient, inexpensive, always available and on the brink of destroying the entire BYOD movement.

Myspace reborn: Hands on with a social networking comeback – The first thing to note is that the original Myspace.com (now referred to as Classic Myspace) and New Myspace are, at present, completely different sites. If you still have active Classic Myspace accounts, your profiles won’t be imported to the new site automatically, though you can to create your New Myspace account.

Keep your mobile device clean – The world is a filthy, filthy place. Just look at your mobile device, and you can see on-screen evidence of what happens when gadgets continually get poked by grubby fingers, pushed against sweaty ears, and parked on tables covered with crumbs and other contaminants. How do you keep your phone or tablet shiny and clean in the face of this onslaught?

The 19 Best Tweets about Lance Armstrong’s Oprah Interview – The first part of the disgraced cyclist’s confessional interview aired last night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and the internet couldn’t believe its ears. Here are the best tweets about the event.

FCC chief urges nationwide ‘gigabit community’ by 2015 – The quality of Internet access varies widely among regions of the U.S. Residents of large cities typically have a choice of high-speed service providers, while some rural areas have few options for broadband apart from satellite. Few areas have gigabit-speed services available to consumers or small businesses.

Security:

OKCupid app, Crazy Blind Date, peeks into your privates – A bug in OKCupid’s recently released Crazy Blind Date application allowed complete strangers to paw at users’ data.

AutoRun malware infections continue topping the charts – Despite Microsoft’s response to the rise of AutoRun malware infections in February, 2011, according to ESET’s recently released telemetry data for 2012, the infection vector tops their chart for a second year in a row.

Phishing attack attempts to steal Google passwords via Red Cross website – Always be careful about the links that you click on in unsolicited emails – are they really taking you where you think they’re taking you to? That’s an important lesson for all computer users to learn, and it’s brought home by this email we intercepted overnight.

Indian two-factor authentication fraudsters busted by Delhi cops – Two more alleged cybercrooks are cooling their heels in custody this weekend. The modern-day bank robbers are said to have run a scam that allowed them to work around the two-factor authentication protection offered by the victims’ banks.

Company News:

Vodafone Australia backflips on per-megabyte data charges – Vodafone Australia has reversed a decision that would have seen some prepaid customers charged per megabyte rather than per kilobyte used.

Samsung is prepping a rival to Apple’s 8-inch iPad mini, says report – Samsung appears ready to lift itself out of the cutthroat competition in the current seven-inch computer tablet market by raising the display-size ante with an eight-inch slate. The new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will have a 1280-by-800-pixel display, 5-mexapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing cameras, 2GB RAM, a microSD slot with support for cards up to 32GB in size, and an option of 16GB or 32GB of storage, according to Samsung enthusiast site SamMobile.

Leaked Verizon site shows BlackBerry Z10 coming soon – The BlackBerry 10 leak machine is rolling and I imagine we will continue to see lots of details coming out over the next 11 days. I look forward to the release of BB10 and am sure I will be picking one up to test as soon as they are released.

Rumor: Sony Integrating Biometrics, Touchscreen in PS4 Controller – According to a new report from the UK’s Computer and Video Games, or “CVG” for short, new versions of a controller are allegedly being tested for Sony’s next console iteration. And these designs are going to be a bit of a departure from the ol’ familiar DualShock.

Webopedia Daily:

Wearable Technology – Wearable technology (also called wearable gadgets) is a category of technology devices that can be worn by a consumer and often include tracking information related to health and fitness. Other wearable tech gadgets include devices that have small motion sensors to take photos and sync with your mobile devices.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Man posts on Facebook: ‘im about to get shot'; gets shot – Shortly after an alleged crime spree, a Michigan man takes out his cell phone and announces his fate on Facebook. It comes to pass very quickly.

When the Law Is Worse Than the Crime – Why was a prosecutor allowed to intimidate Aaron Swartz for so long?

TSA, bored of seeing you naked, removing airport body scanners – The Transport Security Administration says its techies have failed to create software that would allow passengers to appears less naked when going through scanners, so it is removing the devices.

WikiLeaks says Aaron Swartz may have been a ‘source’ – Group says the late tech activist talked with editor Julian Assange and may have been a WikiLeaks source. But it doesn’t offer any details or corroborating evidence.

Copyright suit pits Fair Use against unlicensed distribution – Fair Use of copyrighted material requires that a use be transformative. For example, a paragraph from a news story might be used to describe a link to that news story. The AP is arguing that in order to consider a use transformative, it must also have an “expressive” element—something that alters the original content with a new expressive meaning or message.

Today’s Quote:

“A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.”

-     Bob Gostischa

Today’s Free Downloads:

BitDefender Free Edition – BitDefender Free Edition uses the same ICSA Labs certified scanning engines found in other BitDefender products, allowing you to enjoy basic virus protection for no cost at all.

StressMyPC 2.11 – “Stress My PC” is stress testing software, to do a pc testing e.g. computer stress test. Let’s see! How long can your laptop battery hold a charge? Or let your PC sweat like a….

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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 20, 2013

  1. Bill,

    Thanks for the link back… Really appreciate it!

    Rick

    • Hey Rick,

      More than happy to – great article.

      Just getting the Beer (er, gear) ready for today’s match ups. :)

      Like to see the Ravens do it – but, they’re up against the one and only Brady and Co. Still, got a soft spot for Ray L. Can’t help but want to see him go out a winner.

      On the West coast – 49’s all the way!

      Best,

      Bill

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