Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 26, 2013

Facebook grapples with pages exploiting Newtown victims – Authorities ask the social network to take down intimidating posts and fraudulent tribute pages surrounding the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Get software directly from the vendor with a single click with DDownloads – It is tempting to compare DDownloads to Ninite, an online service that streamlines the installation of nearly 100 apps. What sets DDownloads apart is that has a larger selection of software (500 vs Ninite’s 94), and it gives you far more control over the installation because, by default, it does not automate app installation. This can be especially important if your PC has an SSD drive, in which case you may prefer to install applications somewhere other than the default location.

Ten ways to maximize your Google Drive – Google Drive has many options and features you might not be aware of. Here are ten tips to ensure you’re getting the best mileage out of it.

Supercharge your laptop with 6 powerful utilities – You’ve taken for granted all the tricks your desktop system has delivered on a daily basis, and now your new (and much more mobile) PC pales in comparison. But don’t resign yourself to choosing between a desktop behemoth and a finger-smudged smartphone. Below are a handful of utilities that can help get your laptop up to speed—and bring that new-computer smile back on your face.

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10 tips for coping with blue screen errors – Anyone who has ever experienced the notorious Windows Blue Screen of Death knows that finding a solution to the problem can be tricky. Fortunately, there are some relatively simple things you can do to help diagnose the problem.

Asus crosses smartphone, tablet to make PadFone Infinity, Fonepad – The PadFone Infinity is a slick Android handset running on a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm 800 processor. The phone boasts a unibody design and is composed largely of an aerospace-grade aluminum. It feels well built, and the PadFone Infinity’s rounded back helps the phone sit comfortably in your hand. The phone has a 5-inch 1920-by-1080p display and a 13-megapixel camera with an f2.0 aperture.

The Dark Side of Big Data: CSA Opens Peer Review Period for the “Top Ten Big Data and Privacy Challenges” Report – Big Data seems to be on the lips of every organization’s CXO these days. By exploiting Big Data, enterprises are able to gain valuable new insights into customer behavior via advanced analytics. However, what often gets lost amidst all the excitement are the very real and many security and privacy issues that go hand in hand with Big Data.

ICANN allows hundreds of new Internet domain suffixes – In the biggest expansion of Web address suffixes since “.com,” ICANN approves foreign language, brand name, regional, and generic monikers. Foreign languages will be the first to get new monikers, according to the Associated Press. Next, brand names like “.cadillac” will be rolled out, then regional addresses like “.vegas” will come next. Generic and the most proposed suffixes — such as “.app,” “.music,” and “.tech” — will come last because several groups have bid on the names and these groups have to come to an agreement before addresses can be registered.

Infographic: Facebook Logs 66.5M Oscar-Related Interactions – From Argo’s Best Picture win to Adele’s flawless performance of ‘Skyfall,’ last night’s Academy Awards ceremony provided a wealth of fodder for commentary on social networks.

China wants hacking allegations to stop – Following another allegation it directed a cyberattack on Germany, China voices concerns accusations against the country will increase the risk of conflict and deter nations from working together to safeguard the Internet.

Security:

Researchers Bypass Google Two-Factor Authentication – For some time, attackers had the ability to bypass Google’s two-step authentication system through access to users’ app-specific passwords, giving them full access to victims’ Google accounts, including Gmail. The vulnerability that enables this attack, discovered by researchers from DuoSecurity, has been patched by Google.

Samsung takes inspiration from Fort Knox for mobile security – The KNOX technology, to be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress here this week, means that Samsung smartphone and tablet users will soon be able to take advantage of a dual persona or containerization approach, where corporate and personal data are kept in separate spaces on the Android OS. Samsung said its new software is not a hypervisor, but runs in the BIOS (basic input output system) firmware of the Android OS with file system encryption, to protect against data leaks, viruses and malware.

The security threat of evasive malware – Lastline has released a new report that looks at how malware authors are able to exploit the limited visibility of automated malware analysis systems (sandboxes) and ensure that targeted attacks and zero day exploits remain successful. The use of stalling codes is resulting in a growing trend of evasive threats.

Windows XP and Firefox take 25-year lead in security flaws – Windows XP has had 453 while Firefox has had 433 vulnerabilities rated high and critical based on the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) database and the second source for the statistics, the National Vulnerability Database from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). High-severity vulnerabilities mean attackers can potentially fully compromise the user’s machine.

Two More Java Zero Days Found by Polish Research Team – The seemingly endless list of critical zero day bugs found in Java grew longer today with news that one of the flaws fixed in Oracle’s recent patches for the product is under attack and when that bug is paired with another, separate vulnerability, the sandbox in the latest build of Java can be bypassed.

Shortage of infosec pros equals frequent and costly data breaches – (ISC)2 released the results of its sixth Global Information Security Workforce Study (GISWS). The study of more than 12,000 information security professionals worldwide (3,229 from the Europe/Middle East/Africa region) reveals that the global shortage of information security professionals is having a profound impact on the economy and is driven by a combination of business conditions, executives not fully understanding the need for security, and an inability to locate qualified information security professionals.

Company News:

Apple agrees refunds over in-app purchases – Parents whose children made in-app purchases inadvertently will receive a minimum $5 payout from Apple, which has settled a class action lawsuit.

ManageEngine Debuts Key Enhancements to Password Manager Pro at RSA Conference 2013 – Password Manager Pro’s new iPhone app lets IT security pros manage privileged passwords while on the go, while integrations with third-party apps streamline password management activities. ManageEngine will demonstrate Password Manager Pro along with the rest of its IT security solutions portfolio in booth 2641 at the event.

Atlantis Computing announces it more than tripled its customer base in 2012 and just surpassed the 200 customer milestone – The company has sold more than a quarter of a million licenses to date. Deployments range from 25 users to 100,000 users across all verticals, and more than 80% of its transactions were done via its channel partners. Atlantis Computing is privately held and funded by Cisco Systems, El Dorado Ventures and Partech International.

Atlantis Computing releases Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI 4.0. – Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI 4.0 lets Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View customers run persistent virtual desktops In-Memory using RAM as primary storage, making persistent virtual desktops cheaper and faster than physical PCs.

Secunia introduces a new enterprise class security solution to help small businesses with patch management – Secunia, the leading provider of IT security solutions that enable businesses and private individuals to manage and control vulnerability threats, today announced the availability of Secunia SmallBusiness (public beta). Secunia SmallBusiness is an intelligent, cloud-based patch management solution for up to 50 PCs. It protects small businesses against the threat posed by known software vulnerabilities – a growing threat which traditional antivirus technology does not provide adequate protection from.

Twitter to build app for new Firefox OS smartphones – Microblogging site says it will have an app available for the browser-based mobile operating system when handsets launch in the next couple of months.

Webopedia Daily:

Billing software – Software designed to handle time and billing tracking as well as invoicing customers for services and products. Billing software can track the hours worked by employees as well as expenses associated with projects or clients. Most time and billing software applications also create billing cycle reports to display information such as hours worked, expenses incurred, how much to bill clients, and which clients owe money for specific projects. Popular time and billing software tools include Sage Timeslips, Intuit QuickBooks Time and Billing Manager, Billing Tracker and kBilling.

Games and Entertainment:

Tomb Raider delivers gritty, gorgeous adventure – Straying from the series’ roots, the latest Tomb Raider is a gritty, disturbing take on the action-adventure genre. It’s beautifully crafted, both technically and narratively, but most of all, it’s just plain fun.

Crysis 3 serves up savage action in high definition – Crysis 3 is absolutely gorgeous, no matter what you play it on. I played on both Xbox 360 and a custom PC rig, and while the Xbox 360 version is a standout as a great example of lighting and diffused surfaces, the PC version is one of the most beautiful games released to date. This is par for the course of the Crysis franchise, but it’s a notable example because it looks amazing on even a mid-range gaming machine.

Crysis 3 System Requirements: Does Your PC Have the Chops to Play? – Games in the Crysis series have been notorious for hardcore system requirements. Can your current PC run the latest installment?

Metal Slug 2 for Android – The classic side-scrolling shoot-’em-up game Metal Slug 2 has officially been reborn as an Android mobile app.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Overcoming legacy thinking: Chromebooks in a Windows work world – The biggest barrier to Chromebooks adoption might be legacy thinking, not legacy systems.

‘Frozen’ atmospheric waves trigger extreme weather events – Another report has linked man-made climate change with extreme weather events around the world, including recent heat waves in the United States and Russia and the unprecedented Pakistan flood.

How the wireless industry will connect the next billion people – The CEOs of Nokia, Qtel, Bharti Airtel, and Mozilla discuss the challenges of getting Internet access to the rest of the world.

Physicist proposes to physicist in a physics paper – Two physicists have been together for seven years. It’s like the start of a joke. Instead, it’s the start of something beautiful — and, well, physic(s)al.

DDoS: terrorism or legitimate form of protest? – Some people seem to think that distributed denial of service attacks can be justified morally or ethically. Read this analysis to find out if that claim is supported or thoroughly debunked.

Today’s Quote:

“Some people can learn from the mistakes of others, while some people need to pee on the electric fence themselves.”

-      Unknown

Today’s Free Downloads:

Anvir Task Manager Free 7.5.1 – Task Manager Free is freeware utility software that gives users a comprehensive set of tools to put them in full control of their computer. It gives you detailed information about every process that is running, and about applications running automatically on Windows startup including all hidden applications.

VSO Downloader 3.0.2.1 – Download videos from thousands of sites with fast download speed. Steaming content is automatically detected and downloaded extra fast. Convert downloaded videos to MP3, AVI, iPad, iPhone, Mp4, H264, Xvid. Compatible with any web browser.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 26, 2013

  1. hipockets

    The quote in the “Today’s Quote” section almost always can be applied to someone, or something that’s going on, in the world today. I have to say that I really got a charge out of the one today.

    • Hey Hipockets,

      You’re dead on. In fact, I took that “quote” from a comment made regarding a current news story. I can see why you got a “charge” from this. :)

      Best,

      Bill.