Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 1, 2013

McAfee CTO: Current security landscape is on its way to failure – McAfee’s CTO for worldwide operations warns that the security landscape is on its way to a complete breakdown if it doesn’t change its course soon.

History Manager for Skype: Get a Handle on All Your Skype Communications – Find messages and calls, tag messages as favorites, easily find transferred files, and more.

Detect Fake Email Addresses (and Four Other Tricks) to Avoid Craigslist Scams – We all know Craigslist, while handy, is home to more than a few scammers—even if you’re searching for an apartment. Chris Morran over at the Consumerist goes through five warning signs that a rental listing is a scam. Most of them are things that would throw up at least a yellow flag, but Morran discusses why scammers use these techniques, and how to watch our for similar ones.

14 killer hardware deals that cost $100 - The following slides show 14 great hardware deals that cost in the neighborhood of $100. Some dip slightly below that magic century mark, while others land right at 100 smackers—if you can capitalize on special, temporary offers. As bargains go, all of these PC peripherals, accessories, and consumer electronics doodads, are priced to move.

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Firefox betas pull the shades per-tab on ‘porn mode’ – The latest versions of Firefox Beta and Firefox Beta for Android come with the ability to browse privately on a per-tab basis, among other improvements.

Email audio with Record and Email Pro – The Record and Email Pro app is incredibly simple in design, setup, and usage. Once you start using it, you won’t know how you managed to get along with it. This app has enabled me to send myself audio of incredibly important ideas for my books and articles, and even to send little surprise messages to my wife. The best part about Record and Email Pro is that it doesn’t leave large audio files on your device, so there’s no need to worry about space. The second the file is sent, it’s deleted.

Are Microsoft’s free Office Web Apps good enough for you? – The latest iteration of the Office Web Apps are free and surprisingly powerful. How do they stack up against Google’s offerings?

PC laptops and accidental damage: Best and worst warranties – Whoops, I broke it again. When shopping for a new PC, laptop, or ultrabook, make sure you investigate the terms of your warranty and the optional accidental damage coverage policies available to you.

Five new features coming in openSUSE Linux 12.3 – Release candidates are always a nice way to get a glimpse at what’s to come, and this one makes it clear that there are a number of notable new features heading our way in the upcoming new version of this free and open source operating system.

U.K. Court Orders ISPs to Block Several Major Torrent Sites – A U.K. court has stepped up the policing of illegal file sharing in the country by blocking several of the top torrent websites at the ISP level. The sites included in the ban are H33T, Fenopy, and perhaps the one of the best-known torrent sites, Kickass Torrents.

How to win the streaming set-top box wars – It’s getting harder to find a technology company that isn’t working on a set-top streaming box of some kind. Apple, Roku, Microsoft, Google, Plex, and Western Digital already sell these boxes, which can stream movies and other on-demand content from the Internet directly to your television set. And just last month, Intel announced plans to join the club with a TV box of its own that promises live TV and on-demand content.

Do Not Track privacy bill reintroduced in Senate – A new bill aims to ensure Web browsers and Internet companies give users an opt out option of being tracked online by advertisers and data brokers.

Security:

Dropbox users getting spammed, might be from earlier hack – The file-sharing site’s user forum is filling up with complaints of e-mail spam, which the company believes could be related to last year’s data leak.

Islamic group promises to resume U.S. bank cyberattacks – An Islamic group that has claimed responsibility for several waves of attacks on major U.S. banks since last September has promised to resume its assault next week using a lot more firepower.

Webhosting management company cPanel suffers break-in, lets slip customers’ root passwords – Webhosting management company cPanel recently announced a worrying sort of compromise. A break-in to one of the company’s technical support servers put customers at risk by exposing Personally Identifiable Information (PII). This time, the PII was of the most intimate sort: root (i.e. administrative) passwords.

Bank of America says leaked data did not come from their systems – Bank of America has confirmed that some of the data included in the massive leak by Anonymous-affiliated group “Par:AnoIA” does belong to them, but that it didn’t come from their owns systems, but those of a third-party contractor.

China Accuses U.S. of Hacking Government Sites – China is hitting back at the U.S. over accusations of hacking, arguing that American officials have orchestrated their own attacks on China.

Google patches bug that allows attackers to slip past two-factor authentication – Google’s two-step verification, according to the company’s ad campaign, isn’t merely a bear guarding your home. It’s a snake pit behind the bear guarding your home. Unfortunately, it turns out, application-specific passwords allow attackers to bounce right past the bear and to hop over the vipers.

Mobile security: What’s the best defense? – Is it the device or the network? Ryan Naraine and David Gewirtz weigh the options for protecting your organization’s precious data.

Company News:

Facebook confirms purchase of Microsoft’s Atlas to boost ad sales – Facebook is buying Microsoft’s Atlas Advertiser Suite, an ad analysis platform, in a move that should increase its advertising revenue and give marketers better information about their campaigns across the social network, on both desktop and mobile. The terms of the deal, which was announced Thursday afternoon in a blog post, are not being disclosed.

IBM leads server race, Cisco breaks top 5 – The most notable server battle was in the No. 4 position. Oracle’s market share slide continued and Cisco edged into a statistical tie. IDC noted that this quarter was the first time Cisco broke into the top 5.

Former Groupon CEO leaks outgoing memo: ‘I was fired’ – Newly ousted Groupon Chief Executive Andrew Mason publishes a brutally honest internal memo to employees on his departure.

Samsung denies charges of underage labor in China following complaint in France – Samsung Electronics has rejected allegations that underage workers are assembling its products after three NGOs filed a complaint with a French prosecutor’s office claiming that the tech company was violating labor regulations in China. The South Korean company said on Thursday it had yet to receive the court filing, but added in an email, “We want to make clear that Samsung maintains a zero tolerance policy on child labor and the allegations of child labor in a report published this week are false.”

Best Buy takeover talks said to have ended without deal – Founder of the struggling electronics retail giant had hoped to regain control and take the company private.

Webopedia Daily:

Harlem Shake (in technology) – Harlem Shake is a dance that has become an almost overnight phenomenon using Internet technology, including YouTube, social media, blogs and online media publications to go viral. The Harlem Shake is a hip-hop style dance started in 1981 by Harlem, New York, resident “Al B,” and it became mainstream in 2001 when featured in a music video. The Harlem Shake took on a whole new meaning in February 2013 when Harry Rodrigues (aka “Baauer”) released a heavy bass instrumental track, titled “Harlem Shake.” This Harlem shake meme (“Internet meme”) showed people performing a skit to the song Harlem Shake (view it on YouTube).

Games and Entertainment:

Report: Xbox 720 has 8 x64 cores running at 1.6 GHz – We already know quite a bit about Sony’s recently announced PlayStation 4. However, official details about Microsoft’s Xbox 720 (Next) are few and far between.

More ‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’ Details Expected Monday – The Assassin’s Creed franchise will live on, as Ubisoft today announced its next installment — Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Digital Storm’s tiny, affordable PC gaming powerhouse – The small form factor Digital Storm Bolt gaming desktop will play anything on the market. You might even be able to afford it.

Music piracy is down: A lesson for Hollywood – A decrease in music piracy led to increased revenues for the music industry in 2012, for the first time since 1999. Hollywood should pay attention, stop worrying, and learn to love the digital economy.

Ouya ships to Kickstarter backers by end of March – The open-source Android console will head out to tens of thousands of crowdfunders a few months before it lands in stores in June.

Movie studios target mobile apps for copyright infringement – Apps that contain the likeness of movie characters such as Spiderman, Green Lantern, or Bilbo Baggins have come under scrutiny from Hollywood.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Why Yahoo’s ‘no home working’ rule will lead us back into the office – Yahoo wants its staff to work in the office, innovating and collaborating face to face instead of working from home. What’s wrong with that?

Mom crowdsources baby name for $5,000 – In conjunction with Web site Belly Ballot, a Los Angeles mom is asking random strangers to choose what her baby will be called. How about “Troubled?”

Wet computing’ lets you submerge electronics for cooling without frying them – Researchers at the University of Leeds managed to reduce the energy consumption for cooling by between 80 percent and 97 percent—a not-so-insignificant amount. How? By dunking the electronic components in a liquid coolant.

Ubuntu chief says converged platforms are the future – The convergence of devices and software platforms is being driven by the shift towards cloud computing, which will ultimately become the engine room of all modern applications, according to Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth.

Users don’t want gigabit Internet speeds, Time Warner Cable exec says – At first glance, Esteves’ comments sound, well, insane. Who wouldn’t want a super-fast Internet connection plugged directly into their home, assuming the price is reasonable? Continuing, Esteves said that very few of the company’s customers subscribe to TWC’s faster broadband plans. Let’s dig into that a bit.

Today’s Quote:

“Good manners are just a way of showing other people that we have respect for them.”

-     Bill Kelly

Today’s Free Downloads:

FrostWire – FrostWire is a peer-to-peer file sharing program for the Gnutella and BitTorrent protocols. FrostWire is written in Java, and is a fork of LimeWire, another popular Gnutella client.

Parted Magic – The Parted Magic OS employs core programs of GParted and Parted to handle partitioning tasks with ease, while featuring other useful programs (e.g. Partition Image, TestDisk, fdisk, sfdisk, dd, and ddrescue) and an excellent set of documentation to benefit the user.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 1, 2013

  1. delenn13

    Hi Bill,
    Been a tough week.

    I am not a Lara Croft or Conan fangirl…Just thought you might need a laugh. It’s really worth it, guys. As Conan put it..He’s now a perv…
    Clueless Gamer: Conan O’Brien Reviews “Tomb Raider”