Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 19, 2013

Justice Department bends on (some) e-mail privacy fixes – But the administration will tell Congress tomorrow that the feds need more surveillance powers over e-mail messages, Twitter direct messages, and Facebook direct messages in other ways.

New BFFs: Facebook and Netflix – Netflix and Facebook are now best friends, but you may not want them to be. Here’s what you need to know to control what information is shared between the two.

Microsoft to push Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to users starting March 19 – Microsoft is starting to push Windows 7 SP1 to Windows 7 users via Windows Update, ahead of the early April end-of-support date for the RTM version of the product.

Haven’t got Windows 8 yet? Here comes Windows 9 – The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured another hell on earth yarn which suggests that Microsoft plans to release another version of Windows next year. The word on the street is that the Voles are beavering away on Windows 9 which will hit the streets a year from November next.

ARM wants to replace cable boxes with HDMI sticks – There are a variety of cheap HDMI PCs-on-a-stick on the market today. Most are loaded with Google’s popular Android operating system, allowing users to easily run apps and stream media on big screen TVs in the living room.

Centralize file access to your cloud accounts with Documents.Me – Will Kelly reviews Documents.Me, a free app that can help centralize file access to your cloud accounts.

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Infographic: Navigating a Post-PC World – Mobile website design software company Moovweb previewed what the modern post-PC revolution means for global consumers.

Google updates Jelly Bean Gmail app – Google has updated its Gmail Android app, which now allows users to save time on the actions they use most often: reply, archive, and search.

India sets up social media monitoring lab – Mumbai police have set up a facility to monitor social networks for public sentiment and moods, to detect in advance possible mass gatherings or protests.

Turn a Photo Stream album into a public Web site – Photo Stream is a great way to view photos across your various iOS devices. Snap some shots on your iPhone and — boom! — thanks to Photo Stream, they can be viewed in full on your iPad. That’s how I have been using Photo Stream to date, but I’ve overlooked a feature that makes it easy to share a Photo Stream album with anyone, Apple and non-Apple folk alike. From either your iPhone or iPad, Photo Stream includes a feature that will create a quick Web site with your photos, whose link you can share as you wish.

Linux 101: Easy VNC server setup – If you need to remote into your Linux server, VNC might be the best option. Jack Wallen walks you through the steps of setting up a VNC server on an rpm-based distribution.

Rootkit coders beware: Malwarebytes is in hot pursuit – Antimalware heavy-hitter Malwarebytes is now laser-focused on eliminating rootkits. Michael P. Kassner asks the creators of MBAM what they have in mind when it comes to malware developer’s favorite tool.

Chase denies hack behind sudden account drains – Banking giant says an internal glitch is responsible for zero balances, and not a security breach as some customers suspect.

Twitter taking over the Middle East – The information network is growing fast in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, where the highest percentage of Internet users are also Twitter users.

New Pinterest tool watches, analyzes your pins – Businesses with Pinterest accounts can now see which photos are repinned and drive traffic to their sites.

Security:

One password cracked and your business is history – Imagine that an old, nearly forgotten password is the only thing standing between a hacker and your entire business…

US cryptographer sounds alarm over security – A top US cryptographer has warned that your internet connection might be grassing you up to every spook with access to a database.

Express Shipment Notification emails contain malware – Online criminals have spammed out messages, claiming to come from DHL Express International, that are designed to install malware onto the computers of unsuspecting PC users.

Making online payments safe from fraud – Patrick Lambert looks at online payment fraud. Is there a way to make payment forms both convenient and secure?

Security in a hyperconnected world – In this video (1:47), recorded at RSA Conference 2013, Qualys Chairman and CEO Philippe Courtot talks about the threats caused by intelligent devices as well as the changes required to secure this new era.

A Virtual Machine Is Still an Endpoint: The Real Risks of Virtualization – Read this eBook to learn the benefits and risks of virtualization, security options, and the business arguments for implementing virtualization security. (registration with Kaspersky required).

Google Chrome OS Linux WAS Exploited at Pwnium 2013 for $40,000 – Earlier this month, Google Chrome running Chrome OS (Linux!) was hailed as being a survivor in the Pwnium/Pwn2own event that hacked IE, Firefox and Chrome browsers on Windows. Apple’s Safari running on Mac OS X was not hacked and neither (apparently) was Chrome on Chrome OS. Google disclosed this morning that Chrome on Chrome OS had in fact been exploited – albeit, unreliably.

Data breaches in higher education – The unwanted distinction of suffering the largest reported data breach in 2012 by a U.S.-based institution of higher learning came from the University of Nebraska, which reported a breach of 654,000 records on May 25, 2012. Rounding out the 2012 Higher Education Data Breach Madness “Final Four” were the University of North Carolina (350,000), Arizona State University (300,000) and Northwest Florida State College (279,000).

Company News:

Verizon Wants to Pay for TV Channels People Actually Watch – With DVRs, online-only TV, and mobile gadgets shifting the way we consume TV, it’s not surprising that providers are experimenting with different models.

BlackBerry CEO Dismisses iPhone as Old News – With the long-awaited BlackBerry Z10 set to go on sale later this week, the company’s CEO is confident that the next-gen device can hold its own against the iPhone

RadioShack slashes prices on Galaxy S3, iPhone 5 and 4S – The retailer is offering up to $150 in savings on some of Samsung’s and Apple’s newest devices.

Pebble Shows Off Mario Watchface, SDK Coming in April – The makers of the Pebble smartwatch announced that developers will be able to get their hands on the gadget’s watchface SDK in the second week of April.

Webopedia Daily:

Nanotechnology – A field of science whose goal is to control individual atoms and molecules to create computer chips and other devices that are thousands of times smaller than current technologies permit. Current manufacturing processes use lithography to imprint circuits on semiconductor materials. While lithography has improved dramatically over the last two decades — to the point where some manufacturing plants can produce circuits smaller than one micron (1,000 nanometers) — it still deals with aggregates of millions of atoms. It is widely believed that lithography is quickly approaching its physical limits. To continue reducing the size of semiconductors, new technologies that juggle individual atoms will be necessary. This is the realm of nanotechnology.

Games and Entertainment:

From Zelda to Donkey Kong, the Best Video Game Hacks – Playing Super Mario as Pauline? Wedding proposals by homicidal AI? That’s just what happens when gamers hack into today’s most popular video games.

Let’s Look at the PS2 and PS3 Versions of Kingdom Hearts Side-by-Side – HD versions of classic PlayStation 2 titles are all the rage these days, with everything from Resident Evil 4 to Shadow of the Colossus getting a new coat of paint.

SimCity Players Can Start Downloading Their Free Game – Those affected by the recent SimCity launch disaster can begin claiming their free PC game download this week, Electronic Arts’ Maxis Label said in a Monday email to players.

The video game business is still in a slump – The video game business has endured a lot of ups and downs, and there often isn’t a gradual drop off in sales.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Viral video ad: Why (toilet) paper is better than a tablet – The war between paper and digital ends in a “no contest” in a French ad that has captured more than 2 million views in a week.

Cracked: The 4 Worst Things People Are Making with 3D Printers – When mankind mastered 3D printing technology, it was a definitive sign that the Future had arrived. Finally, we could realize our dreams. We could make anything, in any shape, at the merest press of a button. We could almost … be gods. Well, that was the idea, anyway. Instead, we’re using the hottest thing technology has to offer on stupid crap like …

Will 3D Printing Put a Gun in Your Hand? – Current advances in 3D printing technology are threatening to render gun control arguments—and proposed legislation—entirely moot.

Firearm license granted to 3D gun maker – Defense Distributed, the world’s first maker of 3D-printed guns, has managed to obtain a federal license to manufacture and market firearms in the US.

Would you hire someone with poor grammar skills? – Takeaway: Think grammar isn’t important in the world of IT? That misconception could cost you a job.

Today’s Quote:

I believe that professional wrestling is clean and everything else in the world is fixed.”

-      Frank Deford

Today’s Free Downloads:

Simply Slideshow 1.1.60 – Simply Slideshow is a simple application that enables users to display images in Pan & Zoom effects with numerous options. Unlike other slideshow software, “Simply Slideshow” is very flexible and very high performance.

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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 19, 2013

  1. Fred

    Justice Department bends on (some) e-mail privacy fixes

    Bill,
    The country music star, Merle Haggard, said in 2002:

    “I had more freedom as a parolee in 1962 than the average American has today.”
    And you know what, Bill, it is WORSE than that today, much worse.
    Our “leaders” are all the same, the mask changes but that is the sum and substance of it. Freedom, once it is gone you can’t get it back.
    Best wishes,
    Fred

    • Hi Fred,

      Couldn’t agree more. Yet, I still hold on to the belief that global societies are rapidly approaching the point, where the demand for fundamental political change will become an uproar. Should that happen – then we may well see a reassertion of freedoms.

      In the meantime, it’s important that we all continue to express our outrage (to Congress, Parliament,…….) at the erosion of personal liberty.

      Best,

      Bill