Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 7, 2013

12 easy PC tasks you should be doing (but aren’t) – No more excuses! Whipping your PC into the best shape it can be requires but a dozen simple tasks. None are complicated, most take a matter of minutes, and all will have a major effect on how well your computer works for you. Even better, by the time you’re finished you’ll never have to worry about doing many of these tasks again.

A Self Contained Web Browser For Your Flash Drive – The really good part about Pale Moon is that the Pale Moon project is really a custom-built and optimized Firefox-based browser for Windows. It has been optimized to make sure to get the most speed and efficiency out of your browser! So, if you use Firefox, you will surely like Pale Moon.

Block unwanted calls and texts – When someone can’t take the hint and keeps calling or texting you, it might be time to make it impossible. This app lets you stop that person from even leaving you a message.

Deactivate Facebook Home in one tap: step-by-step – If you’re thinking about picking up an HTC first device on the 12th of April, you might want to consider turning Facebook Home off. But why would I want to turn off the system that’s selling the smartphone, you might ask? Because there’s a completely clean Android Jelly Bean under that Facebook Home skin, that’s why! It’s time to deactivate Facebook Home before you even take the time to use it!

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Infographic: The Multi-Screen Experience – Cloud-based marketing firm Monetate breaks down user behavior based on type of device, and provides insight into the new phenomenon of simultaneous screening.

Why Google+ is best for ‘real-life streaming’ – First, it’s a social network, so all levels of social sharing or nonsharing can go in the same place. You don’t have to post once to share and again to save into your “real-life stream.” Second, it’s searchable. Third, it accepts texts, links, pictures, videos and other kind of data. Fourth, you’re not locked in. If you decide later to move your “real-life stream” if something better comes along, you’ll be able to download it all from Google Takeout.

How to build a social media command center – You start with a website, a blog, and well-managed accounts on the key social media channels. Next, you must feed your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Pinterest followers a delicious, steady diet of words, images, and videos. The following ten apps will help you automate your publishing and then analyze who’s paying attention and how. It’s up to you to get creative and stand out from the crowd.

How to disable Chrome’s new extra-thick menus – Chrome just recently decided to change its menu behavior to accommodate fat fingers. For those of us with big lists of bookmarks, this can be really annoying. This article shows you how to turn it off.

California Judge: Illegal to Check Map on Phone While Driving – It’s the distraction — not the distinction of whether you’re dialing a number, checking your email, or looking at a map — that’s the issue for California drivers.

Security:

Income Tax Phishing Fraud – It’s the income tax season in the U.S. and the usual phishing emails that pretend to be from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service are abound. These phishing emails that arrive at your computer inbox usually attempt to get personally identifiable information about you in order to steal your identity. They use a variety of schemes to do this, including requesting you go to a bogus Internet website posing as an IRS site and asking you to enter personal information into a form.

Sneaky malware hides behind mouse movement, experts say – Researchers from security vendor FireEye have uncovered a new advanced persistent threat (APT) that uses multiple detection evasion techniques, including the monitoring of mouse clicks, to determine active human interaction with the infected computer.

WordPress.com boosts security for bloggers with two-factor authentication – With Wikipedia estimating that WordPress powers more than 60 million websites worldwide, anything that might improve the safety and security of WordPress users is to be welcomed. After all, if malcontents get hold of your WordPress login, they can use it to attack you, your reputation, your brand, and, by uploading malware or malicious links, to attack your users.

Phishing warning issued to energy companies – The Department of Homeland Security has a warning for organizations that post a lot of business and personal information on public web pages and social media sites: Don’t do it. Phishers, the agency said in an alert this week, look for such information and use it to craft authentic looking emails aimed at fooling people in large organizations into opening and downloading things they shouldn’t.

New Malware Propagates on Skype, Mines Bitcoins – Spoiler: Don’t click on random links you receive via Skype, especially if you don’t know the person sending them!

Company News:

The new Facebook Home ad, complete with drag queen – Facebook releases the launch ad for its new attempt to take over your Android phone. Here, Home takes over an airplane, with some interesting characters.

Dell now offering Ubuntu Linux OS as option for Alienware X51 gaming PC – The diminuitive PC starts at just $599 for a system with an Intel Core i3-3220 processor, 6GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 645 graphics. (Of course, you can load on the upgraded components for additional cash.) Previously only available as a Windows system, the X51 now can be equipped with Ubuntu Linux 12.04.

Microsoft expected to launch Google Glass competitor in 2014 – Before Google Glass was even being whispered about, a leaked document detailing the future of Xbox revealed that Microsoft had designs on building something similar. Late last year, a patent filing for such a device surfaced. Now, apparently, there’s a chance that Microsoft will actually bring the “Fortaleza” augmented reality eyewear to market as early as next year.

HP chairman Raymond Lane steps down – Hewlett-Packard’s chairman, Raymond Lane, has decided to step down from his position in order to “reduce any distraction from HP’s ongoing turnaround”. He, however, will continue to stay with the company and serve as a director. He made his decision based on a recent vote at the annual shareholders meeting held on March 20th. While he was re-elected for his position, he only received 59% of the shareholders’ votes.

Microsoft Slams Facebook Home as Old News – Microsoft is not impressed with Facebook Home, which it says borrows from Windows Phone. “The content of the [Facebook] presentation was remarkably similar to the launch event we did for Windows Phone two years ago,” Frank X. Shaw, corporate vice president of corporate communications at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post.

Webopedia Daily:

SharePoint Online external sharing – File sharing in Office 365 (Microsoft Office) for small business and enterprise users is available using the SharePoint Online environment. The SharePoint Online external sharing capabilities enables an organization to share documents with vendors, business partners or customers. Your company can view, share, and collaborate on your SharePoint Online sites as external viewers. In SharePoint Online for enterprise the administrator allows sharing control for the whole company. Individual users within the company can then choose to activate the “external user invitation” feature. By default, sharing is turned off in SharePoint Online for small business. It can be turned on so the site owner can invite others to share documents via email.

Games and Entertainment:

Ouya working out kinks, says June launch date still on track – The first Ouya units may have shipped last week to early backers of the Android-powered console, but the company says it remains committed to ironing out any last minute bugs before the system goes live for the masses in June 2013.

Diablo III’s 8 smooth multiplayer boosts – This week you’ll find yourself downloading a rather sizable patch from Blizzard Entertainment for Diablo III, patch 1.0.8 for multiplayer improvements galore. What you’ll be seeing is no less than 8 changes to the way you play – or will be able to play – in multiplayer. What Blizzard describes this update as coming at you as is “making two heads actually better than one!”

Get prints of your favorite video game maps and classic computers – Art does not have to be a confusing presentation all about the tragedy of modern consumerism in western culture. No, sometimes art can be cool and nerdy. Such is the case with these killer prints made by City Prints. If your walls are a little bland, why not spruce them up with a map of the original Legend of Zelda?

Namco Bandai confirms Project X Zone release date for North America – Namco Bandai has confirmed that Project X Zone, its strategy RPG-game featuring over 50 characters from Namco Bandai, SEGA, and Capcom’s games, will be making its way to North American and PAL regions over the summer. The official release date for North America is set for June 25th, 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS. European countries, however, are looking at a vague “Summer 2013″ release date.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Cheaters Spy Shop – Everything spy related. We carry the best selection of hidden cameras, GPS trackers, audio recorders, counter-surveillance, and personal protection on the market. (get your paranoid on :) )

Playlists and Personalities – Is there an association between how you listen to music, and who you are? Could looking at your music playback habits (not the music itself) tell others something about what they can expect from you? Fortune tellers – pay attention. Surely this is just as accurate as counting the number of macadamia nuts in a jar of mixed nuts to determine the state of the world economy.

In the shadow of Silicon Valley, poverty – Technology is riding higher than ever in the U.S. tech hub. Next door? Tent cities. The economic impact of the technology industry is massive, but there are clearly a few ill side effects.

Medical Use of Cannabis – Cannabis is one of the oldest psychoactive plants known to humans. Its therapeutic potential has been recognized since ancient times—at least 4,000 years. In the second millenia B.C.E., cannabis was cited in the Atharva Veda, a sacred Indian text, as a remedy for anxiety. In Egypt, there is evidence that cannabis has been used in medicine since the days of the pharaohs. In China, cannabis was used as a surgical anaesthetic in the second century C.E. All around the ancient world, from Babylonia to Israel to Rome, cannabis has been used as a medicine. A court ruling in 2000 found that Canadians have a constitutional right to use cannabis as a medicine, since they should not have to choose between their liberty and their health.

Revisiting Joseph Smith’s Novel History – The underestimation of the divide between Mormonism and mainstream Christianity

Why Saving for a Rainy Day is Pointless — For the Economy – By examining history, economic historian James “Against Thrift” Livingston says the sacrifice of saving for a rainy day — of foregoing present consumption on behalf of future growth — could be potentially destructive of the general welfare. And he says that John Maynard Keynes would be on his side.

Today’s Quote:

Blasphemy is a victimless crime”

-     Richard Dawkins

Today’s Free Downloads:

NoScript 2.6.6 – NoScript’s unique whitelist based pre-emptive script blocking approach prevents exploitation of security vulnerabilities (known and even not known yet!) with no loss of functionality.

DVDStyler 2.4.3 – DVDStyler is a cross-platform free DVD authoring application for the creation of professional-looking DVDs. It allows not only burning of video files on DVD that can be played practically on any standalone DVD player, but also creation of individually designed DVD menus. It is Open Source Software and is completely free.

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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 7, 2013

  1. Bill,
    Thanks for running my Income Tax Phishing Fraud article.
    Best,
    Paul

  2. Bill,
    As always… Thank you for the link back and recognition!
    Rick

  3. So it’s OK to get high but God help you if you light up a Cigarette.
    I must be getting old or something.
    Thanks for another great addition.