Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 21, 2010

7 Coolest Web Apps You Might Not Know About But Should – There are many web apps out there, but getting by free and good ones is not that easy. Here we have selected some excellent gems for you. Read each entry in the list and see which tool suits your needs best.

Five Ways To Download Torrents Anonymously – With anti-piracy outfits and dubious law-firms policing BitTorrent swarms at an increasing rate, many Bittorrent users are looking for ways to hide their identities from the outside world. Here’s an overview of five widely used privacy services.

Take control of the Windows XP pagefile – When the pagefile becomes fragmented, it can hinder your computer’s performance. These techniques will help you better manage this beast. After you carry out my recommendations on pagefile fragmentation, pagefile location and performance, and pagefile security and command-line management, you should find that your Windows XP box runs faster than ever.

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10 ways to dodge Linux hardware issues – If you’ve been grappling with Linux hardware problems, take heart: Jack Wallen has some strategies for resolving common issues — or avoiding them in the first place.

Google patches critical and high flaws with new Chrome version – Most of the vulnerabilities have been rated high and critical, and researchers have been awarded from $500 to $2000 for their discovery.

Haystack – Haystack is a new program designed to provide unfiltered internet access to the people of Iran. The software package is compatible with Windows, Mac and Unix systems, and specifically targets the Iranian government’s web filtering mechanisms.

Turn Your Apple iPad into an iPhone – It won’t cost you a penny to add voice calls and texting to Apple’s tablet with these five apps.

Top 10 sites to debunk Internet hoaxes – When your users turn into Chicken Little over the latest hoax, scam, rumor, or urban legend, point them to the sites on this list to ease their minds (and preempt a rash of chain mail).

Company News:

Sony Pushes PlayStation 3 Storage Capacity – Sony announced two new PlayStation 3 models with a dramatic increase in storage capacity on Tuesday, including models with 160GB and even 320GB hard drives.

Oracle: Our full virtualization stack beats VMware – Oracle took a pre-emptive strike at VMware this week, maintaining that its integrated and expansive virtualization portfolio is far superior.

Intel’s doomed McAfee foray – Intel has never been satisfied with being the King of Processors, even though they’ve built an enormous and lucrative business.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Vacation Technology Tools: Seven To Help You Still Look Busy Even When You`re Not – So open that Corona, pull up your chaise lounge chair in full view of the ocean and take a look at our list for technology tools to make you appear busy and productive even when you’re doing anything but that.

Docs vs family of swine flu kiwi ‘Lazarus’ [vid] – When New Zealand dairy farmer Alan Smith contracted ‘swine flu’ and was admitted into intensive care, his condition deteriorated rapidly, he contracted leukemia and was placed on life-support. Faced with the appalling prospect of losing a loving father and husband, the Smith family met with the doctors and requested that they give Alan high-dose intravenous vitamin C.

The doctors refused, stating that there was no proof vitamin C did anything. The incredible story of what happened next should be broadcast far and wide across the planet to the execrable shame of the medical personnel concerned. (submitted by Dar)

Preventing Identity Theft – By now we’re sure you’ve heard of the Wikileaks information leaks and the ensuing scandal. We want to make sure that you don’t get caught in a similar scandal or worse as a result of your information being leaked and leading to identity theft or fraud. With the help of AskMen we’ve created the infographic below to make sure the same doesn’t happen to you.

Cosmopolitan Introduces Sex Position App for Android – We all know that making phones calls, sending texts and browsing the web is cool, but we all really want our phones to help make us better lovers. Luckily, Cosmopolitan is trying to make that happen and it has just released a Sex Position of the Day app for Android.

Say What? The Week’s Top Five IT Quotes – RIM’s BlackPad, Shuttleworth knocks Oracle, celebrating tech failure, IP theft and more.

Today’s Quote:

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”

–    Martin Luther King Jr.

Today’s Free Downloads:

Memory Improve Ultimate Free Version – Memory Improve Ultimate Free Version is powerful memory optimizer software designed to improve and monitor system memory. It can free up wasted RAM automatically and compresses system memory to make processes run faster with greater stability.

Camfrog Video Chat – If you’re sick of hopping from one chatware program to another, looking for the perfect mix of video, audio, and text socializing, CamFrog might be what you’re looking for.

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