Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 23, 2010

Technology’s Biggest Myths – Expensive cables are better! Defragging speeds up your PC! Refilling ink cartridges ruins your printer! We put these and nine other claims to the test to find the truth behind tech’s tallest tales.

How To: Make Cheap Phone Calls with VOIP – There are three main forms of internet phone call–PC to PC, PC to Phone, and Phone to Phone. In this article, we’ll explain each type, how it works, and how much it’ll cost you.

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Voice nav for Firefox – Voice navigation is now commonplace on modern-day Android devices, but on the desktop, many of the accessibility tools that would bring voice commands to the end user still require special system level software or customized hardware. That’s not the case with a new Firefox add-on called Firesay, which brings hands-free voice controls to just the browser. Once installed as an add-on, it can pick up voice commands to do Web searches, open and close sites, and even pull up TV shows on Hulu.

Facebook Deletes North Korean Account, but It Resurfaces – A Facebook account established by a North Korea-linked Web site was deleted by Facebook on Friday, but a new group sprang up over the weekend to take its place.

Facebook Places: What You Need To Know – Privacy issues, interoperability features, limited availability — here are a few crucial details about Facebook’s new location-based service.

Dropbox Lets You Work On All Your PCs–Or Anyone Else’s – With all the computers and smart devices in our lives, we stay connected and productive, regardless of location. But what if the file you need is on your work computer, and you’re in some airport with a netbook? Enter Dropbox (various pricing, starting at free for 2GB storage), which keeps your files accessible and synced from all your various devices.

Zero-day Windows bug problem worse than first thought – An unpatched problem with Windows applications is much worse than first thought, with hundreds of programs, not just 40, vulnerable to attack, a Slovenian security company said today.

Company News:

NAND Flash Memory Prices to Fall, Report Says – A report from research firm iSuppli predicted after two years of inflated prices, NAND flash memory at the end of 2010 is set to return to the key $1-per-gigabyte (GB) level considered a key threshold to drive adoption of solid-state drives.

Qualcomm plans $2 billion Mirasol plant – According to Digitimes, the company is gearing up for a new facility to crank out its color, video-playing e-reader screens.

Off Topic (Sort of):

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Who is the typical Russian hacker? – Two security researchers have spent 6 months on various Russian web forums in order to discover just what kind of threat Russian hackers present to the world at large.

Twitter app demonstrates spammers have nothing to worry about – A fun, seemingly innocuous Twitter application created by a Scottish teenager became a good example of how easy is to trick even technologically savvy users into participating in a spam operation.

Slowest, Worst, Escape, Ever – Some critters are like some DIYers. (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

In the fight between you and the world, back the world.”

–    Frank Zappa

Today’s Free Downloads:

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