Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 12, 2010

Download Squad: 24 Killer Portable Apps For Your USB Flash Drive – My flash drive works pretty hard, so I’ve spent a lot of time gathering a reliable, powerful set of portable tools that allow me to work hard and play hard, even if I can’t do it on my own PC. Here are two dozen apps that I always have at the ready.

Google launches Family Safety Center – The Family Safety Center provides tips from child-safety experts on keeping kids away from adult content on the Web and on how to ensure kids aren’t contacted and lured by an adult online. Google has also included a page detailing its own child-protection services on its many products, including SafeSearch and YouTube’s Safety Mode.

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Microsoft, Adobe: PDF security flaw treatable – Microsoft and Adobe Systems have announced that a recently released Microsoft toolkit can be used to block zero-day attacks targeting a security flaw in Adobe’s Acrobat and Reader programs. In an advisory published Friday, Microsoft detailed how its Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 2.0 could be used to short-circuit the threat. Adobe, which has not yet released a patch, updated its original advisory to reflect the new information.

Mozilla fixes Firefox holes, curtails clickjacking – Mozilla released two new versions of its browser on Tuesday, Firefox 3.6.9 and Firefox 3.5.12, to close 10 critical security vulnerabilities in each and to help Web site operators block a risk called clickjacking.

Microsoft Investigates IE 8 Security Vulnerability Report – Microsoft says it is investigating reports of a security issue in Internet Explorer. The problem lies with a CSS cross-origin theft issue that has been fixed in other browsers but remains open in IE, says a Google security engineer.

JayCut Lets You Edit Movies On The Web For Free – JayCut gives you all of the basic features you would expect from a video editing utility, including a drag-and-drop two-track timeline at the bottom of the screen, a preview window at the top, effects and transitions–all from within your Web browser.

Mozilla to Tighten Security With Firefox 4 – With the forthcoming version of the popular open source browser, Mozilla is planning to include support for a security standard that can navigate to the encrypted SSL version of a website.

Keep Your Browser Updated – During the Labor Day weekend, I got pulled in by friends and relatives (some remotely) to take care of their computer-related problems. We also did some browser-related hygiene and, in one case, removed five toolbars that had made their way into the system. In addition, I made sure they became familiar with BrowserCheck, a new service we recently released at Black Hat USA to help consumers and business users to keep their browsers up to date.

You Might Not Own the Software You Bought – A ruling from a federal appeals court Friday may have wide ranging on your ability to do as you please with legitimately purchased software. The case revolves around an eBay seller who was selling a legal copy of Autodesk AutoCAD. The licensing agreement forbade resale.

Company News:

AMD’s Changing Roadmap Adds “Zacate” Notebook Chips – In separate announcements in the past week, AMD has released more details of its manufacturing plans, and announced a new processor aimed at the mainstream notebooks as well as desktops.

REVIEW: Norton Antivirus 2011 – Whether you love it or hate it, chances are that when you hear the term “security software” the mind drifts to one of Symantec’s Norton products, such as Norton Antivirus. The 2011 has arrived, and it’s quite excellent; it installs quickly, has top-notch malware-removal, and even scans delivered via the Web, e-mail, IM, and more.

Intel’s Worst Enemies – Intel may have locked up the number one spot in the PC chip market for close to 20 years now, but that doesn’t mean the company hasn’t faced its fair share of heated competition over the years. It’s locked horns with some foes for decades now, while others have set their targets on the manufacturer as it has broadened its horizons through R&D and acquisitions. Here’s a look at Intel’s worst enemies.

REVIEW: Oracle VM Virtual Box – If you’re in need of virtualization software, Oracle’s VM Virtual Box is worth a consideration as it’s comes with plenty of features and won’t cost you a dime. It’s not the best virtualization option out there (or the easiest to use), but if you don’t mind tinkering, or don’t have any room in your budget for virtualization, it’s a solid choice.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The Front Page – Once thought of as the guardians of democracy, equality, fairness, checks and balance (with figures like Cronkite, Murrow, Rice, Pyle, Bourke-White, Pulitzer), the fourth estate has (d)evolved into a bunch of bobble-headed bimbos reading propaganda off a TelePrompTer on Fox News. And if they are not reading someone else’s agenda – you have snake oil salesman like Glenn Beck – who claim they aren’t journalists – spewing hate and lies under the cover of a misnomer called Fox News. (submitted by Dar)

Sleeping with Your Smartphone – If you are reading this on a Saturday or Sunday, you are one of the majority of American workers who can’t unplug during non-work hours. Most workers today check their business e-mail outside of regular business hours, according to a new survey out by e-mail management software developer Xobni. Here’s a closer look at the findings. Where do you fit?

Microsoft Apologizes to Fort Gay Gamer – In 1932, for reasons that are apparently now entirely forgotten, Cassville, WV, changed its name to Fort Gay. Unfortunately for a resident there, Microsoft suspended an Xbox Live gamer after he listed the town as his location on the service, declaring it offensive.

Cracked: 5 Unfought Wars That Would Have Changed Everything – Someday we’re going to look back at the wars of the 20th century and laugh. Except not really, because they were awful and horrifying. But we can take comfort in knowing that as terrible as the wars of the last century were, some of these near misses might have really messed your shit up. Or saved the world. It could go either way, really.

Today’s Quote:

“When someone tells you something defies description, you can be pretty sure he’s going to have a go at it anyway.”

–    Clyde B. Aster

Today’s Free Downloads:

GIGATweaker – GIGATweaker from 7room C0DE is a powerful tool for optimizing Windows that not only collects Windows’ built-in functions in one console-style interface, but also offers clear explanations of what each change does as well as its implications for the rest of your system.

Ad-Aware Free Internet Security – One of the first applications built to find and remove malware and spyware, Ad-Aware’s reputation is well-justified. The latest version continues the publisher’s tradition of adroitly addressing user concerns, but flaws remain.

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