Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 2, 2010

Windows 7: The Top 10 Hidden Features – Everyone likes to find hidden stuff, whether it’s loose change in the couch cushions or an Easter egg in your favorite Blu-ray, DVD, or video game. Windows 7 has its own hidden treasures, too, and we’ll tell you how to find them.

10 Windows 7 power tweaks – This handy roundup offers Windows 7 tips on everything from disabling Snap to restoring the Quick Launch Bar to limiting the applications your users can run.

We are two clicks away from malware – Most Internet users are only two clicks away from malicious content from top sites, poisoned search results, and malicious links, according to Websense. The path to malware often starts on recreational sites, and most of the top sites are perilously close to danger. Users of the top 1,000 sites are rarely more than two clicks away from malicious content.

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Review: v3.5.5 – Featuring an easy-to-use interface and an array of effects and image layering, is a solid free photo editing applications for those that don’t need Web sharing or the power of Photoshop (or its associated cost).

ZeuS Trojan Attack: Defend Yourself – Government agencies here and abroad have arrested dozens of international cyber-gangsters responsible for the ZeuS botnet, but that doesn’t mean ZeuS is out of action. Here’s how to keep yourself safe.

Reasons to love Windows Live Essentials 2011 – Though it has been in beta for months, many features here have revolutionised the instant messaging platform that we once had. Now, the social revolution begins.

Internet Wiretaps: What You Need to Know – From the “great minds think alike” files comes Executive Editor Dan Costa’s look at the Obama administration’s apparent plans to seek “sweeping new regulations for the Internet.” What would these so-called ‘Wiretapping’ changes mean to you? Costa has the answers

Buying Guide: Wireless Modems – Attaching a 3G or 4G modem to your PC or Mac gives you the Internet everywhere. But with five different wireless carriers, six different networks, and a handful of form factors, it can be tough to choose the right one. We lay it all out for you in our buyer’s guide.

Company News:

Keep Xmarks alive: Pledge to pay for the Service – So, there I was, feeling blue about trying to replace Xmarks, my favorite Web browser utility, when I heard some good news. Xmarks may yet live on. Yes!

Skype, Facebook Explore Potential Integration – Facebook and Skype are reportedly in talks that would integrate the social networking site and the voice and video chat service, letting users in Facebook send text messages, voice chat and video chat.

Facebook’s Future: More Koobfaces – Working as Facebook’s resident malware researcher is a lonely job, for now. But Nick Bilogorskiy doesn’t expect it to stay that way. In fact, Facebook’s biggest security challenge will be building up its capabilities to identify and tamp down malware infections like the 2009 Koobface worm.

Logitech to Announce Google TV Devices Next Week – Logitech will unveil its first devices for the Google TV ecosystem next week, on Oct. 6, Logitech said Thursday.

Off Topic (Sort of):

LCD glut means HDTV prices to plummet this holiday season – If you plan to do some TV shopping during the upcoming holidays, you appear to be in luck. Research firms are predicting that HDTVs prices will drop significantly in the coming weeks, thanks to an…

Google Street View Expands to All Seven Continents, Even Antarctica – Google on Thursday extended its Street View mapping feature to all seven continents with the addition of Brazil, Antarctica, and Ireland.

Some Android Apps Use Personal Data ‘Suspiciously,’ Report Says – A report released this week from researchers at Penn State, Duke, and Intel Labs found that in a study of 30 randomly selected, popular Android apps, about two-thirds of them “used sensitive data suspiciously.”

Say What? The Week’s Top Five IT Quotes – David Letterman grills Facebook movie actor, NBA players get iPads, Cyber Storm test U.S readiness and more.

Today’s Quote:

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish and he will eat steak.”

–     Jay Leno

Today’s Free Downloads:

CryptoExpert Lite – Although many people keep valuables or sensitive information in a safe or locked filing cabinet, people aren’t always so careful with what’s on their computers. CryptoExpert Lite makes it easy to create the electronic equivalent of a safe, giving users a secure place to store sensitive documents of all sorts.

VMware Player 3 – A virtual machine can be a very handy tool to have, as it lets users run multiple operating systems on one computer. Do you have to run Windows for work but prefer Linux for pleasure? Not a problem! A virtual machine can give you the best of both worlds, and VMware Player is one very easy way to set it up.

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