Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 3, 2010

PCWorld Reviewers’ Favorite Files: October 2010 – This October, our reviewers must have floated from place to place like falling leaves; they certainly liked mobile software. They gave the thumbs-up to a BlackBerry call minder and an iPhone data helper. When at the desk, they kept connected to the world outside with cloud storage and the Web. Video conversion struck a chord, as did security.

15 Awesome Things You Probably Shouldn’t Do – Want to unlock your iPhone, download YouTube videos, or hack a stranger’s Facebook account? It’s all possible, but it’s also all against the rules. Sometimes you gotta bend the rules. And when it comes to technology, some rules are begging to get bent.

Two-year-old data leakage flaw still haunts Internet Explorer – The vulnerability, which was reported to Microsoft more than 600 days ago (December 2008), remains unfixed despite multiple efforts by security researchers to highlight the severity of the problem.

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Windows 32-Bit vs. 64-Bit, Personalize Your OS – Rick discusses the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit Windows, and tells you how to make your desktop easier to read and change your user-account icon.

Is the Mac malware threat real? See it with your own eyes – Unconvinced as to whether your Macs need protecting against Trojans, spyware and malware? Watch these videos, and read about the growing threat on the platform.

Fake USAA e-mails phishing for card information – E-mails purportedly sent by the United States Automobile Association (USAA) have been hitting inboxes in the last few days, M86 researchers warn.

In-Depth Look at Boonana Malware – Last week a malware threat emerged that impacted both Windows and Mac OS X systems. To be fair, the attack is more social engineering than PC exploit, but it impacts Mac OS X users just the same. ESET’s David Harley has written a more detailed analysis of the Boonana threat, and identified some elements that are contrary to initial reports.

Company News:

First Look: BlackBerry PlayBook – RIM has launched its iPad-rival, the BlackBerry Playbook, at the Adobe Max conference in Los Angeles. We got our first look at the device, and some insight into why RIM believes it can take on the iPad.

Smartphone security and privacy protection – Lookout Mobile Security announced Lookout Premium for Android which includes new security and privacy features for added smartphone protection.

8 WiMax 4G Laptops Reviewed – As WiMax brings wireless broadband to New York and nearly 60 other cities across the country, it’s time to consider upgrading to a WiMax-enabled machine. We’ve reviewed the latest offerings from top laptop manufacturers, and present 8 machines for your consideration at

Protect login credentials with key stroke encryption – SutiSoft released SutiKSE, a security solution that protects data being entered on the keyboard. The solution helps protect against keylogging software and malware threats residing within the computer.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Violent Video Game Ban Could Set Dangerous Precedent – Should the government regulate sales of violent video games? The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing the issue — and its decision could have a serious impact on the future of First Amendment rights.

Human rights organization targeted with cyber attack – The website of Survival International – a human rights organization that campaigns for the rights of indigenous tribal peoples – has been knocked offline last week by a DDoS attack they suspect to have been organized either by the Indonesian or the Botswana authorities.

Hacker Posted Stolen X-rated Pics on Facebook – Graphic: Diego AguirreA 23-year-old California man is set to appear in court Tuesday, after police say he broke into the Web mail accounts of more than 3,000 women and posted sexually explicit images of many of them on Facebook.

Ubuntu Desktop Shifts to New Unity User Interface – Canonical will make Unity the standard user interface for Ubuntu’s Linux desktop to deliver a more modern workspace with touch support and better graphics.

Today’s Quote:

A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.”

–    P. J. O’Rourke

Today’s Free Downloads:

ZumoCast – ZumoCast turns your PC into a kind of media server, able to stream music, video, and even files to any other PC–or even your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. That neatly overcomes a major problem for mobile devices: limited storage space

Hamster Free Video Converter – Suppose you want to watch a downloaded video on your iPod, Android smartphone, or even just your laptop. Depending on the format, it might not play. You need an easy-to-use utility–like Hamster Free Video Converter–to convert that video to the proper format.

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