Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 27, 2011

Everything you need to know about Firefox 4 – From App Tabs to Panorama to syncing Firefox with your Android, we round up a collection of videos on the Editor’s Choice-winning Firefox 4 to help you get started with the revamped browser.

How to configure IE9 tracking protection – Ads that track your online behavior using cookies aren’t the worst problem on the Internet, but they are one of the more annoying ones. Internet Explorer 9 offers a tracking ad blocker similar to Firefox’s AdBlock Plus add-on, except this one’s built in.

Benchmark battle – There’s no doubt that the latest stable browsers from Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla are the best they’ve ever produced. But how do these browsers perform when tested under identical conditions?

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Three great alternatives to the Big Three browsers – Anyone who uses one or all of the three most popular browsers is almost certain to upgrade to the new releases. While there are plenty of good reasons why IE, Firefox, and Chrome are the browser leaders, they may not be the best choice for your needs. The three lesser-known browsers described below show that our surfing options have never been richer.

Netflix Issuing 3 Percent Credit for Tuesday Streaming Outage – Netflix said last night that it will offer a 3 percent credit to those who were affected by its Tuesday streaming outage.

Color (for iPhone) – Color, a revolutionary new iPhone application from Bill Nguyen, the creator of the La La music service, is poised to change the way you view and share photos and video. The free location-based iPhone app (which is also available on the Android platform) lets people within 150 feet of one another access photos, video, and messages, simultaneously, from multiple smartphones in real time.

Basic Windows PowerShell commands you should already know – PowerShell combines the speed of the command line with the flexibility of a scripting language, making it a valuable Windows administration tool. Here are a few basic commands you’ll want to master.

RIAA Thinks LimeWire Owes $75 Trillion in Damages – The music industry wants LimeWire to pay up to $75 trillion in damages after losing a copyright infringement claim. That’s right . . . $75 trillion. Manhattan federal Judge Kimba Wood has labeled this request “absurd.”

Company News:


Adobe Labs: The 10 Hottest Projects in the Works – Adobe Labs is the home for experimental and early-stage projects where developers and designers can experience and evaluate new and emerging innovations, technologies and products from Adobe engineers. Adobe Labs fosters a collaborative software development process, allowing users to become productive with new products and technologies faster and allowing the Adobe development teams to respond and react to early feedback to shape the software to meet the needs and expectations of the community.

RIM: BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Will Run Android Apps – It’s hard to put into words what a big deal this is. I already like the RIM PlayBook. It’s not the biggest tablet (I do prefer the iPad’s larger screen), but I appreciate the unique and innovative QNX platform, the peppy performance and BlackBerry connectivity. I knew that the PlayBook would run web-based apps, but the fact that it will tap into the vast Android market when the PlayBook ships on April 19, well, that takes the PlayBook to a whole new level.

HTC, Motorola, LG Tablets and Phones Steal the Show at CTIA – Most of the tablets on display at CTIA packed a good deal of power under the hood–often a dual-core processor, and an average of 32GB of internal memory–frequently paired with the tablet-optimized Google Android 3.0. The smartphones on display proved equally powerful, with processors and upgraded hardware such as high-megapixel cameras. We show you some of the most notable offerings.

McAfee Launches Database Security Platform – Security specialist McAfee announced a comprehensive database security solution that protects business-critical databases, based on the Security Connected initiative launched in October 2010.

Off Topic (Sort of):


Steve Jobs personally blocks Tawkon iPhone 4 Radiation App – The jury’s out on whether or not cell phones emit too much radiation and pose a risk to our health. Actually, the jury is out for some of us. Apple CEO Steve Jobs appears to think he knows the answer. As a result, he may have personally blocked an app that measures cell phone radiation. covers the controversial story.

Google Doodle Celebrates Illusionist Harry Houdini’s 137th Birthday – Houdini was born Ehrich Weiss in Budapest, Hungary in 1874. His family re-located to Appleton, Wisconsin four years later, and by age nine, Houdini and childhood friends established a five-cent circus, with Houdini billing himself as “Ehrich, The Prince of the Air,” according to PBS.

Sony Hacker: I’m Just on Spring Break – George Hotz, the Sony PlayStation 3 hacker who reportedly fled to South America to dodge discovery in Sony’s lawsuit against him, has spoken out against yesterday’s sensationalist headlines. He’s just on spring break, folks.

OMG! LOL: Internet Slang Added to Oxford English Dictionary – Time-saving online abbreviations like LOL, OMG, and IMHO are now part of the official English language. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) announced the addition of several acronyms to its dictionary, adding some interesting trivia behind the origins of these Internet-associated expressions.

Today’s Quote:


It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.”

–    Alec Bourne

Today’s Free Downloads:


JavaRa – Update the Java JRE at the click of a button. JavaRa is a simple tool that does a simple job: it removes old and redundant versions of the Java Runtime Environment. Be mindful of the extras such as Google Toolbar, McAfee Security Scan or Norton Security scan checked by default. Unless you want these, uncheck them before installing still applies. (submitted by Dar)

ZoneAlarm Free 9.2.– For basic, “no frills” firewall protection, ZoneAlarm® is the popular first step for many home PC users. And it’s still FREE* for individual & non-profit use.

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