Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 24, 2011

CNET: Security Starter Kit – Feeling insecure while you surf? Check out our Windows Security Starter Kit, which comes loaded with antivirus programs, malware removers, encryption apps, and add-ons for safe browsing.

Google Toolbar for IE goes Instant – Toolbars aren’t for everybody, but the Google Toolbar provides a unified place in Internet Explorer for your favorite Google tools to hang out–including new support for Google Instant.

Ten Minute Mail – Becoming a member of a site or online service that you love is great. Having to submit your email address to a site or online service in order to become a member? Well, that sucks. Fortunately, Ten Minute Mail has heard our geeky cries of protest, and for answering our whiny call, we’ve made them our Cool Site of the Week.

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FfChrome Slims Down Firefox’s Huge Context Menus – Firefox’s context menu can get pretty long, especially if you install a lot of extensions. If your Firefox right-click menu is overrun with clutter, FfChrome will help clean it up.

Tools wipe location data from (some) iPhones – Developers rush out apps that let iPhone users delete unwanted location data from their devices, but the apps only work on phones that have been jailbroken.

Goodbye Flash: The 20 Best HTML 5 Games – If you think there aren’t any fun HTML5 games released yet, think again–we’ve prepared a gallery with links to 20 games you can play for free right now in any modern browser. Read on for more!

Hulu Adds BlackBerry Tablet to Blacklist, Blocks Content – Well that was fast. Early BlackBerry PlayBook adopters were elated to find out that they could access Hulu’s streaming service on their brand new Flash-enabled tablets, but not surprisingly, the celebrations were short lived. Hulu was quick to play the part of party pooper and added the PlayBook’s browser to its blacklist, and now when they try to access TV shows on Hulu’s website, they’re greeted with an error message instead.

Company News:

Verizon shares in the iPhone love – Company reports strong growth for wireless subscribers in the first quarter as it logged a healthy start to its Apple iPhone business.

Apple signs cloud deal with Warner Music – Music industry sources say one of the major music labels that Apple has signed is Warner Music Group.

Portal 2: For fun, for everyone, for science – This week Portal 2 hits the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Steam as its own full-length game, extending the mythology of GlaDOS–the game’s maniacal nemesis–Aperture Laboratories, and much more.

Yahoo tops all U.S. sites in March; Google follows – The U.S. Internet audience topped 212 million people in March, and once again, Yahoo is the top destination of folks across the country. Surprisingly, Zynga saw the most traffic growth over the period.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The Really Smart Phone – Researchers are harvesting a wealth of intimate detail from our cellphone data, uncovering the hidden patterns of our social lives, travels, risk of disease – even our political views.

Predicting the improbable – Japan’s trio of tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear disaster has left the world stunned. As this column points out, even the experts were shocked. But while these events were highly unlikely, they were still possible. This column uses evidence from the Danish lottery to show that people tend to adjust their expectations of future events based on only small pockets of recent experience, often at their cost.

Lifehacker: Top 10 Photography Hacks – Your digital camera, whether it’s built in to your cellphone or it’s a hefty DSLR, is an incredible creative tool. If you’ve only used it as it comes straight out of the box, however, you’re only scratching the surface. Here are our top 10 photography hacks to supercharge your camera.

How police have obtained iPhone, iPad tracking logs – Law enforcement agencies have known since at least last year that an iPhone or iPad surreptitiously records its owner’s approximate location, and have used that geolocation data to aid criminal investigations.

Today’s Quote:

“Knowledge is a public good that increases in value as the number of people possessing it increases”

–    John Wilbanks

Today’s Free Downloads:

Sumatra PDF 1.5 – Sumatra PDF is a slim, free, open-source PDF viewer for Windows. It’s designed for portable use: it’s just one file with no external dependencies so you can easily run it from external USB drive.

Combofix – ComboFix is a program that scans your computer for known malware, and when found, attempts to clean these infections automatically. ComboFix also displays a report that can be used by trained helpers to remove malware that is not automatically removed by the program. The use of ComboFix is done at your own risk.

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 24, 2011

  1. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    I like the idea of Ten Minute Mail but, as you found, when there is a problem with the provider’s website, users of the free software do not receive notification.

    I guess, as with everything else, there is a balance to be struck. In my own case, having tried the free software, if I like it enough I am quite prepared to pay for the full version. I’ve done this with ZoneAlarm, MalwareBytes, WinPatrol and Xmarks. Otherwise I put up with the emails or bin the software. No such thing as a free lunch.

    Kind regards

  2. poch

    Hey Bill,
    The links on every WP sites including yours doesn’t work for me. I waited about 4 hours until now thinking it might be just a temporary glitch. Any ideas?