Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 28, 2011

Killer tips for mastering Google Chrome – It’s been a long time since our first collection of tips for Google Chrome, and so we’ve got a new collection of tricks to help you get the most out of your browser. Which one’s your favorite?

Lifehacker: The 10 Best Android Apps that Make Rooting Your Phone Worth the Hassle – Android phones are spectacular little devices because they’re able to so much that others simply can’t, but one big snag in that greatness is that many of those best features require that the phones be rooted.

Google Wallet: The Complete FAQ – Google Wallet turns your smartphone into a mobile payment machine. Here’s everything you’re itching to know about the new mobile service.

Firefox 6 Hits Aurora Channel – In a bid to accelerate the Firefox development process, Mozilla introduced a new update channel called Aurora last month. Shorter release cycles mean that Mozilla has absolutely no time to bask in the glory of Firefox 4’s success. In fact, Mozilla has begun two-timing (for lack of a better metaphor) Firefox 5 and Firefox 6. The latter is now available in the Aurora update channel, the browser vendor announced Friday.

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Is Chrome OS An Impregnable Fortress? Not According to Trend Micro – Google is confident that its cloud-based Chrome OS will change the computer security landscape beyond recognition. That the many layers of security built in to the operating system will be enough to render third-party anti-virus solutions useless.That you will no longer have to “spend hours fighting your computer to set it up and keep it up to date.” But not everyone – least of all computer security companies – is convinced.

Fedora 15’s five best features – Red Hat’s latest community Linux desktop distribution, Fedora 15, is now out and it wasn’t for GNOME 3.0, I’d love it.

Security researcher finds ‘cookiejacking’ risk in IE – A security researcher in Italy has discovered a flaw in Internet Explorer that he says could enable hackers to steal cookies from a PC and then log onto password-protected Web sites. Referring to the exploit as “cookiejacking,” Rosario Valotta claims that a zero-day vulnerability found in every version of Microsoft’s IE under any version of Windows allows an attacker to hijack any cookie for any Web site Giveaway: DefenseWall Personal Firewall – The Giveaway starts on 27 May 2011 and ends on 5 June 2011. We will give away 5 licenses to our forum members and 1 license on Twitter.

Email is far from dead; ‘no viable replacement’ in sight – Email is not dead, and will not die out any time soon. Most visitors of Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! go straight to email, and even social networking cannot fully compete.

Yahoo! Mail Gets a Facelift – “Splashy” and “centralized” are the two words that come to mind when looking at the latest changes to Yahoo Mail. The site has been working toward a major upgrade for several weeks, and users can now upgrade their accounts to the widely available beta.

It’s not just you, Apple hates everyone – In my previous article, Apple doesn’t love you, they just want your money, I pointed out that Apple instructed its support personnel to not assist with the removal of the MacDefender malware. Eventually Apple caved in to pressure from their customers and bad press, and released instructions on how to avoid and remove MacDefender. Better late than never, but they should not have had to be shamed into providing support.

Company News:

Facial Recognition is Too Creepy Even For Google – The search giant has a reputation for keeping close tabs on you, but there are certain technologies which “cross the creepy line.” They will not be participating in these.

Twitter Acquires TweetDeck – The old adage “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” has proven true. After months of rumors, Twitter has finally announced that it has acquired third-party client TweetDeck.

Invisible Cursor-Tracking Program Knows What Your Eyes Have Seen – Microsoft researchers have developed a new way to collect information about web users’ eye gaze–information that could transform online advertising. The business implications are that this new method of cursor tracking is so lightweight from a programming perspective that it could easily be bundled with most analytics service packages and become a norm in online data collection—without you, the user, ever knowing.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Smart shirt monitors your breathing while you sleep – To help track your sleep wellbeing, a nightshirt embedded with sensors monitors your breathing patterns, while a small chip in the pocket processes the data. It determines your phase of sleep – REM ‘dream’ sleep, light sleep, or deep sleep. And these sleep diagnostics can help track how various things like alcohol or stress affect how well you sleep.

Nine guidelines for writing effective email messages – If you want people to pay more attention to your email, perhaps you should pay more attention to your email!

Duke Nukem Forever: Almost Here? – Could it be? Is “Duke Nukem Forever” actually going to be released? 2K Games and Gearbox Software announced today that “Duke Nukem Forever,” has now gone gold, which basically means the game has been released to manufacturers and is ready to go.

New health guidelines for porking it up on Memorial Day – According yesterday’s announcement by the US Department of Agriculture, you no longer have to cook pork to a miserable, drying 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

47% of Facebook Walls contain profanity – Around 47 percent of users have profanity on their Facebook Wall. Do you care?

Today’s Quote:

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.”

–     Josh Billings

Today’s Free Downloads:

TightVNC 2.0.3 – TightVNC is a free remote control software package. With TightVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer.

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition – With Macrium Reflect Free Edition you’ll be able to easily make an accurate and reliable image of your HDD or individual partitions. Using this image you can restore the entire disk, partition or individual files and folders in the event of a partial or complete system loss.

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 28, 2011

  1. Michael Fisher

    Hi Bill

    Macrium Reflect Free Edition looks very interesting. What do you recommend (or use) yourself ? I’m about to move to Win7 & want to get my ducks in a row from the start

    • Hi Michael,

      I don’t have any personal experience with Macrium Reflect – but, Rick Robinette does. Checkout – Make An Exact Copy of Your Hard Drive, on his site.

      As well, I suggest you checkout this Microsoft page – Windows Easy Transfer. “When you’re switching to a new PC, Windows Easy Transfer helps you transfer your files, email, pictures, and settings. In Windows 7, it lives up to the “easy” in its name.”



  2. Michael Fisher

    Thank you Bill – very useful links. You operate a fine & trustworthy blog