Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 8, 2011

Facebook quietly rolls out facial-recognition tool – “Weinergate” reminds us yet again that photos can quickly become embarrassing, and even scandalous. For this and other reasons, many consider it important to have control over who sees their photos. Facebook may be further pushing users’ sense of privacy limits with its latest privacy setting change: it has quietly rolled out a facial-recognition tool that will automate photo tagging and suggest friends to tag in your photos based on what they look like.

Rooting Your Android Phone: FAQ – In rooting your Android phone you can unlock your handset’s full potential–an increase in speed, battery life, and customizability are just a few of the benefits. You also gain access to free wireless tethering, options for making far more comprehensive backups (of your applications and your settings within them), some killer themes, and all kinds of wonderful interface tweaks that are so good you can’t believe they’re not included in Android out of the box.

Reinstall Windows Without Losing Your Data – How did things get this messed up? Windows has slowed to a crawl. Programs won’t run. The free firewall you installed last year won’t update or uninstall itself. Windows 7 System Restore hasn’t helped; neither have your assorted cleanup and antimalware programs. Only one option remains: Reinstall Windows and start from scratch.

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Webian Shell: A New Answer to Google’s Chrome OS – As computers based on Google’s Chrome OS begin to trickle onto the market — including laptops from Kogan, Samsung and Acer as well as a desktop PC from Xi3 — a new, Mozilla-affiliated project has announced a browser-based desktop interface of its own. Dubbed Webian Shell, the new software is “a full screen Web browser for devices that don’t need a desktop,” in the project’s own words.

iOS 5 beta jailbroken in less than 24 hours – A group of hackers jailbreak the beta version of iOS 5 that Apple released to developers just yesterday. Apple plans to release a full version to customers this fall.

Google Adds Appointment Slots to Calendar – Appointment slots allows users to set up times and dates in their calendar so collaborators can pick and choose the most convenient times for them as well.

43% of enterprises have security issues with cloud service providers – Most enterprises face apprehension over adopting cloud computing, and with good reason: Nearly half (43 percent) of enterprise IT decision makers reported a security lapse or issue with their cloud provider within the last 12 months, according to a recent global cloud security survey by Trend Micro.

Over 300 Sites Participate in World IPv6 Day – At 5 PM PT/ 8 PM ET on June 7th (or 00:00:00 UTC on June 8), World IPv6 Day will start. It’s an event that will put hundreds of mainstream websites on IPv6 for the first time, as the world prepares for the transition to IPv6.

Company News:

Run Nessus on your Android device – Tenable is the first company to release an Android-based mobile application for vulnerability scanning. The Nessus Android application is available at no cost at the Android Marketplace. It allows users to take advantage of the advanced capabilities of the Android user interface.

Nintendo’s Next Console Named ‘Wii U’, Breaks Mold Once Again – Nintendo unveiled its wildly different next console at the E3 2011 press conference this morning, including a tablet-style gamepad and dozens of new ways to interact with games.

Startup SuVolta Promises to Cut Chip Power Consumption in Half – SuVolta, which came out of stealth mode, says its PowerShrink platform can cut the voltage in chips by 30 percent and the power consumption by half, key points when talking about processors for mobile devices.

Qualys recertifies its cloud computing FDCC auditing service – QualysGuard is recertified for FDCC compliance by NIST as conforming to the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) and its component standards. The QualysGuard FDCC service allows federal agencies to scan – even across large, distributed and operationally diverse networks – and report FDCC compliance.

Off Topic (Sort of):

25 percent of US hackers are FBI informants – Anyone who has read Kingpin won’t be much surprised by the estimate recently made by Eric Corley, publisher of 2600: The Hacker Quarterly, who said that some 25 percent of US hackers are likely federal informants. “Owing to the harsh penalties involved and the relative inexperience with the law that many hackers have, they are rather susceptible to intimidation,” said Corley to the Guardian.

Human Rights: Clean Water, Health Care, Internet – The UN’s Human Rights Council has issued a report saying that Internet access ought to be an essential right for all citizens.

The Peculiar Origins of Tech Terms – The etymology of words that have only recently made it into our tech lexicon aren’t usually all that hard to pinpoint. Very often, they can be traced back to science-fiction novels dating from the mid-20th century, when interest in modern technology was on the rise. A few words had us stumped, so we looked for answers and share them in this little wrap.

Why Groupon Sucks for Small Businesses – Here are seven reasons to stop and think before you sign your business up for deep discounts through Groupon and other social coupon services.

Today’s Quote:

Beware of undertaking too much at the start. Be content with quite a little. Allow for accidents. Allow for human nature, especially your own.”

–    Arnold Bennett

Today’s Free Downloads:

Linkman Lite – Bookmark manager Linkman Lite will import bookmarks from your browser, keeping your folder structure, and then you can go to town. You can add descriptions, comments, and keywords to each bookmark, give it a 1-5 rating, and add up to 4 user-defined fields. It’s easy to move bookmarks from folder to folder, but the tool’s own search engine makes it so easy to find bookmarks with keywords that struggling over folder management is less of an issue.

Parted Magic – Parted Magic has been my go-to Linux boot disc since I first downloaded it several years ago. Not only does it boot quickly and provide easy access to the Gnome partition editor, GParted, it provides access to the Memtest86+ memory testing utility and numerous other handy apps on board.

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