Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 23, 2011

10 pieces of freeware to run your office – Running your business on a tight budget? Here are 10 free software programs that will help you get the most productivity out of your office – and you can use them at home.

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Free 1.51 – If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? In the antivirus business, you’ll probably call on Malwarebytes. Tech support agents from other security vendors frequently invoke Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Free 1.51 when entrenched malware prevents their own company’s product from installing or completing a scan.

Android’s permission system: Does it really work? – Under certain conditions, Android allows applications to sidestep permissions. The bad guys probably know which ones. Do you?

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Android smartphone security primer – Jack Wallen believes that a smartphone’s security is proportionate to how intelligently it’s used. Here is some basic security information for your Android device.

HP: TouchPads Sold Out, But ‘More Coming’ – It was a big weekend for HP, but for all the wrong reasons. Shoppers have been clamoring for the TouchPad, but only because of the rock-bottom prices.

Multiple vulnerabilities in Google Chrome – Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Google Chrome, where some have unknown impacts and others can can be exploited by malicious people to bypass certain security restrictions and potentially compromise a user’s system, according to Secunia.

One click away from digital disaster – 61 percent of consumers click on links while online that take them to unexpected places, making them vulnerable to cyberattacks that can lead to identity theft, according to Trend Micro. Trend Micro is seeing as many 300,000 threats in a single day.

Critical bug found in latest PHP release, users advised against updating – PHP users are advised against upgrading to the latest (5.3.7) release of the scripting language because a critical flaw has been spotted only a day before its release.

Nokia Developer forum hacked – The Nokia Developer forum has been hacked and its main page modified to redirect to another page where the individual behind the hack left his mark.

Company News:

HP Pre 3 Cancelled in U.S., Will Sell for $75 In Europe – The HP TouchPad isn’t the only HP product going on sale. The Pre 3 smartphone will sell for a mere $75 in the UK and France, the company says.

Apple’s iPad 3 Aiming for Early 2012 Launch: Report – Apple will release the iPad 3 in early 2012, according to the Wall Street Journal’s unnamed sources. Rumors suggest the tablet will feature a high-res display.

XConnect Launches Feature to Deliver High-Definition Voice Between Fixed and Mobile Networks – Xconnect today announced a new transcoding technology designed to promote wider adoption and utilization of high-definition (HD) voice services. The new feature for members of XConnect’s HD Alliance delivers clearer, higher-quality and more effective voice communications by enabling fixed-line and mobile operators to seamlessly exchange HD voice traffic through an IP-peering federation for the first time.

Lenovo’s New Notebooks, Mobile Monitor – Lenovo’s new ThinkPad notebooks feature AMD processors, unified communication capabilities and a host of security features for small business customers.

Off Topic (Sort of):

How open source is transforming the publishing industry – Jack Wallen is one of the many in the midst of a revolution. Find out how Linux and other open source software titles are empowering independent authors and filling an important niche in the publishing industry.

The 10 Best Things to Do With Your New $99 HP TouchPad – The $99 HP TouchPad is an amazing deal. If you went ahead and bought one, here are 10 great ways to use it.

Cheap External Hard Drives – Have a lot of data but not much to spend? Take a look at our list of external hard drives that will back up your digital life without making a huge dent in your wallet.

Linus Torvalds Tells All as Linux Hits 20 – Many people in the world consider Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, to be a visionary. Linus Torvalds himself does not. In a session at LinuxCon with kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman, Torvalds detailed his view of what he does and what is wrong and right in the kernel world.

HP Or No HP: The PC Lives – Suggestions that the PC is dead are greatly exaggerated. Flexibility, innovation and users’ storage needs will keep it around a good long while. The signs to the contrary are everywhere, haven’t you seen them?

Today’s Quote:

Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining.”

–      Jef Raskin,

Today’s Free Downloads:

Digital Janitor – Digital Janitor s promise is to sort and tidy up any random bunch of files you throw at it. Once you have a solid set of rules, Digital Janitor works as you would expect. Click Sort, and all the files neatly go where they belong. The result can be a satisfying list of subfolders– Large ZIPs, Installers, PDFs, etc.

WinSplit Revolution – Ever since the dawn of Windows, a big part of the appeal was… well, windows. Being able to give each application its own area on the screen and run multiple applications at the same time completely transformed computing. But that’s old news; today, many of us have 24” monitors (sometimes more than one), and the challenge is how to use all of that screen space effectively. With WinSplit Revolution, you can make sure every inch of your monitor or monitors is displaying valuable information.

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