Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 30, 2011

Best Free Entertainment and Social Media Apps – Use these eight handy downloads to streamline how you handle photos, movies, and music on your PC and to optimize sharing content over social media. They’re all free!

Raspberry Pi: A $25 ultra-low-cost computer that can run Quake 3 – If you’ve yet to hear about Raspberry Pi, it’s quite an ambitious project that seeks to get a fully-functional computer down to the form factor of a credit card and for an inconsequential cost. Slated for a November 2011 release date, the Raspberry Pi will come in two models: a $25 model and a $35 model, with the more expensive model containing the noted optional 10/100 Ethernet controller. To note, the pricier model is a bit larger in form than the $25 model.

How to check if a Web site is safe – Is that link on your Facebook wall truly the funniest thing ever, or is it a nefarious attempt to hook you with a phishing attack? Here’s some tips on how to check out the deluge of links that swamp you daily, for both phone and desktop.

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Can you tell a real Facebook e-mail from a phishing attempt? – Notification e-mails from social networking sites like Facebook can be dangerous; if you’re fooled by a phisher, you can click your way into big trouble.

CyanogenMod Shows Off Android on HP TouchPad – The developers behind CyanogenMod this week showed off a very early version of its software running Android 2.3.5 on an HP TouchPad.

Fake Facebook friend request, now with hidden iFrame – The email mimics Facebook’s legitimate friend request message, but there are a few details that might tip off the recipient off to the real nature of the email: the picture of the person who wants to be friends with the user is not included, and the recipient’s email address is omitted from the text in the bottom of the email.

The 20 Best Apps For The HP TouchPad – The HP TouchPad may have been discontinued, but there are still plenty of apps to choose from. HP has hundreds of dedicated TouchPad apps in its store, and the tablet can also run many of the more than 8,000 apps designed for HP’s WebOS phones. We’ve scoured the catalogue to found the best 20 apps available for the HP.

Three tips for working with bullets in PowerPoint – If you think you don’t have the skills to create a bullet-less PowerPoint presentation, take a look at these three easy tips.

Hurricane Irene scams hit Facebook – As predicted, Hurricane Irene-themed scams have begun spreading on Facebook. The one spotted by Trend Micro fraud analyst Karla Agregado lures users in by offering a chilling video to watch: “VIDEO SHOCK – Hurricane Irene New York kills All.”

Company News:

Pricing of RAM to Plunge, Analyst Says – Pricing of RAM to Plunge, Analyst SaysThe price of DDR3 memory used in laptops, desktops and servers will drop over the next two months as memory companies try to clear out excess inventory in a slowing PC market, IHS iSuppli said on Monday.

Samsung Delays Galaxy Tab 10.1 Launch in Australia – Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Australia is now the second country, after Germany, where Apple has managed to prevent Samsung from launching its Galaxy Tab 10.1 on schedule. In a statement on Monday, Samsung said it volunteered not to sell the tablet any earlier than September 30, even though it was scheduled to launch on September 12.

SDK for universal 2D and 3D object recognition – SentiSight provides enhanced 2D and 3D object recognition quality using still or video images from most digital cameras, including Webcams. It can detect and recognize whether a particular rigid object, such as a product, logo or building, is in a scene and identify its specific location in that scene.

Nokia Shuts Down Forums After SQL Injection Exposes Developer Info – Nokia shut down its developer community site after it discovered that an earlier security breach wasn’t just a page redirect, but that attackers had obtained user data.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The Web vs. the World: 10 Epic Battles – Is the Internet ruining our lives or making them better? When you consider epic struggles like these, it’s hard to say for sure.

Juror sentenced for trying to friend defendant on Facebook – 22-year-old Jonathan Hudson was removed from a trial after trying to friend the defendant, Courtney Downing, on Facebook. After trial recessed for the day on July 18, the young juror sent Downing the friend request and mentioned the case on the social network. The interaction came to light after the defendant told her lawyer about it, who in turn told the presiding judge. Hudson was dismissed from the jury the next morning, on July 19, according to court records.

How to Protect Yourself, Your Tech, and Your Data When a Hurricane Blows Into Town – When a major disaster like Hurricane Irene hits, you need to think about protecting your loved ones, your tech gear, and your data. Here are 14 apps, tips, and sites to help you.

Spinning Out of Control, the “Post PC” Crowd Has Got It All Wrong – Just a heads-up for the partisan bloggers at Wired: If the term “post-PC era” isn’t spin, then neither is “PC Plus era”. Both terms come from the school of “when you make hammers, everything looks like a nail.” That is, to companies that have failed in the PC market (Apple, still with less than 5 percent market share) or simply have never shown up at all (Google, whose Chromebook looks to be off to a less than stellar start), well, sure. It’s the “post-PC era.” Of course it is. Because that makes their own products look better by comparison.

Today’s Quote:

A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home.”

–     Author unknown

Today’s Free Downloads:

Feedly: A news reader for creative minds – A simple and elegant way to read and share the content of your favorites sites. Anytime. Anywhere!

Spotify – Pick a song; any song. Type its name in a search box, click a button, and it starts playing. Okay, we could do this five years ago. But now, click the album name, and listen to the whole album, top to bottom, in sequence. Instantly. Meet Spotify ($10/month, $5/month, or free, depending on level of service).

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