Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 4, 2011

How to streamline your Windows 7 experience – It’s been out for a while and is more tweakable than ever, yet many of us keep Windows 7’s out-of-the-box settings installed. Learn how to make the most of Windows Explorer to make your digital life even easier.

Maximum PC: The Memory Buyer’s Guide – What’s the Best RAM for My System? How much memory do you need? What DIMMs should you buy? We explain.

First Look at Ubuntu Linux 11.10 “Oneiric Ocelot” Beta – Like most Ubuntu updates, version 11.10 isn’t a huge overhaul; rather, it improves on the big changes made in 11.04, by cleaning up the Dash, overhauling the Ubuntu Software Center, and bringing in some new default software. Here’s a look at the biggest changes in the newly released beta.

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Summer of Google: 10 Hot New Features From the Search Giant – Some businesses embraced the relaxed pace of summer, but not Google. Check out how the search giant beat the heat and rolled out 10 new tools for shopping, tracking weather, and more.

What You Need to Know About the DigiNotar Hack – The disturbingly complete compromise of DigiNotar, the Dutch certificate authority, has broad ramifications for other CAs, enterprises and consumers who rely on the shaky web of trust that comprises the CA system. Here’s what you should know about the attack and what you can do to protect yourself against intrusions resulting from it.

Five new Facebook privacy tweaks – Facebook just launched a new privacy center that offers even more privacy options, and reintroduces some of the older, lesser-known settings. Find out what they are and how to adjust them.

Morto worm surprises again – As it turns out, the recently discovered Morto worm that has been spreading in the wild has more than one never-before-seen characteristic. Not only does it spread by using the Remote Desktop Protocol, but it also uses a novel way to contact its C&C in search for instructions: via DNS (Domain Name System) TXT records.

Hackers Push Sipvicious VoIP Tools In Malicious Attacks – Researchers at NSS Labs claim that they’ve spotted attacks that use Sipvicious, a common auditing tool for Voice over IP (VoIP) networks as part of malicious attacks aimed at taking control of vulnerable VoIP servers. The attacks are apparently aimed at taking control of VoIP servers to place unauthorized calls.

9 Handy Utilities for Optimizing Your Desktop and Display – Make every pixel count with these tools for moving, resizing, and controlling windows. None are expensive, and many are free.

Company News:

HP to split up WebOS business, report says – Hewlett-Packard will send the WebOS software business to the Office of Strategy and Technology, according to a report.

GFI VIPRE Mobile for Android – Beta – GFI VIPRE Mobile is a new security application for smart phones on the Android platform. GFI VIPRE Mobile, now available in Beta, not only provides protection against malware and data loss but includes other exciting features such as remote wipe, online backup and parental controls.

SDHC memory card with wireless LAN – Toshiba will launch an SDHC memory card with embedded wireless LAN functionality to meet the SD Memory Card Standard. The new card, “FlashAir”, has an 8GB capacity and supports both peer-to-peer transfers and uploads to and downloads from servers. Samples will be available from November 2011 and sales will start in February 2012.

HP Launches Digital Health Solutions – HP Digital Health solutions integrate existing HP products and solutions to help coordinate information and care across the ecosystem in health care organizations.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Lifehacker: Top 10 Repair Projects You Should Never Pay For – Top 10 Repair Projects You Should Never Pay ForThings break down, whether due to accidents, negligence, or just plain wear and tear. Instead of shelling out for an expensive repair or replacement, though, you can often fix the problem yourself for much less. Here are 10 repairs you should never pay for.

Hulu buyers, beware – Starz decision to end its relationship with Netflix is a sign of the difficulties content companies are having making money through Internet streaming. This should give potential buyers of Hulu pause. Distribution brands like Netflix and Hulu may not be the future.

Young women ‘power users’ of Facebook, Twitter: But why? – It should come as no surprise that social networking growth has significantly increased over the past three years — doubling from 29 percent in 2008 to 65 percent this year. But Generation Y women, according to the latest research out of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, are called out as “power users” in social networking growth. 89 percent of women aged 18-29 years old are connected to social networking sites, with the research saying that women have been “significantly more likely” to be on social media sites than men since 2009.

Ford’s sweeping car redesign packs a lot of IT – Ford revealed its major redesign of the automobile this week with the Evos concept car. The design includes deep integration of IT and the cloud.

Today’s Quote:

Chase after truth like hell and you’ll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails.”

–      Clarence Darrow

Today’s Free Downloads:

Comodo Dragon Internet Browser – Fast and versatile Internet Browser based on Chromium, infused with Comodo’s unparalleled level of Security!

Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool September 3, 2011 – The Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool application was designed to be another virus scanner and detection software from Kaspersky. The product will scan the specified locations for any virus threats and remove them or send to Quarantine folder.

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