Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 29, 2011

PCWorld Reviewers’ Favorite Files: September 2010 – September is a time for change, even when it comes to software. PCWorld reviewers reveled in an Android-friendly update to a venerable media player and a network manager with a new free version. They even found new ways to lay out photo pages, organize e-book libraries, and set up virtual machines. Couldn’t your PC stand a little freshening up?

Amazon’s Kindle Fire Tablet vs. the Competition: Spec Showdown – We look at how the Kindle Fire tablet’s specs stack up against other tablets in its class.

Mozilla Firefox 7 Seekers Warned To Beware of Bogus Website – Mozilla Firefox 7 Seekers Warned To Beware of Bogus WebsiteIf you’re using a search engine today to find a download of Firefox 7, be careful about the results you click on. That’s because a dubious website called Firefox7.org appears high up in those results.

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Android Users: Here’s Some Advice to Protect Your Phone – These terrific tools and tips can rescue your wayward mobile devices and keep your personal data from falling into the wrong hands.

Mozilla Fixed Security Flaws in Latest Firefox, Thunderbird Release – Mozilla fixed a handful of critical vulnerabilities in Firefox 7 and Thunderbird 3.15. Users should be sure to download it from the actual Mozilla site and not get scammed.

Best Free Software for Protecting Your PC and Your Privacy – Want to ensure that your PC and all of your files and data stay safe, secure, and private–without breaking the bank? We’ve rounded up 11 free security and privacy utilities that shield you against malware, protect your data at Wi-Fi hotspots, encrypt your hard drive, and do everything in between.

New Mac Trojan Pretends to Be Flash – A new Mac Trojan disguises itself as a Flash installer. Here’s what to watch for, and whether you should be worried.

Hosting Provider InMotion Hacked, Thousands of Sites Affected – InMotion, a large hosting provider based in California, was compromised in recent days and the attackers were able to replace the index files of thousands of sites, defacing them and in some cases making it difficult for site owners to recover and reload their sites.

Company News:

Microsoft Delivers WebMatrix 2 Beta – Microsoft delivered a beta version WebMatrix 2, the latest release of the company’s free Web development toolset. New features in WebMatrix 2 include the ability to get started faster, open remote sites and more easily install open-source applications. It also features more intelligent code editors with code completion capabilities for several languages.

AVG Unveils Updated Small Business Security Suite – The Internet security firm says small business security customers want software that delivers more while demanding less of personnel, systems and their budgets.

Spotify defends new Facebook requirement – Spotify has released another statement explaining why it is embracing Facebook so closely. The real reason is simple: the music service wants to use the social network to grow its user base.

Off Topic (Sort of):

MagicJack for iPhone Provides Unlimited Free Calling Within the US and Canada – You’ve probably heard of the MagicJack phone service that lets you make unlimited free calls within the US and Canada for the price of the required hardware and your internet connection. The MagicJack iPhone app lets you do the same thing from your iOS device, only you don’t have to pay for it at all.

Amazon’s Silk Browser May Not Be Smooth When It Comes to Privacy – The most interesting feature on Amazon’s newly announced Kindle Fire tablet may be its Silk web browser. The browser promises to improve webpage loading performance by using Amazon’s servers to help render pages. But this performance boost may come at a cost: Security experts have already voiced concern about Silk, and what it might mean for your privacy and security.

12 reasons you might NOT want to buy a Kindle Fire – Before you rush out and spend your hard-earned cash, I’d like to caution you. There are some good reasons you might NOT want to buy a new Kindle Fire.

Argonne Researchers ‘Easily Hack’ Electronic Voting Machine – Researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory this week showed how an electronic voting machine model that’s expected to be widely used to tally votes in the 2012 elections can be easily hacked using inexpensive, widely-available electronic components.

Today’s Quote:

It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.”

–     Jonathan Swift

Today’s Free Downloads:

VirtuaWin – This utility takes your Windows desktop, clones it up to nineteen times, then lets you switch between them. The idea is to keep a set of related programs or documents on each desktop to help organize things for people who leave lots of applications and documents open.

BumpTop – BumpTop takes your flat, two-dimensional Windows desktop and converts it into a 3D “room.” It can help you organize your desktop files and icons, but its fun and good-looking approach consumes a fair bit of system resources.

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