Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 30, 2011

What’s In Your Facebook File? More Than You Think – Yes, Facebook is keeping a file on you, which can be used to track your location, activities, and much more. Here’s how you can request a copy (maybe).

Incredibly Useful Sites for Small Business – Nearly all the tools you need to run a small or midsize company are within reach of any Web browser. Here are some of the best online services and sites for business.

The five most bloated Linux applications – Some Linux apps have become as unwieldy as their non-Linux counterparts. You may still want to use them — but be prepared for a sluggish experience.

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Hotspot now shields you ad-free – While public Wi-Fi networks are notorious for being insecure, Hotspot Shield raises the safety bar and offers an Elite option that forgoes ads on demand.

Firefox 7 Released: Faster, Uses Less Memory, but Only a Taste of Things to Come – Mozilla has just pushed the big red button and unfurled Firefox 7, the fourth major release this year. Firefox 7 is the first major build since Firefox 4 that focuses on improving memory consumption and performance.

Demystifying UEFI, the Long-Overdue BIOS Replacement – After more than 30 years, BIOS — the IBM PC — Basic Input Output System — is taking its final bows and shuffling into the theater’s wings. Taking its place in the limelight is UEFI.

Amazon Silk – Faster mobile browsing is great, but Amazon Silk raises questions about supporting modern Web apps and sharing data with an e-commerce powerhouse.

Company News:

Asus: We’re Not Abandoning MeeGo – Yesterday Intel announced it was reducing (rather than “ditching”) support for MeeGo, in favor of an open-source Linux build called Tizen. So does that spell the end of MeeGo- equipped devices?

After Backlash, Spotify Adds Facebook ‘Private Listening’ Mode – The ability to share your Spotify playlists with your Facebook friends is a great feature, but it is a feature that you should be able to turn off. After a huge consumer backlash the two companies are offering a way to stream music without sharing it with your friends, a kind of stealth mode. That is fine, but it seems to be that should be the default, not just an option.

RIM PlayBook Prices Drop at Best Buy, Maybe Because of Kindle Fire – RIM’s PlayBook is now radically cheaper at Best Buy, a day after Amazon unveiled its 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet. Coincidence?

SonicWALL Woos MSPs with New Partner Program in Managed Services – Network security vendor SonicWALL’s new managed services program provides MSPs with monthly service billing rather than annual billing and also offers better tools.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Will tablets soon be free? Let’s start with the Kindle Fire – By this time next year, even Wi-Fi enabled non-Amazon tablets will be severely subsidized so that users are sucked in and hooked to cloud-based services.

PC gaming vs. consoles, the infographic – Last week we reported some figures from Nvidia that painted a very rosy picture for PC gaming indeed; video game consoles might be winning now, but thanks to the growing popularity of social gaming (CityVille) and digital downloads (Steam), PC gaming revenues are set to enjoy some kind of renaissance. The problem is, those figures came from Nvidia — a company that is definitely PC-centric — and there was a dubious lack of source citations, too.

Android’s apps are comparatively ugly: Is Linux to blame? – Donovan Colbert didn’t realize how nice WP7 was until he had to go back to the Android platform. He predicts that Microsoft will come from behind to steal Android’s thunder if Google fails to make huge improvements.

5 ways Kindle Fire beats the iPad – Instead of heralding the demise of the world’s most popular tablet and the crowning of a child prodigy that isn’t even on the market yet, we’re simply going to tell you the five ways in which the Kindle Fire beats the iPad. Each of these differences will be enough to garner the Fire a loyal cadre of users, and if Apple doesn’t step in to narrow the gap, the next iteration of the iPad might not receive the same orgiastic response that it has so far enjoyed.

Today’s Quote:

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

–     Albert Einstein

Today’s Free Downloads:

iSpy 3.2.9 – iSpy uses your webcams and microphones to detect and record movement or sound and provides security, surveillance, monitoring, and alerting services

Xobni’s Smartr Inbox for Gmail Integrates Email and Social Networking – This free add-on for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari lets you integrate Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn with Gmail.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 30, 2011

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    I find Xobni useful. It integrates well with my gmail and facebook contacts.
    Easy to search. I’m not real sure how secure it is as it has to access my gmail and facebook accounts.