Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 6, 2011

Mozilla blocks McAfee Firefox extension, citing “explosive crashes” – Mozilla’s new rapid-release schedule for Firefox is playing havoc with security software companies. A McAfee add-on has been blocked because of crashes with recent Firefox releases, and Norton has had to issue multiple compatibility updates.

Everything You Want to Know About Megapixels, Megabytes, and DPI – Let’s dispel the rumors, myths, and half-truths about digital photo jargon once and for all.

How to Buy a Wireless Modem or Hotspot – Why limit your on-the-go Web surfing to hot spots when you can get online almost anywhere with a cellular modem or MiFi-style hotspot? Here’s how to pick the right service and device to bring mobile broadband to your laptop or tablet.

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Microsoft to address Windows 8 Start Screen concerns – Microsoft is listening to your Windows 8 Start Screen concerns, and has promised to address them and improve the mouse and keyboard experience.

Wi-Fi users live in a false sense of security – Wi-Fi users in the U.S. are confident that they are taking the right steps to protect themselves when using Wi-Fi devices. However, when asked about which of several recommended steps they have actually taken to protect their Wi-Fi networks or devices, respondents received an overall score of 66 percent, revealing that in practice, users were actually not as safe as they could be.

Hybrid Routers Review: Get Wi-Fi and Powerline Networks in One Device – The D-Link DHP-1320 and Netgear WNXR2000 routers support Wi-Fi and HomePlug AV powerline networks in the same device. Although both products could be better, D-Link’s offering is more appealing.

Mobile computing makes me crazy – Sanity out of Windows 8 – a review – Androids, iPads, and other devices are not really driving me crazy. It’s the users who jump on mobile devices and declare it is the best or the not being able to wait – and the security of mobile devices! Truly we are in the infancy of mobile computing. I’m not a fanboy of Apple or Microsoft or Android. I love them all. Each of the devices are growing and have their flaws. But honestly, Windows 8 is looking really good.

Report: 2011 SMB Disaster Preparedness – For the second year, Symantec’s SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey revealed that SMBs are not taking disaster preparedness for their computer and networking systems as seriously as they should. Most SMBs don’t take action to prepare for disasters until after they have experienced loss from downtime. Read this report to better understand how this lack of preparation impacts customers and businesses. (registration required)

Malware Using White Lists, Forgery, Kernel Attacks To Stay Alive – Rootkit programs are increasingly mimicking anti virus programs: adopting self protection features and even application whitelists to maintain control over the systems they control, according to a presentation at the annual Virus Bulletin Conference.

Company News:

Samsung seeks to ban iPhone 4S amid patent row – Samsung is seeking a ban on the iPhone 4S in two European countries amid patent tensions between the two phone giants.

Oracle Public Cloud released – Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced the Oracle Public Cloud, a set of integrated services that provide customers with subscription-based, self-service access to Oracle Fusion Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Database, all managed, hosted and supported by Oracle.

Fishbowl Unveils Latest Small Business Inventory Software – Fishbowl adds a point-of-sale feature to its Fishbowl Inventory 2012 add-on for QuickBooks small business financial software, and it announces forthcoming CRM capability.

Secure data encryption tunneling for Apple iOS – Mobile users often need to connect to corporate resources from high-risk locations, such as a free public Wi-Fi hot spots or hotel networks. By creating a mobile VPN connection via IPSec, WatchGuard customers with iOS devices will be able to create fast and easy VPN connections from anywhere to their WatchGuard XTM firewall appliance.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Steve Jobs: A Timeline – Here’s a recap of the major events in the life of Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder who died Wednesday.

Cocky Execs Missing Security Risks – Never mind all those stories you’ve read over the years about costly data breaches — senior executives around the world apparently think they’re doing a bang-up job on the security front. This despite the fact that most of them admit they aren’t making good use of encryption, don’t have strategies for securing emerging areas of IT, aren’t paying enough attention to safeguarding privacy, and aren’t availing themselves of the latest security technologies.

The Progress Bar (Video) – An application installation run amok (submitted by Michael F.)

Google shells out $10,000 to fix 10 high-risk Chrome browser flaws – Google has shipped another Chrome browser update with fixes for several “high-risk” security vulnerabilities that expose Windows, Mac OS X and Linux users to malicious hacker attacks.

Today’s Quote:

“An apostrophe is the difference between a business that knows its shit and a business that knows it’s shit”

–    Kathryn Williams, on punctuation

Today’s Free Downloads:

Dictionary .NET – Dictionary .NET is a tiny, easy and smart multilingual dictionary translating from/to 52 languages using Google´s services. Integrates Google Dictionary, Translate, Search, Suggest, Wikipedia 5-in-1 without installing them.

vReveal 3.1.1 – Free software to organize, fix, edit, and share your videos. Unbelievably good looking results in seconds, not hours. Award-winning technology in a beautiful and intuitive package.

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