Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 15, 2011

PCWorld Reviewers’ Favorite Files: September 2011 – Our reviewers especially liked email helpers, a business-worthy uninstaller, and a cloud-based organizer. Even the less work-related software here, such as a video converter and an international disaster alert program, does its thing efficiently. And when you’re serious about games, check out highlights from PCWorld’s old-School RPGs feature.

Maximum PC – Cool Site of the Week: The Wirecutter – The Wirecutter is a site designed with one mission in mind: Helping you to choose a gadget or device that suits your needs to a tee, no matter what your price range or needs may be. Covering a wide variety of hardware categories such as cameras, laptops, tablets, stereo receivers, TVs, and smartphones, the site provides consumers with metrics they can actually use. You’ll find little talk of benchmarking here, but plenty of input on build quality, features, and cost versus value: all important factors to consider, no matter what kind of budget you’re rocking.

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How the German “Federal Trojan” was actually used – Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann made sure to state that it was used only for telecommunication surveillance of suspects and only in investigations involving “serious crime”, i.e. that threatened citizens’ “life, limb or liberty”. Except, as it turns out, it isn’t strictly true. According to Bavarian newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung (via Google Translate), Bavarian law enforcement agents used it in five different cases, none of which falls under the above mentioned category.

Ubuntu Linux 11.10: Unity comes of age (Review) – Ubuntu’s new GNOME-based Unity desktop isn’t a toy anymore. It’s a great desktop in its own right.

iCloud opens up from beta: First look at the new Apple service – Wil Limoges takes a look at the new iCloud syncing service, made available today. Check out these tips for migrating — before you make the move.

Air Force Disputes Drone Keylogger Report – The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday downplayed a recent malware attack on its systems, insisting that its unmanned aircraft, or drones, were never in danger and that the virus did not include a keylogger.

When it comes to intrustions, size matters – A survey of enterprise IT managers and network administrators that has been conducted annually since 2005 shows that there has been a gradual increase in smaller enterprises experiencing intrusions of their user machines, office network, and/or servers, while intrusion rates for large enterprises have fluctuated in the last three years.

Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich will be unveiled October 19 – After Samsung and Google delayed the event that was to showcase Ice Cream Sandwich and the Nexus Prime, it was uncertain when it would happen. Originally tapped for this week at CTIA, they claimed that they postponed it out of respect for Steve Jobs’ death. But now we finally have a new date: October 19 in Hong Kong.

Company News:

Skype is officially now a Microsoft division – Microsoft isn’t sharing any new information about its plans for Skype or a timetable for when Skype will be integrated with products and services. Microsoft officials said previously that Skype will be integrated into everything from Xbox Live and Windows Phone, to Office and its Lync unified communications offering. I’ll be interested to see how Microsoft ties Bing and Skype together, as well.

RIM Exec Says Blackberry Service Wasn’t Hacked…Really! – Research in Motion CTO David Yach said that the rolling service outages that its Blackberry mobile phone system has experienced in the last few days wasn’t due to a security compromise, but to an unsuccessful fail over following a core switch failure in Europe.

Google’s third quarter results shine, Google+ hits 40 million users – Google handily topped expectations with its third quarter results and allayed concerns about the economy’s effect on search advertising. Google reported third quarter earnings of $2.73 billion, or $8.33 a share, on revenue of $7.51 billion, excluding traffic acquisition costs of $2.21 billion. Non-GAAP earnings were $9.72 a share in the third quarter.

Court Bans Samsung From Selling Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia – A Federal Court in Australia has granted Apple’s request for a temporary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, meaning the tablet will likely not be available to Australian consumers during the upcoming holiday season.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Would You Include Your Facebook Password in Your Will? – According to the Telegraph, more and more people are including the passwords to their online accounts in their wills.

It’s Time For an Apple Patch Tuesday – If there’s one thing that can be said about Apple, it’s that the company operates on its own timeline. It does what it pleases at whatever time suits it, and the customers appear. Actually, they don’t simply appear, they wait expectantly and move as one when asked. This has proven to be enormously profitable for Apple and quite satisfying for most of its customers. But the one area where this has not worked so well is security.

Google’s Page says nothing can stop Android; Is he right? – Android looks unbeatable for the most part, but there are areas to worry about.

Today’s Quote:

I think the world is run by ‘C’ students.”

–    Al McGuire

Today’s Free Downloads:

OTL (OldTimer’s List-It) – OTL by OldTimer is a flexible, multipurpose, diagnostic, and malware removal tool. It’s useful for identifying changes made to a system by spyware, malware and other unwanted programs.

Comodo Dragon 14.2 – A Chromium technology-based Browser that offers you all of Chrome’s features PLUS the unparalleled level of security and privacy you only get from Comodo. Including a greater level of privacy than Chromium technology offers.

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3 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 15, 2011

  1. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Re: Would You Leave Include Facebook Password in Your Will.

    I don’t think leaving your passwords in your will is sensible, unless accompanied by instructions to change the passwords as quickly as possible. Here in the UK I’m pretty sure that details of legacies are eventually in the public domain. Far better to leave a list of passwords in a separate document IMHO.

    This reminds me of one of the better jokes from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival: “I needed a password of 8 characters, so I chose Snow White and the seven dwarfs.”

    Kind regards

  2. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    The word “Leave” should be deleted from the heading of my last post. Amazing how often mistakes are noticed immediately the “submit” button is pressed! Any chance of an Edit function as there is in some other blogs?

    Kind regards
    John (only human)

    • Hi John,

      Have to agree – that’s a very good point.

      Thanks for passing on the joke – that was a bit of a tonic on a dull and dreary day. 🙂

      If I had a dollar for every mistake I’ve made in a comment – well, I’d be much better off. An “edit” function would be a real plus but, this is el cheapo WordPress.


      Bill (sort of human, but not entirely)