Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 11, 2011

Choose Your Defender! 10 Anti-Virus Programs Reviewed and Compared: We test 10 of the most popular AV programs lock, stock, and barrel! – Selecting an Internet security suite is a lot like plodding through a Choose‑Your‑Own‑Adventure book. Remember those? The path of the protagonist was entirely up to you, and if those books taught us anything at all, it’s that every decision carries with it potentially devastating consequences. The same thing applies to your choice of antivirus software, only the repercussions of malware are real, and if a shoddy security suite fires off a blank and leaves you exposed to danger, there’s no flipping back the pages for a do-over.

Free Downloads That Are Worth a Donation, Part 2 – In the second part of our donationware series, we introduce a few hidden gems that you can download and use for free. All of these programs accept contributions, and some support charities.

In case you missed it: Free Downloads That Are Worth a Donation, Part 1 – These fantastic, well-known utilities are donationware–you can use them for free, but the developers ask for a contribution to keep their work going. Now is a great time to give back to the creators.

T-Mobile Turns Facebook Chat Into Free Phone Calls With New Bobsled App – T-Mobile and app developer Vivox just launched a free, easy-to-use voice-chat application called Bobsled that allows people to call their friends from within the Facebook application or leave a voice message with one click.

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Native Client turns Chrome into high-end gaming platform – Google’s new technology to secure the Web and make browsers significantly more powerful got its first public demo tonight at the company’s headquarters south of San Francisco after three years under wraps.

Cool Site of the Week: Where’s My Cellphone – Nothing makes you feel like more of a failure at life faster than losing or misplacing a cellphone, especially in an age where more and more of us opt to use our mobile handsets as the sole means of telecommunications in our households. Where’s My Cellphone is a site designed for one thing and one thing only: dialing your cellphone, so that you can track your handset down by listening for its ring.

Facial recognition comes to Google+, but unlike Facebook it’s opt-in – Google is rolling out a new feature for Google Plus users that uses facial recognition to help tag photos. Will Google’s opt-in policy ease privacy concerns?

Lindsay Lohan’s Playboy nudity leaked by Grinch-like hacker – Everyone was waiting, breathless. And then some technological killjoy goes and releases La Lohan’s full Playboy photo spread ahead of time.

FrostWire for Linux – FrostWire for Linux is a fork of the very popular LimeWire PRO Gnutella/Bittorrent client. The purpose of FrostWire is to keep and maintain the freedoms that LimeWire LLC may be forced to withdraw. Share any type of file on Gnutella and the Bittorrent network.

Company News:

HP, Box Team Up on Cloud Content Management Offering – Technology giant Hewlett-Packard and secure content-sharing specialist Box announced a partnership to provide small and midsize businesses with an integrated collaboration experience to a range of users–from the individual to the enterprise–for storing and managing content in the cloud.

10 Reasons RIM Must Go Android – Like it or not, Android is the go-to platform for millions of consumers around the globe. And while BlackBerry maker Research In Motion once stood atop the mobile enterprise space, those days are gone. It’s time for RIM to cut its losses and go Android. Here’s why.

Building a Bigger Fire – Amazon’s Kindle Fire has taken the tablet market by storm, thanks to its low pricing, selection of integrated features, and the kind of marketing that even makes Apple take notice. Now rumors are circulating that Amazon is planning a Kindle Fire with a bigger display–8.9 inches. Here’s why a bigger Kindle Fire could be a slam dunk for Amazon.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Is the Xbox 360 the Elusive Living Room PC? – Regular readers know I’m a PlayStation 3 guy, so I only really play the Xbox at the office. (I have that kind of job.) I got the chance to play with the new dashboard a little bit and I have to say I’m impressed. In fact, I think it might be the best digital entertainment system on the market right now.

The worst ‘Reply All’ of all? – A recruitment executive sends a candidate an e-mail telling him to “f*** off.” Sadly, he also sends it to the 4,000 people the candidate had e-mailed in search of work.

David Hockney’s iPad Art – Last weekend I spent 48 hours in Toronto and had to swing by the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) to see David Hockney’s Fresh Flowers exhibit. It was a work trip, you see, because the 74-year-old artist made these works exclusively on the iPhone and iPad. The images are beautiful. But, more importantly, they also offer a great example of how consumer electronics and a cheap app can alter not only the creative process, but also how art is distributed.

How To Avoid Being A 911 ‘Butt-Dialer’ Nuisance – As many as 20% of calls to emergency services are placed accidentally by cell phone, but hardware and software solutions can help stop your phone from sending out a false distress signal (and embarrassing you).

Redefining Personal Computing – Technology has come long way since the IBM PC was launched 30 years ago. With the 30th anniversary of the PC upon us, it’s time to redefine what personal computing means.

Today’s Quote:

“Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.”

–     Kurt Vonnegut

Today’s Free Downloads:

Remobo: Create an Instant Private Network – Remobo creates an Instant Private Network between users and lets you connect to each other over the Internet as if you were on the same LAN. Just login from your computers or add other users to your buddy list and Remobo will create an IPN between these computers, allowing you to. Remote control your home computer and access files while at work or traveling. Browse the web securely through other computers in your buddy list. Privately share large files like photos and docs between computers or with friends and family. Replace your existing, costly and difficult to use VPN software. Run games, video conferencing, streaming media, and secure instant messaging.

Right Click Enhancer – Context menus, often called pop-up menus, keep functionality high and clutter low in operating systems like Windows. RBSoft’s Right Click Enhancer bundles five free tools for customizing context menus. My Computer Manager adds nondeleting files or folders to My Computer or the Control Panel, while Right Click Tweaker adds up to 10 entries to context menus. Send To Manager let us add new destinations to the Send To command, and Right Click Shortcuts Creator adds shortcuts to files and folders to context menus. The Right Click Cascading Menu Creator is a little bit more sophisticated than the other tools. Using it, we were able to add entire cascading submenus to our right-click menus.

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