Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 31, 2012

The Stupid Things You Do Online (and How to Fix Them) – The internet can bring you a lot of joy, but it can also turn into a world of pain the moment you make one stupid mistake. Perhaps you’ve been feeding the trolls, using “password” as your password, or selling your soul for access to a “free” web app. Your dumb mistakes can come back to bite you in the ass if you aren’t careful. Here’s how you can save yourself from yourself online.

India’s $45 tablet still selling like crazy – The University of Mumbai has received 25,000 requests for India’s first low-cost Android tablet, dubbed Aakash, with more requests expected for the device which has already seen over 1 million orders from commercial buyers since its debut. The tablet reportedly will cost students a subsidized rate priced at 1,138 rupees (US$23).

Best Security Suites: PC Bodyguards – Have security suites reached the point where they all work? From afar, it seems that way. We put 14 suites to the test to see which ones you should consider, and in the end G-Data Internet Security 2012 came away the winner.

Australian Taxation Office scam preys on those still awaiting refunds – The personal income tax year in Australia ends on 30 June. Many refunds will already have been processed and paid out. That hasn’t stopped the scammers. They’ve added a few weasel-words about “delays”, as a sort of general-purpose excuse.

Think before you tweet: Why two teenagers were refused entry to the U.S. – Amid the funny wigs and the undue pomp in the traditional British courtroom, it seems that our distant American cousins fail to share our often-poor taste in humour. When one teenager tweeted his friend claiming that he was going to “destroy America”, it appears that U.S. authorities took the public message somewhat too seriously.

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iPhone App Sneaks in Tethering. Act Fast! – A new cheap tethering app has returned to the iPhone App Store, requiring no monthly fee to use — at least until it gets banished by Apple. The $2 app, called Quasidisk, is intended to be a file manager and viewer, but with just a bit of trickery, the app can turn the iPhone into wireless 3G modem for laptops at no extra charge. A YouTube video showing how to set up the tethering was first spotted by 9to5Mac.

10 extremely awesome iPad tips and tricks – Think you know all there is to know about your iPad? Think again! Here are 10 little-known and extremely awesome iPad tips and tricks that will help you make even more of your beloved device!

Firefox 10 Launches Tuesday – The new version includes one of the first components of Firefox’s planned silent update mechanism: The browser automatically disables incompatible add-ons and marks all others as compatible. Add-ons that work with Firefox 4 or later will be marked as compatible in Firefox 10, Mozilla said.

Linux: A Getting-Started Guide – Are you fed up with Microsoft Windows and ready to give Linux a try? Here’s how to get started. This guide for Linux discusses who the Linux OS is right for, what you need to get started, and how to turn your Windows PC into a dual-boot computer so you can have the best of both worlds–Linux and Windows.

Improve the efficiency of your Android tablet’s built-in email client – Android tablets can do a lot of things. You can browse, write, read, create, play, and email. But unlike your desktop, the ways and means with which you can organize things are not nearly as plentiful and easily accessed. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t make the tablet email experience a pleasant one. With just a few tweaks, you’ll have your Android email as efficient as possible.

Company News:

XConnect and IPV Collaborate to Reduce Cost, Complexity of Video Calling and Conferencing – IP networks will handle 1 million minutes of video every second by 2012, Cisco forecasts. To reduce the cost and complexity of video communications and drive adoption of video services, XConnect and IPV today announced a partnership that will enable end users to make point-to-point video calls without expensive manual intervention and bridges. Under the agreement, XConnect’s ENUM registry services will be combined with IPV’s Federated Inter-Xchange (FIX™) to route calls between video endpoints and across multiple networks.

Apple Appeals IPad Trademark Decision in China – Apple has appealed a Chinese court ruling last December that rejected its ownership of the iPad trademark in the country, and could expose the company to trademark infringement lawsuits from a local company.

EnterpriseDB Launches Cloud Database – EnterpriseDB, a provider of PostgreSQL and Oracle database compatibility products and services, announced the general availability of the Postgres Plus Cloud Database on Amazon Web Services.

Facebook sues alleged clickjacking firm – Facebook has launched a lawsuit against the owners of Adscend Media, alleging that they developed and encouraged others to spread spam using a variety of tactics – including clickjacking.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The F-BOMB: A tiny $50 spying computer for DARPA – Everyone loves a cheap but effective solution, and DARPA – the US Department of Defense’s agency for developing new military technologies – is no exception. As ShmooCon’s visitors have witnessed on Friday when one of the winners of the agency’s Cyber Fast Track program took the stage, it is possible to create an effective spying gadget for less than $50.

Atheists should make more noise – I am an atheist, don’t know why. I’d like to tell you that I was one of those intelligent children who at age 11 gave the religion question careful thought and then alerted their parents that they wouldn’t be doing the church thing no more. Or that reading about the Holocaust had made me think of the open sky above Treblinka and wonder what kind of god didn’t care to notice the crematoria, especially when he could allegedly see a little sparrow fall.

How to Stream Super Bowl XLVI – Watch the 2012 Super Bowl online, no matter where you are, with our guide to streaming the Giants vs. Patriots game on your PC, smartphone, or tablet.

30 knock-out photography websites – Looking for some web design inspiration? Take a gander at these amazing photographer and photography web sites that just make me scream, “These are amazing!” Listed in alphabetical order are twenty photography web sites that grab my attention for their web design, gallery implementation, artistic license, creativity, and use of the photographic medium.

Today’s Quote:

“They call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it”.

–    George Carlin

Today’s Free Downloads:

SyncToy – Microsoft’s supremely understated, free utility, SyncToy. Version 2.1 has been around since 2009, but still works perfectly in both the oldest and newest versions of Windows. It’s not perfect, but for power users who know what they want, SyncToy delivers powerful file management in a tiny package.

SZ Port Scan 1.29 – Find all active devices on your network. Discover the ip address and available services for each network device. Run a speed test to check your internet connection speed.

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