Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 17, 2012

The Best Android Tablet Apps for Multimedia – Unleash your tablet’s multimedia power with these awesome apps for streaming video, listening to music and podcasts, and managing photos on the go.

Wondershare Software: Free PDF to Word Online – Convert your PDF to editable Word documents for free. Convert PDFs to Word online one at a time, or try PDF Converter on Desktop to convert all of your files in one fell swoop.

Malwarebytes Chameleon Works Great – Now Malwarebytes includes a great new feature, “Chameleon”. Chameleon provides a long list of alternative exe’s to run when your machine is already infected and the virus is preventing Malwarebytes from being started from the standard executable.

Adobe Confirms New Zero-day Flash Bug – Google updated Chrome to offer the newly-patched Flash to its users. Google has packaged Flash Player with Chrome since April 2010, and remains the only browser that contains its own copy of Flash Player.

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Fake Facebook notification delivers keylogger – Fake Facebook notifications about changes in users’ account information have been hitting inboxes and delivering malware to unwary users, warn BarracudaLabs researchers. The email address of the sender is spoofed to make it look like it has been sent by the social network, and the message contains only an image implying that the recipient needs to install Silverlight (Microsoft’s answer to Adobe Flash) in order to view the content.

15 Android widgets that will make iPhone users jealous – One of the biggest advantages of Android over iPhone is widgets. Android has them, iPhone does not. Widgets are valuable because they give you an at-a-glance look at lots of different kinds of information and quick access to valuable apps and configuration settings.

Social Networks Don’t Have to Filter Content, EU Court Says – A European court has ruled that social networks are not required to install filters to stop the sharing of copyrighted material.

New powerful bot spreads by email – PandaLabs reported the presence of a powerful new bot called Ainslot.L. This malware is designed to log user activities, download additional malware and take control of users’ systems.

Microsoft advising users to apply latest critical security patches – Microsoft is urging Windows users to apply yesterday’s security updates to patch critical holes affecting Internet Explorer and Media Player. The critical IE update affects versions 7, 8, and 9, and could allow an attacker to remotely run code on a user’s PC using a “specially crafted Web page,” according to Microsoft. As such, someone who exploited the hole could grab the same rights as the local user, of special concern if the user has administrative rights.

Company News:

Apple Secures Win Against Motorola Over ‘Slide-to-Unlock’ Patent – Apple won another patent victory against Motorola today regarding Cupertino’s “slide-to-unlock” technology.

Iomega Intros Server-grade NAS for SMBs – Iomega narrows the gap between enterprise-grade and small business storage with new NAS hardware and cloud-based video surveillance features.

Google Working on Password Generator for Chrome – Google’s reasoning is that if a person doesn t remember his or her password, then it can’t be given away to phishers and other Net lowlifes.

Apple Changing App Privacy Policy After Path Snafu – Apple said any application that wants to access user contact data will require explicit user approval; this is a response to two senators’ inquiries into the application data privacy problem that came to light with Path and other software makers.

HP Advancing Server Control with Gen8 Project Voyager – HP is launching a new generation of server technology that is about more than just the underlying Intel chipset. Today, HP is unveiling Project Voyager, which is part of a multiyear $300 million plus investment to help redefine server economics. Project Voyager is being baked into HP Gen8 server platforms later this year, although HP is now talking about the underlying innovations in the platform.


Term of the Daysymmetric-key cryptography – An encryption system in which the sender and receiver of a message share a single, common key that is used to encrypt and decrypt the message. Contrast this with public-key cryptology, which utilizes two keys – a public key to encrypt messages and a private key to decrypt them.

Off Topic (Sort of):

FTC Raises Privacy Concerns About Apps for Kids – A report by the Federal Trade Commission Thursday found that developers of apps designed for children have fallen short of the agency’s expectations for privacy disclosures.

Drupal: How a dorm room tech project became a global phenomenon – The creator of the CMS Drupal reveals how the platform got started by accident and why being open source is the key to its success.

30 inspirational website designs for non-profits – This gallery of thirty non-profit and charitable website designs showcases their up-to-date content, creativity, passion, innovation, and inspiration that make them stand out among competitors.

When Should I Buy Refurbished Electronics? – In some people’s minds, refurbs are faulty products hastily pushed on to the next consumer (rejects!). But in many cases refurbished electronics are a great steal—”good as new” computers, TVs, stereos, mobile devices, etc. that cost much less and last at least as long as their brand-new counterparts. The key to buying refurbished electronics without having problems is knowing where to look and doing a bit of shopping detective work. Let’s sort it all out.

Today’s Quote:

“In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.”

–     John Churton Collins

Today’s Free Downloads:

Avast! Free Edition BETA 7.0.1399 – avast! Free Antivirus is perfect for people who send e-mails and surf popular websites. avast! is a package of applications that aim to protect your computer from a possible virus infection or other malware threat. This is a beta to preview the next version.

D7 – D7 is a tool for PC technicians to aid in many tasks and provide a uniform procedure for technicians to follow. It has many capabilities and many uses.



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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 17, 2012

  1. Hi Bill,
    Thanks for the mention in Tech Thoughts, hope your spring is on the way up North.