Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 19, 2012

How Do I See Who’s Been Using My PC? – Can everyone in your home or office log on to your PC as you? If so, that’s the first thing you need to fix. After all, seeing who’s using your PC isn’t as important as controlling who has access.

Ready or not, here comes mobile on the desktop – Windows and Mac plan tighter integration between mobile devices and desktops. If you’ve been waiting for desktops to get more mobile, your wait is almost over.

How Google Plans to Take Over Your Living Room – Aple’s unbridled success has made it fashionable for high-tech giants to develop and nurture a whole ecosystem that builds hardware and software and controls the supply chain. Now Google wants to get into the game with a whole ecosystem for the living room, and it’s looking to Apple for inspiration. Here’s what Google has in mind.

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How to use tabbed browsing in Windows Explorer – Tabs have shaken up Web browsing in a good way, but they haven’t quite migrated into file management yet, though it seems like a no-brainer.

Open Linux-Based Spark Tablet Now Available For Preorder – Getting sick of walled gardens, locked bootloaders and over-managed app stores? (We’re looking at you, Amazon.) We’ve got some good news. A few weeks back we shined a spotlight on the Spark tablet, a Linux-based open source tablet being cobbled together by KDE developer Aaron Seigo. Yesterday, it went up for preorder. Time to whip out those credit cards, Linux lovers! Oh, wait, never mind — the site doesn’t force you to whip out the plastic to land a spot in line for a Spark.

Shylock Malware Returns, Refreshed – A security firm warns of a new variant of the malware that evades easy detection by shifting its file signature while it targets financial institutions.

High-tech bad parenting: Giving your kids a tablet February – Better living (or parenting) through technology? That is the question posed by Nielsen in a recent study. The results might (or might not) shock you.

Apple’s Mac OS X ‘Mountain Lion,’ Windows 8 Poised for Fight – Apple’s Mac OS X “Mountain Lion” will do battle against Windows 8, with both operating systems betting big on their respective mobile features.

Company News:

App Store Nears 25 Billion Downloads – Apple is offering a $10,000 Gift Card to the person who downloads the 25 billionth app from the iOS App Store.

AMD’s New Direction For 2012: Heterogenous Computing, Trinity, and Hondo – Despite major layoffs last year, AMD is stepping forward with an impressive portfolio of initiatives and products for the next few years. Perhaps the most exciting initiative is the company’s Heterogeneous System Architecture plan.

Apple Factories in China Open Doors amid Concerns About Worker Conditions – ABC’s Nightline is scheduled to air a report with a rare behind-the-scenes look inside the factories, which have drawn customer inquiries and protests.

Apple asks bankruptcy court for OK to sue Kodak for infringement – The iPhone maker is seeking permission from the court because it also plans to file a patent infringement complaint against Kodak with the International Trade Commission, as well as a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Manhattan.

Webopedia Daily:

Cloud computing – In cloud computing, the word “cloud” (also phrased as “the cloud”) is used as a metaphor for “the Internet,” so the phrase cloud computing is used to mean a type of Internet-based computing, where different services — such as servers, storage and applications — are delivered to an organization’s computers and devices through the Internet.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Twins put universe in perspective via interactive display – Two California teens are allowing people to see many items in the universe from a whole new perspective. Cary Huang, 14, and his twin brother Michael have created an online interactive display that shows the scale of many things and shows how they relate to each other. Called “Scale of the Universe”, it shows items as small as a neutrino to items as big as Eridanus Supervoid and hundreds of other things in between such as Earth, the Titanic, humans and a basketball.

Gaming’s 15 Funniest, Most Unfair, and Memorable Exploits – Sometimes, they break games in your favor, allowing you access to powers, abilities, and cheap ways to accomplish difficult tasks that a game’s developers didn’t intend for you to have (and a game’s testers somehow overlooked). But these exploits can sometimes turn the tables against your peaceful adventures – especially in massively multiplayer games like World of Warcraft or EVE Online, where game-breaking bugs can give your peers untold advantage over your hapless, plays-by-the-rules self. And then there are the exploits that are just downright funny.

Student Facebook hacker gets eight months – A software development student in the U.K. who hacked into Facebook via an employee’s account is jailed after being found guilty of stealing intellectual property.

Google and Apple Make Mobile Privacy an Oxymoron – Google and Apple talk up security, but recent disclosures serve as a painful reminder of how much control mobile phone users give up when they power on their handsets.

Today’s Quote:

“I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.”

–   Will Rogers

Today’s Free Downloads:

Scribus – Scribus is an open-source program that brings professional page layout to Linux/Unix, MacOS X, OS/2 and Windows. Scribus supports professional features, such as CMYK color, spot color, separations, ICC color and robust commercial grade PDF.

CheckDiskGUI 1.1.3 – The CheckDiskGUI application was developed to be a Graphical User Interface for the commandline utility CHKDSK. It can display the file system integrity status of hard disks and floppy disk and can fix logical file system errors.

iCopy – Free Photocopier – iCopy lets you combine your scanner and printer into a powerful, but easy to use photocopier by only pressing a button. Its simple user interface lets you manage scanner and printer options with a few clicks.

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