Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 18, 2012

LibreOffice Gets a Fresh Update – LibreOffice 3.5.1 is now available as a free download for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. It’s bit-for-bit identical to the software’s second release candidate, the Document Foundation notes, so users of that version need not update.

Cold-calling Scammers Target Antivirus Customers, Diversify Their Tactics – Cold-calling scams that target English-speaking computer users have been a common occurrence during the past two years. The scammers usually pose as tech support engineers who work for Microsoft or ISPs in an attempt to trick victims into buying questionable security or PC optimization software. However, it seems that these attacks are becoming increasingly more targeted, with callers beginning to impersonate employees from companies that users have already entrusted with their computers’ protection.

The iPad Wins Because Android Tablet Apps Suck: An Illustrated Guide – I just gave the new iPad an Editors’ Choice award for large tablets, but frankly it was a foregone conclusion. The iPad doesn’t get the award because of its hardware, lovely as the hardware is. It gets the award because its apps are generally better than the apps available for Android tablets.

BBC blames cyber-attack on Iran – The BBC has revealed that it was the target of a sophisticated cyber-attack believed to have originated in Iran.

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Microsoft Restores Access to Phones That Couldn’t Access Skype – Microsoft has fixed a bug that made it impossible for about a dozen models of Skype-certified phones to log into the service.

How and when to charge your tablet battery – Tablets have taken over the mobile world, because they are the best of all mobile worlds – smaller and lighter than laptops, and more useable than smartphones. It’s also possible to get a better battery life in your tablet than you do with your smartphone or laptop, extending you beyond a full day of work. However, this won’t happen if you’re careless with your usage and your battery. Believe it or not, there are ways to maximize that battery for a life of extended mobility.

PayPal Policy Raises Question: Content Sanitized for Whose Protection? – It’s a fascinating aspect of modern culture that even as we gain ever greater access to information, news and entertainment there are puritanical groups in our society who repeatedly attempt to push us back to some better, nicer, safer, prudish and, in many ways, more ignorant society. By way of example, consider the following saga: In mid-February PayPal contacted online e-book retailers to warn them it in one week the company would begin enforcing a new policy that prohibited the sale of certain forms of erotica.

Cinnamon 1.4 Brings New Tools to the Linux Desktop – More than 250 changes bolster workspace management and numerous other aspects of this up-and-coming desktop alternative.

Not so fast SEO, Google wants to punish “overly optimized” sites – Head of Google’s Web Spam team Matt Cutts spoke on a panel at SXSW about search engine optimization and revealed a new strategy from Google that could send fear into the heart of any website manager. Google’s planning to punish any website that is “overly optimized,” according to Cutts. An audio clip of the discussion was posted by Search Engine Land on Saturday.

Company News:

TiVo co-founder and CTO Jim Barton steps down – TiVo co-founder and CTO Jim Barton has resigned and will collect a $25,000 monthly paycheck as a consultant for the company while pursuing “his next big idea.”

Nearly a Half Million Servers May Power Amazon Cloud – Amazon’s EC2 relies on a whopping volume of servers to manage and maintain users’ storage, Accenture Research estimates.

Apple Factory Scrutiny Likely to Continue Despite Critic’s Fabrications – Apple factories in China will continue to be scrutinized despite a monologist’s admission that he fabricated some of his reports on worker conditions there. That kind of attention comes with the territory for the wildly successful consumer electronics maker. But the episode also shows the dangers of when you hit too high and miss.

Defiant LightSquared Says FCC Action Would Violate its Rights – The FCC’s opposition to the planned LTE network destroys its investment and violates the public interest by eliminating a viable competitor, LightSquared claims.

Webopedia Daily:

CRM – Customer Relationship Management – Technology and the Web has changed the way companies approach CRM strategies because advances in technology have also changed consumer buying behavior and offers new ways for companies to communicate with customers and collect data about them. With each new advance in technology — especially the proliferation of self-service channels like the Web and smartphones — customer relationships is being managed electronically.

Off Topic (Sort of):

A Thousand Dildos For The Military Wives – RealTouch wants to bring teledildonics to Afghanistan. Company manager Scott Rinaldo, appearing at a CES party sponsored by porn firm Pink Visual, said he’s working on distributing “a thousand dildos for the military wives”—in this case, Internet-connected sex toys that can let families thousands of miles apart get intimate.

Some folks have no clue as to why they need the iPad – Do consumers really understand why they need the new thing from Apple? No, they don’t, in many cases. But they buy it anyway.

IHS iSuppli Breaks Down Cost of Parts in the New iPad – Apple is building its new 32GB LTE iPads at a cost of about half of what the company is charging consumers for them, according to a preliminary teardown analysis by IHS iSuppli.

Paperwork goof may mean Kim DotCom can reclaim assets – Incorrect court order was issued to seize assets of the MegaUpload founder and that is now “null and void.” As a result, the New Zealand government may be required to return his belongings.

Today’s Quote:

Self-importance is our greatest enemy. Think about it – what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellowmen. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone.”

–     Carlos Castaneda

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