The Best Free Software of 2012 - It’s the fifth year of PCMag’s look at the best stuff you don’t have to pay for, and it’s our biggest list of great free software yet. This year, we’ve selected 273 apps in 40 categories.
Facebook Warns Users About Timeline Adware – In a video message from the Facebook Security group, the company said that a growing number of companies are fooling Facebook users into installing add-on software that can cover their Facebook account with adds, result in slower site performance and compromise user security.
Ubuntu 12.04 beta review – Summary: If you like Unity, Ubuntu Linux’s unique GNOME-based desktop, you’re going to love Canonical’s Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin.
17 essential browser tools for Web developers – What are the most useful in-browser tools for Web designers and developers? Here’s what the pros recommend.
Hands On With Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta – There are lots of good photo-editing packages out there, but Photoshop stands alone as the high-end tool of choice. Every serious photographer uses it. Although I’m sure Adobe’s lawyers hate it when we use the word “photoshopping,” Adobe’s marketing department is probably thrilled to have a product that is synonymous with photo editing. Check out Michael Muchmore’s hands on to find out why this application is so essential.
Megaupload users targeted with extortion scheme – The recent shutdown of the Megaupload file hosting service by the US authorities is being actively exploited by cyber crooks who are attempting to extort money from the service’s users, warns TorrentFreak. The users are being targeted with fake emails ostensibly sent by a German law firm by the name of “Dr. Kroner & Kollegen” that claims to represents Universal, Sony, EMI, Warner and Dreamworks.
Facebook privacy loophole allows profile stalking – A new Facebook privacy loophole has been discovered that allows you to stalk someone’s profile. The flaw is related to how Facebook treats deactivated accounts and needs to be fixed asap.
Mozilla Proposes Change to Handling of Subordinate CA Certificates – Mozilla is considering a change to the way that it handles certificates issued by externally operated sub-CAs in an effort to gain more control of how these CAs issue certificates and what those certificates can do.
AMD Completes $334 Million Deal for SeaMicro – Advanced Micro Devices on Friday announced the completion of its acquisition of server maker Sea Micro, which will be folded into AMD as a new business unit called Data Center Server Solutions.
New Tivo has a half-terabyte capacity – Tivo, the DVR company that refuses to die, is apparently unleashing another model. Pre-orders are showing up for a new version of the company’s recording device, listed as model number TCD746500 under the Tivo Premiere brand, with an apparent 500 GB hard drive.
Seagate hits 1 terabit per square inch, 60TB hard drives on their way – Seagate has demonstrated the first terabit-per-square-inch hard drive. Initially this will result in 6TB 3.5-inch desktop drives and 2TB 2.5-inch laptop drives, but in the long term, Seagate is promising up to 60TB and 20TB respectively.
U.S. Sues AT&T Over Hearing-Impaired Call Service Fraud – AT&T is being sued by the government for allegedly turning a blind eye as scammers abused its calling service for the hearing impaired, then cashed in on the fraudulent calls, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday.
Store and forward – A technique common in messaging services where a data transmission is sent from one device to a receiving device but first passes through a “message center”. The message center is typically a server that is used by the message service to store the transmitted message only until the receiving device can be located, and it then forwards the transmission to the intended recipient and deletes the message from the server. A common type of store-and-forward messaging is that used between mobile phones.
Off Topic (Sort of):
How to play Skyrim without a discrete GPU – LucidLogix has rolled out a utility dubbed “DynamiX” which allows certain high-performance games to be played on mainstream, low-end laptops and Ultrabooks equipped with only an integrated GPU. Lucid is currently offering a free trial version of “DynamiX” for those interested in trying out the utility on Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Surviving the cashless cataclysm – You see, in a cashless society every single payment is digital, which means that every transaction must be confirmed by the bank or institution that governs your money. In turn this means that every move you make will be recorded in a huge database. Your bank will know where you get coffee in the morning, the route you take to work, and if there’s a vending machine at your office it might even know where you work. Likewise, your bank will know that you like to buy things on Amazon while you’re at work, that you enjoy watching X-rated movies when you’re on the road, and that you always leave it until the last moment to buy your wife a …..
Lost Phone Survey Makes No Sense – Everywhere you look today, there is a reference to the Lookout Mobile Security report that claims Americans lost $30 billion worth of smartphones in 2011. In fact, this survey says, on average, every American loses his or her phone once a year. Are you kidding me? This is complete rubbish and the media is lapping it up like a six-year-old devouring an ice cream sundae.
Experts Tell Senate: Government Networks Owned, Resistance Is Futile – Network security experts from across the U.S. government told a U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee Tuesday that federal networks have been thoroughly penetrated by foreign spies, and that current perimeter-based defenses that attempt to curb intrusions are outdated and futile.
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– Steve Jobs
Today’s Free Downloads:
Avira AntiVir Rescue System March 23, 2012 – The Avira AntiVir Rescue System a linux-based application that allows accessing computers that cannot be booted anymore. Thus it is possible to repair a damaged system, to rescue data or to scan the system for virus infections.
Free Ringtone Maker 22.214.171.1244 – Free Ringtone Maker is an extremely simple and handy Windows software for making your own free ringtones. Make Your Own Ringtones in 3 Easy Steps.