Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 26, 2012

How to Test a Phone in the Store – You need a new phone. In the store, you see three different models that might work, but you don’t know how to decide on the best one for you (not the best one for the salesperson). These quick and simple in-store performance tests will separate the winners from the posers, and lead you to a decision you can feel good about.

Android Gets Bad Rap for Risk, Security Rearchers Say – A growing number of reports and white papers over the past several months — most from security vendors — have announced, sometimes in breathless terms, that Google’s Android operating system is now the primary target of malware attacks on mobile devices. To which some respondents, such as one going by the alias “fotoflojoe,” post sarcastic comments like, “In other news, water is wet and the sky is blue.”

Facebook Scammers Host Trojan Horse Extensions on the Chrome Web Store – Cybercriminals are uploading malicious Chrome browser extensions to the official Chrome Web Store and use them to hijack Facebook accounts, according to security researchers from Kaspersky Lab.

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Navigate Windows 8 like a pro with the Windows Key – Greg Shultz shares some very useful keyboard shortcuts involving the Windows key that can help you navigate Windows 8.

Child porn pages disguised as legitimate sites – A report from British watchdog Internet Watch Foundation says that pedophiles are successfully disguising websites to hide their illegal content.

Instagram for Android imminent: Now taking sign-ups – Android device users, get ready to join the Instagram fun. Makers of the popular photo-sharing app are now taking e-mail addresses for those who want to be first in line.

10 Hot Smartphone Features Every User Needs – Smartphone vendors, take note: There are certain features every user needs. Even for those vendors whose smartphones aren’t keeping pace with the iPhones and Galaxy Nexuses of the world, it’s not too late–as long as they make sure their latest devices include these 10 hot smartphone features.

Three ways to research your family tree – The do-it-yourself approach to getting the lowdown on your ancestors may lead you down a series of blind alleys. An alternative to the high-end genealogical resources offered by is the personal and affordable services of a mom-and-pop operation.

Top 3 Controversies Hounding Apple’s Newest iPad – In a betting mood? We discuss the top three issues facing new iPad owners and handicap which will be the most annoying. See if you agree.

Company News:

Facebook Taps IBM for 750 Patents to Help Beat Back Legal Claims: Report – Facebook has acquired 750 patents from IBM in an attempt to help protect itself from lawsuits such as that leveled against the social networking giant earlier this month by Yahoo, according to a source cited in several published reports.

Sony to Launch PlayStation 3 Photo Suite This Week, to Link With Cloud Service – Sony said Monday it will sell new photo editing software for the PlayStation 3 this week, as it prepares for the global launch of its cloud-based photo service.

Microsoft and the feds stage raids on Zeus botnets – Microsoft and its allies aim not to just stop a network of remotely infected and controlled computers, but also to disrupt how criminals use them.

Google Ends Chrome Search Rank Penalty Period – At some point during March, Google lifted the penalty it had imposed on Chrome the first week of January, when it demoted the search ranking of the browser’s download page.

Webopedia Daily:

Windows Embedded – A collection of operating systems from Microsoft designed to power embedded systems and help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in their development of devices such as smartphones and automobile infotainment systems. Embedded systems are complete computer systems designed to perform specific functions within a larger system or machine.

Off Topic (Sort of):

India-Based Tech Firms Boost U.S. Economy, Job Growth – While the overall unemployment in the United States remains disturbingly high, the direct workforce employed in the country by the Indian IT sector has almost doubled in the last five years to 107,000, and it is estimated that the industry supports more than 280,000 jobs in the United States, growing even in a weak economic environment, according to a study by the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM).

Don’t call me a ‘consumer’ or an ‘end-user’ – Language matters, and people who use these terms likely view you as a sheep or supplicant.

Facebook Privacy Debate a Passionate One – While privacy is important in online social settings, standing up for personal responsibility doesn’t mean you are against online privacy.

The new Gmail look is about to become the permanent Gmail look – On March 27, 2012, Google will make the new look for Gmail the permanent, and only, look for Gmail for all users.

Today’s Quote:

Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.”

–     Baltasar Gracian

Today’s Free Downloads: – Windows Repair 1.6.5 – – Windows Repair is an all-in-one repair tool to help fix a large majority of known Windows problems including registry errors and file permissions as well as issues with Internet Explorer, Windows Update, Windows Firewall and more.

WinPatrol 24.5.2012 – WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge. WinPatrol was the pioneer in using a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting attacks and violations of your computing environment.

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