Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 28, 2012

Top 20 Mobile Web Sites and Services – Apps, schmaps. Who needs to download anything when these mobile sites and services offer fast information and entertainment right in your mobile browser?

Facebook Profile Viewer rogue application spreads on social network – A rogue application which claims to allow you to see who has viewed your Facebook profile is spreading between accounts on the popular social network.

Bishop claims the Bible can help with password security – A British Bishop claims that the Bible can provide invaluable support.. for those who want to use a better password online. The Bishop of Rochester in Kent, is urging his congregation this Easter to use Bible quotations to help them remember their website passwords.

If Desktop Linux Is Dead, Someone Had Better Tell All Those Users – It’s hard to take seriously assertions of Linux’s desktop ‘death’ when usage is growing around the globe.

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Ubuntu Unity 5.8 seriously impresses – Jack Wallen gives Ubuntu Unity 5.8 a go and is seriously impressed. Read about the improvements and why Jack is so willing to admit his mistake when proclaiming the Ubuntu desktop dead.

Coming to LibreOffice: Collaborative Editing – Now in prototype form, this new capability will fill in one of the last remaining gaps in the free office suite’s feature set.

U.S. Army Launches App Marketplace Prototype – The U.S. Army has launched an app marketplace prototype that supports iOS apps and will soon support Android apps. The move follows the U.S. Air Force’s deal to secure thousands of iPads.

What are All Those Different Document Formats in Word, and Why Would I Use Them? – If you use Microsoft Word (or a similar word processor), you probably know well enough how to save a document. You click Save, choose a folder, give the document a name, and then click Save, OK, or whatever. What you may not know is how to choose a different format for that document, or why you’d want to.

Richard Clarke: China has hacked every major US company – Cybersecurity advisor Richard Clarke is warning the U.S. that its major companies are being regularly infiltrated by Chinese hackers employed by the Chinese government to steal R&D.

Security Firm AVG Releases Do-Not-Track Feature for Windows – Security Firm AVG Releases Do-Not-Track Feature for Windows If the recent debates around the Federal Trade Commission’s call for a Do-Not-Track tool have you concerned about online privacy, computer security firm AVG recently announced a new do-not-track feature for Windows. AVG’s new tool is available to users of its free and paid security products as a free update.

Using White Balance With RAW, Resetting a Photo’s Date, Understanding Crops, and More – Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me. I reply to as many as I can–though given the quantity of e-mails that I get, I can’t promise a personal reply to each one. I round up the most interesting questions about once a month here in Digital Focus.

Company News:

Apple Dismisses iPad Battery Charging Concerns – An Apple VP explains that the battery charging “issues” with the new iPad are really just normal operating behavior working as designed.

Lenovo Launches Mobile App Store for Businesses – Computer maker Lenovo announced its first enterprise app shop—the Lenovo Enterprise App Shop—to bring end-to-end mobile app services to large businesses, enabling custom management, deployment and publication as well as volume pricing.

Dell, Ubuntu Make Private Clouds More Appealing – Dell and Ubuntu are teaming up to give enterprise customers the opportunity to deploy open-source private clouds with the same features as public clouds, without the cost and risk.

Apple to Offer Refund Over Australian 4G iPad Claims – Apple will offer refunds to people who bought its latest iPad following a claim by Australia’s competition regulator that it ran misleading advertisements over the device’s 4G connectivity. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) took Apple to the Federal Court in Melbourne on Wednesday for allegedly violating sections of the Australian Consumer Law.

Webopedia Daily:

Authoring tool – Also known as authorware, a program that helps you write hypertext or multimedia applications. Authoring tools usually enable you to create a final application merely by linking together objects, such as a paragraph of text, an illustration, or a song. By defining the objects’ relationships to each other, and by sequencing them in an appropriate order, authors (those who use authoring tools) can produce attractive and useful graphics applications. Most authoring systems also support a scripting language for more sophisticated applications.

Off Topic (Sort of):

‘Silence gun’ leaves talkers speechless — literally – Deactivating someone’s voice without their consent is some serious stuff. But the silence gun doesn’t cause any physical harm nor alters the person’s voice in any way. Instead, it operates on a phenomenon called delayed auditory feedback wherein an attached microphone picks up the speech and plays it back with a delay of 200 milliseconds. The echo effect causes the person’s brain to become so disoriented that it literally shuts down the region responsible for speech.

Underhanded tactics guaranteed to land a bigger bonus – Greg Miliates offers some tips — some underhanded — for getting a bigger bonus.

FTC Chairman: Do-Not-Track Law May Not Be Needed – A do-not-track law focused on protecting Web users’ privacy may not be necessary, with private groups working to implement recommendations from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the agency’s chairman said Monday.

Twitter libel case won by ex-cricketer over 24 word tweet – Lawyers are being engaged more often over alleged defamation through Twitter by injured parties hoping to get justice for insults and bullying. £90,000 is a considerable sum for a 24 word tweet.

Online Video Expected to Overtake DVD, Blu-ray Viewing this Year – Online Video Expected to Overtake DVD, Blu-ray Viewing this YearAmericans will watch more movies from legal, online sources in 2012 than they will on DVD or Blu-ray, according to a new study by IHS. Online movie consumption will rise to 3.4 billion views or transactions this year, IHS projects, compared with 2.4 billion views for physical media.

Today’s Quote:

The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps.”

–     Benjamin Disraeli

Today’s Free Downloads:

Privoxy – Some people feel that ads are not only irritating, but also violate their privacy. If you are one of these people, you’ll like Privoxy. This free tool offers a wealth of ways to rid yourself of ads and tracking.

Adblock Plus – Adblock Plus is a powerful, and free, plugin for Firefox, Chrome, and Thunderbird that strips out almost all advertising from the Web pages you view. Install the plugin, restart your browser, and resume surfing.


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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 28, 2012

  1. Brian J McClary

    Bill –

    I liked the article regarding using the mobile website instead of an app. On my new Galaxy Note I have set all my social media bookmarks in the browser instead of any a app for each. Do I save system resources by not having the apps, or do you think it matters based on each user. I really like the fact that I can keep my phone pretty clean and not bogged down.

    • Hi Brian,

      I’m with you on this one. The leaner and meaner one can keep their device, the better.

      Foe example, I find that I’ll often forget to fully close an app (by swiping) when I jumped ahead to a new app. The previous app then sits in the background eating resources. You would think I’d learn – but noooo. 🙂



  2. Hi Bill,
    I read Richard Clack’s piece and it is alarming to say the least. While I always considered him a bit over the top with his rhetoric, I think he has identified the #1 threat to the west. I’m to the point where I will not buy certain products (Thinkpads) because the company is partially owned by the Chinese military. Then again when so many of our electronics are made in China, do we know that they are not building back doors into our computers and routers. They already were proven to have done this with Cisco routers.

    • Hi Mark,

      Just finished a book on the Chinese way of “thinking”. I have no doubt that we’re up against a philosophy which supports worldwide intrusive system probing. On the other hand, I suspect this “game” is part and parcel of virtually all advanced countries play book.