Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 30, 2012

35 Apps That Can Make You More Productive – The 35 programs, plug-ins, and services in this list are among our favorites for helping anyone be more productive. It’s by no means a comprehensive list, but we hope it lets you explore your options among the truly necessary productivity tools, as well as introduce you to some hidden gems that you might have missed while you were busy getting things done.

10 Google search secrets – If you’re looking for unique Google search tips, you’ve come to the right place. These are 10 Google search secrets that not even some of the most astute searchers are aware of!

Adobe’s latest critical security update pushes scareware – Adobe just released a critical Flash Player security update. Good news: it includes a new automatic updater for Windows. Bad news: Adobe’s download page pushes a misleading “system optimizer” designed to scare users into paying for unneeded repairs.

12 Tips for Printing Great Photos – With a bit of knowledge and practice, you should be able to print great-looking photos at home. Here are 12 techniques for improving the quality of your prints.

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Reminder: All Facebook Pages getting Timeline today – All Facebook Pages will get the new Timeline design on Friday March 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM PST. Page administrators that haven’t started adding Timeline-specific content should do so asap.

LevineCentral’s Mail Parse: Tracing Emails – To parse, interpret and trace the email headers, just paste in the mail headers from any email message and it will show the mail server hops and the times between hops, both individual and cumulative. Also displayed is an IP address associated with a mail server (if provided in the mail headers) linked to where you can lookup the actual owner of that IP address. This IP lookup is useful if mail server names are forged, which can occur in spam emails. (recommended by Michael F.)

Scammers advertise Pinterest bots on Facebook – Internet scammers have launched a paid advertising campaign on Facebook targeting Pinterest fans, bringing the hunt for victims to a higher level of investment and sophistication to online social fraud, according to Bitdefender.

What Ubuntu users think about Ubuntu 2012 – Ubuntu’s come a long way from being the popular Debian-based Linux distribution for desktops. So, who uses Ubuntu today and what do they think about where Ubuntu is now and where it’s going?

Interview with a Pinterest spammer, earning $1000 a day – A spammer, who claims to earn $1000 a day by automatically posting affiliate links onto Pinterest from thousands of bot accounts, has given an interview describing his operation.

Get More Out of Your Kindle Fire Tablet: Five Tips – Here’s how to rock your Kindle Fire with a new look, better apps, and awesome content–none of which will cost you a dime.

How to Play PC Games on Your HDTV – You can take advantage of your high-powered gaming system to play PC games and classic console games at beautiful resolutions on your HDTV. Here’s how to do it.

Company News:

Dell Ends Smartphone Sales in the US – Dell has stopped selling smartphones in the U.S. as it tweaks its mobile strategy to focus more on emerging markets and higher-margin products.

Red Hat: The first billion dollar Linux company has arrived – Red Hat didn’t just break a billion dollars in annual earnings, it smashed its way pass a billion bucks with a fiscal year revenue of $1.13 billion, up 25% year-over-year.

MasterCard releases tool that predicts ecommerce fraud – Merchants have a new tool at their disposal to help mitigate the risk of fraud in online transactions, with MasterCard’s introduction of Expert Monitoring Fraud Scoring for Merchants.

Spotify Extends Free Listening Period in U.S. – The company just announced it is continuing its free holiday for American users in an effort to drive even more awareness. Spotify currently has 10 million users, but the important figure is that three million of them are paying for subscriptions. It is also an office favorite here at PCMag, so it has that going for it as well.

Box Launches OneCloud for Enterprise Application Sharing – Box OneCloud provides a suite of about 30 free business applications that enable workers to access, edit, and share content from their iPhones or iPads.

News Corp. faces new hacking allegations involving pay TV – A software division of News Corp. is accused of trying to bump off rival pay-TV services by hacking their smartcodes and enabling the public to view the competitors’ transmissions for free.

Webopedia Daily:

Image Dimensions – Image dimensions are the length and width of a digital image. It is usually measured in pixels, but some graphics programs allow you to view and work with your image in the equivalent inches or centimeters. Depending on what you plan to use your image for you may want to change the image size. For example, if you are using a high-resolution digital photograph, you may want to make the image dimensions smaller for publishing to a Web page. When using a graphics or image-editing program, you will usually have two options for changing the image dimensions: resize or resample.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Conservatives trust science less than ever – Political conservatives are increasingly defining themselves as ‘anti-science’, with the number of Republicans saying they trust science having fallen dramatically over the last 25 years.

MIT discovers the location of memories: Individual neurons – By triggering a small cluster of neurons, the researchers were able to force the subject to recall a specific memory. By removing these neurons, the subject would lose that memory. For the first time ever, we have proof that memories are physical rather than conceptual.

End-user IT training: Can it really pass the test? – Technology is so easy to use these days that some might question the need for training when most end-users seem happy just bumbling along.

Attacked by Anonymous: How to defend against a denial-of-service – Alfonso Barreiro witnessed an Anonymous-led attack firsthand. Here is a description of their primary weapons and the countermeasures that can be taken against them.

Half of American Homes Own at Least One Apple Product – The beast that is Apple is infiltrating American homes by way of its iPhones, iPods, iPads, MacBooks, and other now-iconic products. According to a CNBC survey, more than half (51 percent) of U.S. households own at least one Apple product. That comes to 55 million homes with some kind of Apple gadget, and that number is expected to grow.

Today’s Quote:

Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.”

–     Charles F. Kettering

Today’s Free Downloads:

ImgBurn – ImgBurn can write most types of CD / DVD images and it supports all the latest writers (including booktype / bitsetting on many of the major ones – i.e. BenQ, LiteOn, NEC, Plextor, Sony). You can even use ImgBurn to erase / format your rewritable media.

System Mechanic Free – System Mechanic Free is a complete suite of powerful system repair and maintenance tools. The 7 core tools included in System Mechanic Free are designed to boost speed, fix problems, and instantly improve PC performance.

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