Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 4, 2012

How to Connect Your Android Phone to Wi-Fi – 70 percent of Android users don’t connect to Wi-Fi. Let’s fix that.

20 Clever Apps and Services That Make Great Use of the Cloud – Lots of mobile apps and Web services are available to help people who want all their digital content–not just documents–at their fingertips at any time. We look at 20 that are fun, useful, or both.

The Best Deals on Printer Ink – Sick of getting gouged for ink? We did the math to figure out which printer manufacturers offer decent deals and which ones really stick it to you.

Check from Christian Liberty Financial? Beware spammed-out malware attack – We’re intercepting a malicious spam campaign that claims to come from Christian Liberty Financial, and might trick the unwary into believing that they have landed a windfall of umpteen thousand dollars (the actual amount can vary).

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Ubuntu’s HUD: Light-years beyond any menu system – Ubuntu continues to take Unity into the future of desktops, and with its new HUD system, the desktop has now gone boldly where none has gone before. Jack Wallen introduces the Head-Up Display.

Improve Your Laptop’s Battery Life – Every laptop owner wants to maximize the time between battery recharges. Here’s how to achieve that goal with a few basic hardware and software tweaks; as a bonus, they may improve your notebook’s performance, too.

How to Use Twitter Safely – In light of the discovery of a security bug in TweetDeck, the popular Twitter-owned client, how can you safe in the Twitterverse?

New Ice malware attacking Facebook users – Trusteer researchers have discovered a new configuration of the Ice IX malware that attacks Facebook users after they have logged in to their account and steals credit card and other personal information. Trusteer even discovered a marketing video used by the creators of the malware to demonstrate how the web injection works.

Will Windows 8 Survive in the Post-PC World? – A new IDC research report offers little faith in Windows 8’s success on connected mobile devices, concluding that in the next four years the Windows OS in general will lose share to iOS and get overtaken by Android.

Photo Files 101: All About Megapixels, Megabytes, and DPI – Learn the differences between megapixels, megabytes, and dots per inch, and delve into the relationship between what’s on the monitor and what you print.

Company News:

Samsung Rolls Its Own Ad Exchange for its Phones, Tablets – Samsung said Tuesday that it has formed an ad exchange specifically devoted to the mobile market, which it will use to provide its own ads on its smartphones and tablets

First 4TB enterprise hard drive – HGST introduced the first 4TB enterprise-class hard drive family, the Ultrastar 7K4000. As the only 4TB 7,200 RPM enterprise-class drive in the industry, and one with a 2.0 million hours mean time between failure (MTBF) specification, the Ultrastar family is the ultimate solution for 24×7 enterprise applications such as big data, cloud computing, data warehousing, video-on-demand, disk-to-disk backup, and massive scale-out storage implementations.

Dell’s Long March From PC Maker to IT Services Provider – What started as PCs Unlimited in Michael Dell’s dorm room in 1984 is now Dell, the full-service IT provider. How Dell morphed into the company it is today is an interesting story, to say the least. eWEEK looks back to identify some of the key milestones in that journey.

Samsung, Intel May Be on Course for Server Chip Rivalry – Samsung Electronics appears to be prepping to make a push into the server processor market, taking on x86-based chip makers Intel and Advanced Micro Devices with its ARM-designed products.

Webopedia Daily:

Cloud Storage – Cloud storage means “the storage of data online in the cloud,” wherein a company’s data is stored in and accessible from multiple distributed and connected resources that comprise a cloud. Cloud storage can provide the benefits of greater accessibility and reliability; rapid deployment; strong protection for data backup, archival and disaster recovery purposes; and lower overall storage costs as a result of not having to purchase, manage and maintain expensive hardware. However, cloud storage does have the potential for security and compliance concerns.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Flash and the PDF: Computing’s Last Great and Now Endangered Monopolies – Despite the success of Flash and the PDF, some trends are militating against their dominance. First, Apple’s decision to keep Flash off their iOS devices has blown a hole in the ubiquity of the format. The mobile space, as we noted, is not as troubling for the PDF, but emerging markets might be where the company runs into problems. A full 50 percent of Chinese users and a quarter of Russian users don’t have any PDF reader installed on their machines. (recommended by Michael F.)

Arizona Looks to Outlaw Internet Trolling – Being obnoxious on the Internet may soon cease to be a fundamental right in Arizona, where lawmakers approved a measure that effectively makes trolling illegal.

The Creepiest Apps and Websites – Girls Around Me may have been booted from Apple’s App Store, but these other apps and sites are equally scary.

Apple Hits a Homer with Dubious Research – Research suggests that iPhones are outselling all other phones and that rich people love them (and so should you). Yeah, I’m suspicious too.

Teacher loses job over Facebook photo, files lawsuit – Teacher’s aide Kimberly Hester posted a picture on Facebook that was reported as offensive. She is filing a lawsuit because the school subsequently suspended her for not allowing them access to her profile. Does she have a case?

Google Is Responsible for Misleading Ads, Australian Court Rules – Google is responsible for misleading and deceptive ads that use the name of a company to direct traffic to a competitor’s site, an Australian court ruled on Tuesday.The Federal Court of Australia ruled in an appeal that Google is responsible for misleading and deceptive advertising targeted to appear near search results for a competitor’s name.

Today’s Quote:

Drive-in banks were established so most of the cars today could see their real owners.”

–     E. Joseph Cossman

Today’s Free Downloads:

Process Explorer – Process Explorer looks a bit intimidating at first, and it’s an acquired taste. You can start off by using it just like Task Manager and gradually grow into its unique capabilities. It even has an option called “Replace Task Manager.” Once you use Process Explorer regularly, you may well use that option.

Identity Finder Home Edition 5.7 – Identity Finder goes deep, searching the computer to locate and secure potentially dangerous data – even when you don’t know it exists.



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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 4, 2012

  1. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    70% of Android users don’t connect to wifi? Say it isn’t so! And I thought Android users were smarter than iPhone users 🙂 It was one of the first things I did, so I guess that makes me smarter even than the average Android user. If that statistic is correct, it is mind-boggling. Connecting a smart phone to wifi sure ain’t rocket science (which, after all, is only “light the blue touchpaper and stand clear”).

    If this makes me sound smug, it’s only because I am.

    Kind regards,

    • Hi John,

      You underestimate your capabilities. You know what you know – that ain’t being smug. 🙂

      Had a “tell me about the tech savvy generation” conversation with my main tech supplier just this week. Verdict – thumb texting experts – yes. Wi-fi – “who that?”

      Tech savvy generation – the biggest bunch of malarkey on the planet.



  2. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Re: The Creepiest Apps and Websites.

    Really, you couldn’t make it up. Are people actually so stupid as to think these are harmless fun? Did I really just ask that question? The only use for these, as far as I’m concerned, is so that people can see how much of their own details can be accessed with ease. Care to bet on how many will use them that way?

    Kind regards