Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 5, 2012

Why You Should Consider Using More Than One Antivirus App – Antivirus software is somewhat of a necessity if you’re a Windows user, but the software you choose really does matter, and one app might not be enough. Security expert Brandon Gregg believes that your best bet is a combination of Microsoft Security Essentials (our pick) and a free or open-sourced product. Here’s why.

How to protect your Facebook account from stalkers – There are three things you can do to protect yourself from Facebook stalking apps: uninstall some of them, limit the information your friends’ apps can see, and/or block all apps period.

Five good alternatives to Windows Media Player – You aren’t locked into using the media player that comes with Windows. Here are several possibilities you might like better.

Disaster-Proof Your Data with Online Backup – Here we present the full gamut of online backup services we’ve tested, along with price comparisons and ratings. You’ll also learn about other functions some of the services offer, such as folder syncing, mobile access to your files, file sharing, and local backup software that works in lockstep with the online service.

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Facebook logins aren’t being properly protected on iPhones, iPads and Android devices – Facebook login credentials could be lifted from smartphones because the site is not encrypting the sensitive data on iOS and Android devices.

Improve Your Windows 7 Registry With 7 Easy Tweaks – Take more control of your Windows 7 system with these quick and easy Registry tweaks.

How The Free Market Fails Privacy-Conscious Consumers – It’s a truism that the pace of technological change outstrips society’s ability to grasp the impact of that change. For the most part, the consequences of this are benign and the remedies straight-forward –think: “mobile phones ringing in the movie theater.” Not infrequently, however, our failure to grasp the true significance of technological innovation can have tragic consequences.

Bogus Apple gift card offer leads to phishing – An email purportedly sent by Apple and offering to long term customers the possibility of buying a gift card worth a 100 Australian dollars for the price of 9 has been targeting Australian Apple devotees, warns Hoax-Slayer.

Cybercriminals target Google, LinkedIn and Mass Effect 3 users – During March 2012, GFI Labs documented several spam attacks and malware-laden email campaigns infiltrating users’ systems under the guise of communications purporting to be from well-known companies and promotions for popular products and services.

Build It: A Sub-$400 Small-Form-Factor PC – If you don’t want a big desktop with a big price tag, you can build a small, inexpensive one yourself–and in less than an hour. We walk you through the step-by-step.

Company News:

WOT Services Ltd. is a Finalist for the 2012 Red Herring Top 100 Europe Award – WOT Services Ltd. announced today it has been selected as a Finalist for Red Herring’s Top 100 Europe award, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the European business region. The nominees are evaluated on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, quality of management, execution of strategy, and integration into their respective industries.

Samsung Starts Manufacturing Speedy MicroSD Card – The microSD HC card stores up to 16GB and has a maximum sequential read speed of 80MBps (megabytes per second), according to internal tests conducted by Samsung. That is more than four times the read speed of today’s advanced microSD cards, which have speeds up to 21MBps, Samsung said.

Report: HP Shakes Up Leadership in R&D Division – Hewlett-Packard chief executive Meg Whitman has promised the company will double down on research and development as HP plots a course out of a rut that’s seen HP shares lose more than 40 percent of their value in the past year, but the company will have to do it without its current head of R&D, Prith Banerjee, according to All Things D.

Microsoft Ranks 17 on List of Top Linux Kernel Contributors – For the first time, Microsoft has made the list of the top 20 contributors to the Linux kernel, the operating system that the company once rallied against, according to The Linux Foundation’s annual development report.

Webopedia Daily:

iBooks – A free app and e-book reader available on the Apple App Store that enables users to search for, download and read books on Apple iOS-powered devices such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Users can download and access iBooks through iTunes, and once installed, the iBooks app connects users to the iBookstore, an online book store with a selection of more than 700,000 paid and free books. iBooks also integrates with Apple’s iCloud service, enabling users to access books purchased or downloaded through iBooks on all of their iOS devices.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Internet-induced fear culture (or: Why Girls Around Me isn’t the problem) – Last week, a story about an iPhone app captured the attention and ire of the tech world. All of these reports seem to assume that a rapist or murderer is standing around every corner — but that couldn’t be further from the truth, and the internet-induced fear culture is to blame.

Important Facts About Near-Field Communications – Near-Field Communications (NFC) has logically been drawing attention, given the proliferation of wireless gadgets and the increasing number of tasks we conduct with them. It sounds handy to just click to pay, but before you open your digital wallet, here are some considerations.

Infographic: The who, what, and where of identity theft in the U.S. – The source of this infographic on identity theft complaints in the U.S. is the Federal Trade Commission. See a breakdown of the numbers by age group and region.

Google’s ‘Project Glass’ Teases Augmented Reality Glasses – Google takes the wraps off its long-rumored augmented reality glasses that overlays messaging, weather data, maps, video chat, and more within a pair of glasses.

Just how big are porn sites? – It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a person in possession of a fast internet connection must be in want of some porn. We all know that porn sites are a big part of the web — but their actual size will astonish you.

Today’s Quote:

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.”

–    Douglas Adams

Today’s Free Downloads:

Screenshot Captor – Screenshots are great for illustrating software bugs, showing a relative or friend how to do something on the computer, documenting your gaming feats, and dozens of other daily uses. Screenshot Captor (free) lets you take many kinds of screenshots, and in some ways it performs even better than Snagit.

SSuite Office – Premium HD 1.4.1 – The world’s first free HD optimized office software. This office suite runs on the Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8 platforms only.



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9 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 5, 2012

  1. John Bent

    Re: Internet-induced fear culture (or: Why Girls Around Me isn’t the problem)

    Hi Bill,

    Wow! That’s a relief.

    Kind regards

    • Hi John,

      I know Sebastien – he and I were at Makeuse of together. He’s a smart fella.

      This leads into a terrific conversation I had recently with Sandro Villinger (Tuneup Utilities), on just how FU tech journalism has become (we agreed). Sensationalism is the name of the game at the moment. True perspective left by the back door.

      I’ve been struggling with an article on this for the last week or so. Hopefully, it’ll come together sooner rather than later.



    • delenn13

      I know, John, it is a relief. Just wait until “they” find out “The internet is REALLY for Pr0n.” (Wait for Bill’s spam filter to have a heart attack on us for that one.)

      • Nope – no problem with the the filter. 🙂

      • John Bent

        No worries delenn13, I’m sure it’s just you and I that know this 🙂 Bill won’t understand what we’re talking about.

        • Lol!!

          Sorry, I approved that, and just now checked my comment spam folder.

          Take a look –

          katiedenyal – Submitted on 2012/04/06 at 5:04 pm

          Hi nice blog, why dont you check out mine, some nice pics there

 – Submitted on 2012/04/06 at 4:54 pm

          Who likes to see me undressed, take a look at my blog

 – Submitted on 2012/04/06 at 4:44 pm

          who likes naked girls? check out my pics see what you think

          Just a very few. 🙂


  2. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Two of them appear as links but I’m not tempted. Too old I guess. I passed 12 a while ago.

    Kind regards

    PS I’m off to bed now after an early start this morning and what passes as a long drive here, 400 miles. Nothing to do with the above, honest 😉

    • Hi John,

      Just a few of the hundreds which pass by here every day. And, for those in need, the usual “enhancement” products. 🙂

      400 miles is a long drive – even on an expressway at high speed. Been a while since I did 400 miles at one sitting. Over 400 and it’s flight time for me these days.



      • John Bent

        Hi Bill,

        In fact, twice in 3 days. A friend’s funeral sadly. Needed the car for ferrying those even older than I. Actually I prefer to drive, can listen to my choice of music without cans, and as loud as I like. I was on my own, so I might even have recommended some other drivers go forth and multiply 🙂

        Good night