Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 19, 2012

Windows 8 Store gets first Metro Twitter app and more – A new Twitter app, a new game, and an update to existing blogging app have popped up in the Windows 8 Store.

How Google Drive will compare to Dropbox – It seems that the long-rumored Google Drive is finally going to show up. From what we know now about it at this point, here’s how will it compare to Dropbox and other popular cloud storage services.

Dr. Google misdiagnoses one out of four women – Women with health concerns are twice as likely to go online for advice than to ask a doctor, their friends, or even their mothers, especially with embarrassing symptoms.

New Bill in the UK wants internet to be censored from porn by default – A new Bill wants to protect children by requiring all users to opt-in if they want to access porn. This would create a system of censorship by default. Is this necessary when parents already have access to porn-management tools?

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FCC’s Ruling that Google’s Wi-Fi Snooping is Legal Sets Horrible Precedent – Anyone looking for assurance that the privacy of their home wireless networks would be protected from snoopers by government regulators won’t find it in the Federal Communication Commission’s recent action against Google.

The Most Annoying Android Apps – Some of the most popular apps for Android devices access too much information, suck too much data, or use up all of your battery life. Here’s a list of apps to watch out for–and why.

Mozilla Blocks Java in Firefox for Some Mac Users – Mozilla this week began blocking outdated versions of a Java plug-in in Firefox for some Mac users after calling the threat posed by the Flashback malware “evident and imminent.”

New firewall safeguards against medical-device hacking – Researchers at Purdue and Princeton universities have created a prototype firewall to block hackers from interfering with wireless medical devices such as pacemakers, insulin-delivery systems and brain implants. The team had previously demonstrated how medical devices could be hacked, potentially leading to catastrophic consequences.

3 Web Resources for Books, Video and Web Forms – Voracious readers will love this free book exchange, plus a great video search site and an affordable way to make your own Web forms.

What is the Raspberry Pi? – The “$25 PC” project from The Raspberry Pi Foundation has turned out to be one of the most exciting and successful hardware launches of 2012. If you need to get up to speed on the RasPi, then this is the article for you.

Google Warns 20,000 Webmasters About ‘Weird Redirects’ – The head of Google’s Web spam team says that the company has pushed warning messages to some 20,000 Web site owners that their sites may be compromised and are performing “weird” redirections, possibly to malicious Web sites.

Trace Your Family Tree – Ever wonder where you come from? Explore your roots, build a family tree, and record life events important to you and your family with one of these great genealogy programs.

Company News:

Verizon Wireless to Sell Spectrum — If Cable Deal Is Approved – Verizon Wireless announced plans to sell off some of its coveted 700-MHz spectrum – provided its pending $3.6 billion purchase of spectrum from U.S. cable companies is approved by regulators.

How Oracle Hopes to Prove Its Case vs. Google – The long-awaited trial over whether Google infringed on Oracle’s Java patents and copyrights in its creation of Android has finally begun. The two IT giants have taken turns accusing each other of improprieties in the case, in which Oracle has asked for about $1 billion in damages. Here, eWEEK shows the evidence that Oracle is using to prove its point against Google.

IKEA Integrates Home Theater System into Uppleva Furniture Line – The Uppleva line will offer choices of HD LED TV sizes ranging from 24 to 46 inches. It will also include Wi-Fi, USB ports and space for game consoles.

Analyst: Intel Can’t Get No Respect – A fascination with the rapid growth of the smartphone and tablet markets has Wall Street underestimating Intel’s staying power, says longtime chip watcher Jon Peddie.

Red Hat Builds In-Memory Data Grid 6 for Java – Open Source Infinispan project grows up in first beta of upcoming commercial Java product.

Webopedia Daily:

Plastic Optical Fiber – Abbreviated as POF, plastic optical fiber is a type of optical fiber that uses polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) as the core material that allows the transmission of light. POF is often called consumer optical fiber as it is a low-cost optical fiber alternative that is easier to use than glass optical fiber. It sustains a data transfer speed of 2.5GB/s, which isn’t as fast as glass optical fiber, but is much faster than traditional copper wire.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Nanocopters, Smartbirds, and beyond: The coolest robot videos ever – ExtremeTech’s David Cardinal combed through over 100 videos in order to find the best examples of robotics technology online. He found some amazing ones, so sit back and get ready to be impressed.

Errors, Outliers Obscure Cybercrime Losses – Estimates of the extent of cyber crime are hopelessly overblown, two computer security researchers argue in an editorial from Sunday’s New York Times.

What recruiters see in the first six seconds of looking at your resume – A new study shows that job recruiters give resumes only a six-second perusal. Here’s what they look at.

Philips’ L Prize bulb is efficient, expensive, and available – LED bulbs have been making great strides, and Philips’ L Prize winner is the current king-of-the-hill, but $60 is a lot to pay for increased efficiency. This is an incredible piece of technology that will save you money in the long run (and will be a good deal cheaper soon).

Today’s Quote:

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.”

–     Peter Drucker

Today’s Free Downloads:

ForgetBox – ForgetBox is a handy utility that handles the heavy lifting of file transfers. The free version comes with a few limitations: Files are stored on the servers for only 24 hours after the recipient is notified of their availability. And recipients must wait 15 seconds before downloading the files.

DAEMON Tools Lite – With DAEMON Tools you can back up your physical CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray discs into “virtual discs” or so called “disc image” files, which run directly on your hard drive.


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