Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 27, 2012

How to Buy Security Software – Security software is a must for any Internet-connected computer, be it PC or Mac. Some will choose the simplicity of an all-in-one suite, others may prefer gathering best-of-breed products for each area of protection. We’ll help you decide.

Five handy apps for recording audio notes – Are you starting to feel like typing your notes just takes too long? Today’s note-capturing apps make it easy for us to grab those great ideas, whether we’re scribbling on an envelope, chatting with a friend, or whistling while we walk. Here are several popular apps you can use when you need to hear yourself think.

Cloudfogger – Cloudfogger provides fee file encryption for Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive and Others. You don’t have to worry about your privacy, your provider or lost devices any more. Cloudfogger secures your files and you’re in control, no matter where you keep your files.

Google Drive Cloud Storage: 10 Things You Should Know About It – After a long development program, Google Drive has finally been released to general availability. But what should customers know about the platform before they start using it?

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15 Cloud Storage Alternatives to Google Gdrive – Google is finally giving to the world–after six years of waiting–its long-anticipated GDrive cloud storage service. But that long wait has given competitors quite the head start. In fact, there are literally dozens of cloud-storage providers available to handle your files in a safe place. Here are 15 of them, most of which offer a “freemium” deal with limited free storage.

Majority of web apps vulnerable to most frequent exploits – 84 percent of web applications from public companies were deemed unacceptable when measured against the OWASP Top 10 most frequently exploited web application vulnerabilities, says security testing firm Veracode in a feature supplement of its annual “State of Software Security Report”.

36 websites selling credit card details shut down – Cybercrime is big business these days, in fact it’s an industry. So it’s not a surprise to find that criminals are embracing ecommerce. But I’m sure some will be surprised to discover just how professional and legitimate criminal websites can appear. For instance, watch the following video to see footage of a website that was selling stolen credit card details.

Microsoft rushes out fix after hackers reset passwords to hack Hotmail accounts – Microsoft says it has fixed a serious vulnerability in Hotmail, that was allowing hackers to reset account passwords, locking out the account’s real owner and giving attackers access to users’ inboxes. News of the critical bug spread rapidly across underground hacking forums, and Whitec0de reported earlier this week that hackers were offering to break into any Hotmail account for as little as $20.

Conficker Worm Remains ‘Ongoing’ Threat – Three-year-old ‘dead’ Windows worm infection is still spreading — mainly via weak or stolen passwords, new Microsoft report says.

Kaspersky: Mac security is ’10 years behind Microsoft’ – In an interview, the security firm’s CEO says Apple has a lot more malware coming its way, and that it’s not putting enough resources into protecting users.

Company News:

Samsung Unveils New Chip, Will Power Next Galaxy Device – The ARM Cortex A9-based, 1.4-GHz processor provides double the processing power of its predecessor, the 45nm process-based Exynos 4 Dual, while consuming 20 percent less power.

Laptop manufacturers planning cheaper clones of high-priced Ultrabooks – Laptop makers are supposedly no longer waiting for Ultrabooks to reach more budget-friendly prices, and have decided to create cheaper models that mimic the design of the Intel notebook platform.

Red Hat and SUSE join IBM in new Linux system, Canonical opts out – While Red Hat and SUSE are throwing their support behind IBM’s new Linux POWER servers, Canonical, Ubuntu’s parent company, has opted to sit this one out.

T-Mobile Wants FCC to Reject Verizon AWS Spectrum Purchase – T-Mobile says Verizon Wireless doesn’t need more AWS spectrum and that proposed spectrum bands that Verizon is offering in exchange for the bands it wants to buy are undesirable and not readily usable.

IBM creates breathing, high-density, light-weight lithium-air battery – As part of IBM’s Battery 500 project — an initiative started by in 2009 to produce a battery capable of powering a car for 500 miles — Big Blue has successfully demonstrated a light-weight, ultra-high-density, lithium-air battery.

Webopedia Daily:

Compulsory License – Also referred to as a statutory license. According to U.S. law, a license to use content under reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, defined by act of Congress. For example, radio broadcasters need a license to play music published through ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. They don’t need to obtain permission from the copyright holders to play a song but must pay usage fees to the copyright holders based on how often a particular song is played.

Off Topic (Sort of):

House Poised to Debate CISPA: Where Are We Now? – There was a massive outcry when Congress tried to enact SOPA to enforce U.S. copyright laws, but don’t expect the same response to the new CISPA act that is before Congress right now. CISPA opposition doesn’t have any other natural base of support. In Washington, that means the odds are CISPA passes.

Never-before-seen photos from 100 years ago tell vivid story of gritty New York City – Almost a million images of New York and its municipal operations have been made public for the first time on the internet. Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, the 870,000 photographs feature all manner of city oversight — from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings. (recommended by Michael F.)

The Future of the $200 Tablet – The low-end, under-$200 tablet market is on the brink of a transformation — and that means you’ll soon be able to get a lot more value for a lot less money.

A Facebook ‘Election’ Could Change Democracy – Think about the implications of a Facebook straw poll between Obama and Romney: one day, millions of “votes,” just weeks before the election. Would Facebook do it?

Living in Public: What Happens When You Throw Privacy Out the Window – I am an extremely private person. I don’t broadcast my location, I use privacy tools to keep advertisers from tracking me, and almost never give any app access to Facebook. Of course, a lot of people don’t have a problem with living publicly. I’ve always wondered what the benefits and downfalls of doing so are, so I decided to give it a three-week test run. Here’s how it went.

Should you refill your printer’s ink cartridges? HP says no (of course) – You’ve undoubtedly heard or seen advertisements for businesses that promise to save you money on printer ink cartridges — one problem, though, according to HP: Refilling doesn’t work.

Today’s Quote:

The best doctor in the world is the veterinarian. He can’t ask his patients what is the matter-he’s got to just know.”

–     Will Rogers

Today’s Free Downloads:

SUPERAntiSpyware Free – Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats.

VirtualBox 4.1.14 – VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.

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