Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 23, 2012

Best Google Chrome Extensions 2012 – These 61 amazing extensions will turn your Chrome browser installation into a secure productivity and sharing powerhouse.

Twelve ways to customize Android – Android devices allow for a great deal of modification. Here are 12 ways to customize your device today.

Evernote Hello Comes to Android, Helps You Remember People – This free app, now available for Android as well as iOS, captures more information about new contacts than even the best business card.

You Can Now Edit Your Comments on Facebook – If you’ve ever made a horrible comment on Facebook or dropped an embarrassing typo on a friend’s status update, then you’ll be happy to hear that you can now fully edit comments on Facebook posts. You could edit comments before if you did so within the first minute of making a comment, but now you can do it any time you like.

New to Linux? Zorin OS 6 Makes the Transition Easy – This newly updated Linux distribution aims to be ‘the gateway to Linux for Windows users.’

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Send texts from your computer with MightyText – MightyText (free) is similar to iMessage, except for Android. You can send SMS from your computer or tablet (all you need is a Web browser), and still use your own phone number. You’ll also be able to screen incoming calls by seeing the caller information on the computer. This is also a great way to stay in touch with friends and family if you forget your phone at home or work and can’t run off to get it right away.

What happens when you report abuse on Facebook? – If you encounter abusive content on Facebook, do you press the “Report abuse” button? Facebook publishes an infographic, showing how it handles abuse reports from its 900 million users.

Iran Discovers “Massive Cyber Attack,” Points Finger at US, UK, Israel – Iran’s intelligence minister Heydar Moslehi claims the country has uncovered a “massive cyber attack” it believes was jointly launched by the United States, England and Israel, according to reports from PressTV, Iran’s state-owned English language news network, yesterday.

Trojan infection triggers massive printing jobs – If your printers start printing garbage characters until they run out of paper, it’s a sure sign your network has been hit by the Milicenso Trojan. According to Symantec researchers, the garbled printouts are just a side effect of the infection and not its goal. But, as side effects go, this one is very welcome, as it will surely make security staff at enterprises suspicious and set them looking for the trigger.

Attackers Targeting MSXML Flaw With Malicious Flash Files – The unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer’s MSXML component that Microsoft warned users about earlier this month is being used in attacks that employ malicious Flash files. Researchers say that the attacks are taking the form of drive-by downloads launched from compromised legitimate sites.

Convicted sex offenders must reveal their criminal status on Facebook, says Louisiana law – Starting August 1, convicted child predators and sex offenders in Louisiana not only have to register with the local authorities, such as police and schools, they will also be required to post their criminal status on their Facebook page.

BlackBerry 10: What We Know So Far – Research in Motion gave us just a small taste of BlackBerry 10 in early May, but lately it’s been showing off a little more. Crackberry, Engadget and The Verge all recently spent some hands-on time with an early version of BlackBerry 10 on Dev Alpha hardware. The software is still a work in progress, and the first BlackBerry 10 phones won’t be out until the fourth quarter of this year, but at least now we can at a general sense of how RIM’s next operating system will work.

What is That ‘D’ Drive for, Anyway? – Your D: drive is not actually another hard drive, nor is it the letter assigned to a memory-card slot. Instead, it’s most likely a partition of your primary hard drive, a separate area created especially to hold certain files or data. In other words, you have just one physical drive, but it’s divided — partitioned — into two chunks. So, what’s on that second chunk, a.k.a. D:? The most likely answer: system-restoration files placed there by the computer manufacturer. See, few modern PCs come with recovery discs, instead relying on far more convenient recovery software loaded right on the hard drive — and stored on a special partition.

Company News:

SafeNet And Pitney Bowes Collaborate On The First Cryptographically Secured Digital Mailbox In The Cloud – By selecting SafeNet as its security technology partner, Volly’s digital mailbox content can securely reside in the cloud.

Amazon Appstore readies for international distribution – A smattering of European countries will be first non-U.S. markets to offer the Amazon Appstore later this year.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 is ready today – The latest and greatest version of Red Hat’s flagship Linux operating system is out. A day after Red Hat announced great earnings, the billion-dollar Linux company announced the global availability of the next version of its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system, RHEL 6.3.

Nintendo to launch 3DS XL on August 19 – While it’s no surprise Nintendo is super-sizing its 3D portable system, we’re shocked it doesn’t have a right stick.

HTC stops sales, operations in Brazil – HTC is pulling out of Brazil after failing to capitalize on the growing market, blog AndroidPIT reported today. According to the blog, the company is shutting down operations in Brazil, laying off dozens of workers, and stopping the wholesale of its devices. HTC has promised to continue its customer support in the market, AndroidPIT said.

Webopedia Daily:

Cyberbullying – Slang term used to describe online harassment, which can be in the form of flames, comments made in chat rooms, the sending of offensive or cruel e-mail, or even harassing others by posting on blogs, Web pages or social networking sites (SNS) such as Facebook or MySpace. Unlike physical bullying, cyberbullying can often be difficult to track as the cyberbully — the person responsible for the acts of cyberbullying — can remain anonymous when threatening others online.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Smartphonatics: How the Smartphone-Obsessed Are Changing Our Society – A new breed of smartphone users–smartphonatics–are changing the way we bank and play. A lot of it makes life easier. Some of it is just plain rude or obsessive.

Why Isn’t Cybercrime Worse? – Bank robbers have a clear motivation for their crimes: money. It’s there for the taking; all you have to do is get to it. But there are a lot of inherent risks involved with robbing banks, and, as a new study shows, not a great deal of return. And yet people keep robbing banks. In cybercrime, the motivation is the same, the rewards are huge and the risk of being caught is far lower. So the question is, why isn’t cybercrime worse?

What happened to Turing’s thinking machines? – Less than a decade after the first electronic computer, British mathematician Alan Turing posed the question, ‘Can machines think?’. To answer that point Turing devised a test in which machines conducted conversations with human judges. If the machine’s written responses fooled the judges into believing it was a person, it could be said to be a thinking machine. So where are the thinking machines, and will computers ever match the general intelligence of an individual?

E-Book Borrowers Scarce at U.S. Libraries – The e-ink is on the walls for e-book readers, publishers, and carriers. Despite the rise in tablet and e-reader popularity in the last few years, the American public is still in the dark about accessing e-books, according to a recent Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project survey.

Gesture recognition: Wave if you think it’s the future – At the moment the latest user interfaces are dominated by touch. But things are changing fast and technology is pointing us in new directions.

How to Fix Movies that Are Really Quiet, then REALLY LOUD – Have you ever watched a movie where the dialogue was almost inaudible, but then all of a sudden an action scene comes in and shakes your house with noise? Here’s how to fix that problem in VLC.

Today’s Quote:

“The old ways are dead. And you need people around you who concur. That means hanging out more with the creative people, the freaks, the real visionaries, than you’re already doing. Avoid the dullards; avoid the folk who play it safe. They can’t help you any more. Their stability model no longer offers that much stability. They are extinct, they are extinction.”

–     Hugh Macleod

Today’s Free Downloads:

Emsisoft Free Emergency Kit – The Emsisoft Emergency Kit contains a collection of programs that can be used without a software installation to scan and clean infected computers for malware.

Gimpshop 2.8.0 – Gimpshop is a FREE, downloadable photo and image editing software program built to rival Adobe Photoshop. Restore, touch up and manipulate photos, create complex animations, or just use GIMP as a simple paint program. The only limit is your imagination.


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