Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 14, 2012

Lifehacker Pack for iPad: Our List of the Best iPad Apps – There are over 225,000 apps designed just for the iPad, which makes finding the most essential apps for the tablet a bit of a hunt. Let us save you some time with this collection of the best iPad apps to help you get things done, stay connected, enhance your lifestyle, and more.

Facebook scans chats and posts for criminal activity – Facebook has added sleuthing to its array of data-mining capabilities, scanning your posts and chats for criminal activity. If the social-networking giant detects suspicious behavior, it flags the content and determines if further steps, such as informing the police, are required.

Transfer Google+ Circles Between Accounts With New Tool – Google announced yesterday its newest Google+ Web tool – Takeout – which allows users to transfer circles from one Plus account to another.

Hardkernel ODROID-X runs Android with a quad core CPU for $129 – When the cheap little $35 Raspberry Pi went on sale, it seemed almost inevitable that the tech market would ultimately be deluged with similar Android or Linux powered devices.

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BBC Launches Olympics App for BlackBerry, iOS, Android – The BBC has launched its dedicated Olympics apps for the Android, iOS and BlackBerry mobile platforms.

Play Pong and Read Emails With Your Eyes Using This $60 Device – A new device from a team at Imperial College London costs only $60 to build and lets people with disabilities control their computers using only their eyes.

Fake-A-Call Free Gets You Out of Awkward Situations with Realistic Rings – iPhone: Fake phone call escapes are nothing new, but Fake-A-Call has a certain style when it comes to deliberately faking an important call. The screen looks real, the caller ID is custom, and there’s even a fake answer recording.

Get started with the Galaxy S3 – Stocked with Ice Cream Sandwich and a truckload of Samsung-specific features, the Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) does not fall short in offering ways for you to customize and tweak the interface. With all those options, where do you start? Break the ice with the following five features that make your S3 an even smarter companion.

Tired of Losing Your iPhone at Bars? Maybe You Need a ‘Drunk Phone’ – Today in trends that might or might not be actual trends: drunk phones! They’re cheap phones that young people apparently carry with them on weekend nights so their precious iPhones don’t get lost or dropped in a toilet.

How to Replace Your Laptop Keyboard – We walk you through the process of swapping out an old and busted keyboard for a shiny new one–and saving some bucks by doing it yourself.


Yahoo’s password leak: What you need to know (FAQ) – Yahoo is the latest online service to confirm the disclosure of passwords belonging to throngs of its users. Here’s what we know — and, more important, what you need to do to protect yourself.

Yahoo Patches Email Vulnerability – Yahoo said today that it has fixed the vulnerability that led to the unauthorized release of more than 450,000 email passwords from users of Yahoo Voices.

Apple ‘investigating’ in-app purchase freebie exploit – Apple says it’s looking into an exploit that lets users purchase digital goods inside of iOS applications without paying for them.

Should I Change My Password? Tells You If Your Email Has Been Hacked, Notifies You When More Hacks Happen – In light of yesterday’s Yahoo password breach and new news now that Nvidia and Phandroid forums have been hacked too, you might want to check Should I Change My Password? just to be on the safe side. The site checks your email against any recent hack.

Company News:

Windows 8: The end of the full retail version? – If Microsoft no longer sells full retail versions of Windows starting with Windows 8, as rumored, don’t expect many tears to be shed.

Apple Backs Down, Returns to EPEAT – Apple today reversed course and said it will return eligible products to EPEAT.

7 Ways Digg Dug Its Own Grave – Once a high-flying web property, Digg was sold Thursday for a paltry $500,000. The sale to Betaworks, maker of an iOS news aggregator app and an URL clipper,, was a fraction of the $45 million lavished on the venture by Silicon Valley money lenders since its founding in 2004. Why did Digg fall on hard times? Here are seven reasons.

Will Google take to the streets with its own retail stores? – Google is establishing some “zones” in Best Buy and a few other outlets, but it may end up being compelled to follow Apple and Microsoft with a chain of retail stores worldwide.

Apple to retailers: Don’t sell banned Samsung devices – New court filings show that Apple sent retailers letters warning them not to sell Samsung phones and tablets under a court-ordered sales ban. Samsung calls the tactic “menacing.”

Wikipedia to debut revolutionary travel site? – It seems that the Wikimedia Foundation is getting into the travel business. Can it possibly be more objective than sites like TripAdvisor?

Google rules the smartphone market with Android – Google’s mobile Android operating system continues to dominate the smartphone market, claiming a whopping 51.8% of the lucrative space in June 2012.

Webopedia Daily:

PEAR – PHP Extension and Application Repository – Short for PHP Extension and Application Repository, PEAR is a framework and distribution system for reusable PHP components. PEAR is a community-driven project with the PEAR Group as the governing body. The project was founded by Stig S. Bakken in 1999. The code in PEAR is partitioned in packages, where each package is a separate project with its own development team, version number, release cycle, documentation and a defined relation to other packages (including dependencies). Packages are distributed as gzipped tar files with a description file inside, and installed on your local system using the PEAR installer.

Off Topic (Sort of):

What He Was, Was America – Mayberry was an idyll into which I—into which all of us—could retreat for half an hour. It described a family that, lacking a mother, was more than compensated by the presence of Andy Taylor’s maiden paternal Aunt. Aunt Bee was an angelic matriarch who cooked corn bread and biscuits and fried chicken, and baked all descriptions of pies, and fussed, and clucked and tsk-tsked and tut-tutted her way around her household and her beloved charges. Aunt Bee was pure unqualified love.

What is the probability that you are dreaming right now? – Most people think that even though it is possible that they are dreaming right now, the probability of this is very small, perhaps as small as winning the lottery or being struck by lightning. In fact the probability is quite high. Let’s do the maths.

Why Do We Say That Someone Is ‘Hot’? – An icy stare, a cold-blooded murder, a warm greeting, a hot boyfriend, a chilly reception: Why are our emotions so tied up with temperature? Even holding a hot drink before meeting someone positively influences our opinion of them

Capitalism’s Brave New World – What happens when labour is uncoupled from geography? When work, or “microtasks”, can be outsourced by the second (for microprices) to anyone anywhere with an internet connection? It’s happening now

Today’s Quote:

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

–     Wayne Gretzky

Today’s Free Downloads:

Free Media Player VLC 2.0.2 Plays Almost Any Video File – VLC’s default interface is slightly clunky, but its ability to play virtually any file type without external codecs and cornucopia of controls makes it a must-have download.

Intel Ethernet Connections CD – This Zip file contains all of the Intel® Ethernet network drivers and software for currently supported versions of Windows*, Linux* and FreeBSD* for most Intel® Ethernet Adapters as found on the CD that accompanies Intel® Ethernet Adapters.

WinPrefetchView 1.11 – WinPrefetchView is a small utility that reads the Prefetch files stored in your system and display the information stored in them. By looking in these files, you can learn which files every application is using, and which files are loaded on Windows boot.

VirusTotal Scanner 1.5 – is a free online scan service that analyzes suspicious files using 40+ Anti-virus applications. ‘VirusTotal Scanner’ is the desktop tool which helps you to quickly scan your file using VirusTotal without actually uploading the file.


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