Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 29, 2012

Five great tips to get you started with the Nexus 7 – Getting started with the Nexus 7 can be a bit daunting if it’s your first tablet, or if you’re not familiar with Android. But, that’s why we’re here. We have rounded up the best Nexus 7 tips and tricks to help get you started with your latest tech addiction.

$48 mini Android PC is out in the wild – Essentially, the CX-01 is a $48 mini PC with integrated WiFi that’s about the size of a large flash drive. It is powered by a Telechips TCC8920 ARM Cortex-A5 single core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of storage space and runs Android 4.0. The device – manufactured by Pandawill – is designed to plug directly into your TV via an HDMI adapter, allowing you to run Android apps and other content right on your TV screen.

App Lets You Send Pictures via Sound – Chirp uses sound to transmit words, pictures and URLs from one phone to another, and it gets its name because its data transmission sounds like a robotic bird.

5 Things To Do Before You Give Back Your Work PC – With today’s ever-changing job scene, chances are you will end up moving from one company to another at some point. Turning in your work PC will be an inevitable part of the process, but irresponsibly doing so may jeopardize your personal security, leave you ill-prepared for your new job, and unknowingly burn bridges. Here are five essential tips to avoid these pitfalls.

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Google Handwrite Pits Mobile Search Against Your Withered Penmanship – Google has rolled out a feature called Handwrite that works with smartphones and tablets through a simple settings tweak – there’s no app that needs to be installed, in other words. Cruise over to on your phone, then tap the Settings link at the bottom of the page (on tablets, click the gear icon in the upper right corner of your browser). You can then enable the new Handwrite setting.

iPhone and iPad App Helps Navigate National Parks – This National Geographic offering is a worthwhile tool for planning your next visit to a national park, particularly if you’re willing to download the individual guides for each park, though its scope is limited.

Minding your manners when sharing in social media – We learn how to act with politeness, respect, and courtesy in the real world. But in the virtual world, manners are still developing. Some thoughts on commonsense considerateness in the realm of social media.

Five Cool Things About Google Fiber (and One Not So Cool Thing) – Never before have so many people all of a sudden thought, “I wonder if Kansas City is a nice place to live?” That’s because Google recently announced the details behind Google Fiber, its TV and high-speed Internet service.

Is Windows 8 Really a ‘Catastrophe’ for Content Creators? – Valve Software’s Gabe Newell just called Windows 8 a “catastrophe.” Is he right?

Blizzard patches Diablo III Wizard “God Mode” exploit – Blizzard has rolled out a another Diablo III hotfix – effectively eliminating a “God Mode” exploit that made Wizard-class players invincible.


Laws on Wi-Fi sniffing still up in the air, say specialists – Got a Wi-Fi network? If someone, say Google or the government, sniffs your open network, you may think you’re legally protected. Don’t be so sure. It remains unclear whether the law protects your unencrypted Wi-Fi from interception, because there are differing interpretations and lack of court precedent, Kevin Bankston, senior counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology, said in a session at Defcon yesterday.

Tools boast easy cracking of Microsoft crypto for businesses – ChapCrack and CloudCracker reveal sensitive corporate communications — including passwords — protected by the popular PPTP encryption protocol, which is based on an algorithm from Microsoft, a researcher says at Defcon.

New Mac Trojan Targets Specific Individuals – Security firm Intego says the Trojan is actually espionage malware that spies on victims using instant messaging clients, browsers, and Skype.

NSA Chief Asks Hackers at Defcon for Help Securing Cyberspace – Hackers can help educate people who don’t understand cybersecurity as well as they do, and protect help networks, civil liberties, and privacy, the NSA chief said.

Security Experts Cold on Former FBI Official’s Black Hat Keynote – A former FBI official’s keynote at the Black Hat security conference got a chilly reception Thursday from security experts who bristled at his call for business to do more to help the government defend against cyber attacks.

Company News:

No ‘Samsung Didn’t Copy Us’ Notice on Apple Website … for Now – Those of you keeping an eye out for Apple’s “Samsung didn’t copy us” note on its U.K. website will be waiting a bit longer. A London court on Thursday agreed to delay its judgment.

How Low Can Facebook Go? – Facebook shares have fallen 36% since the IPO, which generated $9 billion for company insiders. “It has become a show-me story,” one analyst said.

Is Apple taking a financial interest in Twitter? – The New York Times reports that Apple has had talks with Twitter about taking a major stake in the social-media company.

Galaxy Phones Drive Samsung to Record Profit Again – Samsung, the world’s largest technology company by revenue, reported another record-high quarterly profit as customers flocked to Galaxy smartphones, helping it outdo rivals at a challenging time for the global tech industry.

New Apple ‘Genius’ Ads: Hit, Miss, or Insulting? – Apple debuts a new series of “Genius” ads during the Olympics, but not all are taking kindly to their treatment

Skype Responds to Claims of Increased Involvement with Law Enforcement – Yesterday, the Washington Post ran a story claiming that Skype recently expanded its cooperation with authorities, and the architecture changes let the company provide more chat and user info to feds. Last evening, Skype officially responded to the various allegations in a blog post by COO Mark Gillett. In a nutshell, Gillett says the rumors are nuts.

Webopedia Daily:

Sleekbook – A marketing term developed by Hewlett-Packard to refer to AMD-powered ultraportable laptops that fit between Intel’s ultrabook designation and the more traditional notebook or laptop. While HP’s sleekbooks share many similarities with ultrabooks, the company created the sleekbook name to give it more leeway in creating new thin and light notebook computers that don’t meet all of Intel’s restrictive specifications for ultrabooks.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Ecuador: US WikiLeaks extradition would be “evil” – The Ecuadorian government is reportedly attempting to prevent the “evil” extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States.

@NBCOlympics: ‘Great opening show; too bad you can’t see it’ – The network tape-delays the Olympics opening ceremony in the U.S., yet live-tweets the event (to get you all excited about not being able to see it on NBC?). Even Salesforce’s Marc Benioff tweets a link to a pirate site.

Amazon CEO Gives $2.5 Million for Washington Gay Marriage Law – founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced Friday they are donating $2.5 million to the campaign to defend Washington’s same-sex marriage law.

Alcohol + energy drinks = risky sex? – There just may be a link between caffeinated energy drinks mixed with alcohol and casual sex. How so, you ask?

The Mojave, the beating heart of the aviation world (pictures) – The vast desert northeast of Los Angeles is filled with military and civilian aviation facilities — and some of the most exciting aircraft in history fly, and have flown, there.

WWII German U-boat found off Massachusetts coast – A team of divers organized and funded by New Jersey lawyer Joe Mazraani recently discovered a German submarine nearly 70 years after it was sunk in a World War II naval battle off the Massachusetts coast.

Today’s Quote:

“And so faith is closing your eyes and following the breath of your soul down to the bottom of life, where existence and nonexistence have merged into irrelevance. All that matters is the little part you play in the vast drama.”

–     Real Live Preacher

Today’s Free Downloads:

Waterfox 14.0.2 – Waterfox is basically a 64-Bit version of Firefox. The Firefox source code is taken and compiled to run specifically for 64-Bit Windows computers. To make Waterfox stand out a bit more, it’s compiled with optimizations so that it will run more efficiently and faster than just compiling Firefox as a 64-Bit program.

AppRemover – AppRemover is a software application which enables you to uninstall security applications such as antivirus and antispyware from your computer. It completely removes applications and extraneous files left behind.

Google Chrome Portable – Google Chrome Portable is a web browser that runs web pages and applications with lightning speed. It’s designed to be simple and stylish. It’s packaged as a portable app, so you can take your browsing experience with you.

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