Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 10, 2012

The Lifehacker Pack for Students – Every year we put together a list of our Lifehacker App packs for each operating system. In the spirit of those lists we figured it was time to put together a list for students getting ready for school. Whether you’re on Windows, Mac, iPhone, or Android, we’ve got you covered.

How to Fix Your Wi-Fi Network: 7 Tips – A quick guide to fixing the most common Wi-Fi problems that crop up at home, in the office, or on the road.

Best Google Nexus 7 Apps: 16 Free Downloads for Your Android Tablet – You have a shiny new Google Nexus 7 Android tablet. Now it’s time to make it your own with some valuable mobile apps for entertainment, social networking, remote-PC access, instant messaging, sports, gaming and more. Best of all: They’re all free.

The 100 Best iPad Apps – Apple owes its tablet industry dominance to superior hardware and an elegant mobile OS. It also has a huge lead when it comes to native apps designed for a 10-inch tablet. In March 2012, it revealed that there are more than 170,000 dedicated iPad apps that run the gamut from the business-centric to the creative. That amount is probably close to 200,000 now. Here are PCMag’s favorite 100.

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Choose the Right Graphics Card: 2012 Edition – GPUs today are more than just gaming accelerators. They speed up a wide range of applications, and this guide helps you pick the best match for your needs.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removes the ickiest threats with no muss or fuss, but is it an essential PC security app? Learn how it compares with industry leaders in Seth Rosenblatt’s new review.

Perk Up Your PC – The free Comodo System Utilities is an effective system-enhancing utility that is as potent, if not more so in certain cases, as paid apps. It perks up sluggish PCs and offers one-click clean up.

Monitor your PC bandwidth usage with NetSpeedMonitor – Data caps and usage limits are becoming the norm. With NetSpeedMonitor, you can monitor your PC’s bandwidth usage.

Secret iPhone codes for the power user – Wil Limoges shares some of the iPhone codes that you can input on the number pad to perform a variety of tasks.

Video: How to Install a Motherboard – Without a motherboard, your computer’s various components won’t know how to interact with each other, and you won’t be able to interact with them. Here’s how install this crucial piece of PC equipment.

Pinterest Opens Its Doors to Everyone – Pinterest, the popular virtual bulletin board site, has done away with its invitation-only requirement and finally opened its doors to everyone


Five ways to protect yourself in a multi-device, multi-platform world – In the wake of Wired reporter Mat Honan’s digital disaster, you should revisit your security strategy for “living online.” Here are best practices for repairing the weakest links in your personal security

Facebook battles phishing by reaching out to users – In an effort to protect users and curb phishing, the social network gives users a select e-mail address to send reports of the illegal practice.

E-mail lists, encrypted passwords stolen in hack – The company behind games such as World of Warcraft and Diablo tells customers it believes no financial information was accessed but suggests users change their passwords immediately.

Creepy Quora erodes users’ privacy, reveals what you have read – Earlier this month, Quora made a decision which changes your privacy on the site. And they did it without asking your permission first. Should you be concerned?

Company News:

FTC Hits Google With $22.5 Million Fine Over Safari Tracking – The Federal Trade Commission announced that Google has agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle charges that it misrepresented how users of Apple’s Safari browser were having their Internet activity tracked.

Skype Launches Calling Cards in Mexico – Skype is providing users in Mexico with a new payment option via Skype Cards, launched today.

Nvidia touts ascendancy in Android, Windows 8 tablets – Nvidia’s CEO isn’t bashful when chatting about his company’s success in the Windows 8 and Android tablet markets.

Craigslist drops claim of exclusive license to posts – Just two weeks ago, the leading classifieds site implemented a provision demanding exclusive rights to users’ posts. Now, it has quietly let it go.

Ouya Ends Kickstarter Campaign, Prepares to Launch Android-Based Console – Ouya brought in nearly $8.6 million from more than 63,000 backers, most of whom will receive the first Ouya consoles shipping in late 2012 through early 2013.

Microsoft Opening a Dozen Stores for the Holidays – Microsoft is preparing to open an additional dozen pop-up stores across the country, just in time for the holidays.

Webopedia Daily:

Total Solution – In business computing a total solution is one that contains all products and services in one delivery that meets a specific function or provides one solution or system to solve multiple problems. For example a computer system with all software and applications preinstalled and the installation of that system on the network would constitute a total solution product. Many VARs and ASPs offer total solutions to businesses.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Malware Goes Pro – A new cyber-weapon called Gauss has just been discovered, but I doubt the fools who put it out know what they’re doing. I doubt government officials and those who put this type of malware in the field understand what a skilled hacker can do.

Why does the $2.5 billion Curiosity uses a 2MP camera? – It is a curious question indeed. Surely, if you have $2.5 billion to spend on a planetary rover, you could find a camera sensor with a higher resolution than two-year-old BlackBerry. Turns out, there are a couple of reasons, including the fact that the rover transmits data at a pokey 32MB a day.

Cold War secrets: Spy satellite photos lost at sea, then saved – Photos newly released by the CIA show how the Navy pulled off one of the deepest undersea salvage efforts ever and retrieved spy images of Soviet sub bases and missile silos.

Japan to test phones which will alert if it sounds like you are being scammed – The system detects a phone scammer by analysing stressed-out voices and by recognising typical scammer words like “debt” or “repayment.”

Today’s Quote:

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

–      Norman Vincent Peale

Today’s Free Downloads:

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 10, 2012

  1. Bill, how about Tails and Tor? Did I miss your response?

    • Hi Richard,

      My original response –

      Hi Richard,

      First – glad you brought up Tails. I’ve run with it off and on, but not for review purposes. Your comment re: Tails, is the second today so – I’ve scheduled a review for late next week. Thanks for the push. 🙂

      Second – as far as I can tell, what you’re describing is a key fob, or cryptographic token system which is in use currently. Some great info on this on this Wiki page.

      Since you’re a crypto guy I think you’ll be interested in Bruce Schneier’s site. Checkout his Wiki page. As well, Bruce publishes a monthly newsletter with all the latest news – definitely worth subscribing to.

      As for Tails and Tor specifically, the review is still underway.