Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 2, 2012

Probably the Best Free Security List in the World – The purpose of the list is to provide a comprehensive documentation of the security products available rather than specific recommendations. If you are seeking recommendations then check out our comparative reviews of security products (links to them are shown in the list with ) or view the personal suggestions of the list authors at the end of the list. We also offer free personalized security advice via our Security Wizard.

Pin Anything To The Taskbar With Taskbar Pinner – Taskbar Pinner is portable; therefore, simply download, run, and select from Pin a File, Pin a Folder, Pin a Shell Location (i.e. control panel, recycle bin, etc…) or Pin a Library (such as your document, music, picture or video folder). You can also check “Explorer context menu” which allows you to use Taskbar Pinner in Windows explorer.

The Backup Primer: Six Ways To Keep Your Data Safe – PC users must be optimists. Sure, we flame and troll and gripe about every little thing, but how on earth can you explain the fact that so many of us don’t back up our data, other than raw, bordering-on-delusional optimism? Your hard drive is safe right now, of course, but what are the odds that it will get damaged, corrupted, power-surged, hacked, stolen, flooded, burned or earthquake-d in the next year? We’ll answer that one for you: too high to ignore.

Grab deals with RetailMeNot for Android – Love a good bargain on practically anything? Popular service RetailMeNot has finally landed on the Google Play Store.

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Windows 7 overtakes XP; Mac OS X steams ahead of Vista – At long last, Microsoft Windows 7 has overtaken the 11-year-old Windows XP on Netmarketshare’s web-based tracking network, while Mac OS X is now a percentage point ahead of Vista. There are also new numbers for mobile operating systems and browsers.

Open Source Era for HP’s WebOS Begins Today with Beta Release – Everyone who purchased one of Hewlett-Packard’s TouchPad tablets last year during the company’s infamous fire sale can finally feel vindicated in doing so. That’s because the first beta release of Open webOS ships today, HP announced in a blog post. It’s been a long eight months since HP first announced it would contribute the webOS software to the open source community, essentially handing the reins over to third-party developers.

Hands on with Windows RT (finally) – With this week’s unveiling of a handful of Windows RT devices, we finally have a chance to see how well the previously mythical RT desktop works.

The 10 Best New Skyrim Mods for August 2012 – An orbital spacecraft? A way for vampires to finally morph into a cloud of bats and zip around? A bear that can jam like Dick Dale? That and more in our pick of August’s best new Skyrim mods.

Learnist’s New iOS App: Teach Yourself About Anything – A new iOS app lets you learn by exploring user-curated content from all over the web.

HBO Updates ‘GO’ App With Jelly Bean Support – As of this article’s writing, Google’s official stats indicate that only 0.8 percent of all Android devices – accessing the company’s Google Play marketplace at some point within the two weeks before today – are running the latest version of the Android OS. But if you’re a member of the “one percent,” as it were, then you’ll be happy to know that a new update to HBO Go now allows the app to work on Jelly Bean Android devices – and that includes Google’s recently released tablet, the Nexus 7.

Nine Samsung devices that Apple wants to ban – A jury decided that more than 25 Samsung phones and tablets contained contained technology that violated Apple patents. Now Apple wants to make sure than 9 of them won’t get sold in the US.

Security:

Facebook glitch lets spear phishers impersonate users’ friends and family – Facebook blames a “temporary misconfiguration” for allowing spammers to get their hands on users’ personal details and then pose as trusted friends to lure victims into clicking. But is the problem properly fixed yet?

Security Wizard – This Wizard has been designed to help you select the best free security software for your PC based on the version of Windows that you use, your technical computer skills and your general level of security risk. This wizard is provided free as a community service and we do not collect any private information about you or your computer.

Sophos Techknow – All about Java – Java brings with it some significant risks, yet for many people, it’s “just there on my computer.” In this episode, Duck and Chet tell you All about Java, and help you to make an informed decision in balancing its risks and rewards at work and at home.

Company News:

Kindle Fire won’t go big to take on iPad – Amazon next week will announce two 7-inch Kindle Fire models, one with new hardware and the other an updated version of the original, CNET has learned. That’s counter to rumors it would launch a larger version.

Pirate Bay co-founder Svartholm arrested in Cambodia – Gottfrid Svartholm, who disappeared while facing a 1-year jail sentence and hefty fine in Sweden, is taken into custody in Phnom Penh.

Apple’s iPad Mini will be uber-thin – Apple’s iPad Mini will be uber-thin Apple’s upcoming iPad Mini is expected to feature “GF Ditto” (GF2) touchscreen technology, enabling the tablet to be both ultra thin and super light.

Edge-to-edge screen for Motorola’s next-gen smartphone? – Motorola Mobility and Verizon will reportedly introduce a next-gen smartphone on September 5 that features an edge-to-edge screen and works with LTE networks.

Steam Greenlight Launches Community-Based Game Platform – Steam Greenlight launched Thursday, allowing developers and publishers to post information about their games, in hopes that players will vote for it to be released on Steam

Webopedia Daily:

Windows Phone 8 – Officially announced in June 2012 after being in development under the codename Windows Phone Apollo, Windows Phone 8 is a mobile operating system for smartphones and other mobile devices that serves as the successor to Microsoft Windows Phone 7. Windows Phone 8 is expected to officially debut in the second half of 2012, and will offer support for multicore processors, a new secure “wallet” system for managing sensitive credit card and other financial data, turn-by-turn navigation capabilities, support for high-definition displays, a new Start Screen with customizable tile sizes and more.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Internet: An Uninhabitable Future? – The Internet and, more importantly, your computer have become very dangerous places in the last 3-5 years. Organized crime syndicates have gotten involved and flooded the Internet with malware and scams that target your bank account. If this situation continues, I predict that the Internet will become “uninhabitable” by those of us that have the sense to avoid danger.

Set up a subwoofer – Merely buying a great subwoofer is no guarantee that you’ll wind up with great bass. This two-part guide will help you get the best room-shaking bass from your subwoofer.

And the Golden Kitty for best cat video goes to – A-meow-zing! Cat film aficionados gather en masse in Minneapolis for the Internet Cat Video Festival, where humans and felines fete one of the Internet’s great art forms.

A Plea to Twitter: Let Us Hide Our Spoilers – A few nights ago as I was scanning through Twitter, my eyes picked up on a few keywords and settled, to my dismay, on a major spoiler for Breaking Bad. The show had just aired in my time zone, but as a cord cutter, I’ve only seen the first four seasons on Netflix, and none of season five. Staying spoiler-free hadn’t even crossed my mind before–most people limit their Breaking Bad Twitter reactions to non-spoilery gasps and groans–but after this incident I started rethinking the way this stuff should be handled.

Where to Sell Your iPhone for the Highest Price – With a new iPhone on the way, here’s a list of places to sell your iPhone 4 or 4S for the most money right now.

Today’s Quote:

“What some people mistake for the high cost of living is really the cost of high living.”

–      Doug Larson

Today’s Free Downloads:

Tixati for External Media – This portable version of Tixati (which is a New and Powerful BitTorrent client.) is meant to run on a USB flash drive or other portable media.

PrivaZer – With PrivaZer you can master your security and freedom, free up disk space and keep your PC fit and secure. PrivaZer also shows you exactly what can still be recovered of your past activities on your home or work PC.

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