Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 9, 2012

Apps for an emergency – You never know when disaster may strike – so here are some top apps that prove useful.

Hide, Lock and Protect Your Files With This Unique Software – Carrying files on a flash drive is an easy method of transporting files to and from the office; BUT, did you ever stop and think; what the consequences would be if you lost the drive. Would you be exposing sensitive files and data to someone that found the drive that ultimately could come back to haunt you? Portable flash drives are small and can very easily lost or misplaced.

5 things desktop Linux must do to beat Windows 8 – Microsoft, as it did with Vista, is giving Linux another chance to make the gains in the PC market with Windows 8.

How the feds are tracking us – Evidence continues to mount that the U.S. government is keen on tracking its citizens. The FBI has started rolling out its $1 billion biometric Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, a nationwide database of mug shots, iris scans, DNA samples, voice recordings, palm prints, and other biometrics collected from more than 100 million Americans and intended to help identify and catch criminals.

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Get more work done by listening to Get Work Done Music – This free Web app streams high-energy background music designed to keep you focused and productive throughout your day.

My First 21 Questions About Amazon’s New Kindle Devices – Assorted queries and musings inspired by the Kindle rollout event this week in Santa Monica, California.

Rhombus Tech is a versatile PC-on-a-board

 – The folks at Rhombus Tech are currently designing a versatile computer module that supports open source software and can be used to power a wide variety of devices.

Bad Websites Are Increasing – The number of malicious Internet websites is increasing. According to the McAfee quarterly threat report, there are now greater than 36 million websites considered to have bad reputations. By bad reputations, they mean sites “hosting malware, potentially unwanted programs, or phishing sites.”

This Android-powered set-top box is easy to mod – This set-top box sells for $84.99 and allows you to run Android apps on your TV in addition to streaming content. The device supports apps such as YouTube and Netflix specifically, and of course you can surf the web right on your TV. The box also supports the early release of XBMC Media Center developed for the Pivos XIOS – thanks to the two devices boasting similar hardware.

Firefox 15.0.1 fixes bug that exposed websites visited in private browsing mode – Mozilla released Firefox 15.0.1 on Thursday in order to fix a bug that potentially exposed the websites visited by users while in “Private Browsing” mode.

Call Me Phishy – A few months ago, I did a series on Phishing, called Phishing 101. In it, I described various ways in which cyber-criminals are trying to steal information by swindling users with fake web sites, social network spamming and even lures in video games. This week I wanted to touch on a method that has been steadily becoming more and more prominent all over the world, phishing through the phone. Bank Phone Phishing.


Germany pushes for an end to massive fines for hijacked Wi-Fi – The cities of Hamburg and Berlin are to launch a new legal initiative to protect owners of WLAN networks from litigation if intruders commit offences on their network.

Apache Foundation creates firestorm over user privacy choices – The Apache Foundation has decided to ignore user tracking preferences when surfing with Internet Explorer 10 in its market dominating web server. Read on for the controversy and the opportunity to weigh in with your thoughts.

Adobe admits Flash exploits threaten Windows 8 – Microsoft — whose job it is to patch the hole — won’t issue the fix until Windows 8 ships October 26.

Hacker gang touts unlimited supply of zero-day bugs – An elite hacker group targeting defense industry sub-contractors has an inexhaustible supply of zero-days, or vulnerabilities that have yet to be publicized, much less patched, Symantec says. In a blog post, the security firm said, “The group seemingly has an unlimited supply of zero-day vulnerabilities.”

Company News:

Microsoft ‘to comply’ with EU in browser choice antitrust probe – The software giant has given the EU assurances that it will comply immediately with regulators’ demands, despite failing to honor an earlier agreement.

BlackBerry fragmentation is the spectre that haunts RIM – Summary: What does beleaguered device maker RIM need to do to halt BlackBerry’s slide? The key lies in whether it gets developer relations right and fends off fragmentation with the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS.

Amazon backtracks, will offer $15 opt-out for ads on Kindle Fire tablets – After negative feedback on forced ads, the company reverses course and will allow users to opt-out of “Special Offer” ads — for a fee.

Intel’s 3Q warning could slow Windows 8 – The PC industry is trying to burn through inventory instead of building components ahead of a Windows upgrade cycle. The fourth quarter could be in trouble.

Webopedia Daily:

Tomato firmware – Called Tomato, it is the name of a firmware for wireless routers, including the popular WRT54G family. Tomato is designed to be flashed onto your compatible wireless router to replace the stock firmware loaded by the vendor. Like DD-WRT, the Tomato firmware can be installed on a variety of wireless routers. Tomato supports the Linksys WRT54G family, which also includes the WRT54GS, WRT54GL and WRTSL54GS. Note that Tomato will not work with WRT54G routers later than version 4, since these do not run Linux.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Curious about Curiosity? Here’s the latest from Mars – NASA’s newest rover has been checking out the sights on the Red Planet — and they are indeed sights to behold.

Interactive Google Doodle Honors Star Trek: The Original Series – Google today paid homage to Star Trek with an interactive homepage doodle that celebrates the 46th birthday of the original TV series. Google has dressed up the letters in its logo as Star Trek cast members, and with the click of a mouse, you can beam Kirk to an adventure beyond the confines of the starship USS Enterprise.

The sad revenge of Kinki restaurateur after bad online reviews – A Canadian restaurateur is found guilty of criminal libel after she is so incensed by a customer’s online review of her eatery that she ekes out a huge online revenge.

Ebook Price-Fixing Deal Unveils Realities – This week, a judge approved the settlement of a suit that blamed Apple and several New York publishing houses for plotting to fix the price of ebooks in attempt to take down Amazon’s aggressive pricing. Exactly how Apple and the publishers employing this scheme did not see it as price-fixing is beyond me. Anyway, they got sued by the Department of Justice and now that idea is toast.

Today’s Quote:

A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.”

–      Fred Allen

Today’s Free Downloads:

Opera@USB 12.02 – A portable version of the popular Opera Web-Browser. Extract the file directly onto your USB Device or Harddisk. This is the international version with all languages.

Spyware Terminator – Spyware Terminator is a FREE, easy-to-use and effective spyware remover providing real-time protection against spyware, adware, keyloggers, trojan horses, browser hijackers and other malware threats.


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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 9, 2012

  1. Fred

    “How the feds are tracking us”
    “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

    – Ronald Reagan
    Bill, I think Orwell was an optimist, 1984 is here already although the masses don’t realize it.