Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 12, 2012

How to prevent phone and tablet theft – Minimize the chances of becoming the latest victim of personal-electronics thieves by keeping a low profile and being ready to remotely erase your private data.

Sleep Time Alarm Clock for Android Watches Your Sleep Cycles, Wakes You Gently – Did you wake up this morning feeling awful, even though you got plenty of sleep the night before? You may have woken at the deep end of your sleep schedule. Sleep Time Alarm Clock is a free app for Android that will make sure that doesn’t happen again.

How to Clean Up Facebook – In this installment of our Get Organized series, we take a look at Facebook. We all know that maintaining an online presence can grow tiresome. There are simple steps you can take to clear the clutter before the junk accumulates. Here’s how.

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ManyCam – Broadcast your Webcam to multiple outlets and add live effects with this freeware app. This free app replicates your camera signal and feeds it to any and all of your video chat apps simultaneously. It starts automatically with your Webcam when you start your chat app, and it feeds streams to new apps as you open them. No more conflicts, at least with your Webcam (your cranky uncle is your problem). ManyCam works with most clients.

Microsoft to deliver Flash update to Windows 8 users ‘shortly’ – Microsoft has reversed course on a decision it announced last week. According to an official statement, Windows 8 users will receive critical security updates for Flash Player “shortly.” But larger questions remain.

Wikipedia wins, Craigslist loses in Clickwrapped’s assessment of who respects your rights online – For a plain-English version of the gobbledygook privacy policies of the biggest sites, a tech-savvy lawyer’s done us all the kindness of deciphering and rating sites such as Facebook, Google and Craigslist, and put the results up on a website.

Slideshow: Delete Windows 8 in a dual-boot system – Greg Shultz shows you how to remove Windows 8 from a dual-boot configuration.

Twitter ordered to turn over user data or face fine – A judge tells the microblogging site to produce information about an Occupy Wall Street protester’s tweets — or its last two quarterly reports.

Hack a Kindle Into a Minimal Computer with a Raspberry Pi – A Kindle isn’t exactly the most exciting device you could use as a monitor, but over the blog Ponnuki, writer Damaru shows how to turn a Kindle into a monitor using a Raspberry Pi.

Retail Fail: Walmart, Target Fared Worst In Def Con Social Engineering Contest – Postmortem details released on high-profile contest that targeted Walmart, Target, AT&T, Verizon, HP, Cisco, Mobil, Shell, FedEx, and UPS.

Gartner: 93 percent of all mobile apps will be free by 2016 – Research companies also predict in-app purchases will be major revenue driver as worldwide mobile-app count hits 309 billion.


Every third computer in North America attacked while online – An in-depth analysis of the nature of cybercrime in North America and Western Europe in the first six months of 2012 by Kaspersky Lab found that the computers of 33.4% of Internet users in Western Europe and North America were attacked at least once while browsing the web.

Phone-Focused Cyber-Criminals Move to Premium Scams – Cyber-criminals have searched for ways of turning mobile phones into illicit cash, and they may have finally found one: toll fraud. A mobile security firm found that criminals are moving to premium-service scams that charge users illegally for services.

Will Your Android Device Catch Malware? – The short answer: it depends on where you live, according to Look Mobile’s second annual threat report.

A picked pocket in Mallorca reveals chink in chip-and-PIN security – Researchers at Cambridge University are warning that a issue common to ATMs and point-of-sale terminals could enable attackers to clone secure EMV Chip and PIN cards.

Oracle confirms existence of another critical Java flaw – When Oracle finally patched the CVE-2012-4681 Java 0-day that was being actively exploited in the wild, Polish firm Security Explorations immediately piped up to say they found a similar one that could very soon put Java users in danger again. The existence of this flaw has been confirmed by Oracle, says Gowdiak, and will be addressed in the upcoming Java Critical Patch Update, which is scheduled for October 16.

Microsoft says “No!” to insecure certificate practices – Microsoft will be shipping an update as part of October’s Patch Tuesday that will invalidate RSA certificates weaker than 1024 bits. If you are using old or weak certificates now is the time to upgrade them to a more appropriate strength.

Company News:

IBM Makes Smarter Commerce Push – At the IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit, Big Blue announced a series of products and services to further its Smarter Commerce strategy.

ManageEngine Monitors Windows Azure with Applications Manager – ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, today announced its performance monitoring software package, Applications Manager, now supports monitoring of the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud platform and applications running on the platform as well as monitoring of transactions in .NET environments. The company also introduced the Applications Manager Cloud Starter Edition for organizations looking to quickly leverage a proven, cost-effective solution for monitoring their cloud services.

Telerik Buys Fiddler Web Debugging Tool – Fiddler Web Debugger is a free tool created to inspect Web traffic and “fiddle” with incoming or outgoing data. It can debug traffic from virtually any application that supports a proxy, including all modern Web browsers.

Avira And Labwise Partner To Protect Smart TVs And Set Top Boxes From Malware – Security expert Avira and digital television specialist Labwise announced today an agreement in which Labwise will implement Avira’s Protection Suite software into third-party smart TVs and set top boxes in order to protect these devices and digital IP (Internet Protocol) networks from malware and virus attacks.

Go Daddy: Sorry about the outage. And no, it wasn’t a hack – The giant domain registrar and hosting service says that yesterday’s outage was not caused by hackers and it wasn’t a DDoS attack.

Webopedia Daily:

Ego Surfing – Ego-surfing refers to the act of using search engines to seek references to one’s own website, or to view webpages that mention your own name (or company name). It is believed the term ego surfing was derived from the Web site that accommodated ego surfing. However, the website no longer exists as its original composition. The phrase ego surf is also written as ego-surf.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Problems with Pew’s Mobile Privacy Study – A recent study examining how mobile phone users protect their privacy looked fine on the surface, but also tried comparing smartphone users with non-smartphone users. Security Watch outlines why that doesn’t work.

Sharpen These 4 Small Business Management Skills – Honing your small business management skills can help you create a stronger team and a more successful business. We list four must-have management skills.

DARPA Mule ~ latest video – This video depicts field testing of the DARPA Legged Squad Support System (LS3). The goal of the LS3 program is to demonstrate that a legged robot can unburden dismounted squad members by carrying their gear, autonomously following them through rugged terrain, and interpreting verbal and visual commands or travel to designated locations using sensing and GPS. Each LS3 will carry up to 400 lbs of gear and enough fuel for missions covering 20 miles and lasting 24 hours. (recommended by Michael F.)

Public, Private Cloud Markets Set to Soar as Enterprise Adoption Grows – With enterprises continuing to adopt cloud computing, analysts see continued growth in both public and private cloud investment—with worldwide spending on public IT cloud services set to exceed $40 billion in 2012 and reach nearly $100 billion by 2016, according to IDC. The research firm forecasts that from 2012 to 2016, public IT cloud services will see gains at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.4 percent—five times that of the IT industry overall, as companies accelerate their shift to the cloud services model for IT consumption.

Alan Turing Monopoly: Board game celebrates the life of the father of computing (pictures) – Alan Turing played a pivotal role in cracking the Nazi Enigma code during the Second World War and devising theories that underpin modern computing. To commemorate Turing’s life, and to coincide with the centenary year of his birth, a commemorative version of the board game has been released.

Today’s Quote:

Your enemies are not lack of knowledge or assets. It’s stress and despair which will defeat you. Hope is the answer.”

–     Garth Turner

Today’s Free Downloads:

Microsoft Sysinternals Suite – The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools. This file contains the individual troubleshooting tools and help files.

Wise Care 365 24 Hour Giveaway (Extended Until Wednesday, September 12th) – Update: Due to the GoDaddy hacking, many websites were offline on Monday September 10th. Due to this unforeseen problem the folks at Wise Cleaner have offered to extend the giveaway until Wednesday September 12th, 2012. Wise Care 365 is a bundle of important registry, disk, and other system utilities for your PC.


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8 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 12, 2012

  1. delenn13

    Got this from Gizmo…The truth about free trials | PCWorld.

    Was an interesting read.

    • Hey Delenn13,

      I found it curious that after 3 days there are no comments to this article. Could it be that the truth about free trials is not exactly news? Maybe for those who live under a rock it could be. For the rest of us – not so much.



  2. bob3160

    May be a little late but the correct link for this is:

  3. Dave B.

    In RE: Oracle confirms existence of another critical Java flaw; it’s pretty much a given that not long after an update is released to fix a flaw, new flaws will be discovered shortly thereafter, unless you really need it, remove/disable it.

  4. delenn13

    Forgot to post this. Been in a fog lately. Been to the hospital 4 times because of my headaches in the last 2 months. Plus I am trying to set up Win7 64 and beta test a game…which I am doing terrible at because I can’t concentrate.

    Anyways,,,Free is good at times..

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    • Hey Delenn13,

      Sorry to hear the migraine thing is causing you so much distress. Seems that there’s no easy solution – that’s a pity.

      Thanks for the link.