Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 14, 2012

How to Get Off the Upgrade Treadmill and Stop Wasting Money on New Tech – Every year hardware manufacturers release new iterations of their products. From Apple to Samsung to Nintendo, the upgrade treadmill never ends. So, why do we feel the need to buy into it every year? We’ll show you why you get stuck on the upgrade treadmill, and how to be happy with what you have.

Share files with one click and view in the browser with JumpShare – There are plenty of file-sharing services out there, but few makes it easier on both sides of the share than JumpShare. Just drag files to share and view them in most browsers.

Microsoft Finds New Computers in China Preinstalled With Malware – Brand-new laptop and desktop computers sold in China contain preinstalled malicious software, which has infected millions of computers around the world.

Simplify the Web with these free Chrome extensions – The Web doesn’t have to be one-size-fits-all. Eliminate distractions from your favorite sites, or the entire Web, and you can comfortably focus on the content that suits you.

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US schools track teens by putting chips into students’ ID cards – Some parents call it an invasion of privacy akin to tracking cattle, and a coalition of privacy and civil liberties organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union has called for a moratorium on the technology.

End User Security Awareness Gap Remains Wide, Experts Say – In a new survey on security training, Trustwave found that while 56 percent of security professionals claim they train new users during orientation, only 32 percent of employees say they have been educated on enterprise security. Enterprises experience some 14.4 incidents of data loss per year due to employee negligence, and 15 percent of them have reported an insider breach executed with malicious intent.

New technique in ransomware explained – Ransomware is malicious software that attempts to extort money out of unsuspecting users, but lately there has been a trend of a more sinister type of ransomware: crypto-ransomware.

New test results highlight Windows security struggles – The latest results from independent consumer security suite testing organization AV-Test.org are in, and except for a few bright spots, the results are a bloodbath of lower scores.

Google adds ‘Do Not Track’ to latest Chrome test build – Google is jumping on the privacy bandwagon, adding Do Not Track tools to Chrome.

IPhone fantasies, Android phones realities – Get over it. No matter how marvelous the iPhone 5 will be, far more people will stilll be buying Android smartphones.

Social Media Platforms Prove Beneficial to Small Businesses – Small businesses continue to adopt social media platforms, with Google+ proving surprisingly popular, a survey finds.

Do You Really Need a Small Business Blog? – You have a website and you have a Facebook page, but you can do more. Here are five reasons why you need a business blog.

Senator introduces bill requiring warrant for e-mail history – Continuing his battle to update an antiquated digital-privacy law, Sen. Patrick Leahy proposes a new bill that would compel police to get a warrant to obtain people’s personal e-mail.

Welcome to the real world, Google – The recent struggles Google has faced with its Google Fiber project in Kansas City has brought into focus the fact that the search giant has a critical lack of understanding when it comes to the average consumer, argues Ray Walters.

Security:

Google helps close 163 security vulnerabilities in iTunes – Apple’s unveiling of its new, overhauled iTunes has been touted by the company as its way of “going back to our roots with an incredibly clean design,” but underneath the shiny veneer there are also a number of security vulnerabilities that have been patched — 163 of them.

The various spam campaigns leading to Blackhole – At any given time, there is a considerable number of email spam campaigns that ultimately lead users to pages hosting exploit kits – more often then not the extremely popular Blackhole exploit kit. Websense researchers warn about the ones that are currently hitting inboxes around the world: the first one takes the form of a voice mail notification from Microsoft Exchange servers, the second one poses as a ADP invoice reminder, the third one mimics a FDIC notification claiming the users’ wire transfer ability was suspended, and the fourth one is a bogus thank you note that tries to trick the recipients into believing that they have somehow signed up for a premium service of accountingWEB.com.

Deloitte Global Security Study: 1 In 4 Financial Services Firms Suffered Security Breaches Last Year – More than 250 financial services companies – in 39 different counties – were surveyed. Sector focuses included: banking, insurance, credit union, investment services, payment and processing, among others.

iPhone 5 release brings out email scammers – Apple’s long awaited release of iPhone 5 has provided cyber crooks with a perfect opportunity to scam users. Even before yesterday’s official presentation of the new device, a mass mailing campaign offering a protective case for it has been spotted by Kaspersky Lab researchers.

Beware of FIFA World Cup-themed phishing attempts – For scammers, any lure that has the ability to capture the attention of a great number of users is good, and popular sport events on an international level are a prime example of this. Symantec researchers have recently spotted a number of phishing sites that look like the website of a popular Brazilian credit and debit card company, equipped with images of a popular Brazilian soccer player, FIFA World Cup’s logo and various prizes.

Company News:

Alibaba: Google forced Acer to drop our OS – The China-based company says Google threatened to pull its Android support from Acer if Acer pursued Alibaba’s new Aliyun mobile operating system.

Verizon Offering FaceTime Over Cellular With Any Data Plan – Unlike AT&T, Verizon Wireless confirmed this week that customers will be able to tap into Apple’s FaceTime over cellular feature on any of its data plans.

Cisco Updates ASA Firewall Software, IPS Hardware – New ASA, IPS and Security Manager releases take aim at both physical and virtual security.

Wii U Coming November – Nintendo has finally answered our burning questions about the upcoming Wii U system. Namely: It will ship in the U.S. Nov. 18 and will come in two version, a Basic and Deluxe Set.

Lawmakers frustrated by Huawei, ZTE during hearings – The two Chinese tech giants, hoping to expand into the United States, testified to the House Intelligence committee that Americans have nothing to fear. Lawmakers, though, remain unconvinced.

Webopedia Daily:

Information Technology (IT) Architect – The information technology architect applies IT resources to meet specific business requirements. The role requires a high degree of technical expertise as well as business understanding, as IT architects determine which information technology investments will yield the best return, both in terms of hard costs and productivity benefits. IT architects strive to bring operational efficiency to an organization through information integration and management. Achieving this ideal requires technical skill in planning, implementing, and managing IT infrastructure and information software.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Pirate Bay’s Warg, back in Sweden, busted on hacking charges – Gottfried Svartholm Warg, co-founder of the controversial file-sharing service, gets booted out of Cambodia and arrested as soon as he lands in Sweden — on charges of hacking tax records.

Microsoft Patent Tips 360-Degree Gaming Experience – Console gaming has been stuck for a few year now. The last great innovation was the motion controller, but even that hasn’t been dramatically upgraded in years. The Wii’s controllers are positively dated and even the Xbox Kinect is losing some of its luster. What’s next? According to some Microsoft patent applications we dug up, 360-degree gaming. And if you think about it, this kind of makes sense.

Curiosity Rover Report – Living on Mars Time (video 1:40) – NASA Curiosity flight director David Oh updates us on the rover and his family’s experience on Mars time. (recommended by Michael F.)

Intel predicts ubiquitous, almost-zero-energy computing by 2020 – All eyes were focused on Apple iPhone launch this week, but PCMag also had reporters across the street at the Intel Developer Forum. The company laid out its vision for a future where ubiquitous computing energy costs fall to almost zero. Although Intel is selling the idea, ExtremeTech’s Joel Hruska isn’t buying it.

Experiential over intellectual – the enterprise parties on… – Musical entertainment, motivational speakers entice enterprise conference attendees, but the gap between understanding and doing remains large.

Today’s Quote:

Lord, keep Your arm around my shoulder, and Your hand over my mouth!”

–    Thanks Mike Smile

Today’s Free Downloads:

McAfee Stinger – Stinger is a stand-alone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with an infected system. Stinger utilizes next generation scan engine technology, including process scanning, digitally signed DAT files, and scan performance optimizations.

Nitro PDF Reader 2.5.0.45 – Create PDF files, fill-in and save forms, review and collaborate electronically, stamp your signature, type text directly on the page, repurpose content, and work with electronic documents in a way that’s never before been possible in a free PDF reader.

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