Top 10 Simple Things Every Computer User Should Know How to Do – No matter how tech savvy you are, there are certain things every one of us has to deal with when using a computer—and we don’t always deal with them in the most efficient ways. Here are 10 things that everyone can (and should) learn to keep their computer fast, safe, and easy to use.
Australia: The online devil is in the details – THE debate surrounding the federal government’s proposal to have internet service providers – ISPs – store the computer data of every Australian for up to two years amounts to hysteria, Attorney General Nicola Roxon claims. But legal and industry experts have labelled the spy laws proposed in the 60-page discussion as surveillance “not seen since before the fall of the Berlin Wall”. (recommended by Mal C.)
Five tips for faster Web browsing – If you’re wasting too much time waiting for Web pages to load, give these tips a try. You should see an immediate boost in speed, making your browsing experience faster and more efficient.
Microsoft SkyDrive vs. Google Drive on Android – Android users looking for a cloud storage and file-syncing solution now have a new option in SkyDrive. But is Microsoft’s offering on a par with the tried-and-true Google Drive?
Breaking the law by hitting back at hackers? – Even if you are a victim of computer crime, you don’t want to end up in court for taking the law into your own hands against hackers.
Easily manage Chrome’s privacy settings from a single screen – Privacy Manager, a Chrome extension, can help you manage all of Chrome’s privacy settings from a single screen.
Are SSDs worth the extra cost? – Your first reaction may be, “Of course not.” But many find it’s justified to pay for the extra performance, typically just for the data that’s worth speeding up. For example, in a datacentre, you might speed up just a database’s working set or, on a personal machine, just the OS and applications. Having the OS or a complex application such as Photoshop pop up in seconds is worth the price of entry.
Desktop Wallpaper: Deep space nebula – The mysterious nebula is arguably the most awe-inspiring cosmological phenomena known. The images published by our friends at NASA reveal the vastness of the universe and make for some mesmerizing desktop wallpaper.
No easy outs for YouTube in Islam video controversy – As violence erupts in the Middle East over controversial video, YouTube’s options boil down to bad and worse.
Google says controversial video will remain on YouTube – A Google spokesperson has confirmed that a controversial video clip about the Islamic prophet Muhammad will remain on YouTube – despite a White House request for Mountain View to “review” the clip.
Supercharge your desktop with Rainmeter widgets – We’ll show you how to get the hang of this powerful and customizable (yet initially confusing) widget wonder and help you make your desktop one of a kind.
Research Shows Half of All Androids Contain Known Vulnerabilities – About half of all Android phones contain at least one vulnerability that could be used to take control of the device, according to new research. Duo Security, which launched a free vulnerability scanning app for Android this summer, said their preliminary data from users shows a huge number of the devices are vulnerable to at least one of the known Android flaws.
Microsoft Intercepts ‘Nitol’ Botnet And 70,000 Malicious Domains – Microsoft has sinkholed yet another botnet: This time, it’s one out of China that also spread via counterfeit software secretly embedded with the malware.
New PDF Attack Targets Aviation Defense Industry – FireEye reported today it had detected a new critical PDF attack targeting the aviation defense industry. Malware Page exploits a stack-based buffer overflow vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader. An attacker would be able to execute code remotely via a crafted argument to the getIcon method of a Collab object, according to the CVE alert.
Tiny Trojan Targets Turkish Users – Cybercrime gang tied to various nefarious and malicious activities now employing a powerful mini-Trojan.
Microsoft to deliver final version of Office 2013 RT starting in early November – Microsoft’s Office Home & Student 2013 bundle for ARM-based Windows devices, due to begin rolling out later this year, is slightly different from its x86-based counterpart.
Nokia says it took ‘appropriate action’ for fake-pic debacle – Company says it’s concluded internal inquiry and confirmed “poor judgment” was used in regard to faked picture and video it said were captured by the just-launched Lumia 920.
Microsoft goes mute on Windows Phone 8, angers devs – The next version of Windows Phone is approaching, and Microsoft is looking for preview volunteers.
Adobe: Next Photoshop won’t support Windows XP – Windows XP has been tremendously popular, but support for the 11-year-old operating system is waning. The next Photoshop will require Windows 7 or later.
Google, Facebook, Microsoft join non-profit to promote internet’s awesomeness – Can companies like Facebook, Microsoft and Google fix the dangers of the internet through education, or do we need more legislation involved?
Say Where – The name of a popular voice-enabled application for the Apple iPhone device. Say Where is a free application that can be used to recognize your speech and input it as text into Web siteswhen using the Safari browser on your iPhone. The application is used to finding locations, directions and maps. For example, users can speak the name of a place, an address, or intersection and the application will show search results from a number of partners including Google Maps, MapQuest and others.
Off Topic (Sort of):
Five genes found to determine face shape – DNA evidence could soon be enough to help law enforcement draw up photofits of criminal suspects, thanks to a new genetic discovery.
Worldwide security infrastructure market will grow 8.4% – While the global economic slowdown has been putting pressure on IT budgets, security is expected to remain a priority through 2016, according to Gartner. Worldwide spending on security is expected to rise to $60 billion in 2012, up 8.4 percent from $55 billion in 2011. Gartner expects this trajectory to continue, reaching $86 billion in 2016.
It’s time to get serious about science – The United States may now risk falling behind in scientific discoveries as other countries increase their science funding. We need to get serious about science. In fact, maybe it’s time for researchers to fight back, to return a comeback for every punch line. (recommended by Michael F.)
Geek Trivia: What was the purpose behind the first Google Doodle? – The first Google Doodle appeared five days before the search engine was officially founded — with a very unconventional purpose in mind.
“The only real menace to our freedoms is our own willingness to supplant the rule of law with ever more elements of a garrison state, [while] the so-called war on terror has become an endless run in a military squirrel cage”
– Ambassador Chas W. Freeman Jr. (USFS, ret.)
Today’s Free Downloads:
Remote Desktop Manager 184.108.40.206 – Remote Desktop Manager is a small application used to manage all your remote connections. Add, edit, delete, organize or find your remote connection quickly.
FreeRIP 3.9.0 – FreeRIP is an advanced CD to MP3 Converter that comes packed with features. At its core, FreeRIP reads audio from your CDs and allows you to save them to your coumputer in a variety of digital formats including WMA, MP3, Ogg, Wav, or FLAC audio files.