50 Best Websites 2012 – TIME’s annual salute to sites and services that keep you entertained and informed, save you time and money — and maybe even change your life
Open WebOS 1.0 arrives for those who dare to port – Hewlett-Packard made good on a promise to offer up the erstwhile mobile operating system to the open-source community.
No, You Can’t Have My Facebook Password – California has passed a law prohibiting companies and universities from demanding that applicants hand over their social media login credentials. But will that stop them?
Google Performs More Spring Cleaning for Lesser-Used Features – A number of changes are afoot, including the merging of storage across Google Drive and Picasa.
Website for think tank rejects browser do-not-track requests – The website for the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) now tells visitors it will not honor their browsers’ do-not-track requests as a form of protest against the technology pushed by privacy groups and parts of the U.S. government.
Barnes & Noble’s New Nooks: The Cheap Tablet Wars Continue – The bookselling behemoth has announced a new 7″ tablet plus a 9″ model, both of which are featherweights compared to the competition.
Minecraft creator tells Microsoft to ‘stop trying to ruin the PC’ – The creator of the popular game Minecraft, Markus Persson, took to Twitter on Thursday to slam Microsoft over Windows 8. Persson’s critique is the latest to emerge from the gaming world, which is bad news for Microsoft, as the company seeks the support of software developers to ensure Windows 8’s success. With less than one month to go until the operating system’s release, the stakes are high.
Nook GlowLight e-reader price drops to $119 – Just ahead of Amazon shipping out its highly anticipated Kindle Paperwhite, the Nook GlowLight gets a price chop.
Solve the mystery of lost System Restore points – Earlier this week I received a terrific letter from reader George, who was having a problem with Windows’ System Restore on his Dell Desktop. Specifically, he noted that he was “losing” restore points, meaning they would disappear after he’d created them.
The US government resisted the Internet, instead of supporting it – President Obama claims the US government invented the Internet so companies could profit from it. In fact, the US government mandated support for a rival networking system, OSI, and tried to avoid adopting the Internet’s protocols
Poll: Windows 8 fans prefer Windows 7 – A poll finds that even hard-core Windows 8 early adopters would rather use Windows 7 by a two to one margin.
Amazon to start selling wine? – A report suggests that in a matter of weeks Amazon will launch a wine marketplace. How very civilized.
RIM hits third consecutive loss as BlackBerry sales fall – A continued dropoff in BlackBerry sales is not surprising as the company prepares to deliver BlackBerry 10, its delayed next-generation OS that is now expected to come out in the first quarter of next year. RIM has struggled against the growing popularity of Apple’s iPhones and a vast array of smartphones based on Google’s Android OS.
Kodak to Stop Selling Inkjet Printers – Kodak said Friday that it plans to stop selling consumer inkjet printers and will eliminate 200 more jobs than previously projected as it requested more time to submit its framework for emerging from bankruptcy protection.
Court: Motorola can’t enforce injunction against Microsoft – Federal appeals court upholds judge’s order preventing Motorola from blocking the sale of Xbox and Windows software in Germany.
MOO.com Unveils NFC-Enabled Business Cards – The near field communication (NFC) cards carry a tiny microchip inside which, with a touch of the card to an NFC-enabled smartphone, can download your portfolio, play music or videos, load Web pages, maps, or apps, and save your contact information, among other features.
Chief River – A codename for Intel Ivy Bridge processors developed specifically for tablet, ultrabook and Mac laptop computers. Chief River processors are designed to succeed the “Huron River” Sandy Bridge processors used in earlier ultrabook models, and offer native support for USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt. Additional requirements for Chief River ultrabooks include a minimum battery life of 5 hours, at least 16GB of SSD storage and the ability to “wake up” in less than seven seconds. Recommendations beyond the specified requirements include touch screen support, WiDi, GPS, an accelerometer, and an ambient light sensor (ALS) and proximity sensor.
Off Topic (Sort of):
Parallella: An ARM-powered “supercomputer” for the masses – Inspired by the Raspberry Pi and Arduino, the Adapteva team has set out to build an ARM-powered “supercomputer” for the masses in an attempt to democratize access to parallel computing.
Canada’s stimulus plan advertised on The Pirate Bay – Whoops. Perhaps an ad on a notorious piracy-oriented file-sharing site is not the best way to encourage Canadians to spend money. The government says it was all a mistake.
Group Turns 404 Error Pages Into Digital Posters for Missing Kids – A Brussels-based organization is asking that website owners display images of missing children on their 404 error pages.
Who’s Watching? 3-D TV Is No Hit with Viewers – Why 3-D television hasn’t become a national craze is a mystery to some in the industry, considering the wide acceptance of 3-D movies at theaters.
“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte
Today’s Free Downloads:
SpywareBlaster – An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that’s especially true when it comes to spyware; wouldn’t you rather protect your system than spend hours trying to rid it of malicious visitors? SpywareBlaster is a simple program that provides protection from ActiveX-based software and unwanted cookies for both Firefox and Internet Explorer users.
My Lockbox – My Lockbox takes the built-in ability to hide folders in Windows a huge step further by adding password protection, drag-and-drop capability, hot keys, trusted apps list, notifications, skins, and more. My Lockbox Free protects one folder per system, and it has a banner ad. A premium upgrade protects an unlimited number of folders and eliminates the banner ads. We tried the free version.