Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 5, 2012

Ad industry calls IE10’s ‘Do Not Track’ setting ‘unacceptable’ – Many of the country’s largest companies lashed out at Microsoft this week, claiming that its decision to turn on the “Do Not Track” privacy feature in Internet Explorer 10 would “harm consumers, hurt competition, and undermine American innovation.”

Print From Your ‘Droid – Samsung’s Mobile Print Android app makes it easy to print to any current Samsung printer that offers Wi-Fi Direct is on a network that also includes a Wi-Fi access point.

Tunngle Beta – Create your own private LAN party for gaming with this freeware VPN solution with built-in instant messaging and network browsing.

Infographic: How Secure Are Your Internet Passwords? – Are you making sure that you’re building a code that will work overtime to keep out hackers?

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CloudMagic offers fast, accurate searches – CloudMagic is available as a browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and as an add-on for Internet Explorer. It’s also available as a mobile app for the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. Once it’s installed, CloudMagic appears as a simple search box on relevant pages; if you surf to a page that doesn’t support CloudMagic, you don’t see the box. You can move the search box around the page if it’s in your way, and you can minimize it to a corner, too.

Five lightweight and free PDF viewers – When it comes to viewing those documents, most users believe there to be only one solution – Adobe Reader. However, in many instances, that solution is far and away from the best. It’s bulky, slow, and is known to cause issues. To that end, why not use a more lightweight viewer for PDF documents? They exist and many of them are quite good.

Quick Tip: Customize live tiles in the Windows 8 Start Screen – For better or worse, live tiles are part of Windows 8, so you should at least have a basic understanding of how they work.

Try the free and flexible screenshot tool Greenshot – If you want to get good screenshots and be able to add objects and text to the images but don’t want to use a full tool like GIMP, Greenshot is a fantastic solution.

How to Break Your Media Addiction and Clean Up Your Digital Clutter – Clutter can choke you: it takes away usable space, stresses you out, and makes you feel closed in. Digital clutter is just as bad, and while it doesn’t take up physical space, it does eat up your hard drive, attention, and time. Let’s put an end to it.

Worldcam lets you search Instagram photos by location – Do you want to know what the people at Apple’s headquarters are having for lunch, Instagram-style? There’s an app – er, new web-based search engine – for that. It’s called Worldcam, and it’s a new search engine — designed by Swedish creative collective Kinda like a big deal — that lets you search for Instagram photos by location.

First Look: Firefox Beta for Windows 8 – Mozilla’s tablet-friendly version of Firefox for Windows 8 is coming together, and an early public build of the browser is now available. It’s obviously still a work-in-progress – there’s no documentation, and some vital functions (such as mouse-wheel support) do not work. Still, it’s enough to get a feel for how Firefox will work on the “don’t call it Metro” side of Windows 8.


Bogus Skype password change notifications lead to phishing – Bogus emails supposedly sent by Skype are targeting users of the popular VoIP service, saying that their Skype password has been “successfully changed” warns. Users who haven’t recently initiated the password change themselves are in danger of believing that their account is in the process of being hijacked and following the offered links without thinking.

Middle East cyberattacks on Google users increasing – The New York Times reports that tens of thousands of Gmail accounts have been targeted by state-sponsored attacks.

Microsoft to release seven bulletins – Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for October 2012 contains seven bulletins, one critical and six rated as important. It should be a relief to many that none of the bulletins requires immediate attention, as none of them address vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild; all were privately reported vulnerabilities. This means that there isn’t any publicly known exploit code for this month’s bulletin cycle.

Free online identity risk calculator – EMC and RSA announced the Online Identity Risk Calculator, a free interactive assessment tool for PC and mobile device users designed to help educate consumers about their personal exposure to online threats. The Online Identity Risk Calculator engages consumers to respond to 10 simple questions designed to calculate an individual’s personal online identity risk score (ranging from 0-100). Participants answer questions about online activities such as banking, gaming, shopping, mobile app usage, social networking, email and more.

Security hole exposes Twitter accounts to hacking, victim claims – A user whose account was stolen says Twitter’s password reset system is easier to circumvent than that of other services.

Company News:

Google, Publishers Settle Book-Scanning Lawsuit – Google and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced a deal that will make the group’s content available online and end a seven-year legal battle.

ACT Launches App Privacy Icons – The Association for Competitive Technology announced new App Privacy Icons to help developers and consumers handle privacy settings of their apps. The new icons are part of a broad campaign to provide developers with the resources to demonstrate easy-to-understand transparency about the privacy settings and features of their apps.

Microsoft acquires PhoneFactor – Microsoft has acquired PhoneFactor, a developer of multifactor authentication (MFA) solutions. Founded in 2001, PhoneFactor is trusted by hundreds of organizations to help secure millions of logins and transactions each year. By leveraging a device nearly every user already has — a phone — PhoneFactor enables deployment of MFA across a wide range of applications.

Intel Unveils Atom-Based Storage Platform for SMBs, Personal Clouds – Intel on Thursday announced new storage platforms for small businesses and consumers built around low-power Atom chips and designed for cloud computing.

Webopedia Daily:

Microsoft Secure Boot – Microsoft Secure Boot is a component of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system that relies on the UEFI specification’s secure boot functionality to help prevent malicious software applications and “unauthorized” operating systems from loading during the system start-up process. While there is some concern that Microsoft Secure Boot will make it difficult to install Linux or other operating systems on a Windows 8 computer, the secure boot functionality in Windows 8 is primarily designed to protect users from rootkits and other low-level malware attacks by blocking unauthorized (non-signed) executables and drivers from being loaded during the boot process. Personal computers bearing the Windows 8-certified logo will be required to ship with Microsoft Secure Boot enabled.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Fully functional Android phone embedded in Entertainment Weekly – Generating buzz in the magazine industry isn’t easy but Entertainment Weekly has done just that by embedding a video display into its latest issue. The 2.3-inch screen will play some commercials and then redirect you to the CW’s Twitter page. Doing this for the magazine’s entire print run would be extreme, but there are 1,000 copies of the enhanced issue circulating. It is worth looking for on the newsstand this weekend.

Microsoft co-founder weighs in on Windows 8 – In a recently-published blog entry, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen shares a detailed, fascinating account of his experience with Windows 8. While Allen seems to like the new OS overall, he does list several “minor” concerns, which could discourage ambivalent users from upgrading.

The Great Upgrade Upheaval – For those with older computers, upgrading to Windows 8 will be more trouble than it’s worth.

Apple in the post-Jobs era: Five hits and misses – Apple’s just now entering its second year without co-founder Steve Jobs. CNET rounds down five hits and five misses during 2012.

Can you be jailed for a Facebook ‘Like’ in the Philippines? – The country’s new Cybercrime Prevention Act, which went into effect yesterday, has some very interesting provisions that might lead to very interesting results.

Today’s Quote:

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

–     Plato

Today’s Free Downloads:

Argus Boot Accelerator – Argus Boot Accelerator speeds up your boot process by managing your startup programs. Usually Windows would start all of them at the same time during the boot process, demanding data from your hard disk faster than it can deliver them. Argus Boot Accelerator will start them sequentially.

SUPERAntiSpyware Free – Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats.


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3 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 5, 2012

  1. drndark

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  2. delenn13

    Oh and for the record..I got Windows Mail to work in Win7. Now I need to get the Calendar to work…. 🙂

    Any suggestions for a program to take my email out of Outlook in XP and move it to Windows Mail in Win7 or I am I just tilting at windmills?

  3. delenn13

    Here’s a video for Thanksgiving..

    Star Trek Voyager ~ Running Up That Hill – YouTube Janeway(Kate Mulgrew), Voyager, and Placebo..Can’t beat it…