Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 12, 2012

Ten simple, common-sense security tips – Security doesn’t have to be complicated, as shown by these quick and easy alternatives to the conventional wisdom on passwords, privacy, backups, ID theft, and other tech-safety matters.

Facebook private messages trigger ‘likes’ without telling – A new Facebook feature lifts links from your private messages and adds anonymous “likes” to those sites without alerting you.

How to Spot Truth in the Sea of Lies, Rumors, and Myths on the Internet – The internet is full of crap. For every piece of reputable information you’ll find countless rumors, misinformation, and downright falsehoods. Separating truth from fiction is equal parts a mental battle and diligent research. Here’s how to make sure you never get duped.

Reuse an old router to bridge devices to your wireless network – Reuse an old router to connect wired-only devices, like your TV, DVR or game console, to your wireless network.

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U.S. Government To Crack Down on Privacy Violations, Maybe – I’m happy to see that at least one U.S. senator is clued in to the dangers of using cell phone data to track people like dogs. As chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, Senator Al Franken (MN) decided that the government needs to act because carriers, handset makers, and everyone in between all ignore this.

25 percent of adult Americans own a tablet, research reveals – Tablet sales are growing steadily, according to reports from the Pew Research Center’s American Life Project. Ownership is up 6 percent since January, and most buyers are older than 30. Tablets are most popular among adults in the 30- to 49-year-old group (31 percent), followed by 50- to 64-year-olds (27 percent), 18- to 29-year-olds (25 percent) and those older than 65 (13 percent).

Google Street View Gets Major, 250K Mile Update – Google on Thursday launched its biggest-ever Street View update, adding 250,000 miles of roads worldwide.

Whonix: Anonymous operating system – Whonix (called TorBOX or aos in past) is an anonymous general purpose operating system based on Virtual Box, Debian GNU/Linux and Tor. By Whonix design, IP and DNS leaks are impossible. Not even malware with root rights can find out the user’s real IP/location.

FXAA Post Process Injector – Originally developed by Nvidia’s Timothy Lottes, this tool has been embraced by the modding community and expanded to work with both Nvidia and ATI graphics cards. It provides a series of sliders and toggles in a small, tabbed window that allow control and implementation of video features not originally included with a game. In addition to AA, HDR, and Bloom, it also adjusts color, lighting and sharpness along with novelties like a sepiatone filter. Particularly popular with Skyrim and Battlefield 3 users.

Why Mobile Carriers Are So Despised – Mobile carriers have long been among the most despised companies in the technology world. But it’s hard to feel sorry for them, since it’s really due to their own ill-advised practices. This slide show highlights some of the top reasons customers despise their mobile carriers.

No homecoming queen vote if you don’t wear RFID tag? – San Antonio schools have become very enthusiastic about RFID tagging students. One student reportedly claims to have been told “No tag. No vote for homecoming king and queen.”

Netflix to Caption All Streaming Content by 2014 – Netflix has reached an agreement with a national deaf-rights group that will require the company to add closed captions to 100 percent of the content on its Watch Instantly streaming platform by 2014.


Fake Angry Birds games hijack Google Chrome browser – Developers are distributing unauthorized versions of the newest Angry Birds title, and the fakes can hijack the Chrome browser to follow your web travels and display extra ads.

Thousands of student records stolen in Florida college breach – Confidential information of nearly 300,000 students, faculty, and employees is accessed in hack, education officials warn.

Malware attack strikes, posing as Skype password change notification – If Skype users didn’t have enough to worry about this week security-wise (with a worm spreading across the system), there’s now another threat to warn about.

Nude photos of Justin Bieber a ruse: bellybutton tells the tale! Think before you click – Nude photos allegedly of the star began circulating soon after his laptop and camera were stolen. Clicking on such files is always a bad idea, given that malware loves to piggyback on celebrity news. Besides, as any true Belieber knows, Justin has an outie.

Four Out Of Five Phishing Attacks Use Security Scams – Email scammers are increasingly using security as their chief weapon for fooling users into clicking on infected links and attachments, according to a report issued this week.

Mozilla rereleases Firefox 16 after fixing critical flaw – Browser was pulled from download after only a day, to fix bug that could reveal which Web sites a user had visited.

Company News:

eBay creates Facebook-like community in brand refresh – eBay has recognised that its users search for goods within eBay so it is creating a new social community to capture deeper customer insight from its users and improve its customer offering.

Apple’s market value drops $60 billion following iPhone 5 quality control issues – Apple sold five million iPhone 5 smartphones on its opening weekend in September, making it fastest selling phone of all time — and yet, astonishingly, this figure was below analyst expectations, causing Apple’s stock price to plummet almost 10% in the last month, slicing $60 billion off the market capitalization of the world’s most valuable company. The cause? The easily-scuffed anodized aluminium chassis.

Qualys expands QualysGuard PCI cloud platform – Qualys has expanded QualysGuard PCI to assist organizations of all sizes to meet Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS), including new internal scanning requirements.

ManageEngine Strengthens Password Manager Pro with Session Recording – ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, today announced the immediate availability of session recording capabilities in its privileged password management software, Password Manager Pro. Now, privileged sessions launched from Password Manager Pro can be video recorded, archived and played back to support forensic audits and let enterprises monitor all actions performed by privileged accounts during privileged sessions.

Amobee and Nimbuzz Partner to Bring Socially Relevant Mobile Advertising Inventory to Advertisers Globally – Amobee, a leading provider of mobile advertising solutions, and Nimbuzz, one of the fastest growing mobile instant messaging applications in the world (with over 105 Million users worldwide), are officially announcing a global partnership. The deal will enable both companies to bring highly relevant, socially connected mobile advertising inventory to Nimbuzz mobile users around the world.

Microsoft takes on Google directly in German patent lawsuit – Microsoft has finally taken its battle against Android directly to the source. In a German courtroom today, Microsoft’s lawyers announced they were adding Google as a defendant in a patent-infringement lawsuit against Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility.

Sony halts sale of Xperia Tablet S – Sony has halted sales of its Xperia Tablet S due to a manufacturing flaw that leaves the “splash proof” tablet susceptible to water damage.

AMD: Third quarter unravels amid weak demand, and excess inventory – AMD is hobbled amid weak demand and excess inventory. Company plans a $100 million writedown of excess product.

Webopedia Daily:

Intelligent Platform Management Interface – Abbreviated as IPMI, the Intelligent Platform Management Interface is a remote hardware health monitoring and management system that defines interfaces for use in monitoring the physical health of servers, such as temperature, voltage, fans, power supplies and chassis. It was developed by Dell, HP, Intel and NEC, but has many more industry promoters, adopters and contributors.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Humanity’s ‘last pictures’ in space disc – The Last Pictures Project is a photo exhibition that will launch on a satellite and enter permanent orbit around Earth. It’s designed as a message to future aliens who discover the remains of our civilization.

The Science of the Perfect Nap – According to a growing body of research, napping is a smart thing to do. It can help refresh the mind, make you more creative, boost your intelligence, and even help you live a longer, healthier life. It’s slowly gaining acceptance as part of a healthy lifestyle, even in some corporate offices.

Internet censorship: Let it rot in walled gardens – Attempts to shut us up in walled gardens and curb our online freedoms are impossible to implement and police. The nature of the internet sees to it that they are doomed to fail.

Will the cloud be the end of the IT department? – Thoran Rodrigues looks at the ways that the cloud is likely to change the nature of the IT department and the roles that it serves.

Bust online poker company relocates to the Isle of Man – An online poker company which went bust in 2011, leaving players £115m out of pocket, is to relocate from Alderney to the Isle of Man. Full Tilt Poker has since been taken over by Isle of Man based PokerStars, which has agreed to pay the outstanding player liabilities in full. The deal will see PokerStars acquire the Full Tilt Poker brand and its software and install new management. (recommended by Michael F.)

Phone company to woman: You owe us $15 quadrillion – In a story that gives new meaning to the phrase “bill shock,” a French carrier charges a customer a sum that would easily wipe out the European debt crisis.

Today’s Quote:

A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D., or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don’t have a J.O.B.”

–    Fats Domino

Today’s Free Downloads:

MSI Afterburner: Brand-agnostic PC overclocking utility – Platform-agnostic PC overclockers have MSI’s venerable Afterburner utility to tweak their video-card collection. Afterburner (free) is designed to work with MSI’s own products, but in actuality works with most modern hardware.

ZoneAlarm Free – For basic, “no frills” firewall protection, ZoneAlarm is the popular first step for many home PC users.



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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 12, 2012

  1. drndark

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  2. delenn13

    Hmm, Interesting read. Whonix: Anonymous operating system – Since I have the Tor browser set up.

  3. delenn13

    It’s Friday!!!!

    I am going to guess you can’t say….”no plastic army men were harmed in the making of this video”.
    Choreography for Plastic Army Men on Vimeo

    You find out how “scotch on the rocks” began…
    Whyte & Mackay Whisky video – How to drink whisky and the 22 year old blend

    No, it won’t make me get rid of my soda(because I very seldom drink it)..But I am not sure if I will ever watch those Coke commercials in the same light….Warning..

    Will Watching These Sad Bears Get Fat Finally Make You Put Down The Soda?

    • Hey Delenn13,

      Excellent choice of links. I particularly liked the plastic army men – lots of work went into that one! And, you’re right – the Soda vid is scary.