Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 13, 2012

3 must-have freeware apps for multiple desktops – QSynergy, Mouse without Borders, and Win Switch all let you seamlessly switch between computers without leaving your chair, and they’re all free.

Windows 8 apps: The good, the bad, and the ugly – With the clock winding down, Microsoft is working diligently to improve some of its Windows 8 apps, but there are still some big question marks remaining for Windows 8 apps.

Group chat showdown: Which instant messaging service is best for your business? – Sometimes, when you can’t meet in person, it’s better to meet in a virtual space. Group chat services offer private rooms for business discussions, with handy features like transcripts, file sharing, and mobile apps. It’s like regular instant messaging, but with an express focus on group conversations.

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What are the cheapest and easiest upgrade paths to Windows 8? – Microsoft has finally spilled most pricing details for Windows 8. But buying and upgrading is still confusing. Use this guide to find the cheapest, best way to upgrade. Oh, and be sure to read this if you plan to stick with Windows 7. You can avoid a big gotcha if you know your rights.

OwnCloud: Build your own or manage your public cloud storage services – If you want a cloud of your own, ownCloud makes it easier than ever to build a private cloud of your own and you can also use it to manage your use of public cloud storage services, such as Amazon S3, Box, and DropBox.

Deeply Flawed Apple-Owned Fingerprint Reader Software a Tough Fix – Now that word is out on a serious password bug in the ubiquitous UPEK Protector Suite fingerprint readers found in most new laptops today, Apple-owned Authentec surely will be able to fix the issue on the double. Not so fast, says one of the researchers looking at the problem.

CV Maker Creates Beautiful, Professional-Looking Resumes Online in Minutes – Regardless of the job you apply for, you’ll need a sharp-looking resume that looks good on-screen and in-print to make a good impression. CV Maker is a webapp that makes it easy to create multiple professional, good-looking resumes online, save them for future updates and editing, and print them off whenever you want, all for free.

Linux Foundation unveils a workaround for Win 8 Secure Boot – Scarcely a week goes by these days without the emergence of some new approach to the vexing “Secure Boot” problem facing Linux users on Windows 8 hardware, and this week is no exception.

Anonymous declares war on Wikileaks – The hacking collective insists it will not attack any of the Wikileaks web assets, as the site is considered a media outlet. According to the group, any future attacks on the site attributed to them is a “lie”, but what they can and will do is withdraw support not only for the whistleblower site, but the site’s founder Julian Assange — who is currently taking refuge in the London-based Ecuadorian embassy.

How long will Microsoft support Windows 7? – Through January 12, 2015, Microsoft will provide the same complete support you have today. You’ll receive both security and non-security updates. Your warranty claims will be considered and possibly honored. If your license came with no-charge incident support (yes, it exists), you’ll continue to receive it. But in 2015, Windows 7 will go onto extended support, which just covers the basics.

Microsoft rolls out massive Windows 8 update – As Windows 8’s launch date nears, Microsoft begins to tailor its core apps like Mail and Calendar to clear the high bar set by Apple and Google while also updating the OS itself.

Security:

Poisoned links plague Microsoft’s Bing search – A recent study by Fraser Howard, a principle virus researcher at SophosLabs, suggested that the risk of clicking on a “poisoned” link while using Bing was more than twice that from using Google, even though Google has more than four times the “market share” of Bing in search engine rankings.

SOPA reincarnates to hold your computer hostage – The so-called SOPA cryptovirus which warns users that their IP address is on a copyright infringement blacklist has been discovered. The ‘ransomware’ holds a computer hostage, warning that unless a victim hands over money, data will be wiped. U.S. and Canadian victims have to pay via a MoneyPak prepaid voucher, whereas others have to use Western Union. Once accused of distributing illegal files, infected users are told they must pay $200 within three days.

Mozilla Adds Click-to-Play Plugin Security Feature to Firefox Beta – The new feature is in the beta version of Firefox right now and it works in conjunction with a blacklist of vulnerable versions of popular plugins. When a user lands on a site that requires the use of a plugin, say Adobe Flash, if the version running in the user’s browser is on the list of known vulnerable applications, Mozilla will disable it and show the user a message saying that she needs to update the plugin. The idea is to help protect users from themselves, something that security people have been trying to do for as long as there have been users.

Capital One Latest Victim in Series of Attacks on U.S. Banks – Capital One Financial Corp. told Bloomberg’s Businessweek that its online banking services had been temporarily disabled on Tuesday but that no customer and account information was ever at risk.

Exploit Code Released Targeting Firefox 16 Vulnerability – It’s been an interesting couple of days for Firefox users. First Mozilla released version 16 of the popular browser on Wednesday, then quickly pulled it back yesterday after a serious security vulnerability was found in the new version. Less than 12 hours later, Mozilla had repaired the problem and re-released the updated browser, but not before exploit code was released.

Company News:

PayPal could be cutting up to 400 jobs – Things look grim at PayPal as reports are circulating about major layoffs at the payments processing giant.

AMD preps layoffs that could hit 30 percent of its workers – The chipmaker, buffeted by rivals and a rough economy, could announce the move as soon as next week

Google Launches New Enterprise Search Appliances – Google’s new search appliances allow enterprises to search content in 500,000 to more than 1 billion documents at once to find specific information.

ReVuln Emerges as New Player in Vulnerability Sales Market – It’s getting difficult these days to keep track of all of the companies, public and otherwise, that are buying and selling vulnerabilities or information on bugs, and now there’s another group on the scene: ReVuln. But, unlike other companies in the industry, ReVuln is mostly focusing its efforts on vulnerabilities in SCADA and ICS software, the applications that run utilities, industrial systems and other sophisticated systems.

Webopedia Daily:

Email Software – Software for creating, sending, receiving and organizing electronic mail, or email. Modern desktop email clients like Microsoft Outlook, Windows Live Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird offer advanced features for managing email, including WYSIWYG editors for composing email messages, anti-spam and anti-phishing security protection, advanced search capabilities, and rules and filters for more efficiently handling and organizing messages and email folders. A large number of online email services, called webmail, exist with features and functionality for managing e-mail similar to their desktop email software counterparts. Some of the more popular online email services are Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail (Windows Live Mail) and AOL Mail.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Why smartphones point to smarter cameras – It’s time to stop emulating film in digital cameras. The next generation of smartphones are a pointer to the future of photography.

Rejected by Kickstarter? ‘Roll your own’ with Selfstarter instead – There’s been no shortage of controversy surrounding Kickstarter this year as the crowdfunding platform has gained popularity, prompting the institution of new rules and belt-tightening measures in recent months. Now, however, there’s a brand-new alternative: Meet Selfstarter, an open source platform that lets anyone “roll their own” crowdfunding effort by simply forking its code.

Want to Read Faster? Stop Saying The Words in Your Head As You Read – When you read, do you hear the words in your mind or even subconsciously say them under your breath? Break this one habit, called subvocalization, and you can double or even triple your reading speed.

Geek Trivia: What other sci-fi franchise unofficially ‘shares’ a universe with Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? – Douglas Adams wrote several early drafts of the Hitchhiker’s Guide movie script — and made a special effort to secretly tie the movie universe into another well-known science-fiction franchise.

League of Legends the world’s ‘most played video game’ – Video games come and go, but Riot Games considers League of Legends the current king of them all — for now.

Today’s Quote:

“My mother used to say that there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t met yet. She’s now in a maximum security twilight home in Australia.”

–     Dame Edna Everage

Today’s Free Downloads:

AVG LinkScanner – Verifies the safety of web pages you visit, and of links returned from web searches. AVG LinkScanner is up and running immediately from the moment of installation.

Camfrog – Camfrog is a multi video chat program for switching between your different video chat usernames without having multiple platforms open. They also have group video and voice chats for a plethora of different topics from cooking to software development whatever your hobby your bound to find it in Camfrog!

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 13, 2012

  1. drndark

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  2. John

    You have got to love the Dame. 🙂

    Hey Bill, did you get my email yesterday?
    Cheers,
    John