Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 15, 2012

US court says reading other people’s online email is OK, privacy be damned – The case involves a woman’s hacking into her former boss’s Yahoo account to uncover evidence of his extramarital affair. Judges decreed that email stored in the cloud, such as Gmail or Yahoo Mail, doesn’t meet the definition of “electronic storage” as written in the Stored Communications Act.

CloudMagic offers fast, accurate searches – CloudMagic delivered speedy Gmail searches in the past, but only in the Firefox and Chrome browsers. Now the free tool is more impressive than ever, offering searches of everything from Facebook and Dropbox to Box and AOL, and in more browsers than before.

How NQ Mobile’s Family Guardian will protect your kids – The Android app can access all mobile activity on a smartphone. Bad news for kids, but good for parents.

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Safari for Windows – Why? Why not? Windows users can get a small taste of the other side’s software with this nimble and reliable Web browser.

How to Reset a Windows 8 PC – Formerly, it was a chore to return a computer to a pristine state, if it was running Windows 7. The new Windows 8 changes all that. We’ll show you how.

Slinging TV Shows – TV providers make it exceptionally difficult to watch the programming you pay for from computers and mobile devices. Enter the venerable Sling Media Slingbox 500, which makes it easy to watch live TV and recorded DVR content on any device over the Internet when you’re away from home.

YouTube to base search rankings on time watched, not clicks – YouTube has beefed up its Analytics function, saying the extra information whould help people make more popular videos.

EU inching towards Microsoft antitrust charge, record fines loom – Microsoft is reportedly only days away from receiving a formal antitrust complaint after the software giant left out its required ‘browser choice’ screen to 28 million users. Record fines loom not far away.

Raspberry Pi doubles the RAM, but resists price hike – Rather than add a more-expensive Raspberry Pi, the cheap Linux device’s backers have bumped up the memory in the current Model B to 512MB as standard.

Microsoft launches Xbox Music: What you need to know – Let’s face it, Zune is a joke—literally. It was a punchline on The Simpsons just last week. Although many of the Zune products earned high marks from the press, the brand has become the poster child for “that me-too gadget nobody really wants.” Rather than put more weight behind a failed brand, Microsoft decided to kill the Zune player and service, preparing to replace it with Xbox Music.

How Googling others affects voting, hiring and dating – A new study confirms the importance we place in personal search results. Plus, tips on improving what others see about you

Freshening up your Google juice with robots.txt – Using the robots.txt sledgehammer properly can help you clean up loose ends in your search results. Use it wrong, and you could, effectively, nuke yourself off the Internet.


Beware! DHL Express malware attack appearing in inboxes – Take care folks if you’re returning to your inbox today, after a weekend away. A malicious email could be lurking there – waiting to infect your computers. SophosLabs has intercepted a widespread malware campaign that has been spammed out, disguised as a communication from DHL Express.

Hackers pwn the sun – Exploit code released for software used to manage solar energy plants – The US Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert that hackers have released proof of concept exploit code for vulnerabilities in a common SCADA software package used to manage solar energy systems.

Company News:

Microsoft Office 2013 Released to Manufacturers – Microsoft last week reached another Windows 8-related milestone. The company’s updated productivity suite, Office 2013, has now been released to manufacturers.

Adobe ships Acrobat XI featuring new cloud services – Adobe is shipping Acrobat XI, a new version of its cross-platform PDF authoring and viewing software, featuring augmented tools for cloud services such as online forms and digital signatures.

HP Shows Why It Remains World’s Top Workstation Maker – In the mid-’70s David Packard and Bill Hewlett headquartered Hewlett-Packard’s desktop computer division in Fort Collins, Colo. Today, that has morphed into the workstation headquarters for the company and thus, the world, as HP is the world’s No. 1 workstation maker. On Oct. 11, HP gave a tour of the facility, which we highlight in this slide show.

Softbank as Sprint’s savior: What $20.1 billion does, doesn’t do – Sprint can definitely use the cash infusion from Softbank to complete its 4G LTE rollout and better compete in the U.S. However, Sprint will still be squeezed from above by AT&T and Verizon and below by T-Mobile.

Webopedia Daily:

Osborne Effect – The term used to describe a negative outcome from a company prematurely releasing information about future products and impacting sales of their current products. The Osborne Effect is normally seen when the company misjudges the timing for announcing the future products. The phrase “Osborne Effect” is derived from the late 80’s when a company called Osborne Computer Corp. introduced the first popular portable computer. Osborne made the mistake of pre-announcing a successor machine months before it could be delivered and sales of its existing line dried up sending the company into a tailspin it never recovered from.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Cyber warfare a real threat, the US Secretary of Defense warns – The U.S. is facing a dramatically increasing threat from cyber attacks and a future attack on the country’s critical infrastructure could have an effect similar to the September 11 terrorist attacks of 2001, the U.S. Secretary of Defense said last week.

Cyber War? Bring It On! – The so-called imminent threat of cyber-attack by U.S. enemies is another in a long line of fear-mongering propaganda lines.

‘Dancing Baby’ YouTube copyright case goes to court – The lawsuit is challenging the takedown of a home video from YouTube because Universal Music claims the video infringed copyrights owned by the company. In the video, a toddler is dancing while a song by Prince, “Let’s Go Crazy,” plays in the background.

Moore’s Law: The rule that really matters in tech – In 1965, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore foresaw an inexorable rise in chip power that eventually delivered the computer to your pocket. While long in the tooth, Moore’s prediction still has plenty of life in it. Here’s why.

Make your own screen cleaner – Stop overspending on store-bought screen-cleaning sprays — you can make your own in large quantities for just a few bucks.

Seven apps for street art fans – There are a lot of apps that show street art; we’ve found seven of the best.

Today’s Quote:

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.”

–     Lillian Hellman

Today’s Free Downloads:

System Explorer 3.9.7 – Detailed information about Tasks, Processes, Modules, Startups, IE Addons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files.

Iobit Uninstaller 2.3 – IObit Uninstaller helps you uninstall and remove unwanted programs and folders from your computer fast and easily. Where the built-in and sluggish “Windows Add or Remove Programs” option fails, IObit Uninstalller works as always and picks up the slack.


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