Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 18, 2012

App scanner tells you if a mobile app is safe—before you install it – You know that Android app you’re about to download? It could be a security risk. If you’re concerned about app security in your organization, or even just on your own smartphone, ZAP is worth checking out. If nothing else, it can help you spot a potentially problematic app before you install it.

Infographic: The ABC’s of Basic Online Security – Even if you think you know everything there is to know about password security and online safety, this basic primer from SecurityCoverage is still worth a read

StumbleUpon (for iPhone) – StumbleUpon, one of the most sophisticated and fun ways to explore new content on the Web, delivers an excellent experience on the iPhone.

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Go Virtual: Multiple OSes, One Device – Want to run Windows on a Mac or any flavor of Linux on Windows 8? Virtual desktop software is the answer. Here’s a look at some of the best.

Pinterest rolls out user blocking, flagging, and reporting – As a way to curtail users who pin banned items like nudie pictures, hateful symbols, and violent images, Pinterest debuts a feature that lets users block and report questionable activity.

How to move from Gmail to – So you’ve decided you like the cut of’s jib, so much so that you’re ready to ditch Gmail and move your mail into Microsoft’s camp. Easier said than done, right? Actually, it’s less complicated than you might think. In fact, you can keep your Gmail address active while still managing all your messages in Here’s how to make your move.

Ubuntu 12.10 released: Quantal Quetzal, now with extra cloud – Under the hood, 12.10 will be shipping with some incremental upgrades, like the 3.5.4 Linux kernel which will be powering some Gnome 3.6 apps and libraries. While the full Gnome shell isn’t present in this build, it does still serve as the building blocks for the oft-maligned Unity interface. Whether you like it or not, Unity is here to stay as the major changes in the OS come not in the technical underpinnings, but in the way that the Unity Dash interacts with your digital content stored both locally and in the cloud.

Slideshow: Say hello to Ubuntu 12.10 Linux – The latest version of Ubuntu Linux is ready for your inspection.

Apple resumes User Tracking with iOS 6. Here’s how to disable it – Apple was eager to promote the many new features in iOS6, but avoided mention of one: IFA – or identifier for advertisers – the company’s newest device tracking technology.

A Home Automation Primer – How can you take control of your home and monitor it 24/7 from your laptop, tablet, or phone? Home Automation is the key and here are the basics to get you started.

How to Buy an MP3 Player – Getting an iPod might seem like a no-brainer, but there are still some high-quality non-Apple MP3 players out there. Here’s how to figure out which player type is right for you.

Preserve all your precious images (the right way) – Here are some simple ways to quickly and correctly scan a shoebox full of photos, slides, or negatives.


Facebook partners with Panda Security – Panda Security signed a collaboration agreement with Facebook to protect users. Facebook users will be able to download a free 6-month version of Panda Internet Security 2013 from the AV Marketplace. Additionally, both companies will share their databases of malicious URLs to protect users while surfing the Web.

Researchers: Steam URL protocol can be abused to exploit game vulnerabilities – Attackers can trick gamers into opening malicious steam:// URLs that exploit security issues in games to execute malicious code.

The FBI’s “Cyber Surf Island” game aims to promote internet safety amongst students – The FBI is taking its lead from popular online games like World of Warcraft with a new online safety education program for school age children that’s light on content, but heavy on scrolls and whacky, animated characters.

Phishing attacks increasingly target brands – The number of brands targeted by phishing attacks sustained an all-time high of 428 in April of this year, the second record-breaking quarter for cybercrime brand abuse reported by the APWG this year. Meanwhile, the number of unique phishing sites reached an all-time monthly high of 63,253 in April, eclipsing the previous record high of 56,859 in February of this year by more than 11 percent.

High-bandwidth denial-of-service attacks more common, security firm says – Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks with an average bandwidth of over 20Gbps have become commonplace this year, according to researchers from from DDoS mitigation vendor Prolexic. This is significant because very few companies or organizations have the necessary network infrastructure to deal with such attacks.

Company News:

IBM releases ten integrated security solutions – IBM announced a broad set of security software to help holistically secure data and identities. IBM’s new software capabilities help clients better maintain security control over mobile devices, mitigate internal and external threats, reduce security risks in cloud environments, expand database security to gain real-time insights into big data environments such as Hadoop, and automate compliance and data security management.

U.K. judge shoots down Apple’s Galaxy Tab appeal – Apple loses an appeal against Samsung in the U.K. after the first judge claimed the Galaxy Tab 10.1 could not have infringed the iPad because it wasn’t “cool” enough.

Microsoft breaks silence, slates preview of Windows 7’s IE10 for November – Microsoft today said it will ship a preview of Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) for Windows 7 next month, but would not commit to a timetable for a final release. IE10 will run on Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows 7: Early on, Microsoft confirmed that the browser would not work on Windows Vista, much less Windows XP, which remains stuck on 2009’s IE8.

The Pirate Bay Ditches Servers, Embraces the Cloud – The Pirate Bay is transitioning to The Pirate Cloud. The beleaguered file-sharing service today announced that it is ditching the servers and embracing the cloud. “Slowly and steadily we are getting rid of our earthly form and ascending into the next stage, the cloud,” the group said.

Sprint nabs control of Clearwire through the back door – The company won’t acquire Clearwire outright, but has obtained enough shares to take majority voting power, and thus, control the company.

Webopedia Daily:

Capacitive touch – One of the two primary types of touchscreen displays (along with resistive) employed on smartphones, tablets, laptops and similar electronic devices. The Apple iPhone is the most popular example of a capacitive touchscreen-based device. Capacitive touch screens distinguish and sense specific touch location based on the electrical impulses in a human body, typically the fingertip. This enables capacitive touch screens to not require any actual force to be applied to the screen’s surface; at the same time, capacitive screens typically don’t respond to styluses or gloved hands due to the lack of electrical impulses generated.

Off Topic (Sort of):

How DRM will infest the 3D printing revolution – Is DRM going to be the future of 3D printing? Noted patent troll Intellectual Ventures thinks so.

Reddit CEO Defends Free Speech, Talks Violentacrez Scandal – In the wake of a controversy over offensive content posted across his network, Reddit CEO Yishan Wong this week defended his site’s policies, but acknowledged that a ban on Gawker links was misguided.

Google Has a Stormtrooper Guarding Its Data Center – At Google’s North Carolina data center, there is a model of a stormtrooper guarding the computers, a new peek inside the facility revealed. (recommended by Michael F.)

A Brief Guide to Incorporating Your Small Business – Incorporating your small business may be the next logical step in your growth progression, but what kind of corporation should you choose? We break down the pros and cons of the three types.

When does AEST not mean AEST? – Only in Australia could we have two identical time-zone abbreviations that mean different things.

Undercover cop outed on Facebook, woman arrested for posting photo – Police arrested a Texas woman for allegedly posting a photo of an undercover police officer onto her Facebook page. The case shows that it’s time that police learn how vulnerable they are in a social media world.

Gagarin Statue Lands At NASA’s Birthplace – Former space-race foes from Russia and the United States have inaugurated a bronze statue in Texas of Soviet space pioneer Yury Gagarin to accompany one nearby of John Glenn in a salute to the first two men to orbit the Earth. (recommended by Michael F.)

Today’s Quote:

Wind is God’s way of balancing heat. Wind is the way you shift heat from areas where it’s hotter to areas where it’s cooler. That’s what wind is. Wouldn’t it be ironic if in the interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down, which causes the temperature to go up?”

–      Joe Barton: Republican politician: Chair Emeritus of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, Subcommittee on Environment and Economy.

Today’s Free Downloads:

Freemake Video Downloader – Download videos from YouTube, Hulu, Vevo, Facebook, MTV, ComedyCentral, Vimeo and 40+ sites, extract lossless audio, convert online videos to AVI, MKV, MP3, iPod, iPhone, PSP, Android with our free video downloader!

Soluto – Soluto allows you to understand your boot, discover which applications are slowing it down (and keep running later in the background, affecting your ongoing experience), and allows you to significantly improve it. While Soluto focuses on the boot, it already researches for frustrations and helps map the PC Genome, allowing you to share your wisdom with others.

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