Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 24, 2012

Do you really need that free download? – You can often solve whatever problem the freebie claims to fix without the drain on system resources the app causes, and without the risk of downloading more than you bargained for.

Apple Unveils iPad Mini – As expected, Apple unveiled a smaller version of its iPad tablet, dubbed the iPad mini. The 7.9-inch mini includes a 1,024-by-768 display, and pricing starts at $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version.

Use Puush to share images and screenshots quickly – If you are a tech blogger or engage in another pursuit that requires the regular capturing and sharing of screenshots, Puush (Mac | Windows) could prove useful. It’s a free and easy multiplatform app that automatically uploads screenshots as you snap them. It works on both Macs and Windows systems, and there is also a Puush iPhone app. I tried out the free Mac app and iPhone app.

Top 10 biggest drawbacks of Windows RT – Sometimes new isn’t always better. CNET takes you through a few things you’ll need to keep in mind before buying a Windows RT device.

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How to optimize Windows 8 on old hardware – Microsoft has made a point of advertising the performance enhancements and optimizations being made to Windows 8. Although Windows 7 was well received and typically offered better performance and stability than its much-maligned predecessor, Windows Vista, Microsoft had some loftier goals in mind for the jump to Windows 8.

Two analytics companies to settle charges for online user tracking – A web analytics company has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated federal law by using its web-tracking software that collected personal data without disclosing the extent of the information that it was collecting. The company, Compete Inc., also allegedly failed to honor promises it made to protect the personal data it collected.

Over half of Brits have fallen victim to cyber crime, but most haven’t changed their online behaviour – 56% of adults in the UK have suffered from cyber crime, according to a recent survey by But that doesn’t seem to have changed their online behaviour, with nearly three quarters of them not having changed the way they use the internet.

Get Organized: Best Practices for Gmail – In this installment of our Get Organized series, we’re taking a look at your Gmail account. Understanding a few core features of the email service will help you keep it an organized and efficient place to communicate.

Secure your Business PCs without slowing them down – GFI’s small-footprint antivirus keeps businesses secure without slowing them down. Vipre is currently offering a free 30-day trial.

Ray turns Android phone into device for the blind – As part of its Wireless Reach initiative, Qualcomm teams with Israeli firm to create Ray, a multifunction device that brings streamlined smartphone functionality to the visually impaired.

FTC Issues Best Practices for Facial Recognition Tech – The Federal Trade Commission released a set of guidelines for how it believes companies should implement facial-recognition technology, and the overarching theme is – get people’s permission


Hackers steal customer data from Barnes & Noble keypads – Point-of-sale terminals at 63 bookstores are found to have been modified to hijack customers’ credit card and PIN information.

‘Parasite’ porn websites steal and spread images and videos of young people – A new study shows that 88% of sexually explicit photos and videos of children and other young people found online have been lifted from legitimate source sites, including social networking sites such as Facebook, video sites such as YouTube, or stolen/lost phones.

‘Jesus,’ ‘welcome’ join list of worst passwords – Internet users continue to use many of the same weak passwords used a year ago, according to a new list compiled from password files released by hackers.

Sony PSN hacking lawsuit dismissed by judge – A judge rules that “there is no such thing as perfect security,” after 75 million customers’ billing addresses, user names, passwords, and phone numbers were stolen in a massive cyberattack.

Company News:

Facebook Posts Loss But Strong Mobile Growth – Facebook suffered a $59 million loss due to share-based compensation.

Netflix Streaming Users Hungry for Episodic TV – More and more of Netflix’s now 29 million streaming members are signing on for TV shows.

Huawei offers Australia ‘unrestricted’ access to hardware, source code – In the aftermath of a U.S. House Committee investigation, the Chinese giant is opening up its hardware and software in a transparency push in Australia, after it was previously barred from competing for government contracts in the country.

Windows’ share of Microsoft sales falls to four-year low – The Windows division’s share of Microsoft’s revenue last quarter dropped to a four-year low as Windows 7 sales stalled before the launch of Windows 8.

Report: Layoffs, Office Closures at Zynga – Game maker Zynga has allegedly laid off more than 100 employees from its Austin office, and possibly shut down its Boston location, as well.

HP Launches Service Anywhere SaaS Platform – The cloud-based service, which starts at $89 per user per month, employs a range of HP technologies to provide service desk capabilities.

Webopedia Daily:

BYOD – bring your own device – BYOD is short for bring your own device. In the consumerization of IT, BYOD is a phrase that has become widely adopted to refer to employees who bring their own computing devices – such as smartphones, laptops and PDAs – to the workplace for use and connectivity on the corporate network.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Is Customer Service Dead? – Following a debacle at Amazon, I can’t help but wonder where customer support at tech companies has gone.

Infographic: What Social Media Says About the 2012 Election – Livefyre broke down the four presidential and vice presidential debates, to find out what voters’ real issues are, based on social media.

Do you just hate everything? – Chronic negativity can be a career killer. Here are some ways to know if you’re a chronic complainer and what you can do about it.

Apple mocks Google Nexus tablet – At its San Jose event today, Apple draws unflattering comparisons between the iPad Mini and its rival, from screen size to app availability.

Today’s Quote:

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”

–     Dorothy Parker

Today’s Free Downloads:

Glary Utilities – Glary Utilities is a smart and reliable application that offers numerous powerful and easy-to-use system tools and utilities to fix, speed up, maintain and protect your PC.

Daphne 1.53 – Daphne is a small (system tray) application for killing, controlling and debugging Windows’ processes. It was born to kill a windows process and became almost a task manager replacement.


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9 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 24, 2012

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    2] Right-click the tray icon & there’s a useful option in the drop-down menu to “Schedule system shutdown”

    3] Left-click the tray icon to launch the Daphne window & there’s a “Settings” button at the bottom. It’s well worth going through the settings tabs because the default settings are not ideal IMO.