Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 29, 2012

Google Launches Interactive Hurricane Sandy Crisis Response Map – In response to the super storm hitting the U.S. East Coast, Google has launched a special interactive map site containing vital emergency information.

32GB Nexus 7 tablet spied in wild for $250 – The beefier version of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet has apparently gone from rumor to reality, as reports say Office Depot has it on sale. Also: 16GB tab drops to $200.

Nexus 7 tablet runs Chromium OS – Google’s wildly popular Nexus tablet may run Android as the default OS, but that hasn’t stopped devs and modders from loading alternate operating systems on the device.

Livescribe’s Smartpen Gets Wi-Fi, Embraces Evernote – The newest version of the unique pen makes it a lot easier to get notes, drawings and audio onto all your devices.

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Girls on Film: How Innocent Pictures Feed the Internet Porn Machine – I was lucky. There was just one photo as color copies were too expensive for school-age boys. The damage was pretty much limited to one zipcode. And I was dressed. But today, capturing and preserving a girl’s image is an extremely, globally high-risk proposition. One false step and you’re fed to the Internet trolls.

How to Get Microsoft’s Windows 8 – There are a variety of options, from upgrades to entirely new systems. Read on for how to snag Microsoft’s latest operating system.

Maximize your first 30 minutes with Windows 8 – You’ve successfully installed Windows 8. You’re staring at the Start screen, in all its flat-tiled glory, and it all seems completely alien based on your previous experience with Windows. As with any new version of an operating system, your first half-hour is critical. You’ll want to learn the basics of navigation, how some important built-in applications work, and how to set up basic functions, including networking, backup, and user accounts.

How to add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro for free – Unlike Windows 7, Windows 8 will not come with Windows Media Center as part of the operating system. It’s now an add-on that can be purchased through the Add Features option in Windows 8. For a limited time, however, Microsoft is offering Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro customers for free. Here’s how to get it.

Tweetro – Tweetro is the twitter client for Windows8. It is minimal and gives wide pages where you can scroll through your favorite twitter sections. You can view the teal-time streaming of tweets within ‘Timeline’ and search option. You can mention suggestions when tweeting. It features in-app browser options and URL bar, options to disable auto-loading of links, Ctrl+N keyboard shortcut to compose tweet, F5 keyboard shortcut to manually refresh, and Ctrl+Enter keyboard shortcut to post a tweet.

Microsoft’s picture-password ad: Intriguing or confusing? – Microsoft uses the World Series to pump Windows 8 and its picture-password feature. But will real human beings find it fascinating or just plain odd?

Privacy compliance laws: Why the European Commission finally got it right – The debate about privacy compliance has always been a heated one. Add to the mix new European Commission legislation and you have a recipe for not only a lively debate but also a controversy about the interference in privacy of a European bureaucracy.

US Supreme Court to look at NSA spying, resale of products – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in two cases with potentially broad implications to technology users, one reviewing whether consumers can resell copyright-protected products they have purchased and the second challenging an electronic surveillance program at the U.S. National Security Agency.


Firefox update fixes security flaws – Several security vulnerabilities in Firefox 16 are being addressed in an update of the browser software released by the Mozilla Foundation. This is the second time in the last two weeks that the browser has had to be updated to address security problems.

Malicious “Your Photos” email from fake LinkedIn users – If you receive an email seemingly coming from a LinkedIn user, asking you to open an attachment in order to see “your photos” – don’t do it! Opening the Image_DIG[random number].htm file with Internet Explorer will lead you to a website sporting the “Please wait a moment. You will be forwarded…” message intended for making users wait long enough to be surreptitiously redirected to a Russian website hosting the BlackHole exploit kit.

Phishing is getting tougher to spot – I don’t know if cybercriminals are trying to boost their revenue streams for early Christmas shopping, but cyberbombs have been landing in e-mail in-boxes and flying onto smartphones via SMS lately. Ironically, the scariest e-mail of all was recently received by a friend and it didn’t come from a Romanian scam-artist or an AFF (Advance Fee Fraud) creep in Nigeria. It came from his health insurance provider.

Anonymous takes aim at Zynga – The hacker group says layoffs at Zynga will lead to the “end of the US game market as we know it” as jobs get shipped overseas, and it vows to take action.

Burglar uses iPhone as flashlight, accidentally records the crime – Sometimes iPhones can be a little too useful, as a burglar discovers when he inadvertently creates the evidence of his own guilt.

Company News:

IBM Shrinking CPU Manufacturing Process Using Carbon Nanotubes – IBM’s latest research, highlighted today, has scientists replacing silicon transistors with carbon nanotubes to shrink the size of the transistors even further and bump up their speeds compared to their silicon-based counterparts.

Privilege Guard 3.6 released – Avecto released Privilege Guard 3.6, which introduces a number of new features, including a challenge/response capability to easily authorize applications for remote users and an application control capability based on download source. This released is compatible with the upcoming Windows 8 operating system and provides enterprise control over apps downloaded from the Windows Store.

VMware Posts 20 Percent Revenue Gain in 3Q12 – VMware reported third quarter fiscal 2012 earnings late Tuesday, showing continued growth at the virtualization vendor. Revenue was reported at $1.13 Billion, which is a 20 percent year-over-year gain. Net income for the third quarter was reported at $157 million, or $0.36 per diluted share. Looking ahead, VMware COO and interim CFO Carl Eschenbach provided fourth quarter revenue guidance of between $1.26 Billion and $1.29 Billion, which translates into year-over-year growth of 19 to 20 percent.

Does OpenOffice have a future? – The Apache Software Foundation has made OpenOffice a top-level project but will that be enough to make OpenOffice matter? Should OpenOffice remain an independent open-source project?

Webopedia Daily:

Storage Networking – The phrase storage networking, or storage network, is used to describe a high-speed network of shared storage devices. The storage network is used by IT departments to connect different types of storage devices with data servers for a larger network of users. As more storage devices are added to the storage network, they too will be accessible from any server in the larger network. Storage networking is a phrase most commonly associated with enterprises and data centers.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Coming soon: Cameras that never stop taking pictures – A company called Oxford Metrics Group (OMG!) plans to ship a $650 camera next month called Autographer. The camera is designed to be worn around the neck, and make its own decisions about when to snap photos. It uses acceleration, direction, temperature, proximity and light sensors to make those decisions. So, for example, when you’re just sitting there, and the scenery isn’t changing, it stops taking pictures. If you get up and walk around, it starts again. The camera has a near-fisheye lens (136-degrees), so it captures a lot of visual information without aiming or pointing.

Space Junk: Declaring War on Orbital Space Debris – The International Space Station has had to change course 14 times to avoid a collision with some kind of man-made orbital refuse. ExtremeTech has more details. Space trash has been a problem for years and it just keeps getting worse.

2 Mistakes Small Business Owners Need to Avoid – Don’t fall victim to these two common mistakes. They can tank your small business faster than you can say ‘I should have known better.’

Man who claimed half of Facebook charged with fraud – Paul Ceglia – the man who tried to claim that he owned half of Facebook – was arrested on Friday and charged with mail and wire fraud that could see him spending 20 years behind bars.

Today’s Quote:

The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.”

–      Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Today’s Free Downloads:

LockHunter 2.0 Beta 2 – LockHunter is a free tool to delete files blocked by something you do not know. LockHunter is useful for fighting against malware, and other programs that are blocking files without a reason.

NirLauncher 1.17.03 – NirLauncher is a package of more than 100 portable freeware utilities for Windows, all of them developed for NirSoft Web site during the last few years.

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