Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 3, 2012

Five tips for faster Web browsing – If you’re wasting too much time waiting for Web pages to load, give these tips a try. You should see an immediate boost in speed, making your browsing experience faster and more efficient.

25 Free Android Apps to Get You Started – A smart phone won’t get you too far without at least a few great apps, and Android’s no exception. As you customize your new phone to your liking, here are 25 of the best (and free!) Android apps to get you started.

PayPal offers holiday price matching, other buying perks – PayPal jumps into the holiday spirit, offering price matching and free return shipping for anyone who buys gifts and other items using their U.S. PayPal account between November 1 and December 31, 2012. The deal extends to purchases made online or in-store using a PayPal credit card or the company’s in-store mobile payment service that rolled out in late 2011. PayPal is even extending its price-matching deal to airline tickets, which could save a few bucks for anyone traveling across the country this holiday season.

See Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the Internet – Watch a video showing how Internet routing servers fell to the immense power of this week’s superstorm.

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Facebook Debuts Privacy Education Enhancement – Facebook is pushing forward with its privacy policy education effort for users, today announcing enhancements for new Facebookers. Those who are still not members of the popular social network but want to join will be greeted with more prominent and detailed educational privacy information upon sign-up.

William Shatner gets an iOS app – Believe it or not, there is now a William Shatner app for your iPhone that delivers classic Shatnerisms.

Windows 8: 20 must-know tips and tricks – Windows 8 can be an inscrutable puzzle, even for long-time PC users. Allow our 20 favorite tips to provide some much-needed relief.

GreenShot 1.0 – If your screenshot needs go further than Alt+PrtSc, the brand-new release of this open-source powerhouse may fit your bill. New features let users upload to the Web and export to MS Office.

Calling all Linux Mint fans: A new online store to check out – The month of October may have been more or less dominated by Ubuntu Linux for those of us anticipating its recent “Quantal Quetzal” release, but this week the Linux Mint project made an intriguing announcement of its own. Specifically, the Linux Mint project on Tuesday announced that it now has an online store complete with several PCs offering Linux Mint preloaded.

Firefox update will insist on security for certain domains – Mozilla introduced a pre-loaded list of domains for Firefox that only can be connected to securely in order to help protect the privacy and security of users. To force secure connections between the browser and a server, Mozilla uses HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security), a mechanism used by servers to indicate that the connecting browser must use a secure connection, wrote Mozilla’s David Keeler in a blog post.

Apple files theft detection patent – In future, Siri could shriek ‘Help! Help’, when someone tries to steal your iPhone from your pocket.


Facebook flaw allowed access to accounts without authentication – A commenter on the Hacker News website has discovered by accident a pretty big security flaw that could allow anyone who knew what to search for to access over a million Facebook accounts – all without needing to know the password.

Apple Patches Kernel, Passcode Lock, WebKit Flaws in iOS 6.0.1 – A little more than a month out from the release of iOS 6, which in addition to new functionality addressed almost 200 security vulnerabilities, Apple pushed out iOS 6.0.1 yesterday that repaired four new critical security issues.

25% of Google Play apps pose a security risk – New research shows that more than 100,000 Android applications in the Google Play store (25 percent) pose a security risk to mobile device users and the enterprise networks to which they connect.

Encryption: It’s Complicated – Data breaches have become so common at this point that the mere fact that a government agency such as the South Carolina Department of Revenue loses several million Social Security numbers and credit card numbers isn’t really that noteworthy. It’s another day in the life of the Internet. But what is remarkable is that there are organizations out there that are not deploying encryption technologies to protect personally identifiable information because it’s complicated. Really?

Is new malware Jacksbot just starting to rear its head? – Jacksbot is in part a Java-based remote access Trojan (RAT) that appears to be built by a hacking group for the purpose of causing all-too-common malicious activity, including stealing passwords, forcing URLs to load (likely for click fraud), deleting and corrupting files, taking screenshots, logging keystrokes, and otherwise getting personal information.

Company News:

Facebook wins another round against Ceglia – More legal woes for man who claims Mark Zuckerberg signed a contract that gives him half of Facebook. Judge in civil suit allows a report that appears to show the contract was altered.

Apple Apology to Samsung Appears in U.K. Newspaper – Apple’s apology to Samsung, which Cupertino this week was ordered to rework, has shown up in a U.K. newspaper

Report: Twitter taking on Instagram with its own photo filters – Twitter will soon begin offering photo filters as part of its mobile apps in a bid to let users bypass Instagram, according to The New York Times.

iPad Mini launch fails to impress Wall Street – Long lines and sellouts of Apple’s new tablet don’t appear to impress Wall Street much. The company’s stock takes another dip.

Too Soon? Amazon Opens Black Friday Deals Store – Thanksgiving is weeks away, but apparently it’s already time to start slavering over Black Friday shopping deals courtesy of the online retail giant.

Webopedia Daily:

Call Center Outsourcing – A phrase used to describe the practice of seeking resources — or subcontracting — outside of an organizational structure for all or part of a call center function. An organization might outsource its call center because it is cheaper to contract a third-party than it would be to build its own in-house call center facility and management team.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Seafaring robot sails through Sandy unscathed – Navigating the Atlantic 100 miles east of New Jersey, a robot called Mercury continued to transmit hurricane data through 70-knot winds.

Finally, a Rocking Chair with an iPad Dock that Charges Your iPad While You Rock – Know what old-timey rocking chairs are missing? iPad docks. That’s about to come to an end thanks to the iRock.

Stereo photographs of Japan – 1895-1910.

iFixit Tears Down Apple’s Fourth-Gen iPad – Glued together parts make Apple’s newest 9.7-inch tablet just as tough to repair as the third-gen iPad but the new device sports a more powerful Facetime camera and SoC.

How math causes physical pain – Scientists use brain scans to discover that those who experience anxiety about math problems have brain responses similar to those who are being physically hurt.

Today’s Quote:

I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.”

–    John Cleese

Today’s Free Downloads:

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition – With Macrium Reflect Free Edition you’ll be able to easily make an accurate and reliable image of your HDD or individual partitions. Using this image you can restore the entire disk, partition or individual files and folders in the event of a partial or complete system loss.

Wise Folder Hider 1.27 – Wise Folder Hider is a free file/folder hiding tool. User can use it to hide files and folders on local partitions or removable devices.

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