Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 4, 2012

Popular websites leaking system status information, private data and even passwords – Security researchers have discovered that thousands of popular websites are putting their users’ data at risk by leaking internal status information. The sites in question include a host of well known names and should-know-betters including Ford, Tweetdeck, Webex, and Staples.

Will Anonymous attack Facebook on November 5th? Here’s what you should do about it – If you believe the internet, Anonymous hackers are planning to “take down” Facebook on Monday, November 5th. What should you do about it?

Best apps for Windows – Out of the box, your Windows PC is loaded with cool apps to get you started on stuff like uploading and organizing your digital images, creating a music library, making your own movies, and surfing the Web. But it doesn’t come with everything.

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B&N drops prices on Nook Tablet and Nook Color – With the release of the new Nook HD and Nook HD+, B&N is discounting its older tablets — the Nook Color is down to $139.

Minix NEOG G 4 is a $76 Android PC-on-a-stick – The Minix NEOG G 4 is a $76 Android PC-on-a-stick that has garnered uber-positive reviews from the developer of Droidmote, an Android app which allows a phone or tablet to act as a remote control.

Hard drive recovery tips for disaster-damaged storage – Even hard drives damaged by salt water can be saved. Here’s the right way to proceed with data recovery.

FREE Image Backup Software for Windows 8 – As I continue to learn more about Windows 8 and customize my computer the more I realized that I needed to create a backup of my system. Yes, I could take the risk and hope all goes well and simply reinstall Windows if all fails, but that (especially in my case) would be a very time consuming process. This is where a good disk imaging program comes into play. In this case, by circumstance, Paragon’s FREE Disk Imaging Software for Windows 8 fell onto my plate.

Browsium creates Catalyst to solve legacy IE problems – If the bane of your work existence is those tragicomic corporate sites that require old versions of Internet Explorer to function, a new solution called Catalyst lets you switch between them and the modern Web.

Halo 4 reviews are in – Halo 4 is coming this Tuesday, and of course it’s going to make a ton of money whether the fans end up loving or hating it.

20 must-know Windows 8 tips and tricks – Windows 8 is rife with features and behaviors that conspire to perplex even the most experienced PC users. Not all of them are bad, per se, but few of them are immediately intuitive. Making matters worse, the OS was primarily designed for touch control, and as a result, many mouse and keyboard commands feel like tacked-on afterthoughts. But help is on the way.

New Sensors and Features Push PCs Forward – If your definition of a PC has to do with a monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse, then get ready to update your dictionary. The number of ways you can interact with and use your laptop has just expanded further than it has in years.

Budget laptops, HDTVs likely best buys in November – As the holiday shopping season gets into gear, November promises to be a good month for consumers seeking bargains on budget laptop computers and HDTVs. Tablet shoppers, though, are less likely to see much price movement, as many slate lines are already being offered at rock bottom selling points.

Girl Scouts Use Social Media, Mobile Tech to Break Cookie Sales Records – The ease of connecting with customers through email, texting and social media is one of the reasons the Girl Scouts are selling more cookies than ever before.

Mobile payments expected to hit $100 billion in 2016 – The total value spend of Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile payments will rise from $4 billion in 2012 to $191 billion in 2017, breaking the $100 billion mark in 2016. Mobile payments and more importantly the convergence between payment types—proximity, P2P, and online—stored on a single NFC handset will be the initial trigger, driving market convergence across a host of other markets, including ticketing, retail, loyalty, and access control.


Facebook Phishing Scam Is Offensive…And Malicious – Facebook iconPhishing is a cyber criminal practice that’s objective is to persuade a computer user to click on a link that sends them to a malicious Internet website to have their computer be infected by malware. The persuasion techniques usually prey on the computer user’s emotional reaction to a statement in the email. In the case of this latest Facebook phishing scam, they are using anger to get the needed response.

Convenience trumped security bypassing passwords on Facebook – An authentication bypass vulnerability was found in Facebook leading to Google searches that could allow attackers to impersonate people on Facebook without a password.

Cyberattacks victimizing largest banks, feds say – Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano says the nation’s largest financial institutions “are actively under attack” by cybercriminals, and one expert says it is a trend contributing to the rising security costs of banks.

Hacking gets down to business – The Industrial Revolution transformed four key aspects of society—innovation, transportation, communication and financial markets—changing the world forever. Although it began more than 200 years ago, there are surprising some parallels between this historically transformative period and IT security. The dynamics of the threat landscape and the increasing complexity of IT environments have given rise to a new era: The “Industrialization of Hacking.”

Company News:

Apple’s mea culpa: U.K. site posts apology, new statement – After testing a British court’s patience with a not so apologetic public statement, the iPhone and iPad maker is finally eating humble pie.

Too Soon? Amazon Opens Black Friday Deals Store – Thanksgiving is weeks away, but apparently it’s time to start slavering over Black Friday.

What Google’s Nexus 4 means for LG – Whatever your feelings about the Nexus 4 itself, one thing’s for certain — getting the Nexus was definitely a boon for LG.

Report: Redmond wants a Microsoft-branded smartphone – Microsoft is reportedly testing an indigenously designed Windows 8 smartphone with a number of Asian hardware suppliers.

Webopedia Daily:

Application Service Provider – Abbreviated as ASP, a third-party entity that manages and distributes software-based services and solutions to customers across a wide area network from a central data center. In essence, ASPs are a way for companies to outsource some or almost all aspects of their information technology needs. They may be commercial ventures that cater to customers, or not-for-profit or government organizations, providing service and support to end users.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Your vote costs Obama and Romney about $22 – My vote’s worth $30 to the U.S. presidential campaigns, according to Abine’s vote calculator, which puts a fun spin on several factors that determine the cost of online ads. How cheap will yours turn out to be?

Engineers enslaved by Mexican drugs cartels – Dozens of engineers who have gone missing in Mexico over the last few years have, it’s claimed, been pressed into service by drugs cartels to build communications networks.

Infographic – The History Of Silver.

Latest Curiosity image perhaps best yet – NASA’s Mars rover snaps a series of photos that are assembled into a vivid self-portrait, with a martian mountain as backdrop.

Today’s Quote:

People don’t believe what you tell them.

They rarely believe what you show them.

They often believe what their friends tell them.

They always believe what they tell themselves.”

–      Seth Godin

Today’s Free Downloads:

Tweak Me! – Tweak Me! Is a new unique Windows Tweaking Application which supports Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7! Never has it been so easy to tweak all most used versions of Microsoft Windows using just one application.

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 4, 2012

  1. When installing Tweek Me!, uncheck all the option for the AOL Toolbar.
    Tweek Me! now also supports Windows 8

  2. I also heard about user putting the data at risk which is really bad.In Finland country many issue including IT things are solve by IT companies in Finland country which i heard that Finland is the number 3 on giving a good IT services in the world.