Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 5, 2012

Facebook password-bypass flaw fixed – The social network corrects a flaw over the weekend that could potentially have put over a million accounts at risk of being accessed by unauthorized users.

What do normal people think of new Windows 8 PCs? – Real people, the kind who don’t read tech blogs and who buy PCs from shopping channels on basic cable, have finally got their hands on Windows 8. The early reviews will almost certainly surprise you.

Are you being cyberbullied at work? – A study shows that it isn’t just kids who suffer cyberbullying. It’s anyone who works. Some 80 percent claim to have suffered within the last six months.

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How to print anything from anywhere: Your ultimate guide to mobile printing – Printing anything from anywhere is no longer fantasy. In fact, it’s often a necessity if using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop is an essential part of your daily workflow.

Facebook wants you — to vote – Facebook is expected to send U.S. members a reminder of their civic duty this Tuesday.

How to ensure Facebook posts you want to see aren’t hidden – A change to EdgeRank, Facebook’s algorithm that determines what posts are seen by whom, is sparking controversy among Page administrators and Facebook users. Some experts suggest that the changes were made to improve users’ experience by ensuring businesses and brands post more interesting, engaging content. Others say Facebook wants businesses and brands to dish out money for advertising to reach more of its audience.

The ultimate Windows 8 upgrade FAQ – You’ve got questions about the Windows 8 upgrade. Can you burn the upgrade files to DVD or a USB flash drive? Is it possible to go from a 32-bit Windows PC to 64-bit? Who qualifies for cheap upgrades? I’ve got the answers you’re looking for.

Twitter Updates DMCA Takedown Policy for Tweets – Twitter has shifted its stance on how the service processes copyright complaints related to tweets. No longer will Twitter just remove a tweet based on a copyright complaint by a third party. Instead, the service is now replacing the (allegedly) offending tweets with a message that indicates the tweet was removed for copyright reasons, and offering up a link to Twitter’s official Copyright and DCMA policy FAQ.

‘SNL’ assaults social media experts – In a withering little skit, those who opine on social media are shown to be, well, mere opiners.


Free game offer leads to Steam phishing site – Online gamers are often targeted with phishing schemes set up by crooks who are after users’ in-game items and money, and the latest one to be spotted is aimed at Steam users. The phishing page is a spoof of the official Steam Community webpage, sporting an “exclusive offer”: a free Valve game. All the users have to do is enter their Steam username, password, email address, and choose the wanted game

Tech-savvy psychologists a boon for security – These professionals help organizations identify human vulnerabilities in their network systems and finetune security development, but effectiveness depends on their level of technical expertise.

Vupen security researchers finger Windows 8 holes – Vupen, a security company in the business of selling zero-day vulnerabilities, said it has found a way to bypass security mechanisms on Windows 8 and execute code via a Web page.

NBC Sites Defaced for Guy Fawkes Day – As we inch closer to November 5, expect to see a bigger-than-usual rise in successful hacking attacks against some of the Web’s more well-known and popular properties. Case in point: NBC, which suffered a hacking attack early this morning by an individual (or group of individuals) running under the name, “Pyknic.” According to a report from Deadline’s Dominic Patten, the site defacing allegedly began under NBC’s portal sites for Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The attack eventually managed to make its way to the main NBC page, however, and numerous portions of the overall site were down (or defaced) for hours.

Credit card fraud – want to join the party? – Usually, when you see those little icons of payment cards put up on a web page, you assume it’s a list of the cards you can use when you pay for something on the site. Sometimes, though, it’s a list of cards available to buy. How does that work? Let’s take a look.

Anonymous protests planned over government surveillance – Hacker collective Anonymous is planning worldwide protests against government surveillance systems. Monday’s targets include TrapWire and INDECT, which the shadowy group says track and profile citizens. Protesters in Canada may get into trouble for wearing the Guy Fawkes masks they’re known for if a protest escalates to a riot. That’s because Canada’s House of Commons last week approved a bill that bans people from hiding their faces during riots.

Company News:

Amazon Closing in on Netflix in Alternative TV Space – Netflix is still the king of the paid alternative TV market, but Amazon is making inroads with its Instant Video service, according to a new survey from 451 Research’s ChangeWave service.

What’s Apple Making on Every iPad Mini? New Teardown Reveals Profits – This might not seem like news to your typical Apple fan, but here we go: Apple’s iPad Mini doesn’t cost all that much to build – almost half the cost of the device itself goes to the bill of materials, or the cost of the electronic parts and pieces that go into the iPad Mini itself. The rest? Right into Apple’s coffers.

Retailers rebel as LG tries pricing Nexus 4 up to €599 – The new Nexus Android handset costs up to €349 through Google, but it seems manufacturer LG is trying to make more money through other channels. Some retailers are not impressed with that tactic.

Apple earned $36.8bn in 2012, paid only 1.9 percent overseas tax – Despite generating more than $36 billion in overseas profit in 2012, the iPhone and iPad maker paid less than 2 percent tax on that figure, adding Apple firmly to the burgeoning list of companies employing tax avoidance schemes.

Long-overdue BlackBerry PlayBook 3G+ goes on sale in UK – RIM has updated its nearly year-and-a-half-old tablet to include mobile data connectivity. But will the device be able to cut it up against newer, faster 4G devices?

Webopedia Daily:

Digital Photography – The art and science of producing and manipulating digital photographs — photographs that are represented as bit maps. Digital photographs can be produced in a number of ways:

Directly with a digital camera

By capturing a frame from a video

By scanning a conventional photograph

Once a photograph is in digital format, you can apply a wide variety of special effects to it with image enhancing software. You can then print the photo out on a normal printer or send it to a developing studio which will print it out on photographic paper. Although the resolution of digital photos is not nearly as high as photos produced from film, digital photography is ideal when you need instant, low-resolution pictures. It’s especially useful for photos that will be displayed on the World Wide Web because Web graphics need to be low resolution anyway so that they can be downloaded quickly.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Three cars that will help you weather a hurricane, gas shortage, or power outage – The right automobile can help you through Hurricane Sandy and the ongoing blackout affecting millions in the northeastern US. And we’re talking about more than using the 12-volt accessory socket to recharge your Blackberry. These three cars can make a significant impact on your quality of life when the power is out and gas is in short supply.

Electoral tech: How e-voting has evolved – Though early American elections involved shouting out your vote to the county clerk, oh, how the times have changed. Thirty-one states now use electronic voting machines; the remaining 19 rely on paper ballots or punch cards.

Ten Ways to Run a Successful Meeting – The book No More Pointless Meetings: Breakthrough Sessions That Will Revolutionize the Way You Work, presents a how-to guide to get the most out of these group sessions. Author Martin Murphy places much of his focus on both idea-generating and problem-solving meetings. But many of the following 10 tips from the book apply universally.

Microsoft’s Shape the Future: Getting kids started on Windows 8 – Could Microsoft’s Shape the Future program be an affordable way to give kids good computer equipment in schools — and is it just about education?

Today’s Quote:

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.”

–      R. D. Laing

Today’s Free Downloads:

WhoCrashed Free Home Edition 4.01 – WhoCrashed reveals the drivers responsible for crashing your computer. WhoCrashed shows the drivers which have been crashing your computer with a single click.

Toolwiz Care – Toolwiz Care is a free tool kit designed to speed up your slow PC. With a multi-functional optimization suite, this Windows system optimizer provides a collection of tools which includes System Checkup, System Cleanup, and System Speedup.


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