Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 6, 2012

Security through obscurity: How to cover your tracks online – Each of the following techniques for protecting personal information can help reduce the risk of at least some of the bytes flowing over the Internet. They aren’t perfect. Unanticipated cracks, even when all of these techniques are used together, always arise. Still, they’re like deadbolt locks, car alarms, and other security measures: tools that provide enough protection to encourage the bad guys to go elsewhere.

Five versatile web camera recorders – Recorded web cam video is used for everything from instructional videos to YouTube posts, make sure you have the right tools. Web cams are great for video conferencing, but they have other uses. Recorded Web cam video is used for everything from instructional videos to YouTube posts. This article lists five utilities that can record Web cam video.

Review: Right-Click Context Menu Adder gets you to what you need on your PC faster – I’m sure you can come up with a small list of Windows files, folders, programs, and websites that you use frequently. The normal mode of play is to use your browser to access those websites and click through the Start Menu or Windows Explorer to find the files, folders, and programs you are looking for. That can add up to a lot of time and a lot of clicking. So what if you could put those sites, files, folders and programs into the Windows right-click menu and access them with two clicks? That’s where free utility Right-Click Context Menu Adder enters the scene.

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Consumers trade privacy for free apps, study shows – Free apps in the Google Play market are three times more likely to access information in their users’ address books than paid apps. That was one of the findings in a recent 18-month study of 1.7 million apps in the Google Play store by Juniper Networks, a network solutions company based in Sunnyvale, California.

Defamation Suits Threaten Google and Other Search Engines – An Australian man successfully sued Google for defamation, opening the floodgates for more suits against search engine companies.

OLinuXino dev board goes for less than $60 – The OLinuXino may look a lot like the Raspberry Pi, but it boasts a faster processor, as well as additional integrated input and output ports.

Get Organized: Clean Up Your Android Phone – Don’t put off cleaning up your ‘droid any longer. Know where to focus your efforts to get the biggest payoff. Read our guide to find out where to start.

Whole hog: Windows eats up storage space – Windows has a bad rep for gobbling up storage space on PCs. Likewise, that 32GB Surface isn’t as roomy as you might think.

Skyrim: Dragonborn trailer goes live – Bethesda Softworks has released the first trailer for its upcoming Skyrim DLC.

Foursquare takes on Yelp with new rating system – With its latest iOS update, released yesterday, FourSquare has taken a leaf out of Yelp’s book and added a rating system for local businesses.


Image-stealing malware might lead to blackmailing attempts – Dubbed “PixSteal”, this particular Trojan opens a hidden command line and copies all JPG, JPEG, and DMP files it can find on drives C, D, and E of the affected system to the C drive. From there, it sends the copies to a remote FTP server.

Android malware variant pretends to be a security app – The latest Zeus malware masquerades as a premium security app to lure people into downloading the Trojan, Kaspersky Lab reported Monday. The fake security app, called the Android Security Suite Premium, first appeared in early June with newer versions released since then.

Report Details Coca-Cola Cyber Attack That Never was Disclosed – In an exclusive report, Bloomberg News outlines a month-long, systematic attack on Cola-Cola’s computer systems that may have influenced the failed $2.4 billion acquisition of a Chinese juice company. The FBI knew about it. Coco-Cola knew about it. But shareholders were kept in the dark.

PayPal, Symantec, ImageShack, NBC targeted in hacking spree – The last few days have witnessed a flurry of activity and data leaks from several hacker groups.

Windows 8 Security: What’s New? – Each iteration of Windows has featured improved security–necessary to withstand the constant barrage of attacks–and Windows 8 coming is no exception. Here’s what business users should know about security and Windows 8.

Company News:

Acer needs to shut up about Microsoft tablet – The Taiwanese PC maker has been pretty vocal in its displeasure with Microsoft, but the comments aren’t likely to make the software titan too happy.

Intel boosts performance on SSDs and drops prices – Intel on Monday announced SSD DC S3700 solid-state drives with up to 800GB of capacity, designed to deliver improved performance and power efficiency. The SSDs offer two times faster read and 15 times faster write speed over the Intel SSD 710 series, which were introduced in September last year, the company said in a statement. The drives will become available early next year, Intel said

Symantec envisions safe cloud strategy – Symantec announced its vision for safe, agile and efficient clouds. In five years, companies will operate in a converged IT world of cloud, virtualization and mobile computing where clouds are safe.

Federal judge tosses Apple patent lawsuit against Motorola – Forget about that trial in Apple’s patent case against Google’s Motorola. The judge just threw the case out in a big setback for Apple.

Instagram Rolling Out Web Profiles – Instagram is finally launching Web profiles, the company announced on Monday.

Webopedia Daily:

Wide-area Network – A computer network that spans a relatively large geographical area. Typically, a WAN consists of two or more local-area networks (LANs). Computers connected to a wide-area network are often connected through public networks, such as the telephone system. They can also be connected through leased lines or satellites. The largest WAN in existence is the Internet.

Off Topic (Sort of):

‘Dark’ motive: FBI seeks signs of carrier roadblocks to surveillance – The agency wants tougher wiretap laws, and in its “Going Dark” campaign it’s enlisted Homeland Security for examples of how companies like Comcast, Cricket, and T-Mobile are standing in the way.

Local Groups Turn to Amazon Wish Lists for Sandy Relief – Several Amazon wish lists have been set up to also allow you to send specific products directly to communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Five years of Android by the numbers – The Android operating system celebrates its fifth birthday with half a billion activations and counting on a “Galaxy” of different devices.

Say ‘Cheep’! Bird Photo Booth for high-tech bird watchers – Your chickadees and finches are ready for their close-ups, Mr. DeMille. Get the drop on backyard birds with a bird feeder and camera-housing combination.

Rumor has it: Amazon to launch original musical comedy series – The Web giant is looking to debut its first original TV series called “Browsers,” which is about four interns working in a Huffington Post-like newsroom, according to Variety.

Losing a phone or device REALLY sucks [INFOGRAPHIC] – Ahhh, losing phones – something I sadly do often. A recent survey has some interesting findings: it reported that men were more likely than women to lose devices, and that Londoners lost devices more often than people living elsewhere in the UK. Any of this surprise you?

Today’s Quote:

I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.”

–      Harry S Truman

Today’s Free Downloads:

NoteClip 2.58 – NoteClip provides some interesting methods of creating notes. While the application is running, you may create notes just by copying text to the clipboard or using hotkeys.

Wavosaur – Wavosaur is a powerful free audio editor ideal for editing audio clips, sound designing, mastering, audio mangling and recording of your digital audio sounds. Wavosaur lets you edit all your samples and audio recording. You can cut, copy, paste parts of your digital recording. Wavosaur provides many tools and shortcuts to make the editing very fast and efficient. Wavosaur is also a VST host, it means you can use VST effects on your audio recording, listen in real time to the audio processed by effects, and apply the effects of course.


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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 6, 2012

  1. delenn13

    I am being flooded with pics/articles/videos/mashups of what “could” happen since Disney bought “Star Wars”. This is one of the latest. OMG, They are teaching Princess Leia to SING. “Snow White, Ariel, Belle, Cinderella and Aurora teach Princess Leia what it means to be a Disney Princess. Disney Princess 101!”

    Disney Princess Leia – Stars Wars Disney Princesses! – YouTube Scary, Scary Stuff. I am getting so much stuff I have started a “Mashup Star Wars” Folder.

    Want another one??

    Darth Vader: What Are You Going to Do Next? – YouTube