Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 8, 2012

Become a Skype power user with our 7 must-know secrets – Skype is so popular that in some circles people use the name of the service as a verb. Yet most people use Skype only for making free voice calls, and for conducting occasional video chats between far-flung relatives. That’s a shame, because Skype is a powerful business tool. A Skype-powered videoconference can take the place of a business trip, saving you money on airfare, hotel, and car rental. And let’s not forget the free Skype-to-Skype calls you can make to overseas suppliers, clients, and other contacts.

Infographic: How companies track you on the Web – Veracode’s new infographic illustrates how privacy transference has evolved into a major problem for consumers who willingly give information to businesses online, but do not expect it to be shared, sold or used for marketing purposes. Online users click through and digitally sign user agreements every day, many of which give web properties the rights to share any and all data with third parties. This includes social networks, games, software as a service solutions, and especially, free mobile device applications.

Peek behind abbreviated Web links with – Not sure where that tiny URL will lead? This handy service/browser extension will tell you if it’s safe.

How To Set Up A Home Network In 5 Simple Steps – Networking a new tech toy has become the modern equivalent of the dreaded “some assembly required.” But setting up a secure, robust network isn’t hard—if you know what you’re doing.

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The 21 Best Kindle Fire Apps – Make sure you’re using your Kindle Fire tablet to its fullest potential by downloading a wide range of apps. Here are our top 21.

How to use Send to Kindle for Firefox – Previously only available for Chrome, Send to Kindle for Firefox easily sends Web content to your Kindle.

Tiny $57 PC is like the Raspberry Pi, but faster and fully open – It would be difficult to overstate the popularity of the tiny Raspberry Pi computer that launched earlier this year, but it’s just one example of a rapidly growing class of small, inexpensive, Linux-powered devices, as I’ve already noted on several occasions before. The Cubieboard and the UG802 are two of the more recent examples to appear, even as the Raspberry Pi itself has been continually improved, but since then another came to light: the A13-OLinuXino.

RISC OS hits Raspberry Pi – If you’re a modder or dev who likes to play around with the Raspberry Pi, well, you may be glad to hear that there is yet another OS available for the little device.

Blurity photo de-blurring utility tries to bring CSI one step closer to real life – The idea of taking a blurry photo and making it sharp again sounds exciting. Like speech recognition, it is one of those technological visions that firmly belonged in the realm of futuristic fantasy just a few short years ago. But while powerful, reliable speech recognition is here, image de-blurring still has a long way to go. Blurity ($49, demo with watermarking) is a utility that’s trying to blaze a trail into the difficult field, and it can de-blur certain types of photos if you’re skillful and lucky.

Ninite turns setting up a new computer into a quick, painless process – A new computer is like a box of chocolates… if the box were half-full of chocolates you didn’t care for, and you had to get all of the good bonbons separately, one by one. In other words, new computers are often encumbered with unwanted software (also known as crapware), and don’t come with the tools you really need to get work done. To get rid of the crapware, there’s PC Decrapifier. But once that’s gone, you have to install all of the good stuff—and that’s where free utility Ninite can make your life blissfully simple.

Halo 4 continues to conquer – The release of Halo 4 didn’t exactly overshadow the Presidential election for most, but there’s no doubt it’s the gaming event of the season and reviews of the long-awaited title keep on pouring in.

BYOD 101: What are BYOD and the consumerization of IT? – Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) refers to the trend of employees wanting to use their own smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices in the workplace. With the consumer mobile market exploding, analysts say organizations of all sizes must develop BYOD strategies or risk employee dissatisfaction and security vulnerabilities.


“Free $100 McDonald’s gift card” scam targeting Facebook users – Facebook users are once again targeted with a rogue app / survey scam combo. The lure is a free McDonald’s $100 gift card. Users who want to get the prize are first asked to install a rogue app that is able to post messages on their Timeline in order to trick other victims into participating. Then they are asked to either fill out some online surveys (complete with their personal information), download dubious toolbars or potentially malicious software, or share their mobile phone number and inadvertently sign up for pricy services.

New Backdoor DDoS Malware Co-Existing on Gh0stRAT-Infected Machines – Gh0st RAT has a new roommate. A new backdoor called ADDNEW has been discovered on machines infected with the Gh0st remote access Trojan, adding new distributed denial of service attack capabilities, as well as a feature that targets passwords and credentials stored on the Firefox browser.

Video demonstration: New Adobe Reader zero-day exploit – Russian based security company Group-IB announced a new zero day vulnerability in Adobe Reader 10 and 11. According to their research, the exploit bypasses Reader’s sandbox and is already included in the latest version of the Blackhole exploit kit.

Google Patches 14 Flaws in Chrome 23 – Google has released Chrome 23, the latest version of its browser, which includes fixes for 12 vulnerabilities in the Windows version and two other flaws that are specific only to Mac OS X. The company also handed out $9,000 in rewards to security researchers who reported the vulnerabilities.

Security experts push back at ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’ warning – Critics argue argue that not only is the threat of a catastrophic cyberattack greatly exaggerated, but that the best way to guard against the multiple risks they agree exist is not with better firewalls or offensive strikes against potential attacks, but to “build security in” to the control systems that run the nation’s critical infrastructure. Bruce Schneier, author, Chief Technology Security Officer at BT and frequently described as a security “guru,” has not backed off of his contention made at a debate two years ago that the cyber war threat “has been greatly exaggerated.” He said that while a major attack would be disruptive, it would not even be close to an existential threat to the U.S.

Company News:

Foxconn Boss Confirms iPhone 5 Production Delays – Terry Gou tells WSJ that ‘market demand is strong, but we can’t really fulfill Apple’s requests’ for more iPhone 5 production, doesn’t specify what’s causing the problem

Kim Dotcom faces setback, loses domain – Kim Dotcom’s Mega comeback faced a setback Wednesday after the government of Africa’s Gabon said he would not be able to use the domain to launch his new online file storage web service. Gabon’s Communications Minister Blaise Louembe confirmed to TechHive in a brief phone interview that he has ordered the domain seized.

How Much is Apple Spending to Ditch Samsung as a Supplier? – Asymco Horace Dediu theorizes that Apple may have shoveled over a cool $2 billion to struggling Sharp last quarter to ensure the delivery of iPhone 5 touchscreen displays.

BlackBerry 10 wins U.S. security clearance ahead of launch – Months ahead of its launch, the latest BlackBerry operating system has been certified for secure use by the U.S. government.

Bond guru predicts Apple’s stock price will fall to $425 – Doubleline Capital’s Jeffrey Gundlach says the company seems to have lost it ability to innovate, calling out the iPad Mini as an example.

Judge denies injunction against Dish’s ad-skipping feature – Fox Broadcasting sought to block the AutoHop feature, which allows programs to be viewed without commercial interruption.

Webopedia Daily:

Not Invented Here Syndrome – Not invented here syndrome (NIHS) is a slightly tongue-in-cheek name for the tendency of both individual developers and entire organizations to reject suitable external solutions to software development problems in favor of internally developed solutions. Closely related to the “let’s re-invent the wheel” syndrome, NIHS can be seen in intensities ranging from a mild reluctance to accept new ideas all the way up to a raging software xenophobia. NIHS can be defined as a situation where an external solution is rejected only because it was not internally developed – in other words, there are no other factors that dictate an internally developed solution would be superior. Not invented here also refers to industries outside of computer programming, where organizations reject research or knowledge in favor of internally-developed solutions.

Off Topic (Sort of):

MasterCard rolls out credit card with display and keypad – The next-generation 2-in-1 card features an embedded LCD display and touch-sensitive buttons for generating one-time passwords.

Obama Re-Election Results in Record Twitter Activity – The U.S. presidential election is over, and in the wake of the event watched the entire planet, Twitter managed to break new usage records.

Netflix gobbles a third of peak Internet traffic in North America – Sandvine also reports that total Internet data usage across wired connections has more than doubled over the last year.

3M’s first LED bulb uses TV tech to appeal to lighting Luddites – 3M, a company not generally associated with lighting, has entered the LED market with its own novel design. The Advanced LED bulb might not have a clever name, but it does have some tricks up its sleeve.

Dems’ Orc Assassination Rogue elected to office in Maine – Colleen Lachowicz, demonized by the Maine GOP for playing World Of Warcraft, is elected to the state Senate.

Instagram users upload 250,000 election-related photos – Citizens shared the majority of their photos immediately after the president’s victory was projected.

Today’s Quote:

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but now it seems that everyone is also entitled to tell you that your opinion is misguided and you’re an idiot for having one, and a moron for sharing it.”

–       fed_up_with_all_the_rules

Today’s Free Downloads:

Hotspot Shield – The Internet connection protector Hotspot Shield encrypts your traffic to protect you from all kinds of spying while your computer communicates with the rest of the world. It’s a must-have utility for anybody who uses public Wi-Fi networks.

Dropbox 1.4.21 – Dropbox is a useful tool that will enable you to instantly store your files online and share them. It can also synchronize the files from your offline directories and online storage.


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