Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 9, 2012

How to Commit Internet Suicide and Disappear from the Web Forever – Sick of horribly embarrassing things showing up when potential employers Google your name? Tired of everyone knowing you live in a garden level dungeon apartment? Perhaps you just don’t like the fact the internet makes you easy to find. Thankfully, it’s not that hard to delete yourself entirely. Here’s how to do it.

Twitter Sends Password Reset Emails, But Many Not Actually Hacked – Twitter said today that many of those reset emails were sent to users who were never in danger of having their accounts compromised.

Mobile phone theft on the rise – here’s how to protect your data for free – Research released today has revealed that the theft of mobile phones is on the rise. This isn’t just about losing an expensive phone – there’s also the threat of losing your data and money. Learn how to better protect your phone.

Australia: Reality ‘mugged’ govt on filter – The federal government has abandoned its controversial plan to introduce an internet filter. The federal government had to dump its proposed mandatory internet filter policy after being “mugged by reality”, the opposition says. Communication Minister Stephen Conroy announced on Friday major Australian internet service providers (ISPs) and the Internet Industry Association had agreed instead to block sites on the Interpol “worst of” list. (recommended by Mal C.)

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Can’t-miss utilities to run on Windows 8 in desktop mode – The echoes in the nearly-empty Windows 8 app store are off-putting, but luckily, you don’t have to rely on Windows 8 apps. These tried-and-true utilities work fine in Windows 8. They run in desktop mode instead of the modern UI, but if all you want from your utilities is usefulness, these downloads have you covered.

Win 8 Is 84% Less Frustrating Than Win 7, Says Bogus Report – The Washington Post should be ashamed of itself for running a puff piece to promote Windows 8. I was mortified when I saw the headline, “Windows 8 is 84 percent less frustrating than Windows 7, report says.” Really? A brand new OS just now getting into play is less frustrating than Windows 7 by 84 percent? How can this number possibly be calculated in so short a time?

Google’s JAM with Chrome lets users play in virtual rock bands – The Web giant is testing a new social feature that lets users lay down guitar licks and blast virtual saxophones in an interactive Chrome Web app.

Best Products of 2012 – We review a lot of products at PCMag.com. Laptops, desktops, cameras, HDTVs, phones, apps, and more software than you could download on a 1TB hard drive. (We review all of that, too.) The best products in each category earn our coveted Editors’ Choice award, but every November, we pick the very best products of the year. The cut off is November 1, so anything after that will have to wait until next year. Check out the full list.

Microsoft’s translation breakthrough: Speak, and hear your voice in Chinese – The company has demonstrated a translation technique in which an English speaker’s words get played back seconds later in Mandarin, as if they were speaking that language themselves. It aims to ‘completely break down language barriers’ within a few years.

GameFly Celebrates PC Client Launch With Free BioShock Download – To celebrate the launch of its new PC gaming client, GameFly is offering free BioShock downloads, as long as supplies last

Egypt works to pull the plug on online porn – A public prosecutor demands the Egyptian government block all pornography on the Web, but apparently it’s easier said than done.

Report from the street: Tablets are kicking laptops to the curb – Reports have been showing a rising trend of leaving the laptop at home and taking the tablet for the day. Observations from the street show this is happening at a rapid pace.

Security:

Social networking is the #1 risk to information security – The consumerisation of IT has made security far more difficult to manage according to research published by McAfee at its Security Summit in London. This is exemplified by the introduction of personal devices, the growth of social networking and the explosion of employee-created and managed data.

Windows 8 gets first critical Patch Tuesday security bulletins – Windows 8 hasn’t even been on sale for a month yet but is already the recipient of three critical security updates via Microsoft’s monthly Patch Tuesday security bulletins, each of which will block flaws that allow remote execution of code on targeted machines.

Crippling Stuxnet virus infected Chevron’s network too – Sophisticated virus was intended to knock offline an Iranian nuclear enrichment facility but strayed from its intended target about two years ago.

New IronKey hardware-encrypted secure flash drives – The IronKey flash drives deliver powerful protection against data loss and are validated to meet the stringent Security Level 3 requirements of the FIPS 140-2 standard, which fully support corporate and government compliance strategies. The IronKey S250 and D250 flash drives are available in Basic, Personal and Enterprise editions for enterprise and personal use. The Personal and Enterprise editions feature built-in identity protection that allows users to securely surf the web, and the IronKey password vault to store and protect user passwords.

Adobe Reader zero-day exploit thwarts sandboxing – The vulnerability is selling for up to $50K on the black market, security researchers say, and has been included in a package of banking Trojans called the Blackhole Exploit Kit, which is the most prevalent exploit kit out there.

New QuickTime fixes a number of security vulnerabilities – In a new security advisory, Apple addressed a number of vulnerabilities in QuickTime for Windows and announced a new version – 7.7.3.

Company News:

ManageEngine Brings Billing to ServiceDesk Plus-MSP – ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, today announced the addition of the Billing module to ServiceDesk Plus-MSP, its complete help desk for managed service providers (MSPs). The new billing functionality lets MSPs enable the managed services business model through accurate billing for multiple accounts from within ServiceDesk Plus-MSP, so MSPs no longer need to juggle multiple tools and manually track and bill for services rendered. A free trial version of the help desk is available here.

Microsoft launches Skype-centered hub for small businesses – Microsoft has unveiled a commercial networking site where small businesses can promote their products and services and interact with potential customers and partners primarily using Skype. The new website, called Skype in the Workspace (SITW), is free and already being used by about 500 small businesses that began participating in it during its six-month beta period, Microsoft said on Thursday.

Report: Foxconn Mulling U.S.-Based Factories – Foxconn Electronics, the manufacturing giant best known for making Apple’s iPhone and iPad , is reportedly looking to set up shop in the U.S. The Taiwanese company, which has come under fire in recent years over labor rights issues, is currently evaluating the possibility of setting up shop in several U.S. cities such as Detroit and Los Angeles, according to Digitimes, which cited unnamed “market watchers.”

Microsoft brings Windows 8 tiles to crazy life – To launch Windows 8 in Norway, Microsoft placed a discreet Windows Tile in the street. When people stepped on it, goodness did the action start.

HP urges consumer customers not to downgrade new PCs to Windows 7 – Hewlett-Packard (HP) has advised consumer customers not to downgrade new PCs equipped with Windows 8 to the earlier Windows 7. In a message on its support website, HP said that consumer-grade desktop and notebook systems shipped after Oct. 26—the date Windows 8 launched—will not support the older Windows 7. “Windows 7 will not be supported on these new platforms, and no drivers, apps, or Windows 7 content will be available through HP,” the company said.

Microsoft Wants to Buy Nokia AND Nvidia? – Could Redmond be sizing up a stunning acquisition spree in order to emulate Apple?

Webopedia Daily:

Federal Internet Exchange – Abbreviated as FIX, a physical location that serves as the connection point between U.S. federal government agency networks, such as those used by NASA, the Department of Energy and military agencies. There are two FIXes, each named for the coast on which they reside: FIX East (FIX-E), located in College Park, Maryland (at the University of Maryland); and FIX West (FIX-W), located in Mountain View, California (at the NASA Ames Research Center).

Off Topic (Sort of):

Navy SEALs leak classified info to EA for combat game – report – While working as paid consultants for the video-game maker’s new shooting game Medal of Honor: Warfighter, seven soldiers disclose military secrets and are now being punished, according to a report.

Ex-Apple exec: Cook’s a tech ‘lightweight’ – David Sobotta, former director of Apple’s federal sales group and the author a new book about Apple, slams CEO Tim Cook’s management style in an interview with Readwrite.com.

Getting a Second Opinion … From Your Smartphone? – More than half of U.S. smartphone users consult their phone, before a doctor, for health advice, according to a new Pew Research Internet Project study.

Pope Benedict Joining Twitter – The Vatican said Thursday that Pope Benedict XVI will begin tweeting from a personal account, as early as this month.

Judge to review whether foreman in Apple v. Samsung hid info – A federal court will look into whether the jury foreman in Apple v. Samsung “concealed information” during jury selection. Samsung argued that jury foreman Velvin Hogan didn’t disclose during jury selection that he had been sued by Seagate, his former employer. Samsung pointed out in court papers that Seagate and Samsung have a “substantial strategic relationship.” The litigation with Seagate led Hogan to file for personal bankruptcy in 1993. Samsung maintains Hogan should have informed the court about the case.

Internet Radio Closing in on Traditional Music Listening – A whopping 96 million individuals — or about 50 percent of the U.S. Internet population aged 13 and older — listened to an Internet radio or on-demand music service in the past three months, according to new data from The NPD Group.

Today’s Quote:

Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error.”

–     Linus Pauling

Today’s Free Downloads:

Wise Care 365 – Wise Care 365 is a bundle of important registry, disk, and other system utilities for your PC. Easy to use and effective, Wise Care 365 is the good solution to improve your PC’s performance.

IrfanView 4.35 – IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 , 2008, Vista, Windows 7.

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