Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 12, 2012

6 Things Not to Buy Before Black Friday – Why go shopping now, when great deals are just a few weeks away? Here are some products you don’t want to buy before Black Friday.

2012 in Review: Tech Turkeys of the Year – And now, for your reading pleasure, the very worst from the tech world in 2012.

Google Chrome’s Sham ‘Do Not Track’ Feature – PCMag’s Michael Muchmore is calling “BS” on Google’s “DNT” implementation in Chrome. Not only is the feature not activated by default, but manually turning it on requires some deep digging into the browser’s advanced settings. Is privacy really an advanced setting? I don’t think so.

10 Tips for Troubleshooting Your Digital Camera – Struggling to get your camera to work the way you want it to? These simple tips will have you up and shooting in no time.

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FixMeStick 2013 – Has ransomware taken over your PC? Does malware prevent installing antivirus? Did a virus render Windows unbootable? Boot from the FixMeStick 2013 USB device and it will clean up the problem. It does a good cleanup job, and built-in remote assistance ensures a successful resolution.

10 Features That Make a Tablet Great – From ground-breaking devices such as Apple’s iPad to new entrants like Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, the tablets keep on coming. But they certainly are not all created equal. Here we examine the features that will make or break today’s tablets.

What’s Inside the Cube? Curiosity Game Tips Mysterious Payoff – Are you looking for another gaming app that will help you waste a good amount of time? Well, Curiosity – What’s Inside the Cube? might be for you.

Microsoft Surface RT tablet touch cover keyboard fuels complaints – Microsoft’s hip marketing may be luring people to buy its Surface RT tablets, but it hasn’t prevented some customers from complaining that the touch cover keyboard falls apart. Even though the iPad rival has only been on the marketfor a little more than two weeks, some early users say the keyboard splits where it connects to the tablet.

Fedora 18 Linux Delayed to 2013 – Last week, Fedora pushed back a milestone beta release, but still committed to getting the final Fedora 18 (aka the Spherical Cow) before the end of the year.

Cray’s Titan system takes supercomputer crown – Titan is a Cray XK7 system that hit 17.59 Petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark. Titan features 560,640 processors, including 261,632 Nvidia K20x accelerator cores.


Hootsuite flub reveals users’ e-mail addresses to other users – Thousands of e-mails sent to users of the social media manager included the names and e-mail addresses of other users.

DVRs are being targeted by hackers, says security expert – When looking for the source of a malicious infection on a computer network, a digital video recorder (DVR) might not make it on the radar of a malware fighter. That could be a mistake, according to one security expert.

Facebook shuts down Albania Pirate Group, after stolen passwords shared – The Albania Pirate Group has had its Facebook page shut down by the social network, after stolen passwords were exchanged between 600+ members.

Company News:

BlackBerry 10 will launch Jan. 30 – Research In Motion finally sets the launch date for its next-generation mobile operating system, in what’s likely its last, best shot at a turnaround.

Microsoft Signs Up Gwen Stefani, Jay-Z to Promote Windows Phone 8 – The celebrity endorsements continue for Microsoft: Who’s next?

Intel Intros New Itanium Processor; HP Unveils New Integrity Servers – Intel officials are unveiling the Itanium 9500 Series chips, the latest iteration of the company’s controversial high-end server processor family, and stressing that this is only the latest step in a road map that will stretch through most of the decade.

Skype Launches Small Business Online Community – Skype in the Workspace uses the massive online voice-and-video platform to bring entrepreneurs together.

Surface tablet sales off to ‘modest’ start, Ballmer says – Microsoft CEO says Surface tablet sales are modest while touting the coming availability of a high-end Intel-based version.

VirnetX Heads Back to Courts with New Patent Lawsuit Against Apple – VirnetX is going after new Apple products based on the same patent claims it just won.

Webopedia Daily:

Apache Hadoop – Hadoop, formally called Apache Hadoop, is an Apache Software Foundation project and open source software platform for scalable, distributed computing. Hadoop can provide fast and reliable analysis of both structured data and unstructured data. Given its capabilities to handle large data sets, it’s often associated with the phrase big data. The Apache Hadoop software library is essentially a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large datasets across clusters of computers using a simple programming model. Hadoop can scale up from single servers to thousands of machines, each offering local computation and storage.

Off Topic (Sort of):

LapPi is a DIY Raspberry laptop – Are you a modder with a spare Raspberry Pi dev board? If so, you might want to check out the LapPi mod. This sweet project incorporates the little $35 mini PC board packing a 700 MHz ARM11 processor, with the latest model Pi boasting 512 MB RAM.

Study: Online Video Viewers Start Leaving After Waiting Two Seconds – A new study by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has found that it only takes people two seconds, on average, to get fed up with a video not loading. Once that happens, they start leaving. Here are the raw details: After two seconds of a video not loading, potential video viewers start getting itchy to leave. Every second thereafter, approximately six percent of a video’s potential audience begins to depart. After around five seconds, twenty percent of the people who were going to watch the video have now departed.

BBC blocks live linkup with aliens, scared they might curse – British TV presenter Professor Brian Cox reveals that the BBC blocked his idea of a live attempt to contact aliens, as they might say something naughty on the air.

Telecom firms, prisons team to gouge callers, group charges – U.S. prisons, immigration detention centers and telecom carriers are charging “exorbitant” rates on collect calls made by inmates, and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission should step in to set rates, a coalition of 110 human rights groups, lawyers, and professors said.

Today’s Quote:

It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable.”

–     Eric Hoffer

Today’s Free Downloads:

Chromium – Chromium is an open source web browser that was designed in order to provide for all users a safer, faster, and more stable way to experience the web.

System Explorer 3.9.8 – Detailed informations about Tasks, Processes, Modules, Startups, IE Addons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files.

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