Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 15, 2012

Yes, the FBI and CIA can read your email. Here’s how – “Petraeus-gate,” some U.S. pundits are calling it. How significant is it that even the head of the CIA can have his emails read by an albeit friendly domestic intelligence agency, which can lead to his resignation and global, and very public humiliation? Here’s how.

Google adds intelligent voice search to Google TV – Google added intelligent voice search to Google TV Wednesday. Not only can you jump to a channel by saying its name, but the software can also intelligently respond to statements. For example, if you say, “how to tie a bow tie,” you will be taken to an instructional video on YouTube explaining how to do that.

New Mozilla tool lets anyone create and hack interactive videos – Earlier this year Mozilla announced its Webmaker effort aimed at giving everyday users DIY skills for the Web, and recently it rolled out a key piece of that initiative. Launched on Sunday at the MozFest event in London, Popcorn Maker 1.0 is a free Web app that’s designed to make it easy to enhance, remix, and share Web video. Working via a simple drag-and-drop interface, users can add live content to any video–including photos, maps, links, social media feeds, and more–all from the comfort of their own browser.

90% say online privacy is threatened – Ninety percent of U.S. consumers who use a mobile device for work activities feel their online privacy is threatened, but many persist in putting their privacy and security at risk, according to a survey by ISACA.

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No phone needed: Make calls from Gmail or Hangouts – If you use Gmail or Google+ Hangouts, you can call any U.S. or Canadian phone number for free. Andy Wolber shows you how.

How to Set Up a Wireless Printer – There’s more than one way to connect a wireless printer, and more than one device you can connect to. Here’s a step-by-step guide.

Use Facebook’s new Social Jobs app to find work – Facebook on Wednesday rolled out its long-awaited Social Jobs app for U.S. users, which has aggregated more than 1.7 million job listings from job search sites that were already using Facebook to reach recruits, including Jobvite, BranchOut, Work4Labs, and

Pinterest Open for Businesses With New Tools, Terms – Pinterest has long been home to businesses looking for different ways to engage the public and this week the site took another step towards embracing them with new corporate tools.

iOS dictionary apps posting false piracy “confessions” onto users’ Twitter accounts – An iOS dictionary application has rewarded those who bought it by hijacking their Twitter feeds to post cooked-up piracy confessions. The Japanese maker of the dictionary apps has apologised and posted fixed versions, but the #softwarepirateconfession tweets are still coming in at a good clip, much to the chagrin of law-abiding, cash-paying customers.

Mobile spam is impacting most U.S. Adults – Mobile spam has become prevalent, with the majority of U.S. adults who text reporting that they have received an unsolicited text message, according to a survey conducted online by Harris Interactive among 2,475 U.S. adults aged 18 and older, of whom 1,801 were identified as texters.

Has Bookmarks4Techs Been Kidnapped or Assassinated? – My sister site,, has either been kidnapped or assassinated (after 3 years) by Google’s Blogger service and marked as a TOS (Terms of Service) violator by Google’s automated spam detection system. I am awaiting a review from Google to get the site back. The process to do this is not a friendly or easy process. It does not give you that warm and fuzzy feeling. As a matter of fact if anyone feels violated, it is me!

AMD’s Trinity analyzed: A surprisingly good, inexpensive gaming solution – AMD’s new Trinity makes a surprisingly good case for itself if you make use of the system’s “Combined graphics” mode. It you want a cheap gaming box, it may be a better option than Intel’s equivalent processors.

Unleash your router’s true power with open-source firmware: 6 options – Apart from smartphones, routers and wireless base stations are undoubtedly the most widely hacked and user-modded consumer devices. In many cases the benefits are major and concrete: a broader palette of features, better routing functions, tighter security, and the ability to configure details not normally allowed by the stock firmware (such as antenna output power).

Manage your online time wisely with timeStats, a Chrome extension – TimeStats will record and display your online behavior in visually friendly pie charts and bar graphs to help you manage your Internet habits.


Skype fixes account hijacking vulnerability – Skype has temporarily disabled its password reset function while it was investigating reports about a vulnerability that has been misused to hijack users’ accounts, but the function is now available again as they claim to have fixed the problem.

Curiosity-piquing Twitter DM leads to double threat – A double threat has been aimed at Twitter users as Direct Messages carrying a Facebook link and the question “what on earth could you be doing in our movie?” are currently doing rounds. The unfortunate users who can’t suppress their curiosity and follow the link are taken to a Facebook App page that tells them that they can’t view the video in question unless they are logged into Twitter. Unfortunately, the offered login page is not Twitter’s.

Researchers uncover hole in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Researchers have found a serious vulnerability in the game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,” and another in the CryEngine 3 graphics platform on which many games run.

Should Windows 8 users be worried about ransomware? – Symantec researchers took it upon themselves to answer that question by testing a number of ransomware samples currently found in the wild on a in a default Windows 8 environment. As it turns out, many of the samples did not work on it, but there was one that did: Trojan.Ransomlock.U, a variant of a piece of ransomware first discovered in April 2009.

Hacker claims to have breached Adobe, releases customer data – An Egyptian hacker claims to have breached one of Adobe’s servers and gotten his hands on a database containing over 150,000 records belonging to Adobe’s customers.

The global expansion of cybercrime – McAfee released a new report which explores techniques in cybercrime as well as the global evolution of cyber exploits. It uncovers new details of “Operation High Roller,” tracks that mobile malware almost doubled the previous quarter’s total, and reveals an all-time high in database breaches.

Stolen NASA Laptop Puts ‘Large Number’ of Employees at Risk – NASA has enacted new policies to protect employee and other sensitive information after a laptop was stolen from an employee’s locked vehicle, exposing records of personal information on a “large number” of NASA employees.

Company News:

Dropbox Tops 100 Million Users – Some companies are still scratching their heads over personal cloud storage, but online storage service Dropbox is millions of users ahead of them. One hundred million, to be exact. Dropbox founder Drew Houston took to the Web this week to share his many (many, many) thanks to the people who have helped push the company to a milestone 100 million users.

Samsung: We Won’t Settle With Apple Like HTC – Those of you who thought Samsung might take a cue from HTC and settle its patent differences with Apple can think again. Samsung vs. Apple is moving full steam ahead.

Report: Samsung Denies Hiking Prices on Apple Chips – Did Samsung recently raise prices by 20 percent on the A6 and other chips that power iPhones and iPads? A Samsung exec flatly denies it, according to a South Korean daily.

WordPress Makes a Bid to Bring Open Source CMS To Cities around the World – Every city in the world needs to have a website. The good people at open source CMS vendor WordPress think that CMS should be free too. So WordPress is now offering a setup and account for any city for free. This is the hosted version of the open source WordPress code that powers more blogs than any other software on Earth. The Cities service goes beyond the basic free version that WordPress has offered for years – with templates set up for common city content.

BlackBerry enables free Wi-Fi calling with BBM Voice – BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) today released a new, beta version of its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) chat app, BBM 7.0, with new BlackBerry-specific Wi-Fi calling features, called BBM Voice. BBM Voice lets BlackBerry users place phone calls over Wi-Fi networks to other BlackBerry users across the globe, so they can bypass cellular networks and save on their monthly allotments of cellular-voice minutes.

Webopedia Daily:

SOHO – Small Office / Home Office – Short for small office/home office, a term that refers to the small or home office environment and the business culture that surrounds it. A SOHO is often thought of as being the smallest of small businesses. It is a privately owned and operated business or individuals who are self-employed. SOHO is often characterized as being a small in both the size of the office space and number of employees. As a general guideline, a small office is considered to be any firm with fewer than 10 employees, although in more recent years, some research and marketing firms have taken to categorizing SOHO as a firm with 1-4 employees. Firms with 5 or more employees are considered different categories within the small business sector (e.g. 5-9, 10-19, and so on, up to 100 employees).

Off Topic (Sort of):

DirectX 11.1 will be exclusive to Windows 8: Is Microsoft forcing gamers to upgrade? – If you’re on the fence about upgrading to Windows 8 and its formerly-known-as-Metro tablet-style user interface, Microsoft may have just made the eventual decision a little easier. The company has announced that the next incremental upgrade to DirectX, version 11.1 — and presumably every version thereafter — will be exclusive to Windows 8.

After Sinofsky, Microsoft must stop the secrecy, say analysts – The best move Microsoft could make after Steven Sinofsky’s departure is to ditch the culture of secrecy he brought to Windows, analysts said Wednesday.

The Best Places to Hide Valuables in Your House – There’s more to hiding your valuables than making them hard to find. Whether you’re hiding a money stash from burglars or secret documents from an enemy spy, here are a few tips anyone can use to keep something under wraps.

Eye tracking is the future of high-speed, maximum accuracy input – Are the demonstrations of eye tracking that circulate among trade shows and conventions merely niche gimmicks, or do they flow surely and easily from our current technologies, achieved inevitably like a child beginning to walk? Our in-house neuroscientist, John Hewitt, investigates the future of this bleeding-edge tech.

Today’s Quote:

Remember that as a teenager you are at the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.”

–      Fran Lebowitz

Today’s Free Downloads:

DiskCryptor a worthwhile encryption program that’s easy to use – DiskCryptor (free) is a handy encryption program–simple, to the point, and lightweight. My preference is to encrypt entire drives and partitions, which is the level at which I organize my data these days, and that’s exactly what DiskCryptor does–even with your system partition.

Dropbox – 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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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 15, 2012

  1. delenn13

    When did we decide to just accept second rate/beta software? How many patches/updates before enough is enough? The “next version will be perfect..with it’s newer bugs… You know it will. And we happily just shell out the money for it.And it’s the same for hardware…it’s always pushed out with bugs etc.Never ready for Prime Time.

    Software sucks these days – and just maybe it’s all YOUR fault • The Register

    This is kinda cool…

    Free-Create shortcuts to CDs and USB drives on a Windows desktop

    “Drive Shortcut is a free tool that can make shortcuts to removable media – CDs, DVDs, USB memory keys and external hard disks – that appear only when the disc or drive is available.”

    And a Salute to our Farmers…What would we eat if we didn’t have farmers?

    I’m Farming and I Grow It

    Like to read? Don’t have time? Bet you always read your email…Request books to be sent to your email in segments. They have free books. Lots of sci fi. 🙂

    DailyLit: About leading publisher of digital books in serialized form

    “We created DailyLit because we spent hours each day on email but could not find the time to read a book. Now the books come to us by email. Problem solved.

    • Hey Delenn13,

      This guy is way wide of the mark – because he says “software sucks” makes it so? A puff piece with no evidence offered for his opinion. Simply baloney!



      • delenn13

        Always a lot of fluff in my posts. As is my life….. Right now, I don’t need depth. We just got told his aunt(who is a nun) died in Nova Scotia and the flights are out of this world, I guess we aren’t going. Plus his mom is still in the hosptial.

        NTM he went to run Auslogics Registry Defrag and his PC went into a Windows 7 Infinite Reboot Loop. Yep, I have the info to fix it, just not the time right now. Probably tomorrow or Sunday. Does he have a backup?..Of course not. He was just starting to get it set up.

        I personally think a lot of software is just out there waiting for us to beta test it. Let’s just take a company off the top of my head… Hmm, what about MS? All of this is my research..just my thoughts. I won’t get into trouble just giving my opinion will I? Not sure. Been reading Little Brother by Cory Doctorow/FAQ It gives “big Brother” a run for it’s money. It’s a free download. Check it out.

        What about Windows ME or Vista? Talk about not ready for prime time. How many times has an update from MS taken down PC’s that were running popular antivirus programs? What MS can’t test their updates against the Zone Alarm, Avast or AVG? Or did they just not take the time? Did they think..Just let the user’s do the testing? Plus they are always forcing you to upgrade your hardware.

        I really don’t have time to think about this or give it justice.. NTM I am on pain meds so all my thoughts are jumbled. Maybe later..

        Some more fluff…James Bond 007 Skyfall by Adele [OFFICIAL FULL MUSIC VIDEO] This song which Adele wrote reminds me of the old Shirley Bassey stuff.

        See I am bouncing all over the place…This is why I don’t have a blog. What a bloody convoluted mess it would be. I think I need a baloney sandwich… 🙂

        • Hey Delenn13,

          Sorry to hear of your loss – my condolences to you, your husband and family.

          Well, to continue the discussion we need to split off the “OS” issue from the “software” issue. I’m willing to continue the conversation when you’re back on your feet. Let me know. 🙂