Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 20, 2012

Take control of your car’s tech with these six apps – Remotely start your vehicle, charge your EV’s battery, and beam music and destinations to your cars dashboard with these car commanding apps.

US teens lead the way for shady, risky online behavior – Teens in the United States lead in almost every category of shady online behavior. Nearly a third of US teens have used the Web to intentionally surf for porn. US teens also “lead” in using mobile devices to cheat on tests, and are tied for second in using the Internet as a platform for cyber bullying—only half a percentage point behind the Netherlands. Go USA?

Google Adding 5.5 Million New Songs to Google Play in Europe – The availability of music in Google Play is actually a new concept in Europe, where the search engine giant just added the option last week. Users in the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, and Spain are now able to purchase music from the store and add up to 20,000 songs from an existing collection to the cloud, for free.

15 Handy Windows 8 Apps – The Windows Store is just getting off the ground, but there are already some decent apps to be had there. Here are fifteen of our favorites so far.

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Why can’t 32-bit Windows access 4GB of RAM? – 32-bit processors and operating systems, in theory, can access up to 4GB of memory. So how come Qasim Zaib’s PC, with 4GB installed, only sees 3GB?

Blog on the go with WordPress for Android – Jack Wallen walks through how to install and use the free WordPress app for your Android tablet.

Give the Gift of Better Apps for Windows – As you’re trying to come up with great gifts for the holidays, software likely isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. It can make a great gift for the right person, though, especially when they’re not willing to shell out the cash themselves (as so few people are for good software). Here are some of our favorite (and your favorite) paid apps for Windows that not only boost productivity, but dish out a little holiday cheer too.

Give the Gift of Better Apps for the Mac – Here are some of our favorite (and your favorite) paid apps for the Mac that not only boost productivity, but dish out a little holiday cheer too.

Give the Gift of Better Apps for Android – Here are our favorite (and your favorite) paid apps worth gifting the Android owner (or Android-owner to be) on your gift list.

Give the Gift of Better Apps for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch – Here are some of our favorite (and your favorite) paid apps you can gift this holiday season.

A Rosier Year Ahead for Windows 8? Yeah, Right – We’ve seen Microsoft operating systems fail in the past and I have just one thing to say: bring on Windows 9!

Adjust YouTube’s upload settings – Learn how to adjust the default properties for each YouTube video, saving time when uploading new content.

How to buy a cell phone as a gift – Sure, the iPhone 5 may be wildly popular, but it’s not popular with everyone. Or to put it another way, you may love the Samsung Galaxy S3, but your spouse may hate it. On that note, don’t buy more phone than your recipients needs.

Verizon will throttle repeat offenders in anti-piracy effort – Verizon customers suspected of copyright infringement will be warned, then their access slowed, in the ISP’s plan under the Copyright Alert System. Other ISPs are starting to reveal their plans to alert and possibly prosecute offenders.


Facebook Enabling HTTPS by Default for North American Users – Facebook this week will begin turning on secure browsing be default for its millions of users in North America. The change will make HTTPS the default connection option for all Facebook sessions for those users, a shift that gives them a good baseline level of security and will help prevent some common attacks.

Fake Apple apps appear on Android Google Play store – The Google Play store is *NOT* offering you genuine versions of iMovie, Keynote, Garage Band and other popular Apple products.

Anonymous escalates its ‘cyberwar’ against Israel – The hacking collective’s latest campaign against Israel escalates, with defacements of Microsoft Israel Web sites and the publication of alleged donors to a pro-Israel group.

Top lessons learned from recent high profile hacks – Organizations we assume have all their ducks in a row when it comes to network security often don’t. These six incidents, and the lessons to be learned from them, are examples of why it’s so important to take security seriously.

Windows 8 Malware Using Google Docs to Target Brazilians – New malware targeting Windows 8 appears to be using Google Docs as a proxy server instead of directly connecting to a command and control (C&C) server. According to research done by Symantec and discussed in the company’s Security Response blog late last week, a Trojan, Backdoor.Makadocs, targets Windows 8 – along with Windows Server 2012 – yet doesn’t use any of the software’s particular functions as an exploit vector.

Nintendo fixes Wii U network after claims of accidental hack – Just hours after the US launch of Nintendo’s latest game console, the Wii U, a video game fan claims that he accidentally “hacked” into the console’s online component – the Miiverse.

Company News:

Intel CEO Paul Otellini Retiring in May – Intel announced today that its president and CEO, Paul Otellini, will retire in May. Otellini will officially step down at Intel’s annual stockholders’ meeting next year.

Samsung Sues LG Over OLED Patents – Samsung has sued LG Display over a number of patents relating to its OLED technology. According to the Yonhap News Agency, the South Korean electronics giant is seeking invalidation of seven patents held by Samsung, the world’s No. 2 maker of liquid crystal displays.

Cisco Buys Cloud-Networking Firm Meraki for $1.2 Billion – Cisco on Sunday announced its intention to acquire Meraki Inc. for $1.2 billion in an effort to continue building its cloud networking services. The deal requires Cisco to pay $1.2 billion in cash and retention-based incentives, and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013.

Sony Unveils PlayStation 3, Vita Black Friday Deals – Sony is getting in on the Black Friday deals, announcing exclusive deals on several PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita bundles, which include big games and reduced pricing.

Social TV companies Viggle, GetGlue to merge – The TV loyalty rewards service is acquiring the entertainment check-ins company for $25 million and 48.3 million shares of stock.

Webopedia Daily:

Portable Image Storage Device – A small, portable storage device used for storing and viewing your digital images. The device is a portable hard drive in an enclosure that resembles handheld game consoles. The device usually offers USB and memory card readers as options for transferring your images directly to the device, as well as an LCD display for viewing the stored images. Depending on the manufacturer you may also have different controls for maneuvering through the images, such as forward, random, skip, and so on. One popular brand name of portable image storage devices is called the iAlbum. Also called on-the-go drive.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Generation Tech: Gifted but a long way from bad – They have been described as technology’s Generation Y or Generation Tech: an undisciplined, impulsive, entitled horde of twenty-something workers, seen as one of the biggest security challenges ever to hit corporate networks.

Space junk: Worse than you think – More than 500,000 pieces of space debris circling Earth pose a threat to satellites and communications systems worldwide. Check out this CNET gallery.

Evolution of the Keyboard – The evolution of the keyboard is not a clean timeline. Contributions to its look, feel and underpinning technologies sometimes draw from preceding models and other times from a far corner of the inventor’s universe.

An electric bus that wirelessly charges at each stop – One of the challenges with electric buses used for public transit is keeping them on the road all day without putting them in the garage for long charging sessions. But new technology could make electric buses more common in transit fleets. That’s because researchers at Utah State University have unveiled first-of-its-kind technology that wirelessly powers buses.

Today’s Quote:

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

–     Carl Sagan

Today’s Free Downloads:

ID3 Renamer 5.2.0 – ID3 renamer is useful if you need to rename a large number of files in a directory accordingly to their ID3 description and a given “formula” (e.g. (%Track) %Artist – %Title).

WIPE – WIPE is a free, easy to use and powerful security tool that allows you to protect your privacy by clearing browser history and cache, cleaning index.dat files, securely removing cookies, history and temp files and erasing any other tracks that you leave behind after having used your pc.


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