Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 25, 2012

Holiday themes for Windows – The winter holidays are upon us. Install these beautiful Windows themes from Microsoft to help you get in the spirit.

Google Maps’ Indoor Floor Plans Hit the Web – Previously Android-only, Google’s indoor mapping service on Google Maps is now available on the Web-based version of the app.

Watch FREE Movies and TV Shows On Your Android Phone or Tablet – One of the neat things with tablet computers (and smartphones) is that you can do just about anything with them; even stream videos, movies, TV etc… to the devices. The problem is that most services that stream movies and TV require a paid subscription.

Windows 8 apps store cracks 20,000, most of them free – Microsoft broke the 20,000 mark on Tuesday, according to Directions on Microsoft Windows app store watcher Wes Miller. Nearly 18,000, or 87 percent, of those apps are free, according to Miller. What must be heartening for Microsoft is the velocity at which apps are being added to its online market: some 500 new apps appear each day, according to The Next Web.

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Thanksgiving Stats Are In: Mobile Shopping on the Rise – Amazon remains the most-visited Web retailer on Thanksgiving Day, though the stats miss out on mobile.

Android 4.2: A visual guide to what’s new – The second release to carry the “Jelly Bean” moniker, Android 4.2 is a relatively minor update to version 4.1, but the upgrade packs several significant new features along with plenty of subtle polish. Here’s a tour of the most noteworthy changes.

Earth Alerts – Track extreme weather and natural hazards around the world in real time with this top-rated freeware that’s loaded with meteorological data.

Scandinavia cracks down on Facebook’s unsolicited ads – Facebook could be taken to court by consumer organizations in the Nordic countries if it does not stop placing unsolicited advertisements in users’ news feeds. The social network is likely to break the European Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications by letting companies advertise directly in users’ news feeds, said Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman Gry Nergard on Friday.

NHL star retweets message wishing commissioner dead – In the midst of yet another labor dispute, the Chicago Blackhawks’ Dave Bolland sends out a retweet that he subsequently deems a mistake. Should there be consequences?

Sunrise will e-mail your daily agenda to you each morning – links to your Facebook, Google Calendar, LinkedIn, and Eventbrite accounts. Then, each morning you’ll receive an e-mail from Sunrise with a nice list of the day’s agenda — it even includes the weather forecast for the day.


Beware: Facebook Target “US$500 Voucher” Scam – Cyber criminals, set to take advantage of Internet shoppers during this holiday shopping season, have launched a Facebook-based survey scam. According to a Help Net Security article, a message is being propagated across Facebook where “users are lured in by friends’ messages saying “Thank you Target!” and offering a link to a page where they can supposedly claim a free $500 Target voucher. Who would say no to that?”

Symantec warns of malware targeting SQL databases – The company discovered the malware, called W32.Narilam, on November 15 but on Friday published a more detailed writeup by Shunichi Imano. Narilam is rated as a “low risk” by the company, but according to a map, the majority of infections are concentrated in Iran, with a few in the U.K., the continental U.S., and the state of Alaska.

Cybercriminals are increasingly abusing .eu domains in attacks – Cybercriminals are increasingly using .eu domain names in their attack campaigns, according to data from multiple security companies.

Company News:

Apple targets Galaxy Note 2, S3 Mini in latest court request – The Apple-Samsung patent war continues, as Apple answers Samsung’s midweek, iPad and iPod court filing with some additional paperwork of its own.

Nokia’s soon-to-be-ex camera chief heading to car company – Damian Dinning, head of imaging and photography for Nokia for nearly a decade, says he’ll be moving on to Land Rover Jaguar.

Nintendo’s Wii U Launch Titles: Not Good Enough? – Mario’s no Link, and is the general “wait and see” reception to Nintendo’s new console going to impact its sales?

Mobile app revenue set to break $30 billion – To-date revenues accumulated by the global mobile application market remains on track to break the $30 billion milestone by the end of 2012.

Webopedia Daily:

Narrowcast – To send data to a specific list of recipients. Cable television is an example of narrowcasting since the cable TV signals are sent only to homes that have subscribed to the cable service. In contrast, network TV uses a broadcast model in which the signals are transmitted everywhere and anyone with an antenna can receive them. The Internet uses both a broadcast and a narrowcast model. Most Web sites use a broadcast model since anyone with Internet access can view the sites. However, sites that require you to log-in before viewing content are based more on the narrowcast model. The various push technologies are another form for narrowcasting. Perhaps the best example of narrowcasting are e-mail lists where messages are sent only to individuals who subscribe to the list.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Get a grip: 18 winter gloves that work with smartphones, tablets – Conductive fabric lets you type, swipe and scroll on your capacitive touchscreen devices without exposing your digits. Escape winter’s chilly grip with these 18 touch-friendly options.

Tablet display shipments jump, top laptops in October – Tablets are on a tear. Shipments of tablets are catching up to laptops a lot faster than anticipated only a few months ago.

Cyber Monday shoppers ditch poorly performing sites – Cyber Monday can be a gold mine for an online merchant, but sometimes the opportunity is lost because their websites turn consumers away instead of welcoming them with a good user experience.

‘Gangnam Style’ slays Bieber, becomes most-watched vid – In less than five months the South Korean dance megasensation has overtaken Canada’s Tweentastic pop darling. Sorry Biebs.

Are the Beatles groovy again? – The entire Beatles catalog has just been remastered on LP, the Audiophiliac spins the vinyl and reports on the sound.

Today’s Quote:

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”

–    Bertrand Russell

Today’s Free Downloads:

PrivaZer 1.5.0 – With PrivaZer you can master your security and freedom, free up disk space and keep your PC fit and secure. PrivaZer also shows you exactly what can still be recovered of your past activities on your home or work PC.

foobar2000 – foobar2000 is an advanced audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include ReplayGain support, low memory footprint and native support for several popular audio formats.

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One response to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 25, 2012

  1. Why viewers still make use of to read news papers when in this technological globe all is presented on web?