Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 30, 2012

Hands On With the $20 Indian Android Tablet – The cheapest Android tablet I’ve ever seen costs $20, with a $2 per month unlimited data plan, and I’m holding it right now. It might not just change the tablet market. It might change the world.

Save files to Google Drive with Chrome add-on Save to Drive – Chrome extension Save to Drive adds a line to your right-click menu to save images and HTML5 video and audio files to Google Drive.

Keep it casual: 15 best Windows 8 gaming apps – Sometimes even a diehard dual-GPU gamer needs a break from crazy explosions and complicated MMO macros. Windows 8’s casual game selection can’t match the deep libraries that Android and Apple maintain, but even so the Windows Store holds a ton of finger-friendly titles.

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How to Set Up a Pinterest Business Page – Following in the footsteps of Facebook, Twitter and Google+, social bookmarking site Pinterest has unveiled pages exclusively for businesses. If your company is new to Pinterest, you can sign up for a business account. If your business has an existing account, you can convert it. Pinterest’s new business accounts—which still look the same as personal pages—are free and display a verification badge, let you add buttons and widgets to your website, and include an updated set of terms of service.

Apple begins selling unlocked iPhone 5 in the U.S. – Now users don’t have to be tethered to a network when buying an iPhone 5, however they should be ready to shell out at least $649 for the unlocked model of this device.

Back up Gmail to a local drive – Charles Johnson has a “nagging worry” about all those important messages stored in Gmail. He asked if there’s a way to back them up locally to his hard drive.

Apple Gets $1 Out of Every $25 Spent on Gadgets – New survey by CouponCodes4U points to Apple’s share of U.S. consumer tech dollars getting even bigger over the past six months.

Senate panel to cops: You need search warrants for e-mail – Committee votes to update a 1986 privacy law despite warnings from one senator that his colleagues are “abdicating our duty if we do not examine the concerns raised by federal and state law enforcement.”

8 Tips to Save Printer Ink – Toner costs a bundle. Reduce your printing costs with these eight tips. Some are slam-dunks, though others have downsides or upfront costs.

You don’t really need a Start Menu in Windows 8 – Greg Shultz shows you several techniques you can use to launch your Desktop applications in Windows 8 that don’t involve a Start Menu.

Video: Winulator runs classic Windows games on Android – A developer by the name of Dan Aloni has coded an emulator that allows users to play classic Windows games (95 or 98) on Android devices.

Microsoft blasts IE haters with ironic IE hate site – An Internet troll sits in a dark room lit by the glow of lava lamps and multiple monitors and feverishly types rants against Microsoft’s latest version of Internet Explorer. “IE sucks,” he tweets with a smirk on his face. But this troll, ironically, is an actor playing the role of an Internet Explorer hater in a Microsoft ad campaing for IE called “The Browser You Loved to Hate.”


W32/VBNA-X worm spreads quickly through networks and removable media – A new particularly virulent version of the malware family known as W32/VBNA (also SillyFDC/Autorun) is spreading very quickly. It takes advantage of Windows Autorun and some very clever social engineering techniques to plant banking Trojans on victim computers.

Hackers steal and publish e-mails from U.N. nuclear agency – The IAEA confirms its servers were breached and a hacking group claims responsibility demanding an investigation into Israel’s alleged nuclear proliferation program.

Bogus Amazon account compromise notice leads to phishing – A phishing email impersonating Amazon is hitting users’ inboxes, trying to trick them into believing that various computers connected to their Amazon account and threatening account suspension unless they “confirm” their account information.

Anonymous declares war on Syrian government Web sites – Online hacktivist group blames Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the Internet blackout blanketing the country and vows retaliation.

Company News:

Dell’s ‘Sputnik’ Ubuntu Linux ultrabook: First in a new line? – Made possible through an internal skunkworks effort, the project aimed to create an Ubuntu-preloaded laptop targeting developers, in particular, with what Dell has called a “client to cloud” solution. By midsummer, Dell said the associated beta program was exceeding expectations, and today the resulting ultrabook officially launched in the U.S. and Canada.

RIM preps for BlackBerry 10 QWERTY smartphone – Step-by-step, RIM is getting developers ready for the Jan. 30 launch of BlackBerry 10, when the company will introduce one all-touch smartphone and one more traditional model with a QWERTY keyboard. RIM has already distributed 7,500 all-touch testing devices to developers; its latest move aims to ensure that applications can run on the QWERTY smartphone as well, the company said in a blog post on Thursday.

Under new deal, Zynga less tied to Facebook – The two companies amend their agreement. Zynga will no longer have to show Facebook ads, use Facebook credits, or release games exclusively on the Facebook platform.

Amazon-Google cloud price war heats up – Google cuts its Cloud Storage pricing by 10 percent only a few days after slashing it by about 20 percent. The reduction comes a day after Amazon lowered its own pricing. Your move next, Amazon.

EU, U.S. antitrust officials to meet about Google investigations – The heads of separate probes into the Web giant’s business practices will meet next week in Europe, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Webopedia Daily:

Cytizenship – A slang term used to describe the feeling of belonging in cyberspace. For example, this could be owning real estate in cyberspace, such as a domain name. It is also used to describe interactions of people in cyberspace through blogs, chat rooms, instant messaging, discussion forums and other places where people can communicate online.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Your Digital Legacy: States Grapple with Protecting Our Data After We Die – Who is allowed to read through your e-mails — or update your Facebook page — when you die? In many states across the U.S., there are no clear answers to such basic legal questions

Sitting at your desk could be killing you – If your job requires a lot of sitting, you could be putting your health at danger. Here are some steps to avoid this.

Happy Birthday, Pong – Today is the official fortieth anniversary of Atari’s Pong, the videogame which introduced the world to videogames. (There were earlier ones, but Pong, which was created by Al Alcorn and Nolan Bushnell, was the first big hit.)

Wearable computers: The next generation – Think your tablet or smartphone is the utmost in personal computing? Soon you could be wearing your digital electronics — from shoes that can guide you to your destination to electronic tattoos that monitor physiological conditions.

Today’s Quote:

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

–      Charles Dickens

Today’s Free Downloads:

Cloudfogger – Cloudfogger provides free file encryption for Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive and Others. You don’t have to worry about your privacy, your provider or lost devices any more.

CurrPorts – CurrPorts displays the list of all currently opened TCP/IP and UDP ports on your local computer. For each port in the list, information about the process that opened the port is also displayed, including the process name, full path of the process and more.


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