Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 5, 2012

Troubleshooting Your PC: 10 Tips – Is your PC giving you grief? Try these 10 tips. They may save just you the expense of a visit to a “tech expert.”

Anti-Virus Products Fail to Guard Against New Attacks – More than 40 tested AV solutions provide zero protection against new viruses and take weeks to update their signatures, according to new report from Imperva.

The Best Replacements for Privacy-Invading Services – These days, it seems like everyone’s out to violate your privacy. But even if you care about privacy, you probably don’t want to leave the internet forever, so here are some of the best alternatives to some major services that actually respect your privacy.

Facebook Photo Sync: Nine things you should know – Facebook has introduced a new feature for iPhone, iPad and Android users which means you can automatically sync any photos you take on your mobile device with your Facebook account. Here’s what you should know before you enable the feature.

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eReaders: They’re reading us while we read them – Your Kindle, therefore Amazon, knows more about your reading habits than you do. Is that something you want? Michael Kassner looks at eReaders and privacy issues.

Review: InPaint removes unwanted elements from your photographs with a few clicks – It’s all happened to us at one point or another. We take what we think is a great picture on holiday, and when we get home, we discover that a total stranger has walked right into the middle of the shot. Or you have been holding the camera in such a strange way that your fingers were in front of the lens, partially obscuring the view. Before you start crying and begin deleting the photos, try InPaint ($20, free feature-limited demo) to see if you can get rid of those unwanted elements.

Make fast work of finding photos with Lost Photos – We used to dig through drawers and shoeboxes to find old photos. But now we dig through digital archives, like email accounts. Lost Photos (free for Windows, $3 for Mac) is a handy application that makes dusting off your snapshots a breeze. To use it, you simply install it, enter your email address and password, and let it go to work. Lost Photos can scan AOL, Gmail, Google Apps, iCloud/MobileMe, and Yahoo email accounts for—you guessed it—lost photos.

Six awesome built-in Windows utilities no one knows about – Windows 8 may not be the easiest operating system to use, but no one can accuse it of being stingy. If you poke deep inside the new OS, you’ll find a generous assortment of software tools, many of which make third-party utilities redundant.

5 Services for Making a Photo Calendar – Designing a photo wall calendar has become an annual tradition for many families. But which site should you use? Here are five and a little about what makes them different.

VALO-CD serves a smorgasbord of open source Windows apps – Finnish VALO-CD has actually been distributing its curated collection of select open source apps in Finland for several years. In March, however, it came out with an English version of its downloadable app assortment. Included on VALO-CD are apps for writing and drawing, Internet, recreation, and multimedia along with a set of tools and user guides.

Nabi Jr. Tablet Targets Smaller, Younger Hands – The Nabi 2 from Fuhu looks to shake up the kids tablet market, featuring a 5-inch screen and Nvidia Tegra processor for only $99.

Lock and encode your flash drives with BitLocker To Go encryption in Windows 8 – Losing your USB flash drive before a big presentation is a terrible way to start a Monday. Losing a drive that also contains valuable personal data or confidential company information will ruin your whole week—and maybe your career. Luckily, Windows users can easily hedge their bets against such disasters by using the free BitLocker To Go utility to quickly encrypt portable drives.

Five ways the Surface RT beats the iPad – The iPad has become virtually indispensable for many users, but the Surface RT makes a better mobile device in many ways.

Five ways the iPad beats the Surface RT – The Surface RT is a well-engineered tablet with a solid OS, but there are still a number of reasons to choose the Apple iPad.

Google Releases Faster, Sleeker Gmail iOS App – Gmail version 2.0 for iOS boasts a sleeker, faster, and easier user experience.

Take a break with five ergonomic notification apps – Jack Wallen highlights apps that remind users to take breaks and practice good ergonomics, and they do this without costing a penny. Check out this TechRepublic gallery.


PayPal phishing scams – take care of yourself online this Christmas – Australian PayPal users are being targeted in what is a now-typical pattern of phishing against the global payment service. The trick is short and simple: you receive an email “acknowledging” a smallish payment.

Android devices in U.S. face more malware attacks than PCs – Android devices are now attacked more often by malware than PCs, according to a report released Tuesday by a cyber security software maker. The 2013 Security Threat Report from Sophos revealed that almost 10 percent of Android devices in the U.S. have experienced a malware attack over a three-month period in 2012, compared to about 6 percent of PCs. The situation is worse in Australia, where more than 10 percent of Android devices have been attacked by malware, compared with about 8 percent for PCs.

The Citadel crimeware kit – under the microscope – Ever since the source code of Zeus/Zbot leaked in May 2011, many new variants have appeared. One particularly prevalent example is Citadel. James Wyke of SophosLabs puts it under the microscope….

Free ebook: 9 Steps to Cybersecurity – 9 Steps to Cybersecurity will take managers through the basics of cybersecurity, explain why safeguarding your information is of strategic importance for your organization, tell how to set the foundations of cybersecurity in an organization and which preparations are needed, and finally, how to plan your cybersecurity and have measurable results. The free ebook is available here (registration required).

Use Instagram on your iPhone? Your account can be hijacked, claims security researcher – A security researcher has published a proof-of-concept attack on Instagram for iOS that would allow malicious users to remotely hijack victims’ accounts, delete or download photos, and tinker with profile details.

How the Tumblr worm spread so quickly – SophosLabs explains how today’s Tumblr worm was able to spread so quickly.

Researcher Uses Attack Email to Modify Network Router Settings – A security researcher has come up with an attack that would allow malicious adversaries to remotely compromise victims’ internal networks just by tricking them into opening up an innocuous looking email on their iPhone, iPad, or Mac devices.

Company News:

Yahoo Acquires Video Chat Startup OnTheAir – Yahoo has acquired California-based video chat start-up OnTheAir in order to expand its mobile offerings.

Verizon Loses Bid to Quash FCC’s Data Roaming Rules – A U.S. appeals court today upheld the FCC’s data roaming rules after a Verizon challenge.

New Facebook ‘Sponsored Stories’ Deal Gets Preliminary Approval – A California judge on Monday gave preliminary approval to a revised settlement deal regarding Facebook’s “Sponsored Stories” product.

Microsoft opens its Socl social-search site to any and all testers – Microsoft is opening up its Socl social-networking research project. On December 4, Microsoft’s FuSE team took the wraps off the redesigned user experience of its Socl social-search project and opening up the beta to anyone who wants to test drive it.

Webopedia Daily:

Searchandizing – The word is a combination of search and merchandizing. It is an electronic commerce term used to describe using your own site search to promote products when users search for certain keywords or phrases, akin to merchandizing a retail store for up-selling, cross-selling or promoting specific merchandise. Also called multi-faceted search.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Should We Consider the Smartphone a Computer? – When the first serious smartphones were invented by Microsoft and others, it was obvious that the pocket computer and the smartphone would come together in one package. The real breakthrough came when Apple reimagined the product in a new and compelling way, which became the standard way of seeing the device. But at what point can we call the modern smartphone a computer?

Scientists Take the Fight to HIV Using Nvidia GPUs – Researchers from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) and Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in Barcelona have been using the volunteer distributed-computing resource to crunch through computing processes at a “level of processing power that once was only available on dedicated, multi-million dollar supercomputers,” Nvidia noted in a blog post Tuesday.

Feds Chime In to Debunk 2012 Doomsday Rumors – If you’re hoping to get out of paying your 2012 taxes thanks to the pending end of the world, think again.

Social media to tear down traditional business power structures – A report by analyst house Gartner predicts that over the next 10 years social media will help dissolve top-down hierarchies inside businesses, leading to more meritocratic organisations.

Today’s Quote:

“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”

–      Steven Wright

Today’s Free Downloads:

Clip Extractor – Clip Extractor’s interface is straightforward and easy to figure out, consisting of a single screen. To save a video you simply copy the YouTube URL, paste it into the appropriate box, and then select the desired screen size and quality. Choose the location on your computer where you want to save the file and click Start Download; a progress meter will show the program’s activity and let you know when it’s done.

ContaCam – ContaCam is Security Surveillance and Live Webcam solution for Windows that supports an unlimited number of WDM, DV and Network cameras. The Motion detection events are presented as animated thumbnails in a web interface through the integrated web server and it’s possible to configure various motion detection actions like FTP upload, send e-mail with attached movement file or run an external program.


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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 5, 2012

  1. delenn13

    Re: Six awesome built-in Windows utilities no one knows about –

    Also has Windows Mail as does Win7…Just Google how to set it up. I got it running and when I find time..gonna get the Calendar running too.

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