Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 10, 2012

Get started using Google Drive for document sharing – Sending file attachments through email is so 1999. Make the switch to share documents using Google Drive and reap the benefits.

Tips to easily find Android tablet software – So, you have a new Android tablet, and you’re anxious to download a bunch of cool apps. Naturally, you go to the Google Play Store and start searching, but there are thousands of applications, and you have no idea which ones are best suited for tablets. What do you do? Unfortunately, there isn’t a perfect solution. Outside of scouring through ever app in the Play Store, you’re best bet is to take a look at these tips and tools that will make the process far easier.

Five lies your TV salesperson will tell you – Using the time-honored tactics of obfuscation, misdirection, and a little bit of fear, the people who try to sell you TVs can hit you with some heavy-duty lies. Now this isn’t to say that all TV sales people are bad, nor that any necessarily do this out of malice (there’s plenty of misinformation out there confused as truth). But when it’s your dollar on the line, being prepared with some facts can only be a good thing.

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City Guides, Offline Maps (for iPhone) – Take’s free mobile app on your next urban weekend getaway. The offline maps for major cities around the world are well worth having, even if the app isn’t stellar at helping you plan a daily site-seeing agenda.

Australia police discourage use of Apple maps app after rescues – Police say they have rescued a half dozen motorists in recent weeks who were using the app to navigate to a city only to find themselves stranded in the wilderness of a national park.

Google Now coming to desktop near you – Google Now is designed to predict your information needs and display them as virtual cards. So when you turn on your phone at home in the morning, Google Now might push the latest weather forecast to you. As you get in your car to drive to work, it will push the latest traffic information on your route to you. It also has a Siri-like voice search function.

The first nine things I do to default settings in Word 2013 – Some of the default settings in Word 2013 just don’t work for him, so before he does anything else Mark Kaelin changes them.

Link Code Change Will Shorten Twitter Character Limit – Twitter developer Jason Costa wrote in a blog post yesterday that the micro-blogging site’s link wrapper will grow from 20 to 22 characters (for HTTP links) and 21 to 23 (for HTTPS links), shortening the amount of possible characters users can tweet in one message. Traditionally, posting a link on Twitter takes up 20 characters, cutting the remaining amount to 120. Now, users will have 118 (or 117 for secure links) to post messages.

Apple vs Android: How tech tribalism is ruining the web – The never-ending stream of “mine’s better than yours” between fans of rival smartphones, tablets and computers is destroying healthy debate about IT. It’s time for the warring factions to put away their cliched arguments and engage in grown-up discussion.

White House to debut on Pinterest with holiday social – The venerable residence of the president will soon begin pinning images and information relating to life inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Iran Launches ‘Mehr,’ Its Own YouTube-Like Video Hub – It’s just one more step in Iran’s attempts to cut out the rest of the Web world by developing its own intranet


Russian hackers hold Gold Coast doctors to ransom – Russian hackers are holding a Gold Coast medical centre to ransom after encrypting thousands of patient health records. The hackers are demanding a ransom of $4,000 to decrypt the sensitive information held on a server at the Miami Family Medical Centre. IT security expert Nigel Phair says this latest attack is a “wake-up call” with businesses around Australia hacked five to 10 times a week. (recommended by Mal C.)

You receive the electronic reservation? Malware attack poses as hotel booking email – Bogus hotel reservation emails have been spammed out widely, which claim to come from but in reality carry malware designed to infect Windows computers.

Networks, not just end users, are urged to guard against bots – AT&T’s CSO, Ed Amoroso, has called on competitors and the U.S. government to help it cope with increasing denial of service (DDOS) attacks over its network, according to the company’s executive director of technology security, Michael Singer. Singer explained in a briefing last week at the company’s Global Network Operations Centre that AT&T has experienced a huge increase in DDOS attacks, which require an increase in capacity on the network to filter bad traffic.

Company News:

Qualcomm adds two Snapdragon CPUs for smartphones – The U.S. chipmaker said it will release the two new CPUs, designed for 3G networks, to its Snapdragon line next year, with samples for phone makers available by June. Qualcomm’s MSM8226 and MSM8626 processors will support features that are now standard in higher-end smartphones such as 1080p high-definition video capture and playback and support for cameras with up to 13-megapixel resolution.

Foxconn considers expanding its manufacturing in the US – Foxconn Technology Group, which manufactures technology products for a number of firms, notably Apple, confirms it may expand its existing manufacturing operations in the U.S. The move could be linked with Apple’s plan to bring Mac manufacturing back into the country.

IBM pushes silicon photonics with on-chip optics – Big Blue researchers have figured out how to use standard manufacturing processes to make chips with built-in optical links that can transfer 25 gigabits of data per second.

Tablet sales jump, pushed by the iPad mini and Android devices – The latest predictions from researcher IDC show a continuing increase in tablet sales from the end of 2012 all the way through 2016, according to the company’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.

Video Game Sales Drop Despite Wii U, Black Ops 2 Launches – The video game industry faced another tough month in November, despite the launch of Nintendo’s Wii U console, according to The NPD Group.

Webopedia Daily:

Apache Hadoop – Hadoop, formally called Apache Hadoop, is an Apache Software Foundation project and open source software platform for scalable, distributed computing. Hadoop can provide fast and reliable analysis of both structured data and unstructured data. Given its capabilities to handle large data sets, it’s often associated with the phrase big data.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Complaints on Facebook get mall Santa fired – A Santa who might well have been slightly misanthropic is fired by a mall in Portland, Maine after parents plague the Mall’s Facebook page with whining.

10 predictions for open source in 2013 – The end of 2012 is in sight, and predictions about the new year are starting to run rampant. Jack Wallen weighs in with his open source forecast for 2013.

How sound works on Google’s Project Glass – Project Glass headsets are designed to rest on your ear in the same way a pair of glasses would. The headsets extends for about two inches beyond the ear, resting on the mastoid process just behind your ear. The speaker on Project Glass headsets play directly onto the mastoid process, which is connected to your middle ear. As sound plays from the speaker, the user is able to hear soft tones played quiet enough that no one else nearby can hear. In theory this means that when a user gets a notification, only they are aware of it.

Futility Closet: Divine Guidance – An idler’s miscellany of compendious amusements. (recommended by Michael F.)

Ada Lovelace honoured by Google doodle – Google’s latest doodle celebrates the 197th birthday of Ada Lovelace, the 19th century mathematician and daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron. Often described as world’s first computer programmer, Lovelace showed a keen interst in mathematical studies from an early age and was taught by her mother, Annabella, who was also a gifted mathematician. (recommended by Michael F.)

MIT prof says Windows 8 is the perfect gift for people you hate, we disagree – Philip Greenspun is a respected figure in the computer science world. He’s also a certified flight instructor, helps run a non-profit, and still teaches the occasional programming course at MIT. He also really, really doesn’t like Windows 8. In fact, he says that Windows 8 is the “perfect gift for someone you hate.” His opening sentence sets the tone: “Suppose that you are an expert user of Windows NT/XP/Vista/7, an expert user of an iPad, and an expert user of an Android phone… you will have no idea how to use Windows 8.”

Today’s Quote:

“Underpromise; overdeliver.”

–      Tom Peters

Today’s Free Downloads:

Moo0 FileShredder 1.18 – Moo0 FileShredder lets you easily erase your private / secret files perfectly off your HDD. This program is designed to be very easy to use, you just need to drag and drop your private files / folders onto the window.

4k Video Downloader 2.5 – 4k Video Downloader allows you to download video from YouTube in the highest quality and as fast as possible. Application is completely free, open source and cross-platform.


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