Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 11, 2012

13 Chrome apps that can replace desktop software – Can you get all your work done without ever leaving your web browser? We test a suite of Chrome extensions to see if they’re up to the task.

Instagram Update Boosts Camera Features, Adds New Filter – Attention all Instagram fans. It’s time to get excited ? the popular photo-sharing app you know and love is about to get even better.

Turn Your FreeNAS Box Into the Ultimate Anonymous Downloading Machine – A low-powered home server is one of the best ways to download files with BitTorrent and Usenet, but if you really want to stay safe on file sharing services, you need to anonymize your traffic. Here’s how to turn your FreeNAS box into the ultimate downloading machine so you can download safely and monitor its activity from anywhere.

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What is ‘Game mode’? – If you’ve bought a TV in the last few years, it’s likely that TV has a “Game mode.” As you’ve discovered (or will discover, now that you’re looking for it), this is not some super-secret hiding place for Angry Birds. That’s a different section.

Google Offering $99 Chromebook for Schools – Google today announced a charity initiative that will offer a $99 Chromebook for schools, now through the holiday season.

Pixengo: New iPhone App lets your photos do the talking! – An innovative new App is allowing users to add thoughts and emotions to still images by fusing them with 30 second sound bites.

Safe online shopping: 10 tips to avoid getting burned – It’s quick, convenient and generally hassle-free. But online shopping still bears a few risks, so learn how to protect yourself before you buy.

6 Sites for Making Holiday Cards – This holiday season, ditch the hackneyed store-bought greetings cards and design your own to add wit, sarcasm, or words of gratitude.

Top 5 internal drives to make your PC like new – Your system deserves a worthy upgrade. CNET editor Dong Ngo picks the best internal drives for 2012.

Top 15 Google Easter eggs of 2012 – Each year, the great tech prankster Google hides tons of Easter Eggs in its products—from its search engine and email service to its Android operating system and Google Maps. And each year we try to find them all. Here’s this year’s crop of Easter Eggs, pranks, interactive doodles, and tricks.

Gmail hiccups, Internet panics – If you had trouble logging into Gmail on Monday, you weren’t alone. The popular e-mail client hiccupped intermittently throughout the morning due to what Google called a “service disruption.” It is unclear how many users were affected.

Browse the Web via keyboard – This browser extension lets Chrome and Safari users ditch their mouse or touch pad when Web surfing.


Low Detection Rates Mar Google Android Application Verification Service – The new service determines whether applications installed on Android devices are malicious, yet in comparisons with 10 leading antivirus engines, and even Google’s newly acquired VirusTotal scanner, the new service detects at best 20 percent of Android malware.

Apps Collect ‘Alarming’ Amount of Data About Kids, FTC Finds – Mobile apps are siphoning an “alarming” amount of data about kids without disclosure, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Australian Defence Force Academy in stinkingly bad password breach – The Australian Defence Force Academy is the latest high-profile organisation to become embroiled in a data breach. The breach revealed names, birthdates, and some…well, some stinkingly bad passwords.

Microsoft boosts security for –, the new webmail service that Microsoft is previewing and that will replace Hotmail, has gained security boosts against phishing and spam. The new safety features come via support for the DMARC email authentication standard and for EV Certificates, which are designed to strengthen SSL certificates, Microsoft said on Monday.

Complaint from Better Business Bureau really contains malware attack – Malware has been spammed out widely, claiming to come from the Better Business Bureau. Be on your guard.

Beware of Bitcoin miner posing as Trend Micro AV – Malware almost always comes in disguise, but some malware peddlers try to do a better job than others. Trend Micro researchers have recently uncovered a piece of malware that tried to pass itself off as “Trend Micro AntiVirus Plus AntiSpyware”. Unfortunately for those who get fooled, the software in question is a Trojan that creates the process svchost.exe and downloads additional malicious components.

Team GhostShell leaks 1.6M account details – Hacker collective Team GhostShell, which has recently specialized in massive data leaks, has done it again and made public 1.6 million account details allegedly stolen from over 30 websites. Many are well known globally such as NASA and the (relatively recently compromised) European Space Agency, while others are more familiar to people working in the specific industries (World Airport Transfers, Crestwood Technology Group, Texas Bankers, Hamamatsu, the Global Business Network, and more).

Aramco Hack Aimed at Curbing Oil Production – An August attack on the Saudi Arabian national oil company, Aramco, was reportedly launched in order to hinder oil production at the world’s most valuable company, according to a report published in the New York Times yesterday.

Company News:

RIM Releases BBM 7 With Free Wi-Fi Voice Calling – Research In Motion continues to try to sweeten the pot for BlackBerry users, today releasing a BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) update to the public. BBM Version 7, formerly available only in beta, comes with BBM Voice — RIM’s answer to free voice calls over Wi-Fi.

Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.1 released – The product incorporates new anti-exploit technologies, in both its free and pro editions, which detect and neutralize malware that exploits zero-day vulnerabilities in applications like Office, Adobe or Java as an infection vector.

Novosoft Releases Brand New Handy Backup – Novosoft, one of the leading providers of data backup and recovery solutions worldwide, announced the release of Handy Backup 7.3.1. The new version of the acclaimed software backup platform features an enhanced versioning engine, facilitates backing up to popular Online storage services (Yandex.disk, 4shared, and others), and has numerous architectural improvements aimed at creating the ultimate cross-platform Windows-Linux backup utility.

Quora, LinkedIn Deal Takes Your Expertise to Wider Audience – Question-and-answer site Quora wants to help land you a job – or at least make some new contacts. The company announced a new integration with LinkedIn, which will make it easier to share professional knowledge and expertise.

Intel Ready to Take On ARM With 22nm Chips – Intel has been slow to crack the mobile device market, but the company may have some new tricks up its sleeve which, combined with one very old one, could result in next-generation x86-based processors that give the dominant ARM architecture a serious run for its money.

Webopedia Daily:

Routing – In internetworking, the process of moving a packet of data from source to destination. Routing is usually performed by a dedicated device called a router. Routing is a key feature of the Internet because it enables messages to pass from one computer to another and eventually reach the target machine. Each intermediary computer performs routing by passing along the message to the next computer. Part of this process involves analyzing a routing table to determine the best path.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The Most Common Grammar Gaffes Writers Make (and How To Avoid Them) – It’s easy for authors to make these mistakes because editing, particularly copy editing, is a different skill from writing. Whether you’re self-publishing a novel, writing a blog, or typing a term paper, here are the ten gaffes I’ve come across most often and how to avoid them.

The Undetectable Firearms Act and 3D-printed guns (FAQ) – They might come for your plastic gun, but they’re not coming for your 3D printer just yet.

What’s the perfect device for our disrupted world? – Do we need a new kind of “everything” device, for living, traveling, and working?

Augmented Reality Is Revolutionizing the Publishing Industry (Finally!) – After years of incubation, it is finally clear that AR is going to transform our mobile computing experiences.

Google: World Cartographers – Apple Maps is not only awful, but dangerous. As far as revolutionary navigation systems go, Google reigns supreme.

Today’s Quote:

“I am a drinker with writing problems.”

–     Brendan Behan

Today’s Free Downloads:

Blender 2.65 – Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.

Wise Folder Hider 1.31 – Wise Folder Hider is a free file/folder hiding tool. User can use it to hide files and folders on local partitions or removable devices.



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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 11, 2012

  1. Thanks Bill. Lots of good stuff here. I went through Chrome and added a ton of things. I’d never even thought to look there. Now, will I ever remember to use them?

  2. hipockets

    Bill, here’s a site you should take a look at (if you haven’t already): There’s a lot of useful information and tips.

    Here’s a list of the topics covered:
    Security Guide
    Security Tips
    Useful Security Resources
    Free Security Software
    Security Checklist
    Malware Analysis
    Malware Removal Guide
    Public Block Lists
    Backup Guide
    Fix Slow Computer
    Fix Internet Connection
    Fix Windows Startup

    • Hey Hipockets,

      Thanks for that – very nice site with lots of info and tips, as you say. Just added this one to the Blogroll (so, a bit of added “thanks”). 🙂