Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 20, 2012

12 Tips for Troubleshooting Your Internet Connection – Here are some quick fixes for your most common wireless Internet and router problems.

Twitter Finally Letting Users Download Old Tweets – Twitter is finally making good on a promise it made months ago to let users download a record of every single tweet they ever posted.

CloudOn: Microsoft Office on the iPhone, Right Now – An iPad app which provides access to genuine Office programs comes to the iPhone. A startup called CloudOn already has an iPad app which lets you run the real Windows editions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, hosted on one of its remote servers, for free. It competes with OnLive’s OnLive Desktop, and also runs on Android tablets.

Getting started with 23snaps, an Instagram for parents – If you use Instagram primarily to share pictures of your kids with family and friends and are cutting ties with the Facebook-owned app, then you might find 23snaps a suitable replacement.

ZDNet: 10 hottest Five Apps lists of 2012 – The most popular Five Apps lists of 2012 tend to focus on Microsoft Windows and Office – how to make them better, safer or obsolete.

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Don’t blame Instagram users — blame Instagram – The tech press says users are at fault for this week’s terms-of-service debacle. Ignore them. the fracas has revealed something ugly in the way that many in the tech press blame average people for Instagram’s mistake. Somehow the botched rollout of a business model has been painted as the fault of the service’s 100 million users.

Most Popular Lifehacker Videos of 2012 – Just a little over two years ago, Lifehacker only had six videos in its Youtube Channel. As we near the end of 2012, that number has grown to 720. Which ones were the most popular this year? Read on to find out.

Microsoft courts Google Apps users with free Office 365 trial – In an attempt to woo users of Google Apps, Microsoft yesterday tripled the length of its Office 365 Small Business free trial from 30 to 90 days. The deal—pegged “P1” in Microsoft’s current stable of subscription plans—offers cloud-based email, shared calendars and Web-based Office app access to up to 10 employees. Normally, P1 costs $72 per user per year.

Twitter temporarily turns out the lights on Anonymous account – After the hacker group allegedly posted a photo of an individual’s private information, its Twitter account goes dark and then is later restored.

The Windows 8 Store is broken: Here’s how to fix it – It’s been two months since the Windows Store launched, and the experience is still pretty rough. More apps aren’t the answer to the problems, in most cases. Joel lays out the issues, and how to fix them.


Android phones hijacked for botnet – If you’ve downloaded any free Android games recently and don’t have an unlimited SMS plan, you may be in for a nasty surprise when the next phone bill hits the mat.

FTC tightens privacy rules for kids’ apps – The Federal Trade Commission will tighten its regulation of mobile apps for kids next year after a recent survey revealed that privacy leaks were common. The new rules, which go into effect in July, require websites and apps geared toward children to obtain parental consent before tracking kids’ behavior or collecting photos, videos, or other identifying information.

2,100 Sex Offenders Pulled From Online Gaming Platforms – New York’s attorney general today announced that 2,100 registered sex offenders have been kicked off various online gaming platforms as part of an effort known as “Operation: Game Over.” Earlier this year, the accounts of 3,500 additional offenders were removed from platforms operated by Microsoft, Apple, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Disney Interactive Media Group, and Warner Brothers.

Apache malware targeting online banking – Analysis of a malicious Apache module, detected by ESET as Linux/Chapro.A, found that the world’s most widely used web server, Apache, is being used to carry out these attacks, injecting malicious content into web pages served by an infected Linux server, without the knowledge of the website owner.

FTC Demands Companies Disclose How They Gather, Use Consumer Data – The Federal Trade Commission Tuesday demanded nine data brokerage companies turn over details on how they collect and use consumer information as part of an inquiry into the industry’s business practices.

88% of corporate databases vulnerable to cybercrime – GreenSQL revealed that 88 percent of all companies participating in its December survey do not protect their databases from both external and internal threats, and almost one fifth do nothing to protect their databases at all.

Sweet Orange Exploit Kit Offers Customers Higher Infection Rates – The newly emerging Sweet Orange Exploit Kit boasts a 10 to 25 percent infection rate and is promising to drive 150,000 unique visitors per day to the websites of its customers, according to Jeff Doty and Chris Larsen of Blue Coat Security.

Company News:

Dropbox snaps up SnapJoy photo service – Dropbox has bought SnapJoy, a Boulder Colo.-based photo aggregator that launched a year-and-a-half ago. Wednesday’s announced purchase helps Dropbox enhance its position as a photography as well as a general file sharing powerhouse.

Nintendo’s TVii Launches Dec. 20 on Wii U – Nintendo will release its free, integrated TVii remote control service to Wii U owners. The free, integrated service for the new Wii U console combines what viewers watch with how they watch it, creating a second-screen experience on the Wii U GamePad controller.

Redbox Instant launches private beta for video streaming – The streaming service that’s aimed to compete with Netflix rolls out a private beta inviting users to test the service for free for one month.

Google planning cheaper Nexus 7, report claims – Google is planning low-ball itself with an even cheaper Nexus 7, according to an Asia-based report. Google and Asus wowed consumers with the $199 Nexus 7 and now they’re aiming at price points below $150, ultimately going as low as $99, according to Taipei-based Digitimes, citing sources at display component maker O-Film Tech.

Internet advertising revenue hits $9.2 billion in Q3 2012 – Up 18 percent from last year, the revenue is the most spent in a single quarter, the Interactive Advertising Bureau says.

Webopedia Daily:

Cloud Backup Solutions – Cloud backup solutions enable enterprises or individuals to store their data and computer files on the Internet using a storage service provider, rather than storing the data locally on a physical disk, such as a hard drive or tape backup. Backup providers enable customers to remotely access the service using a secure client log in application to back up files from the customer’s computers or data center to the online storage server using an encrypted connection.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The Web of Things: A web-connected world of smart devices – Ryan Boudreaux illustrates what is meant by the Web of Things with real-world implementations and an example of where the future of WoT is taking us.

Save the Earth! – By the Chevron Station on 45th in Wallingford, Connecticut, USA. (suggested by Michael F.)

Dvorak: Was 2012 the Year of Tech Blunders? – Allow me to deflate EE Times’ list of the top 10 tech blunders in 2012.

Australian university to issue 11,000 iPads next year – Initiative is part of a curriculum overhaul at the University of Western Sydney that will stress a “blended learning model.”

Email: Middle aged and still going strong – Email celebrated its 41st birthday recently, yet despite its age new research shows that its use is unlikely to significantly wane for at least the next decade.

Today’s Quote:

“Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it.

–       James A. Garfield

Today’s Free Downloads:

Puush – There are plenty of screenshot tools out there with different strengths; some aim for simplicity, while others include full-featured image editors for annotating and manipulating your screenshots. The biggest strength of Puush is that it can automatically upload your screenshots and share them with others. We think this program is a great choice for people who need an easy way to store and distribute their screenshots.

Comodo Personal Firewall – Secure your system against internal attacks such as Trojan viruses / malicious software and external attacks by hackers. With a user-friendly single click interface you can allow or block access to the Internet offering complete immunity to attacks and total protection of your personal information. Real time traffic monitoring enables you to react instantly to threats and identify bandwidth bottlenecks.

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