12 Security Resolutions for 2013 – Among your typical New Year’s resolutions—lose weight, stop smoking, be happier – you should consider making some pledges to better secure your digital life. You might even be healthier if you can prevent the stress of a digital disaster, like malware wiping out your PC, having your online accounts hacked, or becoming a victim of identity theft because of a phishing scam or data theft. With that in mind, here are some security resolutions you should consider for the new year.
Dad hires hit men to kill son’s video game characters – Some fathers are overbearing. Some, however, decide that enforcing parental law requires radical action. Such as hiring an assassin. It does seem extreme. But a certain Mr. Feng of China might offer mitigating circumstances. His son was allegedly being terribly disobedient and the assassins were hired merely to murder Feng Jr.’s video game character.
Google’s FTC Deal: What You Need to Know – Since mid-2011, the Federal Trade Commission has been investigating Google’s business to determine whether the company is manipulating its search results, using dirty tricks to crush rivals, and generally just being evil.
Skype disables People Hub in latest Windows Phone 8 release – Microsoft’s Skype has disabled People Hub in the latest version of its application for Windows Phone 8 because the feature has reportedly been causing issues with device stability.
Google Restoring Maps Access on Windows Phones – Google said today that it is working to restore access to Google Maps on Windows Phone-based gadgets. The search giant blamed the blackout on a poor maps experience on Microsoft’s mobile platform.
Technology comes with lessons for parents – Technology can lead to trouble for teenagers if they aren’t careful, and for parents teaching their kids how to use their gadgets appropriately can be a difficult task. One thing that is clear is that the more communication between parent and child, the better. Two recent stories are proof of that. One makes you wonder what everyone involved was thinking and the other is a good example of a parent determined to make sure her son responsibly uses a new gadget.
Wise Care 365 Free – Free system care and cleaning utilities aren’t uncommon these days, so there are plenty of choices. WiseCleaner’s Wise Care 365 Free offers a PC Checkup, System Tune-up, Privacy Protector, and Wise Utilities. You can schedule cleaning and optimizing sessions and back up and restore your settings. Wise Care 365 Free’s job is to prevent unpleasant surprises by keeping your system clean and tight. Recent updates include improvements to the Startup Manager and full Windows 8 compatibility.
Six tips to know before converting your old electronics into cash – Don’t count on a Hawaiian vacation for your efforts, but depending on how much you hoard or how savvy you sell, the dollars could really add up.
Time Magazine: 10 Tech-Industry Predictions for 2013 – From new innovations, changes in the PC landscape and mobile technology transforming the way people work, learn, communicate and play, this should be a most interesting year in the world of technology.
Facebook won’t donate money for boy’s life-saving surgery after he saved his sister from rapist. Because it’s a hoax – Seriously – would Facebook really donate 45 cents every time someone shares a story about a boy saving his six-year-old sister from rape? Please don’t believe everything you read on Facebook.
Wayward security certificates raise question of SSL reliability – As consumers, we’ve been taught to trust the padlock icon that appears on the address bar of our browsers. We’re told it’s a sign our communication with a website is safe. But an incident this week involving Google and a Turkish security company belies that notion.
Brace for more attacks on industrial systems in 2013 – An increasing number of vulnerability researchers will focus their attention on industrial control systems (ICS) in the year to come, but so will cyber attackers, security experts believe.
Windows laptop sales sink — but that’s just part of the problem – Windows 8 laptop sales are hardly on fire. Maybe the absence of the dirt-cheap netbook has something to do with that.
Apple could launch ‘iPhone Mini’ next year, analyst says – In its ongoing battle against Samsung, Apple may be forced to unveil a smaller, cheaper version of its flagship phone, says Strategy Analytics.
Dropped call: At CES, mobile’s biggies are conspicuous by their absence – Many of the big names in wireless continue to shy away from the Consumer Electronics Show, or limit their presence. That leaves an opening for the second-tier players.
Structured Data – Data can be designated as structured or unstructured data for classification within an organization. The term structured data refers to data that is identifiable because it is organized in a structure. The most common form of structured data — or structured data records (SDR) — is a database where specific information is stored based on a methodology of columns and rows. Structured data is also searchable by data type within content. Structured data is understood by computers and is also efficiently organized for human readers. In contrast, unstructured data has no identifiable structure.
Off Topic (Sort of):
20 biggest tech innovations of my lifetime that I actually use – If you were to make a list of the biggest tech innovations that you use personally, what might it include? Here’s my list.
Imagining Mars in life-filled days gone by – Using data from NASA, and plenty of imagination, a software engineer takes the red out of the Red Planet and shows what Mars might’ve looked like decked out in oceans and greenery.
Finally, a well-dressed Wal-Mart shopper! (Thanks Mike.)
NASA Puts Shuttle Facilities on Auction Block – It’s not the same as an eBay auction, but if you happen to have a bit of extra cash lying around and fancy yourself a launchpad for the space shuttle, or a 15,000-foot landing strip (presumably also for a space shuttle that you plan to send into orbit), then NASA is ready to entertain your bids.
What does the International Space Station sound like? – Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is beaming sounds from the ISS, including an original tune on guitar and the tones of a toilet starting.
On the Acoustics of Cocktail Parties – In 1958, acoustician William MacLean of the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn answered a perennial question: How many guests can attend a cocktail party before it becomes too noisy for conversation? (recommended by Michael F.)
“The spread of computers and the Internet will put jobs in two categories. People who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do.”
– Marc Andreessen
Today’s Free Downloads:
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HTTPNetworkSniffer 1.22 – HTTPNetworkSniffer is a packet sniffer tool that captures all HTTP requests/responses sent between the Web browser and the Web server and displays them in a simple table. You can easily select one or more HTTP information lines, and then export them to text/html/xml/csv file.