Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 8, 2013

Top ten email terms used by shady corporations and fraudsters – Up to no good? Stay away from “cover up,” “failed investment” and “nobody will find out,” — the FBI’s on to you.

CES Coverage Mania – Be wary of reporters passing off product press releases as news stories at CES. What baffles me about this show is that the coverage turns out to be little more than advertisements for various products, with no actual analysis. It’s a free ride for the companies. Their spokespeople say whatever they want and it gets reported as gospel. Nobody is actually reviewing anything. They are reporting on the existence of products in a very promotional way. These companies should be buying advertisements.

Windows RT can be tweaked to run desktop apps, hacker says – Running traditional desktop apps on Windows RT may be one step closer to reality, thanks to a vulnerability that a hacker claims lets you run any desktop app on the ARM version of Windows. A hacker called ‘clrokr’ recently detailed the Windows RT exploit, which requires manipulating a part of Windows RT’s system memory that governs whether unsigned apps can run.

Doesn’t privacy start with you? – Paranoia, anger, and fear–all posted on a status update. Why don’t you just change your privacy settings?

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Google Pushes for ‘Paperless 2013’ – Been struggling to make your business paperless? Here’s how Google and other companies are spearheading the paperless office initiative.

Lifehacker: How I Went Completely Paperless in Two Days – When you look at the piles of paper you’ve stored for years, going paperless feels daunting. Not only do you have to scan everything, but you have to catalogue it, too. While you can’t escape the task itself, a Doxie portable scanner—combined with the free, awesome Evernote software—can make the process a whole lot easier.

Guardian on the Go may work better than 911 – Guardian on the Go, a mobile application launched today on iPhone, gives people immediate access to a network of trusted contacts and professional services when they’re confronted with an emergency situation. The iPhone application, made by Proteg-Go, is designed to work in all crisis situations, natural disasters and medical emergencies included, and offers people a one-click way to get help faster than if they were to dial 9-1-1.

The biggest news from CES so far – We break down the most important news and interesting tidbits at the end of Press Day at CES 2013.

iSmartAlarm secures your home with help from your phone – Home security systems evoke images of sophisticated surveillance equipment sold by security companies and installed by blue-suited specialists. But thanks in part to the smartphone, less complicated, Internet-connected home security concepts are becoming more available and popular.

Work it: LinkedIn endorsements explained – The way we find jobs and pitch ourselves to prospective employers is changing rapidly, and LinkedIn is trying to help you stay ahead of the game. The “social network for professionals” recently introduced a new feature called Endorsements that, with a little help from your coworkers and close friends, can help you catch the eye of recruiters who are short on time but long on candidates.


Best Browser for Blocking Fraud? Opera! – In the movies, hackers work hard breaking into electronic networks to steal passwords. In the real world, they just politely ask for your credentials using a phishing website designed to look exactly like a valid financial website. If you log in to the fake website, you compromise your own security.

Fake “Facebook Security Team” account asks for your credentials – An account posing as that of the Facebook Security Team has been spotted sending warnings to page administrators, trying to fool them into believing that their Facebook account will be suspended due to a violation of the social network’s Terms of Service:

5 key security threats in 2013 – Hacking-as-a-service and the exploitation of HTML5 security pitfalls are among the threats set to gain prominence in the security scene this year

Smart octogenarian foils scammer who said he would buy item via PayPal – A man in his eighties tries to sell a generator for his friend online. When a potential buyer asks to send his payment through via PayPal – what could possibly go wrong?

Company News:

Seagate releases storage device with Smart TV app – Seagate announced the first storage device to feature a Smart TV app for access to files on the big screen. Seagate Central delivers automatic backup for the entire home, access to digital movies and music from networked devices, as well as remote access from outside a home network.

Intel and McAfee to deliver consumer-centric online security – This user-centric approach will deliver a comprehensive and valuable service offering that helps meet the evolving needs of consumers as they enjoy their digital lives, anywhere, from any device. The first of these personalized security offerings from McAfee is available in beta to partners, with a consumer version of the product available mid-year 2013.

Apple Reaches 40 Billion App Store Downloads – Apple on Monday morning announced that its App Store hit the 40 billion app download mark. Even more impressive — half of those downloads were logged in 2012 alone, and the figure doesn’t include app re-downloads or updates.

Opera Software Updates TV Web App Store at CES 2013 – Norway-based software house Opera is best known for its mobile browser. But the company is also a large if mostly unseen force in big-name TV sets, providing not only Web content but general interface code, too. Today, at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, Opera unveiled new versions of both its Opera TV Store and the Opera Devices SDK.

AT&T Tackles On-Demand Video With ‘Screen Pack’ – AT&T is going up against Netflix and the Verizon-backed Redbox Instant with its own on-demand video service, dubbed Screen Pack. For $5 per month, AT&T U-verse customers will be able to tap into Screen Pack on U-verse TV,, and the U-verse smartphone and tablet apps.

Warning: mobile apps can lose you customers, Forrester says – Forrester has warned companies that if they don’t properly invest in a mobile application strategy, other companies with convenient and useful applications will attract customers to their services.

Webopedia Daily:

Cytizenship – A slang term used to describe the feeling of belonging in cyberspace. For example, this could be owning real estate in cyberspace, such as a domain name. It is also used to describe interactions of people in cyberspace through blogs, chat rooms, instant messaging, discussion forums and other places where people can communicate online.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Tethercell magically turns AA batteries into Bluetooth devices – Traditional batteries may never be the same again since Tetherboard displayed its working Tethercell prototype at CES 2013. It embeds Bluetooth into a traditional AA battery form.

Hiding secret messages in Skype silences – A group of researchers from the Institute of Telecommunications of the Warsaw University of Technology have devised a way to send and receive messages hidden in the data packets used to represent silences during a Skype call.

‘All My Children,’ ‘One Life To Live’ Returning Online – The soaps will get a second chance as the anchor programs on The Online Network.

IRS begins accepting DocuSign on 25 million annual forms – A deal with DocuSign means that anyone filing a request for income verification — meaning most people applying for a mortgage — can sign electronically.

John McAfee says he infected laptops with malware, spied and stole passwords from Belize officials – John McAfee claims he gave Belize officials cheap laptops that had been deliberately pre-infected with keylogging spyware, and ran a team of 23 women to seduce and spy on his intended targets.

U.S. Marijuana Laws Ricochet Through Latin America – President Obama has yet to deliver a clear response to the November decision by Colorado and Washington to legalize recreational marijuana use — asked whether the government would enforce federal laws that override the verdict of those states’ referendums, he answered simply that he has “bigger fish to fry.” But leaders from across Latin America responded within days of the Colorado and Washington vote, demanding a review of drug-war policies that have mired the region in violence.

Today’s Quote:

“If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can’t be done.”

–      Peter Ustinov

Today’s Free Downloads:

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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 8, 2013

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  2. Dave B.

    In RE: Tethercell; That’s actually pretty cool! Why can’t I think up things like that. You will have tons of dumb devices that just got a bit smarter.

    • Hey Dave,

      I hear ya – no, I really do! So simple – yet, so practical. A huge market just waiting to jump on this. I think I need some inspiration – how about you? 🙂