Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 27, 2013

Facebook, Instagram Ask More Users to Verify Accounts with Photo IDs – No, it’s not a clever phishing scam — if Facebook or Instagram suspends your account and wants to see your photo ID, you’ll have to send in a picture.

Never lose your smartphone photos, enable a free auto-upload service – It used to be quite a chore to find, backup, and share your camera phone photos, but today there are clients that make the process automatic so you should never lose any photos taken with your smartphone. There are multiple free solutions so get at least one installed and setup on your smartphone today.

How Oracle installs deceptive software with Java updates – Oracle’s Java plugin for browsers is a notoriously insecure product. Over the past 18 months, the company has released 11 updates, six of them containing critical security fixes. With each update, Java actively tries to install unwanted software. Here’s what it does, and why it has to stop.

A Home For All Of Your Favorite Websites, Links, Recipes, Images, Podcasts, Videos And more! – QuickLinkr is a cloud based bookmarking service that gives you the ability to keep all of your bookmarks in one place, that is available from any device, anywhere, any time! QuickLinkr is currently in beta.

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Twitter’s Vine App: How to Use It – How do you get in on the Vine action? Here’s how to create and share your own Vines.

‘Vinepeek’ site taps Twitter’s Vine to put humanity on parade – A new Web site strings together one 6-second Vine clip after another and serves up a mesmerizingly endless stream of human experiences.

Infographic: Predicting the Future of Tech – Have you ever wished that your tablet could identify smells, or that you could upload the contents of your brain onto a computer? Perhaps you’re holding out hope for purely automated, driverless cars. Just give it time, according to a BBC-compiled infographic about the future of technology.

Google’s ‘transparency report’ doesn’t reveal everything – Google’s Transparency Reports, released every six months, are interesting not just for what they reveal about government requests for Internet user data, but also for what they do not reveal.

Palm-size MeCam drone streams video to your smartphone – When hearing the phrase “surveillance drone,” most people probably think of large-scale unmanned flying aircraft deployed by the military or federal government. However, not all flying drones that are able to stream video are large aircraft. Take the Palm-sized MeCam, for example. This relatively small flying surveillance drone is capable of following you around and streaming video to a smartphone.

Woman Sues after Date Tries to Murder Her – Here’s the story of a date that’s probably not going to make it into one of’s television ads. In her official complaint, Beckman claimed that the site led her to believe that she’d end up in a ”stable and loving relationship with another member” and didn’t properly warn her about the dangers of meeting ”an individual whose intentions are not to find a mate, but to find victims to kill or rape.”

Why Facebook Makes You Feel Bad About Yourself – No surprise — those Facebook photos of your friends on vacation or celebrating a birthday party that can make you feel lousy.

Phablets craze goes bigger and adds dual SIM support – Samsung’s phone and tablet hybrid, the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, was the new kid on the block in 2011, but these days there is plenty of competition. Big, sleek and dual SIM support seems to be in. The phablet craze is on and you can expect to see more entries at Mobile World Congress next month.

Google+ moves up to second place in social networks – Facebook still has a massive lead, but Google+, with 343-million active users, is now the second most popular social network.

New video standard is expected to be a bandwidth buster – The new video codec, called High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) or H.265, will “considerably ease the burden on global networks where, by some estimates, video accounts for more than half of bandwidth use,” stated the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the multilateral standards body that approved use of HEVC Friday.


Malwarebytes mimic site ‘Malwarebiter(dot)com’ hosts fake anti-malware product and spreads malware – A product known as ‘Malwarebiter’ is being advertised as the ‘Worlds Greatest Anti-Malware Software’ is actually fake Anti-Malware software that detects legitimate files as malware (i.e. False Positives) and fails to detect any real malware. The current detection ratio for a single sample of the downloaded malware, according to VirusTotal, is 6/46:

In Swartz protest, Anon hacks U.S. site, threatens leaks – Saying “a line was crossed” with the treatment of tech activist Aaron Swartz, the group hacks a government site related to the justice system and distributes encrypted files it says it will decrypt unless demands are met.

5 Minute Security Tip: Stop. Think. Connect – The quickest, easiest, and least expensive thing you can do to help make your computer, and yourself be safer on the Internet, is to modify how you use the Internet. It involves thinking about the potential ramifications of each action taken while using the net. It’s natural that as we mature as individuals, as we live life, we become more thoughtful of our actions and potential reactions to our decisions.

Not-so anonymous Anonymouses head off to prison over PayPal DDoS – Four young Englishmen who went on an Anonymous rampage back in 2010 weren’t as anonymous as they might have hoped. They were traced, identified and arrested…now two of them are on their not-so-anonymous way to prison.

Company News:

HP declares legal war on makers of alternative printer cartridges – HP has reached settlements with two companies in Poland that make replacement cartridges for its printers, and is taking a third to court.

AT&T will buy mobile spectrum from Verizon for $1.9 billion – AT&T will pay cash and trade AWS (advanced wireless services) spectrum for the B block of the 700MHz spectrum, the company said. Verizon will gain AWS spectrum licenses in several markets, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Portland, Oregon, AT&T said in a press release. Verizon posted strong earnings for the last quarter of 2012.

Sony Launches Web-Based PlayStation Store – The Sony Entertainment Network online store is now open to gamers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Brazil.

Intel bringing ‘Yolo’ smartphone to untapped foreign markets – Intel, in partnership with integrated communications provider Safaricom, announced a new entry-level smartphone designed for developing markets this week, dubbing the device the “Yolo.” The Yolo will be an Android-based device, though the company did not indicate which version of the mobile platform would be used. It will also have a 3.5-inch screen, HSPA+ capability and support for global roaming.

Web services battleground heads to Africa – In the latest example of how Africa is becoming an important battleground for Western and Asian tech competitors, Web services giant Baidu will face off against Google following the Chinese company’s move last week to bring its mobile browser to the continent in a deal with France Telecom’s Orange unit.

Smartphone market leaders could lose their grip – Just five years ago, the global epicenters of the mobile phone universe included Finland and Canada, where Nokia and Research In Motion are headquartered. But what will the mobile market look like five years from now?

Webopedia Daily:

Data center economizer – In data center terminology an air economizer is part of the data center cooling infrastructure. An air economizer can reduce data center power consumption by leveraging cooler outdoor air temperatures to cool the hardware and facility. In a typical scenario, air economizers draw in cool air from outside and expel hot air (generated inside the facility) outdoors, instead of cooling and recirculating the hot air from servers. Water economizers can also be used to remove heat from the chilled water loop by a heat exchange process with outdoor air.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The Dunbar Number, From The Guru of Social Networks – Profile of Robin Dunbar, deviser of the Dunbar Number, which holds that for most human activities — forming tribes, making friends, sending Christmas cards, using Facebook — the largest manageable in-group is 150 people. It’s a function of brain size. The smaller the brain, the smaller the number.

Cracked: 5 Common Crime Fighting Tactics (Statistics Say Don’t Work) – Sure, we’ve come a long way since the days of hanging warty women for consorting with the devil, but that doesn’t mean our justice system has made it all the way out of the dark ages. Lots of what you see police doing on Law & Order is based on techniques that are proven to not work so well. But change is hard, so the system stays the same, even though …

The overconfidence problem – The cult of me continues…data from a survey of US freshmen shows increasing perceptions of being ‘above average’: Are they deluded or the greatest generation?

The Smartphone Have-Nots – Brisk, clear account of rival theories about why inequality has widened so much in America over past 30 years. Technological change, say some. Government policies to deregulate markets, say others. Good piece, but would be better still if it risked a more decisive conclusion.

Has The Ideas Machine Broken Down? – This modern age is great at producing incrementally jazzier gadgets. But we’ve lost the vision, the appetite for fundamental technological progress. Revolutions in transport, health science, even kitchen gadgetry all took place before 1970. Since then we’ve done the internet and that’s all.

Today’s Quote:

“A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history — with the possible exceptions of hand guns and tequila.”


–     Mitch Ratliffe


Today’s Free Downloads:

VirusTotal Scanner 3.0 – is a free online scan service that analyzes suspicious files using 40+ Anti-virus applications. ‘VirusTotal Scanner’ is the desktop tool which helps you to quickly scan your file using VirusTotal without actually uploading the file. t is fully portable tool but also comes with Installer for local installation & un-installation. It works on wide range of platforms starting from Windows XP to Windows 8.

PrivaZer – With PrivaZer you can master your security and freedom, free up disk space and keep your PC fit and secure. PrivaZer also shows you exactly what can still be recovered of your past activities on your home or work PC.


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