Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 3, 2013

Online Advertising More Likely to Spread Malware Than Porn – Cisco this week announced that you are more likely to catch a computer virus shopping online than surfing for pornography. The networking giant revealed details from two global studies which found that security is a rising concern for businesses and individuals who increasingly blend their work and personal lives via mobile devices.

For Valentine’s Day, Cupid ditches arrows, opts for e-cards – The online expression of romance is running apace and amok. Especially among men. At least according to one study.

Twitter, Instagram, Vine: Fast track to nitwit – There are those who would call our social media streams a new form of consciousness and the future of computing. I would suggest they spend more time interacting with actual human beings.

New York Times, WSJ, WaPo: Was China Really Behind The Attacks? – The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post join the New York Times on the list of American news organizations that have been recently attacked by cyber-attackers. While the publications accused China, some security experts cautioned against jumping to conclusions.

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Microsoft Office subscription plan sparks questions, and here are answers – The company’s rarely-shy CEO Steve Ballmer called the sales approach “an entirely new way to think about the productivity experience,” and predicted that the majority of the world’s billion-and-counting Office users will eventually adopt software rental.

Free Office 2013 alternatives – Not keen on ponying up the cash for Microsoft’s new Office 2013? Check out these free alternatives.

A Free Software Utility To Edit Windows 8 Quick Access (WinX) Menu – With Win+X Menu Editor for Windows 8 you can edit the WinX menu without system files modification. You can rename, move items, add programs, add presets, add control panel items, create additional groups and remove items.

Facebook Channels Vintage MySpace With New ‘Mood Status’ – The social network this week began testing a new status update composer that lets you add a mood and emoticon as a complement to your post, according to a TechCrunch report. When updating your status, you’ll be able select from different categories to share how you’re feeling, as well as what you’re watching, reading, listening to, drinking, or eating.

10 Android RPGs worth playing – Now, we’re aware that it’s tough finding something worth your money in the mess that is the Google Play store, so in the name of time optimization, we’ve rounded up 10 of the most interesting RPGs we could find that are worth checking out.

Super Bowl XLVII: Online streaming, apps, and more – Here’s where to go on the Web to watch San Francisco’s 49ers go head-to-head with the Baltimore Ravens in this year’s highly anticipated game.

Chart: How the BlackBerry Z10 stacks up against its rivals – BlackBerry’s previous attempts at touchscreen phones did not fare well, so can the Z10 do any better? Let’s take a look at the sleek new phone’s hardware specs to see how they stack up against the competition.

Powertrekk fuel cell charger to be released in Spring – Powertrekk, which uses water and a fuel cell puck to charge your phone in an emergency situation, is scheduled for a U.S. launch in April.


Oracle rushes out another Java update, fixing 50 vulnerabilities – The latest update, originally scheduled for release on February 19, contains 50 security fixes for 49 flaws that were exploitable remotely without authorization. That means they can be used on a network without the knowledge of a username and password. Oracle said it updated early because one of the vulnerabilities addressed in the update is already being exploited in the wild.

Hackers: There Are Several Kinds – According to, there are several kinds of hackers; some good, some bad, but all using computers and the Internet to ply their “trade.” There are Black hats, White hats, Grey hats, and Script kiddies.

How to create a strong password in wake of Twitter hack episode – Twitter’s warning about hackers is another reminder about the importance of password protection. Here’s a guide to creating a strong password and keeping out of the clutches of those who would do your computer and personal information harm.

Apple updates Java for Snow Leopard following blockage – Following a recent addition of Java to its plug-in blacklist, Apple has issued an update to its supported Java versions.

The Internet Will Literally Kill You By 2014, Predicts Security Firm – The predictions read like some kind of cyberpunk nightmare, with Internet Identity (IID) president and CTO Rod Rasmussen writing that the increased connectivity of vehicles and medical devices will eventually allow fiends to kill via their Internet connection. IID points to remotely operated pacemakers and self-driving cars that could be hijacked.

Company News:

Google cuts copyright deal with French publishers – Google has created a €60 million (US$81 million) fund designed to settle disputes with French publishers over lost revenues, providing an alternative to a proposed “link tax” that would have charged the company for posting French news content in its search results.

Sony preps Playstation 4 for February debut – Sony has been understandably tight-lipped about its upcoming Playstation 4 system in recent months as the current console cycle winds down.

Apple phone sales overtake Samsung for the first time – Apple managed to outsell Samsung Electronics by almost one million units to become the number one mobile phone vendor in the U.S. for the first time ever during the fourth quarter, according to Strategy Analytics.

Facebook Friends Apple and Takes a Shot at Google – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made it crystal clear Wednesday that the social networking juggernaut has a better working relationship with hardware giant Apple than it does with web search leader Google.

Intel and Acer debut Liquid C1 smartphone – Acer has debuted an Intel x86-powered smartphone built around the latter company’s Lexington SoC architecture which is aimed at emerging mobile markets.

Webopedia Daily:

Apache Pig – Apache Pig is a high-level procedural language platform developed to simplify querying large data sets in Apache Hadoop and MapReduce. Apache Pig features a “Pig Latin” language layer that enables SQL-like queries to be performed on distributed datasets within Hadoop applications. Pig originated as a Yahoo Research initiative for creating and executing map-reduce jobs on very large data sets. In 2007 Pig became an open source project of the Apache Software Foundation.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Cracked: 18 Old-Timey Photos You Won’t Believe Aren’t Photoshopped – We’ve worked long and hard here at Cracked to make it clear that the past was badass. All you have to do is sift through old-timey photos, and you quickly realize that people back then possessed neither sanity nor a sense of self-preservation. Trust us, the explanation behind these seemingly inexplicable photos tends to make them even more baffling.

Street View catches couple in throes of passion. Or does it? – In the changing room of an extreme sports store, a couple appears to become extremely amorous. And it’s captured by Google Street View. Real love?

NASA marks 10th anniversary of Columbia disaster – Space agency marks the anniversaries of the Columbia, Challenger, and Apollo 1 disasters with an emotional memorial service, vowing to do everything possible to prevent a recurrence.

Football-helmet sensor warns of concussion risk via phone app – The Shockbox sensor lets you or your coach know when you’ve been tackled or body-checked too hard, by sending a color-coded alert to a mobile device.

Today’s Quote:

“An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.”

–      H. L. Mencken

Today’s Free Downloads:

Freebie Notes 3.53 – Freebie Notes is a great little program for users who just want sticky notes with an alarm timer. You can customize the default parameters of electronic notes; their size, text, background and more.

DVD Slim Free – Easily create standard and slim covers for CD, DVD, VHS, Blue Ray, Playstation, PS1, PS2, PS3, PSP, xBox, Nintendo Wii, etc.


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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 3, 2013

  1. Bill,

    Thank you very much for the link back… Have a GREAT Sunday!


  2. Online Advertising More Likely to Spread Malware Than Porn… haha, I like it. No to both actually.

  3. From my presentation: “85% of all infections come directly from the internet.
    Only 1% of these infections come from the adult or porn sites.”
    That’s because these sites usually have other ways of infecting you!

    Thanks for another interesting newsletter.