Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 4, 2013

Simple, Strong Security – ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 2013 does everything a free firewall should, and includes a number of bonus features that are relevant to security. It’s tough, it blocks hackers, and it manages program control without a deluge of popups.

Infographic: The top 11 features of Windows 8 – I know a lot of you love to hate on Microsoft Windows 8, some to the point of irrationality, but the operating system is very capable. I have not been able to find any major flaws in Windows 8, at least at the technical level, yet.

Facebook adds news retrieval based on your assorted likes – A new feature in the works by Facebook for its mobile app could add more automated content to clog your news feed or give you a way to discover articles on some of your favorite topics. The feature pushes items titled “Recent Articles about” into your Facebook news feed, providing a link to articles about the subjects of pages you “liked.”

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How Oreo’s brilliant blackout tweet won the Super Bowl – With the Superdome in New Orleans in near-darkness, the cookie giant sent out a tweet that proved the power of mastering social media.

Twitter users spawn 24.1 million Super Bowl game tweets – The Super Bowl offered a great script for a blowout evening of tweeting, with a peak of 231,500 tweets-per-minute during the power outage.

The Best Fitness Apps – Some of the apps highlighted here are posed as tracking tools, in which you log your workouts or calories eaten, while others automate the tracking for you while you’re working out. Some are coaching apps that march you through a fitness routine, and others are a combination of all these things.

How to pick the best PC power supply – It doesn’t help that the power-supply market is awash with products from unscrupulous manufacturers that use substandard components and overstate the hardware’s capabilities. Indeed, the abundance of PSU-related misinformation and deception in the marketplace would be comical if it weren’t so harmful to consumers. But finding a solid, efficient power supply is possible if you arm yourself with the right knowledge. We can help.

Mobile apps should disclose privacy practices, FTC says – The FTC recommended that mobile app stores should consider developing dashboards that allow app users to review the types of personal data accessed by the apps they have downloaded, and consider developing icons to depict the transmission of user data.

Free antivirus that works simply and beautifully: Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition – New Version 8 now available! Even more full-featured with scheduled scanning, Live Anti-Virus and a new look and feel. If you’re an existing user, you don’t need to do anything—you’ll be updated automatically.


Yahoo plugs hole that allowed hijacking of email accounts – In a statement sent later on Thursday, Yahoo said it had patched the vulnerability. “Yahoo takes security and our users’ data seriously,” a Yahoo representative said via email. “We recently learned of a vulnerability from an external security firm and confirm that we have fixed the vulnerability. We encourage concerned users to change their passwords to a strong password that combines letters, numbers, and symbols; and to enable the second login challenge in their account settings.”

Lessons from the hack attack on The New York Times – The New York Times’ description of a cyberespionage campaign waged against the news media company by Chinese hackers demonstrates the importance of assuming criminals will eventually break into a computer system, and the best defense is to detect the intrusion as soon as possible.

Facebook Class Action email – it looks like a phish but it’s the real deal – A number of you have asked about a Facebook-related email that’s doing the rounds lately. It certainly has some of the hallmarks of a phish. But is it? And how can you tell?

Questions and answers about the Twitter hack – Everything you need to know about the Twitter hack, and how you should respond to it – in simple English.

Company News:

iPad Mini wait times fall to 1 to 3 days in U.S. – Delivery times are down from 3 to 5 days, but CEO Tim Cook doesn’t expect to achieve “supply-demand balance” until March.

Google Glass to include bone conduction sound technology – More details are emerging of Google Glass, the company’s augmented reality display technology, which now looks set to include a bone-conduction speaker.

Report: Apple TV Getting HBO Go Integration This Year – Apple is reportedly in talks with the Home Box Office network to bring HBO Go to the Apple TV by mid-2013, according to Bloomberg.

Report: Smartphones to Consume Most Flash in 2013 – Cellphones will become the single biggest repository for flash memory by product category this year, IHS iSuppli projected in a new market report released Friday.

Path to Pay FTC $800,000 Over iOS App Privacy Issue – Almost a year after social networking app Path came under fire for uploading users’ mobile address book without permission, the company agreed today to settle FTC charges

Webopedia Daily:

Chat bot – Short for chat robot, a computer program that simulates human conversation, or chat, through artificial intelligence. Typically, a chat bot will communicate with a real person, but applications are being developed in which two chat bots can communicate with each other. Chat bots are used in applications such as ecommerce customer service, call centers and Internet gaming. Chat bots used for these purposes are typically limited to conversations regarding a specialized purpose and not for the entire range of human communication. One well known example of a chat bot is ALICE. A chat bot is also called a chatterbot.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Parking lot bones confirmed as Richard III – The University of Leicester has today confirmed that the bones found in a local council parking lot last year are indeed those of Richard III, the last English king to die in battle.

Super Bowl contest winner denied entry to U.S. – A Vancouver Island man who won an all-expenses-paid trip to the Super Bowl in New Orleans has been refused entry into the U.S. because of a marijuana possession conviction dating back to 1981. (insanity rages on – how pathetic).

NASA’s Sun Primer is an incredible love letter to the science of light – NASA just released a composite of 48 photos of our sun, each viewing a small, specific slice of its emissions. The photo was intended not just to display the remarkable beauty in this branch of science, but also to educate people about what a fantastic breadth of information it can illuminate for us.

Programming savvy is the new digital divide, Berners-Lee says – There are two kinds of digital divide, Berners-Lee told the audience at a fully booked presentation in Wellington, New Zealand recently. He said the more familiar divide is between those who can afford a computer and Internet access and those who can’t. Less talked of is the divide between those who can program and those whose computer “skills” are restricted to knowing how to work standard applications such as word processing and spreadsheets.

David Gelernter: Bring on the ‘stream browser’ – The Yale computer science prof mulls the end of the Web and search as we know them, to be swept away by the arrival of “the worldstream: a way to picture the cybersphere as a whole.”

Today’s Quote:

“No matter what I do, no matter how predictable I try to make my life, it will not be any more predictable than the rest of the world. Which is chaotic.”

–      Elizabeth Moon

Today’s Free Downloads:

TheSage – TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus is a complete dictionary and a multifaceted thesaurus for the English language. TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus runs locally, and does not use your Internet connection.

Glary Utilities Slim – Glary Utilities is a freeware with registry and disk cleaning, privacy protection, performance accelerator and amazing multifunctional tools. It can fix dogged registry errors, wipe off clutters, optimize internet speed, safeguard confidential files and maintain maximum performance.

KeePass Password Safe – KeePass is a free/open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key-disk.


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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 4, 2013

  1. delenn13

    Just a quick note. Kinda busy here today.

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