Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 12, 2013

Four desktop email clients that can improve your Gmail experience – I don’t like Gmail…I love Gmail. But I’m not wild about using it from within my Web browser, as I find the interface, well, lacking. (Unattractive and unintuitive are two words that come to mind.) Here’s a rundown of four programs you might want to use with Gmail instead of Gmail proper:

DHS: Border Device Search Policy Does Not Violate Fourth Amendment – The Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CLCR) has determined that the DHS’s warrantless, and often suspicion-less, search and seizure of electronics devices at U.S. borders does not violate the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search or seizure.

Google Reader goes haywire for many users – A number of the Web giant’s RSS feed reader devotees notice disappearing subscriptions, feed issues, and other problems with their accounts over the past couple of days.

The 10 weirdest, wildest security exploits ever – Thermostats. Smart TVs. Cybernetic implants. All are at risk as hackers turn their sights on the Internet of Things.

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10 Chrome tricks to improve your browsing experience – No hacks, no registry tweaks, no add-ons: Just an arsenal of built-in tricks to make Chrome do your bidding.

Five Wi-Fi management apps – In just over a decade Wi-Fi has gone from relative obscurity to becoming nearly ubiquitous. Like any other popular technology, there are numerous utilities that can help you to get the most out of what Wi-Fi has to offer.

Minecraft released for Raspberry Pi – for free – Mojang has released a free version of its Minecraft game for the tiny, low-cost Raspberry Pi, letting players build virtual worlds on the cheap.

Secure boot loader now available to allow Linux to work on Windows 8 PCs – Freeing the way for independent Linux distributions to be installed on Windows 8 computers, the Linux Foundation has released software that will allow Linux to work with computers running the UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) firmware.

This digital pen corrects spelling and grammar – Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, we don’t need to keep running to the dictionary whenever we write something.

Vodafone Warns Against Upgrading to iOS 6.1 – Vodafone has warned iPhone 4S owners to avoid the iOS 6.1 upgrade until Apple has figured out what is causing a degradation of service on the older-generation smartphone.

Pandigital eReader hacks create a $38 tablet – The Pandigital Novel is one of the cheaper digital readers on the market today with an Amazon price point of only $38. Admittedly, it doesn’t have all the cool features and color screen that you would get with full-fledged tablets such as the Kindle Fire and others, but it certainly is much cheaper than many of the other devices on the market.


Dorkbot worm lurks on Skype and MSN Messenger again – The Dorkbot/Rodpicom worm, which spreads via messaging applications and leads to additional malware infections, is currently doing rounds on Skype and MSN Messenger, warns Fortinet. The vicious circle starts with potential victims receiving a direct message from a contact, asking “LOL is this your new profile pic?”. Those who follow the link land on a malicious site and are infected with the worm.

UK hit by 120,000 cyber attacks a day – A report from the National Audit Office has warned that Britain’s IT skills shortage means that the country and its critical infrastructure could be unable to defend itself from cyber attacks for at least 20 years. It also reported that the UK suffered 44 million cyber attacks in 2011 – approximately 120,000 per day, costing the country more than £27bn annually.

TV hackers announce dead are rising – The emergency broadcast system of a television station in Montana is hacked to broadcast the announcement that the undead are coming.

‘Google for spies’ draws ire from rights groups – A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people’s movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social networking websites. A video obtained by the Guardian reveals how an “extreme-scale analytics” system created by Raytheon, the world’s fifth largest defence contractor, can gather vast amounts of information about people from websites including Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. (recommended by Bob S.)

Flickr Bug Makes Privates Public – Flickr has reportedly sent out an email to users whose private photos may have been publicly accessible, or vice versa, because of a bug in the website. Privacy settings on the photos were changed for nearly a month.

Malvertising Campaign Thrives on Dynamic DNS – A malvertising campaign that’s lasted almost half a year is staying alive thanks to infected web advertisements being circulated by otherwise clean ad networks.

Change your Wi-Fi password on various devices – If your wireless network lacks a secure password, anyone in range of your router can access your network. Neighbors can steal bandwidth, and possibly access files on your computers. Some pervert sitting in a car in front of your home could download child pornography, and the police may think that you’re guilty. But Wi-Fi passwords, like every other kind, need to be changed every so often. Here’s how to do it.

“STOP CONTACTING THOSE B*!%£RDS” – Although you may not be duped by email scams, it’s perfectly possible that you know someone elderly or vulnerable who might be. Always be on the lookout on their behalf, as a surprising number of easily exploited people have become financial victims in the past.

Gmail of journalists in Myanmar said to be hacked – Google warns reporters in the Southeast Asian country that “state-sponsored attackers” possibly spied on their e-mails. The Myanmar government denies the allegation.

Company News:

‘I don’t want to kill ads,’ says Dish’s chairman – Charlie Ergen says he wants to change the way ads are delivered to consumers, giving viewers a choice of ads so they can be better targeted.

Voxbone Announces Executive Promotions – With customer usage of its services surpassing 3 billion minutes for the first time, Voxbone today announced that 2012 operational performance exceeded all key objectives as its growth trajectory continues to hit new levels year after year. Along with release of 2012 performance results, Voxbone said Co-founder and CEO Rod Ullens has transferred responsibility for day-to-day management of the company to Itay Rosenfeld, who joined Voxbone at the beginning of 2012 as Chief Commercial Officer.

Judge accelerates hedge fund’s lawsuit against Apple – Apple had requested an expedited hearing schedule over a lawsuit that seeks to get the company to share more of its cash reserves with investors.

Foursquare debuts venue pages to share with non-members – The check-in social network adds yet another feature that puts it in competition with recommendation sites such as Yelp.

Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studio working on interactive TV – Studio chief Nancy Tellem wants to deliver “hit” programming, including live events, reality shows and scripted programs with an interactive twist.

Webopedia Daily:

Open source tools – Open source tools is a phrase used to mean a program — or tool — that performs a very specific task, in which the source code is is openly published for use and/or modification from its original design, free of charge. Open source tools are typically created as a collaborative effort in which programmers improve upon the code and share the changes within the community, and is usually available at no charge under a license defined by the Open Source Initiative. Open source tools may be viable alternatives to popular closed-source applications and some open source tools offers features or performance benefits that surpass their commercial counterparts. The phrase open source tools is synonymous with open

Off Topic (Sort of):

How to sacrifice your online privacy for fun and profit – Your private information has real-world value for pretty much every company that buys ads online. But suppose that you wanted to grab a piece of the data-sharing action? Could you reap direct profit by voluntarily, brazenly giving away your data to the highest bidder? Though big data collection rankles privacy advocates, if you’re willing to play ball, you can share data on your own terms for fun and profit.

How to Ask a Question When You Want Technical Help – Before you go to a forum or help desk with a computer problem, it is essential that you be prepared properly. How you ask your question or present your problem is key to obtaining help. Be sure to have all the facts about your problem lined up beforehand. You will simply waste your time (and the tech’s) if you are vague about what your problem is. In this tip, I’ll give some suggestions for getting the best help. (recommended by Michael F.)

Does your dog know what you’re thinking? – It won’t come as much of a surprise to most dog owners, but new research has shown that man’s best friend is a lot more likely to steal food when nobody’s looking, suggesting for the first time that dogs can understand a human’s point of view.

Infographic: Do You Have an Impressive Social Resume? – Why not wow your future employer with your ability to type 70 words per minute and an eye for online graphics? An Online Colleges infographic details the fine art of connecting job seekers and hiring officers via the all-important social resume.

Today’s Quote:

“Some days I wonder what the world will be like in 20 years. Other days, I’m afraid I might find out.”

–     Hipockets

Today’s Free Downloads:

Virtual Wi-Fi Router – Windows 7 Virtual WiFi Router download for free. You can create a WiFi hotspot for WiFi Reverse Tethering for wifi supported mobiles and other wifi enabled computer to create a network and to share internet. Convert your PC into a WiFi hot spot for free.

Soluto – Soluto allows you to understand your boot, discover which applications are slowing it down (and keep running later in the background, affecting your ongoing experience), and allows you to significantly improve it. While Soluto focuses on the boot, it already researches for frustrations and helps map the PC Genome, allowing you to share your wisdom with others.


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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 12, 2013

  1. Mal

    Hey Bill
    Re: TV hackers announce dead are rising
    Lol. As much as I like the Walking Dead series, if anyone really believed that the dead had risen, I would say “what drugs are you on, and can I have some”. Although, sometimes I probably look like a walking corpse after Friday night at the pub.