Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 13, 2013

Bizarre Google search bug benefits porn websites – Searching on certain illogical strings returns sites with very XXX titles, all with NSFW tag lists hot enough to burn a hole through your monitor.

‘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. (suggested by Bob S.)

Canada nixes online spying bill designed to stop child predators – Despite “Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act” sounding like a well-intentioned bill, it was opposed by civil liberty groups because it sanctioned warrantless wiretapping. (congrats to those Canadians who stood against this intolerable law. This article might better have been titled “Canada to Nix “Warrant-less Wiretapping Law”.)

Obama signs long-awaited cybersecurity executive order – Announcement may reduce pressure on Congress to move ahead with CISPA, a controversial privacy bill that’s loathed by privacy groups that’s scheduled to reappear tomorrow.

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PushBullet is the Android app you never knew you needed – PushBullet makes it stupid-easy to send text notes, lists, addresses, even files from your desktop computer to your Android device. After having used it for a couple of days, I can confidently say it has changed the way I interact with my phone for the better. Perhaps it will do the same for you.

Foursquare Android App Update Boosts Discovery – Foursquare on Tuesday rolled out an update for its Android app that promises to make it quicker and easier for users to find places and friends that are nearby, as well as keep track of their to-do lists.

How to Do a Clean Install of Windows Without Losing Your Files, Settings, and Tweaks – There’s nothing like a fresh install of Windows to clear your mind, but it comes at a cost: you have to set everything up again, just the way you like it. Here’s how to reinstall Windows, migrate your important settings, and leave the clutter behind.

10 Android Apps You Need Now – There are more than 700,000 apps in the Google Play store. You don’t need every one of them, but you do need to download these 10 must-have apps.

Run Android apps on your Microsoft Surface Pro with BlueStacks – There are plenty of apps for Windows 8 in the Windows Store, but there are thousands more for Android. With the free BlueStacks application you can now run your favorite Android apps on your Surface Pro.

Daemon Tools Lite – Daemon Tools Lite is a free tool that lets you create and burn simple disk images and add up to four virtual DVD drives to your system. These drives work just like a physical optical drive, only you don’t have to keep shoving disks in and out of the tray. You can store your DVD and CD content on your hard disk and access the data quickly.

Opera embraces WebKit in browser brain transplant – The Norwegian software company plans to throw its weight behind the browser engine used by Google and Apple this year instead of developing its own.

Security:

Microsoft unleashes a Patch Tuesday to make your head spin – It doesn’t break the record for most vulnerabilities patched, or even the most security bulletins in a single Patch Tuesday, but Microsoft comes pretty close. For the February 2013 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has a whopping 12 security bulletins, which fix a mind-numbing 57 separate flaws.

Report: 13 Percent of Home Networks Had Malware in 2012 – Some 13 percent of home networks in North America were infected with malware in 2012 and about half of that number were hit with high-level threats, according to a new report from Alcatel-Lucent’s Kindsight Security Labs.

Android a growing target for mobile malware – report – As for the breakdown of Android malware, Web-security company Blue Coat Systems notes that 58 percent are Android root exploits and rogue software.

Comment Group hackers specialize in high-profile targeted attacks – The gang has been dubbed the Comment Group because they became known in security circles for peppering the comments sections of popular websites with links leading to malware. Since then, they have obviously discovered that mounting attacks against specific high-profile targets pays better, so they changed their approach.

Company News:

Apple CEO Cook: ‘We’re unrivaled’ in innovation – Apple CEO Tim Cook defended the company’s cash hoard, said that innovation is in the corporate DNA, added that the smartphone market may be the best ever and outlined his acquisition strategy. He also knocked the PC industry’s focus on specifications and noted the iPad is the “poster child” of the post-PC era.

Intel to take on Apple, Roku with own TV box – The company will offer its own TV box, which will combine live TV and on-demand content, an Intel spokesman said. The box will come with a customized user interface, and will be sold direct to consumers, the spokesman added.

Twitter, American Express Deal Lets You Buy Things Via Hashtags – Twitter is teaming up with American Express to allow card members to purchase products via specific hashtags on the micro-blogging site.

Facebook sued over ‘Like’ button by Dutch programmer’s family – Facebook is being sued by the family of a deceased Dutch programmer who held two patents dealing with sharing and updating social media content long before the social networking site launched. The suit, filed Feb. 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, also names AddThis, a social bookmarking services that was an early partner of Facebook. The lawsuit alleges Facebook’s “Like” button and other content-sharing features infringe on the patents.

Yahoo’s Mayer Eyes Slimmer App Lineup – Amidst the various tasks on Marissa Mayer’s to-do list at Yahoo is crafting a more coherent mobile strategy – which will likely include ditching a number of the company’s apps.

Webopedia Daily:

ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning – Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is business management software that allows an organization to use a system of integrated applications to manage the business. ERP software integrates all facets of an operation, including development, manufacturing, sales and marketing. ERP software consists of many enterprise software modules that are individually purchased, based on what best meets the specific needs and technical capabilities of the organization. Each ERP module is focused on one area of business processes, such as product development or marketing. Some of the more common ERP modules include those for product planning, material purchasing, inventory control, distribution, accounting, marketing, finance and HR.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Crisis: Teens have started sleep-texting – It seems teens can’t get enough of texting while they’re awake. They’re now apparently texting unconsciously in the middle of the night. It’s like sleepwalking, but potentially more amusing.

A cheap Android phone is now a good phone. Your move, Apple… – I bought a Nexus 4 out of intellectual curiosity. After three years of using iPhones, it’s now my main phone. That’s great for me, but a problem for Apple et al…

Dvorak: Microsoft’s Surface Pro Shortage Sham – Oh no! The Microsoft Surface Pro sold out on launch day! You can’t get one! What will we ever do? This is clearly a publicity stunt, not much unlike the one Nintendo pulls every time it does something new with the Wii. Shortages create demand and apparently the public falls for this trick over and over.

NYT Reporter ‘Game’ for Second Tesla Model S Test Drive – New York Times writer John M. Broder today defended his recent test of a Tesla Model S electric car, denying accusations that he faked the results of his review.

Another close asteroid encounter for Earth coming Friday – We’ve never seen an object this big get so close to Earth. Get ready for Friday’s rendezvous with asteroid 2012 DA14.

Assange makes bid for Australian senate – Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is delivering on his promise to run for the Australian Senate, applying for the Victorial electoral roll.

Today’s Quote:

“There is nothing sadder in this world than the waste of human potential. The purpose of evolution is to raise us out of the mud, not have us groveling in it.”

–     Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider         Northern Exposure

Today’s Free Downloads:

Universal Media Server 2.4.0 – Universal Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server. The program streams or transcodes many different media formats with little or no configuration.

Simple Port Forwarding 3.8.0 – Whether you don’t understand how to forward ports, or your simply looking for an easier way to forward ports then this program is for you. Simple Port Forwarding works with webpages and not directly with your router making it a safe program to use. Supports 52 Languages and 2600+ routers.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 13, 2013

  1. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    re: “Bizarre Google search bug benefits porn websites”.

    I typed in e=mc2 and all I got was an old guy with wild hair. I found this relatively disappointing.

    Kind regards
    John