Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 17, 2013

Facebook pic of toy mortar leads to armed cops raid – When you make your Facebook profile picture that of Action Man (aka the British G.I. Joe), it can be a clue to your fascination with fantasy. It also suggests that if there’s a toy mortar in the background of the picture, that too, might actually not be entirely real. Please try telling that to the five carloads of police who raided Ian Driscoll’s house in Tewkesbury, England, armed with guns and a search warrant.

Why You Shouldn’t Care About Android 4.2.2 – Android 4.2.2 is gradually becoming available as an over-the-air update to Google Nexus 4 owners. Unfortunately, for the vast majority of Android owners, the update is a non-starter, and you shouldn’t care about getting and installing this update, for several reasons:

Android Apps Have a Shady Email-Sharing Policy, and It’s By Design – If you buy Android apps from the Google Play Store, you may be surprised to know that the developers of those apps get access to your name, e-mail address and zip code. This isn’t a new policy, and apparently it’s by design.

Facebook defends Graph Search’s privacy controls for teens – Facebook is working hard to assure users that Graph Search, its new search engine designed to uncover all sorts of information buried within the site, does not compromise the privacy rights of minors.

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The Coolest 3D Printer Projects – Who knew you could print a moonbase? Here are some of the hottest things you can 3D print.

Kleverbeast Wants to Make Tablet Apps as Easy as Blogging – Enter New York startup Kleverbeast. It says that its mission is to let non-geeks create rich, attractive apps in much the same way that blog services such as WordPress and Squarespace make web publishing into a point-and-click process. It’s doing so through a browser-based service which launched this week.

Infographic: How Do You Get Your Mobile Gaming Fix? – Words and birds and cards, oh my: Mobile gaming’s meteoric rise has pushed the platform past television as the most popular daily media source.

PlayStation 4 to stream games in real time over Net, says report – Expected to be unveiled on Wednesday, Sony’s PS4 will let users play games piped over the Internet, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

Video Game Sales Continue Downward Slide in January – Video game sales increased 9 percent in January compared to the same time in 2012, in what looks to be the first optimistic sign for an industry that has faced declining sales for more than a year. But not so fast.

Security:

Google “Good To Know” Web Site – Google, not to be outdone by Microsoft, has a web page dedicated to Internet and computer safety. It’s called Good To Know, A guide to staying safe and secure online. I’m glad to see Google provide this information source to its customer community; and I commend them for it.

Securing the grid with quantum cryptography – US law enforcement officials have long warned against the possibility of foreign terrorists or hostile hackers attacking the national electrical infrastructure. The clear and present danger recently prompted a Los Alamos National Laboratory quantum cryptography (QC) team to successfully complete the first-ever demonstration of securing control data for electric grids using quantum cryptography.

Storing and Opening Password Protected PDF Files Online Using Google Drive and SkyDrive – If you are concerned about security and storing personal document type files online, you may want to consider converting the document file to the PDF format, then password protecting the PDF file. Password protection of online files is one of the most requested features out there.

Company News:

Reddit will accept bitcoin payment for premium service – The popular social-news site Reddit said it will now accept bitcoins, following blogging platform WordPress in embracing the four-year-old virtual currency. Reddit, which lets users submit and vote on popular Web content, already uses PayPal and Google Wallet for its “Gold” service, which gives users a range of editing tools and an option to turn off advertisements.

Google to launch stand-alone stores by holidays – Google is seeking a greater retail presence with plans to open stand-alone shops in big cities, with the first ones expected to launch in time for the busy holiday shopping season. While Google already has Chromebook dedicated areas within many U.S. Best Buys and U.K. retailers where you can try out its browser-based notebook before buying it, the new stand-alone Google stores will have a wider reach.

How Microsoft Scroogled Itself – Over at The New Republic, Lydia Depillis has a good piece on Microsoft’s “Scroogled” campaign, which has moved on from sniping at Google Shopping to charge Gmail with invading its users’ privacy because it scans their e-mail for keywords it can use to display advertising. The ads leave me cold — I find them patronizing and creepy, and generally more damaging to Microsoft’s image than Google’s — and reading her story helped me understand why Microsoft went down this road, and why it’s a bad idea:

Posterous, the Tumblr challenger that wasn’t, shutting down April 30 – It was only a matter a time before Twitter pulled the plug on the blogging service it acquired one year ago.

Future PCs threat to Apple? Yes, says Citibank analyst – New hybrid laptop-tablet devices based on Intel’s fast but power efficient Haswell chip may threaten Apple’s tablet dominance, says a Citibank analyst.

Webopedia Daily:

Cellphone novel – A published book that is based on and largely contains text messaging sentences as they were typed out on a cellphone. Cellphone novels are usually authored by women, are in the first person and are read like a personal diary. Cellphone novels are popular in Japan, because the nature of the Japanese language, where a complete sentence in Japanese can be a single verb, is more compatible with short text messaging sentences.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Russian meteorite: The conspiracy theories – It might well be that Bill Nye has explained fully about the meteorite that showered a Russian city, but others have darker explanations.

Consumers to companies: Stop eavesdropping on social nets! – Turning to Twitter to gripe about a company is pretty common these days, but it turns out that most of us only want those corporations to listen to us when we’re talking directly to them—not when we’re talking to one another, even in publicly visible comments.

Microsoft Surface Pro hoarders try to make a quick buck – Surface Pro tablets are hard to get. And eBay sellers are trying to cash in. Why is there a shortage to begin with?

Wristband Computing: iWatch an Accessory or the Next Big Thing? – Recent speculation of Apple releasing an “iWatch” sometime in the near future has many industry watchers closely observing Cupertino’s activities. Will wearable computing devices finally become commonplace, and are there actual use cases?

Today’s Quote:

“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.”

–    Christopher Morley

Today’s Free Downloads:

Universal Media Server 2.4.1 – Universal Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server. The program streams or transcodes many different media formats with little or no configuration.

Router Password Kracker – Router Password Kracker is an easy to use application that will allow you to quickly restore a lost passphrase that you use to connect to your router for network and Internet access. The method used by Router Password Kracker program is the Dictionary attack and to help you get started on the spot, it comes with a built-in dictionary file.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 17, 2013

  1. Thank you Bill for posting one of my articles on your daily net news…

    Rick