Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 18, 2013

Boy meets girl. Girl strips on webcam. Tells boy to do the same. Girl blackmails boy – Webcam extortion the other way around: hot girls extorting men. Be careful out there, and keep your trousers on chaps.

How to banish Metro from your Windows 8 PC forever – If you’re among the majority of Windows users who aren’t using a tablet or a touchscreen, the focus on Live Tiles and mobile-centric apps is more of a frustration than a feature. Vexingly, Windows 8 is riddled with sneaky ways to drag you out of the desktop and dump you on that shifting, shiny Start screen.

Social media survey looks at race, gender and age of users – The interesting data on the demographics of social media usage is the theme of a Pew Research Center survey conducted late last year and released Feb. 14. A separate Pew survey previously released took a look at who is coming and going on Facebook. In the latest Pew findings to be issued, the research firm for the first time compared social media usage between whites, blacks and Latinos.

Google Chrome: How to make it faster, smarter and better than before – If you aren’t using Google Chrome yet, you should be. When it comes to browser speed—and especially JavaScript performance—Mozilla and Microsoft can’t compete with Google. But Chrome can go even faster if you’re willing to make some adjustments under the hood.

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Half of Facebook parents joined to spy on kids? – You think half those adults on Facebook are there because they love Facebook? No, no. These are merely parents engaged in covert operations.

Review: Launchy for Windows – Launchy will not only open applications and documents for you, but you can actually go above and beyond in such a way that the default Windows way will seem quite pedestrian. For instance, you can issue commands (ala CMD style), open web pages, and even perform basic math equations right within the app, with no need to load anything extra. It also makes using a keyboard less painful in Windows if you prefer not to touch your mouse that much.

Share & Collaborate with SkyDrive & Microsoft Office – We show you how you can share files, collaborate and even give PowerPoint presentations online using Microsoft SkyDrive and Office 2010 or 2013.

Five handy applications for Wi-Fi – 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.

Evolution of the smartwatch – It would take almost three decades before the computerized watch—the “smartwatch”—would finally take center stage. Here’s a survey of smartwatches throughout history, from early precursors to modern marvels.

Security:

Why You Should Worry About the Zombie Apocalypse Alert Hoax – At a glance, this is a very funny and relatively harmless hoax. As of yet unknown perpetrators hacked into the emergency broadcast system of several radio and TV stations and broadcast an alert that “the dead were rising from their graves.” But before you write it off as a goof, check out SecurityWatch’s far more serious assessment. This is a big problem.

A spell in the freezer unlocks Android RAM data – Just putting an Android phone in a freezer can be enough to make it vulnerable to attack, say researchers who have demonstrated the exploit.

Facebook owns up – admits network breached, blames “Java in the browser” – In The Social Network, the movie version of Zuckerberg could shout, “WE NEVER CRASH!” I bet the real-life Zuckerberg wishes he could say, “We never get hacked…”

Company News:

Wikivoyage emerges from legal cloud as the travel site grows – A legal cloud that’s been hovering over the Wikimedia Foundation’s travel site, Wikivoyage, has lifted. The Foundation and Internet Brands announced Friday that a lawsuit between the two has been settled. Under the agreement, Internet Brands will not pursue any legal claims it sought against the Foundation and the site. In

PC epicenter shifts to Asia as Dell, HP and others regroup – Asia is fast becoming the epicenter of the PC market as Chinese and Taiwanese companies challenge the turf occupied for more than a decade by prominent U.S. PC makers Hewlett-Packard and Dell, whose laptop and desktop shipments are stumbling.

LTE Revenue To Exceed $340 Billion by 2017: Juniper – Verizon Wireless, AT&T and other leading wireless network operators have been racing to expand their Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, in an investment that a new Juniper Research report says will heartily pay off down the line. By 2017, Juniper expects 4G LTE service revenues to exceed $340 billion, representing 31 percent of total service revenues from all mobile services—4G, 3G and 2G. By contrast, 2013 LTE revenues are expected to total just over $75 billion.

Webopedia Daily:

On-page optimization – In search engine optimization, on-page optimization refers to factors that have an effect on your Web site or Web page listing in natural search results. These factors are controlled by you or by coding on your page. Examples of on-page optimization include actual HTML code, meta tags, keyword placement and keyword density.

Off-page optimization – In search engine optimization, off-page optimization refers to factors that have an effect on your Web site or Web page listing in natural search results. These factors are off-site in that they are not controlled by you or the coding on your page. Examples of off-page optimization include things such as link popularity and page rank.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Seven terrible phone design disasters (pictures) – Thinking outside the box is one thing, but sometimes we have no idea what phone-makers are thinking.

5 Electric Cars That Failed to Go the Distance – Last week, the New York Times and Tesla Motors’ Elon Musk got into a very public spat over the performance of Tesla’s new Model S vehicle. The bottom line seems to be the car has some limitations and the reporter could have done more to extend the life of the battery. The thing that most people don’t realize is that the electric car concept isn’t new. In fact, inventors have been building electric cars for more than 100 years. The fact that you probably didn’t know that proves that they haven’t been a huge success. Not yet, anyway.

ISPs Providing Advertised Broadband Speeds – Consumers love to complain about their Internet service providers, but according to new stats from the FCC, ISPs in the U.S. are doing a good job of providing their customers with advertised Web speeds. A Sept. 2012 test found that ISPs, on average, delivered 97 percent of advertised download speeds during peak periods, up from 96 percent earlier that year.

Bilingual babies learn grammar by seven months – Babies can distinguish between, and begin to learn, two languages with vastly different grammatical structures at just seven months old, say scientists.

Iceland mulls online porn ban – Iceland is considering a ban on internet pornography, in a move that would make it the first western democracy to do so.

Today’s Quote:

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

―     Apple Inc.

Today’s Free Downloads:

Defraggler – Quickly and simply defrag the files you want to, without having to process the whole drive. Simply run it, select the file and defragment in seconds. No more struggling with the Windows defragmentation tool!

FastPictureViewer – Introducing FastPictureViewer Professional, an image viewer designed for photographers, helping to review digital photos faster than ever before.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 18, 2013

  1. Mal

    Hey Bill,
    Re: Boy meets girl. Girl strips on webcam.
    I can guarantee that if some hot woman got video of me in the nude on webcam, and distributed on the internet if I didn’t pay up, she would be the laughing stock of the cyber community. Because I look terrible in the nude, believe me lol.
    Cheers