Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 19, 2013

TrustGo and Lookout Top Android Mobile Security Test – Today, the independent testing lab AV-Test released their findings from a comprehensive review of 22 Android security apps, looking at how these portable protectors performed on handled Android devices. The good news is that most apps faired very well in the test, with only GFI Mobile Security failing to receive AV-Test certification. Despite GFI’s abysmal 71 percent detection rate for malicious software, the average detection rate across the apps was 94 percent with a median rate of 97 percent. In general, there were very few false-positive results generated during the test.

7+ Taskbar Tweaker Adds Tons of Extra Taskbar Settings to Windows 7 and 8 – Ever wish you could tweak the taskbar’s shortcuts, or add other features Microsoft forgot about? 7+ Taskbar Tweaker adds a ton of extra settings and shortcuts to the Windows taskbar, and it works in Windows 7 and 8.

Power through Gmail with 21 time-saving tricks – Gmail is the world’s most popular email service, but some of its best features are hiding in plain sight, unknown to most users. Although Gmail provides unsurpassed search capabilities, great spam filtering, and loads of free storage (10GB at latest check), it also offers much more—and there’s always room for improvement, too. With a little know-how and some key add-ons, you can make Google’s webmail service jump through hoops in ways you never thought possible.

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New HTC One hasn’t debuted yet and already has a clone – HTC’s anticipated flagship phone, reportedly dubbed the HTC One, won’t be officially revealed until tomorrow, but it’s already been cloned. GizChina reports that the GooPhone One is based on the HTC One (also known by the code name M7) and was being shown off in renderings a few days before the HTC media event. GooPhone is well known in China for producing remarkably similar knock-offs of popular smartphones and made headlines last year when it threatened to sue Apple over the iPhone 5 design patents in China.

Review: Free Editor lets you open and edit over 70 different file types for free – There’s Word for DOC files, Excel for XLS files, PowerPoint for presentations, image editors, video and music players, PDF viewers, Hex editors, ZIP expanders, and the list goes on. Most of us use a separate program for each one of these purposes and never stop to think about it. Free Editor claims to open for viewing and editing all the aforementioned file types, and more, all by itself.

Quickly access Google cached pages in Chrome – Here are two easy ways to find the cached versions of Web pages when you’re searching Google in your Chrome Web browser.

How I Went From 1,000 Emails to Inbox Zero (and Stayed There) with Mailstrom – Inbox zero: it’s the impossible dream that gets further and further away as you let your emails pile up, but you don’t have to get stuck with the clutter. Thanks to an awesome webapp called Mailstrom, I finally got my thousand-email inbox under control in an hour. Here’s how.

Google Chrome: Our favorite extensions and tweaks – Chrome is already one of the fastest web browsers around, but with a little fine-tuning, you can speed it up and add killer features.

Liquid cooling vs. traditional cooling: What you need to know – While you don’t have anything to worry about if you bought your computer from a big-box retailer or straight from a manufacturer like HP, you’ll be faced with a potentially crucial decision if you’re building (or custom-buying) a fire-breathing, benchmark-eating computer: Should you chill your PC with a traditional air cooling solution or a pricier, yet more efficient liquid-cooling system? That question has many aspects to consider before you can answer it.


Burger King Twitter account hacked, defaced – Fast-food giant’s home page altered to appear the account had been sold to McDonald’s “because the whopper flopped.”

Rogue Chrome extension racks up Facebook ‘likes’ for online bandits – Security researchers at Bitdefender have discovered a new phishing scam that installs a malicious extension in the Chrome web browser in order to turn Facebook ‘likes’ into cash for cyber crooks. The exploit begins with a malicious link embedded in spam email, says Bogdan Botezatu, a senior e-threat analyst at Bitdefender. The link ushers you to the Chrome Web Store, where you download an extension for a “business” Flash player—assuming you’re foolish enough to click on spam links.

Jeremy Clarkson falls foul of bodyfat spammers on Twitter, vows to kill hackers – The controversial presenter of BBC’s “Top Gear” programme, has had his Twitter account compromised by spammers… and he wants his revenge.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server can be compromised – BlackBerry has released details about two critical vulnerabilities that can allow attackers to access and execute code on systems running BlackBerry Enterprise Server. BlackBerry is advising administrators of BES to update to version 5.0.4 MR2 or later, or to download and install the interim security update. Administrators of BES Express can do only the latter.

Chinese Army linked to hacks of U.S. companies, agencies – Security researcher hired by New York Times says “overwhelming percentage” of hacks originate from a 12-story building in Shanghai associated with the Chinese military.

Cyberattack threatens most businesses, Deloitte survey says – Deloitte released the results from its sixth annual global Cyber Security Survey which was conducted with 121 technology, media, and telecommunications companies

Adobe readies emergency patches for Reader, Acrobat – Adobe Systems said it will release patches for two critical vulnerabilities disclosed last week that are actively being used by attackers. The company said on Saturday the patches will be released sometime this week.

Company News:

Mega file-sharing service will accept bitcoin, Dotcom says – Mega will accept the virtual currency bitcoin for subscriptions for more storage space on the file-sharing service, cofounder Kim Dotcom announced on Twitter. Mega is the second prominent website in a week to say it will accept payment in bitcoin, which has been slowly gaining traction mostly with online merchants.

Google Tips ‘Insanely Great’ Nexus Cameras – Google’s engineering chief has promised “insanely great” Nexus cameras.

Led by Former Apple Exec, Pertino Takes Networking to the Cloud – Pertino announced the limited release of a new service that places traditional wide area networking (WAN) infrastructure into the cloud.

Microsoft quietly raises prices of Mac Office by up to 17 percent – The single-license Office for Mac Home & Student now costs $140, a 17 percent increase from the previous price of $120. Office for Mac Home & Business, an edition that adds the Outlook email client to Home & Student’s Excel, PowerPoint and Word, runs $220, or 10 percent higher than the older $200 price.

EU regulators threaten privacy crackdown against Google – Web giant may face “repressive action” before summer if it does not respond to a dozen recommendations related to how it manages user data.

Webopedia Daily:

Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) – A company-wide process from Microsoft for performing regular code reviews for Microsoft software products to reduce security issues and resolve security vulnerabilities in a timely fashion. Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) efforts are grouped into seven phases: training, requirements, design, implementation, verification, release and response. The Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle was first announced in 2003, and is built largely on the premise of mitigating classes of potentialx security exploits as opposed to addressing specific exploits on a case-by-case basis. The Microsoft SDL was also developed to help protect against unforeseen threats, which is accomplished in part by the company working with security research community to improve security and resolve new and emerging vulnerabilities.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Infographic: The Rise of Mobile Video on Social Networks – Mobile video is more than an easy way to remember special moments with family or hilarious pranks pulled on friends. It is also the next social trend, according to Uberflip.

How to set a TV up by eye – Sometimes you don’t have access to a setup disc but want to do a rough setup using the tools in your head. This guide should help you get a TV watchable.

Bill Gates ‘not satisfied’ with Microsoft’s innovations – Software giant’s chairman says the company’s history in the cell phone sector was “clearly a mistake” during an interview on CBS This Morning.

Google doodle does circles around Copernicus’ birthday – Web giant celebrates the 540th birthday of the astronomer best known for his theory that the sun — and not the Earth — was at the center of our universe.

Today’s Quote:

“The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague.”

–      Bill Cosby

Today’s Free Downloads:

Earth Alerts – Earth Alerts is a Windows-based application that allows you to monitor in near real-time a variety of natural hazard events that are occurring anywhere around the world. Alert notifications, reports, and imagery provide the user with a convenient way to view natural phenomenon as they occur, whether close to home or some far-flung corner of the globe! Earth Alerts uses a variety of online resources provided by organizations such as the National Weather Service, U.S. Geological Survey and Smithsonian Institution (just to name a few), to identify what sort of activities “Mother Earth” is currently dishing out on the planet.

Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.1.1 – Download Panda Cloud Antivirus, the first free cloud-based antivirus thin-client. It consists of a lightweight antivirus agent that is connected in real-time to PandaLabs’ online Collective Intelligence servers to protect faster against the newest malware variants while barely impacting PC performance.

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