Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 28, 2013

Panacea or pariah: Five PC cleanup utilities put to the test – To save you the trouble of finding the best cleaup utility yourself, we rounded up five free PC cleanup utilities for the purposes of this article: SlimWare Utilities’ SlimCleaner, Piriform’s CCleaner, COMODO System Utilities, Ashampoo WinOptimizer, and PCBooster. All of these utilities claim to be able to purge junk data from a system and improve performance, but they’re not all created equal.

How to check and configure your browser plugins – Patrick Lambert offers some basic tips on how to check web plugins in four major browsers.

Five enterprise-ready antivirus systems – In this edition of Five Apps, we take a look at five enterprise grade antivirus systems that fall just under that handful of major players. These five systems are among the myriad of systems available. The only requirement is that there is a centralized management console to manage and control the client-side software.

Student sets up video sting, allegedly catches teacher – Using two cell phones set to record video — to ensure all angles are covered — a high school student lies in wait to catch an alleged backpack thief. There is a surprise.

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Wireless Connections Creep Into Everyday Things – A car that tells your insurance company how you’re driving. A bathroom scale that lets you chart your weight on the Web. And a meter that warns your air conditioner when electricity gets more expensive. Welcome to the next phase of the wireless revolution.

Urine sample app lets users detect diseases with iPhones – No, Uchek doesn’t involve peeing on a smartphone — but it does help people find out if they have diabetes, urinary tract infections, and more.

How to survive inevitable cloud failures – Most of my work is stored in SkyDrive. I coordinate story assignments with coworkers using Google Docs, and live the rest of my life in Gmail, Evernote, HipChat, and Pixlr. Now that the disclaimers are out of the way, let’s turn to the nasty. Several incidents during the past week drove home a bleak realization: Yes, the cloud is flexible and powerful and paradigm-shattering—but you just can’t rely on it completely.

eBay Just Gave Itself Permission to Robocall Users – Effective immediately for new members, and on March 26 for existing members, eBay has permission to send you robocalls and text messages for marketing and promotional reasons.

Photoshop touches down on some phones – When you want more than quick filters and fixes for your photos, Photoshop Touch for phone is your next stop.

Linus Torvalds speaks out with a Secure Boot plan – The ongoing “Secure Boot” saga has already caused no end of controversy in the Linux community over the past eighteen months or so, but the vitriol that’s been made apparent so far pales in comparison with that evident in a recent debate on the Linux kernel developer mailing list.

Pandora caps free mobile listening at 40 hours a month – Streaming radio service blames rising royalty costs to blame for the new limit on nonpaying listeners.

Expanded Gmail field trial brings calendar results to search – Participants in Google’s personalized search experience can now see results from Google Calendar.

What is LTE? – Think you have a pretty good understanding of LTE? This article takes a deep look into how LTE can be deployed, why LTE is easily deployable, how LTE works as a radio technology, the types of LTE, how LTE affects battery life, what carriers will do with LTE, and the future of 4G as a whole.


Rihanna sex video event scam spreads on Facebook – Be on your guard if you see any of your Facebook friends post a message about an alleged Rihanna sex video:

Researchers discover new global cyber-espionage campaign – Security researchers have identified an ongoing cyber-espionage campaign that compromised 59 computers belonging to government organizations, research institutes, think tanks and private companies from 23 countries in the past 10 days.

Security breaches remain undiscovered and unresolved for months – At RSA Conference 2013 in San Francisco, Solera Networks announced the results of the Ponemon Institute’s 2013 report, “The Post Breach Boom,” which revealed that organizations are unprepared to detect data breaches and contain them.

3 out of 4 infosec pros unsure they would spot a breach – The good news is that despite the erosion of IT professionals’ overall confidence, respondents from organizations that have deployed next generation firewalls (NGFW) and SIEM technologies are three-and-a-half times (3.5X) more confident in their ability to detect key breach indicators. The bad news is that an alarming 75 percent of respondents lack confidence in their ability to recognize key indicators of a breach.

RSA: Imperva Seeks Balance in the Data Protection Force – Imperva’s chief technology officer, Amichai Shulman, figures businesses are just going to have to learn to live with malware infections. The number and variety of devices on organizational networks are growing exponentially, giving attackers more points of entry than ever before, and it’s impossible for the white hats to keep up.

Company News:

Samsung Wallet to take on Passbook as Google dallies – Samsung is creating its own Wallet service that will let users store event tickets, boarding passes, coupons, and membership cards on their phones. If that sounds familiar, it’s because Apple already provides this kind of service, called Passbook, on the iPhone. Samsung’s version is eerily similar—there’s even a stack of multicolored tickets on the icon—and behaves in the same way.

PayPal Heading to Coinstar Machines – The next time you need to withdraw money from your PayPal account, you might be able to simply head over to your local Coinstar machine. Coinstar on Wednesday announced that it has begun rolling out PayPal functionality on select self-service coin-counting kiosks. The rollout began this month in Texas, Northern California, and Ohio and will continue at select kiosks throughout the year, Coinstar said.

Ubuntu Touch beats Firefox OS to win best of MWC from CNET – Our team judges Canonical’s new mobile OS to be the most exciting thing at Mobile World Congress, with Mozilla’s software as runner-up.

iPhone sales at Leap Wireless are half of what was forecast – The prepaid mobile carrier is having a tough time getting Apple’s smartphones off its hands.

Intel takes on ARM in low-cost Android tablet market – One of the first low-cost Android tablets with an Intel x86 processor was announced at Mobile World Congress, setting the stage for a long battle between the world’s largest chip maker and ARM, whose processors go into most tablets today.

Webopedia Daily:

openSUSE – An open source Linux operating system distribution developed and supported by the openSUSE Project. openSUSE is freely available for download, and the most recent “stable” release of openSUSE, openSUSE 12.2, debuted in September 2012 with new features like KDE 4.8, GNOME 3.4, GRUB 2 and XFCE 4.10. The openSUSE Project is sponsored by SUSE, which had been owned by Novell since 2003, but SUSE currently operates as a standalone business unit following The Attachmate Group’s acquisition of Novell in 2011. openSUSE branches also serve as the basis for SUSE Linux Enterprise releases.

Games and Entertainment:

Bad Piggies App Update Adds 30 Levels, New Time Trials – Rovio today catapulted a Bad Piggies app update to iOS and Android users, adding features that take the popular characters to new heights.

Real Racing 3 brings the horsepower, but the freemium model prevents perfection – Real Racing 3 is finally here and it definitely lives up to the hype. But in going with a freemium model, EA has put in time delays that make this otherwise excellent racer less than perfect.

Chrome Super Sync Sports Turns Gadgets Into Game Controllers – Google just launched another reason to be glued to your computer screen: Chrome Super Sync Sports. The Web application syncs any smartphone or tablet running the Chrome app with a corresponding computer, turning your device into a handheld controller.

Netflix Launches First-Ever ‘Flixies’ Awards – Netflix has debuted “The Flixies” awards, designed to celebrate “the ways you really watch Netflix

EA wants one user identity to rule them all – Electronic Arts (EA) is reportedly preparing to roll out a service that will enable gamers to employ a single user identity across multiple platforms.

Sony Discounts Gamers’ Favorite Titles of 2012 – If you missed out on some of the most popular games of 2012, then now might be the perfect opportunity to check them out. Sony on Tuesday announced the winners of its third-annual PSN Gamers’ Choice Awards, and is offering steep discounts on the best games of 2012.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Engineers use smartphone components to stream video from an eagle’s back – Smartphones, it seems, can do anything. So, when researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits were asked to come up with a camera that could be mounted on an eagle to get a literal bird’s-eye view of its life, they too turned to a cell phone. But you can’t exactly tape a smartphone to a bird’s back.

Brampton boy develops app for iPhone – Tanmay Bakshi is only 9, but he’s been programming and learning code since he was in senior kindergarten.

The first 3D-printed plastic car is as strong as steel and half the weight – Cars are big and heavy, and that means they use a lot of energy while traveling. It’s easy to understand why these behemoths have traditionally been so weighty, though: It takes countless parts to make a modern car, and it’s mostly made out of steel for structural stability. That’s all changing, however, now that large-scale 3D-printing is becoming a reality

Illegal music file sharing drops significantly since 2011 – The number of people using peer-to-peer (P2P) services to download music fell by 17% last year, compared to 2011. That’s according to the NPD Group’s Annual Music Study 2012, released yesterday.

Industrial sapphire might be your next smartphone display – Sapphire could someday be used in some smartphone displays instead of the toughened Gorilla Glass popular today. In this case, however, it would be man-made sapphire, not the rare blue gemstone that is taken from ground and used in jewelry.

Are Smartphones ‘Emasculating’? Google’s Brin Thinks So – ‘You’re standing around and just rubbing this featureless piece of glass,’ Sergey Brin tells TED crowd — but how that unmans a fellow wasn’t entirely clear.

Today’s Quote:

“The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.”

–      Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s Free Downloads:

Clonezilla – You’re probably familiar with the popular proprietary commercial package Norton Ghost. Well, now there is an Open Source clone system (OCS) solution called Clonezilla with unicasting and multicasting! 64 bit only.

Cloudfogger – Cloudfogger provides free file encryption for Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive and Others. You don’t have to worry about your privacy, your provider or lost devices any more.

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