Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 26, 2013

Deep inside Windows Blue: Its 10 best new features – An early build of the OS update to Windows 8 is full of nifty new tricks, and hints at awesome improvements on deck.

Mozilla begins baking new patch to kill tracking cookies – A new patch for Firefox is now being tested by Mozilla and could see third party cookies banned from being installed if a user hasn’t directly visited the cookie owner.

Ad industry threatens Firefox users with more ads if Mozilla moves on tracking plans – The online ad industry has attacked Mozilla over its decision to block third-party cookies in a future release of Firefox, calling the move “dangerous and highly disturbing,” and claiming that it will result in more ads shown to users. The fierce reaction came from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and Association of National Advertisers (ANA), both of which laid out positions in blog posts on March 14.

How to Partition A Hard Drive – Maybe you want to store files in a separate virtual drive. Maybe you want to encrypt a portion of your drive to keep sensitive records private. You may also want to create a recovery partition without all the bloatware that came on your store-bought system. In these and any other case you can think of, creating a partition is easier than you think. Here is our step-by-step guide.

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Why Windows Blue heralds the death of the desktop – Brace yourselves, faithful PC enthusiasts. You aren’t going to like what I’m about to say. Heck, I don’t really like what I’m about to say. In fact, I’m almost terrified to lay out my case in black and white. But that doesn’t change the fact that it needs to be said. There’s a very good chance that Microsoft will kill the desktop in Windows 9. No more Task Manager. No more File Explorer. No more legacy compatibility. It’ll be 100 percent Live Tiles, 100 percent of the time.

IsoBuster recovers files from just about anything – The free version of IsoBuster handles CD, DVD and ISO images and will extract files from those as well as create its own images of the physical media. The $40 Personal version does the same, but handles all the other media mentioned. The create image feature can be key here as creating an image that you can then try and recover data from lets you recover as much data as possible while stressing possibly deteriorating media as little as possible.

How to sync files and folders across two PCs – Here are four ways to do this, although–technically speaking–only two of them actually keep the files on both PCs. The others merely make the folder available on both. I’m assuming here that both PCs are attached to the same router (either wired or wirelessly), and through that router can access the Internet.

Google+ iPhone, Android Apps Updated With Photo Filters, More – Google on Monday launched new versions of its Google+ app for iPhone and Android, bringing a refreshed design, photo filters, and a number of other goodies.

Facebook gives the people what they want: threaded comments – Facebook design changes and new features are often greeted by boos and hisses. Protests abound. The world ends. But sometimes those changes are exactly what users have been asking for, like Monday’s rollout of threaded comments for pages.

Infographic: Using Tech to Create an SMB Powerhouse – Salesforce and Intuit recently offered up an infographic with a few tips for small business success. The colorful graphic touts the success of a small business through the use of–not surprisingly–CRM and financial apps.

Linux Mint Debian: A look at the latest edition – What you need to know and where you need to pay attention.

Linux distro update: Ubuntu slashes support, Debian 7.0 draws near – It wasn’t all that long ago that Canonical extended the support period for Long Term Support (LTS) releases of its Ubuntu Linux from three years to five, but last week it made a move in the opposite direction for its non-LTS software. Specifically, beginning with Ubuntu 13.04 “Raring Ringtail,” which is due in April, Canonical will reduce the support period for interim versions of its popular Linux distribution from 18 months to just nine.


Lime Pop Emerges as the Latest Strain of Android Enesoluty Malware – A new variant of Android.Enesoluty, the Android data-stealing Trojan that spreads through spam messages, has recently surfaced in Japan. This time the malware is reportedly being spread through a malicious app, Lime Pop, that disguises itself as a popular game.

Boring Malware Sneaks By Antivirus Sandboxing – Performing dynamic analysis of unknown software in a controlled environment—or “sandboxing”—is a powerful tool security professionals use to flush out malware. However, the bad guys are wise to the technique and have been introducing new tricks to break out of the sandbox and into your system.

17-year-old arrested for hacking into phones, stealing and distributing explicit images of children – A US teenager has been charged with distributing child pornography he allegedly hacked out of minors’ cellphones with a bogus mobile text ad that installed phone-controlling malware.

North Korea training teams of ‘cyberwarriors’ – South Korea security experts believe the North has been training hackers to conduct cyberattacks, which may prove a cheap and faster than building nuclear devices or other weapons of mass destruction.

Spear Phishing Cause of South Korean Cyber Attack – It appears that a spear phishing campaign was the genesis for the wiper malware infections that ultimately knocked several prominent South Korean banks and broadcasters offline last week, according to a malware analysis performed by researchers from the Finnish cybersecurity firm F-Secure.

XSS Flaw in WordPress Plugin Allows Injection of Malicious Code – Hardly a week goes by without some new vulnerability in WordPress or one of its components showing up on a mailing list or in a security advisory. This week’s first entrant is a newly disclosed flaw in a plugin that displays ad banners on WordPress sites, a bug that enables an attacker to inject malicious Javascript or HTML code on any vulnerable site.

Internet messenger apps face ban in Saudi Arabia – Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and similar OTT messenger players reportedly face a ban in the kingdom unless operators can allow authorities to censor them.

Company News:

In-App Purchases ‘Coming Soon’ to Nook Devices – App and game developers can start prepping to sell digital content to Nook owners via in-app purchases, “coming soon” to Barnes & Noble’s e-reader and tablet devices.

Spotify plans to become an on-demand TV network – Spotify: free music streamer, procrastination enabler, and soundtrack to household chores around the world may soon become much much more. The service is reportedly toying with the idea of offering original video content.

Zynga CIO leaves to run enterprise cloud storage company Nirvanix – The revolving door at Zynga continues as the CIO leaves to run enterprise cloud storage company Nirvanix.

Hulu may not be for sale yet, but buyers are lurking – AllThingsD, citing industry sources, says Ross Levinsohn, formerly of Yahoo, might be interested in buying Hulu, and Yahoo and Amazon also have expressed interest.

Apple supplier Foxconn has record profit – The Taiwan-based components maker has an income of $1.2 billion, after Apple ramps up its iPhone manufacturing.

Apple’s response to Chinese warranty complaint draws ire – A campaign against Apple’s warranty practices in China has taken center stage, with a state-run media outlet calling the company’s statement “empty and self-praising.”

LinkedIn’s search updates bring it closer to Facebook, Google+ – Now more than ever, the search infrastructures behind social networks are getting smarter (and more competitive).

Webopedia Daily:

Chat abbreviation – Used in real-time text-based communications — such as instant messaging, e-mail, online gaming services, chat rooms, discussion boards and mobile phone text messaging (SMS) — chat abbreviations are acronyms and slang terms used to shorten the amount of text you type when chatting online or on a cellphone. For example, if you are in a chatroom and someone types a funny statement, you could answer with LOL (short for Laughing Out Loud) instead of typing the full phrase out. Chat abbreviations are used in many different online groups and by people of all ages.

Games and Entertainment:

Normally $19.95, this incredibly fun and addictive game is free for a limited time – As part of an Easter promotion, PopCap is offering Peggle for PC and Mac absolutely free. The only thing you have to part with is your e-mail address, required so you can receive your download link and order number (which is your activation code). And, yeah, it’ll probably get used for the occasional promotional message, even if you opt out during registration. That’s not such a hardship, is it? (Somehow I get the feeling I’ll hear from some folks who think it is.)

The best entertainment websites you’ve never heard of – We’re kicking off a week-long celebration of the undiscovered side of the web with our picks for the the best, but least-known entertainment sites. These are the sites we like to visit to play games, listen to music, watch videos, be inspired, or to simply burn a few hours.

The most fun I had all weekend: Pinball Arcade – Remember Gorgar? Firepower? Twilight Zone? These and loads of other classic tables await you in this amazing app for Android and iOS.

Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion to launch April 14 – The Rise of the Hutt Cartel is coming, bringing limited but enjoyable updates for players of BioWare’s “Star Wars”-based MMO. CNET’s Kelsey Adams tries it out.

GDC: Kicking Things Off, Assassin’s Creed Style – Big product announcements and teases may come later at the Game Developer Conference, for now, here’s the lowdown on some nuts-and-bolts sessions at GDC.

Amazon Greenlights ‘Zombieland’ Original Series Pilot – Amazon on Monday morning announced it is picking up the pilot for Zombieland, a new television series based on the 2009 cult classic starring Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Jesse Eisenberg.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Is Adria Richards a bully, or was she bullied by the internet? – Adria Richards complained about inappropriate comments made by guys at PyCon. She lost her job, as did one of the guys. But was the backlash, abuse, and threats disproportionate to the complaint?

Get that song out of your head the scientific way – Did you overhear a pop song at the supermarket that now won’t leave your head alone? Scientists are claiming to have found the best way to banish it.

Google taps ‘white spaces’ for broadband in South Africa – The Web giant hopes to prove that unused TV broadcast spectrum can be utilized without interfering with licensed spectrum.

Cracked: 5 Brain Hacks That Give You Mind-Blowing Powers – Sure, you could improve yourself the normal way, with hard work and years of slow, incremental progress. Or you could use some of your body’s built-in cheat codes and just hack your way to awesometown. These hacks come with various degrees of difficulty, but no risk or potential for injury. And actual scientists say that all of them work.

Trolls take on 9-year-old girl’s Kickstarter project…and lose – The conspiracy theories swirling around a seemingly benign crowdfunding campaign turned into a tornado over the weekend. Crave’s Eric Mack investigates.

Judge: Using Lengthy News Excerpts Without Paying Is Not Fair Use – The Associated Press last week was handed a victory in its battle against Meltwater, a Norway-based news aggregator that the AP said used its content without permission.

Mobile browsing increases 26% in 3 months in steady climb – Mobile’s gains are in part a side effect of a global slump in personal computer sales as customers instead purchase smartphone and tablets, and as a result, increasingly shift their time-spent-online from PCs to mobile.

Today’s Quote:

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

–     Aristotle

Today’s Free Downloads:

Wise Auto Shutdown 1.13 – Wise Auto Shutdown allows you to easily schedule your computer to shut down, log off, restart, sleep, and close power at any time you want (daily, at a specified time, or some time later).

RetroShare – RetroShare is a Open Source cross-platform, private and secure decentralised communication platform. It lets you to securely chat and share files with your friends and family.


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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 26, 2013

  1. Dave B.

    RE: Why Windows Blue heralds the death of the desktop; Blah blah blah, Far too many articles heralding the death of the desktop, and none of them right, do “journalists” every tire of writing this junk?

    • Hey Dave,

      Don’t ya just get sick of it! Everybody’s a goddamn expert. A PC is like a heavy hauler – anything else is like a bicycle in comparison.

      Nope, the PC ain’t going away. These guys need to can the crap.